• Any last minute advice???

    Asked by maralyn on Wednesday, March 6, 2013

    Any last minute advice???

    i go in next wed, 13th, for HIPEC procedure,,, i know i need it, cavity is filling up already after only 4 months since they last cleaned me out, trying to be pro-active and ask questions, but like last surgery, they can't be specific on what they will do, until they open me up, which is understandable,,, but i feel i am in great care with this oncology team,,, any thoughts or advice out there, i would really appreciate it!!! thanks for all your support as i have gotten this far!!!

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    • abrub's Avatar

      Be ready for a long, slow recovery. HIPEC is very hard on your body. Make sure you have a source of music with you. I also go to surgery with my (stuffed) octopus - it's nice to have a friend in bed with you. (Also, the comments I got, doing my walks with an octopus on my IV pole were priceless! He helped the other cancer patients as well as me.
      Hopefully, all will go relatively easily for you. I have a friend who was up and running - almost back to normal - within 3 months of HIPEC.
      Sending lots of hugs.


      over 5 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      Be patient with yourself. If you have asked the questions and trust your team that is a big part of the battle. I too had a mascot - made recuperation just a bit easier to have smiles from my lamb.

      over 5 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      P.S. good luck with surgery. May you be surrounded by peace.

      over 5 years ago
    • maralyn's Avatar

      thanks so much for the advice!!! i have a cancer daffodil bear a got from a friend recently, and i am taking that with me, and a prayer shawl i got from a local church here, and some bible verses and some quotes i have collected from this site here as well, on note cards,,, i believe the surgeon would not do the surgery if i wasnt healthy enough, he made that quite clear earlier when i battled bronchitis the month of january,,, so i am ready to get this over with and move on from here,,, i am expecting a while to recover, but like carol said, everyone is different and i am praying for the best!!! God willing i will be up and walking the halls and home in minimal time, my sister has offered to stay with me again if i need help, but time will tell on that, (living alone does have its disadvantages) Bless You All For Caring!!!

      over 5 years ago

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