Erica decided she was ready to make the trip home about 7:00 pm on Friday. She ate soup, salad and bread-sticks takeout from her favorite Olive Garden then we hit the road. We arrived home about 2:00 am Saturday.
She did great on the ride home trying to sleep as much of the time as she could. The big bumps hurt pretty bad. She describes the worst of the pain as someone beating her in the chest with a sledge hammer. Her chest muscles and nerves on the left side were moved around a lot during surgery to access the tissue and lymph nodes that were removed. The recliner seems to be her most comfortable place to rest.
Her next doctor appointment is with the surgeon (Dr. Crawford) in Fort Worth on Thursday 4/15. This was a previously scheduled follow up for her previous surgery. The appointment will now serve as her post-op follow up instead of going back to Houston for it. Hopefully the drain tube will be able to come out that day. The ON-Q pain pump appears to be almost empty. It was supposed to supply 48 - 72 hours of numbing medicine internally over the affected area. We will be able to remove the pain pump catheters at home when the medicine reservoir is completely empty.
Will update again after receiving pathology report...
Harvey & Erica Braden
Journal of our journey with a Metastatic Melanoma Diagnosis. Erica was diagnosed Stage 3 in January 2010 and then Stage 4 in April 2018.