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May 12, 2021 03:15PM
I am now on the other side. Phew!
It was pretty painful just out of surgery but the additional meds helped.
I had two catheters placed in my back for a spinal block. (this is not an epidural and is a fairly new way to provide pain relief). These come with two bags attached to them!! Bigger than the drains. So now I have three drains and two bags of anesthetic to carry around. Ugh! Thankfully the anesthetic comes out after three days but I'm sure there will be pain afterwards. It is very weird right now to touch my chest and it being completely numb. Another way I figured out to carry all this stuff is just turn your bathrobe or sweatshirt inside out instead of cutting them to reach the pockets from the inside.
The nurses were impressed that I could just sit up in bed without using my arms. I must have a good core. I guess all that yoga paid off.
I can use my arms for some things but not others which surprised me. I couldn't even open the pill bottle!
I only have a very thin bandeau going across my chest that my pumps are pinned to, and two pieces of a big gauze thing over each breast.
I asked the nurse to put in and take out the urinary catheter when I was out and she obliged. I hate those things!
I am having a lot of trouble with my throat. It's very sore and I sound very gravelly. I'm assuming this is from having a tube in there for 4 1/2 hours. Oh and the muck mouth! Definitely bring mints with you! Toothpaste seemed to make it worse.
historygeek what do you mean the pathology was clear? Did the biopsy get the whole tumor?
Best wishes everyone!
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