So on July 2 I need to arrive at Cooper University Hospital by 5am for a scheduled 7 am surgery. The Bilateral Prophylactic Mastectomy and DIEP Flap Reconstruction is said to last between 10-14 hours. I am told I will possibly then spend a few days in ICU followed by a few more in normal recovery. Dr. Umur Atabek is the surgeon performing the actual mastectomy.He is same surgeon who has performed each of the biopsy surgeries dating back to 1994. The reconstruction will be performed by Dr. Yuan Y. Liu and assisted by Dr. Joseph Tamburrino.
I guess I should be jotting down some questions about what after looks like. Rehab? How long before I can drive…sounds funny I am about to remove a large (and they are rather large) part of my body and all I can think about is when I can drive. I am not a patient person. I do not like to ask for help. The recovery could be an interesting time for me. Guess we will take it day by day like everything else.
Today I am grateful for:
- Madison’s stomach ache this morning being nothing more than I minor belly ache
- 4 ducks who landed in our pool last night (it was a sight to be seen!)
- Hearing I love you Mommy from both as I put them to bed