Monday, January 27, 2014

Surgery



On Monday January 20th I underwent a full Gastrectomy. I was five hours in surgery while a team of four surgeons two male and two female performed a procedure called a " Roux en Y" . This procedure entails removing the stomach entirely and connecting the oesophageal tube and the small bowel to each other directly. They took layers of the soft tissue around the stomach also, and both the stomach and the lymph nodes in those layers have gone to the lab for a full historical pathology. I have 23 staples in the vertical incision that runs through my belly button. There is a drain stitched in to the cavity extracting fluid, I had a central line in the side of my neck with five outlets. There were two cannulas in my arms one directly in to an artery. I have a J tube stitched directly in to my small bowel for liquid feeding, I have had an epidural connected to my back which I am hoping to have removed today.

I have started eating soft food since Friday evening having completed an ink test that turned my tongue smurf blue! There have been good moments each time another tube is removed, but there have also been low moments, pain, frustration, and doubt. The team who have been caring for me and I really do mean caring have done an incredible piece of surgery, respected my opinions, held my hand, wiped my tears,and hugged me along every step of the way, and I am so grateful to each and every one of them. The nurses and ward staff too in the main have been incredible in their care. I did have one bad experience but those of you who know me realise that I am not shy in letting someone know that I do not feel respected, or that I am also a member of the team. It has been a powerful experience to share the ward with a group of women, each with their own unique story and on their own journeys, who are funny, witty, and above all understanding of the highs and lows. Mr Margie and I spoke to professor Ridgeway the other evening and his words were inspiring " we are ahead of the game and we intend to stay that way". This morning I have been told that the epidural is coming off and depending on my response I am may be going home tomorrow. 

Big hugs, 

Love. Margie ❤️

11 comments:

Romy Says said...

Margie you are such a trooper. I'm so glad you'll be home soon one way or another! Love you lots and lots xxx

Leiny said...

Hi Mammy Margie. So glad you have a good team to care for you. Hope the epidural removal goes well and you get to go home where you hopefully have an unbroken night's sleep!! You are being so strong, miss you. love Leiny

Paula lalaboo said...

Fingers crossed for you that you can go home. Best medicine I always think.

Its good you have a good team behind you. Wishing you a speedy recovery you have been so strong throughout all this.

P x

Julie M said...

Hi Margie - goodness but you've been through the mill - glad to see you making that cheeky blue-tongued face!!! Fingers crossed that you can get out tomorrow and be comfy at home in your own bed.

Julie x

Cait O'Connor said...

You are a real toughie, hope you will be home soon, stay in touch. Much love Cait.

Mary p said...

hi mag blue tongue and all you have being through the mill, hope you will get home tomorrow.
slan and love mary p

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Dear Margie...keep strong...you are amazing and I'm making a wish that you will be home very soon..x
Susan xXx

Deborah said...

Good to see you (and the blue tongue!) Margie and thank you for the updates. I hope you are able to go home as scheduled. Sending you ((hugs)) from across the pond. O{]:^)[]// (I have to wear a scarf, too. It's -15 today!)

Damien Peelo said...

Loved your blog, its an amazing story and you are great to share it with us. So proud to know you. We hope you got home. Damien and Grainne

Barbara Sargent said...

Margie, just discovered your blog. You are a fantastic woman! we are all thinking of you and wishing you the very best for your recovery- Barbara

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Hi Margie ... I'm so terribly behind with people's blogs so I have scrolled back, read everything, and just want to add my good wishes to all the others and tell you what an inspiration I think you are. Thinking of you x