Hi Peeps who wants to hear a nice neck dissection story I know you all do so it will come momentarily lol macraven - I hope you are off the bed rest now and able to move around a little and that the blood clot news is better. Let us know. Prayers for you singing mom - I guess you are on your way to nice sunny Florida Christine - glad your ds has a good internship, I am sure there is lots of news in your area today. Well I survived this surgery. I just wish for once I could just be a normal surgery patient but that will never happen. I told you this surgeon just does not take any time with you. I guess the top NYC cancer surgeons are very much in demand so I guess I should understand. Ds1 decided to come along so they had to find a room with 2 queen beds they finally did and it gave a good discount for the hospital patients which saved us a lot of money. We got there in plenty of time leaving at 5 am for the 830 surgery. Got there like 645. They said I would wake up with a cpap machine, fine. Then the or is so small. I felt like it was clowns in the clown car. I counted 8 people and then they were calling another surgeon to put an arterial line in me. The surgery was suppose to take 3 hours and it took 4. They didnt know if I would even get a room and I finally did on the floor. I woke up and had a terrible pain in my R arm. No one seemed concerned about this. They were concerned about this road rash burn looking type thing on my L shoulder. sigh. Finally got a room on the 13th floor. This is a mother and baby floor. My roomates mom was allowed to stay but dh was not, no males overnight. It was a strange floor. Ds2 saw a little boy leave with a last day of chemo shirt on and then you hear crying newborn babies. Sat. morning the surgical resident came in and pulled the drain, ouch, ouch and more ouch and then took the neck staples out but on surgical glue and a new bandage. Finally the surgeon came in. He was operating as he had on surgical scrubs. He said he caused the burn/road rash thing on my shoulder because of the grounding. I think from the laryngeal nerve box monitoring. It looks terrible but does not hurt. Then I said look at my arm. He got so mad and I think he was yelling at the nurse out in the hall. It really was not her fault it was the ones before her who did nothing. He said I have thrombo phlebitis in my arm, so now I have antibiotics for 7 days, warm compresses 3 times a day and arm elevation sigh. My neck is sore and I feel week. I try to take the percocet when necessary. He also said it took longer because there was scar tissue and he had to untwist lots of veins and arteries that were in the wrong pace and we will talk about this in the office. So my next apt. is monday and hopefully we will have the path report back by then. We are leaving at 5 am to avoid the worst traffic and will just hang out in the hosp. lobby until its time to go over to his office. Oh the food there was really gourmet, Too bad I couldnt eat or swallow most of it, lol. My voice was bad but its getting better. Ds2 and his gf also came sat to see me. We had 5 visitors in the room at once lol. Hope everyone is doing well.. Check in when you can.