Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Well today wasn't too bad!
As usual the waiting around was the most difficult part. I was allowed to check in at 6:30 instead of 5:30, but the surgery didn't take place until at 9:00 am. So after sitting in the mass waiting room for awhile, we were ushered into into some yucky little pre-surgery cubicle with bad lighting and little privacy until I was brought to another pre-surgery cubicle that was slightly nicer. I had a great anesthesiologist who used all her power to help me avoid nausea from the anesthesia, and I woke up with a large bandage on my neck but otherwise ready to blow the joint. But MD in Power said I couldn't leave until 3pm so I made myself a nuisance and might have earned an early release. But I will never admit it.

I took a good nap this afternoon and woke up to a delicious dinner and a tree across our driveway. The tree incident was cleared about the time the rest of the anesthesia wore off, so I have a sore neck but am happy to have this behind me.

I am threatening to go to work later this week but this bandage is a little scary looking, so I'll see. I am stuck with it and no shower (baths only) for 7 days. In the meantime, I have enjoyed my brother's company and my gaggle of friends to cheer me on.

Thanks, everyone, for another good day.


Anonymous said...

Glad the day went well (waiting is always the worst part). We know you'll be on pins and needles for the results, as will we. All our love and prayers are sent your way.
Cynthia, Cliff, Norman, and Rachel

Anonymous said...

Promise me you won't go to work without showering for 7 days.Waiting for good news.Michelle S.

Anonymous said...

You are a champ. Looking forward to further news. Know you will meet the next round of surgery and tests with the same aplomb. Rest well! Michelle N.

Steve Beagle said...

Born to Run Elyse,
Awesome to learn that things went ok yesterday.. hold on loosely but don't let go ( 38 special ) - now as promised:

A husband and wife are standing at the window admiring their garden. "Sooner or later you're going to have to make a proper scarecrow to keep the birds off the flower beds," says the wife.

"What's wrong with the one we've got?" asks the husband. "Nothing,"replies the wife, but Mother's arms are getting tired!"

There once was a man who was half-French and half-pygmy. He was very sad. He was a fantastic cook, but he could not reach the grill.


A Jewish man collapses on a Dublin street. A priest rushes to his side to administer the last rites. "Tell me son," says the priest. " Do you believe in the Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost?"

The man looks up at him and says, " Wonderful. Here I am dying on the ground and all he does is ask me riddles?"

jhrga said...

I'm glad to hear that it is going well. I remember not being able to shower for a week and then being so excited because I got to shower wearing a plastic bag and wrapping. Small things that excite us tend to be very situational. Enjoy each of them. Take each day as a gift and each action allowed as an opportunity. Continue to make a nuisance of yourself if you decide to. It is good for the soul. We all love you and are keeping you in our thoughts.

Joe Rosen

Steve Beagle said...

Elyse - Joe is so right in his comments..

Joe - Extremely well said. I ditto or "Bidenize" if you will them. superb..

A knight in a besieged castle offers to break out and ride for help. Unfortunately, all the horses are dead, so the knight suggests riding out on the back of a giant wolfhound.

" You can't," says the lord of the manor.

" My wolfhound has a sore leg. The only other dog is this Chihuahua, and ( are you ready for this punchline.. )

"I wouldn't send a knight out on a dog like this.. "

Nicki said...

Glad to hear things went well and that you're feeling OK. I guess since you can't take a shower, you can't come up to ski this week. Keep on trucking--Nicki

Forrest said...


So glad to hear the initial procedures went well. You'll be ripe soon for sure! Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to hear things went well. What's life if you can't have a little fun messing with the doctors orders.. I can imagine the little things one could do to be a pill and earn early release. HA. Glad to hear your brother is their keeping you occupied. Sounds like your being well cared for. I know you'll be anxious for the results-hang in there! My fingers are crossed as well. Big hug! Bridgette

Rhonda Taubin said...

Hey Elyse
just heard the news. I tried to call you before I knew about this website. You are a very smart woman and a very strong one too. Our family is here if you need anything. I guess we will have to wait a bit for the next ride on the greenway, but I look forward to it more than ever. Stay strong and positive. Waiting for good news as Michelle said. Rhonda Taubin

Marshall said...

Leah told me about you...best of luck next week. am praying for your speedy recovery. will definitely follow your blog to see how you are progressing. Your spunk comes through loud and clear - that's the Elyse I know!

from your old tennis friend,

Marshall Hyatt

kathyb.scheer@comcast.net said...

Allison, Jim and I prayed for you at the Kotel; all will be well.

Joel Freedman said...

I just learned of your situation from Robert Port (I never realized you knew each other). All I can say is that this sucks. You are so strong that I know you will pull thru this. My father-in-law had a lung removed and treatment and that was 4 years ago! You would never know it as he is the picture of perfect health and has put it all behind him. Elyse, you have always had a special place in my heart and now I am reaching to that place to pray for you! Love, JOEL FREEDMAN

Lorie said...

Hey Elyse,

I hope you are feeling well today and recovering from Tuesday's surgery. Just wanted you to know that you, John, Brent and the doggies are in my prayers and thoughts! Stay strong!

Anonymous said...

Hoping today was a good day. I know waiting is the hardest part. And no, no one wants you to go to work without a shower for 7 days. Thinking positive thoughts for you every day.
Randie S.

Anonymous said...

Hi ELyse and family-

I just heard what was going on and wanted to offer our support. We know how difficult this can be for you and your family. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. If there is anything that we can do let me know.
The Hubschman Family (12 year cancer survivor)