This morning as I rolled down the hall to the surgery wing for my third operation in less than a year, there were some reservations in the back of my mind about my ability to tolerate the anesthesia given my decline in health since last summer. But overall, I had a feeling of assurance from my previous experiences and the fact that this surgery wasn’t going to involve a flap after all. I’ve grown to know and highly respect my surgical team and knew I would be under the best care with Drs. O’Keefe and Mitten. As I gave my family fist bumps and headed back to the pre-op room there was not nearly the drama or intensity of my first surgery.
And of course, I was sure to bring a camera for Dr. Mitten so he could take some photos of the surgery for the blog. He caught all the right scenes but unfortunately we handed the camera off to him in the wrong mode, a macro setting for close ups. Disappointingly, all of our pictures came out blurry but maybe this is better so as to limit the shock value . The picture below of the exposed tumor right before removal gives a pretty good idea without being too grotesque.
The surgery couldn’t have gone any smoother. The only real pain I felt was when I woke up from the anesthesia and experienced sharp pains from the incision. With the addition of a morphine drip to my IV, all pain diminished quickly. Ahhhhh! I met with O’Keefe and Mitten where I got the low down; they explained that the surgery had gone very well and they expect a quick and healthy recovery with only one night in the hospital.
For the remainder of the day I was a little challenged by the loopiness of the pain drugs…good thing I was in the company of close friends and family. No hallucinations, but nonetheless, Aaron’s interpretation of Gollum was definitely enhanced as he joined me in the hospital via FaceTime on our iPhones .
My great care continued through the night thanks to my cousin Peter who just happened to be one of the Orthopaedic nurses on duty. Thanks to Strong for “medicine of the highest order,” and to friends and family for all your love and support!