Friday, August 20, 2010

Prep Work: The last step

Days until Chemo Starts: 2

Wayne and I had to report to North Kansas City Hospital at 6:00 a.m. for my last preparation step: getting the catheter.  Besides thinking we were to report to the Pavilion when really we were suppose to be in the Hospital, everything went really well.

When Jackie was here she gave me a few tips on how to deal with the Nurses who put in my IV. I have really bad veins; getting an IV in is sometimes very difficult. I always tell the Nurses but I am sure they hear this from many patients and they just really never listen. So, the good news, using Jackie's tips today's IV went in on the very first attempt and involved no pain!!

Today's surgery went well. I have a tiny incision on my chest just below my collar bone. Small enough to only need 2 stitches. My chest hurts. I have been icing it all day. After surgery they took a chest x-ray to see if everything was in its proper place. There was a small concern because the catheter is not as deep as they normally put it but the surgeon said he could not get it to go any deeper but it is in the correct place.

I have literally slept all day. The hospital gave me morphine and sent me home with Vicodin. The discomfort is minimal. Ice has helped.

Mom took the Short Chic home with her for the weekend. I am not sure what I will do without my little nurse. As soon as I got home today, she climbed into bed with me and just took care of Mommy with lots of hugs and kisses. And chatter. Lots of chatter! The boy leaves later today to spend the weekend with his Dad. Wayne and I get a weekend together and I get to recover from surgery!

Funny story to share from today: The hospital does not allow Wayne to go back into the pre-surgery area with me initially. They make him wait in the lobby until my blood work is done, IV is in, and I am wearing that god awful hospital gown.  Finally, Wayne is called back. He arrives just as this really loud beeping starts in the pre-surgery area. Wayne says as he approaches my room, "Am I the only one who can hear that?" I tell him "No, I can hear it too."  He is looking around at all the employees like, hello! make that noise stop. So I ask him, "Did you bring that noise in?"  Wayne's response was NO! But he did pull his phone off of his hip and looked and sure enough, that horrible noise was Wayne's alarm clock and he had brought that noise in with him!


  1. Leave it to Wayne... LOL.

    I am glad things are going well. Let us know if you need anything. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. i can just see him standing there looking around for the offender!! lol. glad you're home, and that it went well.