Whew! What a whirlwind! Sorry for the time in between posts: all of this is quite tiring and distracting...
Short summary: Cait is recovering well, with some bumps along the way. To be expected, I expect... The pathology report came back clean of any cancer, either in the margins or in the lymph nodes. So at least for the present she is cancer free. She'll be doing chemo starting in a month or so to make sure she stays that way.
This is Saturday AM. We're packing up to drive to Keene, NH, where Cait will be resting up for a week or two at her Mom's.
Wednesday, we sprang her from Sloan-Kettering and have been caring for her since at Miracle House. She's eating solid food, although not a lot. Now that the nurses aren't poking her every few hours for blood (do they really keep vampires in the cellar? or does it just seem that way?...?), now that the IV beepers have stopped beeping, now that her roommate's visitors aren't talking loudly on their cellphones -- the ones with the loud obnoxious ringtones, etc, etc, now that she has a quiet room and a comfortable bed, she's getting a more or less full night's sleep. (Can you tell from this description that Cait does not enjoy life in the hospital?)
She had her staples taken out yesterday (fascinating technology -- both the staples and the staple remover). The incision is well healed and healthy.
She's been feeling "like crap" (in her own words). We've been doing our best to keep her comfortable. And she's doing better and better. She's walked several city blocks (north to south, the short ones...) and is sleeping better and better.
In short, a successful operation (not to in any way suggest that this is fun or pleasant....) and the beginning of a successful recovery.
Thank you all for your kind comments, thoughts, prayers, etc.
We'll keep you posted.
Gary for Cait