johno: (Fuck Cancer)
[personal profile] johno
Lets start with the headline.

[livejournal.com profile] chriso had surgery yesterday to remove a <2 cm sized nodule of stage 1 cancer from her right breast, the surgeon also took her first lymph node for testing.

We know several folks dislike them, but we love Kaiser Permanente because of how they handled this.

4 weeks ago, Chris had her annual mammogram.
They called the following Tue to schedule a follow-up mammogram.

3 weeks ago, Chris had the follow-up. They asked that she stick around while the images were reviewed. They wanted to take a biopsy of what they found. The biopsy was done that same afternoon.

Last week, on Wednesday Chris received a call from a doctor saying they found something. Chris spoke to the Doctor who gave her the bad news, a Nurse and scheduling clerk. We were in having a meeting with the surgeon that afternoon, and he scheduled the surgery for the next Thursday. He was looking for a date even sooner.

Friday afternoon was taken up with tests and more discussions and the list of do's and don'ts for the "10 days prior to surgery." ..the one that happening in 5 days...

This week on Wednesday, Chris received an injection of radioactive dye to so they could trace the path from the nodule to the first lymph node.

Yesterday Chris had her surgery. We arrived at 10am, were checked in quickly. She was prepped and moved to Pre-Op, but the previous surgery ran long, so instead of starting at 12:40, she didn't even go into the OR till 1:30.

She was in recovery at 3:30, which means the surgery went exactly as long as it should have. They let me in to see her at 4pm. Chris was awake, looking good and feeling good. If a bit groggy and sore.

They released her at 5pm and we were home at 5:30.

Friends brought over dinner.

Today was a quiet day. We actually did some shopping but it drained both of us so we took a nap. Then went out to dinner. We're really wiped out and will probably be heading to be soon (which is very early for us.)

Date: 2013-04-06 06:43 am (UTC)
mdlbear: (nike)
From: [personal profile] mdlbear
Eeep!

Very glad they caught it early.

Date: 2013-04-06 06:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] klwalton.livejournal.com
We are Kaiser members too. We *love* them.

Date: 2013-04-06 07:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jackien1968.livejournal.com
Thank goodness they're moving quickly to deal with this. Here's wishing for the best possible test result on the lymph node.

lots of hugs,
J

Date: 2013-04-06 07:26 am (UTC)
danceswithlife: (Me)
From: [personal profile] danceswithlife
Let me know if I can provide any support going forward.

Date: 2013-04-06 07:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trav28.livejournal.com
Fingers crossed on everything and I hope all is well now!

Date: 2013-04-06 12:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] filkerdave.livejournal.com
Good thoughts and hugs for both of you

Date: 2013-04-06 01:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] billroper.livejournal.com
Good luck! Here's to a clean report on the lymph node.

Date: 2013-04-06 02:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladycelia.livejournal.com
Good luck!

Date: 2013-04-06 02:42 pm (UTC)
kshandra: A cross-stitch sampler in a gilt frame, plainly stating "FUCK CANCER" (Fuck Cancer)
From: [personal profile] kshandra
Time was, everyone I knew had a Kaiser horror story. Those days are in the dim and distant past, and almost everyone [livejournal.com profile] gridlore and I dealt with there while we had KP coverage through his last job was fantastic - so much so that Doug plans on calling them to look into going back when his Medicare kicks in this summer.

So very glad to hear that the surgery was uneventful; best wishes for a clean post-op report.

Date: 2013-04-06 03:03 pm (UTC)
patoadam: Photo of me playing guitar in the woods (Default)
From: [personal profile] patoadam
So glad they caught it early! Hope every cancer cell was in the nodule that was removed.

Date: 2013-04-06 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dafydd.livejournal.com
Thinking about you both.

Date: 2013-04-07 01:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eac.livejournal.com
*good wishes*

Date: 2013-04-07 03:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladythmpr.livejournal.com
Fast healing to Chriso!

Date: 2013-04-07 03:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nagasvoice.livejournal.com
Wishing Chris an easy recovery, and crossing fingers for good news on the lymph node.

Date: 2013-04-07 03:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] capplor.livejournal.com
Prayers from this location are given.

Date: 2013-04-08 02:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carol-kitty.livejournal.com
Hugs...to both of you. I hope all is well sending healing thoughts your way.

Date: 2013-04-09 05:16 pm (UTC)
zahraa: (Default)
From: [personal profile] zahraa
Thanks for the update. I'll look forward to hearing good news. I also was impressed with Kaiser's handling of my situation when I found a lump (although it turned out to be benign).

Date: 2013-04-09 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dkferret.livejournal.com
*hugs* to both of you.

wishing Chris a speedy recovery to full health.
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