Going into hospital on Monday to have a few checks and injection ready for sentinel node biopsy as part of the operation on Tuesday. I can go home for Monday night and back in at 7.30 on Tuesday xx
Sending all you ladies best wishes for your ops - before you know it you will be waking up, all done.
I found a grabber stick really useful once I was home to save me bending down to pick up small things.
Results take about two weeks - remember to ask for a paper copy, you are entitled to that - and then you can re-read it at home. Mine was high grade DCIS only.
I am waiting for my first post-op mammogram results, Thursday's the day .....
I'm the same, trying not to think about it but the moment i finish a task there it is.
Are your having nodes checked too??
Please log in again when you can and let me know how you're doing.
Thanks for some really useful information. I am having a mastectomy and immediate reconstruction on my left breast and hopefully a reduction on my right breast on Tuesday 30 th. Feeling a bit anxious at the moment, just want to get it over with. Xx
Thank you cookiefairy.
I was wondering about bras sizes so this is good to know and have to admit hadn't thought about hair washing. Love your comment about the blanket, i just started a shawl.
I had a masectomy and instant silicon reconstruction April 2017. I had an overnight stay in hospital then home with a drain for 2 weeks. A few handy hints:
I am almost 9 months post op now and more or less back to normal - hung curtains for my mum yesterday!!
I do hope that I haven't worried you - I am sure that you will be fine, the medical staff and volunteers at my breast unit are amazing as they are countrywide.
Sorry about the overload of info - it is often the silly things we worry about, but just yell, we have all been there
Thanks for the reassurance Ezzie.
I've been offered reconstruction using my abdominals long term. I'd like to hear how you recovery goes. i will PM you when i figure out how to do it. LOL
Yes, you have found the right place and I am sorry you have to be here but you will get lots of support.
You won’t be the first (or the last) to have a meltdown at the 11th hour. My emotions have been all over the place at times. It helped for me to deal with the process in chunks. I had a skin sparing mastectomy for DCIS with delayed permanent reconstruction, so like you will be having, I had an expander inserted. It was really good to wake up post op and see I still had two boobs. Dressed, nobody would have known the difference and that is what counted most to me. I still looked ‘normal’ and moreover, I had got rid of the not so little blighter. This last point was a real positive for me and a way of moving forward. Thirteen weeks ago, I had my reconstruction using a tummy flap. My boob still looks like ‘my’ boob, it’s just the stuffing inside that has changed.
I appreciate we are all different and cope with things with varying degrees of robustness. Keep posting (PM me if you like) and remember, you can always ask for counselling.
Sending lots of virtual hugs your way.
Looks like i'm in the right place. Diagnosed with low to med DCIS and booked in for MX in 17 Jan with delayed reconstruction, my choice. On the day i fell apart. Cried most of the way to the hospital and my MDT i had changed my mind. i had a sentinel node biopsy instead.
i didn't expect the rush of emotions on the day and i just couldn't face it. I have big breasts and the though of only having one was too much for me.
I'm booked in for my MX with immediate reconstruction (expander) on 29 Jan.
i am finding it difficult
Sorry that you find yourself here, but welcome to the site. Not sure whether it will help but I had a mastectomy on my right breast without reconstruction on the 30th November, and have posted about what to expect on the day of your op and what I did for my recovery under:
I am recently diagnosed/Diagnosed with breast cancer/New to this.
Good luck for your operation.
I’m having a mastectomy and immediate reconstruction on January 30th. Also, hopefully a reduction on my right breast. The waiting is a hard thing. I’ll let you know how I get on. Going in on Monday 29th to have amongst other things a nuclear injection but I can go home afterwards and go in at 7.30 on Tuesday. Xx
Sorry to hear that you are joining the DCIS club. I am a fully paid up member of that club too!
I had a mastectomy last May followed by delayed reconstruction with an abdominal flap in
October. I couldn’t have immediate reconstruction due to another minor health matter at the time of my initial op. I just have symmetry surgery to go for now. My mastectomy was my choice having initially been offered a lumpectomy. My treatment has been surgical only.
You don’t say what you are doing after the mastectomy. Are you having recon? My initial advice is to get a bag to keep your drain in. Some hospitals give them out, if yours doesn’t, Google ‘Draindollies’ for ideas. If you can shower post op put your drain in a carrier bag and hang it off the mixer valve. Find a small soft cushion for placing under your arm as it can be comfier like that and finally, try and do your arm exercises as soon as possible post op. I am sure there must be other practical tips but it all seems like a distant memory now!
Other pearls of wisdom? Be kind to yourself and post here in times of need as there are always very kind people who will respond and support, even if their diagnoses are not the same.