So after a weekend of taking it easy, this morning the girls and I headed out for a nice walk for me and bike ride for them. It is already pretty warm out but it really is a nice way to start the day when for the rest of it you are basically trapped. We came in, grabbed some nice cold water and I am sitting quietly. My abdomen does not really cause much discomfort anymore. The only problem there is the pure weakness which I realize will take time to rebuild.
The issue is with the boobs. I am still not allowed to wear a bra. I honestly don’t know if wearing one would even help…I would probably just complain about have to wear it all of the time. The odd shape and uneven size is a factor..I still feel like I am growing boobs under my arms especially on the left side. That one is still at least a full size if not larger than the other one. The right one though for some reason tends to ache more. Go figure. I still have some oxy’s left but don’t want to take them unless pain is really bad. On the other hand, Tylenol/Motrin are not always enough to deal with the pain/ache. I see the doctor tomorrow. I want to ask if there is something else he can give me that is not as strong as the oxy but has more kick than the Motrin. Funny I feel strange asking for more pain meds but I guess that shows that I am not some pill head…if I were guess I would not care about asking.
So the bike shorts I had been wearing have all gotten too loose..which is pretty cool to be honest. I bought an actual abdominal wrap to keep as tight as possible. My girls are great because the both grab an end and help me get it on even and tight. They really have been wonderful helpers!
It is strange to think about, 4 weeks ago today I was still in surgery with my bilateral prophylactic mastectomy. I would emerge in terrible pain I remember complaining about my shoulder the most. From what I understand, I was on the table for a bit over 12 hours with my arms straight over my head…in my own head I figure I was kind of supermanish. Drains seeming like they were everywhere. Monitors that would not stop beeping…oxygyn continually because I seemed to forget to breath from time to time with all the pain meds. The joys of being surrounded by nurses 1-2 times a day for my “shift and raise” that was always a good time.
To be where I am now just 4 weeks later is an amazing testament to modern medicine.
I have my fingers crossed for my appointment tomorrow. I so hope that we get the date scheduled for the final phase of this process. Please please!!!!!
5 thoughts on “The 4 weeks post BPM”
Sending good vibes your way. I had to ask for additional meds. TWICE! Part of my problem was not getting clear instructions on ibuprofen dosages. Once I upped the ibuprofen I found it easy to get off the narcotics. There’s every reason to get good pain relief – you can’t heal if you are in pain.
Oh wow! 4 weeks is awesome! I tell you, you detailing the hospital machines beeping, etc. IS SO REAL! I hear you! Continue to heal well.
I remember getting off the Norco was very difficult and I went to the Tylenol\Advil route then got awful heartburn! I thought I was having a heart attack. 😦 Thankfully that time period passed quickky .
Hey Neighbor!! Just got caught up on how your doing. It sounds like your definitely on the mend. :). Sorry to hear about your upcoming surgery in August. 😦 Stay strong and positive!! See you at the bus stop soon. Let me know if you need help getting the girls ready for this school year. Jill
Thank you Jill! I knew there would be a second procedure all along it has just grown in size. Almost there. I am hoping to be finished and ready for the bus stop but that will all depend on when they schedule me for…cross your fingers! I will keep everyone posted. Thanks for checking in!