22-11-2016 09:48 PM
22-11-2016 07:18 PM
22-11-2016 05:03 PM
Hi there, I think each hospital differs slightly, but I wore an abdominal elasticated band thing for the first 4 weeks, which the hospital provided. And now I am in control pants, the nurse said they shouldn't be too tight but enough to support.
i bought the recommended cotton bra which was hideous and not supportive enough for me. I had bought a front zip opening sports bra from Marks and Spencer and that has been marvellous. It is in their post surgery range. And I have also bought another M&S one, in the sumptuously soft range, also front zip opening and a sports bra. I think if your boobs are going to be fairly full it is good to have full cup coverage. Front opening s very useful for immediately post op as the doctors and nurses keep wanting to have a look to check and you won't be very mobile.
22-11-2016 04:49 PM
Hi, I did a 'sort of' blog when I had my DIEP surgery back in 2013 - a lot of it covering the Bridget Jones knickers I had to wear.
You are more than welcome to a copy if you want to pm me your email address
22-11-2016 04:33 PM
12-11-2016 10:47 PM
Hi Rosie14. Thank you for the information - so useful. I have got hold of a neck pillow today! Sorry to hear your implants failed. That sounds uncomfortable! Good luck on 30th, My surgery is on 7th Dec.
Best of luck!
12-11-2016 07:42 AM - edited 12-11-2016 07:44 AM
Hi honeybunch you have come to the right place to let off steam! This forum is a life saver! Here you will meet ladies experiencing the same thoughts and feelings as you. I have been a member of the forum since Feb 14 and linked up with the ladies in the April 14 chemo thread. Five of us still communicate through the forum and have met up twice! We now share much more than just cancer.
I am afraid you will have to sleep on your back for a while you won't be wanting to sleep on the side you have had surgery!🙀 I put a pillow in the middle of the bed to ensure my husband didn't roll into me! I think I left it for about 6 weeks. When I felt brave enough to try sleeping on a side - I had db mx- I used a beanie neck cushion, the sort you use for the plane and I found I could gently ease off my back. I kept this for several months and had to keep swapping sides ever time I turned! As you are not having reconstruction you will feel comfortable much more quickly! Initially I had tissue expanders and they had ports for inserting saline that felt like a large stone on each side!🙀
What is the date of you surgery?
I am having a DIEP on 30/11 as the implants failed!
Good luck and stay positive!
12-11-2016 07:21 AM
Hi Honeybunch, I love your your positive attitude and notebooks! I didn't go home with drains but had 4 in hospital and had them all dangling out one side of me in a pillow case so I am sure you could do the same at home. The physio or nurse will advise you about which side you can sleep on and whether you have to be propped up with pillows or not. I have had to swap sides with my partner temporarily- the upside is my snoring is better since I am sleeping propped up! But my surgery was more extensive than yours due to the reconstruction so you may be ok doing what you do now.
Good luck and take care!
12-11-2016 12:00 AM
This is my first time on the forum and I've been reading all the helpful hints - they are great! I'm trying to get my head round being lopsided. I am having a matstectomy. My surgery will be in 3 weeks. No reconstruction. I like to feel in control of my own life and your tips are helping me to feel I know a bit more about what is happening. Thank you!
I have a beautiful little notebook for my questions and things I want to raise with the doctors and jot things down as I think of them. I have another splendid notebook where I can dump my negative thoughts using brightly coloured gel pens - I decided I didn't want to overburden family or friends and make them feel down too as it helps me if they are positive. So writing down my feelings means I can park them and get on with life.
I have been told I will only stay in hospital one night and will be sent home with the drains in. Can anyone tell me about sleeping arrangments while the drains are in? I usually share a bed with my husband and tend to sleep on the side where the surgery will be.
I love the virtual hugs!!
19-10-2016 09:17 PM
19-10-2016 07:35 PM
Hi angeljo, I've just had the tummy fat flap for an immediate reconstruction- -I had a right mastectomy in the same op. That was 11th October and I came home on Monday 17th October, is there anything you want to know? Nicola x
19-10-2016 07:42 AM
29-09-2016 09:38 AM
Hi all, I had my MX 4 weeks ago today and I read everthing I could about what to take to hospital, my top 3 tips are 1) Buy two of these pillows take one with you, still using mine now so much comfort and support www.facebook.com/Jensfriendsmastectomypillow/, 2) If you are likely to have drains get one of these and afterwards so useful for carrying things upstairs at night http://www.draindollies.co.uk/, 3) organise a Go To bag all you need is a medium makeup or toiletry bag put money,phone,ipod,friut sweets,lipbalm,drain dolly bag and any other comfort item you want, then when you are on the ward you will have all you first need to hand in one place, hope this helps. Hugs Mary xx
23-08-2016 08:08 AM
Are you having a reconstruction? Reading the trail, I think the tummy thing they're talking about is only if you're having a DIEP form of reconstruction, which is using tummy fat etc to fill out the breast area. If you're only having the mastectomy then it wouldn't affect your tummy.
I know it's scary, but I promise you it does get better. It's now 9 weeks since my mastectomy and reconstruction (I had a DP flap, taken from my back), and honestly it hasn't been anything like as bad as I feared. Take whatever pain relief they offer if you need to (I found it wasn't really painful, just stiff and tight) and - importantly -be kind to yourself.
Hope all goes well for you. Sending you love.xx
23-08-2016 03:01 AM
What is the tummy thing you are talking about...I have not heard anything about that...I am due to have a single mastectomy in two weeks...I am so scared...I have been diagnosed with first stage cancer.