I will arrive at Mayo on the Thurs. Jan. 16th for some preliminary blood work and injections of blue dye (to locate the sentinel lymph nodes). I will stay overnight with my family in the Kahler Hotel the first night. I'll head over to Methodist Hospital (Mayo) early on Friday Jan 17th for surgery. 6-8 hours in surgery, then I'll stay in the hospital only one night, if all goes smoothly (as planned). Home on Saturday evening. I'm told that it's better to be home in my own bed for comfort and decreased infection risk. We will see. I'm not much of a hospital person, so I think I will prefer to go home early. I'm quite nervous about the surgery and general anesthetic. But, I have been doing lots of positive envisioning and meditations given to me by dear friends and teachers. My acupuncturist is a gem--she does lots of healing work and shares body meditations with me. When I am in her studio, it's the only time I sleep soundly and have no nausea.
Short and boring this time. I haven't posted for a long while, but I just didn't feel well enough. It took longer to climb out of my cave after that last grueling round of AC chemo. Thank God I am finished. Forever! Whew. The second phase of chemo (AC) was scary and mysterious. Surgery seems like a big deal too, but it seems more straightforward with a fairly predictable recovery (knock on wood).
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's were rough this year. So glad to bid good riddance to 2013 and ring in the new with 2014. I need prayers and thoughts for blessings in the new year--for complete healing, strengthening, patience with the process, smooth surgery and recovery, clear lymph nodes. Send a few prayers and thoughts Tim's way too--he's trying to hold it all together. The kids are doing well in their own ways. Thanks again for all the LOVE. It's my late father's birthday today--he's been gone almost 11 years. My mom's gone on to the next world too (almost 2 years ago), so I am really missing them today and in all of this. I'm an orphan. This is another reason I love my network of extended family and dear friends during this passage. Couldn't do it without all of you!
Here is Svea taking orders and writing menus for her "Bunny's Restaurant". Lovely, sweet, inspired child--she waits on me in bed. She pets me, smiles and says, "Oh, my poor little mama...."