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I have to be at the hospital at 5;30 am tomorrow morning for hopefully a partial that may turn into a radical because of the location.  I'm getting very nervous, which I am sure all of you know about.  This is going to be my "new normal".  I just need to learn to go with it.  Do what needs to be done and get on with it like the rest of you all have been doing. I have found comfort in reading everyones posts and know that there is a pile of great information on this site.  Just wanted to thank you all and let you know how much you have helped me, even if I wasn't posting a lot.  When I am scared I just back away.  Jjust my way of coping. Hope to be back acting like normal real soon. Wink

Kim

 

 

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These guys are experts and do these ops all the time. Your job is to turn up, have a nap and do what your told. Sweet dreams. I was visited by Helena Bonham Carter and Kiera Knightly during my operation. Very pleasant.

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You have the absolute best sense of humor!!

Made me smile!  Good job!! Need it right about now :)

Kim

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daisybud,

 

Lucky you. I had to be at the hospital at 5:00 am. The first thing they do is shave the hair off your stomach and chest. It goes downhill from there. I got nephed a lucky 13 and 1/2 years ago and without it I wouln't be here today. I wish I could say that it was painless, but I would be laughed off this board.

 

Icemantoo

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The night before my sugery, I took a ferry to NYC where my surgery was scheduled.  My wife and I stayed in a hotel near the hospital.  Walked around NYC.  That kept my mind off what was to come.  The morning of the surgery was surreal.  Pre-op room faced out to Presbyterian Hospital where I was born and had a major abdominal surgery as a newborn--which was probably what led to my diagnosis.  I said to my wife that I felt like I was going back to the womb.  Walked down to the surgery room.  It looked like a space ship.  More surreal--anesthesiolgist was a chatty young man--he asked me about my line of work---I tell him--we immediately figure out his first cousin works for me in my office.  We laughed-------- that was my last memory before waking up in recovery.  It was all good. 

Get a good night sleep.  You will be fine. Good luck.

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I don't think I will be sleeping at all tonight!  Have to leave my house at 4;30am.  I will post again soon,

Kim

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This is going to be one of the most terrifying experiences for you but it's their daily job, they are expert and they all detail information about it, so don't worry and take it easy,it has pain but it feels great to know that tumor is hopefuly out for good.

May you have a successfull surgery and uneventful recovery

Forough

 

 

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Kim, wishing you the best. By the time you see this post you'll be long past the surgery. May your recovery be as easy (relatively speaking) as mine. Don't be afraid to use the pain killers; that's what they're for. And get out of bed and walk as soon as possible.

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I know by the time you read this you will be home resting and hopefully watching Netflix or HBO Go or something of that nature.  Cool

I've been praying for you and I hope all is going well.  You will feel a lot better knowing that thing, that's inside of you, is out!

Jason

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Best of luck. I will follow in your footsteps soon. prayers for full and as painless as possible recovery.

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Kim, first, I was not shaved at all! I doubt you will.

You get to go sleepy bye...and will be asked to sit on side of bed

and eventually get up to walk a bit, or just stand. Its to prevent clots forming.

I also highly recommend getting a velcro, lumbar wrap. It helps hold up those sore

abdominal muscles as they heal. AND I used dry ice packs and placed it inside the wrap

but not against the skin. It really helped with swelling and so LESS pain meds.

Not sure if you have had any surgeries, but they will pump up your abdomen with this gas

so the surgeon can see, BUT it gets trapped, esp around the shoulder as its trying to find its'way out.

This gas is not inside your colon/stomach so most gas aides do not work. MOVEMENT gets rid of it

and it could last a few days. It was my worst pain, but who cares, the CANCER is out!

Hope you only need a partial. Hope you are having robatic, laproscopic incisions...quicker healing.

You can only walk for the 1st month, no other exercise EVEN if you feel better. Just WALK!

Don't rush your recovery as everything inside needs TO HEAL!

Let us know how you are doing and I'll say a prayer for your surgeon.

Sending you healing hugs,

Jan

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which was the colon purge in a bottle, along with don't eat or drink anything. I didn't have to be at the hospital until noon, and it was nearly 4 in the afternoon before they took me to surgery.  At least I spent about 2 hours from 2-4 in la-la land.

And I have always laughed when a nurse comes in 2 days after surgery and asks if there has been a bowel movement.  With what, I say.  Purge, starve, and give me liquids, and maybe if you provide a magic wand, I'll be able to comply.

Relax while you can; they'll have you up and walking and just "tooting" around the halls.

Good luck and hugs.

donna_lee

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Even though I'm sure you are post-op by now.  Rest easy, hopefully they were able to get in, get out with the strangled little ******* in tow and you'll never have to revisit this adventure.  Oops, I'm sorry.....although laughter is definitely the best medicine, you probably won't appreciate a laugh right now.   You'll soon be on the road again but for now, do what they tell you and let your body heal.

God Bless,

Donna~

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You can do this! You're in good hands. Be gentle on yourself.

Blessings,

Todd

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I'm sending my prayers and wishing the best of luck with your surgery. 

Baw41

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Good luck, Kim! Hoping it all goes smoothly and you are posting in no time!! Sending good vibes your way!!

Hugs

Jojo

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"Take another little piece of my kidney now baby..."

Kim, already one day healthier. Just think, in a month you'll be like ...30 days recovered. Call it a battle scar or beauty mark. It is a badge of honor. Your orientation is nearly complete. Your beanie is in the mail.

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Hi guys, Kim let me know that she ended up getting the tumor out with a robotic partial yesterday as she hoped. She is nauseous and tired but is now cancer free! Today marks my 1 month since my partial robotic and I vividly remember how yucky that first day feels. I am sure she will comment here once she is mobile and feeling more like herself. Isn't it nice to beat the RCC???

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Kim,

 

Your neph was just in time to show off with that new bikini this summer.

 

 

Icemantoo

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The several robotic scars will look great with the bikini!

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I refer to them as my extra belly buttons....Tongue Out

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l got home yesterday and on my way to recovery.  I did end up with a partial robotic of right kidney.  I am hoping that being this exhausted is normal.  I feel wide awake for a short while think have to sleep.  Came home on vicodin, the only med that didnt make me sick.  Maybe that why I get so tired!  I am trying to be really careful surgeon said the location made it hard to get at and normal way to close up the kidney didnt work with me.  Of Course!

I have been keeping in touch with Laurie and we seem to on the very same path with a lot of things! Thank you Laurie, my new buddy, for updating everyone for me. I really appreciate it :)

Donna, the little bottle and not eating for 3 days was definitely not fun.  Hopefully, I loose a few pounds! Right now I feel so swollen though.

foxhd, I am seriously watching for that beanie in the mail!

 icemantoo, there is no way I will be wearing a bikini, lol.  The lap spots look bad enough but I was allergic to the adhesive in the tape and when it came off, so did chunks of skin.  Now, I have those yucky things too.

hardo718, I will wear those extra bellybuttons proudly!

I could go on and on about how you all have helped me through this.  I truly appreciate all the prayers and hugs!

Funny thing, need a little laugh now, yesterday when I got home I sat on the sofa.  I couldnt get up and had to get husband to help. Not funny at the time, wanted to cry.  Now, I can laugh because honestly I felt like a turtle rollled over on its shell!!

Love and hugs to everyone,

Kim

 

 

 

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Hey Kim, the worse is over for sure! I needed help rolling out of bed and off the couch for a couple of weeks and got pretty good with the turtle maneuver when I had to get up on my own. We bought an electric recliner on Craigslist that was the only way I got up on my own! I stopped pain meds after a week and it made a huge difference in my awakeness. I preferred the twinges of ouch when I moved over the groggy haze of pain meds. On the other hand, sleeping with meds makes time pass faster!  I hit the 4 week point last Wednesday and that very day, it seemed my wounds were suddenly healed and I could use my abdominal muscles freely. For you, it may be a week earlier because I had that abdominal hematoma complicating it. So, in a few weeks you will be yourself again, just needing naps when you do too much. Laugh at yourself, but be sure to use a pillow or binder when you do :) I am still 10 pounds lighter than I was a month ago so maybe this little diet will work for you too, LOL! I hope to never have to have another partial nephrectomy again, but for those of you with one coming up, it really isn't so bad when I look back at it and I personally feel blessed to have cancer gone with no chemo involved. Make sure you get up and walk a lot between naps Kim! -Laurie

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YAAAY Kim its over.. and on to recovery!

Trust me it WILL get better.

I HIGHLY recommend wearing that lumbar, velcro wrap around your abdomen.

It will support thos aching, sore muscles. I even woreit to bed so I could get UP.

It assists you in gettingi up from chairs and beds. Plus I already have a handle on side

of bed to pull up. Yes, roll to side and PUSH UP with hands.

This is when a reciiner is helpful. I didn't have one.

Remember, you had mucho meds to keep you under with general anethesia and it takes

awhile to get those effects out of your system PLUS they have you on oral pain meds on top of it.

Once flushed out (lots of water) you'll start to awaken and feel much better, less fatigued.

Yet you ARE allowing sore muscles, tissues to recover and they swell up in the beginning.

THAT is why I put DRY ICE inside my lumbar wrap over the incisions and it really helped with

reducing pain. ICE IT!

REST and glad you let us know how you are doing hon

Gentle hugs, Jan

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So glad to hear they were able to do the partial. Now it's over and just focus on recovering. Wishing you the best!

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When GSRon went through this, he told a story of being embarassed...at first....about being asked to pass gas, and then proudly responding to the requests. Especially the time he was in his room with the doors open. Across the hall was a nursing staff meeting. They also had the door open. Funny story. Making leomonade when dealt lemons. He had a great attitude looking at the funny side of our cancer trip. Lessons learned.

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Be kind to yourself & take it easy. Soon enough you'll be back in the saddle again & this will all be behind you.

Donna~

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Welcome home!! It is such a relief when that part is over. Each day you will get better and better! You are now cancer free!!

Foxy, I remember GSRon telling that story. Very funny story. I was in a co-ed room....which inhibited me. I had to lie about passing gas. I could not pass gas due to shyness.....as soon as I was in the car 4 days later, on the way home from the hospital, my body finally started releasing it. My poor, poor husband. I told him he should take that as a compliment!

Happy healing!

Hugs

Jojo

 

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See?  Surgery is in the past now!  Take care of yourself and listen to your body.  Don't forget to walk all you can without doing more than what your body tells you and rest as much as needed.  Speedy recovery!

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Glad that's over with.

Good luck in your recovery!

Todd

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With 2 robotic laparascopies an appendectomy and a hernia repair all on my right side, I have 12 scars all up and down my right side.

When I'm in the locker room and somebody stares, I just say "knife fight. you should see the other guy." Their eyes get big and I laugh. Sometimes I tell the truth. Sometimes I don't.

Better to be alive with scars than the alternative.

Glad to be alive,

Todd

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Daisy-so happy to hear you're home and resting.  I think we do that more because we don't get the deep and refreshing sleep when we're supposed to.  And we definitely tire more readily.

Todd-I wouldn't want to have to do a "scar down" contest, but I'm right up there with you. After 2 kids delivered the regular way, I decided to get my tubes tied-Lap #1 beside the navel.  When I started having "female" problems, Lap #2 was done for diagnostic purposes, same area but much more invasive as they were looking for endometriosis, which was in all sorts of places.  A month later, I had a total abdominal hysterectomy, uterus, tubes, ovaries, and appendix, which left the bikini line scar.  A year later, I tore ligaments in my knee while skiing-a kid ran into me and crossed my tips-and had to have the MCL sewn back together horizontally and longitudinally.

Wait some more years and develop cancer.  Yeah, we've been there !!  14 inch line starting just below the navel and up to ribs, then across to just below armpit. Ribs were cut and separated to get to everything-kidney, liver, gall bladder and set of nodes.  That's where I began my collection of precious metal, with a plate and screws to hold the ribs together while they healed. 

Took a fun vaca from Oregon and while visiting relatives on the East Coast, wanted to see Fort Sumpter.  Charlestown is a lovely place, with cobble streets, high sidewalks that kept the Inns out of the water, etc.  But stepping down was a bit**, as I caught my heel on the narrow step to the street and dislocated my left foot and broke the tib-fib (tri-maleolar fracture)...two days before departure.  Bumpy ride in the ambulance driving on cobbles, with me cussing under my breath the whole way to the County Hospital.  No ortho's there, so was driven to the University teaching hospital.  After a long time, they had a large enough crew around  and got my conscious sedation consent (always get that last-it makes the patient sooooo happy) and were able to pull my foot back into alignment.  No dr. and no OR there till the following week, so I flew home with a temporary cast. (It was put on too tightly and had to be recasted at an all-night walk in clinic near Hartsfield in Atlanta).  I called a friend who was an Orth PA at home, and he got me an appt. the day after getting home.  Had to wait a week for surgery because it need to be done within 24 hours, or wait a week for the swelling to recede.  So 7 weeks on crutches, a steel plate and screws in the fibula and screws in both heads of the tibia, all left me to develop a trigger thumb from walking on crutches so long.

That gave me 3 1/2 months to wait for my next CT, which found cancer again.  This time the incision began with the lower 2 inches of the first cancer surgery and went down 2" below the navel.  Later that fall, I had day surgery to remove the node that had developed on the MCL of the right thumb; and it still has a permanent kink at the distal joint.  I wasn't especially happy the following spring when cancer was D'xd again, but I knew the routine.  He added to the length of the scar by extending it another 4" toward the pelvis.

And yes, it has faded to almost un-noticeable in color, although it/they still itch sometimes.  And yes, I finally lost all the yo-yo veight gains that seem to accompany stess and surgery.  And for you, Daisy, YES, I bought a couple of bikinis when we were in Mexico and wore them proudly.

And you may wonder why I know the names of things in the body.  My first venture out of University was as a PE and Health Ed teacher, and a sub in the biology and general science classes.  So now I help run a family owned construction and rock trucking business.  Go figure.

If you can sit at the computer long enough to read this, you are doing OK.  Just keep on getting better....a little at a time.

Take care and feel the hugs being sent your way.

donna_lee   have to do that now we have another Donna on the board

 

 

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I am helping you, donna_lee to your pedastal!

Patron saint of surgeries, illnesses and accidents!

YIKES! Be blessed ...ENUFF!

Hugs, Jan

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Love the "knife fight", cracked me up!!  

Donna_lee......good God!   And I will happily go as #2 if you'd rather go as #1, cause you were here first & you're the tops!!  Lol

D#2~

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Because I'm falible.  Just  goes with getting older.  Although I did get off to a slow start, with only tonsils and adenoids removed when I was 11.  Also left out the 2 breast biopsies...the heck about gravity and aging is they are both a little longer/wider than they started out to be.

Although I stress out a bit, once it is met head on, I deal with it and get on with life.

Let's focus on Daisy getting better and having a normal, uneventful recovery, since she is the one who started this post.

We love Daisy!!

donna_lee

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