Monthly Archives: October, 2011

Unimast No More

Hi everyone — This is just a quick note before the nurse comes back in to help me finally get up out of bed and transition to a chair.  As Dale intimated, the operation was a complete success.  Dr. Bitar removed a large portion of skin quickly, and then Drs. Orman, Ho, Berger, and Wright …

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(Much) Slower than a Speeding Bullet

Heh heh.  I think I’m starting to make a name for myself in the 4th floor unit.  Every time I walk through my 5 lap trek around the corridors (and don’t be too impressed here; it probably takes all of 10 minutes to do), I hear comments like: There’s a speed limit here, you know …

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Early Morning Rush (Part I of IV)

Friday began with an particularly early 4.30 am walk with Anna around Stanford.  As usual, we talked about anything and nothing in particular.  Happily and unintentionally, my mind was focused on our collective pressing worries and amusing stories, but notably not about my health or the day’s later events.  At 5.30 I dashed into the …

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First Impressions (Part II of IV)

The nothingness prevailed for several hours. Gradually this void, in which neither dreams nor recollections were recorded, blossomed into a burgeoning recognition of stimuli around me: bright lights, sounds from equipment and people moving about, continuous warmth from the Bair Hugger blanket, and a voice that said (perhaps for the umpteenth time):  “Mrs. Chao, you …

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Happy Birthday, Earl!

Quandary:  Earl’s 43rd birthday is today, I haven’t purchased him a present, and the nearest gift shop is 3 hospital floors away. Solution:  Homemade gifts Present #1:  Earliest possible hospital discharge Dr. Orman originally cautioned that I would be kept in the hospital for 5-7 days.  Today is day 5, and if it weren’t for …

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Post Surgical Follow Up

Sorry I haven’t finished the last installments of my hospital narrative yet.  I’ll try to finish this weekend before amnesia settles in.  Though it has only been 2 days since the discharge, I already had a follow up appointment in the plastic surgery department this morning.  The physician’s assistant removed my 3rd and final JP …

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Home Run (Part III of IV)

After Saturday morning dawned, so did the realization that I had somehow once again managed a minor medical miracle.  I was fully alert and would not dream of wanting to sleep again (for at least an hour, that is).  Since I wasn’t sleepy, the anesthesia had worn off.  If I was no longer affected by …

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Chemo Dates Set

I just revised my appointments for the next several weeks of Taxol/Herceptin infusions.  I had originally planned on having treatment every Thursday, but that would mean that I’d probably be feeling less than stellar every Saturday and potentially Sunday.  Therefore, to salvage weekends, quality family time, and opportunities for short trips, long bike rides, etc., …

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Free TRAM Rockstar (Part IV of IV)

My first few steps the morning after surgery led to a slow but determined promenade around a rectangular ward of 22 private and semi-private rooms housing patients recovering from surgery.  Just over 4 years old, the facility is brightly lit and cheerfully decorated, with patients’ rooms arranged on exterior walls to take advantage of the …

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Cold Cap Handoff

I took possession of eight Penguin Cold Caps tonight when the previous user and her husband drove them over to our house.  Each of the cold caps was individually stored in a numbered clear food storage container and kept cold during the short trip in a cooler.  The couple recommended materials to purchase like Coleman …

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