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Welcome! This is the place I write about Things I Notice in my daily walkabouts as well as what I might think about things in my world.

Project 365 - Day 19.  I was with Diane today during a "procedure." Holy Crap! They pulled the catheter out. Ouch from me. Clenched jaw and curled toes for her. Of course, she has a large dose of local anesthetic. Reminded me of the dentist--"That's just pressure." Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. So she starts off in the chair, pictured below. The chair then is lowered flat, like a table. The surgeon creates a "sterile area" and Diane's face is covered by the blue paper. Me...well, I thought, I got through child birth and three years in the packing plant so I'll be okay. Then, well, things coming out, things going in. And. Ow. Ow. Ow. They put a SAVI in her that looks like a small whisk. It starts off looking like a tube about half an inch in diameter. The tube was about 8-9 inches long. The surgeon tested it before he put it in. He twisted one end and the other end turned from a tube into a whisk like thing about 1.5" by 1", shaped like a football. He then twisted it back into a tube worked on putting it into the place where the old catheter and balloon had been. Did I mention they pulled that out??? Ow. Ow. Ow. So, now. There is this whisk thingie in her breast and aDiane Just Before The Procedurehalf inch thick tube thingie sticking out.Except...the tube is metal and sticking out of the tube are a bunch of little tube things. These are where the radiologist hooks up the individual radiation thingies. This had all the  trappings of something from a sci-fi movie: My Wife The Cyborg. Except it hurt. Her. I could tell.  Quite a bit. The surgeon warned her that the beauty of this device was that you could put the radiation exactly where needed in exactly the dose required. The down side of the technology is that the "placement" (medical talk for wiggling the thingie around) is the most uncomfortable part of the process. Afterwards, Diane wholeheartedly agreed. So. He got the SAVI perfectly positioned. The downside for us (well not so much for me), was that the device sticks out 4 inches at a 90 degree angle from Diane. Ow. Ow. Ow. Then the doctor leaves me with the nurse. She is going to teach me how to dress the wound. Holy Crap! How do you dress this cyborg appendage?Well...first thing: put the cyborg appendage in sort of a bandage tray. Ooops. Forgot the antibiotic stuff. Strap the cyborg appendage to the tray. Then the tray wraps into a bandage. Picture this--the bandage is still STICKING OUT 90 DEGREES. So now, we push that bandage DOWN 90 degrees so that it's sort of next to Diane's side. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. But, she says, you have to be careful of the drainage. Whoops. Excessive drainage. Now...the term drainage is a descriptive euphemism for BLEEDING. And she was. So we had to start all over. Holy Crap! Is this what it's going to be like at home, I ask myself. And, I can tell you that as of 8 p.m., the answer is, "Yes!"We got all our gear and left. Oh, I forgot to mention the "key." As we were leaving, the nurse says, "Here is the SAVI key. Keep this key with you at all times, if they need to make adjustments to your SAVI, they MUST have this key." Holy Crap! I need to hire a "Key Caddie" because I lose things at the drop of a hat. I know that if I put it somewhere safe where I know it will be safe, the likelihood of ever finding it again are less than 10%. So, I gave it to Diane.Earlier in the day we went to an acupuncturist. This is for the symptoms of the chemo, they wanted to start early to sort of get the body ready. I don't understand how it works but it worked for me and we have hopes for Diane. Ironically, the acupuncturist is part of the same practice that we used when all three of our kids were born. In the same building as Diane's oncologist. In the same building as her chemo will be. Such a small world. While she was having her needle therapy, I went outside and walked around.The building pictured below is where the acupuncture and chemo will be, I took it at high noon with the sun behind the building. We've been coming to this place for over 20 years. It sits right across the street from a Steak and Ale which has been closed for many, many years and is still not occupied. I am fascinated...why not put something in there? Anyway, that was the good part of the day. Diane was relaxed and ready for the afternoon which wasn't so good. She's hurting tonight but relaxed.Medical Building

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