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twinthings
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I am nearing the 1 year mark...already! 

It was May 1st, 2013, that I was admitted to the hospital with the stomach flu. I didn't know it at the time, but, I also had kidney cancer.   Little did I know, very soon, I'd be rocking a paper gown for a second time that month, to have my cancerous kidney removed.  This picture was taken shortly before I was wheeled into surgery.  It reminds me where I've been and just how far I've come.

 

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Sindy, you look amazing and so calm in that pic. How were you feeling at that point? The anxiety for the wait to see a urologist is starting to get to me now only a week after getting CT results. 

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Thank's y'all!

Karen, for me, waiting on that first appointment with my urologist was the hardest part.  My ct called my tumor out as being renal cell carcinoma, so I knew before I saw the doctor.  Still, I needed to hear it from him.  And more importantly, I needed to know how soon he could get it out of me.  In the 2 weeks between my ct and dr appt I was a certifiable nut case!  After my appt, even after hearing the confirmation of cancer, suddenly I felt calmer.  Well, I may have let my crazy show briefly but for the most part, just having answers and a plan of action helped almost immediately.  I felt in that pic exactly how I looked, at peace.  I've had many, many surgeries and know the drill pretty well.  I wasn't worried.  I hope your wait isn't much longer.  And I hope you'll update us after your appt.  I will lift you in prayer, my friend : )

sblairc, you HAVE to stay positive. It's so important, for both of you.  My hat is off to you and every other caretaker!  I'd much rather be on my end of the cancer stick, than yours. Bless you both!

APny, I was all cried out by that point.  I remember crying my eyes out in the shower, before heading to the hospital tho.  It wasn't pretty.  But, once there, my room slowly filled with friends and family and we all posed for pics and prayed.  I was never afraid of the surgery itself, I knew I'd be in pain but that didn't bother me.  They make meds for that : ))   

nsb748, few things are too big on my short stubby frame, so the gown fit fine.  Some people get a versed/demerol dose to relax them prior to surgery. I did not. There was an issue with my lab work so they wouldn't administer anything till the issue was resolved. By that time, I was headed to the OR.  

 

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Way to go! And a reminder for me to STAY POSITIVE for my husband! Thanks for the smiling reminder. 

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You do look great and what a nice smile Smile How were you able to be so calm? I was sobbing my eyes out as they were sheeling me in, lol. Way to go!

nsb748
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You certainly look a little happier than I did.  Probably didn't help that my paper gown fit me more like a large T-Shirt.

Being calm is the easy part, they give you pills for that haha

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Very photogenic you are! You are certainly rocking that paper gown.

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Posing for a picture, in a johnny, before surgery?.. Who ever does that?.. With a smile!..If thats not the look of a winner, then what is?.. You've got this thing knocked. Looking great Sindy. Congrats on year one of many more to come.

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Couldnt agree more.  I wasnt thinking of pictures when I went in, but then I dont rock a paper gown like you SindyWink.

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Fortunately no one is interested in a 70 year old man in a paper gown. For now we will let Sindy be the model.

 

Icemantoo

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wth is a johnny?  That's one I've never heard before!   For years now, my family has referred to me as the paparazzi.  I capture everything on camera.  I think more people than not, take hospital pics...you'd be surprised, fox.  What a shame you don't have a Johnny pic!!  I'll just have to use my imagination ; )

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I don't think we are ready for you posing in any skivies. Paper or otherwise. Sindy, Johnny= hospital gown. Remember that my career is in health care with half of it in hospitals. Never saw anyone taking pictures. People don't generally look their best when in the hospital. You know what size hospital johnnies come in?

One size fits nobody!

How do you intend to use your imagination of me in a johnny? Opening in front or in back? Sorry to make you spit out your coffee.

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Bahahahahaha!  I did damn near spit out my coffee, in fact, I'm still laughing.   You are a funny man, fox!!  I have a pretty wild imagination so...

I think if you took a poll you'd find that more people than not, take hospital pics.  It's so easy with cell phones these days. 

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You are correct, Sindy. I also took a pic of mom right before she went in to have her kidney out.. She was 79 at the time.  I would post it here, but darn, but i have to find it!  She was smiling just like you were.. i guess glad to be getting rid of that thing!

 

XX

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That's awesome, angec!  And what a good sport your mom was for letting you take that pic.  If you find it, post it. 

I tend to capture all of life's big moments, in pictures; not to mention the bajillion other moments I think are kodak worthy.  My friends and family don't call me the paparazzi for nothing!  I took at least a dozen pics with friends and family that day.  You will likely see me change my profile pic frequently throughout the month of May.  It will be my way each year to celebrate my victory over RCC. 

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Hubba hubba...  Never saw someone so hot in hospital garb before..! Tongue Out

Ron

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foxhd
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I guess I stopped working in hospitals long before cell phone cameras. I forget that I am getting so experienced. (old).

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Ahhh Schucks, Ron, you sure know how to make a girl blush!

Djinnie, I can just see it now.  Your stories have a way of conjuring up the funniest mental images.  And I LOVE your accent!

Thank you, Jojo!!

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That's funny Twinnie, I hope I don't speak with a plummy accent, ie. what they call the green welly brigade, those from country manors. 

Djinnie x

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Hey Twinnie, You look very fetching in your designer gown! It is hard to believe it is almost a year,how time flies, congratulations! and may you have reason to celebrate every year.

 I remember my op day like it was yesterday. I had to wash from head to foot in iodine, don my paper robe and matching Miss Muffet hat, then I was tucked up in bed. I was then wrapped up to my chin in gold aluminium foil, looking something akin to an oven ready chicken. If my husband had thought of snapping a photo of me at that point, he would have been following me into theatre pretty smartish, for major surgery!

 

Djinnie x

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It is a great pic,Sindy! And you look so confident and assured - like you were saying "Bam! Bring it on!" \You rock, girl! Congrats on your one year anniversary! Here's to many, many more.

Hugs and smiles,

Jojo

strongmind
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You looked great Sindy..wishing you all the best for scans.

I also like to take lot of pictures...I have taken my husband's pictures after surgery, during IL-2 treatment( all swollen and red and puffy), cyber knife..although I deleted cyberknife one , I got scared with big machine.

Since our family lives at other end of world, so they wanted to see my husband is fit and fine during all the treatments:-)

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The Il-2 was tough. I knew that. I told all friends and my wife to stay away. What pleasure would they get from seeing me that way? And pictures for those that couldn't make the event?  I didn't want the attention. Wait until I feel better. I knew I would. Then be glad to see me. No pictures please. I think that this is a generational thing. I've got a smart phone and use it for nothing. A stamp and letter would be just fine. ..I think I just admitted to being "old, and over the hill." ..shoot. Now what do I do?

write me at,

1313 mockingbird lane.

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Easy... the weather is good.. go for a ride..!!

 

Ron Cool

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I'm inclinded to think it's more gender than generation.  For one thing, you and I are close in age. 

My hubby is fit and stong.  But for hbp, he'd be the poster child for good health.  In 1993, he had to have his right jaw surgically broken and rebuilt due to a congenitive defect in the growth plate.  It was a big surgery and scheduled to take several hours.  Our twins were little at the time and I could have used help at the hospital but he absolutely forbid me to tell anybody that he was having surgery.   He doesn't like any attention on him.  Never has.  Drives me crazy!  Thank God there weren't cell phones with cameras back then.  He'd have killed me long before RCC got me.  But...who do you think was taking my pic at the hospital?  He was.  He always does.  Besides, nobody sees them but us.  Other than my current profile pic on CSN, I've never posted a hospital pic on facebook or any other social media.  I am a scrapbooker.  You can't scrap a memory book with out pics.  This last surgery (my neph), he was naughty and took pics of me in recovery, as I was waking from anesthesia.  He thought it was funny.  I, did not.

Hubby's no smarter with his smart phone than you are, fox.  He only agreed to get an iphone because my job sent me to Ohio, indefinitely, and we wanted to have facetime.  Up till then, all he had was his work phone and it's too old to be smart.

I hope you took Ron's advice and went for a ride.  CoolKiss

 

Strongmind...I think it's awesome your hubby lets you take his pic, especially hospital pics!  My hubby doesn't like pics period.  Granted, he's mellowed soooo much in his senior years.  He's all about "not sweating the small stuff" now so, he's learned to tolerate my picture taking.  I think grandbabies do that to ya.

 

Djinnie, you conjure up quite the picture.  I can just see you basking in iodine, wrapped in foil...gold foil, no less!  Almost sounds like some fancy european spa day...minus the peace and serenity. 

 

Thank you, Jojo!  Cheers to many many more years!!

Praying for Oklahoma...Twisters predicted for the weekend.

aamdsi
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That gown looks quite nice on you!  BUT I pray you will NEVER have to wear it again! 

Do wish they came in other colors and maybe lfeece lined though.

 

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Paper gowns.. they should be free..

Paper gowns won't cover all of me...

 

Paper gowns.. should come with tape..

Paper gowns.. my butt should not escape...

 

Paper gowns are not for me...boo...

I just wish.. the women's were  see through... Tongue Out

 

Ron

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twinthings
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Oh my goodness, Ron...such talent!  You could put a guitar to that and make it a country song, lol. 

aamdsi, I just booked my next paper gown fitting for June 5th.  I doubt it will be any fancier than the others.  I'd be happy if it were any kind of fabric, anything but paper and certainly NOT see-through...Ron!  Bling would be nice, tho Kiss

aamdsi
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But "mine" were cloth, although so big they didn't seem to do much good.  But at least I didn't have a "Jack" moment (Somethings gotta give movie)

Really, wish someone would design nicer, comfier, better fitting (tailored), bright patterned ones.  With pockets would be nice too. 

 

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