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