Overview of the next few days.
I won’t be tweeting from the operating room, sorry. But, I thought I’d share what the next few days are going to look like for us. I’m typing this on a train (but posting it from the hotel) that’s taking us to Seattle, beautiful foggy sunrise this morning. We’re decided on the train for several reasons. (1) We won’t need our car as we’re staying at the hospital’s hotel so we’ll save money on parking, (2) it’s awesome (3), it should be more comfortable on the way home even though it will take more time (I can go to the bathroom whenever I need to… lots of fluids!), (4) my dad came up with us for a few days, so he can jump on the train to head back easily, and (5) it’s awesome.
If you watched the video I posted about the surgery, you saw them tossing my intestines around like a jump rope. Today is the day for making sure they are empty. The main reasons being: (1) as my body restarts from the anesthesia, my bowels will take a few days to start working. After several days of nothing “moving”, well, the body turns into a brick factory if you know what I’m saying. (2) if for some reasons they cut my intestines, the less that’s in there the better for minimizing the risk of infections. So, I can have breakfast today, but after 10am, it’s clear liquids only. At 2pm, I’ll drink a wonderful bottle of lemon flavored laxative. After that it’s just water until after surgery. It will likely be a few days until I get to eat any real food, while my bowels return from their slumber.
We check in to the hospital at 5:30am to begin preparing for my 7:20am surgery. Our Dr. said it should be at least a 6 hour surgery, with 2 hours in recovery. They’ll be removing around 50 lymph nodes from my left and right side near my spine in the retroperitoneal zone. After that I get moved into the ICU for at least 1 day, until finally making my way into a hospital room for another 5-6 days. We’ll be released from the hospital once I’ve made it to solid food, had a bowel movement, had all my tubes removed (like my catheter), and I’m able to move around a bit. The estimate around 7 days total, but my recovery might be slightly slower since my body is still recovering from chemotherapy… but I plan on being home to my children as fast as possible (without blowing out my staples).
I’ll try to keep updating things as they are happening, but I’m not sure what that will look like for me yet. I plan on resting and recovering.
Does that make sense? Any questions about my surgery?