Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Post-op Appointment

Saw my surgeon, Dr. Morris, this morning.  I was a bit (ok, A LOT) nervous about having my drain removed.  But, thanks to prayers, IT DIDN'T HURT!  I hardly even felt it.  It wasn't the hard plastic paddle that came out last time, it was more of a flexible plastic drain this time.  Barb, the nurse, said it helps that the breast (or what's left of it) is numb from the surgery.  What do I call that area?  The surgeon left a lot of tissue behind, so its not completely flat like a "chest".  Hmmmm, have to see what the ladies say on the forums! 
I found out there was a lot of DCIS spread throughout the breast, so the surgeon thought I made the right choice with the mastectomy.  I was so relieved!  I've have been working through my feelings all weekend, thinking that there wasn't anymore cancer found, and trying to be at peace about it.  You really learn alot about yourself when you go through something like this.  I had to do some soul searching to find out why this was so upsetting for me.
Now, of course, we wonder about the other breast.  Most of what was found in my left breast wasn't seen on mammogram or MRI.  Dr. Morris said if I really wanted, I could have the other one removed now, but he thinks I should concentrate on fighting what we know is there and wait until I'm finished with chemo and make my decision then.  I totally agreed with that.  It can wait another year.
Have some appointments coming up next week.  Monday I meet with my onc, and have my chemo class.  I should get the wig info at that time too.  Then Tues. I see a prosthetics fitter and a physical therapist.  The therapist will teach me about lymphedema, and show me exercises for my shoulder.
I'm thinking I'll start chemo on Monday, June 14th, but we'll see what Dr. J says.
A BIG thank-you to Dee-Dee for bringing a big bag of treats over for the cancer center.  They were very grateful, as always!
And a BIG HUG and THANK YOU to my wonderful husband, whom I love dearly, for all his support and unending love.  I can never thank him enough for all he's done for me.  :)))
Have a GREAT day everyone!

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like overall things are going well.
    God is good. Keep trusting Him!