Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Remembering 9/11 and a Biospy -- WHAT???

September 11th has once again come and gone. Next year, when it's 7th anniversary rolls around, are we going to be any more united as a nation? I will not give up praying for that to happen. We need to stand strong and be firm against the islamofascists who are trying to ruin our way of life. I wish those who get on the airwaves to whine about this country would just shut up or move out! I know, I know. We're a great democracy. We are entitled to our "freedom of speech", but listen people, I don't think we should be entitled to "freedom of stupidity"!!! There are real bad guys out there who want to kill us!! There are those who don't want our children to enjoy the American way of life! Let's unite and stop being politically correct. We must remain united in our efforts. Let's whip the enemies!

Now on to something a little more positive! I was so thrilled to visit several blogs tonight which included photos of their American Flags waving bravely in their yards. Each time I see our beloved flag's colors flying, it stirs my heart. I hope I never lose that sentiment. I love America and her people. It is still the greatest land by far, and we must guard that status.

Now about the Biopsy today!
Let me begin by stating:

Minutes after signing into the Breast Care Center, I was taken back to be given my sedative. Did I mention yet that VALIUM is very good? LOL I had written several Bible verses on an index card to keep reading over and over during the wait time, but a few minutes after receiving the VALIUM, all my spirituality seemed to go out the window. I got the giggles! I guess the drug was starting to work. Minutes before I had been shaking my foot or twisting the rings on my fingers, but when the radiologist came to get me from the lobby, I started giggling! LOUDLY! My giggles were the deep, infectious kind; therefore, all the other patients in the lobby seemed to be giggling with me, or was it AT me?? I saw a few of the administrative staff giggling too! I rounded the corner with the nice lady and apologized for giggling, that I realized I now needed to stop giggling. She sweetly told me to just go on continuing giggling if I needed to!

I was led back to the ultra-sound room and given instructions. Once I lied down on the very comfortable bed, I wanted to sleep, especially since Harry Connick Jr. was singing. The nurse and I spoke about his cute smile and lovely southern accent! The technician got me taped up and marked for the Dr. He came in soon and introduced himself as Dr. Del Toro. I told him his voice was soft. He said it was the first time anyone had ever told him that! I guess I was nosy through out the biopsy because I know some fascinating things about Dr. Del Toro! He always drinks Diet Coke. He said he does it for the benefits of the caffeine. He hates coffee. I chided him about being a latino and not liking coffee. I'd never heard of such a thing! Is that even legal? I also learned that he just returned from a trip to Puerto Rico, which is probably why his voice was soft. He had been relaxing on vacation. He has never been seen chewing at the facility we were at today. The tech swore he never eats because in the 3 years she has worked with him, she has never seen him chew or eat anything!

I really can say in all seriousness though that I didn't feel any pain during the entire procedure! Thanks for all the sweet prayers! I could feel pressure at the beginning when he was inserting the first injection to numb me and then when he inserted the tube for the little chopper thing that sliced and diced the nodule. I kept my eyes closed most of the time. The lady before me had slept and snored through her biopsy I was told! Anyway, I heard what I thought was the sound of a drill. When the Dr. finished and all was quiet I asked if it was a drill he was using on me. He replied: "It was a Black and Decker." Then after a pause, he said he was really a dentist! Isn't that hilarious?? Later I was to find out the sound was the aspirator thingy he used.

After he left, the tech helped me to sit up. I noticed how nice my tanned legs looked in the low lighting in that room and struck up a conversation about that and how I had just spent a couple of weeks vacationing. The girls both agreed with me. "Yes, your tan looks lovely under these lights." After being helped into a standing position, I was instructed to pick up my clothes but leave on the pretty pink thing I was wearing. She then got hold of my arm to lead me down to mammography. I spotted her Crocs and they were flashing! I told her so too! She giggled and repeated to the nurse, "Kathy, she said my shoes were flashing!" As she led me down the hall, she told me I was drunk! I said, "But I don't drink." She replied, "Well you should because you're lots of fun like this!" What could I say except, "THE JOY OF THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH!"

I was put in a waiting room while the tech, her name is Vicki by the way, went to get Agustin. She gave him a few laughs by telling him I kept talking about some guy named Richard!! She also told him that I said he, (Agustin - not Richard!) was a beautiful person inside and out! Which is true, he is and I really did tell her.

I was then sent for a mammogram so the Dr. could see how much he actually got of the nodule. Guess what? It looks like he got it all! Praise the Lord! The cavity where it had been was quite noticeable. Of course, we will wait until Friday for the pathologist's findings to be reported, as there could be a few cells of it left. He did show me the original mammogram and ultra sound films which showed shadowy tendrils coming down from the nodule. I learned that is a common thing if the growth is cancer. He reassured me that the report does come back as cancer, at least we caught it early. That is always a good thing. Aguustin lead me out to the lobby where I happily announced to my mom and Shane that we were done there and it was time to go. I remember giggling all the way to the car while trying to share some of my conversations of the morning!

So I came home and slept off and on for 5 hours or so. I was instructed to put an ice pack on the incision for 15 minutes then off for 15. No shower for 2 days, sponge baths only, and wait until Friday to resume taking my NSAID. (Non Steroid Anti-Inflammatory Drug)

I actually had fun today and made some good memories. Thank you for your concern and prayers. They really mean the world to me and make me feel very special.


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justabeachkat said...

Oh Pam, I've had you on my mind. You had much more fun than I did when I had my biopsy! I'm glad they made it "fun" for you. I'll keep you in my prayers.


Jungle Mom said...

Hmmm... I wish I had gone with you! Sounds like you had a party!

Mishel said...

You are too funny! LOL I'll be continuing to pray for you and those results, my friend. : )

jennifer said...

Pam I am so not surprised by your upbeat joy even in a not so pleasant situation.

I love Harry Connick so I would have totally been lulling myself.

Love that you are so bubbly even in the worst of times. You turned this in to an experience that we need to all learn from.

Jackie said...

Sorry I missed all the giggles! Flashing crocs??? I have GOT to get me some of those! LOL


I am so happy that the Lord took such good care of you and that you took such good care of the staff. I am sure they appreciated you. Thank God and may he continue to bless and keep you. connie from Texas

Penless Thoughts said...

I love your sense of humor, Pam. Such a joy, too, that you shared it here with us.

Rebecca said...

Praise the Lord! I love those pre-op meds! I am so glad that everything went well, and I'm anxious to hear the pathology results.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad they made your time there pleasant....stay away from the Valium! :o) It affects my aunt the same way. My mother takes it for dizziness and it doesn't do anything to her except take away her dizziness. Funny how some people respond differently to drugs.

Anonymous said...

You are just a riot! Goodness, if a biopsy could be fun (mine sure wasn't) then you're the gal to *make* it fun. For pity sakes alive. :o) *giggle*

Soo glad you had the biopsy, Pam. Am praying for the pathology report now. <><

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

I think it is so great that you can come home after an experience like that with good memories...I just love your attitude! I am praying that your results come back negative and that the pain from not taking your meds goes away too.

Lyndy said...

Dear friend I have been so under the weather that I have been out of the blogging scene for a week or more.

So glad that your biopsy is over. Keeping you in my prayers.

Hugs, Lyndy