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Oct 18, 2020 04:51AM
Scaredbutstrong, I am wishing you all the best!
My surgery was seven months ago (single mastectomy with five lymph nodes removed) and the one thing I beg you to do is ask your Anesthesiologist about doing a nerve block, and light anesthesia!
Mine did that for me - he had to explain to my surgeon what he wanted to do, and now my surgeon says he will do this each time he can.
I woke up clear headed and not in much pain, and went home that day. That was a Friday, and I really didn't feel much pain until Sunday. I even ran over to my neighbor's house on Saturday to show her how well I was doing!
It made Such a difference! I felt strong enough to handle the pain as it started slowly coming on.
The drains are a drag and know that once they are out you will feel much better.
Ask your doctor for an rX for Gabapentin. It was the only thing that helped me sleep after the block wore off. The pain from the incision, and also the burning pain on my arm because of the lymph nodes being removed. That burning was almost as bad as the incision. Gaba does not make you loopy or drug out.
I live with my husband and the only help I needed was for him to walk the dogs for about four days. Then I walked with him, holding only one dog. It was nice having him bring me things the first four or five days, so I would not have to get up and down.
But once the (two) drains were out, Katy bar the door! I felt 100% better having them removed. You will, too.
I could have driven sooner than I did, but I have a stick shift car, so had to be sure I was strong enough, strength-wise.
I am a hermit, too, and think you will not have to be gone from you own home too long. If you get the block, I'd guess a week or so. You will feel better once in your own home, as you will be more comfortable.
Before surgery I bought a bunch of large button-up shirts. One had pockets on it, and I would tuck the drain bags into them if I had to go for an office visit. The tube went between the buttons, so no one really saw anything.
If I think of anything else, I will add it later. Sending you peace and love.
1/12/2020, IDC: Mucinous, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, ER+/PR+, HER2-