Making a new post for this so it's seen. I think my repeated updates on the latest page were just getting overlooked.
So it's been just over a week since I've had this surgery, and I've had a couple people asking why I mentioned having a big incision on my chest (I mentioned it in passing in my previous update). I think I sorta forgot no one would know much about that. I purposely didn't go into full details before the surgery in favor of not worrying people. I didn't want people to be scared for me and express doom and gloom, because I needed to be optimistic myself. But since it's after the fact, I suppose it's okay to be a bit more open.
What you probably do know is that after having had testicular cancer taken out last October, this was a precautionary surgery where they would take the other testicle out (this one didn't have cancer, but due to the kind I had in October, it was at high risk of getting it). This time around, they also removed all of the lymph nodes around my kidneys (although I misheard and thought they said around the heart at first, so it's probably even better that I didn't say anything too soon). I guess if this cancer were to spread, those lymph nodes would be the next most likely place it'd spread to. To achieve this removal, there is a line going from the top of my abdomen to the bottom of my belly. It was a very intense and invasive surgery. And no easy task either; I was in surgery for about eight hours.
I have a picture (link below), but click at your own risk. The pic is from yesterday and it's already healed quite a bit, but it's still pretty scary-looking, and may be uncomfortable to see if you're faint of heart. I know I was shocked. But in case anyone wants a visual, I've got you covered. (Also, it's a big wound, but otherwise, safe for work; no private areas are shown.)
Anyway, I'm no medical expert, but I assume the incision is the way it is in favor of making everything the surgeon needed accessible in one cut (the testicle was taken through the same incision). So it's one big wound, but it actually hurts less than if several were made (it honestly hurts much less than my other surgery back in October), and I'm to understand it will heal faster.
With that said, on the plus side it's only been a week since this surgery, but it's made a lot of progress and the pain is already much more manageable (I mean, there's still plenty of pain, but I can deal). When I was discharged from the hospital this past Friday, many doctors and nurses were frankly impressed by how fast my condition's improved. So am I! A good attitude can make anything happen I guess. :D
Despite my good fortune so far, it's too soon to say when I can get back to regular posting for Rain. I will be doing doctor visits and tests for a while no matter how fast I recover, and of course, I don't want that to get in the way. But I'll keep you posted as soon as I'm able.
While it's a little hard for me to sit in my drawing chair for any length of time right now, typing this out has been pretty comfortable and easy. Maybe we can expect some more written stuff from me during this time. It's better than just sitting around, you know? ^_^
Anyway, take care for now, all. I thank you all for your good vibes and attitudes and all that through this. Please feel free to keep 'em coming; the power of positivity goes a long way. I hear fanart and fanfics do wonders to expedite the healing process as well. ;P
Seriously though; thank you. Much love, Rain Beaus~! <3
Thank you so much for making this awesome webcomic and i hope you feel better soon!! We all love you!!!!!
Well it does literally cover all of the lymph nodes until it forks for each leg.
@LittleLynn84: That particular incision would literally expose almost the entirety of the organs in your lower body. Because of the way it bisects the belly, it would've literally laid pretty much the whole thing open, allowing them to move (relatively easily) through and visualize things without having to do too much rearranging or poking around. The incision looks like it was done awesomely, and I hope you heal well and quickly.
So glad to know you're doing well Lynn! Make sure to get load of rest, and we'll all continue to send you positive energies! :D
Actually got a little excited when I saw there was a comic update, because I thought it might mean you were feeling better. ^_^;
Hope you actually are real soon.
Please feel better soon <3
My first thought when I saw the update was: YES! And i literally smiled, big.
Thank you for updating, there are a lot of us out here thinking about you and hoping everything will turn out great.
I hope you feel better soon.
Gosh I'd give you a huge hug for being brave and generous to share that with us (although I'd be scared to squoosh something).
Seeing that pic made me realize what you've endured. On the plus side it made me happy that you felt well enough to post :)
Best wishes and I will pray for it to heal up nicely and quickly.
Jocelyn you are such a badass! :D
Wonderful news that you are doing well...
I have a bit of a pessimistic mind and have been fearing the worst. Thank you for the update and I send my healing wishes/energies your way! You don't worry about working on Rain... I know she will understand.
I am glad to hear that you have come through that terribly difficult operation. May you soon be back on your feet! Its safe to say that all Rain readers will wish you a get well soon.
PS I had that same surgery in 1981. It kicked my ass. You will regain strength over a time. By summer you should be back on your feet.
Get well now, and here is hoping there will not be any more need of that kind of hospital visit in the future!
First off, thank you for making an update in this way~
Secondly, and far more importantly, please take your time in recovering. I feel confident in saying we all miss hearing from you and look forward to your full return.
Hearing from you is quite a comfort, but please don't overextend yourself.
Glad you're healing well!
In case you want a more precise explanation for the incision placement:
There are multiple layers of muscle on the front of the abdomen and they all run in different directions. They connect to fibrous tissue running beneath the incision (it's called the linea alba). If they tried to make an incision like that elsewhere, they'd need to cut perpendicular to some muscle fibers and that would take forever to heal and regain strength. Small incisions, like for endoscopic gall bladder surgery, are fine because they can just spread the fibers apart instead of cutting, but you can't do that with a big one.
That location also conveniently avoids some major arteries.
Stay safe, stay healthy! You are in my prayers!
I recommend NOT learning much detail about pretty much any abdominal or chest surgery during the first month after it's done. (Before it's done, that's okay.)
My wife had a total hysterectomy. About a week later she had me take her to the library so she could get a medical book and read a description of it. She went into shock. It took her longer to get back on her feet after that, than it did after the surgery itself.
For now, rest a lot. And pass our hugs and thanks to your lady as well, for taking care of you.
Here's to a healthy and quick recovery for one of my favorite cartoonists!
So, are you on antibiotics to deal with the loss of the lymph nodes around your kidney?
I hope you feel better soon! Take care!
*tons and tons of digital hugs, so as to not cause any pain* Get better quickly, not because of us but because of you. You deserve to be healthy, so take whatever time you need. We'll still be here, waiting and sending you good vibes. I don't speak for everybody, but I'm sure all we really would ask for is the occasional update on your health. Comics are nice, but knowing you're recovering is way better. ^_^ Keep up the good work, Jocelyn's healing-themed cells.