My rest came to an end when I finally got home on fri eve ( op was on mon). They were reluctant to let me go as I was draining still loads - after it looked like I was following some textbook on wed morning when the fluid measured only trickles. a couple of hours later the bottle was up to almost 200ml! Some gunk seemed to have blocked the drain, got pushed out and it was a steady flow from then on.. So much to 30ml in 24 hours. On fri they let me go home despite the, I don't know, 150/180ml in the previous 24h?
They explained several times that the drains themselves sort of produce fluid, also a bit of fluid buildup can be absorbed by the body itself, it sort of has to figure it out.
It felt fine for the first few days at home, but I think I did to much ( cooking dinner, moving stuff about, i did rest too, honest, but it makes me feel like a lazy cow, when there is so much to do in our new house!) and yesterday I decided I need to do less - couple of places in my underarm scar are slightly bleeding :(. And I have the sloshing boob syndrome - freaky! So obviously there is fluid sitting around making noises! I phoned the bcn, who said not to worry until it becomes really swollen or uncomfortable. I just don't exactly know, when that point is - will I know? How long can you hang around with this before it could become infectious? Does it become infectious?
BB - what a bummer - another op! Totally feel for you 😞 - it sucks. Another lumptectomy, right? Will it hopefully just be a day patient job?
I had my results this week too: got clear margins of 16mm, 4 of the 20 lymph nodes had cancer cells or scaring - which is pretty good, as we already knew about at least 3 nodes affected! The lump was still sizeable, despite some misleading info before that it was almost gone. But it's out now!
Have good arm movement and am using my arm almost normally, but need to do more exercise as everyone says that's the big downfall - to do less of it when it goes well.
Sandytoes - super - one more big step done!
Pam - awh - your son is so nicely protective, but poor little mite :(. It's a huge thing for them. I only get glimpses in what's going on in my children's head, when I hear from other people that my children have commented on something, which shows how much they do think about bc, although they might not have mentioned anything at home.
Lorna, good luck with the radiotherapy!
Katie - enjoy enjoy enjoy!
Love to everyone else!
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