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May 1, 2021 01:20PM
I am scheduled May 11th for a nipple and skin sparing DMX. The intent is to place implants for now but I am so small that I may end up needing TEs. They won't know until they get in there. I may look into other reconstruction later but since this has dragged on so long, right now I am so mad at these boobs and I need to get rid of them ASAP and this seemed the fastest way to get things done.
I didn't need chemo as my Oncotype was low and I had already been taking Arimidex for a month before my lumpectomy (for DCIS in the other breast) and it showed that between the biopsy and the lumpectomy, the Arimidex decreased the Ki-67 significantly. I did have one sentinel node positive so to avoid radiation, I will have more nodes removed. Based on only one positive node and the MRI not showing any more positive nodes, the BS thinks she can still do some sampling instead of a complete dissection.
My understanding is that I will be in the hospital over night.
Thank goodness all you wonderful helpful people are here because I don't feel like my team has prepared me properly for afterwards.
If there are any DMX with implants or TE veterans out there I am curious as to what the typical hospital stay is and also, what are you actually able to do and/or not do the next day. Pee by yourself? Climb stairs? Walk? Dress yourself? What did they give you for pain meds at home? I have no idea what to expect even after reading as much as I can.
Hugs and strength to everyone going through surgery this month.
11/4/2020, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+
11/17/2020 Lumpectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
1/29/2021, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
2/5/2021 Arimidex (anastrozole)