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Dec 25, 2008 08:31AM
Dec 25, 2008 08:32AM
Not to worry! I have a home nurse every two days and she has been checking my under arm swelling too. I can't put my arm any where near to being down, but the nurse says the swelling is fine and no where near anything to be alarmed about. I am worse on my node side as well, the sutures go around much further. That side still has it's drain in as well and I don't think I'll be getting it out tomorrow as I drained 75 cc's overnight....sigh.
I tried to do more at the beginning and had to take pain meds. Then I did absolutely NOTHING yesterday and I was fine! Even had that large drain going on. So I am trying not to be the perfect patient. Why do we do that?
As for being fit, I am alarmed by what I read above. I never even exercise and have recovered amazingly well and even went out shopping a week from surgery, still with my drains in. I had thought that if I had been in better shape I would feel better. Is this your first experience at surgery for those of you who think you're not doing well? I have had quite a few surgeries and found my hysterectomy the most painful one to recover from. I hope you all feel better and know that of course, it only gets better.
I am not celebrating Christmas until New Years so that took some pressure off as there is no way I could have wanted anyone around. I still have my great sense of humour, which I think has been my saving grace, but some days, especially when ITCHY or in pain, I get kind of cranky.
I know you know what I mean!
12/10/2008, IDC: Papillary, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
12/15/2008 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
2/4/2016, IDC: Papillary, Left, Stage IV, ER+/PR+, HER2-
2/10/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole)
2/16/2016 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall