the night after update, 8:45pm
i just got home from the hospital and trish is doing great. she is asleep now, but she has been up and about during the afternoon. shes been walking the hallways, using the bathroom (no more catheter :) ) on her own.
both dr. lee and dr. jeffrey visited with her earlier today, and are happy with the results of the surgery and how trish is recovering..
we are hoping she gets released to come home tomorrow, but ya never know.. its up to the docs tomorrow, and we will see what they have to say
the morning after update, 8:00am
trish slept decently throughout the night..
the meds kicked in and helped with the pain, but the nurses were in every couple of hours so it made it tough to sleep.
dr. lee's four residents came in this morning at 6:30am to check on trish, and they said she was looking good. dr. lee is will stop by sometime in the morning to check on trish as well, but the plan is to get trish up and walking around this afternoon.
trish is sleeping like a baby:)
trish has two great nurses, sofia and kristen, and they got trish all settled in (drained her drains, set up her IV's, got her some juice/blankets/etc.. ) to her private room overlooking the courtyard below.
trish is pretty groggy (she says feels pretty buzzed, but not drunk enough to dance... i call BS, she will dance anytime) but she is pretty sharp and not out of it, just sleepy.
she is really sore, and likens the pain to that of an elephant sitting on top of her, but i think the meds are finally kicking in and doing their job.
trish is hooked up to two different pain medications..
1. is dripping in the the IV they placed near her spinal cord for the paravertebral block... im guessing its on the weak side, as its a continuous drip
2. is the good stuff.. the kind they give you a button for, but you can only hit the button once every ten minutes... it must be really good, cause they literally have it under lock and key on the IV machine so you cant up your dose..
its been a long day, and as expected, she got through it without any problems.
im spending the night with her to keep her company throughout the night.
thanks again for all the thoughts, wishes, mojo and prayers...
we both really do appreciate it.
good night (once all this coffee wears off)
just got out of recovery and headed to her room...
dr. lee just called me, and they are done with surgery! trish is doing great, and they are putting the final bandages on her. no surprises during surgery, and everything went smoothly.
trish will be in recovery for the next 60-120 minutes, and then will be transferred to her hospital room. once she is in her room, i will be able to see her.
its been a long day, but i knew she had great doctors who have performed these surgeries thousands of times...
very capable hands for a very capable girl..
i just spoke with dr. jeffrey... the mastectomy and port removal went perfectly. trish is doing great, and her vitals are strong and normal.
surgery began late, around 1:00pm and finished up around 2:15pm.
trish is now in the hands of dr. lee, and he will begin the reconstruction portion of surgery, which includes a technique called a latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flap (some graphic content). dr. lee will basically take skin from trish's back, and rotate it around to her right breast area (the previously cancerous side) to provide better (softer, thicker, more elastic) skin to work with.
since trish's right side chest skin underwent radiation, it left her with skin that isn't as thick and elastic as normal skin. by borrowing skin from her back, this will eleviate any potential issues of the tissue expanders breaking through her weak skin.
since her left side wasn't exposed to the radiation, her skin is fine on that side, and doesn't need any extra care.
anyhow, dr. jeffrey said everything went well.. trish should be out in another 4 hours or so.. (~ 6:30pm) we may get to see her in about 5 hours, after she comes out of recovery and wakes up..
all is well here.. thanks everyone for the phone calls, texts, emails, comments on the blog, facebook, etc...
surgery has begun...
ria and i just left trish in the fine hands of the docs here at stanford. dr. lee, trish's plastic surgeon, came in went over the process again, and marked trish up with a game plan of where the incisions will be and whats going where...
the anesthesiologists came in to give trish her paravertebral blocks, a type of local anesthesia near the spinal cord that will numb the surrounding nerves in her back and up through to her chest..
so everything is pretty much on schedule.. the waiting game begins...
the next update will probably be in a few hours after dr. jeffrey has completed the mastectomy...
trish appreciates all the thoughts and prayers, thanks everyone
trish went in with the nurse at 10:30am to get changed, and prepped for her surgery.
she is a little nervous (cmon, who likes surgery?), but she is feisty and ready to go..
on the drive to stanford this morning, we were heading down 280 and there was a truck swerving across the second lane, slow lane and onto the shoulder. trish got on the horn and called 911 to report a possible drunk driver...
needless to say she has her game face on, theres no screwing around today.
ria and i will get to see her again in about 30 minutes before they take her to the operating room
when we had our pre-op appointment yesterday, the doctors informed us surgery wouldn't be until 11:40am today, and we need to arrive at 9:40am.
this is much better than getting there around 5am, and it allowed us to sleep in a bit..
so trish is in the shower, caden is eating breakfast and getting ready for school.. another normal morning around here...
more updates later