Wednesday, February 29, 2012
2/23/12 - Thursday
Surgery was scheduled for 2pm, which meant nothing to eat or drink after midnight. I had to be at the hospital at 8am, which was better than sitting at home not eating or drinking. Manned with tons of magazines (compliments of my girlfriends that provided lots of Hollywood gossip) and my lap top, Steve and I arrived bright and early. By 9:30, I was in radiology having radioactive dye injected in my boob (ouch), which would assist in the Sentinel Node biopsy. More waiting then back in radiology for pictures and markings of the nodes. By 11, I was done, and it was truly just waiting for surgery. I had great compression socks to prevent blood clots that Steve and his mom helped me put on. It was pretty funny. They were SO tight we were giggling trying to put them on, which was probably more stress related than really funny. We settled in reading, watching TV and just waiting. My Sister Joey also came to wait with us.
A little before 2 it was time to go. I was starving, but so ready to get in the OR and get home. The one good thing about surgery when you are asleep, it goes by really fast and before you know it you are waking up in recovery. I will say, my experience with the hospital was great. I am pretty low maintenance so I am sure that helps, but all the nurses and doctors I met were wonderful.
During surgery our friend, Kevin, came to wait with Steve. They went and had crab cakes, which I should be so jealous about, but I was glad Steve had a male friend to take his mind off my surgery. He had a great iPhone app that shows what you will look like bald. Steve will be so cute when he shaves his head with me :O) Once I get my nerve up, I am totally going to see what I will look like. Steve’s mom and Joey did the pacing and waiting while I was under.
Even though I had stopped pumping a week and a half before surgery, I was apparently very full of milk, which squirted all over the OR. I kind of wished I was awake just to see the reactions in the OR. I pictured something from Grey’s Anatomy when things squirt all over unexpectedly. I woke up pretty quickly in recovery, and I think I was in the car on the way home in under an hour. I was starting to feel the pain, but after some really great pain meds, I was in bed soon after I got home. The next couple of days I was pretty stiff and sore. The worst was under the arm where they took the nodes. I had a port-a-catheter put in, which was also uncomfortable.
Charlotte was staying with Grandmom and Papa for a couple of days, which gave me time to recover and rest. We picked her up on Saturday, and it was so hard not being able to pick her up and carry her around, but I was happy to have her little smiley face back.
2/28/12 - TuesdayBack to see the surgeon for my post-op visit. I was so excited to get the bandages off, but so anxious to hear the verdict. See diagnosis to more info. I am healing wonderfully. I have three scars, which are still taped up right now so I am not really sure what they look like yet. Overall, my breast looks pretty good considering the size and surrounding tissue that was removed. The location of the tumor was under the boob, so there should be no visible scares this summer (aside from the port-a-cath).
We left a little down with the verdict of the lymph nodes. It was very discouraging to learn the cancer had in fact started the decent to the nodes in such a short period of time. Still a lot of questions on our minds as we plan for our meeting with two different oncologists next week.