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Lyonene
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   Posted 7/11/2009 1:49 AM (GMT -6)   
A few weeks back you posted that you were going for step one in August and mentioned your surgeon's office.  I am just wondering if we live in the same city and go to the same surgeon's office.  If we do, I'm thinking you might have Dr. J since he's indeed a cutie. LOL  My surgeon is Dr. H.  If it's not the same old Victorian house then you have no clue what or whom I'm talking about!
 
If this rings a bell I'd love to chat with you.  I just had step one in May and am having step two on Sept 1st.
 
Heather

Trigirl
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   Posted 7/11/2009 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Lyonene - I posted that before I went away to get my act organized. I came home for a couple of days and then return to the mountains. We just might go to the same place. I live in Calgary, and will have my surgery at the Peter Lougheed Hospital. I was actually thinking about having Dr. Hines because a lot of nurses I knew suggested he was the best. Lucky you! I have Dr. J and his partner who split a practice.

I am not doing parts to my surgery. I get to have the whole thing done once and forever. Rectal cancer requires drastic measures I've been told. Maybe in the future they figure out new was to do things, but for now.... My head is still at "this all sucks".

So tell me how you feel after a week? My husband thinks I'll be ready to go to a friends wedding reception 2 weeks after my surgery. I'm thinking, "Are you crazy!". I know I'm supposed to walk around lots but can't imagine getting dressed up and having anything I own fit. Then there's the coping with the new side kick. Am I overly worried or have wrong ideas?

Will be looking to read you reply.

Lyonene
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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 7/11/2009 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh no, I'm so sorry that you have cancer. What a terrible thing for you to go through.

Yes, I was very fortunate to end up with Dr. Heine. He is very well respected around the city in the health profession. You got the doctor with a personality though. On the days Dr. Heine wasn't in to do rounds Dr. J stopped in to see me and he is such a nice man, very friendly. You could hear him chatting with his patients from down the hall. Dr. H? Not so chatty.

I also had my surgery at PLC and you will be in Unit 42. The staff there was fantastic. I mean it, they couldn't have been nicer. Out of 40+ staff there was one assistant that was a bit of an old bag but the rest were so good to me. The ETs are wonderful. I have been in to see them a few different times since leaving the hospital and they're very helpful. Even the anesthesiologist was very nice. He came and talked to me before I went into the OR and asked me which option I preferred, etc. I told him to give me whatever he'd choose for himself so I got the epidural. He did a way better job than the one I got when my daughter was born!

There is no way I could have gone to a wedding at two weeks but I was done through the ER, on prednisone, very sick, and was in the hospital for 14 days, a very different situation. I also had open surgery and it looks like you might be done via lap? I don't know what the recovery for a lap is. I couldn't have handled a wedding even at four weeks post op. If you're being closed up will it hurt to sit for that long? This would be a good question for someone who had a lap and was closed.

I don't know when you're going back to the mountains (lucky you!) but if you want to meet up to have a coffee at Tim's or in a food court somewhere to commiserate or pick my brain I'll give you my email address. I know it's scary to have this coming up but I promise, it really isn't the end of the world -- it just feels like it. With every day that passes it gets easier to deal with.

Heather

Trigirl
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   Posted 7/11/2009 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
OK Heather, that is exactly what it feels like some days. The end of my world. I just can't say it out loud to my family because they think I'm crazy as it is. And personally I feel like that often. would Love to meet up with you before but have made it a tight squeeze to make time go by faster.

I am back in Calgary July 31 to have pre-op stuff at 2:00pm. Think we could meet up after that? I'm around the whole long weekend if you have time. Just have to show up on the Ties. I'll drive where ever to meet you. That is so kind of you. 281-3461, you know the prefix for Calgary, right?

Lyonene
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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 7/11/2009 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I got your number if you want to edit it out. My email address is hleveille@gmail.com.

I think my kids are at a summer camp on the 31st and I pick them up at 4pm not too far from PLC. We actually live right outside Calgary in Chestermere but I'm in Sundrige at least once or twice a week for the medical supply place, Costco, the bank, appointments, etc. As far as I know right now I'm available any time outside of picking my kids up at camp here and there. I'll let you know if my husband ends up taking vacation time but I'm not counting on it.

I don't know your family but being open has helped me immensely. Only my kids don't know about the ostomy because they're blabbermouths. I figure they'll walk in on me at some point and then I'll have some explaining to do. They're young, though, and don't need to know this right now.

For now, I have to go finish making a few dozen devilled eggs for a family dinner.

Heather

Lyonene
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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 64
   Posted 7/11/2009 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I got your email. I'm about to go out for my walk and I'll reply when I get back.
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