Thursday, April 20, 2006

Coming full Circle

My surgery to remove my mediport was successful with no apparent complications so far. I have to wait a week to get my mediport from the Pathology Department. Dr. Wagner said if they throw it out, he will just give me a new one and charge it to the hospital. I told him that I don't want it *that* badly (beside I want *my port*) but he was thinking of me ... so that is nice!

I have become all to familiar with the routine of outpatient surgery and general anesthesia and everything went as expected. I went through all the pre-op questions (x 5), scooted on the OR table and was asked "So where are we going today?" by the anesthesiologist.

I said: "Take me back to France, please ..."

AND THEN I WOKE UP IN RECOVERY.

I have always been a spiritual person, although I would hesitate to call myself religious. I have always tried to live rather intuitively and have had several experiences that I choose not to write off as "coincidence". So it was no big surprise to me to find that I ended up with the same recovery nurse that I had in March 2005 when I had my first round of Melanoma-related surgery.

When she came in the room, her first words were "You look familiar, I have taken care of you before?"

The answer was "Yes" and when she found out that I was "in" having had my port removed, She treated me to the biggest smile and actually said "This calls for a Happy Dance" and then this wonderful stranger did a spin and a wiggle and laughed!

Jim and I laughed right along with her and I gave her the biggest hug and said "Thank you!"

It might sound silly or weird, but having the same nurse in recovery made me feel like I am really coming full circle on this year of treatment. Things seem to be falling into place and wrapping themselves up and I am hopeful that these "good omens" are just the beginning of a lifetime of "No Evidence of Disease".

6 Weeks and counting ....Then some CT Scans and an MRIs every few months. It is a transition that I am looking forward too!

6 comments:

TriFeist said...

Yeah, Holly!!! This is great news. You are in the home stretch.

Amazon Alanna said...

Wooooo-hooooo! Port-free!

Bolder said...

i just did my patented 'stir the pot' dance move for you.

you're on your way!

XF-15DCC said...

Great news!

From the beer stand......


Kevin

Stillwater Heron said...

I'm so glad everything went well and congrads on being "port" free!

Oldman said...

great news...light at the end of the tunnel and it is not a train!