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Surgery Update and What I Have Been Reading

Oh how I have missed my book loving friends!

I have been laying low and recuperating for the past three weeks, but am eager to start blogging again. I thought it was time to give you all an update on my health and fill you in on what I have been up to.

Surgery was almost three weeks ago. Cancer was found in both sides of my thyroid and in six of the twenty-four lymph nodes that were removed. The surgery itself went really well. About a week into recovery I did have a bit of a setback. I was retaining a lot of extra fluid in the surgical area due to the removal of the lymph nodes. In all honestly it was pretty uncomfortable and there was talk about going back in to surgery to drain it. Thanks to rotation of hot and cold compresses it did drain and I am much better now. I am still a bit sore and have a large area of numbness around the incision, under my chin and half of my ear. I hear the numbness will get better over time, but some of it will be permanent. My left arm has very little range of motion, so PT is a must and strangely my vision post-surgery has been affected. This is making reading physical books a bit of a challenge, thank goodness for audiobooks!! Every week I am getting better, it is just taking time. Apparently it is a very slow process that can take up to eight weeks for a full recovery. Next up I will be on a no iodine diet followed by a radiation treatment to kill any cancer that was not found during surgery. I am forever very grateful to my doctor for catching my enlarged thyroid. I had no idea and I cannot image how long I would have gone not knowing that I had cancer if it wasn’t for her.

Check out the rest of this post to see what I have been up to and how I have been entertaining myself…

Last book I read…


Before and After by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate – If you read and loved Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate and want to learn more about the real life stories of some of the children that passed through the Tennessee Children’s Home, then you will want to be sure to pick this book up. Look for my full review in the next couple of weeks!

Last book I listened to…


The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager – I am finally all caught up on my Riley Sager. He is definitely one of my favorite authors and I cannot wait to see what he writes next!

What is next…


The Whisper Man by Alex North – I started this thriller, but am not too far into it yet. It is the very last book on my NetGalley shelf with a publication date of 2019. Sooo excited to start in on the 2020’s that I have acquired!


The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware – For my listening pleasure I thought I would give this audiobook a go. Crossing my fingers that I love it!

What I have been watching…


Scandal – I started this show on Netflix years ago and have been using this recovery time to finally finish it up. I am on the very last season and can hardly wait to see how the show wraps up. I am loving it!

Hobby…


I have been thoroughly enjoying crocheting this blanket. This project should keep me busy all winter long!

Pixel Art…

Pixel Art – Is an app that I use while I am listening to audiobooks. I cannot just sit and listen, I have to have a brainless activity going on and this color app is just enough to keep my mind from wandering and still stay focused on what I am listening to.

Phew…that was a long one! Thanks for sticking with me and I look forward to some blog hopping to see what all of you have been up to.

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59 thoughts on “Surgery Update and What I Have Been Reading

  1. So good to hear from you! Thank goodness for audiobooks indeed! How dare the universe mess with your vision. So rude! Do so hope you enjoy The Death of Mrs Westaway. It was one of my books of the year in 2018. Looks like you have plenty of things to occupy yourself with while you recover.

    I think of you every day and continue to send strong and positive vibes! ❤️

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  2. So sorry to hear you were sick. I didn’t even realize.
    I’m glad you’re feeling better and everything was caught early. My thoughts are with you! Fingers crossed for a fast and full recovery! xx

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  3. It’s so good to see an update from you. I’m pleased that your surgery went well and that you’re recovering. Thank goodness for audio books – when I had neurosugery on my spine a few years ago they were such a lifeline for me, I don’t know what I’d have done without them. Hope you have some good audio books lined up for the coming weeks. x

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  4. I am so pleased your surgery went well and you are on the road to recovery, it does take time but you will get there. You are so lucky you have a good GP who found that, such a blessing I know because my sisters dr didn’t listen to her despite her being in agonising pain both her GP kept fobbing her off with Sciatica, but if they even looked at her notes she wasn’t one for going to the dr’s unless something was really wrong. But she struggled it got to a stage where she couldn’t bare the pain at all and she accidentally took too much codeine, trying to stop the pain, and somehow ended up at the hospital. Where the dr glibly said they would do an X-ray to make sure she hadn’t damaged her liver. When they did that X-ray they found a huge tumour too big to operate on, they had left it far too long, it was in and on her bowel, liver, ovaries and uterus. Having nursed cancer patients as my first ever ward of my nurse training many years ago. I knew what to expect so could explain to my mum what the options would be. She had chemo but even that didn’t start for another 6 months and she had to have it every two weeks for six months. Just as her pain lessened they told her it had shrunk enough for surgery they would need to remove 75%of her liver, but again they were in no hurry, then told her she had an infection but they couldn’t find where, she could have no more chemo because of an infection, the cancer began to grow, spread to her lungs. She passed away a year ago in December. I really believe if she had lived down here things would have been treated differently and she may even be alive now. She was given so many different things they were going to send her to Basingstoke as they had the best facility to deal with her cancer never happened, then she was going to Oxford, never happened, when it shrank Oxford would remove the 75% of liver, but when she saw them that differed and they did nothing except for scans.

    I really am so pleased yours was caught because I really don’t think anyone should have to go through this evil illness, it will take a while for the arm, and hopefully the numbness will pass in time. I’m glad you have your audiobooks. Like you I can’t sit and do nothing if I’m listening to something or even if I’m watching television my hands normally have to be doing something. I wish you all the best with your continued improvement. Will be looking out for more posts.

    Take care

    Jackie xxx

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      1. She didn’t if we had lived nearer I would have been banging on doors and shouting, but neither her and her husband just aren’t like that, which meant her treatment was so bad. The hardest thing was I was taking my parents to see her on the 16th December we had a hotel booked and everything, she died on the Tuesday, we didn’t get to say goodbye, and her husband wasn’t with her, which to this day I don’t understand and the thing that haunts me and has done all the time is whether she was alone, having been a nurse, we knew when someone was going and if a relative wasn’t there, someone was sat with that patient. But my sister was moved from one hospice to another the week before, if her husband had phoned the night before, or the hospice we would have got there, but we weren’t told it was imminent and thought we had time for that weekend.

        I always urge anyone if they have anything that has been going on to insist for a blood test or an X-ray just to rule things out. Which was why I saw your post I was so pleased yours was found early, keep nagging my daughter to go have a smear test as she has never had one and is now 27.

        You take care xxx

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  5. Welcome back Tina 😘 I’m happy to hear you’re relatively well and I hope you’ll feel even better really soon!! And that your eye sight comes back, but in the meantime, thank the heavens for audiobooks 😊

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  6. Thank you for updating! I was just thinking about DMing you! Happy to hear surgery was successful but sorry about complications with eyesight etc. Hopefully that will resolve soon. I bet it feels good to publish a post and return to some routine things! I’m not much of an audio book fan but I did recently enjoy The Dutch House narrated by Tom Hanks! Sending ❤️❤️❤️ (((((hugs))))) 🙏🙏🙏

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  7. Wow Tina! Hope you are doing better and getting lots of rest! Don’t try to do it all right away! I have a dumb question?😂How many lymph nodes do we have in our bodies? 24 taken out……that’s not too many??

    Get well soon!!💜🙏💜

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    1. Not a dumb question at all. I actually asked the doctor the same thing. It seems we have a lot more lymph nodes than I ever realized, so no 24 taking out will not affect anything. They were all on my left side so there are still plenty on the right side and in lots of other places in the body.

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  8. I am so sorry about what has been going on with you! I’m glad that the surgery went well and that recovery is going well so far, as well. I’ll be praying for you!
    I’m reading The Whisper Man right now and while it’s not bad, it’s not living up to the hype yet for me. I’m pretty bored with it, honestly. But, I do want to know what happens.

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  9. Welcome back, Tina! I thought you had been quiet. I am wishing you lots of love and a speedy recovery. With my last surgery, I remember it affected my vision, and I was told it was just the anesthesia. It really lingered for me, but it finally went away. I don’t know if that is causing yours but I wanted to share in case it was helpful from one bibliophile to another. ♥️

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      1. It was at least a month, Tina. It also really affected my sleep patterns for over a month, and they told me that was typical too. Like I would go to sleep and have the hardest time waking up. I’m sure tiredness from the surgery was also a factor but I remember them telling me that it takes a while for anesthesia to get out of your system completely.

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