Gratitude Moments #5
March 23, 2009
I had blood transfusion on February 18, 2009. It took 1 1/2 hours preparation and 6 hours of transfusion.
After the second cycle of bio-chemo treatment, my body system was really messed up. The warning of side effects on paper became reality to me. I lost 10 pounds in 7 weeks! It sounded like a commercial! But nobody wanted my kind of diet plan though. I lost half of the hair, not quite bald yet. Two more cycles of bio-chemo would make me bald. I didn’t shave my hair, it fell off gradually, but I was hanging on to every thread of it. At one point, my husband said I looked like a punk!
The worse side effect was my skin because the medication burned my skin. It was very dry and itchy day and night. Medications for itching didn’t help. Sometimes I was awake all night scratching. I drank constantly to flush out the toxin in my kidney. The burning sensation also didn’t let my legs touch each other, so a sheet was put in between to reduce the irritation.
My surgery was on March 19, 2009. I went into the surgery room at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. There were two procedures for this surgery. They set up for the first procedure, and it took more than 1 hour for the first procedure. Then they had to change the setup for the 2nd procedure, and took more than two hours for the second procedure. It was 9:00 p.m. when it was done. I was under full anesthesia the whole time, and woke up at 10:30 pm.
I couldn’t go to sleep, of course, after sleeping for 8 hours. I was in pain. There was a patient controlled pain medication button. The nurse said, “Don’t wait until you’re extremely painful to press the button, when it started to come, press it.” I couldn’t tell time in the dark and kept pressing the button when in pain! When daylight came, I felt dizzy. When I ate, I threw up. On top of it, the doctor put a nerve block on my left leg in addition to the full body anesthesia. So the day after the surgery – Friday, I couldn’t stand up at all because I couldn’t feel my left leg. The doctor didn’t discharge me on Saturday.
The surgery removed the set of inguinal nodes which was invaded by cancer on the left side of my body. Lymph nodes are for body fluid circulation. The function of inguinal nodes is for the fluid from the lower body to circulate to the upper body; then to the heart, and circulates back to the lower body. Now my inguinal nodes were gone. The fluid that wanted to circle through it would hit a wall. Two draining bottles with the tubes and needles were inserted in the surgical area through incisions to catch the fluid. I was to record the amount of drainage daily to determine when to remove the tubes.
The discharge was delayed by one day because of the dizziness and vomiting. The surgeon said he got everything, the cancer cells were gone; and the CT scan didn’t find anything unexpected. God had mercy on me. I didn’t deserve it, but He spared my life.
I went home to rest for about four weeks before the final two cycles of bio-chemo treatment.
Daily Prompt: Gone