Monthly Archives: June, 2011

Doctor in the House

It usually takes a situation like this (along with mystery illnesses, playground fractures, and midnight vomit fests) to make Earl and me to wonder why we didn’t diversify.  Yeah, engineering pays well and all that, but isn’t it possible some of our 13 collective years frittered away in graduate school could have been better spent …

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New & Improved Surgery Date

Stop the press.  After conversing with Dr. Bitar late this afternoon, I have accepted a new date for mastectomy plus sentinel lymph node surgery only.  We both felt there’s a good chance I’ll need radiation (and possibly chemo) therapy which would push reconstruction off until those are complete. Surgery Date:  Mon June 13th @ 11.30am …

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More Details on Change in Surgery

I should fill in some of the details missing from yesterday’s post. Dr. Bitar has been unable to reach Dr. Kavanagh because she’s on vacation until Monday.  I am interested to hear justification for what appear to be diametrically opposed opinions regarding my case.  Dr. Kavanagh has painted a fairly rosy picture in which DCIS-MI …

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Off to Grandmother’s House They Go

Thanks to everyone who is graciously offering to help with the children around the day of surgery and shortly thereafter.  Earl’s parents and sister are very generously taking charge of our older two, who will fly out to Dallas June 10th and stay until June 22nd.  We didn’t want them to miss the trip which …

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One Week Left and Counting

Sorry I didn’t end up posting anything yesterday.  I’m still here, but have been scurrying around trying to take care of items on my checklist before the kids leave and before the surgery.  Yesterday I hit the closets, weeding out outgrown/old clothing to ensure there is enough room to put all of our clothes (if …

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Pre-op Be-bop

I was driving back home from my preoperative appointment this morning, mindlessly navigating my way to I-280 and mentally replaying snippets of information about my surgery, when my attention was suddenly hijacked by the stunning sight of cascading verdant mountains framed by a clear azure sky.  Also called Junipero Serra Freeway, 280 pales in comparison …

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Blue Morning, Peachy Afternoon

I made a mistake this morning.  I stepped into the realm of worst case scenario. Flicking on my computer, I began my morning perusal of a breast cancer forum on breastcancer.org, this time getting tips from women who have just had a mastectomy.  One thread led to another, and pretty soon I was wrapped up …

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Foobfest!

Breasts to the left of me.  Breasts to the right of me.  And yet it was a breast fetishist’s nightmare:  they were all fake. Yesterday afternoon I made a trek out to a little boutique in Los Altos to pick up a couple of post-surgical garments.  Essentially soft white camisoles, these utilitarian little tops hold …

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Stayin’ Alive (Re: The Hills Are Alive)

Thanks so much to everyone who came to my Bosom Buddy Walk yesterday morning.  I had a fantastic time and I hope you guys enjoyed yourselves, too.  Around 30 friends (33 if you count the president of Mexico and his security detail*) woke up extra early to walk the full route and another 20 or …

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Game Day

I kicked yesterday off with one last swimming session with Anna and her family, since germ-filled pools will be out-of-bounds until my incisions are completely healed (in approx. 6 weeks).  Anna and I swam laps for our usual 40 minutes and then rinsed off and geared up for the morning’s second half:  a bike ride. …

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