No More Sack Attacks

27 May

I’m glad to be designated to blog duty to report some much-anticipated news…the surgery went off without a hitch! I was at work all day, so much of what you’re reading is what has been relayed to me.

The surgery in it’s entirety was about an hour and a half long procedure and included a little more than reversing the ileostomy.  Dr. Browder, Em’s surgeon, was prepared to essentially blast or cauterize any cancerous lesions she could see on the liver.  Fortunately, she didn’t have to put her light saber (or whatever it is they use) to use because she couldn’t see any lesions to attack!  Given the position of the liver and surrounding organs, however, she was only able to see about 50% of it.  If there are any lesions on the top and/or back side of the liver, they wouldn’t have been able to be burned during this surgery simply because they are inaccessible from the location Dr. Browder was working on.  We’ll talk about that another time.

Once Em came out of surgery Nick met her in the post-surgery recovery area while they waited for a room to be assigned.  In true Emily fashion, her first words to Nick were (while still being groggy from the anesthesia), “So how are my double-D’s?”


I got here shortly after 6:00 and the nurse was trying to control Em’s pain and administer correct doses of pain killers.  She’s comfortable now, and was slightly drowsy…until her red Popsicle arrived.  Last fall, she was on a strict diet of water, ice and Popsicles for quite awhile, but this time around that diet will only last for the duration of the day.

Nick and I grabbed a bite to eat at a little Louisiana kitchen down the street called Lola’s while Em snoozed for a while.  The place was quaint and felt like we were in New Orleans…even though neither of us have ever been there to compare it with.  Anyway, there was a live band playing some classic Southern music and a little Stevie Wonder (one of my personal faves) and the music, as good as it was, was so loud that we couldn’t hear each other talk.  I said to myself, “For once!  There’s something that keeps my brother-in-law’s mouth shut!”, because if you know Nick, you know how much he likes to talk.  He knows I’m teasing, and he knows how grateful we all are that he’s taking such good care of Em and is there at her every beck and call.

Anyway, after 174 days of carrying an unpleasant accessory/annoying apparatus, my sister is finally ileosotomy-free, looking forward to a future of no more sack attacks!

Until next time, folks!


8 Responses to “No More Sack Attacks”

  1. Kathleen May 27, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

    Thank you very much for letting us know. Hugs and Congratulations to Em!

  2. Rita Hartert May 28, 2011 at 4:54 am #

    Double D’s, huh? hmmm..hmm

  3. Carol Budzinski May 28, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    Thanks for much for the great news, Jane-Jane! We were wonderin’ and prayin’ and prayin’ and wonderin’ and – well – you get the idea. I hope they’ve figured out, by now, her pain meds. Please tell Emily and Nick for us how happy we are that the surgery went so well!
    love you
    Carol and Norb
    p.s. you write one helluva blog :)

  4. Barbara McCarthy May 28, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    Great! Thinking about you and sending you lots of love!

  5. Carrie Terrones May 28, 2011 at 7:50 am #

    Whoohoo!!! Way to go Em!! Thanks for the update Jane, as always your writing is superb!

  6. Aly Ihrke May 29, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    I am so happy to hear the news, you all cross my mind everyday! Sending lots of love from Arizona :) Miss you all

  7. Rita Hartert May 30, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    Appreciate your sending the good news….better watch out or Em will have you sending all the blogs. Happy Memorial Day to you, even though you have to work.

  8. Suzanne Svoboda May 30, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    What great news! Look forward to hearing more good news in the future.

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