I left a few things at the hospital…

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As mentioned in previous posts, surgery was Friday morning, returned from hospital yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon.  Well, most of me returned.  They took out my uterus, tubes and ovaries, as well as my appendix and my spleen.  The spleen part was a surprise; that wasn’t even on the proverbial table before they opened me up, but I told them as I was signing all the consent forms before they put me under, “Take out whatever you need to if there’s a chance of me living without it.  Just give me a chance to live and I’ll figure the rest out.”  So I wasn’t all that surprised to wake up and find out there was more of me missing than I’d planned for.

Not having a spleen means, assuming I survive, I’ll need extra vaccinations and stuff every year.  But that’s such a small thing compared to all the possibilities on the table, I don’t even care about that.  I’ve never been all that afraid of needles.

I’m not feeling too great today, physically, mentally, or emotionally.  I actually felt better in the hospital, but that’s because I had a constant stream of opioids making me artificially happy and neatly separating my brain from the physical damage.  Now I’m making do with high doses of ibuprofen and acetaminophen, among a few other drugs I need to take for a while just to prevent various post-surgery problems.

Friday I go in for my post-op visit and the hope is that by then the lab will have had a chance to examine all the stuff they took out of me and get a better read on what was going on in there.  Until then I don’t even know what treatment is going to be like, but I gotta say I hope I get a chance to feel at least a little better than this before they start me on chemo.  There’s a part of me that’s afraid, what if I’m never going to feel any better than this for the rest of my life?

But that’s just pitiful me coming down off the good drugs and having to face the hard part of healing.  The good news is that I survived surgery, there don’t seem to have been any complications, and no one has pronounced me terminal yet.  I’ll keep you updated as things progress.

7 Responses to “I left a few things at the hospital…”

  1. Kal

    Hurray for successful surgery and continued survival! I hope your healing is quick and uneventful. 🙂

  2. Ac3ofDr4gons

    I’m just glad that you survived and are likely to be around for some time to come.

    Also, have you come up with a name for the trade paperback (-size tumor) yet, or shall it remain nameless? I had suggested Excision, but it’s your tumor so I’ll leave the final decision up to you my friend. 😁

    • Mishell Baker

      I think that it shall remain nameless unless I find out something at the post-op appointment Friday that makes it particularly name-worthy. I will let you know.

  3. Gajtana

    It sounds like your surgery went well. Sending you healing energy.

  4. PK

    I’m glad to hear you’ve made it through surgery, and I am wishing that you *will* feel better soonest.

  5. Joe Fernandez

    I’m glad the surgery went well! Hope you heal quickly and that there’s good news from the lab tests. 🙂

  6. Anne, Cranky Cat Lady

    Sounds like all went well, I’m so glad!

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