Just a short update. My port will be implanted on Thursday as outpatient surgery. I also am supposed to wear a medical alert bracelet now that says that I have an implanted port. I guess it helps the medical staff if I need blood, fluids or whatever to ascertain they do not start stabbing my arms with needles when they can use the port already implanted. Should be an interesting procedure. I will be in twilight sleep. I like that. You are 'awake' but you really do not care what is going on around you. Exactly how I want to be for this procedure.
As it stands now, I start radiation therapy on Monday 28th. I am pretty sure they will hook me up with a chemo pack to also have beginning Monday and will probably remove it on Friday. Not sure how that works. I know I have to have it on for at least five days (chemo).
Good news is my hippo arrived this morning. I am trying to keep some semblance of sanity and humor throughout this insane surreal period in my and my family's life...one of the things I asked Rich was if I could have a puppy and he said no (realistically a puppy would do me in right now, perhaps later on though....) However, I wanted something warm and fuzzy to hold now and then and to be near me during stressful moments that was not human. I was watching NCIS (one of my all time favorite shows) and one of the characters, Abby the Goth forensic scientist, who I love because she is so bohemian, has this hippo she hugs when she is upset on the show. The hippo, when hugged, emits a loud gaseous sound. I thought THAT is what I need.
Thank God for Google because I found it - albeit in England - and ordered it. Arrived today. So far, I have hugged my little hippo dozens of times to Rich's dismay. He's a cute little bugger, about the size of a small dog...and every time I get annoyed at Harvey, I hug Bert the Hippo and I feel a lot better. I have a feeling I will be hugging him a lot over the next several weeks. If I am able will post again on Friday, otherwise over the weekend before the real roller coaster ride begins. Be well, Marilyne