Thursday, June 9, 2011

Cancer Update: Surgery #2

Yesterday I went in for another get-cancer-out surgery. We were expecting a very short procedure. Just a couple lymph node removals. Simple. Short. And out of the hospital by lunch.

Boy, were we VERY WRONG! Turns out the Doctor's wanted to take all the lymph nodes out of my groin. This immediately made this surgery more complicated. You need lymph nodes and now that I don't have any in that area I will have to watch out for new complications in my leg. Chronic swelling, infections, loss of circulation, and much more. This can get ugly fast so please be praying that my leg just finds a way to work it out. This will last me for the rest of my life. Because of my "slenderness" (ha that made me laugh)and the amount of stuff he had to take out, my sciatic nerve and femoral artery were too exposed. So the doctor had to reattached a muscle over that spot to help protect them. (that hurts) The 3 inch scar I thought I was getting turned into a 9 inch one. I am very sore. I'll be on crutches for awhile and can't work out the way I like to for 6 weeks. And yes I am pouting about this!
The boys have loved playing broken legs ever since I brought these home.

The doctors also decided to put my chemo port in. This plastic port thingy will make if easier for me to get my chemo injections, take blood work, and receive any other medications. It is right on my chest and is pretty creepy looking. It about the size of a silver dollar and sticks out like my collar bone does. It will be with me for the next year, so I'm doing my best to get used to it.
I was in surgery of almost 3 hours which meant I had to be completely under and tubed. If you have ever had a surgery like that you know that recovery or waking up is hard and painful. And because of the tube they crammed into you mouth and throat everything is sore and tore up for days afterward. When I finally made it out of recovery we found out that my Doctor wanted me to stay the night. This was not good news for me. I HATE staying in hospitals. I've done it many times before and I just don't rest well. But by early evening I did enough charming and convincing with my doctor that he agreed to let me go home for the night.
After convincing my doctor that I would be just fine at home. I was very happy that he finally said YES!

Overall the day went as well as it could have. Now we wait AGAIN. We wait for results from these lymph nodes. Praying that this is the last surgery. We wait to see how my legs does with out all these lymph nodes. We wait for my body to full recover before we can begin Chemo. And I have to wait much longer than I hoped to get back to the gym so I can keep my body strong.

For those curious we are going to set up a Care Calendar so make sure I have your info if you want to help out. Thanks for all the prayers and love!! This is just another step closer to beating this!

9 comments:

minda312 said...

WOW! jen. you are amazing. still praying. and you look AWESOME in that picture :-)

Sandi Boudreau said...

Hey, Jen! You're doing great! You are strong and your faith will get you all the way to the other side. Praying for you leg and quick healing and of course NO cancer. AND, praying this whole year of tubes and chemo and docs flies by. Love you!

Sandi Boudreau said...

Oh, and let me know about the Care Calendar info - you know my deets.:)

Mandy Radtke said...

please let us know about the care calendar. You look gorgeous in that picture..not like you are having surgery! :) love you and praying for you.

Lillian said...

You will love that port in the end. They can draw labs through it and everything. My chemo patients love them! Glad to hear you are doing ok. Praying for you still and a full recovery.

Anonymous said...

I don't usually pray, but I said one for you. Heal fast.

Catherine said...

Please put me on the care calendar - catherinebedell@yahoo.com. We are praying for you & your family. We miss seeing you guys!

jennifer.chorazy said...

stay strong Jen! I'll miss seeing you around the gym :( I'm so glad we got to talk on Monday!!! Please add me to the Care Calendar.
jennifer.chorazy@gmail.com

Rebecca Stiles said...

I have been following the gowalla crew on twitter which is how I came across your blog and I just have to say that I am in love with your approach to all of this! Keeping you all in my prayers and thoughts!!

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