I got up to a house full of sleeping people, unable to find milk for my cup of tea. After some getting annoyed at not being able to find milk I settled for toast and water. Really now I look at it and who cares that I couldn't find the milk, I was acting like it was going to be my last cup of tea ever, although it could have been because we all know risky general anaesthetics are.. But realistically I was over reacting, assuming because of my nerves. We had to be at the first hospital at 8.05am, which we made it just in time. I drove as I thought well it will be my last drive until I feel better and who knows when that will be and I loooove driving, so jumped at the chance.
We raced inside because it was very chilly out. The hospital is in Lenah Valley in Hobart, beautiful place. Once inside I went to the first counter to check in, the lady directed us in the right direction where we sat for a moment until Cam noticed infact we were in the wrong direction, so off we went to the right direction where I checked in and the receptionist was lovely. We waited for a little then the Doctor came out and called me through, she started explaining the first stage of the procedure which was to inject radioactive dye into my breasts then that will move through my lymph nodes and to show where they are, to inject the dye into my breasts they were to use two needles in each breast (four all up). I went and got into the gown then the Doctor sent Cam through to have a chat with me while I waited for the next stage. Cam sat in the waiting room for the injection part as he doesn't like seeing me in pain, it makes him sick. I thought it was because he was afraid of needles, but that's not the case.
I went through to the next room where the Doctor asked if I wanted my hand held for the needles, I took her offer up and met a lovely girl, before she left she complimented my name and then told me she too is called Eloise. Another lady came in to "stretch" my skin into whichever way the Doctor requested. After a four injections I was grateful for it to be over and I was told I was very calm and didn't squirm. I thought to myself by being any other way it would only make it harder, so of course I would be well behaved haha, I got a "gold star" all around, which was a nice thing to be told. Afterwards Cam came back into the room and watched as they took short movies of the dye moving through my breasts, then we went for a fifteen minute walk why it flowed through some kore then back to the waiting room for a wait and back in for some more photos. Once the films were printed off we went to the next hospital.
I checked in at about 11.30am and had a super long wait ahead of us, I got put under GA at I think about 5.30. Cam stayed with me the whole time while waiting in the hospital room, which may I add I had to myself and it had the most gorgeous view. I remember Dr. Bowtie appearing behind me saying "hello stranger" and asking after my Mum. Then another wait while the nurses got ready for my procedure. Finally I got taken through and the anaesthetist put me off to sleep, I woke up and they told me I had taken a while to come around and was blue, strange thing to tell me I said ohh ok, blue, right. First thing I did was look up at the time and take the offer up of a lemonade icy pole!
The orderly wheeled me back to my room where I was greeted with Cams big smiley face, it was lovely. I went home from hospital the next morning, then we came home from Hobart this morning. It is nice to be in my own environment but was lovely having a sleepover with my Mum and sister too. I am on the road to recovery before the big one, which is approaching really fast. This is painful, I expected it to be.. But I think just how more painful the next one is going to be, but I have decided to rake it day by day and I will take the same approach next time around.