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Thanks very much UGM:). I would expect a bit of pain and discomfort involving certain movements, etc. but it's reassuring to know that the recovery period may not be as long as I thought.

xxx

 

 

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Thanks 😘x
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Best of luck to you Gabriel, for Wednesday! You sound well prepared with your frozen food and you actually sound very chilled out tonight! I hope it goes really well and hope you are back home as soon as possible. Will look for an update from you once you're home and settled. In the meantime, I'll be thinking of you on Wed!

xxx 

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Hi unicorngirlmummy, good to hear recovery is going well 😊 I’m a proper figit bum, can’t sit still for 5 mins so I can appreciate your frustration 🙄, think my other half has a straight jacket hired for the first few days of my recovery at home 😜, yes my op is Wednesday 😳 it’s come around really quickly xxx

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Hi Mai, thanks for your response, I’ve had a good read of your blog already and found it really informative 👍🏻Appreciate what you mean regarding the threads, it can be a bit hit and miss sometimes, thanks again 😘

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Hi Marla, oh it’s good you’ve got your date through, It’s another step forward 👍🏻 I’ve been doing just as you suggested and also trying to get my house in order and doing some hearty batch cooking so I can just grab a meal from the freezer and heat it up 😊.

 

I’m being admitted Tuesday tea time as I live a few miles from the hospital and then the op is on the Wednesday, I’m sat enjoying a glass of red wine and have just polished off a curry this evening in preparation for my time in the hospital 😊x

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Hi Marla,

I think if you had to return to work you possibly could. Everyone deals with it differently. I still have pain if I stretch my arm in a certain way. I think you need to be kind to yourself & think of yourself & make sure you go back to work only when you’re ready xx
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Unicorngirlmummy, I'm so pleased to hear you well you are doing! I hope you continue to feel well and carry on becoming more active as each day passes. You're another one of my heros! :). 

 

I am due to have a unilateral mastectomy with immediate DIEP reconstruction mid-Nov. Would you say that you feel ready to go back to work 6 weeks post-op? I'm just trying to gauge when I will be able to go back to work-I sit down for my job-no manual labour:). 

xx

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Thanks Mai-I had already bookmarked that page:). I've read most of the relevant pages on this website (written by breastcancercare.org) but it was a briliant post by one of the women I've been searching for-she gave a lot of treat tips for pre and post op and can't for the life of me find it. I'm sure I will find it when I'm not looking...it's always the way:).

xx

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Marla, exactly my point, those tips will now be buried under a pile of conversations!  Here's a link to some bedtime reading on this site:   

https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/information-support/facing-breast-cancer/going-through-treatment...

Xx

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Hi Gabriel,

I’m getting on really well thanks. The scars have all healed nicely. I’m doing usual daily stuff around the house. Driving has been fine. I managed the whole day walking around at chessington last weekend, I didn’t go on any rides! I’ve found the recovery ok to be honest. The first 2 weeks are the worst, more in a frustrating way though. Is your op this week? Xx
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Thanks Mai! I did actually have a look at your blog a few weeks ago and it's really fab! Thank you. 

 

I am sure I saw a posting here though with a whole list of pre-surgery tips but I'm still searching for it! Haven't been able to find it. Smiley Sad

xx 

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Gabriel and Marla, I made a list of tips on my blog under surgery.  Part of the reason I created this blog was because I found lots of info gets lost in conversation threads over time and I'm a bit of a tidy freak!  It's also nice to share a story so you can see your feelings are universal to this situation and life moves on.  In case you want to see if you've missed anything: http://Lifeafterlola.com

Best wishes. Xx

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Thanks Gabriel-I've still not found the message I was referring to. I've got my date though-eeks! It's 14th Nov. 

 

Yes, the waiting is the hard part. Try and do fun things till your op date....I'm finding that I'm trying to do stuff I know I won't be able to do once I have my op...at least not for a few weeks...just walks and dining out, etc.

 

Am I right in thinking your op is on Tuesday?

xx

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Hi Marla, thanks for getting in touch, hope you get your date soon, I’m finding the waiting a bit hard going 😘

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Thanks Marla13, this place is amazing for advice and tips, thank you so much for taking time to respond 😘x

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Thanks Unicorngirlmummy, really appreciate you taking the time to respond and thanks for all the advice 😘, how are you doing 6 weeks on? x

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Thanks Bellas mum 😘 I’ve been shopping this weekend and bought some oversized pj’s and nightshirts and my hospital pickup has been well informed, really appreciate the advice and thank you for taking the time to respond 😘x

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I'm still searching for the posts I saw but have to leave for work now....I know there are loads of tips on here....I believe under the Going Through Treatment thread...try and have a look there but I will definitely post the link (s) if I find them! I struggle to find messages that I've read and found helpful...even when I've bookmarked them! xxxx
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Hi Gabriel,

 

I am in the same situation as you (though no surgery date yet) and I am sure I saw all the info. you are seeking on another thread. If I can find it, I'll be back here with the link:).

xxxx

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Ignore the post below girls....from ‘Moore’. I’ve reported it already 

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Hi,

I had a DIEP reconstruction & reduction to the remaining breast almost 6 weeks ago. I was advised to use aveeno or bio oil once the wounds had healed. My skin didn’t like the bio oil but aveeno gave instant relief to the itchy skin below the abdominal scar.

Definitely a V pillow, an extra long phone/tablet charger. My hospital provided a bag with a little love heart shaped pillow for the drains. When I had my mastectomy last year I was given a pillowcase to put it in. I found a stretchy vest top to step into with pyjama bottoms were easy to get on & off, it leaves your arms free for blood pressure monitoring & the cannula. Bra extenders which are really cheap on eBay. By the end of the day my bra feels tight so the extenders are brilliant! The nurse told me to buy the support pants from primark, big ones that almost look like a swimming costume!!

Hope it all goes well, wishing you a speedy recovery xx
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Anything lose, cotton and front fastening is a god send. Take a pillow for the journey home to put between you and the seat belt and get whoever is driving you to try and avoid potholes as they hurt like hell. Make sure you get sent home with pain relief as I wasn’t and had to go to my GP the day after surgery to get some. Good luck love. Hope all goes well xx
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Thanks for taking time to reply, the advice is most welcome 😘

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Hi Gabriel,

 

My mum and I have been looking for similar items for a family friend who has her surgery in two weeks time. We're currently putting together a basket for her and we've decided on a few things based on recommendations and research: Here's a list of products we've found:

 

- Recovery Brobe - https://livebetterwith.com/products/the-recovery-brobe/

- Kelo-Cote scar gel 

- Drain Dollies - https://www.draindollies.co.uk/shop/

 

I hope the surgery goes well!

 

 

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Help with post operative scars

Hi, I’m due to have a mastectomy and reconstruction using tummy fat 2 weeks today, I was wondering if any ladies on here have had the same operation and if so could you provide me with any tips/products/items of clothing that might make the hospital stay and the recovery time at home as comfortable as possible, I’m also interested to know of any creams/lotions that have been successfully used to aid the healing of the scars, many thanks 😘