*There is a gross picture at the end of this post; you have been warned.*
I have been home from the hospital for almost three weeks, and it has been an interesting respite.
- I am allowed to stay in bed all day and watch TV.
- The semester is over, and there isn't any homework for me to do or papers to finish.
- By not working I am able to spend a lot of time with my son, and we are enjoying this time to relax.
- The results of the Lymph Node Dissection were fantastic! All lymph nodes were cancer-free, so I do not need any chemotherapy at this time. I will still have a number of blood tests and CT scans over the next few years to make sure that the cancer stays away, but this is really great news. I can focus on recovery and getting back to work sooner.
- I am close to getting cabin fever. I occasionally get out for walks, but after a few days of being trapped inside, it can be scary to venture out into the Upper West Side.
- I hate sleeping on my back--a lot. I am now to the point where I can spend about 2 hours on my side, but then it hurts too much.
- There is still a lot of pain, but it was a big surgery, so I am happy to have less pain today than yesterday.
- You might not want to see this, but I am going to share it. This is part of my incision. The surgeon opened up parts of it to allow fluids to drain. It is gross, but I am used to it, and it is going to leave a really cool scar.
*I told you it was a nasty picture.*