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Jul 11, 2018 11:12PM
Weird experience at hospital today. I arrived at 6:00 a.m. as instructed and promptly was escorted to a room. Shortly after, someone showed up to get the co-payment. Then after an HOUR, an NA came to take my vitals. Finally about 8:15, my BS showed up. I asked her what and when things would happen, and explained that no nurse had shown up. She said, "Well, that's not right!" and went scurrying off. She returned in a few minutes and started explaining things and answering questions. It had been a month since the office visit with her, so I needed it all gone over again. She said she'd probably be doing two incisions after all, but would decide for sure after seeing inside. And I'd go to nuclear medicine for the dye shots, but she'd have the wires inserted after I was conked out. The nurse finally came while this was going on, so I was listening and asking questions and getting the IV all at the same time. Wait wait wait scurry scurry scurry.
Hurt like hell when I woke up in recovery, got pain stuff through IV, then slept another hour and woke up feeling tolerable. Finally back to room about 12:45. When it was time to go, afternoon nurse sent Hubby to get car and said she'd take me to main entrance in a few minutes. She left and disappeared for quite a while, then FINALLY came back and wheeled me to lobby, where we found Hubby wandering around, anxiously looking for me. They must be seriously short staffed. At least everyone was nice when they finally showed up.
BS told Hubby everything looks good at this point. At-home instructions are light food today, then whatever I want. Return to regular activity when I feel ready (!). Can shower anytime since outer skin is glued. Wear world's ugliest support bra 48 hours. No instructions for exercises or lifting or movement restrictions. Odd.
Nipple is hurting, I guess from nuke med shots. Too chicken to look at anything else yet.
At least this part is done.
Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Cancer's a bitch, but I'm a bigger one with more practice.
5/2018, ILC/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
7/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
10/28/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes