Thursday, November 6, 2014

12 Lines About Yesterday

Lately I seem to have become someone who spends a great deal of time in hospital beds.

Something I would have liked to have avoided entirely, but that's not going to happen. 

So yesterday found me in pre-op, naked except for a thin hospital gown, sitting in a hospital bed.

Yesterday found me answering routine questions about whether I'd eaten or drank anything in the last 24 hours and whether I'd been to West Africa in the last two weeks.

Yesterday found me holding my arm out for the applications of many colored plastic bracelets indicating my various drug allergies, latex allergies, and a warning that this particular limb was off limits until further notice.

Yesterday found me wincing as they tried for an hour to find a "good" vein that didn't collapse when they tried to get an IV started.

Yesterday found me hopped up on albuterol from a pre-surgery breathing treatment designed to help me wake up post-surgery without the huge asthma attack from the last time. 

Yesterday found me listening carefully as my surgeon explained about taking additional tissue where the tumor had extended beyond the "margins" of what had been removed last time.

Yesterday found me completely creeped out by the description of how the surgeon planned to insert the mediport by which my chemotherapy will be delivered, and very glad that I would not be awake for that.

Yesterday found me laughing at my anesthesiologist as he asked me if I wanted him to use the "big hammer" or the "little hammer" to knock me out. 

Yesterday found me telling my husband that I loved him as they wheeled me back to the operating room to begin. 

And yesterday I woke up from surgery in yet another hospital bed, happy to still be alive, even under the circumstances. 



Head over to Mamakat's Absitively Wonderful Writer's Workshop.  The prompt I used was 5.) Write a post in just 12 lines.

15 comments:

  1. Oh man how are you feeling TODAY? So glad you're ok, under the circumstances. Wishing you all the best!

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    1. Tired and my neck hurts, otherwise, I feel fine. Thank you!

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  2. What a day! I hope you are feeling better and I'm sorry you have to go through this!

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  3. Oh man, I'm sorry to hear what you are going through. You have a great attitude and that's half the battle! As a fellow blogger (who loves your posts), I'm wishing you good news and good health in the days ahead.

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    1. Thank you! I'm trying to stay positive.

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  4. I did not realize you had been going through all this. What a trooper you are to feel well enough to write about it today. Hope it went very well and that you always, always get the small hammer! ~May at Achieving Clarity

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    1. I got to take a nap after posting, so it was all good. Thank you for the good wishes!

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  5. Yesterday sounds miserable! How are you today? Health issues truly suck. Hope you recover very soon and that there aren't many more hospital stays in your future.

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  6. How did I not know this about you?! I hate to welcome someone else to the club, but welcome to the club. Positive thoughts coming your way.
    P.S. Did you have a bracelet that said "Fall Risk"? I kind of resented that one, since it made me feel like I was about 100 years old.

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  7. You are kicking ass like we knew you would! <3

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  8. One day at a time. You've got this!

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  9. Every new day, is a good day.

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  10. Bless your heart. I pray each day is better than the last. You can do this...one day at a time, just like the champion you are. Blessings and heart felt prayers to you as you kick the ass out of this thing. ♥

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