Monday, February 22, 2010
OMG that HURTS!
Sorry for the silence lately, but I've been a bit busy having surgery & stuff. I had my bilateral mastectomy w/ reconstruction using expanders done Friday. The surgery was about 9 hours long. The breast surgeon located my sentinel lymph nodes and dissected 3 of them - all were negative preliminarily for cancer. The plastic surgeon placed expanders under my pectoral muscles and inflated them w/ about 300 ccs of saline. Then they stitched me up & woke me up. It wasn't a great experience. The doctors were great though. There just isn't any way to prepare yourself for this kind of experience. I knew it was going to be utterly painful, but the realization of the pain was MUCH worse than I anticipated. I think I look horrible, but Andrew says its not that bad. The breast surgeon did a slit under my arms - that's the only scar I'll have eventually. I even got to keep my nipples! Right now w/ the swelling & stuff its pretty horrid in my opinion. However, the worst part is the itching right now... Pain meds & antibiotics plus all the tape they put on me makes me ITCH! I can't reach most of the spots - so its frustrating too. The pain can be controlled by the meds, so its not too bad.