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babyseeester
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   Posted 1/27/2006 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
For those of you who are interested and possibly considering this procedure, I will give you a blow-by-blow of my experience.
 
It's a week and a day since the tram flap and I'm feeling better every day.  I don't really look like I'm hunched over, but my back tells me I am.  I can't stand for very long and when I do, I need to have something to hold on to.
 
Of course, the first couple of days in the hospital were difficult.  Very painful getting out of bed.  I had a catheter in for the first day and didn't get out of bed.  The second day, after the cath was removed, I sat in a chair all day.  When my husband visited in the evening, I walked down the hallway.  That was tough!  The worst pain was gas pains and I couldn't get any relief.  Finally, Sat. nite into Sunday, I could pass some gas and feel better.  I didn't have a BM until I was home.  The surgeon let me take my own herbal remedy (it's the only thing that works for me).  I came home Sunday afternoon.
 
I was able to care for myself during the day, so my MIL didn't come over.  My DH helps me shower.  We have a shower chair from when my FIL was ill.  
 
The worst part now is dealing with the drains.  I have 3 - 1 in the breast and 2 in the abdomen.  I'll probably get the breast one out on Monday.  It's not draining much at all.  The abdomen ones finally started lessening yesterday, but they could stay in 2 weeks or more, according to my surgeon.  
 
I am taking Vicodin, but I think I'll start weaning off of it.  I'm also on an anti-biotic.  So far, no signs of infection.  
 
One thing I was very surprised about is the bruising, or lack of bruising.  I thought I would look like I got beaten up, but I don't.  I know I made the right decision to go ahead with this.  Originally, I was not even considering any kind of reconstruction.  Just goes to show, you never know for sure....... 
L & H,
Kathy


postal2
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   Posted 1/27/2006 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like you are doing great, Kathy. I am so happy about that! When do you see the Dr again? {{{{{gentle hugs}}}}}} to you!
Gail
  It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
 
Elisabeth Kubler Ross


chantry31
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   Posted 1/27/2006 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Kathy for the update. Once I find out what my genetics test says, I'll probably head down the mast with recon road, so any info you wish to share would be greatly appreciated. I'm glad that you are taking care of yourself, and that everything went well. Gentle Hugs to you!!

Chantry
There are no wrong turnings, only paths we did not know we were meant to take - Guy Gavriel Kay


Brnadebt
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   Posted 1/28/2006 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Kathy

so good to hear from you. Im glad each day is a little easier on you. It sounds painful but worth it. Im with Chantry on having this as an option if I do have a mast in the future. Wishing you a very speedy recovery.
Hugs:)
Bernadette


babyseeester
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   Posted 1/30/2006 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Gail,
 
I see the plastic surgeon today for my first follow up.  I'm sure I will get the breast drain removed.  It's hardly producing anything.  I can't wait for the other 2 to be removed.  I'll let you know what he says.
L & H,
Kathy


babyseeester
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   Posted 1/31/2006 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm so happy!  He removed 2 drains instead of 1.  Now just 1 to go.  Maybe by Friday. 
 
My surgeon said I'm doing very well and the breast tissue is still soft.  His nurse remarked at how well I was able to move around.  He said again that I'm the most informed patient he's ever had.  That's thanks to you ladies.  I want to know what they are doing to my body!
 
After the appt., I was able to go with DH to a couple of stores to shop a little.  I am hoping that by next week, I can start walking.
L & H,
Kathy

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