Mar 03, 2012 - 6:04 pm
Well, it’s out. One kidney less. My road to recovery is a rough one. I’ve had surgeries before, but never on my ‘innards.’ My cousin the nurse, assures me I’m not a wuss. It’s a difficult procedure because they not only remove an organ, but they stretch others and readjust them, making recovery a bit more difficult. Also, my tumor was big--10cm x 9xm--and I'm 63 yrs old. Pathology report says it was inside the kidney and hadn't spread, but it's a grade 3 so they'll have to watch closely.
The gas they fill in your tummy makes this surgery different also. Each morning the nurse greeted me with the all-important question, Have you passed any gas?? And each morning, trying to please, I’d answer, no, but I burped a few times. Not good enough. You could see the disappointment on their faces. I’ve never wanted to fart so much in my life. I finally passed the ‘toot test’ and got to be released.
Congrats to all of you who were back at work within a week or 2. Thank goodness I'm retired, but I don't think I'll be back to quilting for a few wks.
For those of you with long waits for surgery, I'd advise you to beg for a sooner OR date. At first they were going to make me wait a month, but I said PLEASE can I have a sooner date as I have kidney cancer. And they did it --moved my date up 2.5 wks!