The dr. visits are all over....

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   Posted 11/10/2005 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
We got back from NY last evening.  DH and I made the rounds of the drs. we needed to see.  Almost all of the news is good, but even the not so good isn't all that bad.
Cardiologist says I'm doing well, EKG, BP, etc. all normal.  I asked if I could stop taking the medication.  His response was, "you can do whatever you'd like, but I'm not recommending it."  So I'm continuing the meds.
Onc. said my CA 27-29 was 28.  Yippee, I was so glad to hear that number.  All the bloodwork was good.  He said he'll see me in 6 mos.  That was nice to hear.
Plastic Surgeon who did my reconstruction:  I had free tramflap after my second mastectomy.  I have a piece of mesh (MK, don't start getting all anxious now) in my abdomen to support the remaining muscles.  Well, it seems that pesky mesh keeps poking me and it hurts big time.  The dr. thinks the fascia may be torn or that the mesh needs trimming and the surgical knots redone.  Doesn't this sound grand??  The thing is that the pain comes out of nowhere.  I could be standing up doing nothing and suddenly this burning starts on that lower right side. 
Lots of you know my position on add'l pain following BC - there shouldn't be any.  This tear thing has to be repaired because I can't seem to prepare (you know, it hurts when I bend a certain way, so I won't do that), but the pain comes when I least expect it, in the middle of the night it wakes me up because I turned onto my right side.
I didn't want to come back to NY for the repair, so I'm going to go to a plastic surgeon here for a consultation on the 23rd of this month.  I've got copies of the dr's original surgical notes and report so I'll bring them with me.  That ought to help a lot.  Hopefully, this will be an out patient procedure.  I know I've said I can't stand the drs. here in LV, but I did get his name from another plastic surgeon who doesn't do the tramflap procedure, but recommended this one.  Also, DD called the dr. referral line at the hospital where she works and his name was on top of the 3 they gave her.  I checked out his website and his credentials.  So we'll see if we "mesh" (pardon the pun) and hopefully I'll put this behind me.
As DH said when we were leaving the NY plastic surgeon's office.  "Ah, BC," he said, "the gift that keeps on giving."  Hmmm, maybe he actually does listen when I speak, LOL!
I just keep saying this too shall pass.  It's another step on the journey.  I can't expect things to always be smooth.
More later....hugs from here, Luci
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.  Albert Camus

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   Posted 11/10/2005 11:52 PM (GMT -7)   
If anyone can sympathize with you, it will be MK. Her problems were the result of contaminated sutures and, here you go developing the same problem from a different cause. I could say that we've seen everything out here, but that would be a lie.

Your husband is so right, it just keeps giving and giving. Hopefully, you will be fixed right up and have no more problems with the mesh.

I'm sending warm hugs and chocolate.

Love, Jo-Ann

PS - What about hubbie's appointments?
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   Posted 11/11/2005 4:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Well Jo-Ann covered my post. I am sorry you are getting yet another gift from this. I also noticed you did not say anything about DH. Hope all is well. Love and hugs, Joyce
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   Posted 11/11/2005 4:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Luci, sorry you need to have this added procedure. Good luck and let us know when you go, we will pink ribbon up and meet ya there.
Conograts on all the other good results.

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   Posted 11/11/2005 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry you have to have another procedure, but glad to hear you found a good surgeon. Im finding it so true that BC is the gift that keeps on giving.I have decided its not for the sissy's-LOL. Praying all goes well for you.
"There are two ways to live your life. One is though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."     -Albert Einstein

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   Posted 11/11/2005 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad you are done with the scheduled appts., but sorry about the complication.  I'm considering a Tram Flap now and have heard about this mesh thing.  I need to ask my surgeon if he will use that.  It sounds like I don't want it.  Keep us posted on what happens.
L & H,

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   Posted 11/12/2005 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry Luci, I have been out of sorts lately and just read this post. Jo-Ann did tell you that the reasons for my problems were not mesh but sutures. I am wondering if after reading your post if maybe it is nerve endings doing their thing and not a mesh problem at all. I get deep, deep itches way inside that can't be scratched and relieved. Drives me absolutely crazy. I have no feeling on the outside of my abdominal wall at all, so I could scratch my skin off and never know and never stop the itch inside. LOL. I hope you don't need repeat surgery. No matter what it is not fun. I believe anesthesia rattles our brains even more every time we have.

Hugs MK

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