Oct 29, 2009 06:18PM Isabella4 wrote:
I had a double mast. I wanted it, I didn't want to be bothered with a lump here, a lump there, always operations....I was lucky really that my surgeon listened to me, and agreed to do it.
I didn't find it was too big an operation. I was 'out' about 4 hours, and was very suprised to have not much pain at all, just discomfort. I was in hospital just under 4 days. They did want to keep me another day, but I was nattering at them to let me get back to my own bed. I think its a much shorter stay now. I woke up with a morphine pump, which I was told I wasn't using enough ! and 2 drains, which were really uncomfortable, much more so than the mast.
I didn't want to go for further op. to reconstruct, if I'd been 10/15 years younger I would have done. I didn't think it would bother me at all, and it doesn't bother ME, its just I feel so uncomfortable if I get caught out and someone calls unexpectedly ! I must admit I do keep my doors, and my gates locked, so no-one can creep up on me .(I told very few people about it all, just near relatives, and 2 good friends, who were sworn to secrecy.)
I wear prosthetics when I go out, I hate the damned things, they make me look normal, but also make me sweat when its warm. I can't wait to get under the shower when I have been out anywhere, its the first thing I do when I get in ! Never mind the frozen food thawing in the car, just let me get in the shower !!
One thing no-one told me was to take a laxative, the anaesthetics bung you up like concrete, I had about 5/6 very uncomfortable days with that problem, just for the sake of taking something.
I don't think, at our age, its as upsetting as for the younger women, we have been thru a lot of knocks, and seem to be more accepting. I would go this route again if I were back to square 1, although there are a few who regret the mastectomy. I would certainly NOT have a single mast., I really needed to be even ! I can pop on a T shirt when I am at home, or in my garden, and not have to wear a prosthetic to even me up !
Good luck with your op. When is it planned ?