after mastectomy - how long were your drains in?
I'm new here. I had a single mastectomy with axillary dissection 11/15 and have been struggling with the drains. I was expecting they might come out eight days after surgery (when I first saw the surgeon post-op) but she wants 10 mls or less and I was still getting 50-60. Now it is 26 days after and I'm all over the map with the drain that goes across my chest - 90 m last night, down to 25 a couple days ago, the other (armpit) was empty and has been close to empty most of the time for the last couple weeks.
I'm wondering - how long were your drains in? How much fluid was draining by the time you had them out? Did you find there was anything you could do to help lower the amount of fluid? Were you allowed to shower? (I'm not) Exercise? (I was doing more but now I am not allowed to even walk the dog). Wear a tight ace-wrap at all times? (I am) I have read that some believe diet effects this. (protein, carbs, salt) What do you think? I am starting to feel like they will never come out and it's making me a little crazy.