Sure am glad that they finally have you scheduled for your surgeries Bernadette. It is a really scary thing to think about but once it is behind you, you will be glad. I don't know about going back to work between the two either, but it would depend on the type of job you have. Just don't rush it as your body will certainly let you know if you are "misbehaving". You guys are all so sweet to have worried about me. Sorry that I didn't post to you right away. Everything went great for me. I hope you have great success with yours too.
I hope your surgery went well and you are feeling okay. My thoughts are there with you. It is a hard road but you will do great. It is just a big relief to have that nasty cancer out of your body. Don't push yourself one little bit. Take it easy and heal.
I'm doing great. Thanks for asking and caring! I am going back to work on Monday. Just under 6 weeks out. Only 1/2 days for now but I am feeling really good. I can certainly feel it when I do more than I should but realize it right away so that it doesn't get too bad. I have had lots less pain than I was expecting so feel very lucky. Good luck with the next phase of your journey!! What were the incisions in your pelvic area for? I didn't have any with my mast. Just two drains under the armpit area in the chest. There were three with the tram...two in the abdomen and one in the breast area.
Yes, it was truely easier than I thought although by no means "easy". I was just expecting so much more pain and trouble getting up and walking around. The doc said that she was surprised at how well I was doing though, so I might not be the norm. The drains are a pain and kind of gross but maybe having to deal with them keeps the mind off all the other pains.VIEW IMAGE I hadn't heard of the delay procedure with the blood vessels, but in my case, I wasn't getting any reconstruction for a long time (if at all), so they probably didn't have to think about that. Makes sense though. The blood supply is a very important part of the success of the tram. I had some trouble with infection a few months after my mast which was took more out of me than the actual mast surgery. I know what you mean about being an active person and having to stay "down". It's been really hard for me to do that too but your body sure lets you know when you've done too much. That's why I want to get back to my desk job....otherwise I will break down and try to do some yard work. The weather has been so nice here and I am just itching to get to it. I'm going to have to hire someone to do some of it for me this year. Just remember that the tram is a very long surgery so the affects from the anesthesia are a little weird. Just make sure to do the little breathing exerciser thingie that they bring you after the surgery to get your lungs cleared out. You will have to stay in a inclined position for quite a while but it's not too bad. I had to get used to sleeping on my back cuz I am usually a side sleeper. Just use lots of pillows or a wedge when you get home. I found it much easier to get up out of my own bed than the hospital bed too so don't be afraid if you have a little trouble getting out of that at first. Once you are up, it's pretty nice. Well, I have babbled on long enough. Let us know when your surgery is for sure so that we can be thinking and praying for you. Where do you live? Just curious. I live in Idaho.
I live in Boise. Did you go back to work? How is that going?