Surgery - TheEvilyn8

Procedure or Surgery Associated with Hodgkin Disease. Posted on August 18, 2012 View this journey (6 Experiences)

After being diagnosed with a lung mass and having gone though biopsy after biopsy with no TYPE being confirmed, I met with a surgeon who gave me the best advice. He said lets stop poking around and just get in there and find out what the heck it is. On November 16th, 2011 I went into surgery and woke up in ICU with a lobectomy (removal of my upper left lung lobe) and a diagnosis Classic Hodgkin's Lymphoma. The recovery was brutal with two chest tubes and a nice slice starting from my shoulder blade to the underside of my armpit area.(Exactly like the one from Breaking Bad the show!) ICU was easy, I was on auto drip Morphine...but when they stopped the auto drip and I had to move and be medicated manually by nurses each few hours...lets just say I wanted to DIE! The pain I felt was unlike anything I had ever felt before. I was in the hospital for over a week recovering and when they sent me home, it took several weeks before I could bathe or do stuff on my own. I would never want to feel the pain of chest tubes again!

Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree

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