Carole - so sorry you are having such a rotten time of it at the mo - sending love and hugs to you and your family
FMB, of course I don’t mind you asking: the seroma started as soft, fluid-filled ‘gatherings’ on each side, but more pronounced on the side of the axilliary clearance. Initially, everyone said it was common and as long as it didn’t restrict my mobility or become red/hard, they would prefer not to aspirate or do anything as it would be reabsorbed naturally. I am afraid it continued to grow on the right side, although the left has become much smaller and is almost gone now. No one could say how long it would take to settle, so I resolved to be patient. I was advised compression and my exercises would help. I did both, but saw no difference, if anything, it was getting bigger. I first noticed it hardening and becoming hotter over the weekend, but it was so hot I just thought it was the weather combined with the hideous compression bra.
I really knew there was an issue when I saw it on Tuesday evening after I got home from work. It was shiny, the skin was stretched, there were large patches of redness and it felt much hotter and harder than before. Previously, I’d been able to see the fluid moving and move it about easily with my fingers, but it was now pretty inflexible and the fluid was static.
I don’t know if that description helps at all. I think I have learned it is well worth seeking advice if you’re unsure. They were very happy to review me and it turns out it was absolutely the right thing to do given the infection. Even if there had been no infection though, much better (as Shi and Lesley have wisely said) to err on the side of caution. Is it uncomfortable for you in terms of pain, sleep etc? I do hope not, but if it is, I promise they can help with that too. And speaking as a woman who googled Mx healing before getting advice, choose surgeons over search engines!
Carole, I am so sorry about the wretched machine malfunction, especially given the rollercoaster you’ve had with rads as an unexpected step. I really hope you can make progress next week.
Lesley, eww, that bed situation sounds horrid and I completely understand your reaction. Hope you got a clean and good night’s rest and aren’t too exhausted after your day.
Otter, how is the work situation going? I have been back today and at the moment, it is wonderful, but I know the novelty will wear off...
Anadan, still thinking of you and hoping all is well.
Love to all. Xx
Oh Anadan sending you hugs 🤗🤗🤗🤗😘😘😘😘
AK hope you are feeling better and no you are not a wuss when I had a wound infection and seroma I ignored it for a few days as was just hoping it would get better but in end needed two lots of antibiotics and cream to heal it
Hope everyone else is ok
Anadan, I am so sorry - you deserve so much better. I hope you have been well-looked after and when you wake up and read this message you know how much you are loved by the November team. When you're ready, let us know how you're doing, but in the meantime, know we're thinking of you.
I have just posted in the surgery thread about my lessons learned over the last few days with my seroma. As I mentioned yesterday, I returned to work and all seemed well apart from the enormous fluid monster that had taken up residence on my chest and under my arm.
Over the bank holiday weekend, I noticed hardening, increased swelling, growing heat, redness and discomfort. I minimised and denied the symptoms, partly because, as you all know, I hate needles and didn't want a large one inserted into my post-surgical chest. Last night, it was impossible to ignore and realising that the risk of sepsis was worse than the potential needle, I rang the hospital who got me antibiotics straight away from an out of hours GP and asked me to come in this morning for surgical review.
I am just back and here to tell you that I am an idiot. Partly for ignoring the growing monster seroma with bonus infection and partly for being so scared of the aspiration/draining.1250 ml of yucky fluid later, I am a new woman, clutching my Flucloxacillin and grateful to the patient, gentle and skilled surgeons who would have been entitled to say 'what is wrong with you woman?' but instead let me hold their hands during a painless procedure which I undoubtedly needed as the infection was spreading and the scar was under strain.
When will I learn? Do I get the prize for the biggest wuss/fool in the November team?
How is everyone else doing? Tell me your news! xx
Glad to hear that the returners have got on well today - rest up both of you.... as with treatment, getting back into the swing of things is a marathon and not a sprint ..... I really should pay attention to my own advice at times 😀
LGFB session was fab - a really good bunch of ladies, the youngest of which was only 20 - bless her! I ended up in the naughty corner..... not sure how that happened, so had a really good laugh with a few girls and we went on to a coffee shop to continue the bad behaviour! I have been invited to join their 'Breast Friends' group!
Goodie bag was good, some lovely products and a lot of what I already use so it will save me having to buy replacements for my own stuff!
Early start for me in the morning, heading north to regroup on my activities over the next 6 months, so 0515 train beckons! Early night for me!!
Hello everyone, I have been away for a few days recuperating post-surgery and there is much to catch up on. I too am back at work (amazing to think that three weeks ago I was under anaesthetic having a bilateral Mx/node clearance) and managing well. I hope other returns have gone well.
Anadan, thinking of you and hoping by now you are sitting up with tea and toast. Remember we are all here to listen when you want to talk.
I am struggling with a seroma, but otherwise doing well and am pleased with mobility and energy levels. I really was itching to get back to doing something by last week. The seroma makes me indignant - it is a bit much to have a double Mx and end up with a breast-sized accumulation under your arm pit! It may be going down now, although that could be wishful thinking...
Lovely to hear everyone else's news and wishing you all well, as ever. x
Survived first day 😱😱😱 feel very tired physical and mental just so hard not having my friends there 😞😞
Didn't really do much sorted new desk had several tea breaks then was time to go home newbies are a lot younger than me so will be a challenge but time will tell
Time for a nap not sure why all this is so hard
You will be find we are all holding your hand you can do this 😊😊😊😘😘😘
Good luck and big hugs 🤗🤗🤗🤗
Right that's me ready to go into the madhouse and see what awaits me
Hope you all have a good day and enjoy the 🌞🌞🌞😎😎😎👒👒👒🍦🍦🍦
All this chatter about the sun!!!!
Send some up here!, this is me and my baby bear at the weekend in Glencoe.
I cold capped so kept some hair although new growth is about a half inch and sticks up out my parting ha! Hair dye not arrived yet. Extreme blonde here I come x
Good luck Ladies going back to work. When I went back after my time off for surgeries I found it really upsetting. It was as if there wasn't a place for me anymore but three weeks in and it's almost back to normal, except I turn up late and leave early 😜
Phased return is definitely the way forward I was trying to do a full day then coming home exhausted. Be kind to yourself ladies x
lesley, enjoy your LGFB course.
Looking forward to lunchtime updates xxx
Yeah it will be like going back to school 😱just hope they play nicely
I agree with Lesley about time off for rads that's why my GP wouldn't let me go back for at least a month after I had completed all treatment and it's a watching brief if it's too much I will be off again
Thank you all as I know it might sound silly but it feels like I've been away forever and as so much has changed and my best friend has left as she couldn't stand it anymore I will be lost without her
I will only be doing 4 mornings a week for 8 - 12 weeks as GP doesn't want me to rush but was also on the understanding the new team was sorted but as that's all up in the air with 2 resigning I feel I'm going to be dropped in the deep end and I will sink the way I'm feeling at the moment 😞😞 I was looking forward to returning as I was assured I would be able to ease myself in but I guess I will have to wait an see what happens
It's to hot for me 26 in the shade but at least I can just put water on my head and it soon drys
This is why I need all you lovely ladies ..... here's me whinging about a few sores and you have got awful feelings in your arms etc etc etc..... Perspective is a wonderful tool.
Otter - are you going back on a phased approached or straight into it? You need to be kind to yourself and be brave enough to say when enough is enough and you have reached your 'full' point. Hopefully your colleagues will be sympathetic to the journey you have been on whilst you have been out of the office - they should be thinking, 'there by the Grace of God go I', but I am sure that some people think they are invincible and it wont every happen to them!
We will all be holding your hand tomorrow as you step into work - you have a pink army behind you!!