Just got back from my appointment. I'm eating chocolate cake right now. 🙂 One can only drink so many green drinks! lol
The Oncologist said that I could use polysporin on my incision sparingly and gently. Showering is okay now but I have to completely dry the area. ( I've been taping a cut plastic bag around my breast when I shower. Good to know I don't have to do that, although I might continue just for a few more days.) Then the oncologist showed me how to gently massage my breast.
I'm trying to remain calm about the treatment part. The though of treatment scares me. I may have to do 16 rounds of rad. They are not sure about chemo so they are sending my tissue to be analyze for an Oncotype score.
Thanks, Lizzie. I've baked a massive fruitcake this afternoon so feel better already. If nothing else the sugar rush will help! X
Ti've got a pile of Things To Do as high as an elephant's eye but rubbish tv calls!
A cold compress under the arm really helped with the golf ball feeling. I have a squidgy freezer pack that I wrap in a towel and lob under there for ten mins and then on my boob.
we have just had major surgery. We are ALLOWED to feel grotty. Normally we are the ones running around making life better for everyone else but we can't so wallow in the safety of knowing we are justified in not having to do stuff because, for once, we have a whopping great, justifiable reason for sitting and watching rubbish tv.
it does take a while to get anesthetic out of your system. If you have an infection then that will make you feel reaally grotty. My boob is hurting more today and the skin reaction to the dressing has gone a bit bonkers.
hope you feel better soon (passes virtual cake).
Sorry you are not feeling so well at the moment.
Yes, I definitely had brain freeze like you - I love reading and had a few books to read but couldn't concentrate. Instead I've looked at lots of frivolous magazines and watched countless episodes of 'rubbish' tv - escape to the country, four in a bed etc.
I wanted to be really motivated and had it in my head i would do lots of jobs around the house, declutter, paperwork etc but in reality have done none of it as have not felt up to it at all.
Stay strong and do what feels right for you - I hope you hear what the next step is soon xo
Just checking in with you all to say hi as I've been quiet for a few days. I'm still struggling with seroma in the SNB wound and a bit of an infection in the scar too. I feel as if I've got a golf ball under my armpit! I've tried to be a bit more active this week as I hit a real slump last week and definitely got the 'glum' feeling that you've talked about. I can't even contemplate going back to work yet and I'm not sure how I'm ever going to manage that. I'm still waiting to hear if I need chemo or not. Had convinced myself they would say "straight onto rads" last week but they didn't so here I am waiting waiting waiting. Still doing the "everything's positive" routine for friends and family which is a bit exhausting. Trying to make the most of my time at home by reading novels but finding that I can't keep a word in my head. Anyone else suffering brain freeze? Xx
you are definitely doing the right thing - concentrate on you, your family and your coming holiday. It makes a lot of sense to go back to work having had more time to heal and get your head back to normal.
That's how I am feeling - I've had fantastic news but that doesn't stop my boob and arm from aching and also feel I need to get back to normal in my head - does that make sense?
Have a lovely holiday - you will definitely be ready for it xo
Yes, you phone GP and they organise it. I've got a telephone appt booked for Tuesday and will discuss it then but I've woken up really tired this morning and quite achey so the thought of work is not on. I work in a school and it's really stressful and full on. When you are with students you are essentially being proactive all the time and it is utterly knackering. I went straight back after the extensive biopsies
I had done and really suffered - felt very spacey and peculiar. They've had their pound of flesh from me over the years and I am very rarely ill so I am trying not to feel guilty. I will access emails from home so will start doing that mid next week. We realy need this holiday and if I go back, I know I will catch something off the kids and I can't risk that. Husband is running on empty at the mo and I need to think about him and my lads for once.
I tried to cut up some chicken last night - it was painful! Going to tackle a few bits of paperwork and house stuff today.
Once I start radiotherapy, then I will see how tired I get. I think I'd probablly be able to do the first week but I have a long drive to and from work so have to make sure I am safe to do that.
I may be stir crazy by next Thursday though!
Queenbee happy your visit with the nurse went well and that your mind is more at ease.
Flyingarcher that is fantastic news! I'm Her2 negative also but I didn't know that that means no chemo.
I went back to work on Tuesday for half day, Wednesday for most of the day and today (Thursday) for a full day). I felt tired and pains now and again. I spent a lot of time on Tuesday and Wednesday catching up with coworkers. Only a few of them knew why I was away from work. Some thought was on vacation the whole time but I just didn't correct their assumption. I was on vacation for two weeks and then had the surgery as soon as I got back. It felt really strange going back to work. It might be a bit soon but I wanted to go back.
got results toda and I am Her2 negative so no chemo. Husband did that sighing and eye rolling thing of 'I told you not to get so worried'. Bless him. He's been a rock and is absolutely shattered himself. All the cancer is gone. There's a micromet on one of the nodes but she'd cleared out more than she thought she had. I assume the little blighters look like bladderwrack seaweed. Anyway. Hopefully, that is it although they haven't discussed me in The Monday Briefing so it could potentially change.
Been thinking about work. Was going to go back next Thurs and Friday but feel I owe it to my family to be proerly well for half term holiday so may book off next week and then do week of phased return after half term (half term not counted in my sick pay).
treated myself to a half of Guiness at lunch. Tis medicinal, doncha know.
Before the hematoma came out of my incision the upper part of my chest sounded hollow. I had pressure on my armpit then too. You might not have the same thing but don't be shocked (as I was) if you incision leaks fluid. It took a lot of the balloon pressure that I was feeling off.
Tuesday... hmmmm :(. Hope you can keep busy to give your mind a break. I read ficition novels and watched movie after movie. Sad movies too to give me something else to cry about. *smirk*.
Good that the nurse will check on you and hopfully she will change your dressing (If you still have it on). Hope you feel better and the nurse visit will give you pease of mind.
Flyingarcher happy you had a better day. 🙂
Queenbee is your appointment set yet? I'm feeling apprehension about my Friday appointment.
Max, that's brilliant. You are now free of cancer. Yipppeeee!
having a better day today. Driven myself out to a local NT property and had a nice potter round and cake. You can't go wrong with cake....
Poor you, Feel the fear. Hope it is cleared up now as I believe they are very painful. Sorry my post was misleading , but I was being self congratulatory on having neither a seroma nor Lymphodema. You were certainly very assiduous in your exercising. I just stuck to the recommended three times per day, and at times that was jolly hard work ! X
Good to know. I'm more motivated to do the stretches more often, thanks to all of you. My mobility is pretty good most likely because my nodes/lumpectomy was done on my right side. So I've been moving my arm a lot naturally and do the stretches.
@Queenbee, That's terrible that your appointment was cancelled.
My appointment today was really short. I was told they got all of the cancer and that my stage of cancer was/is 1. My nodes were clear. The surgeon checked my incisions and then a nurse put a new dressing on. I will find out the treatment options/recommendations on Friday. I hope it wont be anything aggressive.
@ Flyingarcher, hang in there. Keep your family and friends close and talk to the ones that will let you express your feelings. Knowing and not knowing is scary.
Hi Lizzie and all other lovelies on this thread, I'm eleven weeks on and I can't stress enough the importance of arm exercises as prescribed on your exercise leaflet . I fought through the stiffness and pain and was glad I did as the tests before I could have chemo included being able to raise my arms above my head for prolonged lengths in scans. The exercises also get rid of the fluid build up when the lymph glands are excised, and I had full lymph node excision. At times it felt as though I had Niagara Falls inside my arm, but absolutely back to normal now. No seromas, and no Lymphodema. X
Hi Lizzie and Sandra. My arm is also painful when extended particularly upwards. Can only get it to about two o'clock. If I'm ok tomorrow, I'm going to drive somewhere for a walk or possibly go up to the hospital and go and get a complimentary therapy from macmillan centre.
felt very glum today. Think doing something normal would be good.
Hi Ladies, I've just been catching up on this link - no wonder you are feeling frustrated.
I've been feeling the same - even though I know I should be feeling positive as I'm hoping for radiotherapy and medication. The waiting is a bit of a killer - Thursday afternoon can't come soon enough.
I drove for the first time today and it was absolutely fine, was great to be mobile again.
My arm is still very sore - more painful than my boob - does anyone else feel like this? I struggle to fully extend it.
Stay strong girlies xo
Thank you. Just driven to pick up ironing and it was nice to do something normal. Just was so hoping to dodge the chemo and just astonished that this result was never mentioned to me.
Hi, just in need of a hand hold as having a really bad day today. Yesterday, felt great, drove for the first time, did bits, took off my dressing and was ok with the scar. It leaked a tiny bit in the night so I redressed it. Had hleft a message for bc nurse as to when my appt would be. So she phones today and my appointment is on Thursday but the results aren't back yet but should be back by then. Feel a bit wobbly about that but hey ho. Then she drops in 'well as your HER2 positive results are borderline, they will have gone for further testing.' I know this is stupid of me but whenever they talked about treatment it was lumpectomy and radiotherapy unless the calcium thingies came back as positive in which case it would be mx and chemo. They were begnign and all the way along its been lump and radio. I know that if the results come back dodgy that might mean more surgery and possibly chemo but no one has mentioned the HER2 stuff. My husband doesn't recall this either.
i've looked at my results and she's right, it is HER2++ borderline. I just feel devastated. I know it's not the end of the world but feel like this has been jumped on. This hasn't been part of my mindset and no one has mentioned this before. I now feel that Thursday is going to be bad news and this is going to be the long haul whereas in my head, I was back to normal for September. Working in a school environment means the side effects become very visible to a very wide audience.
sorry, just feeling weepy and back to square one. Haven't felt like doing anything today and where I was really positive now thinking doom and gloom.
Maximiliana, you should have a leaflet from the hospital with exercises on it . These are to be done three times a day to prevent lymphodemia, which is NOT nice! Also, you may have to have CT scans etc so need to be able to lift and bend your arm under your head. The tendons tend to contract, especially if you have had LN. excision where they've had a good old rummage round. If you haven't been told about this I would definitely ask tomorrow. X
That's good info! Feelthefear, your exercising? Wow! You are hard core. I'm lucky if I can do a stretch. 🙂
Queenbee, my visit is tomorrow morning. I'm trying to remain calm. I had a node removed and I have invasive ductal cancer too. I'm not sure of the type yet. I know you are scared, I am too but we will get through this. I will hope for the best possible outcome for us. xo
I hope the tight bra works. Now that I think about it, I was wearing a tight bra for a few days before I started to leak fluid. So it might work for you too.
Hope you are feeling better today.
Just found out that I'm getting my results tomorrow. I'm nervous too. I feel like I'm studying for final exams. I'll spend most of today researching treatment options and listing my questions.
It will be good for us to know our result so we can move forward.
Hi all, welcome Maxi. I have been doing okay, getting breathless a lot if I walk about a lot or do things I know I shouldn't! I get extremely tired around 4/5pm... my arm and breast is very tender and still painful and lately when doing my exercises it's painful and get a stretching feeling in mainly my armpit! I'm at the clinic tomorrow for my results which I am quite nervous about. And then hopefully will get an appointment to see the oncologist about a date to start chemo!
It was a terrible experience but its only after that I realized that it was a good thing. Not to get too graphic but it looked like old blood. The look of it, the volume and the truma of being in a busy emergency room and waiting hours to be seen. It was a nightmare!
Sorry to know you are in a smilar situation. What is the plan to get the seroma out? Hope its not too uncomfortable. Did the nurse mention if there is still a chance that it could drain on its own?
Hi Max. The fluid thing sounds scary - poor you. As my mother keeps saying 'you have just had major surgery'. Not so long ago you were kept in hospital for a week.so don't rush back to work.
i seriously overdid it two days ago by walking into town so I did nothing yesterday and felt better. Was fine this morning and went out but then had to have a sleep this afternoon and finding things a bit tiresome this evening. Will totter out for a walk later on.