Mar 12, 2014

Surgery #2... I'm READY!!!!

I watched Titanic when I got back home from the hospital, and cried. 
I knew that my IQ had been damaged....

Today I go in for another surgery.  Oh yeah!  Really getting the hang of this. 
Today I get my thyroid surgery.  I have been also been diagnosed with 
Thyroid Cancer, and I will be having a total thyroidectomy.  thyroidectomy is an 
operation that involves the surgical removal of all or part of the thyroid gland. Surgeons 
often perform a thyroidectomy when a patient has thyroid cancer or some other condition 
of the thyroid gland (such as hyperthyroidism ) or goiter.  Since I have now become a 
pro at having surgeries, this one does not make me nervous.

That is of course until I have to leave Arvid and get rolled away, once again.  
Seems like for the first surgery I was pretty emotional once the anesthesia kicked in.
Arvid said I was in tears and I was begging him to bring Brutus to visit me.  Hmmmm...

Like many I have done my share of googling to see what is involved.  I will say one
thing, don't believe everything you read online.  More often than not it is all lots of hype,
total exaggeration and can scare a person to death even before going into the hospital.

I read up quite a bit on my previous surgery.  I believed I would be incapacitated 
and with extreme pain for the longest of times.  Well I freaked everyone by 
healing almost immediately.  Of course I had pain, but it was manageable.

As I head out again into surgery, I feel OK.  There is always that
tiny fear of what if...but I also know I have one of the most qualified doctors
in that field and at sometime one has to trust that they do know what they are doing.  
They have only been doing it like forever! I hope to not have to stay overnight this time. 
 Hospitals are boring and I can do without all the checking at every half hour. 
 Like I said before, this is not the place to get any rest, but one thing is for sure they 
will take great care of you every half hour!!!!

Last night just before bedtime, Kimsy, one of my nieces sent me a beautiful text with a
 beautiful ribbon.  It said, “hi auntie Nad, guess what? Every year in school we have this 
annual cancer awareness fundraiser and this year they sold ribbons.  I bought one for 
thyroid cancer.  See how pretty it is?” It is beautiful Kimsy… If I ever forget
 how lucky I am, one of my nieces or nephews  is always there to remind me.  
Today I battle thyroid cancer.  Surgery in a few hours, and all I can think 
of is I am very very lucky in so many ways….

I lay in the bed at the hospital and said, 'let's see what I have left.' 
And I could see, I could speak, I could think, I could read. 
I simply tabulated my blessings, and that gave me a start...