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Jul 17, 2012 05:35 PM 2FriedEggs wrote:
Hey everyone wow surgery is getting closer! You will be so happy when it is over with! wow! My prayers for a speedy recovery to those having surgery in the next week or so and a great continued recovery to Ramols and anyone else in recovery mode!
Tazzy I never wore safety pins- I'm such a clutz and I was always afraid i would poke the line or something, plus I wanted easy access to the drains. I just got a stretchy knit tank top cut off under the armpits/preferably a tube top- that I could just step into, pull onto my belly then set the drains on it and fold it up from the bottom. The stretchiness held them in place. Then I bought a couple of cheap,supper sized button up shirts and then tied them in a know at the bottom. It was very comfy that way. Then when I needed to drain them I could just unbutton and pull the drain out drain and stick it back under the stretchy stuff-no pins or belts etc to mess with and I could tuck them where ever I wanted. I was not aloud to shower until the drains were out so I basically became a bag lady and made a plastic shirt out of a contractor bag-put a little tape around the neck so I wouldnt let any water in. Good thing I did because 2 of my drains lasted a little over 3 weeks. The big button up shirts worked for me and if I were going to not wear just the cut off shirt thing and wanted to pin the drains to something I would probably go with the sleeveless tank shirt as websister said she did and cover up with a "big" girl shirt. I just didnt want to have to always be taking stuff off to get to the drains thats why I found my pinless method using the "stretchy waist band" lol . Even though I had had my nodes out 2 months earlier I still had some tenderness there plus it was tough the 1st week or so to get anything over my head. After that it wasn't too bad. Sounds like your hubby is alot like mine. My husband had done like a little spreadsheet thing with times and 4 drains and he would come help me empy them then go input the amounts in the program so it would add them up after the last one for the day then print me out a copy to take to the doctors for my appointments lol. My doctor said wow you are detailed. Thats really nice lol. I fessed up that he did it though. Oh even though the drain bulbs have cc markings on them to measure your output, when you start getting close to the end it was hard to tell how many cc's was really in there. So I found it easier to dump the drainage into one of those little cups that come with liquid medicines. They have tablespoons on one side and ML on the other. Well one ml equals one cc so it took the guesswork out of trying to figure the smaller amounts in the drain bulbs.
Websister Glad your results were better than you expected. Funny but by the time I got into the OR I was feeling better than I had all morning. They had given me all kinds of feel good meds. Since I had 3 different surgeons, an ob-gyn, breast Surgeon and plastic surgeon in the OR plus all their nurses and anesthesiologists it was quite crowded and everyone was really nice. I felt like I was talking with a group of friends and the next thing I know I woke up in recovery and realized I had missed the party! Somewhere in there they had slipped me the big drugs to knock me out but I sure don't remember it happening. Anyway hope your mom is ok. It's tough having ill parents at the same time as all this. We have had alot of illness in the family and I didn't tell my family/friends about my own situation so as not to add to everyones worry so it has been real tough juggling schedules and emotions.
jpmomof3 looks like your hair is really coming in nicely. Here in FL short short hair cuts are popular. Funny how this disease brings out different meanings to "old" terms like your " going topless" and like my "stripping" when I stripped my drains. Lol
Luvmygoats Thats the truth about that orange stuff wow. I ended up sticking a roll of paper towels in the bathroom that I would use both to wash certain areas and dry. Since I had skin issues to begin with after my nsdmx, I still use the paper towels to tap dry the bad skin areas. My ps still has me using tne liquid disinfectant soap for now.
Wow my fried eggs by now I swear are the size of those ostrich eggs now. Taz maybe since you are so good with those comparison charts you can compare the ostrich egg to elephant testicles for me to see which is bigger. Which ever it is, with these overfills the ps does, I have them! I don't think I can have my exchange though until September but I'm telling you if they called with an opening in the middle of the night I would be there-I am sooooo anxious to get it done. Sleeping with these boulders is really difficult.
Aruba That's good though that you get to have the lumpectomy and get it done with. Waiting for all this stuff is the worst. I had my lumpectomy back in Jan but they didnt know I had IDC at the time so they didnt take nodes. At 1st I was going to stick with the lumpectomy since my margins were good on the IDC side so I went in the next month for the sentinel node biopsy. My doctor was only going to take one but I guess when they put that dye in it went to 6 nodes, so she took out all six. As it turns out they were all negative.
Well thinking of you all!
changed my name-everyone talks about what they saw after their bmx- I laughed because I saw 2 fried eggs, sad and funny at the same time lol
Dx 1/17/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 05/01/2012 Mastectomy (Both); Prophylactic Ovary Removal (Both)