I lucked out and got the pre-op 'room with a view' and watched the sunrise over Salt Lake while I was greeted individually by the wonderful and professional team that would be handling me in surgery. The young and friendly anesthesiologist, Sonia, placed my IV and we discussed anesthesia options. Initially we discussed using heavy sedation with a mask which was quite appealing, however once I decided to donate a small amount of bone marrow to cancer research it was decided that general anesthesia with full intubation was warranted. I expressed my concern for becoming nauseous because basically I had been nauseous all week. Sonia told me that they would take precautions against nausea. I am not sure exactly what they did, but I have not had any nausea since I woke up.....and my appetite is back:)
I am stuck in a bulky bandage until Sunday. I see the lymphedema therapist in 10 days and return to see my surgeon in two weeks. I will also be scheduled to meet with the medical oncologist to discuss systemic treatment. This is not a huge hurry as treatment can’t begin until the surgery site heals. In the meantime, test results should be trickling in.