Glad to hear you are feeling chipper. Like you I wanted to look as soon as possible and when the dressings came off I looked straight away too.
Best wishes for your recovery.
Well done I am glad this bit is over for you sometimes the fear is worse than the reality. Onwards and upwards take care and rest up x
I can echo what others have said. It wasn't as bad as I imagined it was going to be. I slept on my back part propped up and with a pillow under my arm, that helped. The worse bit was when the nerves started knitting together and I got sudden darting pains -about 10 days after the op I think but it's good to know things are healing up even if the sudden pain makes you jump.
We all know how you feel, Good luck for your op and best wishes
Hi Emma111 it really isn't as bad as you think it will be as a lot of the area can feel numb afterwards I would say the worst part was having the lymph nodes removed and arm discomfort from that. Believe it or not I was discharged the morning after and when I got home I got the Hoover out. I was doing the hoovering with the drain in one hand and Hoover in the other! Not that I am advising you to do this and I shouldn't have done it but I find it hard to sit down when things need doing... Just to reassure you that it's really not that bad just take regular painkillers and rest and you will be fine x
So sorry to hear about your rotten luck and you are entitled to feel anxious and apprehensive - who wouldn't? I had my mastectomy 4 weeks ago and yes, it's been painful afterwards, but managable! I took Nurofen and Paracetamol alternately and stuck to the highest daily dose on both for about 3 weeks. Some nights I also took Codeine (have the prune juice at the ready as this will constipate you). My drain came out after 12 days, but some people only have it for a few days and everyone is different.
I am still sleeping on my back with a pillow underneath my knees and calves as I found my heels were getting sore from lying on my back and despite never having been able to sleep on my back I am sleeping really well. It's now 4 weeks after the OP and I'm reducing the painkillers gradually. Whenever I can I go out into nature and have been away for a few days which did me the power of good physically and mentally.
On the positive side a mastectomy usually gives you the certainty that all the cancer in that breast has gone. No more horrible mammograms on an injured breast. And I think it's probably easier to cope with full prothesis rather than partial ones? But I'm not that far down the journey yet.
Hope all goes well for you! Sleep lots and take care! xxxx
Pain yes,agony no.....ensure you take regular paracetomol,and you may even be offered Ora morph.Take it.Have a pillow for when you get home to have under your arm....Gentle hugs.