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Dec 4, 2012 04:59AM NativeMainer wrote:
Good morning, Loungettes!
Goldie--have fun getting through all the posts, it's practically a full time job keeping up here! Yup, 19 hours and 45 minutes, as my mother reminds me very often. One of the consequences of being obese (BMI was 36 at the time of recon). 1 breast surgeon to do the prophy mast, 2 PS's to do the recon, one doing microsurgery. 4 drains for weeks. Had anesthesia brain for almost a year. Hope I never have to go through anything like that again, but the results are MARVELOUS!
DorKable--yeah, I figure I've had enough anesthesia to last 2 lifetimes. Doing my best to avoid any more. Doing my best to avoid ever having another IV started, for that matter. Totally lost several days except for a few flashes of memories. Very, very disconcerting. Are you putting warm packs on your eye? Wet a washcloth with warm water (not hot), wring it out and fold it up and put it on your eye until it cools. Should help things feel better.
Canny--I've been having weird, bordering on bad, dreams myself lately. Not sure what that's all about but maybe it's just the time of year? Anyway, tell your GS to send his to me, I've already got 'em so one more wont' be any trouble!
ORLA--remind your employers that breast cancer is considered a disability under the ADA. They HAVE to make reasonable accommodations for you. Your local civil liberties union and the American Cancer Society will both help you with this.
Wahine--we must have all figured out using a string or ribbon or something to pin our drains to when we showered. I had drains top and bottom, ended up hanging a ribbon around my neck. What we will do to get a shower!
Blackcat--the advice about putting things on a lower level before surgery is very, very good. I wasn't allowed to lift my arms above shoulder high for 6 weeks, couldn't lift more than 5 pounds for 6 weeks, couldn't push or pull anything for 6 weeks. Of course, I couldn't stand up straight for a lot longer than that! I had home health nurses, aides, physical therapist and occupational therapist come to my home to help me get back on my feet, too. Take all the help you can get. You may feel most comfortable sleeping in a recliner for a time. I set up my living room with my recliner as the "center piece" as it were, with a stand on either side, with a notebook and pens,(to keep track of meds), small baskets for my pain and anxiety pills and antibiotics, the TV remotes and set my laptop up on an office chair that I could easily roll around so I could listen to audiobooks whilst napping during recovery. I arranged for meals to be delivered (and had some frozen, but forgot to take into account that going up and down stairs was going to be a challenge, so they stayed in the freezer in the basement until later in recovery), and had friends and people from church visiting or calling me daily to check on me. Had to get some friends to do laundry and sweep the floors a few times. I was surprised how many people were so eager to help me out! Now, keep in mind that DIEP recon is a much bigger procedure than what you are thinking about, so the recovery will be quicker and easier. But it's better to over prepare than wish you had prepared better!
Woops, running late for work again, tata, Loungettes!
dx 3/07, Stage 2, Grade 2 IDC, 2.8cm, ER+PR+, Her2(-), SN-, lumpectomy & rads, mastectomy 8/15/08, right prophy mast and bilateral DIEP recon 6/21/10Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-