Hi WP23, I know what you mean about aching shoulder and back. My left side has always been a bit crap (trapped nerve) so now the right side is not great either the whole area feels achy. I am doing my exercises but also trying to relax as much as possible. How long to you have to wait for your results appmt? The waitings a killer isn't it?? Take care xx
Hi Lucy, I still have a week to wait until I see the surgeon again. My appointment is next Friday 2nd at 2.30. It seems like an age away. I am feeling really tired today. I've had a good check around my right side while in the shower and everything looks OK. I still have the steristrips on though, bit scared about seeing the actual scar. I took some more meds this morning and that has helped. The BC nurse said if all the steristrips haven't come off by the time I go for my appmt they will remove them then so I'm assuming it's fine for them to stay on until they come off by themselves.
Thank you for your replies it good to hear other peoples experiences.
I remember getting to around day 10 and feeling SO much better (and desperately bored!) that I decided enough was enough. I went out shopping with a friend and then came back and did the housework (husband and children obviously don't have the same standards as me!). I felt absolutely awful the next day and for quite a few days afterwards. I definitely learned my lesson and took it much easier after that.
Keep checking for any signs of infection and if you start to feel unwell, get it checked out. When do you go in for your results as they will check it all then?
Hi Angie, I think you are right I have found it hard not to do anything around the house when I'm home all day and the washing is piling up. As its my right side I naturally use my right hand before realising, I'm not great with my left hand! Going to take it extra easy today.
Good luck with your final radiotherapy session, so pleased that it's almost over for you. Take care. Xxpb
I think I have been doing quite well and haven't needed much medication since about day 3/4. Its now day 10 and I had the worse night, woke up with throbbing pain, back to like day after op. Doesnt look infected or anything so hoping its healing pain? I wonder if I did too much yesterday...some washing and general tidying up. Have been doing exercises but generally taking it easy. Anyone else had this?
Thanks everyone for your well wishes. Our house is starting to look like a florist! Family and friends showing support anyway they can. I will indulge in some chocolate eating this weekend that's for sure! Its our wedding anniversary on Sunday and we were supposed to have been in France for a nice long weekend so feeling a bit cheated because of course we had to cancel it when I found out when my surgery was going to be. So far I feel not too bad, not so many meds needed today, still feel quite sleepy. Have been doing my exercises and quite pleased with shape of boob. Its sitting a little higher than the other but no obvious dent that I can see, the surgeon said she would move tissue around to prevent this. They are incredibly clever these days!
I think it might be time for a little nap.
Glad to hear your radiotherapy is going well Angie and you have a bit of a longer break over Easter.
Take care all. Xxx
It was great news to hear that you have now had your operation. Please rest and not to much heavy lifting or stretching. I am sure you will rest up now. I am having my 11th session of Radiotherapy today, with 4 more to go next week. We are having a long break for Easter.
Have a lovely Easter and hope your recovery goes well. Keep posting to let us know how you are getting on.
Glad you have got your op over and you are ok. It is a long day isn't it, I was at the hospital for 15 hrs too as I was last on the list.
Try to rest and not worry too much about the results
All the best
Well thank goodness that day is over. It was very long! I had the wire put in around midday but didn't go down to theatre until just before 4pm. Was home just after 9.30. I was starving by the time I was taken back to the ward and really tired as I was up at 5.30am so I could have a light breakfast. Pain is manageable with meds, just resting and having little catnaps today. Have found a soft cup bra with a crop top over the top to give good support and help with any discomfort. Won't get results until 2nd may but for now focussing on rest. Thanks everyone for all the messages of support. Xxx
I really do think that people around you are more affected than you yourself. I was a little bit nervous on the evening before my op but I just think that is a natural response. This was my first op ever and it was not knowing what to expect. The staff were great. Mine was 29th January and no real affects from it. I have now had 7 sessions of my radiotherapy with 8 to go. I finish on 25th April. I will be thinking about you tomorrow. Please let us know how you are getting on. It does help to share and gather information from this forum
It feels like its been forever waiting for surgery but its tomorrow. Feel kind of nothing at the moment, maybe the nerves will show themselves later? It feels like everyone around me is anxious and calling, sending messages etc and I'm this still calm person in the middle (not what I am normally like at all)...
Thanks Angie and Magicmoon for all your information. Its so helpful hearing whats to come. I actually found your radiotherapy in April thread Angie and its helped to answer many of my questions, I will follow your progress on there too. Take care both xx
I had my WLE on 29th Jan, 1 lymph node removed which was negative. Like the other ladies I was only in hospital for the day. I know I am lucky but I didn't have a lot of side effects. I had a excema type rash in my armpit which cleared up with cream from my Gp. I start my radiotherapy on 3rd April and like yourself have 15 sessions. Good luck with your ongoing treatment.
Thanks so much for all of your replies so quickly, this forum is such a help. I have family and friends who are really supportive but every so often I catch myself thinking ungrateful thoughts, like ' you don't know what this is like' and I'm so grateful at the same time that they don't!
I am normally pretty positive about life in general but there are some really dark moments aren't there and I haven't even started treatment yet. I have been told that I will need 15 radiotherapy treatments about two months after op, but also know that I have to get the clear margin results we all pray for first.
One thing I keep hearing though is to give yourself time emotionally and physically to heal. So i wont rush to get back to work. Work is helping at the momeng though because i can trick myself into thinking for a short time that this isnt happening. Its a good distractions. I used to live for the weekends but actually find them the hardest at the moment. You all sound very positive and that's really a big help, thank you xx
I had wle in November. I had a sentinel node biopsy at the same time. I was only in hospital for the day. I just felt groggy afterwards and went to bed when I got home. But the next day I felt fine - a bit lightheaded but nothing to worry about. My surgeon gave me a sick note for 6 weeks! In hindsight I didn't need that long and could certainly have gone back to work much sooner. I had no pain at all. I did the arm exercises every day and went out for walks to aid my recovery. I had dreaded the operation because I didn't know what to expect but it really was nothing to worry about. Good luck with everything. Jane
Hello, can anyone give me an idea of the recovery from a wle (no nodes)? I really don't know what to expect afterwards or when I might be ready to go back to work.The surgeon said I would be off at least until I see her two weeks later for the results. But it would be good to hear some personal experiences.Also do you have a drain with this op? I think my diagnosis is starting to sink in but waiting for the op feels a bit like no man's land and all these questions start popping in to your head. I know I can ring my breast nurse that has been assigned to me but I thought I would try on here first because reading many of these threads has helped and makes you feel less alone. Thanks x