Friday, May 27, 2011

#1. Surviving the Week (Friday's Fave Five)

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Is it too strange to have a Friday's Fave Five list for the week of my surgery?

My procedure was on Tuesday, and it went as well as it could have.  Now we're waiting for the pathology report (which will probably be available next week), which will confirm whether the surgeon removed all of the cancerous tissue.  I'm still very, very tired, but feeling better, gradually.  Thanks for visiting to read my FFF list!
  1. The surgical facility is set up to allow family members to stay with patients as much as possible.  My husband and son were with me in pre-op and in recovery.  Even though my son amused himself by taking photos of me--looking cute in a hospital gown, no doubt *eyeroll* --being together was a comfort to me as well as a reassurance to them.  (In contrast, when I last had surgery, I spent the pre-op waiting time on a gurney in a hallway.)
  2. All of the medical professionals who helped me were wonderful, but there were two whom I was especially happy to see:  one is a sister in Christ, and the other is the same nurse who helped me through the biopsy.
  3. The anesthesiologist listened to our concerns--I haven't always had a positive experience with anesthesia--and made adjustments.  I was particularly thankful for the med that prevented, er, PONV.
  4. My husband has been just great about taking care of me.  He knew I'd be disappointed to miss my Bible study because I couldn't drive for 24 hours after surgery.  How sweet is it that he offered to take a day off from work to drive me back and forth?!  (We didn't, because I wasn't up to it.  I still felt as though I'd been hit by a bus.)
  5. I've continued to be blessed by the prayers, cards, flowers, phone calls, hugs, and support of my family and friends!
What have been the best parts of your week?  Either answer in the comments or write your own blog post and link up to Susanne!


  1. I am glad to hear that things are going as well as can be expected. I am sure that your son taking the pictures was his way of coping with the whole process. :) Keep us updated on your progress.

  2. Glad your surgery went well. Praying the news is good next week. (((HUGS)))

  3. Melissa, so glad your surgery and recovery are going so well. It is awesome that you are surrounded by such a supportive circle of family and friends. I find that I heal much better in that type of environment. Praying for good biopsy results.

  4. I think those are all GREAT things to mention on an FFF post. Having a good (relatively speaking) experience with any of those things is worth a mention!

    Hope the recovery continues well and that you have a great weekend.

  5. You must post the photo your son took of you in your hospital gown. :-) I’m sure you look adorable. So glad you had good care this week!

  6. So glad to hear you've been able to see blessings in this week. He does provide, doesn't He? What a sweet hubby you have.

    Take it easy and mend. Praying for peace for you.

  7. so thankful the surgery went well for you!! How blessed to have Christian nurses, a great husband and children to support you.....peace to you and have a great weekend!!!

  8. Glad things went well. I'll pray right now Barbara for the results from the test to be good. Also praying for your recovery and strength to return soon!

  9. Oh dear me Melissa...I think I called you Barbara but God knows who I'm praying for...sorry...

  10. Glad your surgery went well. I'm praying you recover quickly and that all the cancerous tissue is gone!

    It's great that your family is so supportive and helpful!

    I'm also glad you had those two nurses to help you - sometimes the care you receive makes all the difference.

  11. so glad that you were up and able to do a FFF!!!
    Glad to hear that the surgery went well!!!!
    Now, when do we get to see Moosemans wonderful photo of you ? :)
    HA HA HA

  12. I'm sure you'll be better before you know it, but its great that you had such a wonderful experience.

  13. Melissa I'm glad to hear that your surgery was the best experience something like surgery could have been. I had to laugh at your son taking pictures of you in recovery. That is so something my kids would have done. Continuing to say a prayer for your continued recovery and complete healing.

  14. I'm glad things went as well as they could have, and that you were blessed by a caring team of health care providers. It is so much nicer to have family nearby, isn't it? I hope the pathology report confirms the cancer is removed. Thank goodness for wonderful husbands, too! I hope you're feeling better now and enjoying the long weekend.

  15. finding good in the bad – Amen to that. I top five things about a hospital stay – good for you for looking for them, good for you in finding them, good for you in sharing them – thank you for that part. And God bless and keep you and all of yours this day – and a fist bump for your hubs :-)


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