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Jun 18, 2018 06:58PM
Jun 18, 2018 07:06PM
I hesitate to post an update as I've had a very easy time. Lumpectomy and sentinel node done last Wednesday. 13th.
A comment regarding the sentinel node injection. It was a 5 second sting like a 🐝 and then done. I know others have said it was terrible. All I know is my experience.
After that I was off to get the wire inserted in the tumor (6mm) and that was a piece of cake as well. I suspect there are not a lot of nerve endings in breast tissue, at least not in mine!
I had local anesthetic with sedation. Woke up in OR and surgeon said the node looks good but no guarantees. Took a narcotic on arrival home and one when I went to bed. After that Motrin and nothing since Friday bedtime. No dressings, just steristrips.
I'm actually feeling like a bit of a fraud. Wasn't going to post but thought maybe an easier surgery should be recorded. I do realize that a lumpectomy is a very different thing from a mastectomy. I was offered that option but my surgeon recc lumpectomy with radiation and that's what I chose to do.
I did buy two front closing sports bras from Victoria's Secret, one larger than the other. Wore them until today. Last night slept without a bra for the first time. Felt so great! Today wearing a normal bra.
Right from the beginning I was more comfortable sleeping on the surgical side. The pressure seemed to help if that makes sense.
I have no exercises to do, but no activity restrictions either. Can reach without pain as I have done so without thinking! So unlike other surgeries I have had.
My follow up appt is June 29 to get the pathology and the referral to oncology. Fingers crossed for good reports.
Today is my birthday and I feel I got the best gift of all with an early diagnosis and so far a relativly easy treatment.
4/18/2018, ILC/IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
5/13/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel