Monday, April 26, 2010

My goal is to try and stay awake long enough to get this post written.  I’ll let you know how that works for me. 

Since I got home Saturday morning, I’ve been asleep at least 90% of the time.  The sleeping is wonderful---it’s the whole getting out of bed thing that is not so wonderful. 

Ouch. Ouch.  Ouch . .  .

Debbie posted earlier saying I had a good night, and I really did!  I’m so thankful for that, especially since the night before I was downright miserable.  I had several vomiting episodes so I swallowed an anti nausea pill to help.   Which I immediately threw up. By then, I was needing additional pain meds rather desperately, but one of the two meds I’m on is not supposed be taken on an empty stomach.  And my stomach was as empty as a stomach could be.  But if I ate something--in order to NOT  take the meds on an empty stomach, I threw it right up again. 

Let me just say that it was not one of the most pleasant evenings of life.

For now, I can feel the pain med kicking in so I supposed I’d better lie down for my second, four-hour nap of the day. I’m so thankful to have meals being brought in from the church and also for Mom and Debbie’s cooking, cleaning, nursing skills. 

I will leave you with a few pre-surgery photos in which I am not wearing make up.  I hope they’re not too terribly alarming for you.

My loving, patient, supportive husband.




Debbie coming in for a sisterly visit to pre-op.


My surgeon.


It’s time!



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Anonymous said...

Good to hear from you Becky! Hope you continue to improve. Go back to sleep and let the pain meds do their majic! Praying for you!
Linda Wellendorf

Katrina said...

Becky - expect from you don't look happy at the pictures, I think you look so nice without makeup and I mean that. I can tell that you are using makeup so that must mean you are good at it.

Well it is nice to hear from you and I hope you countinue to improve and remember, I am thinking of you a lot of people are.


Lyndsay said...

Glad to hear from you Becky! I'm hoping that the worst is over and you'll continue to feel better and better.
Glad you're in such good hands!

Karo said...

Good to hear from you again Ms. Becky! Keep on hanging in there. I've been thinking of you often and I'm so glad you had a better night.
Much love,

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

Becky, Know that I'm daily LIFTING you up with much prayers.

I'm SO very sorry that you had a miserable night. OUch.

Both you and Debbie look BEAUTIFUL!!! was nice to see a picture of her!!

Praying that your healing continues with as little pain/discomfort as possible!!!


MaryH said...

Becky, Thank you for "talking" to us. I am glad things are getting a tiny bit better - you are moving in the right direction. Now, I haven't mentioned this before, but I am joining the ranks of astonishment in the fact that major surgery is not something that allows you at least a couple of nights in the hospital or until you are stable and the pain is controlled!! Anyway, at least the loving care you received and your stamina got you through that part. Praying. Keep napping!

Anonymous said...

Just stopping in to let you know that I am still praying for you. I hope the pain goes away and that you find peace as you adjust in the coming weeks.

God's blessing and peace surround you and yours
Vicky in Indiana

Jenny said...

Good to know you're having better moments now!

Here's a story for you. :)

My friend recently moved to a new house and is perplexed about what size bed to buy. She wants to get a queen sized, but knows the box spring won't get up the stairs. I said, "oh! Just cut it in half and then fix it! Just like .... uh.... who was that?"

I looked at my husband and waited for him to finish my sentence because I knew he'd know. I mean, we've helped at least 10 friends move in the last couple years. But he just stared back blankly. He had no idea what I was talking about.

For the rest of the afternoon and evening, it drove me crazy that I had pictures in my head of the whole event unfolding and couldn't remember whose house it was.

You'll be happy to know that the next morning while brushing my teeth, your family finally popped into my head as being the ones who did it. I guess I just feel like I know you after reading for so long!

Best wishes at feeling better soon!


Alyssa said...

So glad to hear today was a bit better. I am still amazed that you are updating Becky! You are one strong woman! Keeping you in my prayers!

Alyssa (bennett kids godmother)

Sue G said...

Well, you've shared your family with us, you've shared Sarah's cancer journey with us, you've shared Nathan's college exploits and job hunting adventures with us, you've shared your house selling roller coaster with us, you've shared your house hunting roller coaster with us, you've shared your MRI-biopsy-COPD-weight loss/workout regimen with us, you've shared your recipes and chocolate consuming stories with us...

...and now you've shared your upchucking saga with us.

Talk about spilling your guts.

:-) Feel better.

Lisa Abraham said...

Becky, I am so glad you are on the road to healing and that the surgery is behind you! How wonderful to have your sister and mom there. I am praying for your quick recovery and complete healing! Lisa Abraham

Anne said...

Hi Becky,
I want you to know that our daughter Stephanie is running an adventure ultramarathon race in the Australian Outback right now to raise money for cancer research(in US, Canada and the UK). It is a 6-day crazy, self-supported foot race through tough terrain, crocodile-infested waters in 95+ degree heat!

I have emailed her about you and Sarah and asked her to keep you close in her heart as she runs! Will email you the link to her blog. Hang in there and grab all the zzz's you can. The body actually speed-heals while we rest...

Ellen Robertson said...

Becky, you're so brave!! At least you look brave?!?! Praying for you like crazy!!!

Anonymous said...

You are always beautiful, inside and out.

Connie F-G

Anonymous said...


Sleep as much as you can, just call it healing time! I thought the pictures of you were wonderful before your procedure. I am checking in all the time, even from the office and was so glad to read suchpositive updates from both you and your sister.

Cindy from Sonoma

Anonymous said...


Please know you are in my thoughts now and in the days ahead! You are a brave woman and have an amazing family.

If you should need it (and I hope you don't) I just wanted to mention that there is a disintegrating zofran (anti-nausea) pill that dissolves on your tongue if the tablets won't stay down...

Thinking of you all!

Ann Martin said...

So glad to hear from you as well as Debbie. You are still pretty and even without makeup. I'll e-mail later comments from Sherri Easter and Connie Hopper as well as Debra Talley (The Talley Trio). Their experiences with breast cancer and Debra with an MRI sounded so like you. Debra has not had cancer just the "tube" experience. Continue to rest and be pampered. Wish we were there to help. Praying for you, the family and the Smithfield house! In God's time----.

Karen C said...

It's nice that you are able to get up a bit and write, and we are thankful for that. Please know that my prayers for peace and healing continue.

Anonymous said...

Wow, you are one tough cookie what with taking time to blog! And is that Dr. Anything Else? Dr. McCutie! Sleep as much as you & your body want and need - sleep is like a healing water. Keeping you in prayer. To Sue G: LOL, you rival Becky in storytelling!

Love, Guerrina

Anonymous said...

Becky, I immediately thought of you when I read this, I hope you are feeling a bit better each day, I am checking daily for any updates, take care - Jean C

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MaryH said...

Just saying "hello" this morning and hoping you are feeling even better than yesterday. I hope there is some sunshine in your area that will help to cheer you, also. Praying.

tylersmama said...

Hi Becky! We have been in Iowa with no internet since Thursday evening but I have been thinking about you the whole weekend! I am so glad that the surgery is over and was successful. I know things are hard right now but you will make it through! You are so lucky to have such a great family to be there with you! I hope you are feeling a little better today (and will continue to feel a little better everyday)!!