Everything went well. I told the nurse about the incision being inflamed; she removed the dressing to take a look and paged the surgeon. He came and took a closer look, including pressing the sides to see from where it is oozing, and determined that the infection was superficial and it was OK to carry out today's surgery.
But he approved my decision to hold off on the antibiotics, etc. He said he'll give me an antibiotic through the IV today while I was there and then, I can start the other meds later today after I went home.
This morning's surgery went well. We woke up at 5 a.m., left the house at 5:40 a.m., arrived at the hospital by 6:10 a.m. (hardly any traffic at that time in the morning), well before the 6:30 a.m. time I was given to be at the hospital. Surgery was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. and took an hour, plus another hour in the recovery. Then, a short while in the short-stay area (30 mins. or so) where I was given a drink of apple juice and kept till I went to the bathroom - they won't release you until you've drunk something and gone to the bathroom. I didn't feel much pain, or feel dizzy, etc. :) We left the hospital around 11:00 a.m., I think. We were home by noon.
One of my cousins came to the hospital just after I was brought to the short-stay area and came home with us. I was happy I was able to offer her lunch (all the leftovers from the rosary). She stayed and chatted with us for a while, which was also nice. I took the antibiotics and anti-inflammatory meds, and 1 Tylenol (no real pain as such, but just a little discomfort).
Now, I am resting in bed and planning to take a nap.
Oh, and the consensus is to postpone the chemo by at least a week. At least until the course of antibiotics is over. I will call the oncologist on Monday (don't feel like doing it today) and explain the new situation to them. Surgeon thought it would be best.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Antibiotics and other modern miracle drugs
- Pleasant, caring nurses and other medical staff
- Loving, caring family members
- Not feeling much pain
Thank you, again, for all your thoughts and prayers. Hope you've had a blessed day, today.