September 8th 2010 4:54 pm
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Momma's gonna take over my diary, pups, so she can update you pups and your peoples about Grammy. For those of you that are friends with Momma on the Book of Faces, this is the same exact thing she wrote there, so you don't hafta read it all again.
"For those who don't know the whole story, my mom went in for a standard hysterectomy yesterday. She had a mass, which was discovered in August, but the doctor thought it was a fibroid. Unfortunately, when they opened her up, they knew that it was cancer. The tumor was attached to her ovary, her uterus, her colon, and parts of her small bowel. A specialist came in and removed parts of her colon and small bowels, and basically reconstructed her intestines to connect to her colon. She doesn't have a colostomy bag (thankfully), and as long as she heals normally, she'll be perfectly normal. It will take a good week in the hospital before she can come home.
A gynecological oncologist visited this morning. He said there are three outcomes to the surgery my mom had (the removal of cancerous tissues). There's sub-optimal, optimal, and micro-something something optimal outcomes (I took notes but I left them at the hospital!! Me and medical jargon do NOT mix). Sub-optimal means there's a lot of cancer left inside, optimal is there a small amount left, and micro-blah blah means there's none left. Her outcome was a micro-blah blah. He said that's obviously the best outcome, and those that have that have the best survival rate. Good news to hear! He said she WOULD have chemo, a minimum of 6 treatments, but that's not for several weeks because she has to heal from the surgery first. He's not thinking that far ahead yet. We won't know the cancer stage for at least a week, and the type of chemo she'll have will depend on that. But they think it's Stage III. Oh, and her lymph nodes looked clean, but they obviously have to test them. He said because of her age and good health, and the micro-blah blah optimal surgery, that the prognosis is good. He said that as far as ovarian cancer goes, it was caught relatively early. Normally when a woman finally realizes something is wrong, it's already at Stage IV, and by then it's generally too late.
She was in a lot of pain today, but she seemed to be in good spirits after the oncologist left. She said he gave her hope. He really was a very nice man. My sister Nicole and I went down to the gift shop and bought her a bunch of stuff (the man standing in line in front of us said he was going to cut us off before we spent $100. Well, between the two of us we did anyhow :) ) They had her get out of bed and sit in a chair for a bit today, and once she was back in bed, she finally felt comfortable enough to sleep for a good bit.
For those wondering about my dad, he's doing ok. He's mostly behaving himself. Except for when he accidentally set off the home security system while trying to turn it on and I had to rush over there before the police showed up. He was given explicit directions to NOT TOUCH THE ALARM AGAIN. My dad is deaf, for those who dont know, which tends to complicate matters. He was very happy with the good prognosis, and said he finally felt calm.
Thank you all for all the prayers and good wishes. She still has a battle ahead of her, but I'm feeling better about things. I'm sure my sisters would agree. Please continue to keep her on your prayer lists, and I'll update again when I find out anything new."
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Thanks for the update and it is good to hear the micro blah blah is the best thing to have. In a medical kind of way.
We will continue to pray for your mom and the whole family.
Could you give your Mom's first name? I feel silly praying for Fizzy's Momma's Mom. Bol/Lol
BOL! Zoe, you always make Momma snort from laughing so hard! Grammy's name is Patricia, or Pat for short. Thanks for the prayers, Zoe's family!
Those prayers really work! We will continue to pray for your Granny!
Sent a pmail by way of my growlmy!
Good to know that things seem optimistic for your Grammy, Pat.
We are praying for a good outcome.
MJF and Ingrid
Mom is a cancer survivor of 23 years and she is saying her prayers for Grammy Pat. Thanks for letting us all know the news.
We are really glad to hear this hopeful news! We will continue to pray - for healing, clean lymph nodes and successful chemo and everything else we can think of. It will be a while before your Grammy can have a schnauzer on her lap, but at least give her a lick from us when you finally get to see her!
Guess what, pups! I forgot to tell you! Momma went down to the gift shop today and her my Auntie Cole were spending about eleventy bajillion dollars, when GUESS WHAT MOMMA FOUND?!? A tiny stuffed schnauzer that LOOKED JUST LIKE ME!!! So Momma added it to her pile and spent eleventy and ONE bajillion dollars, and she took that schnauzer up to Grammy and said "Since Fizzy can't come to see you, here's a mini Fizzy to keep you company!" And do you know what Grammy did with that little stuffed schauzie?!? She put him on her chest and fell asleep!!! Momma said "Yup, that's about right!" So even though I can't really BE there, I kinda AM! And EVERYONE feels better with a SCHNAUZER on their chest!!
That is wonderful news!!!! The best you can get I guess. Hope all the further treatments go without much discomfort. I hate the C word!!!!! Give her a lick for us.
Duncan, Duffy, Doolin and Dori
Sending lots of healing PoP your grammy's way! *hugs* Hope she feels better and better each day!
Where wood we be wifout dis Dogster-pwace where da bestest an' nicest an' caringest peepoles in da hole werld hang out??? So gwad fings r soundin' bedder dan dey wuz yes'day. Momma an' me, Zaidie, r keepin' Gwammy Patwicia an' yur fambly in our thots an' pwayers an' ♥, tu.
So cute about the mini stuffed schnauzer pup!
I bet it will get a spawsial place in her home and heart! ♥
Thanks for the update. I am so glad your grammy had a good outcome and will keep saying prayers for her.
Sending lots of POP to your Grammy, glad that you had a good outcome.