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Jan 11, 2018 12:14AM
Hi jaymeb, pupmum and all
I just got home from the hospital a few hours ago and am now all settled in my bed surrounded by flowers and balloons and a space heater keeping me cozy so I stay put!
They took great care of me starting with very grumpy ride in at 430 am because I was fasting as Mom had to have her mcdonalds fix!!
Once they got me in and hooked up I got to try some neat new toys to help keep me from shivering called bear paws... it's a gown tie in back with plastic pockets for warm air flowing through knee length gown and calf compression massage leggings to prevent clots and keep me hooked up for 5 hr surgery. it was a true spa experience! I loved it and didn't remember anything about my trip down the hall or saying goodbye until I woke up back in my room with my 4 drains pinned to my gown but chest fully bound and port GONE FOREVER YAY!!! All who saw that before and after could see why I am so happy now that the circle bruise it caused is healing a pretty purple over a month since it was last used!! Point made so they were all very good for The pain management and used older drugs dilaudid instead of fentanyl that makes me snarky. Nurses were fighting for me I was having a blast and man you can't believe how huge my grafts are wrapped with the utmost care she is great at using all the extra space above c-scars And it is attaching well!
involved wraps cover my entire chest and 4 drains show optimal outputs so far! My breast organs and tumors with pins all went to lab along with 3 sentinel lymph nodes on left side so I'm pretty sure they got a fantastic response and awaiting final results in reports but my doc did not see anything with what she took and for her to stop in to see me before her office this morning was funnier than our conversation I don't remember after surgery! It's official now we got the best possible results and tons of studies interested in data!!
I am very happy with all that and I cant argue with success even if the chemotherapy was extremly harsh on my mentally that I am still actively seeking ANY alternative to tamoxafin for future cancer needs of ANY kind.
I'm pooped but need to eat more before drifting off again so I will fill you in on the family and friends stuff later
just wanted you all to know everyone took great care of me just like we knew they would and I'm now safe with Mom and can't wait to get a look at what size I will be once the swelling goes down a bit more but the extra set of drains was a very smart move and it's not as bad as it looks because it releases the pressure evenly and it's more muscle ache sore in pecs on top than sharp pain on sides as long as I keep my arms down which is much harder than it sounds on morphine with hot flashes ick! Wish me luck and lots of uninterrupted sleep!,yay a dark room too woo hoo
6/25/2017, IDC, Both breasts, Stage IIIC, ER+, HER2-
7/14/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Doxil (doxorubicin), Methotrexate (Amethopterin, Mexate, Folex), Taxol (paclitaxel), Taxotere (docetaxel)
9/2/2017 AC + T (Taxol)
1/9/2018 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
1/9/2018 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement