Wednesday, March 11, 2015

October 26th | Part 4

This story is written like fiction, but it is very true. It happened in October of 2012, so some of the details may be a little hazy to me but the story is as accurate as I recall. I wanted to have an account of the craziest thing that happened to me in my life thus far & thought it would be fun to write it in story form. This story is written in parts, so it will make more sense if you read from the beginning!


I walk to the nurses's station and I suddenly realize that I have no idea where my dad and Thomas went to. They probably went to the consultation room, but I'm just really aware all of the sudden that I'm alone. The nurse takes me into the examination room and I meet the surgeon. He does more tests and talks to the nurse.

They are talking to each other like this is no big deal. I realize this is probably common for them, but from my perspective this is a very big deal.

The check up is done and I'm led back to the consultation room where my dad and Thomas are. The doctor says a lot and my brain is trying its best to keep up.

I'm doing a surgery on Monday afternoon and I would like to schedule you for that morning. 

We believe the cyst is the size of a cantaloupe, so this will be major surgery. 

I've done many cyst removal surgeries just like this one. This is not the biggest one I've seen, so you have nothing to worry about. 

My dad and Thomas seem shocked at the size, but for some reason I'm not. They are also asking a lot of questions, but I can't comprehend the words coming out. I'm wondering how surgery is going to fit into school, so I ask This is my last semester in college, will I be able to go back to school by the end of the week? 

The doctor laughs and says If you feel up to it, you go ahead and go back to school. He didn't say this in a rude way, more of a matter of fact way. I don't understand the laughter at the time, but after the surgery I do.

The doctor continues, It looks as if the cyst is inside the ovary and has stretched it very thin as it continued growing. We won't be able to separate the ovary because it is too thin. We'll have to take it out.

I've wanted to adopt kids my entire life, I wonder if this is the reason I have that desire.

The doctor goes over some logistics of the surgery aftermath. I can't drive for a few weeks after the surgery, nor can I lift anything heavy, including a book bag full of books. He tells me that a nurse will call me over the weekend to take care of some pre-op stuff. It is normally done a week ahead of time, but since this is so rushed, part of it will be done over the phone and the rest will be done the morning of the surgery.

He releases us and we all drive back to my parents' house. I know this is reality but it doesn't feel real.

So, I'm having surgery in two days, major surgery. This escalated very quickly. Was I really studying for a test this morning?


[to be continued]


  1. You and your cliff hangers! So scary for you, I'm sorry you had to go through it!

  2. Ugh!!! Don't keep us waiting too long.

  3. Wow! Thanks for sharing your story with us, Robyn. I'm so sorry you had to go through all this!

  4. Once again, your writing is beautiful and your story inspiring And you are so tough!! I love that line about not understanding the doctor's laughter but afterwards you will. You keep leaving us in suspense tho--I can't wait for part 5!

  5. P.S: I just reread parts 1-3 since its been a while/I wanted to read them straight through, and I just cried right here on my train ride to school. I'm SO glad you are telling this from the other side, so I know you end up ok! Seriously, you are so strong and Thomas' reaction to the surgery news is perfect. Gah.

  6. CRAZy! I'm glad you pulled through.

    So did they take all your ovaries or do I have to wait for the next part?

    Did I ever tell you I had major surgery too? I think I have but I can't quiet remember. Having your stomach cut open is a huge freaking pain! I had no idea how much I used my abdomen muscles until I had surgery. OH and when I was coming out of surgery and waking up I asked for pain killer and they told me the pharmacy was closed. WHICH I didn't believe for a second so I told them I WANT PAIN MEDS NOW! And then I got them. I felt mean but I didn't have the energy to ask nicely 5 times in a row.

  7. it honestly happened so quick that it doesn't seem real anymore now!

  8. i have the next post in the works! :)

  9. thanks Susannah! it was scary, but so quick that it doesn't seem real anymore!

  10. part 5 is in the works - promise! :) and yeah, i was a little naive about what surgery involving cutting open your abdomen really meant!!

  11. awww! haha thanks Julie! it was just such a weird whirlwind weekend!!

  12. i won't make you wait! ;) they took 1 out, but i still have the other 1!

    i think i remember you telling me about your surgery way back when! i so agree- you really don't think about your abdomen muscles until they're cut open & you have a sneezing or laughing fit!!

    oh my gooness!!! they told you no to painkillers?! i would have flipped out! don't feel mean at all!! there is no time for nonsense when you are in that much pain!