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!