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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Surgery Date Set!

I ended up going to meet with the surgeon yesterday. It was supposed to be today, but they called to see if I could come in yesterday afternoon, so I rushed through the shower, got dressed and ran! Sis went with me --- poor soul, she hasn't missed a single appointment since all this started back in June. Ain't she the greatest???!!!!

Anyway, it went very smooth. Nice guy, very quiet and matter of fact about it all. He examined me, squished around a lot, then said, "I think I can close this up!"

I was thinking to myself, "You THINK????" What if you CAN'T???? Since his specialty is Colon-Rectal surgery, and I'm getting a mastectomy, I was also wondering what it is going to look like when he's done with me!!!!!!

He asked if I had any questions, and I felt stupid since I had no idea what to ask him. I did ask him how long I would be in the hospital, and he said it would just be overnight, like this was just nothing!!!! I'll be coming home the next day with drains hanging out.

So it was a very short visit. I go on Friday for pre-surgery blood work, etc., and surgery is set for next Wednesday.

Again, Sis and I came out of there and just looked at each other. Why do I get the strangest of doctors all the time? I know I'm not that chatty, but it gets a little strange in the Dr.'s office when the doctor doesn't say much either! The only good thing was that I knew my cancer Dr. knew these guys and said they were good. I kind of trust him, knowing that he is on their list of surgeons.

I'll be so glad when this is all behind me. I've been waiting for this surgery since June, and now I dread it all! It isn't the surgery, it's the after "stuff!" Drains, pain, stiff arm, running back and forth to the Dr. --- you know the drill! and I'm sure the cancer guy will be hounding me to get back in there to start radiation right after the surgery, too!! He waits for nothing!

Thanks again, all of you who have been praying for me. I know it is only because of your prayers that I've come this far, believe me! I'm usually a "giver-upper" when it comes to this kind of stuff. You've all been the greatest!!!!

33 comments:

Patty H. said...

Cora, you are in my prayers.

I do beleive the doll is from the 50's. Thanks

Nicole said...

Hi Cora. I didn't realize your cancer was colorectal. My father-in-law was diagnosed with this in November. He is in his fifth week of chemo and radiation now. Then he gets six weeks off and then surgery. Then I believe another six months of chemo or radiation ( I don't remember which one). I'm sure your procedure has been a little different depending on all the particulars with your case. So glad you are having surgery soon to get that lovely piece of ugliness out. :) That's the best way I could describe it, I guess. So glad to hear how you are doing.

Love,
Nicole

Dani said...

Cora, I am in prayer with you and know He will give you the strength to see this through...
God bless you!

NanaKaren said...

Glad that you have your surgical date set up. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Wanita said...

Cora, I'm' keeping you in my prayers.

Blessings,
Wanita

Jennifer said...

Bless your heart! I will keep you in my prayers, my dear!

((hugs))
Jennifer

Aliene said...

Cora, Still praying for you. Kept smiling and just know we love you ~

*Linda Pinda* said...

Cora:
I'm so glad you have a date set. You know your friends from all over the globe will be praying for you throughout the surgery and recovery.

My little ones were just asking about you, and now I can give them this update! Auntie Cora is in good hands (even if those doctors are a bit quirky... hee hee)

And YES!!! Your sister is the best!!! PLEASE give her big hugs from all your friends who are sooooooooooooooo thankful that you have her through all of this.

That would be the breast surgeon I'd get too... course after nursing so many babies "they" do look like c^@p, so I guess that would make sense........ LOL...

Oh... what's a little humor between friends.....right?

Love you to bits and I hope that you are ready to say "good-bye" to all the struggles of 2008, and embrace the gifts the Lord has prepared for you in 2009.

Happiest of New Years to the most treasured of friends...

Love, Prayers, and Hugs... *Linda* & family

2 Much Farm Primitives said...

Cora, you're in my heart and prayers. Love you girl.

Vic

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

You did it! You've come a long way baby! I'm so glad that the surgery is set and will be done before you know it.

You know I'll be praying diligently for you.

Love & hugs,
Lea

Gathering Hope said...

Trust God in the dark til the light returns...
From his hand, grace will fall upon you Cora-
Love and prayers
Sherry

Jan and Tom said...

Cora, dear...

We will continue to lift you in prayer...through surgery and recovery!

~Blessings of the New Year...
Jan & Tom

Farmchick said...

Dear Cora~
I am SO glad that you stopped by for a visit--I lost track of you but I will be sure to not let that happen again! I was glad to get to your blog and catch up. I will for sure be praying for you. You are lucky to have such a wonderful sister near by and Buster too!!

Debra said...

Cora,
I'll never get tired of telling you that I'm praying for you, and I won't stop praying either.
Love, and God's blessings on your new year.
~Debra

Stacy Lambert said...

Cora,
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I, too, will be facing the big M soon. A few months. I hope everything goes smoothly and you will finally get your life back soon. I feel cheated of this time. Do you ever feel that way? Like time passes, but we have to catch up when our cancer ordeal lets us. I love you, you are strong and will make it through this.
Hugs,
Stacy

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Cora you will be in my prayers in the days to come as well as those that will be doing the surgery and after care.
Hugs,
Ginger

Ruthie said...

Cora I will be praying for you still.

My Mom had a mastectomy and she said it wasn't nearly as bad as she had expected.
Before you know it, all this will be behind you - even though right now it seems like it is forever with all the Dr visits etc.
A favorite saying for me is:
"Lord, Help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that you and I together can't handle!"

Blessings.
Ruthie

Lainie said...

Cora I'm so glad you're keeping a sense of humor about you.

I am praying for you and know that God is holding you in His Everlasting Arms.

I am praying for strength and fast healing and no secondary infections.

Lord bless you and have a wonderful, wonderful New Year.

Keep us posted,

Lainie

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Sis..
((((hugz)))) I just know everything will be alright and I go before the throne room of God with prayers of healing for you my dear friend. You have been such an inspiration to me, I thank the Lord for allowing us to meet and for your sisterness. You are blessed to have Juri as your sister and appointment buddy
*smile* Happy New Year and may this new year be one of healing, good health, and peace, and Joy . Thank you for allowing us to journey with you!!!

Luv ya Lorie

Kath said...

...You are in my prayers, Cora.

Many Blessings to you!

-Kath

Sharon/primthyme said...

Cora,I'm keeping you in my prayers !!
Prim Hugs & Blessings,
Sharon

LindaSueBuhl said...

Cora - we continue to pray for your peace, healing and strength. There was an article today on the internet about the post surgery issues http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-12-30-lymphedema-breast-cancer_N.htm-
you can do it! Your strength is the Lord and He is faithful.

The Shabby Secret Garden said...

Hey girl,
I caught the part about your breast surgery being done by a colorectal surgeon. heehee ;) ~ I think Linda Pinda said it THEE best. lol
Girl, 2008 is almost over... and HAPPY NEW YEAR TO CORA!! LOOK WHAT GOD'S BROUGHT YOU THROUGH!!! I'm so excited about your surgery... get that over with and behind you...
look how you are rising ABOVE IT ALL!
EAGLE WINGS CORA...
AND HAPPY HEALTHY, FEELIN BETTER NEW YEAR!!!
SMOOCHY HOLYKISSES,
Lea

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Cora, you are in my prayers. My wish for you is a happy, healthy, and blessed new year! blessings, Kathleen

Katy said...

oh, i know this may not seem comforting..but I take his flippant manner with it all as a good sign. Like the surgery will be easy as pie for him...which is AWESOME...don't you think??? :o) It's too bad he doesn't have a more caring approach though! I am so sorry for that!

But I definitely think that God has His hand over your life and I must say...your strength amazes me! I don't know how you do it!

Knowing I am thinking of you and praying for you!!! Happy New Year Cora!!! xoxo

Linda said...

Hi Cora,

Well one more battle down - and more to come. You are winning them though and I have no doubt you will conquer this one and move on to radiation and conquer that as well!!

I just know that 2009 will bring you good things - they may just be a bit down the road!!

Happy New year and hugs, Linda

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Prayering for you sweet Cora for a speedy recover when you have surgery. Wishing you a good 2009 filled with blesiings!

Hugs,
Maryjane

Toby Parsons said...

Praying. :)

SweetAnnee said...

Oh I sure wish I could be there.. If you're only in there a day. it won't be bad. Someone will have to help you with the drains..but they'll be out faster than you think.

They'll let you heal a bit before radiation.

I will be praying for you
deena

Kay @ The Rustic Cottage said...

I am so glad that a date has been set for your surgery! Praising God that you've come this far and are doing so well. You're still at the top of my prayer list!!

Love and hugs,
Kay

Deborah said...

Just stopped by to let you know I'm praying for you today. You have such a positive outlook and such a sense of humour! You are such a testimony to God's grace!

Magnolia Memories08 said...

Hi Cora
My heart any prayers go out to you.
I have just found your blog.I am
so touched by your spirit. I will continue to pray for you and through our gracious God I have to believe you will be fine. Please keep me updated your friend from Mississippi.
Love and prayers
Vikki

Oma aka Meme said...

soft hugs and prayers--love Meme