Friday, June 12, 2009
2 miracles in one day
This morning I had a successful bilateral mastectomy: left side modified radical mastectomy, and right side simple/total mastectomy, followed by expander implant placement. It took less than five hours but I spent six hours in recovery because my room wasn't ready. I usually don't have much patience for things like that but something special happened in recovery and I'd have been content staying even longer, because of Nurse Nathan. While engaging Nathan in chit chat, I learned he had a recent biopsy for suspicious cells/legions in his colon. Nathan told me, matter of factly, that he does not want the results and has no plans to treat it if the results revealed malignancy. I knew what I needed to do. I channeled all the love and support I've been receiving and showed it to Nathan. Told him how important he is...to his loved ones, friends, colleagues, and to me in my recovery today. An hour later Nathan had to move me which put me under the care of another recovery nurse. I worried a bit that he might not have liked my attempt to change his mind but he said he was sorry for the switch and that he was glad I was assigned to him. Hours later, when I was finally assigned a patient room, Nathan came to me to thank me and to tell me he changed his mind and he will fight it if it turned out malignant. He said he will never forget me. Wow. I can't tell you how much it meant to me to hear him say that.