4 hours later, I heard, “Sarah, you’re all done.” I gradually woke up. I felt the pressure in my chest and it was very painful. The nurses hooked me up with some pain medicine. I was heavily medicated and woozy. I peeked through my gown and i remember saying "no more boobies" lol As soon as I felt awake they wheeled me out to my own private room that my Doctor booked just for me :) I smiled as I passed the nurses and receptionists. They wished me a speedy recovery.
That evening the surgeon came to see me in my room and seemed happy with the results. He informed me that the surgery went very well. I wasn't able to leave until my blood pressure was stable. I got discharged the next day. I got home and gave my sons hugs and kisses.
The 1st surgery was tough for me. The partial mastectomy and Having lymph nodes removed complicates the surgery and the recovery. I had trouble lifting my lymph node arm and had to work to get my range of motion back.
Second surgery was not that bad. I had a bilateral mastectomy (no reconstruction - yet). Being flat has its advantages and disadvantages. The surgery itselt was not too rough. I was pretty out of it the day of the surgery, but was ready to go home the next day. The biggest hassle post surgery was the 2 drains that need tending twice a day. Titus has been really great and drains them for me. We measure the contents of each drain and record the output. Once the fluid gets to a certain level, they can remove that drain. No showers until all the drains are gone – only sponge bathe. The drains are uncomfortable and I hope to get those out on my post op appt on April 25.
I have a home care nurse that comes to my house every 2 days to change the dressings.
The medication that I take keeps me tired, so I sleep most of the time. Overall, the surgical and recovery experience has been very good. My main focus is to just heal. It can only get better from here. Thanks for all the prayers and Thanks to all who came to visit me. That meant a lot to me! I hope to post more often : )