Hi Sarah - Great to hear you doing so well. Hope it's still the same these couple of days later. Yeh, aren't drains weird. Keep your before bed pain meds up for a while longer, even if not uncomfey when you "settle down". You can bet if you don't take, unconscious nightime contortions may be likely to wake you up with the pain of. Speedy healing wishes to you. Sending my love to everyone xxxxxx
P.s. - Must get Helena to provide some "daintier" looking big knicks!! ( to you H, my dear friend X)
i had to have axillary nodes removed and a second surgery to remove 9 more only one showed cancer
it was a bigger op than the first and I wasn't prepared for how painful it would be and still is
I am such an anxious person anyway but 1 month later all healed and 100% movement but with much pain.
we are all different and health different mentally and physically.
i am hoping you are coping ok.
i hope you are less anxious about it all now x
I went through the same procedure in july 2017 from scan to biopsy to surgery 3 weeks Numb at first and then just taking day by day. I found talking to the other women who were waiting along side helped keep my anxiety in check if only the need to put on my brave face. i had the wire too from my own experience it wasn't that painful though my nerves kicked in and i don't think i drew breath through the whole of the insertion so maybe talking 10 to the dozen helped distract me.. I arrived at hospital around 7 and surgery in the afternoon and home by around 6.30 to 7. I know everyone is different but believe me it won;t be as bad as you expect and the staff at least in my case were fantastic. I don't know whether this will help but either way i hope things go well for you
Sarah - I'd just echo what Helena has said and my own experience. It wasn't clear how long I was supposed to continue with painkillers when I got home, so after a few days I stopped them all. That was a bad idea and not what I should have done - I should have eased off them slowly over a number of days. So do check with your team about how to take your pain relief.
All the best to you for your recovery.
Yay, great to hear that you are at home. Good that you are not in pain, but just be careful that you dont let yourself go too long before taking any more as you are probably still having the benefit of the pain relief and the aneasthetic which will wear off soon.
Good to hear that you have good arm movement, are you starting your exercises tomorrow?
Home now, and pleasantly surprised by the lack of pain and swelling,
The drain bag will take a bit of getting used to, and I'must terrified of dislodging it, but my arm movement is good.
Tough pants on the way to you and we are all there with you mate.
Sending you hugs
Thank you, Delly!
I'm last on the list so going down about 4, I was expecting it to be first thing this morning so nerves kicking in now xx
I was fortunate in that I only had a sentinel node biopsy and all was clear, but I am sure that if I was in your position I would make the same decision, I would want to make absolutely sure that it had all gone.
Good luck for Thursday, always here if you need to talk xxx
I can understand that, it is a lot to take but just take your time over the next few days, I am sure you will make the right decision for you.
How do you feel about the trial? I suppose depending on the decision you make that will then govern your treatment plan going forward
Sending you hugs
A bit numb really.
I'm back in surgery on Thursday to get clear margins.
Ironically the margins are clear, but only by half a millimeter on one side.
And of the three lymph nodes removed there was cancer in one, although the other two were clear.
So on Monday I sign up for a medical trial.
If I don't join the trial surgery on Thursday will include all auxillary nodes removed.
On the trial I will randomly be allocated either no nodes removed and extra monitoring or all nodes removed as they would be normally.
It's a lot to take in.
On Monday I was told it would probably be another week at least, so the phonecall yesterday was a shock.
And today I've thought of nothing else....
Yay great to hear that you are the other side of the op, rest up now and take things easy for a few days xxx
hi there I really feel for you and I had my lumpectomy abs sentinal node removal three weeks ago
like you I was so very very anxious until the actual,morning where I woke and thought to myself well this it !!
I was so busy with the wire insertion -
The radioactive die injection
consent forms etc I had no time to even sit and wait.
it was not as bad as I had imagined and nor did I feel too dreadful afterwards
was kept in over night as I had a weird migraine but had one before it wasn't an effect of the op
good luck it will soon be over
Thank you so much, Ali!
I hope you're recovering well...I think it's fear of the unknown and knowing that surgery marks the start of a journey..
I think the difference is to do with the length of the op, the shorter the op the lighter the aneasthetic required.
Nightie, slippers, dressing gown, something to read, mobile phone, any medication you normally take oh and normal toiletries.
I am assuming that you are having the blue dye as part of your op, so urine and motions will be blue for a few days but nothing to worry about.
I am very well thank you. I had my op nearly 18 months ago, had 20 sessions of radiotherapy and am on tamoxifen for 10 years. I finished rads in Jan last year and I am living a very normal life xxx
Thank you, Helena!
The pre op nurse said it would probably be a light general anaesthetic, is there much difference to a light general and a general?
I'm booked for surgery for the afternoon, and they've told me to bring an overnight bag just incase, which is expanding by the hour with things I probably won't use!
I hope you're recovering well,
Hello and a very warn welcome to the forum where you will get loads of help and support from the wonderful ladies on here.
To be honest I found on the day of my surgery, I had exactly the same wle and snb, the time went very quickly because they are preparing you for the surgery, paperwork to be completed etc., the time went very quickly and all of a sudden I was on my way down to theatre. the nursing staff are wonderful and they are very aware of how scared people are, they will do everything they can to make you feel at ease.
When my wire was being inserted I had a lovely nurse holding my hand and talking to me, I did not even realise that they had done it until they told me I could go back to the waiting area.
The aneasthetic is ok, you will probably have a little canula put in your hand into which they will administer it, that does not hurt at all, my aneathetist was asking me what my favourite tipple was and the next thing I was waking up in the recovery ward. I stayed there for a short time and then was taken back to the ward. After a few hours I was discharged home.
I tell you though that cup of tea and sandwich I had back in the ward was the best thing I had had 🙂 Because my surgery was in the late morning I could not eat or drink after midnight.
Sending you hugs
I'm a newbie, about to have surgery on Monday.
A lumpectomy with SNB and wire insertion.
It's been a rollercoaster of emotions since being diagnosed, three and a half weeks ago.
For the first 10 days or so I was completely numb - scared, in disbelief, tearful, emotional and extreme anxiety.
Then came acceptance, and after all the tests and results were completed I've been feeling relatively upbeat.
However, nerves are kicking in and the anxiety is back today as surgery is now so close.
Suddenly, everything is worrying me, but most of all the anaesthetic.
How did you all cope with anxiety and nerves before the op, particularly on the day when parhed from nil by mouth from 7am onwards, through the trauma of wire insertion and the wait for afternoon surgery?