Post Surgical Follow-Up
Posted 1/4/16 @ 3:30 p.m.
Happy New Year, everyone! I wish I could say we did something fun and festive on New Year’s Eve (does renting “Edge of Tomorrow” and drinking wine count?) It was very low key on Friday night and all weekend for all of us, but I think it’s what we needed. Well, okay, it’s what I needed. Ana would’ve rather spent the entire weekend with her friends and cousins even though she wasn’t physically ready for too much excitement.
Today she had her follow-up appointment with Dr. Mart…inez and she also saw Dr. Yamashiro. It was a quick, uneventful appointment (the best kind). Ana’s doing well. We had her labs drawn on Saturday morning and they looked good. The main obstacle she’s facing right now is withdrawal from oxycodone. We’d been weaning her down to 5 mg doses every 12 hours, but she starts getting withdrawal symptoms after about 8 hours (leg and shoulder aches, chills, low grade fevers, extreme irritability and anxiety, mood swings, night sweats). Oxy is no joke.
Dr. Martinez said to stick with the plan of every twelve hours, but if she gets really uncomfortable after 8 hours, we can give her 2.5 mg (half a pill) which is enough to ease the withdrawal symptoms but not enough to treat pain. Our hope is that she’s completely off of oxy by Friday, though she can take a little longer especially if she needs it for pain. She’s also very thin – about 95 pounds which is a good 6 pounds less than when she went in for surgery and she’d already been losing weight at that point. We’re trying to give her wholesome foods that aren’t too unhealthy (rice and black beans with a little cheese, for example). She hates to drink shakes (that would be too easy). Her appetite seems to be coming back a bit more each day and I’m not opposed to leaving the house at all hours to satisfy her cravings (I’m running to Crazy Bowls for bubble tea and fried wontons in a little while, for example).
She has a scan on Friday. This one’s really scary. Will it show new tumor growth? Did she go through all of this hell for nothing? We’re hoping for no surprises from this scan and a new plan of action from Dr. Yamashiro either by or before Friday. In the meantime, Ana’s back to school tomorrow and looking forward to seeing her friends and living her life. Here’s a photo of her from earlier today at Sam Ash in her natural habitat – surrounded by guitars (please don’t share this, she’d kill me). Jim said she tried about 14 guitars!