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chantry31
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   Posted 4/7/2006 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm a little sore, and tired, but all in all, everything went fairly well. Thank you all!!! There was such a mess in the OR that they had to get the snowblowers out to clean up all the feathers! I'll update a little more tomorrow...
You ladies are wonderful!!
 
Chantry
There are no wrong turnings, only paths we did not know we were meant to take - Guy Gavriel Kay


jaaustin
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   Posted 4/7/2006 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Chantry,
Glad you are home. Take good care of yourself. Sending wishes for a speedy recovery!
Hugs,
Julie


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

Post Edited (jaaustin) : 4/8/2006 10:02:10 AM (GMT-6)


Lmmackey
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   Posted 4/7/2006 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
HI CHANTRY!!!!

Glad to hear from you! You get some rest and write when you can, but it's so good to see you on the boards again! Fill us in later, eat well, and hang in there!

L&H,

Laure'
The finger of God touches your life when you make a friend.
----Mary Dawson Hughes---


lemonz
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   Posted 4/8/2006 2:23 AM (GMT -7)   
The PCE Brigade were glad we could help. I just loved all the outfits. What a wonderful group. I am glad we were able to make you smile. I mean what fun..........We get to be silly and you get a laugh. That is a win win situation. Pamper yourself you deserve it. Good to hear all went well. Hugs Joyce
How wonderful it would be to see Angels where there are only clouds. How sad it would be to see clouds where there are Angels.
 
 


Cathi
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   Posted 4/8/2006 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Chantry

I am so happy that all went well..It did get a little crowded in the OR, BUT Joyce kept nudging me, and Tavish (Lori's dog) kept barking at me, but besides that we all behaved.... :-)   

Please take care of yourself and get some rest..let them take care of you.

Love and Hugs

Cathi

 

 



Sometimes it is a slender thread, Sometimes a strong,
stout rope; She clings to one end, I the other;
She calls it friendship; I call it hope....


Brnadebt
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   Posted 4/8/2006 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Chantry

So glad that you are home and doing okay. Try to get lots of rest. Is your DH taking some time off? Hopefully you will have lots of help.

L&H
Bernadette
 
 


wackygal
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   Posted 4/8/2006 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Chantry-
good to hear it went smoothly.... rest and take it easy, and update us when you can.... hugs...stefanie
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 To do what I do"

                       To Do What I Do   -Alan Jackson, 2004


JUJU8872
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   Posted 4/8/2006 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Happy you are feeling better! Take care of yourself and depend on family to do for that little one. Before you know it, you'll be all better and she will be crawling in you lap and everything will be great again. Great going, girl.

Judy

chantry31
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   Posted 4/8/2006 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, the worst part of it all, is of course, the drains! I have one on each side, but fortunately, the lastest they will be in is Tues. Hopefully I will get them out before then. My DH took thurs, fri and will be taking Mon off as well. But I am able to pick up DD and I am getting around pretty well...so guess who is doing the laundry!?!?! I am taking it pretty easy though, and DMIL has been over quite a bit to help out as well.
The weirdest thing is that I really dont have any pain at all - just where the drains are. Because all the nerve endings have been cut, I dont have any sensation along the incision, and althought the chest is sore, its not as sore as I thought it would be.I havent even taken any tylenols! However, the profile is going to take a bit to get used to. I hate looking at myself in the mirror. I think I am doing much better physically than I am emotionally. I think this summer is going to be difficult in the self image department.

I told one of the nurses as I was going under to watch out for pink feathers...and she looked at me as if I was nuts... heehee

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


debbiR
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   Posted 4/9/2006 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Chantry: I am so glad that you are doing well. But, and there is always a "but", it sounds as though you might be overdoing it. Remember, even though you feel good, your body has been through quite an ordeal. You have stitches (prob internal as well as external). I was told by my surgeon after my mast, that I was NOT to lift anything heavier than a qt of milk for at least 3 weeks. Please let your dh or mil do the laundry and housework, etc. We all try to be superwoman but please allow yourself the luxury of being pampered and waited on. You will have lots of time to do the laundry, etc. Accept the help that is offered.
 
Also, allow yourself the time to grieve for what you have lost. Remember that there are wonderful swimsuits, etc that have built in prothestics. You really can't tell that they aren't the real thing.
 
Hugs...Deb
 


Lmmackey
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   Posted 4/9/2006 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Also, Chantry, the more you do the more the drains keep putting out fluid. Everything I have read, and also when I had my double mast, I could not have the drains out until the fluid dropped to a certain level. When that finally happened (one of 4 was borderline, but I insisted), I then had fluid build up and had to have it aspirated with a big needle. That didn't hurt, but the fluid building up was pretty uncomfortable. Your body takes about 2 weeks just to recover from anesthesia, and with the additional part of removing body parts, your lymph system and some veins have to rest and redirect themselves. They need you NOT to be doing laundry, nor picking up anything at all heavy. You can still hold your DD, but have someone else put her on your lap. Sorry to be so bossy - just that we're worried and we care about you!!!!

L&H,
Laure'
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----Mary Dawson Hughes---


chantry31
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   Posted 4/9/2006 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok,Ok...I'm taking it easy!!! I did feel pretty tired today, so I did take it easy. I had one drain taken out today (less than 30ml of fluid) and the other one will (fingers crossed) be taken out tomorrow hopefully. Thanks - I was wondering if something was wrong 'cause I was feeling so tired in the afternoon, but I seem to have more energy now. It does seem to come and go.
Every day does seem to get better.

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


Tavish
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   Posted 4/9/2006 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
So glad to see you home and spunky as ever! Take care to rest when you need to...and be a good patient, let the others spoil you a little! As for the body image concerns, take your time to get used to the new look. Remember, you are still YOU, and everyone loves you for who you are. In the mean time, we're here for ya....cry if you need to, and we'll be here...

L&H,
Lori


Lmmackey
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   Posted 4/10/2006 5:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Chantry, here's a good image for you LOL. I look like I'm 23 months pregnant, but when I had the bazooba boobas (truly huge), I couldn't see past them to my stomach and I was much more balanced, so to speak. Once they removed the bazooba boobas, WOA! One day in my pjs my 8 year old son told me I looked really pregnant. Just what I wanted to hear. So, hang in there, it can't be worse than my body image!

Laure'
The finger of God touches your life when you make a friend.
----Mary Dawson Hughes---


debbiR
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   Posted 4/10/2006 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   

Laure': rofl...my middle granddaughter told me that very same thing Friday night. Like you, just what I wanted to hear. Oh well, beats the alternative!

Chantry: One thing that I don't know if anyone has mentioned to you is this...the arm that they removed the lymph nodes you should:

...never let them take the blood pressure on that arm

...never get a shot or blood drawn (from finger or arm)

...wear gloves if you are doing yard work

...protect it agst the sun

...be careful shaving under that arm

Basically, protect it like you do your beautiful dd.

Hope that you had a good night and are feeling better. But take it easy!

Hugs...Deb

 


 


Brnadebt
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   Posted 4/10/2006 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Chantry

I just had to welcome you home one more time. I'm glad that you are feeling so good. The other ladies that have had the mast have said the same thing that it was not as bad as they thought. Iam still considering it, but would like to have the genetic test done first. Take lots of naps when you need them, curl up on the bed with your little cutie.

Deb
I was never told any of those things about my arm that had the nodes out of it. They thought at first that they had gotten 7 nodes but it turned out that only 3 were actual nodes. I have had no trouble with my arm at all. I have had blood drawn from that arm several times.

L&H
Bernadette
 
 


debbiR
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   Posted 4/10/2006 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Bernadette: That was one of the first things that my surgeon told me prior to the surgery. In fact, there was a sign above my bed that said "NO BP TAKEN FROM LEFT ARM". I don't know if because I had the mastectomy at the same time that makes a difference or not. My understanding is that anytime there are lymph nodes removed from under the arm, the lymph system is compromised and precautions have to be taken. Maybe someone else can add some info to this.
 
Deb
 


chantry31
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   Posted 4/10/2006 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Laure'!! Sometime this week I plan on going to the local Mastectomy boutique. Hopefully that will help. We went for a walk today and I had my jacket on, DH took his jacket off and looked at me and asked if I was getting hot. I told him "Ya - but I 'm not taking off my jacket!!" I need to get some b**bs - and fast!

Thanks Deb for the tips - I actually wrote on my arm in washable ink "NO IV/BP" before my operation, some of the nurses got quite a kick out of that.

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


Kattbird
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   Posted 4/11/2006 3:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm a little late, but welcome home. Take it easy and get rest.

Brnadebt
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   Posted 4/12/2006 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Chantry

How are you feeling now, is the pain underr control? I hope all is well and the healing goes fast. I'm feeling better today but yesterday was hard, I had alot of pain and did not really expect that.

Take care
Bernadette
 
 


Lmmackey
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   Posted 4/12/2006 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Also, Chantry, there are many good swimsuits online - just google for them. I've been virtual shopping myself! (I don't want to appear pushy, but if you want help with that, let me know. I'm a virtual librarian by profession and I work from home doing research in all kinds of disciplines).

Glad you're up to posting and I'm so glad you're doing okay!!!

Keep posting!!

L&H,
Laure'
The finger of God touches your life when you make a friend.
----Mary Dawson Hughes---


chantry31
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   Posted 4/12/2006 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Bernadette - the worst pain is where the drains were - that area is still very sore, and because I sleep on my sside for the most part, I've found that difficult. But the "sites" arent sore at all - they are actually very numb - it's a very odd feeling. My pectoral muscles are pretty sore too, but I've been stretching them, trying to get my mobility back. Otherwise, I'm now feeling pretty good. I didnt take one pain reliever throughout the whole thing!
I hope that you are feeling better, and I am praying that your news continues to be good.
With regards to getting genetically tested, has there been alot of cancer in your family??

Laure' - I could actually really use the help. I've only ever bought one thing online (using ebay), so I'm pretty much a virtual virgin. I;ll take a look now, and see how well I do. Thank-you for the offer! Your job sounds very interesting! (getting to research different areas - you get to learn, and get paid for it?? WOW!)

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 4/13/2006 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Chantry

To answer your question about cancer in my family, yes on both sides of the family. I lost one uncle to a heart attack but EVERY other person has died of cancer.

I can't believe how well you are doing and so little pain, that is great. You will be back to normal in no time. Just remember that you did have a major surgery and don't overdo it. I know that is easy to say and hard to do.

L&H
Bernadette
 
 


Lmmackey
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   Posted 4/13/2006 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Chantry,

Send me your email address and I'll give you a list of some of the shops I've visited and/or used.

Laure'

Lmmackey@aol.com
The finger of God touches your life when you make a friend.
----Mary Dawson Hughes---


babyseeester
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   Posted 4/14/2006 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Chantry,
 
Sorry this is late, but welcome home.  I'm glad it's been relatively easy for you.  I wish I had more time to stay caught up on here.  School is making me crazy, but next week is spring break.
 
Rest when your body tells you to.  Things can wait.  You need to concentrate on YOU!
L & H,
Kathy

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