Yesterday was my appointment with the surgeon. Two and one half hours later we headed back home. I spent most of that time with the breast cancer advocate getting instructions, taking in way too much information, being given a list of appointments to go to before surgery, and being given a folder so full of info I asked Joel to carry it. Too heavy! I did have a chest x-raY that came back great also. One more test done.
Speaking of tests the Dr. confirmed all that I had been told, but also added one more test for me. A MRI of both breasts which is on the schedule. He called me a "strange bird" ........okay then. Due to the Lyme and years of sickness, my body functioning so poorly, family history, having had other biopsies, blah blah blah.....he wants a MRI. So, one more test. He also told me probably I will be going in every six months for some test. MRI, then six months later a mammogram, then six months later another MRI. Sobering.
After yesterday's tsunami of information and appointments, including what will happen before surgery (yikes) and during, I crashed. I could not take one more thing into this brain of mine. So, we went to a worship and prayer service. A good place to be......at worship.
Today I talked to Mayo Clinic and did research on the savi catheter that we thought may be a better option for radiation. We could not get in there, even with a referral, for 3 weeks, and the studies I read on the catheter made us wonder if I would qualify and did not make me feel positive about using it. So we ruled that all out, and are staying here in our town. I feel really good about it. My surgeon has a very good reputation and also is a Christian which is a plus for me. I've had surgery here before and they took good care of my special needs.......strange bird that I am!
Today I set up an appointment for a pre-op physical, the Physical therapist called to set up an appointment because of node removal ~ 2 or more depending ~ and my advocate set up appointments for the MRI and the consult with the radiology oncologist. The surgery will be September 23rd. I'll be home the next morning.
I am still writing about how God's love is showing up every day in so many ways. So blessed....so blessed.
The saga continues. I am realizing I need to treat myself with TLC here. I'm still on an antibiotic for UTI and having a few side effects. Hanging in though.....hanging in. So, plenty of time resting, praying, and laughing. So important to laugh in the midst of the craziness we call life right now. I am one of thousands on this journey. How sad is that. I am blessed to have a good surgeon, a sweet and smart advocate, and a place to turn when overwhelmed.