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   Posted 1/5/2005 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your words of encouragement the other day when I was having a meltdown. I'm much better now. I finally have the date of my surgery. January 19 I will have a bilateral mast with lap dorsi flap and tissue expanders. I know I will be somewhat uncomfortable for a while but just having the "plan" gives me something to prepare for. They tell me this is an overnight stay. I have good feelings about that and bad. The good is I won't be away from my kids to long and the bad is I might not be away quite long enough lol. I don't mean that the way it sounds but I have a tendency to overdo and cater to those around me. Anyway thanks again and I will keep you posted.
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   Posted 1/5/2005 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Sherry, Just hang in there, you are so right! Having a plan puts you more in control and makes things easier to deal with. Take things one day at a time. After you have your surgery and are back on your feet, give me a shout and we can meet halfway for lunch or dinner. I would love to get together. Keep us posted and know that you are in my prayers.

Sara Dearing
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   Posted 1/5/2005 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Great Sherry that you have a plan now. Personally, I do not think 24 hours in a hospital is long enough. It is ridiculous today what they do sending people home way too fast; however, if the doctor decides you need more time he can request time from your insurance company. I never stayed the minimum amount of time. For my mastectomy, only one side, I was in the hospital four days. For my tram flap reconstruction I was there about four days again. My daughter had one mastectomy and reconstruction and she was in two days I believe. So don't be disappointed or feel something is wrong if they decide to keep you an extra day. The reconstruction surgery will need a good time of healing. You know you WILL need help with the house and your kids if they are small, don't you? At least until you are healed pretty well. Back in the old days, this would have been at least ten days in the hospital. I am from the old days. LOL. You will do fine. Should you need some encoouragement and want to hear from someone by phone, I will be glad to call you. I have the one rate telephone deal which I do not use often enough. Just send me an email with your number and I will be happy to check on you and report back to the board until you are on your feet once you have surgery. You can get my email by clicking on my name here on the post. Hugs and prayers all goes perfectly. Mary K.

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   Posted 1/5/2005 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad you have a plan, too.  I don't think overnight is enough either.  Especially after a surgery like that, I'd like to be nursed.  I'm glad you feel better, more in control.
I am with you in thoughts and prayers.
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius


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   Posted 1/5/2005 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   


It is always better to be at the point of having a plan.  24 hours is too short.  That is all I had also.  But I had people at home that made me rest and stay off my feet.  Thank goodness, because as soon as they all went back to work I got entirely too active.  You cannot trust me!!! LOL

I will have you in my prayers.  Let us know how you are doing as soon as you are up to it.

Love and hugs,



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 we hoped for,

but while we are here we might as

well dance.

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   Posted 1/6/2005 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   


I hope all goes well. I definitely have to agree with the ladies here. When I had lat flap surgery with expanders I was in the hospital for 4 days. I was 32 and otherwise healthy and it really threw me for a loop. I don't say this to scare you, I just think you should be realistic about the recovery time so you are not disappointed when it doesn't seem fast enough.

I hope all goes smoothly and you are back on your feet in no time.



Do not go gentle into that goodnight,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
~Dylan Thomas

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