Hi I had WLE on 4 September with node clearance and will go back on Thursday 20 September for my results. On the whole I have recovered well and it is only in recent days that I have felt very emotional. I read the Victoria Derbyshire book and watched some of her U-Tube video clips which seemed to help. Hope to connect with others with September surgery and share feelings and experiences.
I had my surgery on 20th August but I've just been reading this thread and I noticed you mentioned East Yorkshire - is that where you live? I live in East Yorkshire and was wondering if you had your surgery in the same hospital as me.
Well I am done and came home yesterday even8ng as expected.
Long day starting with the wire insertion which was a bit of a faff as the doctor couldn't find the tumour and so had to find it with stereoscopic mammogram.
Onto the radioactive injection which I had heard could be a little interesting. But due to the local anaesthetic for the wire I did not feel a thing!
Then to the ward which was for all day case surgeries. Ended up sitt8ng in a nice chatty group of ladies, not all cancer, and the time passed nicely. Typically i was last to go down . Had been fasting since midnight so was rumbling noisily by 3pm. No water since 7 but hospital allowed small 50mls very hour, so not too bad on the water front.
Ok was to remove 5 mm invasive ductal lump grade 2ish and sentinel node biopsy. Took about 45 mins . Bit of shabby pain in recovery round my nipple but given pain relief there and on the ward which worked. 2 hours later after 2 mugs of tea, sarnies and biscuits I was home. Banana and cereal and yet more tea while watching the tennis, before codeine before bed just in case.
Slept well in the other side. No extra pillows used, but woke at 2 and didnt get back to sleep for a couple of hours.
Now little shabby pains in breast, but nothing else. However, peculiarly, apart from a little pins and needles in my fingers at times I have had NO pain and stiffness in shoulder or biopsy site. Have full range of movemen5 and so have had to try to remember not to use the arm too much. But I woke up in my usual position with arm above my head!, opened car door, reached for plate in kitchen.
Feel a little spaced at times. Smurf blue patches on breast and wee definately Harpic like!
So pleased it's all over. Staff at hospital all lovely. 2 weeks from diagnosis to op. Now 2 weeks to results. Hate the waiting game, but so far so good.
Thanks to all for support. Appreciated so much . Good luck to others who are having ops in September xx
Thank you. Will do xx
I am going in on Friday (14) morning for a wire insertion and dye injection before the Sentinel Node Biopsy and lumpectomy later that morning.
As I said on another forum here, I am in a bit of a funk. Scared of the op but wanting rid of the little blighter that has ruined my Summer.
I am also concerned for the future - too may what ifs going round in my head at 3am.
My lump is tiny (abt 5mm) and is stage2/3 . The nodes seemd to be clear on the scan.
Some folk here have been for CT and MRI scans prior to surgery , but that has not been mentioned to me.
Hopefully they will take it all away and the nodes will be clear - the waiting for results is awful!