Dr. Grist said I would need to stay for two nights in the hospital. Because of the size of the tumor, it would take extra time for the fluid to drain from my body.
I did not see what I looked like until the next day, when I looked in the mirror for the first day. I was a Borg! I had a tube coming out of my chest. I had a scar across my neck, about 5 inches across. What happened to bandages. I don't know how many family members and friends saw me like that, but I would have preferred a bandage or sheet over me!
The pain subsided each day, and my I was suprised at the turnout of family who came to visit me. The support greatly helped my recovery.