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How much will I be able to do after mastectomy?

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bel
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Re: How much will I be able to do after mastectomy?

Thanks so much everyone for your replies and helpful advice. I'm feeling inspired that recovery can, fingers crossed, be less daunting than I was imagining. And also definitely going to give myself lots of time to rest and take it easy. Xx

1960sgirl
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Re: How much will I be able to do after mastectomy?

Thanks Bel,

 

yes, everything has been amazing. I've made an excellent recovery from surgery and feel completely back to normal really, though occasionally I have some odd tingles around the op site which the BCN says is completely normal and usually nerves trying to reconnect. Not enjoying some of the adjuvant therapies though. Been taking Anastrozole and finding the side effects with muscle and tendon pain really aggravating. 

 

Before I had my op I put loads of microwave meals and fruit yoghurts I n the fridge so that I always had something easy to eat. Maybe not the healthiest eating choices but it was only for a week or so. Found this helpful as my appetite was variable in between bouts of dozing! Became addicted to Yeo Valley raspberry yoghurt though! Think the general anaesthetic alters your sense of taste for a while and so the only thing that tasted good to me was the yoghurt! 

 

Anyway, best of luck Bel.

drdspg
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Re: How much will I be able to do after mastectomy?

Hi, just dont push yourself. As everyone has said, we all respond differently to anaesthetics and surgery. Manage pain control carefully. I always take regular pain meds post op rather than just taking them when the pain comes back. If you do that you're just playing "catch up" with the pain. I was advised to be careful about lifting and followed the advice carefully. Ive had a number of ops and have recovered well from them all. Dont try any major cooking- be kind to yourself .

birdgirl63
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Re: How much will I be able to do after mastectomy?

I hade a single mastectomy 2 weeks ago and got home the day after.  The only thing I really needed help with was with my wash in the morning, but otherwise I was able to make drinks and simple meals for myself.  I slept a lot and went on increasingly longer walks every day, but also gave myself some slack on the not so good days. Being out in nature gives me such a boost. Hope you are coping well and that you feel better soon! xxx

bel
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Re: How much will I be able to do after mastectomy?

Hi 1960s girl,

 

Thank you so much for writing all of this. I feel so much better hearing about what will (hopefully) be possible for me too. Like you, I am very independent, and am in my 40s & am pretty fit & strong, so I'm really hoping I too will have a relatively easy recovery, and be able to look after myself again soon, as I don't want to have to rely on other people for food etc. My husband will be at work in the day, but around in the eves and at night, which is good. He's a terrible cook though, so hope he won't have to be making my food! 

 

Hope you're doing well. I'm guessing your surgery wasn't preventative as you only had one side done, so hope any other treatments are going well. I had BC almost 15 years ago, and have been fine since!

 

Bel x

1960sgirl
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Re: How much will I be able to do after mastectomy?

Hello Bel,

 

i had a single mx with LD flap recon and small implant in July. Was in hospital for 3 days. Was expecting to have various people at home most of the day helping but in the event it seemed like a waste of their time as I was dressing, washing etc independently, making tea/coffee no trouble at all and cooked a simple meal for myself when hungry on my first day home. In between doing 'stuff' I slept a lot on the sofa. So I just had people pop in once or twice a day, and phone to check if I needed anything. District nurses came in daily to check drains etc.i walked to the shops a week after the op ( with my drains in a bag). I tried to just get on with normal things so long as it felt comfortable. Getting in and out of the bath was the only thing I needed help with as I just could not get enough leverage on either arm to pull myself up and as I could not shower for a couple of weeks due to the drains that was a frustration.

 

i think everyone is different though. I am fiercely independent and resent being unable to do things for myself so it was no surprise to friends and family that life went back to normal pretty quickly for me.

 

don't know if this helps you? I'd suggest you need to have someone around at night time as getting in and out of bed with drains in can be tricky. Sleeping in bed was uncomfortable for me so I sent my other half off to the spare bed until after the drains were our. 

 

Good luck with your op and wishing you a speedy recovery afterwards.

 

 

bel
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How much will I be able to do after mastectomy?

Hello,
I'm due to have a preventative double mastectomy (as I have the brca1 mutation) with immediate reconstruction (implants) in 5 weeks. Apparently I'll probably only be in hospital one night, but I'm starting to worry about how I'll be able to cope when I get back home. My husband will be out at work during the day, and I was planning to be alone, rest lots etc. But do I need someone around? And one of my biggest concerns is will I be able to cook, and prepare food for myself? Any advice would be much appreciated.
Thank you!
Bel x