Thanks lovely ladies. Am doing well,movement in arm much better than I thought it would be. Even just managed to do some ironing, not bad for less than 24 hours after op, mind you my girls are giving me some grief re doing too much!! Xx
Hi all. Thank you for your good wishes. Had my mastectomy and sentinel node clearance yesterday afternoon. Came home late thus morning. 🙂 Feeling generally OK, the nausea was the worst part. Not in pain only mild discomfort and paracetamol deal with it. Am very bruised and feels like an elephant has sat on my chest but I know that will all ease. Now to wait 2-3 weeks for results and then will know what next step is.
I couldn't have immediate reconstruction as surgeon said that would mean longer to heal and delay any further treatment.
Oncology is the NHS at its best, the care I've received to date has been wonderful.
Hang in there ladies, its definitely onwards and upwards from here on in. Take care all xxxx
Hi Joules, I always knew I was having chemo but they recommended the immediate reconstruction, even offered me the Diep/flap at a hospital 100 miles away which I declined because I didnt want more surgery. The rads only came up last week.
You certainly can have a shower straight away as you have waterproof dressings. I didnt really feel up to it, but did have one a couple of days later with partner holding the drain bottle. It was of course much easier when drain came out, and no it doesnt hurt at all. Awkward washing hair with one hand, so glad i cut it all off short.
As regards to driving, I am still not driving yet, and dont think I could if I wanted to, without tearing something. Healed outside, but inside takes longer. I just think the longer you leave it the better the chance of not disturbing or pulling anything.
And you are, of course, quite correct - one step at a time - that surely is best.
Let me know how you are getting on.
Good luck! You sound very strong. I've recently been diagnosed as was wondering whether I can ask about the mastectomy. I have been told that I can have reconstruction at the same time and wondered what most people tended to do? Thanks, Beth
Thanks to you all. So pleased a bath will be OK, I'd thought I could dangle drains and its nice to know I will be able to. Will be guided by how things are re driving. Think all the family are more stressed about OK than me but hopefully based on your comments I will be pottering around again quickly. Will update once home, take care all xxx
I feel for you. I had my single left Mx, node clearance and immediate reconstruction 3 weeks ago today. It still all feels strange, solid, stiff and strange feelings returning, arm a bit stiff but its all bearable. I was allowed out same day went in at 6.30 and was home by 4.15 and we live 25 miles away from hospital. Drain bottle a bit awkward, but swapped for a smaller one after a few days. had it out in 6 days. All scar healed up on the outside by 10 days. It looks a bit strange but at least the cancer has gone from it. I had two lumps in it. You will be fine
I dont know what further treatment you have to have - I have to have chemo FEC-T and am awaiting start date, also have to have heart scan and bone density scan first. This will be followed by radiotherapy- which was never mentioned before - but because there was a lot of node involvement they are worried about the ones in my upper boob/should/neck. This will be hell cos 50mile round trip, have to have 5 days a week for 5 weeks. How were are gonna manage that and run our small b and b I dont know...... will cross that bridge when we come to it. A have the massive chemoto get on with firstand tbh I am dreading it. Wouldnt be so bad if I felt back to where I was before op but I dont and am not. Still it is only three weeks - what can I expect.
Good luck with Op tomorrow, if you want to chat about it at any time please contact me.
Sorry not been on here for a while as have been keeping busy. Broke the news I have BC to my 3 lovely girlies just over a week ago now, they were shocked and upset but we had cuddles and giggles amongst the teras and are being amazing. Two of them have signed up to do Birmingham 10K for Breast Cancer Care as I told them it had been my lifeline, especially whilst I was waiting for the results - what stars they are. I went public at the same time and have been overwhelmed by the support I have had - feel very loved 🙂 Decided to decorate the bedroom and make curtains, exhausted by all the activity but pleased I did it.
Off tomorrow for sentinal node recovery and single mastectomy, feel quite calm about it, I know the day will be MUCH harder for those around me. Only scheduled to be in overnight which is great by me (prefer to be home same day to be honest but not sure I will get away with that!)
I am ready to start this fight and rest assured will emerge the winner 🙂
Hope all you lovely ladies are doing OK too, love and hugs to all xxx
PS Laughter really is the best medicine, my eldest sent me a message wishing me Happy National Cleavage Day on Friday - I replied I was glad it was then and not this week as wouldn't qualify!! Many giggles were had by us both 🙂