Hello Friends

A little while ago, I started writing a post about my surgery and my stay at the BJH (Barnes Jewish Hospital) Cancer Center in St. Louis. I was almost done, and then within a blink of the eye my post went into cyberspace and is swallowed without any excuse or by the way or even a belch. pfffttt! I am not going to recreate the whole scenario now.

Anyway, my surgery was done, didn’t have any problem post operatively. Came home the next day. Not on any painkillers. Took Tylenol for a couple of days post op. The biggest problem is the drain sticking out of my chest wall. SO DAMN inconvenient to sleep and take a shower. I hate it.

Seeing the surgeon this Tuesday. She will remove the drain, give me permission to drive, and will allow me to use the steps to go down to my studio in the basement to continue with my painting. I have not painted for almost two weeks now. Going crazy. Would you all like to see some of my current paintings?

Oh and got results of the final pathology. The cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. So I will be starting radiation and chemotherapy after I am completely healed from the trauma of surgery. I am ok. Not angry, depressed or pitying myself. I just want to be able to wear a good bra and get the darn drain out, and feel like I have a normal chest topography (even though it may be fake), and not feel like I have a ski slope on my chest wall!! Hope you laughed. It is supposed to be funny about the way I look now..

That’s it for now. Love you all. Thank you, each one of you, for thinking of me and saying a prayer and hoping for good health.Β Please know I appreciate that a LOT!!

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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12 Responses to Hello Friends

  1. jstnotherday says:

    Oh my goodness, I hate when that happens…. that’s why I’ve learned to type my posts on Wordpad first then copy and paste. Can’t tell you how many times, and how frustrating it is to lose all those thoughts you just put into words…. But look…. I don’t have to tell you. Lol

    My goodness you sound like a real trooper recovering from your surgery. Sounds very difficult to cope with to me. I am so sorry that you will also be undergoing chemo and radiotherapy as well. Yes, many more prayers. ❀

    and Yes! I would love to see more of your paintings! πŸ™‚

    Thoughts and prayers going your way,

  2. mrswrangler says:

    Sorry to hear your cancer has spread. Glad your surgery went well

  3. murisopsis says:

    Wonderful that you are feeling good after the surgery. I hope the chemo and radiation do the job and don’t make you feel ill… I’m going to be praying for you.

  4. slmret says:

    Zakiah — I’m so glad to see this post, and to know that you are progressing normally (sorry you had to write it twice, though!). Your visit to the surgeon next week should be good, and I hope it won’t be too long before your radiation and chemo are over and done with! Meantime, I’d LOVE to see your more current painting — please post that for us!

    As I write this, we are having thunderstorms all over the area, with hail or big, heavy, wet raindrops and thunder and lightning — it’s all part of Hurricane Sergio! It should be off and on through tonight! What weird weather we are having at this point!

    Much love and hugs

  5. I’m so glad your surgery went well. I think your attitude will go far in helping with your healing..praying so as well.
    I can’t wait to see your paintings. I know you are ‘itching’ to get to paint again.
    LOL at the ski slope reference
    Love ya

  6. I’m so so so very happy to hear the surgery went well and you got home so quickly and are doing so well! πŸ™‚ Your beautiful positivity will aid in your healing and recovery! Glad the surgeon will remove the drain soon. (I’ve heard from friends that that part IS very frustrating. 😦 )

    HA! I DID laugh at your ski slope reference and even envisioned little people dressed in ski garb skiing down your chest! πŸ˜€

    Continued prayers for you as you recover and then go through treatments. Also, healing thoughts, best wishes, and many gentle (((HUGS))) ❀ πŸ™‚
    PS…Bring on the paintings! πŸ™‚ We'd love to see them!

  7. I am glad the surgery went well, Zakiah and I give you all of my support for radiations and chemo . This is not funny but is needed for a complete healing .I wish you courage .
    Yes we would love seeing your paintings . I know you are gifted and inspired .
    Love ❀

  8. churchmousie says:

    Fellow former Xangan here. Sounds like you have some good capable healthcare providers, but they need to be more friendly to you so you know none of this is your fault. Bless you!

  9. Like all your friends here, I continue to send you prayers. You are one strong lady. *hugs*

  10. whyzat says:

    I’m so glad your surgery went well. Your positive attitude serves you well! I hope to see your paintings soon.

  11. I had you on my mind today. Hoping and praying your appointment with the surgeon went well.
    It’s always nice when the doc gives the go ahead to get back to driving, etc. πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) and ❀

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