Hi ladies and an especially big hello to post-surgery Beryl & Sarah: so relieved to hear you're OK although I hope you've got plenty of painkillers now Beryl? Wish you both a speedy recovery 🙂
Just waiting to hear from Lynda (GazzLynn) following her surgery yesterday or have I missed a post somewhere along the line?
Just reporting in
Op went OK but implant is very unconfortable and GP prescribed some stronger pain killers, just taken the first one!
Consultant said all gone to plan - back to hosptal on Monday to see BCN and Friday for results(I hope)
Hope you are OK remember Keep smiling
Thinking of you - I'm sure you will be fine. I visited Nuclear Medicine before my Lymph Nodes were removed
Have taken you advice and am being really busy
All the best Beryl xx
Crazy capable woman xxx
The bumping is horrid. Also the anaesthetic makes you tired. Think of it as part of the recovery.
If you get a friend to drive you, sit in the back and get them to bring a pillow to hold. I found pressure helped with the jarring on the ride home. We live over a winding bumpy hill pass an hour away. My man drove like I was made of china.
Be kind to yourself, this is when you especially deserve it. Agree taxi fare is a kick in the butt though.
Thanks ladies, I'm sure you're right and that using the tube isn't going to be possible. I'm going back to the hospital on Thursday so I'll ask about transport then and, if the hospital can't help, I'll get a cab.
I guess I could but I'm such a skinflint that paying £50 or so for a taxi breaks my heart! I'm pretty sure a friend would collect me in her car if I asked her but the hospital is in central London and driving in that area is scary at the best of times so I'd be terrified even as a passenger! I think I'll have to ask the hospital about transport to find out how other people do it. So much to think about on a practical level isn't there, never mind all the other stuff!
Sorry to be going on and on about me when you've got much more to think about. Hope you're OK and not getting too anxious? EDIT: Forgot to say, I love your idea of a Mastectomy Eve dinner. I think you need Crackers too (like Christmas Crackers) with plenty of naff boob jokes in just to set the right tone!
Sharon - i know they are pricey but as a one off couldn't you go home in a taxi, or would the hospital have transport. Can't help feeling if you get bumped on the tube/ feel wibbly wobbly you may get damage yourself and end up back at the hospital
My daughter has a big blanket type poncho have already asked if I can borrow it, over the top of nightie and cardy and easy pull on trousers of course!!
Ha! I was just thinking that if I wore a big coat over the top no one would notice my jimjam top underneath!
Front buttoned blouse and stuff for trip home. Its hard to get your arm in anything else.xx
Is the extra large T-shirt/ loose front buttoning top needed so that we can wear it over a drain to come home in? I'll be coming home on public transport (the London tube!) so don't think I can get away with wearing my soft and cosy loose jimjams 🙂
When I had a shoulder op I ended up wearing OH's xlarge T-shirts so have washed them all = just in case
Ooo yes V pillow. My friend bought me one and its been marvellous. The arm on the surgery side is very stiff and more of a problem than the chest I found after mx. Definately worth a V pillow! I've done lots of sleeping and it makes things heaps easier. Xx
I found the pjs brilliant, and loose cardies. Managed a short sleeved baggie t shirt reasonably soon but my shelf support loose csmisole put pressure in the wrong spot. Its also hard to get arm angles right to get into it.
I was given a softie which I have pinned under shirts occassionally, but my favourite top is a apron style one with very drapey neck line, ties at the back. you cant even tell I have only one breast under there. (Im a DD so its should look odd )
Xxx hugs ladies. Thinking of you
Evening ladies 🙂
I got one of the V pillows from an NHS supplier on Amazon as it was cheaper than the shops but it took a week to arrive. V comfy though and makes me feel better to know it's there if I need it.
Hope you're all doing OK
Was wondering about one of those as well - still not sure but see OH dashing out to buy one after i'm home if needed - Have loads of pillows and cushions though so , well , it unknown territory really isn't it!
Sharon I had a couple of really OK cardies from Primark, they'll do!
Also a couple from Matalan - refuse to spend a lot on something will not aim to wear in future.
Alison - sorry you had news you weren't expecting - another step up to beating it though as the more they Know the more they can treatt.
Oh, so sorry it wasn't better news Alison Do you know when you'll start your chemo yet?
I think it's just that I've got over the shock now and settled in for the longhaul! Bit worried about my blood pressure though which is through the roof because of the anxiety so I'll book myself in to see the GP tomorrow to see if there is anything I can do to help resolve that.
I had a look for front-fastening cardigans today as they're not something I buy normally and I found some cheapish ones in John Lewis in the sale but the queues at the checkout were so long that I didn't have time to get them. Might try again tomorrow or maybe go to Primark.
I got one of those V shaped pillows today as well so that I have some decent support for sitting/lazing around post-surgery. Not sure if I'll actually need it but I thought it might be a good thing to have anyway for sitting up and reading in bed.
I found hat thread as well, have already one nightie like ashirt but may get a a pair of pyjams as well.
I wear jumpers not blouses or cardies but have bought a pretty almost blouse that is baggy and several cheap cardies, daughter said wear scarves to make them look better.
Not much time really to sort everything out now but then again will keep me busy
You seem a lot brighter recently
I'd always thought there was a few weeks lead time ahead of surgery until I read a post on here from Rose a week or so ago and it seems that they do like to get you in quickly. I'll just echo what the others have said which is that it's probably a good thing as there is less time to panic and you are closer to getting it all over with.
I've been scouring the forum for advice on what we need to take with us for the surgery and that's been brilliant (never would have thought of front-fastening jimjams or lipbalm) so it looks as if there'll be loads to do which is a helpful distraction.
Good luck for Thursday with your pre-op: remember just one step at a time 🙂
Had a phone call today - op next Tuesday with pre op on Thursday.
Bit of a shock as so quick after all the hanging around
Was expecting to have a letter, so it was the phone call that took me by surprise.
Hi Alison, sorry you're having a low weekend too but I'm sure you're right and it's the upcoming results playing on your mind. Waiting is just the pits isn't it.
It's very noble of you to be worrying about waking Hubby, personally I'd want him awake and ready to leap out of bed at any hour of the night to make me a cup of tea should I need it 😄
I'm sorry you're having such a miserable time of it Beryl, but you've no idea how reassuring it is as I'm exactly the same! The strong & competent person I used to be seems to have run away about the same time I was diagnosed and I'm not sure I like this weeping, angry, Jekyl & Hyde person who has replaced her! But I do think it is normal and totally understandable.
Big hugs to you
Thought I had been fine but just crumpled earlier this afternoon - was then told by OH that he was expecting it as really I'm still a mess!!!
So calmed down a bit now, after yesterday, but still feel emotional as well - could it be these hormones i'm on . as I'm post menopause I'm on Anastrozole.
Hope all are OK