Sunday, October 24, 2010

Surgery Time

I apologize!  I just realized that I haven't posted the time for Mom's surgery.  She is scheduled for 8:30 in the morning.  They will be removing the level 1 and level 2 lymph nodes from under her left arm and installing a Power Port on her right side.  The Dr. said this surgery would last a little longer than her last surgery because of the extra time to do the Port.  The last surgery took right about 2 hours, so I GUESSING this surgery may take 3 hours.  Then last time she spent about 3 hours in recovery, so if things follow suit, we hope to be home by 3:00, or so, tomorrow afternoon.

Here are some things we are praying about:

There is a chance that while doing the lymph nodes, that Dr will need to slice through a bundle of nerves running along part of her left arm which will cause some permanent numbness.  Also, after her surgery, there is a chance that she will have some trouble with swelling.  Please pray that it is not necessary for the Dr to cut through those nerves and that she will not have any problems with any swelling later.

Last time they put the tube down  Mom's throat, she was very sore and had a lot of coughing and hoarseness for almost a full week after.  Please pray that this time there will be less pain and for a short duration.

Also, she had a bad reaction in every spot that they used adhesive.  They will still have to use the EKG Leads, but this time they will use an adhesive remover immediately after surgery and they will try a different type of tape in hopes of reducing the reaction this time.  I will also ask about giving her Benadryl right after surgery in addition to to her pain meds.  Please pray that we are able to minimize (if not eliminate) the crazy itching she had to endure for almost a week last time.

Thank you, all, for your prayers and helping hands.  My mom has said numerous times, that if it weren't for the prayers that are surrounding her, she would be an absolute wreck!  I feel the same way.  I'm not sure we will ever be able to adequately express what all of you mean to us!  God Bless you!

Standing on the promises of God,

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