just wanted to add that they will probably give you a side room of your own - i had my own room after my op and it was great, nice and quiet, telly to myself etc!! they usually do give mx ladies their own room, so thats good.
when i went in i actually took a lot of my own food in - some salads mainly from marks - nice quinoa, veg, couscous, that sort of thing. i wanted to make sure i eat healthily to help with recovery. now my nurses were very very good and let me keep it in their fridge - they arent suppose to, but they did. your nurses may not do it for you but its certainly worth asking. i then eat these with one of their sandwiches and hubby bought me in a supply of fresh fruit every day. hospital food was quite grim, so i stuck to my salads and a sandwich.
supplements i took was just vit c and zinc. i was told to avoid all otehr supplements for a while, but i kept up with the vit c to help with immune system/fight infection etc. i take 1000mg a day.
i used deo wipes and a flannel to wash with. didnt bother with deodrant for the first few days, just had a wash/freshen up a couple of tiems a day and changed nightie every day. that was enough to keep me feeling fresh.
the other , most important, thing i would suggest is to drink as much water as you possibly can throughout the day. I took in 12 1 litre bottles of water with me and drank about two a day. This really helped with flushing the anesthetic out of my system and to stop constipation. it also helps to get you up and moving as you are always popping off to the loo! really though, take in some bottles of water and just have it there to drink throughout the day. it will really help.
will be thinking of you tomorrow - you will be fine and probably not as bad as you think - in the grand scheme of things its a small price to pay to be fit and healthy for the rest of your life.
Anti-bacterial liquid skinwash. Start using it a week or so *before* your surgery to reduce the bacteria on your skin. You can't control the hospital hygiene (well, you can write letters of complaint, but it's a bit late by then) but you can control the germs nearest where your op will be. If you can get more than one brand (ie. with different active ingredient) use them alternate days and you can blitz a much wider range of germs, and rest in the knowledge that in the very unlikely event of getting an infection despite all this, it will be a more exotic and rare strain guaranteed to entertain and confuse the path lab 🙂
Mobile phone, charger and lots of credit.
Make sure any night clothes you take are front opening as you'll be examined fairly frequently and getting things over your head might not be very easy.
Also, if you haven't got one I'd strongly recommend getting a Kindle. BC treatment involves an awful lot of sitting around and they slip nicely into quite a small bag. They're particularly good post-op and during chemo as you only need one hand to use them. You can also read total junk and drivel when on chemo and nobody will know!
Good luck to everyone heading towards surgery at the moment - hope you all have a wonderful quick recovery.
Hi Ladies, just popping into this thread, all good advice here, I know everyone's experiences can be different, but what I found helped when I came home after my mx & anc ( I also came home with drain) was at night to sleep hugging a pillow, lying on my good side, this supported my op arm & shoulder & really eased the discomfort. It also helped stop the pulling from he drain. I popped a pillow on the drain bottle too, so I didn't roll onto it during the night! ....and make sure you do your exercises after the op, they may pull a bit, but do your best to keep stretching as instructed by the physio, it will help.
Hope all goes well. Best wishes
I used Johnsons baby soap after my mx and baby wipes dor under my mx side during the day. Had a shower day after op and went home on day 2 with 2drains. It was all fine just be careful not to roll on your drain site as it can give you a bit of a pulling pain. I used a rolled up quilt at my bad side to stop me turning over for a few days. No real pain after op and none whatsoever when the drains were removed. Was told not to use deodorant for a few days and am back now on the baby soap and no doe on my mx site as I am having radiotherapy at present. As suggested a few books and earplugs are a very good idea. It is all very scary when in front of you but you will be surprised how much better you deal with it all once you had your operation. Hope you will have the great support you deserve as we get here in Aberdeen. Do feel free to pm me if I can be of any help to you at all.
Will be thinking of you and sending you a gentle hug
Thanks puffy White cloud.
Very helpful indeed.
I laughed at the whiffy bit... I use liquid soap under the arm I had biopsy on but prior to finding out that I cld use it and during the time it takes for sweat glands to adjust... I felt like a man... Yeuk lol But they do adjust and just soap has been fine for me, my scars not healed yet. My school nurse said aerosols were out but roll ons probably ok... Breast nurse said use deo wipes.
Sascha and Eleanor,
What to take in with you to be comfortable? Lots of good reading material, energy drinks and earplugs. Make sure whatever clothes/nightwear you take with you to wear in hospital don't have rough seams which could irritate/tickle the area where you've been operated.
Can you use your arm afterwards? Yes, hopefully you will have a physiotherapist to see you in hospital to give you advice. By the time the phyio saw me 2 days after my mastectomy and axillary clearance I'd already reorganised the en-suite bathroom and used a big hairdrier to dry my hair!
What do you use to clean under your arm? I was told soapy water was fine. I had a shower the day after my op.
Can you use deodorant, if so how long do you have to wait before doing so? Yes I was told it's fine to use after scar has healed (I heal quickly so it wasn't very long for me). In the meantime I was a bit whiffy so was glad I'd taken a few changes of clothes and nightwear into hospital with me.
Is anti-perspirant a good idea or is that gone forever now? Haven't heard any reasons not to use anti-perspirant - maybe other people have??
Any particular food to eat before or post op to aid healing? All your favourite foods - you deserve a treat or two 🙂
Any particular supplements to take? Don't know about this, sorry.
Other tips would be to stay in hospital as long as you feel you need to, if you have the opportunity to do so. They tried to get me to leave with a drain still in. I'd never had a major operation before so had never had a drain in and did not feel confident to go home with it in so they let me stay.
For me it made a HUGE difference to my psychological recovery immediately after the surgery to be in a side room on my own. This took away the worry of cross infection, gave me opportunities to cry in private (very cathartic) and gave me a confidential quiet space to show the surgery site to my partner before I returned home. I don't know if this is possible where you're being treated but I was told at the NHS hospital where I was treated in England that they do strive to give mastectomy patients side rooms.
Hope all goes well for both of you - feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
Hi... I've PMd both of you with what I gleaned through the process. It covers every stage I went through - you may go through different treatment regime. I tried it out on those who travelled with me through the process, and they thought it was OK, so I hope it helps. Any questions, let me know..... Hope all goes well. Jane
I'm sure some of the others will be long soon to offer you their experiences and support. In the mean time you might find it useful to read the BCC booklet 'Your operation and recovery' It covers what to expect during your hopsital stay, when you have returned home and during your recovery from surgery. If you would like to order a copy or read this on line just follow this link:-
I hope this is helpful.
Best wishes Sam, BCC Facilitator
Sorry if this sounds trivial but just wondering if anyone has any tips on how to be most comfortable immediately post mastectomy and LNC?
What to take in with you to be comfortable?
Can you use your arm afterwards?
What do you use to clean under your arm?
Can you use deodorant, if so how long do you have to wait before doing so?
Is anti-perspirant a good idea or is that gone forever now?
Any particular food to eat before or post op to aid healing?
Any particular supplements to take?