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Jan 14, 2018 11:55AM
KB, you can vent to me anytime, you know that!
My lumpectomy went wrong and I hemorrhaged into the surgical site and my boob was the size of a beach ball. Surgeon saw that and rolled me back into surgery, opened me up again, cauterized the bleeders and re-stitched all the internal stitches that had torn out when the blood wrenched my boob apart.
Never have I been in so much pain.
Two days later the pain was so bad I could not move, could not get out of bed, could hardly stand up. The pain was down my side, stomach, abdomen to the pubic bone, it was all angry purple. Hub got me in the truck and took me to the emergency room because it looked like I was bleeding to death internally, all of it pooling under the skin on the left side of my body.
SO there I am, sitting in the rotten hard chair at admitting, in obvious agony, trying not to vomit from the pain, every breath a torture, and some nonchalant, utterly unconcerned idiot woman is asking me questions. I tell her I had a lumpectomy two days ago. She looks up at me and says, "What's a lumpectomy?"
Honest to god, I could not answer her. I stared, open mouthed, at the absolute ZERO IQ requirements they obviously had for their front line people. What is a lumpectomy? Are you kidding me with this shit?! And as I formulated a response that would have seen me ushered out with security on either side, Hub stepped in and said, "she has breast cancer, they cut it out of her."
I still spent another almost 4 hours waiting to see a doctor who said, bruising hurts. Bruising? I had an incision on my boob and have blood filtering down to my pubic bone and this is not a concern to anyone? Apparently not. Apparently this happens all the time. No one told me! Go home and take your Tylenol. Now I'm mad all over again just thinking about it. Hospitals are about procedures, not people! AAGGGHHHH!
3/23/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
4/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
7/5/2017 Whole-breast: Breast
Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)