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Jill1998
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Re: Mastectomy recovery

No more like toast and bowl of cornflakes !!!
nicolad817
Member

Re: Mastectomy recovery

Time will tell Jill! Not long to wait lol. 

I'll enjoy my last supper tomorrow, that's for sure 😉 I think I might take mum with me to enjoy a big fry up (I don't see hospital bringing round too many of those lol) 

Jill1998
Community Champion

Re: Mastectomy recovery

Seems to vary from hospital to hospital .When I was in hospital for 4 days in April - food was disgusting !!! Friend was in nearby hospital - food was lovely -Think James Martin had been in to re-vamp their menu !!! As long as you have people to bring supplies that's the main thing!!
nicolad817
Member

Re: Mastectomy recovery

I was in a different hospital back in June and I hoovered their food 🙂 could eat the lot LOL, so I'm hoping it's similar here.  I know the anaesthetic made me crave different food, mainly startburst and curry chips so I've the starburst also ready to go and the family prepared to bring me in a curry (terrible!!) 


Jill1998
Community Champion

Re: Mastectomy recovery

Yes, depending on how rubbish the food is - food parcels and M and S goodies !!! Hopefully you are not too far from home and will have visitors to bring supplies !!
nicolad817
Member

Re: Mastectomy recovery

I have my front fastening bras and button up summer nighties (been told the room is warm!!) all ready to go.

I have lots of movies and programmes on my ipad ready to go as well. 
7 days is a loooong time, but in the grand scheme of things, it's nothing when you consider the work they are doing. I'll be using the opportunity to rest up as much as possible. Always people coming in and out. I found the days flew in in hospital the last time. I'm more worried about being hungry lol! 

sammycc
Member

Re: Mastectomy recovery

Good luck Nicola, everything crossed your home before Christmas.
I recommend some button front pjs or similar for in the hospital as they are constantly checking you over. And I got a sports bra from m&s that zips up at the front - really handy got hopsital and have been living in them since too.
Jill1998
Community Champion

Re: Mastectomy recovery

🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞Hope you have plenty of films etc to watch 7 days is a long time !!
nicolad817
Member

Re: Mastectomy recovery

Crossing fingers and toes 🙂 

Jill1998
Community Champion

Re: Mastectomy recovery

Hopefully you will be home and feeling more comfortable before Xmas.
nicolad817
Member

Re: Mastectomy recovery

hi Sammy, hi Jill
Thank you ladies x 

 

I've been told I'll be in around 7 days but come prepared. I had thought of shirt and leggings with an oversized cardigan and boots on my feet and I'm hoping this will be sufficient. 🙂 

Jill1998
Community Champion

Re: Mastectomy recovery

Nicola ,good luck with your op ,have they told you how long you will be in?
sammycc
Member

Re: Mastectomy recovery

Hi Nicola
I had leggings, a shirt, really thick cardigan and big scarf! Lots of layers with front opening! Found a big scarf helped cover up the drain tubes too...which I just didn’t want people to see. On that note, I carried mine around in a handbag with a long strap over my shoulder, the hospital gave me a plastic bag which drew attention to the whole thing!
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nicolad817
Member

Re: Mastectomy recovery

What did you guys wear coming out of hospital after mastectomy?

It's winter, currently -3 degrees outside and the last I was in hospital, i threw on a maxi dress and walked out, stooped over and sore. 

any thoughts? suggestions? 

nicolad817
Member

Re: Mastectomy recovery

I had an ovarian cyst removed through a laparotomy in June this year and will have mx and DIEP flap reconstruction on 14th December. I hope yours has gone well! x 

Lucia
Member

Re: Mastectomy recovery

Hi.

 

I am 2weeks post mastectomy but only single left side.

I too bad a c section and would say recovery time is kinda in a par.

 

 

lizred
Member

Re: Mastectomy recovery

Hi, I hope your op went well and you're now home and reasonably comfortable. I was lucky - although I had wide spread high grade DCIS it hadn't moved out of the breast or ducts so in the end I didn't need any further treatment after surgery. It takes quite a while for the implant side to feel normal - I remember it was tight and heavy at first and generally just felt odd, but gradually I had short spells of forgetting it was there which slowly became the norm. i very rarely notice it now (18 months on).

Re the worry about the other side - I do get that, the genetic condition I have means there is a more than 50% chance of the cancer coming back (I hadn't been diagnosed when I had my mx but the docs did think there was something underlying going on) - I am still considering a mx on the other side but at the moment am just wanting to get on with life and trying to put the 'what ifs' to the back of my mind, backed up with annual mamo's.

Hope youre getting plenty of help and support from family and friends x

Ali49
Member

Re: Mastectomy recovery

Good luck Sammy. Hope it all goes well and you are soon 9n the road to recovery. You are in good hands xx
sammycc
Member

Re: Mastectomy recovery

Thank you Liz. I hope you’ve made a good recovery. I have my mx with immediate recon tomorrow and have gone with advice and only getting the left done. We’ll see how I feel after it’s all settled, but you are right, at least I’ll have use of one side post op. Still can’t believe it’s all happening!
lizred
Member

Re: Mastectomy recovery

Hi, just in case you didn't get any replies from the surgery section, I may be able to help. I haven't had a C section but did have major abdominal surgery early last year, then a mx with immediate implant a few months later - the mx was much quicker to recover from though I did avoid doing anything other than very light stuff on that side for about 3-4 weeks - obviously you need to let everything heal and restrengthen where the muscle has been lifted and reattached. I also considered a double mx at the time (underlying genetic issues) and was glad I only went ahead with one as it did mean I had one 'good' hand in the immediate aftermath.

Hope that helps a bit, let me know if you have any other questions. Liz x

Jill1998
Community Champion

Re: Mastectomy recovery

Sammy ,may be best to post this question in the surgery section of the forum and hopefully you will get some advice that helps .Best wishes .Jill.
sammycc
Member

Mastectomy recovery

Hi everyone, I am currently facing the need to have a mastectomy due to extensive DCIS in my left breast. For various reasons, I'm hoping I can opt for double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction (using implants). From your own experiences, how long was recovery from your mastectomy? I have a young daughter and I'm so worried about how long I'll be restricted from being as hands on with her as I am now. I had an emergency c section with her, has anyone experienced both a double mastectomy and c section? How would you compare the recovery of the two?
Thank you for sharing x