Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. ~Matthew 11:28-30
We needed to be at the hospital at 8:00 that morning and we made it there a few minutes early! We had been there less than an hour before Shannon and I were “shushed” by a nurse. They just don’t understand the fun the three of us carry around with us! The first thing scheduled for Mom were the contrast injections so they could take pictures for her Sentinel Node Biopsy. Since she is allergic to Lidocaine, they were unable to deaden the area before the injections. She was pretty nervous about that, but the Dr. said she was very brave and did a great job. She threatened to do some yelling, but was too much of a lady to actually do it. In all, they had to do four injections and she handled them all with grace. The dye didn’t spread through her lymph nodes as well as they had hoped, it seemed to go to the tumor and stop, but they were able to see what they needed.
Shannon and I were kept company throughout the day by my aunt and uncle, my mom’s pastor and my mother-in-law (who also had breast cancer and will be in her 20th year of remission this May). My husband, Jeff stopped by for a little while between jobs. When we went down to the cafeteria, we got to experience a fire drill. How thrilling!
My mom’s pastor was able to pray with her before they wheeled her off to surgery. She was in surgery for a little over 2 hours and then her doctor came out to let us know how things had gone. The mass he removed was about 6 cm plus another centimeter of good tissue. He also removed one lymph node that he said looked cancer free. Praise God! Both the tumor and the lymph node were sent off to pathology and we should have those results in about 5 days. He said there were no complications and things looked great for her.
Today, they are both pretty tired. When Mom woke up, Shannon told her “Happy Birthday!” and Mom quickly remembered that her friend had given her a present to open. So she started out her day with a smile.
She is having a mild reaction to the places where the nurses attached the pads for the EKG. Each spot is now a large itchy welt. The incision is tender, but the pain is not out of control. She is able to control it with one pain pill instead of two and she’s still pretty sleepy. Her throat is pretty sore now and we are trying to control it with throat numbing spray. We gave her a sponge bath and changed her clothes and she is feeling a little more like herself.
|Christine, Mom, Marsha|
She returns to the doctor on Tuesday to see how things are healing and possibly have her drain removed. Her Radiation Therapy won't start for aother 4-5 weeks. We are, as always, so very grateful for your continued prayers and encouragement. We cannot begin to express the ways you all have touched us.
God is good, He is faithful and He has blessed us with so much more than we deserve. Praise His holy name!
Standing on the promises of God, Dori