Good morning folks. Sounds like ya'll are hanging in there well enough.
Which is why I've been hesitant to write! I know it's safe here for me to vent my heart out and bemoan my fate, but sometimes I think if anyone new to facing cancer picked up this thread, after reading about my latest travails, they might slam closed their laptop and run screaming, as they hurl themselves off a second floor balcony.
So....... I was set for what was going to be close to my last reconstruction on 7/17, enough that while clothed, both my breasts would look symmetrical and in the Florida heat I could wear "normal necklines" with normal bras. After about ten days or so, the "uniboob" look went away and i could clearly see two distinct breasts, roughly the same size, and I could wear real summer necklines!!! Woohoo!
Knowing that I'd have to still have another surgery to even them up, and then to do nipples, no longer bothered me as much.
But then..... one early afternoon after a girlfriend left after a short visit, I felt like I'd been hit by a bus, like when you get knocked out by the flu or something. I ached from head to toe, had a cough, had diarrhea, and then a fever. I was too sick to call, but my husband called both my PS and my PCP and they agreed to call in an RX for amoxicillin 500 mg. My PS had apparently gone off on vacation as soon as my surgery ended, but her back up service I guess coordinated with her. So a couple days later was a post office visit with my PS. To my surprise, she wasn't there but I saw her PA. Although I still felt I had a bit of a cold, my breast shapes were starting to please me and I clearly saw the light at the end of the tunnel. So during the visit, the PA takes her laptop and photos me directly to my PS. (I've seen the resolution on her laptop, and it is frighteningly accurate.) So the PA comes back in and says 'we've called the emergency room --the hospital is like a block away-- and they are waiting for you. We feel you have an infection.
She pointed out how the skin of my upper chest area was still pretty red and I needed to go to the ER right away.
I was there for about a week, and most of it is a blur. I just remember hearing "flesh eating staph infection" and "possible MRSA", and doctors I didn't know coming in and out of my room all the time saying they "hoped" the second breast could be saved and how much more of the chest wall I was going to lose. Well....... I left the hospital with "most of the redness" cleared up on the right side, and my left side was GONE. Not mastectomy flat chested, but take a 10 year old boy's flat chest and then take a shovel and dig out a good portion of the right side of the body. I came home having to have a portable IV with my strongest medicine, as well as taking high doses of Cipro, and still not totally positive the right side was in the clear....Unfortunately, this is all I can write right now, as I have to leave for the first of 3 doctors' appointments today. I will fill y'all in with gorey details later!!
Best of health and a positive attitude to all.