I'm happy to hear you are doing well after the surgery. You have half the battle won with your terrific attitude! Keep it up! How nice of your surgeon to decorate your breast in a lovely spring color for you! I'm sure that has to be annoying. I didn't have the sentinel so I don't know how long that will last for you, I'm sure it won't be too long though.
I didn't start my radiation until about 5 weeks after my surgery. But that may have to do with having the Oncotype DX test, we had to wait a total of over 2 weeks for approval and results for that. So I'm not sure if there is a "standard" time wait until radiation. I'm sure they will want you to have healed some first though.
As for going back to work I don't think I would have been anywhere near ready within a week, and probably not within 2 weeks either. But you should go by the way you feel physically not mentally. Follow your heart and pain scale. If you are still in a lot of pain, not resting well and need to rest a lot, don't go back. You can't undo it once you overdo it. It will take even longer to heal if you do too much too fast. So do only what you know you should. Take it easy and take the time you need.
I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. I'll keep her in my prayers.
Have to run to get the DD up for school. Take care and keep us posted as to how you are doing.
Love and hugs,
Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.
-Vesta M. Kelly