Hospital stay explained

I was home with my mother- in- law for her surgery for a week.

On Easter day, she picked up a breast lump that turned out to be malignant. Being the very aware woman that she is, she diagnosed her condition herself and caught it right at the early stage when it is treatable. Unlike my mother, whose cancer was picked up after she started losing weight and having lymph nodes which were ridden with malignant cells.

She was admitted two days before her surgery( May 11), a Saturday. It was also her 58th wedding anniversary . No one remembered to wish them on their anniversary because of the anxious moments we had. My husband, her eldest son is 57 this year. He was born a year after their wedding. Isn’t it funny how days don’t matter when we are worried?

The days before the surgery were spent in pre anesthetic check ups, cardiology checkups and other tests to ensure she was “fit” for surgery. Fortunately, for her the room allotted to her was spacious and almost suite-like, with a large bedroom( two beds), an almirah, lots of furniture, a wash room and a toilet. It was situated almost next door to the nursing station, so nurses were ever present.

During the anesthesia check-up they noticed her thyroid lumps, those that had been there for more than 30 years’. So she had to have additional X-rays to see if the lumps would obstruct the endotracheal tubes that would be used during anesthesia.She cleared all her pre- surgery checks and was taken up for surgery on the Monday. There was no requirement for blood, so that part was easy.

At her age, the surgeon preferred to do a lumpectomy and just an axillary sampling as she might not tolerate the extended surgical procedures. A part of her chest wall muscles was removed as the lump was rather deep in the muscle.

She stayed in the Intensive Care unit for a day, after which she was moved back to her room. One of us stayed with her every night, while she was in hospital.

My father in law missed having her at home, so he talked to the doctor to bring her home at the earliest. She was brought home on the Thursday, four days after her surgery.

She is in pain now as they have weaned her off her pain killers. But she is moving about normally and is able to do her things for herself.

23 thoughts on “Hospital stay explained

  1. That’s wonderful that your mother in law is doing so well. How kind of you to go to stay with her! I hope she continues with her good progress and soon feels like her old self.

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    1. Thank you, in the beginning it was scary to think that both my mother and mother in law were afflicted but later we got used to it and we learnt that being familiar with what to do helped us a lot.

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  2. I am so glad your mother-in-law caught it early! That is scary. I did have to look up what an almirah was. I learned something new today! It is good to hear from you again Susie. It sounds like your life is very busy caring for others at this time. My prayers are with you for patience and with your mother-in-law for healing.

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    1. Thank you. An Almirah is an Arabic word that is used in English too- is a cupboard. I am thankful that the good Lord is using me to care for others, otherwise, an insignificant thing like me- who is not even a practising doctor – how can it be? My job was to handle the kitchen and as you might know, I don’t have much talent that way. Thankfully, most dishes turned out right- we had a huge extended family coming to visit us at home, while the surgery was taking place.

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  3. I am sure you buoyed your mother-in-law’s spirits just by traveling to be with her and lifting some of the worry from her. Thanks goodness she was diligent – she likely saved her life and will heal quickly with all the family support surrounding her.

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      1. That is good that this is her demeanor Susie – that will propel her forward after this health crisis and keep her going strong. I will keep her in my prayers.

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  4. So glad she took care of things before it got bad.
    Sometimes I wonder if there is a cancer epidemic. It seems to be everywhere.
    So many are suffering. It’s heartbreaking.
    Glad she is better,

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      1. I have a sister in law who believes they’ll find out it’s caused by a virus.
        I wonder (conspiracy theory-LOL) if it’s something in our water.
        A lot of people believe it’s the chemicals they put in our food.
        Who knows? It’s just that so many are suffering so much. Heartbreaking.

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