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Oct 7, 2012 06:24PM
doxielover - I had my BMX on Decemer 5, 2011. I checked into the hospital at 8, and at 9 was down in Radiology getting my radioactive isotope injection for my SNB. (This is not the same thing as the "blue dye" injection.) The SNB would be done through my MX incisions during the mastectomy.
I remember reading all the horror stories here on BCO, but I also had to remember to keep things in perspective.
A few years ago, I let my podiatrist give me a cortisone shot in the bottom of my heel. On a pain scale of 1 - 10, it was a 100. Seriously. So that became my "worst ever", and no other shot ever came close.
So we joked about that in Radiology, and I swear, both the Radiologist and the Technician were trying SO hard to make me comfortable. "Just do it!" I said. No pain meds, no numbing cream.
It did sting. But that's all. He must have injected a few areas, because it did take a few seconds. But I think I've had bee stings that were worse. And when it was over, it was over.
Then they sent me up to Pre-Op, with the instructions to keep massaging the breast, as this would help the radioactive material move along into the lymph nodes.
So there I was, sitting in my bed in Pre-Op, happily massaging my left breast, when I looked up and realized my all my curtains were pulled back. Everyone could look in and see me rubbing away. I could only hope that they thought that breast massage was some sort of self-calming technique!!!
Wishing you the best with your surgery!!!
9/15/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
12/4/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
8/21/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)