November 16th, 2008

My surgery on Friday went well.  It was a bit longer than I had originally thought, but my nurse, Chris was extremely nice and gave me lots of awesome pain killers! (She even signed my wall!)  Also, my good friend Kara’s mom, Tari Berke, a RN at Jewish Hospital was there to check in on me, it was comforting to have a familiar face in such an unfamiliar place. Thanks Tari.

My surgeon, Dr Popp and his staff removed six lymph nodes from three different locations on the sides of my neck.  Also, they removed skin and tissue from the back of my neck with the wide excision.  I have four gnarly scars, but in time they will fade and I will be able to make up some really cool story about how tough I am and include the line “well you should see the other guy!” Haha.

I am in a bit of pain but the Vicodin is helping me with that!   My neck and head are quite uncomfortable and my movement is very limited.  However, I am able to eat normally which is good because everyone has been very generous by dropping off food and treats!  I swear I’m going to gain 20 lbs before this thing is over. (and that’s okay with me!)

That’s about it…I get the results back from the lymph node biopsy early next week so as always, we are hoping for good news.  Again, I want to thank everyone who has shown their support for me during this.  Without all of you my spirits wouldn’t be as high as they are right now.  I have to thank the Swiggarts and my great friends in Steamboat for the care packages, they really brightened my day today.  Thanks Aunt Patty and Mary and family, for hanging out with me today and for the dinners.  The sweet rolls were awesome, Grandma would be proud!  Thanks to Aunt Jenny for updating my Blog, we can’t wait to see you all over Thanksgiving and for the Turkey Bowl!



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