Tram flap surgery creeping up

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   Posted 1/9/2007 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi friends,
I logged in to check on Bernadette and saw that she is having some other issues. Does that mean that her surgery was postponed or did she have it already? I hope that she is doing okay. Hopefully she has some answers to her new problems by now.
My surgery is scheduled for Feb 7th and is coming up so fast my head is spinning. Does anyone have any comments you can give me to help me make it through the next month without losing my mind? I am scared and excited and just want to be as prepared as I can be for the pain and expectations of the results. It is a right side tram flap. Just need to get some support from people that have "been there, done that". I don't seem to be having any other problems. All the scans, etc that I just had all came out great. Just have one last mam scheduled for tomorrow, pre-op and a couple more labs next Tuesday, then it's off to the races.
Thanks loads,

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   Posted 1/9/2007 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Kim,
I'll tell you what my PS said.  "Well, I don't know that there is any way to prepare for feeling like you've been hit by a Mack truck." 
Just make sure that the index finger that pushes that little button for "MORE MORPHINE" is in working order, and you'll be fine.  I suppose you could also practice walking like the hunchback of Notre Dame, and that will give you an idea of how you'll be walking right after the surgery.  And be sure that all your friends know for sure WHICH breast it is, so that when they are looking for the "new" breast, they'll know which side to check out.
And while all those things are sad but true, it was also advised that I work on abdominal crunches before the surgery to increase the blood supply to the abs.  (I would also recommend working on the oblique crunches, because those are the muscles that are going to have to start helping support your spine.)
Most importantly, remember that this, too, shall pass.  You'll be fine.  I swear, only a man could have thought up this surgery!  I hate to tell you that, my PS nurse, the one who told me that I would be back to my "old self" in 6-8 weeks was hit by this disease two years after I had it.  I went in for my 2-year check-up, and she looked terrible.  I had no idea she was being treated for BC when I asked her if she was "okay."  She told me that she had had the surgery, and she very quietly asked, "when do you start losing that 'tight' feeling?"  I just told her that it would get better, but it really does take a while.  I guess everyone is different.
Hope your surgery goes well, sweetie.  And I really don't say these things to scare, but to prepare.  There is nothing worse than to expect to "feel like your old self" in a few weeks, and then not really feeling that way for months.  I was functional again in 6-8 weeks (went back to work after 6 weeks, and I have a physically demanding job chasing babies all day), but "normal?"  It was more like 6-8 months, if not longer.  Getting back to my usual routine was good for me.

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   Posted 1/13/2007 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I 2nd everything Bev said.  It was my experience as well.  I went back to work after 6 1/2 weeks, but by no means felt 'back to normal'.  That does take time.  The 19th of this month will be a year since my TRAM.  As a word of encouragement - I AM SO GLAD I DID THIS!  I have had NO regrets.  One thing I might add is don't expect the new breast to look like the original.  It will most likely be a little lower and broader, at least that's how mine is.
I want to wish you good luck and just remember to pamper yourself and ask for as much help as possible.  I will have you in my thoughts.
L & H,

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   Posted 1/20/2007 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   
It looks like both of us will be having the surgery at about the same time. They have been the hardest at getting this scheduled. I wanted to have it done by the end of Dec and now look at me. I guess this will be good we can complain to each other about all of the pain we are going thru. What kind of tests did you have to have done??  I will hopefully have my pre-op next week. Are they doing the mast and then the reconstruction 2 weeks later or at the same time? Keep me posted on all of your (pre tram) stuff.

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 1/24/2007 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   


I had my mast 3 years ago. I had to do more chemo and radiation after that, so they told me to wait a few years before I did any reconstruction. They had me get another bone scan, chest x-rays, mammogram, EKG and labs before my pre-op which I just had last Tuesday. Everything looks good. My surgery is 2 weeks from today. I'm getting nervous but excited to get this done. YES, we will definitely have to keep in touch about all the trials and tribulations of the tram. Good luck to you!!


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