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February 21, 2005

Popping Cancer Update: Surgery, Coughing

Well, today's the big day: surgery to implant a Port-A-Cath.

I'm a little worried by this cough. It's better, but I still have coughing fits when it's cold or when I lay down. So, of course I'll be going into a cold operating room and laying flat on my back. My hope is that they can give me something to stop me coughing (or even put me under). I'd hate for the surgeon to be threading a tube into a vein near my heart when I started coughing.

I go in at about 1 p.m., roughly 4 hours from now.

My other concern is the IV. Last time we tried chemotherapy, it didn't go because my veins kept blowing out at inopportune times. That's why we're putting in the catheter. So they'll have to start an IV line in order to do surgery and here's hoping it goes well.

Finally, for those of you keeping track of things to worry or pray about, depending on which part of the Interweb you snuck in from, there's a chance of swelling around the port. We need any swelling to go down quickly so we can use the thing for chemotherapy tomorrow. Got it?

Fun, fun, fun. I have the most interesting days.

Posted by Dan at February 21, 2005 09:19 AM

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my grandmother's cough remedy "recipe"

1cup whisky or in her case moonshine

1 cup lemon juice

1cup honey

Mix all together....(makes Nyquil jealous)...
take a tablespoon or large ladle full and swallow quickly. Does not look pretty and the taste may not be your cup of tea...but,she swears by it....poured it down our throats for years....and hey, if the cough stays, consider it a little pick me up.

Posted by: jo at February 21, 2005 10:38 AM

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