Just letting you know about all the shenanigans I’ve gotten myself into in the past few days. Ok- maybe less shenanigans and more progress.
My brother Adam gave you a great update. As he said surgery went well and after 6 long hours on the table (which I could only imagine was beyond stressful on my amazing parents) the surgical team worked until I had no more VISIBLE tumor left. They removed all of my reproductive organs as well as the omentum and my appendix. They also were able to scrape the small amount of tumor from my diaphragm and liver. Finally they removed a small part of my bowel and reconnected it. Though I’m not yet cancer free, I’m proud to say that I’m basically tumor free!
After leaving the OR I recovered over night in the Intensive Care Unit. I have some assistance with a few of my normal functions right now. Because of the bowel reconstruction I have a tube going from my nose to my stomach that sucks out whatever is in my stomach. So this means that while my bowels are healing I’m on the Kate Moss diet of ice chips and more ice chips. MY GOODNESS I would do anything for a cheeseburger. Literally anything. But until then ice chips will have to do. I expect to have this tube for at least another day. Ugh.
In happier news: I was moved to a beautiful private room yesterday and the staff is amazing. My pain management team and I, after trying a few different meds, have found what works for me and I am in little to no pain today. In fact, twice today I was able to get out of bed with a walker and walk across my room from bed to chair. Adam and my cousin Sara think I should challenge my 96 year old grandma to a race. I think grandma would embarrass me.
So please know that I am meeting my small milestones and doing better than expected! I’m feeling more in the mood for visitors so if were are planning to see me please just give me a heads up. If you can, please do not come before noon. They tend to wake me up at 3 or 4am to draw blood and again at 5 or 6 to check my vitals so I’m trying to sleep later to get lots of rest in.
Thank you all again for the love! I am feeling an amazing amount of love and light holding me up through this. Thank you for also reading these absurdly long updates. I think it’s more healing for me to write them than for you to read them.
I love you all so much.