Okay....Nick here. I wanted to post a quick lil' blog while K's sawing zzzz's due to her pleasantly drug induced sleep. Here's the skinny on what happened today:
The meetings with the doctor's went well this morning. As you can see from Dr. Harding's pesky sketch here, she will be having a full mastectomy on her right breast and what is referred to as a simple mastectomy on her left breast. This means all tissue, muscle and lymph nodes will be removed on one side and just tissue on the other, respectively.
Bridgett, the main nurse at Dr. Harding's office has been monumental in arranging our initial testing and pre-surgery stuff. Although we're still waiting on some of our early test results from the oncotypeDX Assay testing, one tidbit of information we found was that she is considered Hormone Receptor Positive (Est+ and Pos+). This is about the only time when the phrase "testing positive" is good news. This, essentially, means she may respond a little better to a specific type of chemotherapy drug.
Per the suggestion of Dr. Tamir Mosharrafa, our highly recommended plastic surgeon, she went to Tina's Treasures and picked up a bunch of post breast surgery knickknacks which included some flipflops with a flower ribbon on 'em, a vest which has pockets on the inside (totally convenient for holding her soon-to-be-bags-of-fluid for her two drains under her armpits), a new bra, little pillows as well as some pamphlets.
We sat down with Fisher (4 yrs old) before bed and she explained that, "mommy is going to the doctor's for a little bit to get some help." Eventually, he seemed generally okay with the whole idea as long as if he could still hug mommy when she came home. It was very hard for her as she relayed that her friend Jenny always used to say to her kids that if she couldn't be with them in person, she would always be there in their tiny hearts. So friggin' sad....but comforting to the little guy.
Anyway, I think I'm gonna steal one of those magic pills from tiny k (shhhhhhh) and try and get some sleep for tomorrow's big day. Check in is at 9:30 at St. Joe's Hospital, surgery is at 12:30PM. Should last about and hour and a half for the removal part, then another hour for the reconstruction. She'll be pretty zonked out so Bridgett said no visitors right away. Although she loves being catered to in the hospital room, she only gets 23 hours there this time. We'll be back at our house by mid afternoon on Thursday. Kindof crazy. I'll post a follow up as soon as I can to let everyone know how this "first drive down field" goes for us. Thanks so much for all the kind emails, text's and voicemails...it means a ton!