10 December 2008

Wednesday evening medical update 12-10-08

Everything went very smoothly today. My white count is up slightly. We are hopeful that with the port & infection gone, it will rise more. The blood bank had released one unit of platelets for me early this morning and then had no problem sending another one for me. I got those in plenty of time to get to the surgery centre by 1:00. Didn't have to wait there either. They got me right in, started the meds and the next thing I knew it was over and I felt a lot better. The pain medication is beginning to wear off now and the shoulder is sore, but not nearly as bad as it was. Along with removing the port, the surgeon also removed the dead infected stuff. Mike is supposed to do some cleaning and packing of the wound for the next three days, but thankfully I missed that discussion.

Also, you learn something new every day. I often have an IV line put in that is supposed to last for three days. Sometimes they push it to five days. One of the nurses called this a picc line. However, I learned today that a picc line is not what I had at all. But I am going to get one.

Unless something untoward happens with the surgical site, I get the next four days off from going in to have any medical stuff done! Yippee! Monday morning I go very early to my doc's to get CBC/Type & Cross and see him. As soon as I get done with him I'm scheduled for 2 units of platelets. Then I go over to the hospital and have a picc line inserted. This will stay in and not have to be removed every few days. I go back to see my doc after lunch and start Dacogen treatments again using the picc line.

In the meanwhile, I am focusing on enjoying the next few days! My shoulder is likely to be painful for a day or two, but the surgeon gave me Lortab for that. I'm looking forward to actually getting to do some decorating and cooking. Keeping my fingers crossed!

While I was out of it getting platelets, Mike's brother called to say their Dad's hernia surgery had gone well. He will be in ICU through tonight, but will hopefully move to a regular room tomorrow. We are all very grateful for this good news.

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh Becky....

What good news on all fronts!!!

Your Toronto friend has been worried and thinking about you all day.

Sleep well...your Guardian angels are with you....

XXOO
Balmoral

Hilary said...

Becky:

So happy that today went well and please enjoy your 'vacation' from medical appointments!

RainbowDishes said...

Excellent news and more excellent news!!! I am glad to hear the f-i-l's surgery went well. But even better is to hear that you are doing better!!! Yes, there is a Santa Claus!!!

teacup said...

Hi Hilary:

When I read your post I was so happy that yesterday went well........and you have a vavcation time from those medical stays at the hospital. Enjoy yourself with your family, and glad that FIL 's surgery went well.

Erica

bakinbits said...

Becky,I am so happy that the procedure is behind you, and am looking forward to seeing pictures of the wonderful creations coming out of your kitchen in the next few days. Healing thoughts and well wishes as always....

mary said...

Becky,

Happy to hear you have some time free to do some fun things for a bit!

Take heart my friend.

Mary/saff

Lizzy said...

Glad it all went smoothly, Becky! Whew!

Becky said...

Thank you all so much for your continued support. I appreciate every one of you. This morning I feel better than I have any morning in the last 4 weeks, so I really do hope I can do something like bake a batch of cookies! Life is good.