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Unread 11-26-2003, 02:32 PM
One week post surgery

and I'm feeling pretty close to normal.

I went to my GYN testerday to have the staples removed and she confirmed that my cancer was Stage Ia, Grade 1. I had asked her to have the cancer checked for progesterone receptors, and while the test came back negative, she said that the pathologist told her it didn't matter since I was stage I and grade 1. That's not what I read out at, but I'll have to poke a little deeper.

I did have a close (enough anyway) brush with death while I was in the hospital. After the anesthesia wore off, the nurse gave me a dose of demerol. Sometime thereafter, a nurse came to check on the woman next to me and just happened to notice that I was looking dusky.

Apparently unknown to me, either I have sleep apnea or the demerol caused me to have sleep apnea and I had stopped breathing. My blood oxygen concentration was in the 30's which I was told is not compatible with life. Until they hooked me up to a CPAP machine, a nurse had to sit by my bed and keep me awake so that I could remember to breathe. I scared them, but I was just wanted them to go away so I could sleep.

Later that night, I had to beg for pain killers, because the non-narcotic one they were giving me only lasted 45 minutes and I was only supposed to get a dose ever 6 hours. Finally a doctor took pity on me and let me have another shot of demerol.

The next day I was taken off the CPAP machine and given demerol orally and I was just fine.

I live alone and when I came home from the hospital, I was able to get around okay over the weekend and now I'm already back at work (I'm self-employed).

Right now the worst part is that my incision is getting itchy from the adhesive in the seristrips.

Chris5: I asked my GYN about HRT and she also said no for the first two years. She had no problem with me taking herbal remedies, including soy. I haven't had any menopausal symptoms, except that I feel a little warmer than before (I'm a freeze cat), so I may not even need the herbals.

Thanks again to all for sharing your stories and helpful information on this board. It's helped me get through in good spirits!!
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Unread 11-26-2003, 02:58 PM
One week post surgery


Good to see you posting! Isn't it nice to get out of the hospital! And what a scare that you had with apnea, but best to know if one has it or if one has a demerol reaction to cause this.

Now, remember to take it easy for a while!

Unread 11-29-2003, 08:08 PM
One week post surgery


Glad to see you are home! Wow--what a strange and horrible thing to happen to you. So glad that nurse came along when she did!

And how wonderful that your cancer was so very, very early! You must be so relieved.

Now remember--you are still a new . Make sure you get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids. We need you to heal up well! Please come back and let us know how you are getting along!


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