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Aug 10, 2019 12:00AM
Aug 10, 2019 12:01AM
When I was considering DIEP the PS said it would be a minimum 4 night hospital stay. They monitor the flap closely for blood flow, etc. My insurance would originally only approve 1 night for my BMX with reconstruction, but approved additional nights as needed (I stayed 3 nights).
One of my coworkers had a preventative BMX with delayed reconstruction, and they sent her home the same day. That seems insane to me, I liked having nurses help me get my bearings and get my pain management under control.
On a side note, as expected, the Percocet has caused constipation. I've started taking colace and miralax. I hope it resolves soon. If there's no improvement, I'll add senocot and prunes. I've also now given myself my first lovenox injection. I never would have thought I could stick myself with a needle!
First Dx at 27 years old in 1999, 2nd Dx 2018, 3rd Dx 2019... Current Oncotype: 26
12/7/1999, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/14 nodes, ER+/PR+
12/22/1999 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary
1/31/2000 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
2/1/2000 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
8/24/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
9/5/2018 Lumpectomy: Left
9/7/2018, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1
5/31/2019, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
8/5/2019 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
9/4/2019 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)