Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Road to recovery 2/12/14

Today we received an inspiring visit from my cousin’s wife who is herself an ovarian cancer survivor.  She was generous enough to bring a batch of chicken noodle soup as a care package & kind enough to answer a few of our questions.   Her presence alone was uplifting and the information she shared was educational.

Angela’s recovery has continued down the right path over the last couple of days.  The pain associated with the surgical procedure has subsided to the point where she is only taking Percocet every 12 hours instead of every 4 hours as she was taking upon return home.  Swelling of the lower body continues but is slowly subsiding.  We had a bit of a scare over the last two days because she lost control of her bladder leading her to comment that she might have to wear depends the rest of her life.  We were told by the doctor that the bladder control problem is most likely the body’s way of releasing excess fluid and that it should only be a temporary condition.  There were no complaints of headache today however she did complain about back & leg aches.  At this time I just assume that the pain is associated with the healing process.

Angela confirmed through the hospital that the appointment to install her chemo port is at noon on 2/20 & she also made an appointment to be fitted for a wig.  The path forward to recovery is well on the way.

The big news of today is the pending snow storm which is expected to drop anywhere between 3-10” of snow in our area.  The news media again has sensationalized this event to the point where schools closed for the following day 16 hours in advance of the scheduled opening.

Quote for today is: “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”-Dean Karnazes, ultra-marathoner and author--This quote can also be applied to real life situations.

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