I was told that I could take a shower 48 hours after the surgery. So I did so in the morning on Friday, but then I felt chilly, feverish, no energy and no appetite. I spent most of the day just sleeping. Saturday morning, probably because I rested well, my appetite and energy came back.
1 Mile Walk
The post surgery instruction says it is good to have exercise as much as possible. I decided to walk to a nutrient store, which is about 1 mile away from my house, to get Acai-berry Juice.
Acai-berry is popular recently because it is good for losing weight or boosting an immune system, according to an advertisement. At the store there are many kinds of Acai-berry juice, but I had to walk home back and couldn’t carry more than 10 lb. so I picked a small 16 oz bottle which was about $15.
Four doors down from the nutrition store is a Japanese supermarket. I wanted to get some cookies for Mrs. C, who brought dinner for George on the day of my surgery. I went to the supermarket.
Six doors down from the Japanese market is a Rite Aide. I should buy a birthday card for Ma (George’s mother) whose birthday is on April 9th.
I left home only thinking of buying Acai berry Juice, but my shopping items increased quickly.
Walking around in the Rite Aide, as I was getting tired and felt my energy was going out like the air going out from a balloon, the phone rang. It was from my son, Soh.
He got our house, but since nobody was there, he called me.
“ Mom, where are you?”
“ I’m at Rite Aide.”
“ Did you walk to Rite Aide? Do you want to me to pick you up? You must not carry many things, right?”
Thankfully I could get back home by Soh’s car.
The post lymph nodes excision instruction says I shouldn’t vacuum or wipe windows that require repetitive hand motions for a few months. I humbly accepted Soh’s offer for help.
Pinky, our daughter-in-law, said, “ Mom, you must be tired. I can take Pepper ( our beagle) to walk.”
Pepper is now 14 years old; she is now too old to have a long walk. Although she wants to keep walking, she gets too tired to come back. — I told Pinky. Then Soh said, “ It is just like you, Mom,” and we all laughed.
Pins and Needles –Good Sign
While my son and daughter-in-law were helping, I called Kiser because I had pins and needle pain around the incision area all day: I looked at the area through a mirror making sure that the tube was still inserted into the skin. It didn’t look red, swollen, or bleeding. Wondering that maybe the tube was being pulled by the clothes, I moved the tube different directions, but it didn’t help at all.
After being on hold for a long time, a nurse, who finally answered the phone told me that it was a good sign of blood circulation which was coming back to normal if there is no other problems. I was glad to hear some good news.
A PET scan will be on Tuesday 5th. Though there is a recent concern of my hip pain, God is sending me a good spirit and I think I can be ok at least until the day I get the result of PET.