Friday, August 08, 2014
This is the first chance I have had to update everyone on my surgery. The VA Hospital didn't have WiFi.
They surgery itself lasted a little over 7 hours. They removed the whole upper lobe of the right lung. The cancer was just a small spot but it had almost eaten through the lung wall. Thank God we caught it when we did. It could have spread throughout my chest cavity. Because the cancer was so aggressive, I am going to see an oncologist to make sure it didn't spread. We haven't ruled out chemo or radiation yet.
The first thing I remember seeing after I got out of the recovery room was Clyde standing next to my bed, holding my hand and telling me, "Welcome back. I love you." The stress in his face tore at my heart. I tried to tell him that I was going to be okay but he hushed me and said we could talk after I was stronger. He hardly left my side the first 2 days after surgery. Every time I woke up or moved in the bed he was at my side.
My recovery is going well. The hospital staff was surprised at how fast I recovered physically and how few narcotics I needed. I have only used ibuprofen and Tylenol for pain since the 2nd day after surgery. My Veg lifestyle and activity level before surgery seems to have worked in my favor. It took 9 days for my lung to be healed enough to be released from the hospital. The incisions, 3 small ones, are almost totally healed. They really itch and that is a good sign.
I am walking in 10 minute intervals now and working back up to my 2 hours from before surgery. I get winded easily and that slows me a little more than I like. But, I am taking it slow but sure to aid recovery and not hurt myself with overdoing. Clyde walks with me and "hovers" to make sure I don't overdo. It's sweet so I don't tell him to let me do it alone.
I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers on my behalf. They were and are appreciated very much.