August 12, 2019 - Bad News, no wait....It really is Good News!
Each week begins as if I'm riding an unfamiliar roller coaster, not knowing when the heart pounding, stomach lurching drops will come. When I think I we're on relatively flat track, we drop 20 feet.
As I mentioned previously, last week was a little rough. However, I am on the mend. The pain that I was experiencing with my abdomen has improved each day. I am getting around much better and am not in need of pain meds. That is a WIN!
Unfortunately, the incision on my left breast has continued to worsen. I really will spare you all with the gory details. Suffice it to say, it is scaring the sh*t out of Jamie. He has been taking pictures of it through the weekend to send to my doctor. It is officially grossing him out. To keep the descriptors down to a bare minimum, just picture a surgical incision that doesn't heal, oozes yucky stuff, and is now separating (by a lot). You can think in the imperial system, not the metric system. The pictures are National Geographic worthy or as a backup they would be great for Halloween Horror Nights!
The Doc agrees, this needs to be remedied. So, we have to head back to Atlanta this week. I am having surgery on Thursday to clean that sucker up and have it restitched so that it will heal properly. This does sound like bad news, but it is really good news! The healing will happen so much faster after the surgery. I am confident! As good stewards, we were trying to let my body do it's thing, but it wasn't cooperating. Imagine that! It makes me think of when I start a new diet, like Keto, and instead of losing a few pounds the first week, I gain 5, LOL!
At the rate we were going without surgical intervention, the healing could have taken a few months. No thank you for that one! Other than dealing with a wound that wouldn't heal, we were concerned about infection. AND, it must be healed before I begin the next phase of my treatment. Chemo with open wounds is not usually a good idea, or so I've been told (attempted sarcasm).
It hasn't been officially confirmed, but we are expecting a small delay in the start of chemo. The most important thing is to keep myself healthy so that I will triumph! I need to be strong for chemo and I will be.
Let's finish this with even more happy news! Today was Mason's first day of 4th Grade. He was so excited to be back at school with his friends. His school is a brand new, amazing, elementary school. Jamie said that you certainly will get your daily steps in just by walking around the campus. We are very fortunate that Mason gets to experience this school. We know he will excel!
I've included the obligatory "First Day of School" pic. One day, Mason may cringe, but he knows that I love him dearly. 😍 One day, I'm sure he will forgive me.
Love to you all!