Although there’s nothing lucky or charming about having thyroid cancer, Janina knew, after going through Dori’s procedure and my procedure, what she wanted and what she didn’t want. She made it perfectly clear to her surgeon and anesthesiologist that she did not want pain medication, and although a mild one was given during the procedure, Janina had none during postop – only Tylenol. That was a great decision on her part. As a result, she had a much less eventful postop period with no nausea and no vomiting – Alleluia! I remember that well, and it isn’t pretty. A bit of tachycardia plagued her (like mother, like daughter), but I.V. fluids helped control the situation, and her pulse gradually came down.
What a trooper! Janina remained her kind and grateful self during her hospital stay, complimenting the nurses and techs for their hard work, and impressing the doctors with her very pleasant demeanor…all without pain meds.
Two weeks postop and I’m feeling like my old self, so I’m hoping that Janina progresses in the same way.
Well, my family has made it over another hurdle.