Post-Op Bilateral Prophylactic Mastectomy

Yipieeeee for the most part

Today I had a followup appointment with the plastic surgeon and for the most part it was a great appointment.  Got 3 of 4 drains out and all of the sutures.  I am much more comfortable but annoyed at the same time.  My surgeon is going on vacation so the other drain has to wait a full week before it can come out due to scheduling. My husband has already taken two weeks off from work, I can’t drive so it is tough when they give you a choice of 2 appointments only. I guess these are the little things that I am not supposed to allow to affect me.

I am doing great physically…doctor says I am healing beautifully.  I am more comfortable since the doctors appointment.  Yet, my emotions are all over the place which is not at all like me!  I talked to the doc today about it…I think it is 2 parts anxiety over what I can not do and the burden I am to everyone (at least in my own mind) and  2 parts lack of sleep.  Anyone who has ever been in a hospital knows you do NOT sleep at all while there.  But I am home now and expected that by now I would be sleeping..yet I am not.  The doctor gave me a little something today so I have high hopes for a restful evening tonight!

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Post-Op Bilateral Prophylactic Mastectomy

Cranky

Not feeling as “up” at the moment.  The drains are really…really driving me crazy and I think my left boob is under my arm so between that and the drain still under there not too sure what to do with my damn arm.  I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow fingers are crossed that at least some of the blasted drains come out.

Frank has the kids at karate..kind of happy to be alone for an hour.  Just sitting here with my laptop and Madison’s Hello Kitty blanket on my lap.

One bright note of the day was some wonderful food dropped off by another beautiful friend.  Thank you Ryan the chicken was yummy!

Tomorrow will be a better day :-)!

Post-Op Bilateral Prophylactic Mastectomy

3am do you know where your BPM patient is?

SO I sit here in a nice quiet house.  Actually slept for about a 4 hour stretch. I woke up in some real discomfort but I think I can say not pain exactly.

Did I mention that Frank moved our guest bed downstairs to the family room for me so I did not have to climb stairs?  And my powder room is now filled with my necessities?  Very handy!  I am still getting used to getting into and out of a non hospital bed but at lease I can do it on my own!

I took the opportunity to empty my drains. Not too bad 17ml total in 12 hours.  My girls have been wonderful but I am still trying to keep some things completely from them.  The drains are really something.  A much-needed yet totally uncomfortable and honesty very disgusting need.  I have put together an outfit with and undershirt underneath one of Franks short sleeve button downs.  I can pin the drains to the undershirt with the girls not having a clue that they exist.

Guess I should wiggle my way back into my bed.  I am still doing the breathing exercises from the hospital.  Not sure if I am supposed to or not but figure they sure can’t hurt!  I will post some pics of my new family/bed/hospital room soon.

Today I get my first home health care nurse visit.