Thursday, June 24, 2010

I'm Alive and Kicking :)

Just wanted you all to know I made it. I'm alive and kicking. ;)  I was wheeled into the OR around 4:30pm. They did a bronchoscopy first, then started the actual surgery around 6pm.  Dr. Reid finished at 10:30pm and then I was brought into the ICU to rest awhile, before the nurse brought back Jake, my mom, and my Grammy to see me. The only thing I remember was asking what time it was and hearing it was midnight. This morning the dr came in and told me how it went. He told me he had to take both lobes, which made me a little sad. Then he said they found a few weird looking cells that were right at the base of the upper lobe. We should get the pathology results tomorrow and see if it is in fact, more cancer cells. Not exactly the news I wanted to hear this morning, but what can you do?  So potentially I might need to lose my upper lobe, depending on what the report says tomorrow.  The dr said he won't want to take it for awhile, though, and he will just monitor it.  I'm not in too much pain. I have an epidural in to manage the incision site pain, which I'm especially grateful for right now. Everyone says I'm being superwoman right now. I was only in the ICU for 12 hours, when most are there 1-2 days.  It makes me feel pretty good to hear that. ;)  I feel extra strength in me from all of you, and of course from God. Hopefully the pathology report shows the upper lobe is fine and I really am cancer-free. Crossing my fingers.

Love,
Jamie

21 comments:

Becky said...

Jamie,
I have been obsessively checking your blog to see how you are today. It is so good to see you there smiling with the kids. I am sorry about the weird cells though. I hope everything comes back normal and okay. We'll continue to pray for you. You are awesome! We love you!

Becky said...

and PS you are superwoman, no doubt about it.

Ksenia said...

We are thinking about you and definitely sending thoughts and positive energy eastward! Your lung looks nice and carcinogen free! Good job for not smoking :) Hope you recover soon, Mrs. Superwoman.

peter said...

Yeah, I was already convinced you are superwoman...this just confirms it. Peter wants to know how you convinced someone (and whom you convinced) to take pictures in the operating room. :)

Really, I'm just glad to hear that you are doing as well as you are. Lots of love coming your way.

Krisyt

nathan and ann said...

Jamie,
You really look so great just a day after such an invasive surgery! You are amazing. I have been thinking and praying for you and your family. I will anxiously await more news. Good luck for a speedy recovery!

Leslie said...

So glad things are going well Jamie! You are Superwoman!

Loren said...

Wow, it is amazing they can take that much out of you and you are still smiling. -kps

Jason and Melanie Fida said...

You are amazing! I thought it would be Jake posting an update! I was SO thrilled to see it was you. You are a fighter and an inspiration to us all! Thanks for the update:) Keep smiling! Love Ya!!!

The Cherry Family said...

Are you sure you did not go to the spa rather than have that crazy surger? You look so good and fresh. Not showering agrees with you! So glad the kids got to see you. They are cuties. I know you were worried about them in the hospital, but those pictures prove you are superwoman and there would be nothing to be scared about. You need their energy. Emma told me last night that you were having a "sleepover" at the hospital! I will have to bring nail polish, face mask, and cute pjs to prove her story correct!
Love you!

Abby

Naomi said...

I agree, you look AMAZING! No one works a hospital gown better:) I didn't even think to check the blog earlier because i thought there was no way you would be posting anything so soon after surgery but here it is! I'm glad to see you smiling w/the kids and Jake! Love you tons! Hope to talk to you soon!

I'll Take Mine... said...

I am so happy to hear you are "alive and kicking." I am also checking in on your blog more than once a day... stalker ... :-) haha

I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers. Your strength and courage are inspiring. But please, Superwoman, take it easy. Rest, rest, rest.

And you totally made my husband turn green with those pics. Haha

Mary said...

So glad to see the update...I agree, you look amazing! Hoping that the biopsy comes back clear for you!

Iliana said...

Gall Jamie, I can't believe your feeling okay enough to update! you and all that obsessive exercise has really paid off! you do look beautiful, and ARE obviously superwoman. Keep on chugging and we love you!

Hailey said...

You look so good! Especially after what you just went through. I too have been obsessively checking the your blog to see if there was an update. So glad your feeling strong. I am praying those results come back putting a smile on your face. CANCER FREE!!!! Keep healing and we'll keep praying for superwoman.

Andrea said...

Of course you are superwoman!!! Love the great big smile you have in the pics after the surgery! (And you look GREAT!) You truly are amazing! We are keeping you and the fam in all our prayers! Look forward to seeing the words Cancer Free!~!

Anonymous said...

Things like this aren't supposed to happen to you young and healthy people That is supposed to be for us old people.
Our best wishes and prayers are with you . You are strong and have so much yet to do ,so hang in there and remember you are loved.
Grandma Dora and Grandpa

Jen said...

Thinking of you and your family. I know it can't be easy, but think it is wonderful how you have been posting updates and pictures...hoping that there is good news tomorrow!

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Donna said...

Glad to hear you made it through safely. Don't be too much of a superwoman, though - take it easy when you can!

Melanie and Chauncey West said...

Can't stop thinking and praying about you. Thank you for the updates. So far so good!

Shannon said...

You are amazing! Good thoughts and prayers coming your way. Hopefully no more cancer cells.