Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sisterhood Hydrangeas by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Sisterhood Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Linen Board
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Sisterhood Hydrangeas is a new painting, one that I wasn't at all sure I could complete tonight but I'm really glad I did. Thank you to everyone who sent prayers, good thoughts, and words of encouragement - my breast biopsy today went fine. I was really fortunate to have a great doctor, and she was fast and did everything she could to make sure it was painless as possible. As soon as I arrived, the Nurse gave me a warm blanket because she thought I looked cold. I carried it around like security blanket as they shuffled me from room to room, and then when it was time for the procedure, the tech held my hand through the whole thing. She was a young gal, very smart, I could tell, and probably half my age.

The doctor was very professional, but she had a great bedside manner. She had short, spiky red hair, cute glasses, and an intellect that had me convinced I was in the absolute best hands. She kept insisting that if I needed more of the anesthetic, to be sure and let her know. (and I did at least once!). We watched the whole procedure on a screen and she took four tissue samples. When she was done, she inserted a marker that looked like a tiny comb with three titanium teeth. This will guide them for any future surgeries. I should have results by Monday, since their lab is right there in the same hospital.

I thought I had made a big mistake not asking for anesthesia so I would sleep through the procedure, but I'm glad I just went with the local and stayed awake. It was not as painful as I had feared, and I also feel like I achieved something today. I was terrified, but I did it and I did okay! As I lay there, I thought about every one of you and what you said, and the experiences and good thoughts and prayers that I knew were coming my way. I cannot tell you how much that helped, and how much it still and always will mean to me. As one dear friend said tonight, our social media has allowed the friend and sister circle to be large and embracing. Thank you to each of you for that embrace. It carried me.
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