Day + 695: Been beat up and battered round…

“Been sent up, and I’ve been shot down
You’re the best thing that Ive ever found
Handle me with care

Reputation’s changeable
Situation’s tolerable
Baby, you’re adorable
Handle me with care…”

Michael, my caregiver, my love, my life – THANK YOU. I couldn’t have done it without you.

10/25/12: Two drain tubes emerging from each side of my neck, and neck is extremely sore and stiff from my positioning during the 4-hour surgery but drugged and resting, doing okay. More later.

Later, as promised…

It’s been an okay day. I’m thoroughly medicated on painkillers but still mostly coherent. My surgeon visited this morning and was incredibly upbeat. She said she removed nodes in levels II-IV, and pathology should be back in a week. She didn’t remove levels I or V because the potential benefits do not outweigh the potential risks – there’s a higher risk of complications on those levels and a low risk of cancer. My incisions and drains are looking good.

The physical therapist has been to see me already and checked my range of motion and gave me a bunch of exercises to start immediately. I also walked a dozen laps around the ward.

I’m going to try my first solid food in two weeks for dinner tonight – mac and cheese should be arriving momentarily. They have a nice system here where you call and order room service from a menu, rather like a hotel.

Tomorrow, they’re hoping to remove two of the drains and let me go home if all is well.

Thanks for all of the support and good thoughts – we do appreciate them.

We’ll keep you posted.


  1. Good to hear. We are blessed with our husband’s caring. Love you.

  2. It’s good to hear from you! Maybe Creature from the Black Lagoon was a better pick for a costume..?

    Editorial Comment: Drain tubes? Yuck!

  3. Drain tubes are awful. When Abigail had her cranial reconstruction she had a drain tube out the top of her head and her IV was in her neck. She was very uncomfortable for her, so I can imagine how you must be feeling. Heal fast!

  4. Rest comfortably. Hope the minutes soar by until you’re feeling better again.

  5. Good Morning Karen;
    Hoping the surgery went as well as can be expected.
    Now you need to be on the road of a quick recovery.
    I had drain tubes in my neck when I had my heart surgery so I know they are not fun.
    They will be coming out soon.
    Boy, this is a heck of a way to spend your birthday but hoping by tomorrow you will feel more like cake and ice cream. 🙂
    Take care and know you are in my prayers.
    Jan & the kitties

  6. I hope the pain isn’t too unbearable!!! Thinking of you my dear friend Karen!!

  7. I love hospitals with menus/room service! Primary Children’s, in Salt Lake, where Abigail had her surgeries does the same thing. It’s great! Good luck with the Mac and cheese.

  8. WOW! Now that’s a story! I can see where that could be traumatic. I can also see where it would be an interesting study to my logical friend Karen. I hope you get to head back home soon, and get busy getting on the mend. Other than that, get your rest!

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