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Hi Jan! It is good to hear from you. I am so sorry that you had all of those problems. Sounds to me like your heart specialist and surgeon and the rest of your medical team weren't communicating w/ each other on your behalf. When I had my mastectomy, I was discharged before 24 hrs. We call if "drive thru surgery". There are bills in Washington D.C. to stop drs from discharging women in less than 24 hrs, but so far hasn't passed. grrrrrrrr Unfortunately, Mo is not as smart as Tex, when it comes to caring about women's health. I believe that I would have a "talk" w/ my surgeon and other medical team members and make sure that they don't let this happen to another woman they are caring for. As for the staples, that will be the easiest procedure yet. Nothing to it! Maybe a little pull or tug here or there but really a piece of cake.
Let us know how you did. Hope that your healing is going well.
Luci: I agree with you. Here is something that happened to a member of a diff bc bd that I hosted. She was in her late 20's. Had just had a bilateral mast and was on her way from the east coast to MD Anderson for reconstructive surgery. She still had the drains in. When she got to the airport, she informed the tkt agent of her surgery, showed letters from her surgeon as well as MD Anderson. This was suppose to help her get thru the checkpts and onto the plane easier. NOT! An agent at the checkpt kept questioning and doubting her story. She finally took her aside (not in a private area) and demanded to see for herself that my friend had had surgery. She was ordered to unbutton her blouse. This gal begged the agent to please read the letters and/or look at her scans. They refused. So, she had no option but to do as they said. She was humiliated, furious, ashamed, etc. The last that I heard the airline never did apologize. She had an attorney but wasn't sure that she had the strength to go thru a trial. Now, do you think that if it had been a man he would have had to go thru the same humilitation?