I'm very relieved that they have finally found something to give you relief even though you had to endure another surgery. Here's to hoping you just continue to get stronger and stronger from now on. Good luck!! YOU ARE AWESOME!
I have a couple of little "hard lumps" along my abdominal incision. My PS said that they were little sacs of fat that got trapped in the incision. Is that the same thing as a seroma? They don't really hurt, just feel weird. I'm now waiting for my appointment for my "fine tuning". She said that she will just make a little slice right at the lump and take them out. She didn't sound like it was going to be a problem so maybe that isn't the same. She is taking the skin for my areola from my hip. Is that the normal site? Does anyone know? I'm so glad that you are sounding better Bernadette! It will be fun to go shopping for clothes for your new body. Have you been losing weight because of the chemo? Or are you done with that? Radiation? I can't remember what your total course of treatment was. I have pretty much gained back all the weight I lost during treatment. I only wanted to gain back about half, so now I need to get serious about what I eat. My "super flat" tummy from right after the tram is getting just a touch poochy but still is alot better than it was. Anyway, I am thrilled that you are on the mend. Let me know what your next chapter in this ordeal is.
Wow, I'm glad that you feel good enough to go back to work! I hope it went well today. I also hope you don't have any more bumps in the road. I went back to work 1/2 days after 6 weeks because I was going crazy at home too. But I didn't have the infections and stuff that you've had to endure since your surgery. It does really help to be doing something "constructive", even if you only do "some" of your normal workload. I have a desk job so nothing strenuous at all. I did have insomnia for a while after surgery. I think it's because you are asleep SO long during the surgery. I would've thought the sleeping pills would've helped though. My abdomin has puffed out a tiny bit below the incision. Around the ribcage was kind of swollen for a while but seems to be down now. A person just doesn't know what to expect so you just have to go with the flow. I'm still really happy with how I look though. How about you?
My "fine tuning" surgery is tentatively set for June 8th. Wish me luck!
The "fine tuning" is the nipple reconstruction, taking out the tiny little lumps of scar tissue that developed along my abdomin incision (they don't hurt but they feel weird. There's 2 of them), and she may take out just a tiny bit of fat on the new booby. Also, my belly button kind of grew together more than it should've, so she will free that. Kathy, did you have your nipple done the same time as the tram? My PS said that she wanted the new breast to "settle down" before she did it so the symmetry was good. She will use the existing skin to make the "nub" and skin from my hip to make the areola. I don't know about tatooing. We'll see about that later. I'm feeling really good though. Just can't dance on the tables yet!
Oh, I forgot to tell Bernadette that I'm so sorry the seroma is coming back! I hope you don't have an ongoing problem with it like I do with the lymphedema! It sucks.