Monday, July 6, 2015
Surgery day is here and as you can see I'm all pumped up ready for surgery. Ready for my 'on-hold life' to get back on track and this all behind me.
My mom came with and of course my hubby. Had our dear friends (pastor and his wife) come up to see me and another dear friend whom I've known for about 21 years. I've had a lot of prayers on social media.......I am very blessed.
Surgery went just fine. The Lumpectomy (partial Mastectomy / breast conservation) & the Lymph Node removal (Axillary Lymph Node Dissection) went really good. The hospital staff were awesome!
Something that was a little different than the other surgeries (different hospitals) I've had was that they gave you the 'knock out' med in your IV before they wheeled me back to the OR. If the past, I have been wheeled into the OR first, then given the med. The med worked very fast and I was out before I even made it into the hallway to the OR. I like it that way. I didn't have a chance to get worked up. :)
Here I am back at home, same day. Surprisingly a little sore but very little pain. I was given some pain meds in my IV before I left the hospital and of course got the prescription pain med filled before coming home.
But one thing about me is that I HATE to take pain killers. I was in an auto accident about 5 years ago and was on a popular pain med for 2 weeks. I had extreme withdraw symptoms for 2 full days after cutting this med out. I had the jerking, restless legs and arms, shaking, etc. It was awful! So I don't take them unless I cannot bear the pain. So even after the IV pain meds wore off, I just had to use Ibuprofen (occasional Tylenol) for the pain just for a few days. AMEN! Also, ice packs are my friend.
The only main issue I have had since the surgery is constipation. I've tried all kinds of over the counter things, but I found that the combination of Mira-lax, suppositories, and then one Correctol (female laxative) before bed finally got my system moving 3 days after surgery.
I have 2 different incision sites. One where the doctor removed the cancerous tumor, the other where she removed the lymph nodes. Both are sore, but look very good! They are clean, healthy with mild bruising around the sites.
The hospital put me into a surgical bra to come home in. I left this on until I took a shower the 2'nd day home. I also removed the bandage the 2'nd day after surgery when I took a shower (doctors instructions). I have been wearing a stretchy bra called the 'genie bra'. The pads can be removed for a very comfortable, relaxed fit. For those that have to have this kind of surgery, this bra is very inexpensive at Dollar General. They also have one that is not named the genie bra, but it is the same bra.
So all in all the surgery went great. I should know by the end of this week what pathology found from the tissue taken at surgery. If more than 2 lymph nodes have cancer, then I'll have to have another surgery to remove the remaining lymph nodes, then have chemo. If less than 2 (a few) have cancer, then I'll just have to have chemo. and radiation. If NO cancer is found, then just radiation. No matter what the outcome is, I will be ready. God still has my back.