Recovering from Surgery

15 01 2013

I can not tell everyone how sorry I am that it has taken so long to post this but recovery has been long.  I am doing well but it was a bit rough as I not only had the surgery I also had a touch of the flu!  All I could do is take pain medication and sleep and I felt absolutely miserable.  I am doing much better, over the flu and beginning to heal.  I am swollen, big belly but that is to be expected.  I start back up with the lymphadema clinic next week to get the fluid retention under control.  I also have an open hole in the right side of my abdomen that I have to pack but hopefully it will begin to close soon.  The pain in my abdomen and pelvic area is now tolerable so I have stopped the pain meds, they were making me crazy!

On a good note.  I could not be more thankful for all the prayers and support.  I am giving credit to all of you for your prayers as I believe that is what has helped me get through this and saved me.  I found out that all the lymph nodes above the enlarged nodes were free of any cancer.  They took out 15 nodes higher up in the lymph chain on both the right and left side.  This means they will do a follow up in three months and if there still is no cancer I will not need to do any additional treatments.  Yea I am so excited.  I am gong to beat this and its all due to your prayers being answered.  Thank you just is not enough, I will be eternally grateful to all of you.

I also want to mention all the wonderful people I have met along the way.  I met a very nice family in St. Louis the night before my surgery.  I pray they are doing well and that the father/husband is also doing well.  Thanks to Sr. Mary Alice for having Father hold several masses for me.  Thanks to the hockey family.  Thanks to everyone at Healogics and I am so bummed I missed them all this week at our quarterly meeting.  Thanks to the Barreiro family for the nice messages that put a smile on my face when I was feeling so bad.  I love you all.

In the world today they say it is hard to find true friends, honest and sincere people but I have been blessed with all of you and it is all of you that make the world a better place.

God’s Messengers

The unexpected kindness from an unexpected place,

A hand outstretched in friendship,

a smile on someone’s face

A word of understanding spoken in a time of trial

Are unexpected miracles

that make life more worthwhile.

We know not how it happened that in an hour of need

Somebody out of nowhere

proved to be a friend indeed….

For God has many messengers we fail to recognize,

 but he sends them when we need them,

and his ways are wondrous and wise….

So keep looking for an angel

and keep listening to hear,

For on life’s busy, crowded streets,

you will find God’s presence near.

Aurhor: Helen Steiner Rice

You are all Angels sent from God………



7 responses

15 01 2013
Patti Kain

Patty – we missed you & we all continue to pray for your recovery. You are so positive, and this is what keeps your healing & recovery process headed in the right direction. It was nice seeing Michelle today, she filled us in on your recovery. You are a ROCK– all you have been thru its truly amazing, but God knows what we can handle. You sure can handle a BIG LOAD!
Keep up the wonderful progress. Wear that pump, huh wonder if it would control my belly swelling?!! Unfortunately, mine is due to age, diet, and no will power to exercise.
Take care of yourself, prayers are continuing for you
Patti Kain

15 01 2013
Mary Jo Wasser

Patty, it is wonderful to read your message! YOU are my angel! Where are you going for lymphadema treatment? I ask because of the amazing OT at Rehab South. Her name is Julia Roderick–she is someone you want to meet and have work with you . She lectures internationally! Her results lymphadema results are phenomenal! Let me know if I can help you see her– she is both an OT and certified lymphadema therapist. You are in my prayers in so many ways and so often through the day. I keep your boys and your sister in my prayers as well! All of you are wrapped securely in prayer! I am so happy about your path report! My go-to saint, Eubaldus, is finding your health! Much love, Angel! Consider Julia at rehab south! Mary Jo

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15 01 2013
Kelly Marcontell

Patty, You have been in my prayers. You are an amazing woman and such an inspiration to so many. I love your unshakable faith and the glory you give to Him. I love that I have re-connected with you. You are a blessing sweet friend. 🙂 Hugs

15 01 2013

Yes Patty, you are going to beat this! Love you girl! Tell Trenton that Lauryl is “So over him” as she puts it! Lol the two of them are just too funny! I’m happy to get your progress reports and you are always in my prayers!
Diana Cherry

16 01 2013

Love you Patty. You are an amazing woman. Your boys are so lucky to have been blessed with such a courageous mother!

21 01 2013
Laura Wheatley

So glad to hear you are recovering well! Since my dad was first diagnosed with cancer last summer I have met several people along the way who have helped strengthen my faith, and you are one of those people. Miracles happen every day! I will continue to pray for you and your family and that things continue to go well for you.

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