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Jul 3, 2012 10:05 PM Rennasus wrote:
Happy 4th, everyone! I tried to post here last night but it kept getting lost before I was able to finish writing. After the 3rd try I just gave up. Trying again tonight! Here goes:
Bogie: So sorry you had failed TE's on both sides. It is frustrating and I totally understand your being over it! Give it some time, you may feel differently with some distance between surgeries. Maybe someone will pipe in with their DIEP or Tram experience.
Chick: Yay that you were able to waterski! That had to feel good!!
Lisa96: Recon is for certain a far more complex process than I think anyone ever realizes going in. I do think part of it is that we are dealing with cancer and so must focus our brains on that and on top of that, make major recon decisions that are time and energy intensive. Doctors don't tell us everything that could go wrong for a variety of reasons. My PS actually talked about TE rejection and necrosis and delayed healing before I ever had a BMX. I never thought I would end up with all of those things! I forged ahead blindly. Thank God we have BCO for support! This whole recon thing is not for the faint of heart. And in saying that I hope I don't scare any newbies. Many, many women sail through this process and move on with their lives in the time it takes some of us to still heal from TE surgery! I don't know what the answer is, but trusting your PS is key. My advice to anyone reading this: Listen to your gut. If it is telling you to get a 2nd opinion, do it. Don't worry about hurting anyone's feelings. This is your body and you have to live with the result your PS leaves you with.
mcmking: Sorry you are in our club. I did not have an infection, but a few others here have and were able to keep their TE. It depends on so many things. If your PS feels it needs to come out, it probably does. Again, listen to your gut. Keep us posted!
Layla2525: I added your Aug 2nd implant surgery to the list above.
Dunesleeper: Glad you are so pleased with your PS! Thanks for sharing a funny moment!
Tatina: A date to see Vinnie? How exciting! Let me know when it is, I'll add it above. ;-)
Binc: So sorry to hear that you, too, are in our club. I had to have my right TE taken out due to delayed healing, but felt so much better once it was out! I had a drain, but it was not in very long and despite my inability to heal my incision WITH the TE, I healed up just fine without it! Like SpecialK, I could drive after 3 weeks no problem. I think you will feel so much better with it out of there!
Roadwarrior: See comment to Binc above!
Orange73: Hang in there! I know it's a pain but I'm glad they took the TE out. Continue to be your own advocate. Rest up, you will be out of bed and running around again in no time!
Momof3inFla: Glad you are back to sweating and living your life. Yay! You give me hope.
BCAvenger: Hope today went well! Please check in when you are able. We are thinking of you!
BMX & TE 2/3/11; 3 incision revisions (2/19/11, 3/28/11, 4/26/11); right TE removed 7/6/11 and put back in on 12/1/11. Finally healed! Now waiting. My blog: thebigcandme.blogspot.com/Dx 12/8/2010, IDC, 3cm, Stage Ib, Grade 1, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 02/03/2011 Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection, Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Surgery 02/03/2011 Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both)Surgery 02/19/2011 Reconstruction (Right)Hormonal Therapy 03/24/2011 TamoxifenSurgery 03/28/2011 Reconstruction (Right)Surgery 07/06/2011 Reconstruction (Right)Surgery 12/01/2011 Reconstruction (Right)