May 12, 2020 02:51PM micdpowers wrote:
Thanks for everyone sharing their thoughts on surgery. Still so much to learn and absorb about all this. I've been told surgery 3-6 weeks after last chemo. My oncologist told me to meet with breast surgeon after #5 (next week) but breast surgeon said "no, get MRI after round #6, then meet with me". I am meeting with plastics surgeon same day as round #6. I'm looking at a BMX due to PALB2 mutation, and radiation due to "area of enhancement" of 5cm around my 2cm tumor (??????). I'm a D and would probably like to go down to a C at least. I hardly have any idea of what can happen in what order (reconstruction, radiation) or whether they are checking nodes, etc. during BMX.
Round #4 hit me way harder in terms of nauseous feeling, fatigue and lack of appetite and everything tasting/feeling so dry in my mouth and throat as to be inedible. I'm expecting it to be worse after #5. I've been trying to think of "wet" foods that I can eat after round #5. I'm thinking cottage cheese, sweetened yogurt. What foods are you all able to eat those worst days? I can only drink so much Ensure.
"Constipated diarrhea" is a perfect description for what I had this last time too - for the first time. Was like my body was contracting and cramping for 45 minutes, but produced nothing...
I feel so lazy and bored too. Every day I tell myself I'll do yoga or some simple workout.... but I don't. It's going to take a while to get strong again after all this laying around. Plus I imagine lots more laying around after surgery.