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straydog
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   Posted 10/30/2017 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
E, the countdown is almost here, within hours!! Tomorrow is the big day. I am sending you many healing thoughts & prayers your way. Yes, you are on your way to the future as you once pictured it on the physical side of things.

I don't know if you have any visits with the counselor or not. If you do, perhaps this is something to discuss with her. If the post traumatic stress doesn't lighten up soon, please consider seeing a psychologist. Talk therapy can be great as long as you click with the counselor. I was fortunate that I clicked with my lady after the first visit. First visit was a little difficult as I had no idea what to expect. I can't say enough good things about what a help she was to me. Something to consider before the new year rolls around with more deductibles to deal with.

Will be looking for an update when you feel up to writing. Take care.
Susie
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exqualls
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   Posted 10/31/2017 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I am up to writing right away as the surgery was postponed until Nov 2! Which I did not find out about until late yesterday, and was NOT happy about. You get in a certain mindset about having surgery, bag packed, advanced directive filled out.....all my friends had come over in the last couple of days bringing small gifts and wishing me well, etc. And BOTH of my sons actually called yesterday! The one who was essentially off the grid, found his way to the grid to make a phone call, so that made me really happy. His call came in the morning before I knew the date had been changed. The reason given was that the hospital had just opened a new surgery tower, which I had seen was under construction for quite some time, and they just didn't have it quite ready yet to handle all the scheduled operations due to construction delays with Hurricane Irma.

So, I pigged out on brownies and other goodies that were here with 2 girlfriends who were at the house when the postponement call came in, and now I wait 2 days. It'll be here before I know it, but i was NOT happy when I first got the news.

I have really connected with the counselor I am seeing! She is great, and she is the one who actually labeled how I am feeling about my previous horrendous hospital stay as Post Traumatic Stress. I didn't realize that's what it was, but it makes sense. I've also gone to the women's group cancer counseling sessions as well. The counselor is there but stays out of it for the most part. The women just go around talking about whatever issue of their cancer they are currently dealing with, and everyone offers their support, or has answers to their questions, etc. It's a very helpful group. I've learned a lot about other peoples' cancers, only half of which are breast cancers.

Soooo, I get to wait for a couple more days and hopefully not overeat through my discouragement, lol.

I hope you're doing well, Susie, and that maybe cooler weather is heading your way.

Positive thoughts and best of health to all.

exqualls
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   Posted 11/13/2017 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Eleven days ago today I had the surgery done to remove the defective, leaking expander in my right breast and had a new one that is fresh, lovely and with the stamina of youth, replace it. (sounds like a Trophy implant, LOL).

I spent just the one night in the hospital, and spent most of the rest of the weekend resting. Apparently my rest did me no good, as not only did I come down with the start of the horrible, hacking cough, just like with last year's bout with bronchitis and then pneumonia. And that fills me with dread, knowing that a iittle cough could turn into one of the horrendous diseases ever-- Guillain Barre. I got the drain out today, which is such a positive step. Having that clear, plastic "football" connected by about 2 feet of clear tube is such a hassle. Having the tube get caught accidentally on something REALLY hurts, and you have to remember to drain it several times a day into a measuring cup and note how many ml are coming out of the drain each day. Having the tubing and the football (which you ciip to a piece of your clothing) really limits what can be worn, also. I won't start getting my fill ups for another couple weeks, though.

straydog
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   Posted 11/16/2017 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
E, so glad to read the surgery went fine. Now here is to looking at getting the final steps behind you. Oh boy, I do hope you will or have seen your dr about the hacking cough. You do not need any more set backs!! So glad the tubing & drain are out. I have hit the pain pump that is implanted in my stomach, wow, it gets my attention believe me. I very much understand what you are talking about.

Keep us posted!!
Susie
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