questions re; upcoming surgery

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Skky
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   Posted 3/30/2005 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi ladies-
This might be a silly question, but I was wondering if the dye for the sent. node biopsy is uncomfortable at all? I will be having a lumpectomy done this coming tuesday.What did everyone else do during thier down time? Im trying to think of some kind of a craft(beading-etc.)that I can do to keep busy.Am I crazy to think I will be able to do this considering they will be working on my right side?I'am forever doing something, and it will be hard for me if I dont find something to occupy my time. How long did it take the rest of you ladies to heal?Okay , sorry for so many questions.Hope everyone is enjoying the weather.It's beautiful, and 70 here in Michigan.
Michelle

Tavish
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   Posted 3/30/2005 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, Michelle, we got a great taste of Spring today, can you believe it?
Where are you having the surgery? From my experience, I had the lumpectomy on November 30, and then had a re-excision and SNB in mid January. The biopsy site was still tender, and I went to radiology first, for the radioactive tracer to be injected. Some places use both radioactive tracer and blue dye. The injections for the radio stuff hurt pretty badly, I remember being in tears. And he had to do like 5 of them. But it was over pretty quickly...then the doc used a massager thing to rub it in and move it through the lymph system. Then they took pictures which was very cool to watch.

After that, I went back to the OR waiting area, got prepped and went in for the re-excision and the SNB. The blue dye part was done by the surgeon and I was under anesthesia by then. I had a blue stain on my breast for a while, and your urine will be bright blue at first.

As for down time, not much! I had minimal pain unless I tried to stretch. My overall functioning was not really impaired, and I went to work after a couple days. Range of motion was limited, but I could type and take care of all my household chores (dishes were tough since it was hard to lift the arm).

If you have activities that require lifting or strenous movement, you may need some help. But my advice is to assume the best....don't assume you will be laid up or incapacitaed. Prepare for it, just in case, but plan on a quick recovery. Ask the RN about stretches to do after surgery, tht will aid in recovery too. I just read an article in U of M's newsletter about fatigue and cancer, and exercising is key. Keep moving and keep busy, it will help you in the long run,....and of course, we'll be here for you!
Lori


Skky
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   Posted 3/30/2005 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Lori-
Today was great, I spent the better part of the day outside with my son. He's 21 months so bringing him back in was not so great.I've been trying to walk him in the wagon everyday for exercise. I've heard it really helps with the healing.
I'm having my surgery at U of M. They use both dyes too. Im having the dye for the SNB put in the day before(mon.), and they wont be doing the scan until the next morning before my surgery.
My son weighs 31lbs. so I'll be staying with my mom for a few days. Do you think I'll be able to lift him in a week?
I' ve been much more positive this week. I can't say I was doing too well at first. This community board has been a lifesaver for me.
By the way, did you have chemo? If so, did you opt for wigs or hats?

Tavish
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   Posted 3/30/2005 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Michelle-
My procedure was at the U too. Interesting about how they are doing it differently now.... it was a new procedure back in 2000 when I did it. It is hard to say about lifting your son...it might depend on how you lift him. Your strength will be limited in the right side, but your left should be good as gold. The other thing I recall is that certain movements used muscles that you may not have realized...like sitting up from a lying down position hurt my breast after surgery.

I would bet that you will be pretty mobile and active after surgery, just might have limited use of the arm. For me, that meant driving and working (desk job) were fine. So glad you feel positive.....once you find that groove, try to hang onto it. A positive attitude will serve you well.
Lori


Lmmackey
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   Posted 3/31/2005 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Michelle,
I had the SNB & lumpectomy yesterday. they only used the radioactive tracer on me and injected 3 times around the nipple 2 hours prior to my surgery. Yes, it is quite painful, but childbirth was WAY worse! You'll be okay! They started at the less sensitive lower part of the nipple and that one didn't hurt. The 2nd one hurt more, the 3rd I did yell out a bit. The pain lasted for about 1 minute with each.

My surgery was started about 3-3:30pm and I came home last night. I'm sore today, but I haven't taken any pain meds yet, but I will be doing so soon. I think only for a day or two, though. I don't know about lifting your son. I've been instructed not to lift anything much for a week to 10 days. But, as a mom, I'm sure you can figure out a way to get your little guy to come to you and you pick him up with your good arm! Even if you have to sit first.

I wish you the best!!!!!!! Don't be shy in the hospital to ask for anything that you think will help you out. Nowadays, patient care is so much better and they want us to be comfortable. The female nurses were absolutely wonderful yesterday, probably each of them thinking about how this could be any one of them.

Take care and enjoy your good weather!
L&H
Laure'
The finger of God touches your life when you make a friend.
----Mary Dawson Hughes---


Cindy802
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   Posted 3/31/2005 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Skyy, the injection of the dye is painful. Just grit and hold your breath and you get through it. Once the injection is over, you don't feel anything. Don't be alarmed if your urine is blue, for a while. It is just the dye. 
 
I had my lumpectomy on a Friday, with node dissection, and was out and about, attending a basketball game, on Sunday. Mastectomy and recon took a lot more recovery time, but I was out shopping on day 10. Wishing you an easy and speedy recovery.



Breast cancer has become an epidemic. After all of the these years and billions of dollars donated for research...WHERE IS THE CURE???

emmeria
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   Posted 4/4/2005 2:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I had it done and it will curl your toes. It isn't the worst thing that could happen yet it does hurt. But it is a necessary procedure that will help you in the end. So be strong and fight on.

Jean in WA
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   Posted 4/4/2005 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Michelle,
I have read everyone's response to your question about whether it hurts to have the dye injected for the sentinal node location and felt I needed to tell you what happened with me. The nurse gave me something in my IV to help me relax before they injected the dye, and I don't remember anything else. I heard my husband's voice asking if I was OK, because they told him it would take about 20 minutes, and it took an hour and a half. Anyway, maybe you could ask for a sedative of some sort...aren't we all going through enough pain as it is??? (PS...I hope you get this in time.)
Jean In WA

Skky
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   Posted 4/4/2005 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for being honest ladies. I really did try to be strong, but that last poke made me moan out. I hope nobody heard me. I was lucky enough to have my husband with me, and I think that helps. Well, it's onto surgery tommorrow.Emmeria, aren't you also newly diagnosed? I hope all is well with you.
Michelle
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