Aftercare

Feb. 22nd, 2019 01:03 am
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I was just reading my "after visit summary." Apparently I was supposed to eat lightly today. Oops - we ended up at Jason's Deli, because I was starving. I did think about it and I said, "They would have told me if I was only supposed to eat soft food or something, right?" I dunno, maybe they said it and I just didn't take it in. But I gather from reading all that that they were primarily worried about nausea, and that definitely didn't happen.
 
Well, everything went relatively smoothly. I had a spate of energy and wrote some stuff on the TUS board, so let me just quote myself:
 
I had a lumpectomy and apparently also had a lymph node removed earlier today. I am at home and awake (although if I say anything really stupid, can we agree to blame it on the drugs?) and I'm sore but I really don't feel that bad, to my surprise. I'm guessing the soreness is likely to be worse tomorrow.
 
Actually, nobody thought to tell me before this morning that the node removal thing was even a possibility, but it's a heckuva lot better than waking up with no breast, which I gather was a thing that used to happen. And I know the lymph system is how it's most likely to spread. I was groggy and wasn't asking a lot of questions when the surgeon came in afterwards, but I have an appointment with her next week, and I probably ought to quiz her on this point a bit, because they don't seem to think it had spread, so I don't know if the node thing was just a precaution or what. Unless the pathologist comes back with a bad answer that nobody seems to expect, this is almost the most minor breast cancer possible. (I feel like I'm tempting fate every time I say something like that, though.) Even the surgeon said she couldn't feel the lump, and she also said she was impressed that the radiologist caught it on the mammogram. It's something like 8mm, which I think of as being the size of a fairly small bead. I do have to have a few radiation treatments even in the best case.
 
I only wrote a couple of paragraphs about this on Dreamwidth before today, and I've told very few people in real life. I think I may have avoided talking about it too much because I didn't want to hear any breast cancer horror stories. I'm not sure. Also where I work it's pretty busy and I really don't want to be discussing my medical stuff with every random medical student who comes in the door. But I'm not completely opposed to talking about it now that the surgery is over. Which I guess is good, because if my hair falls out after the radiation, all in-person secrecy is going to be out the window.


Date: 2019-02-22 01:35 pm (UTC)
oracne: turtle (Default)
From: [personal profile] oracne
I'm glad it went well. I hope things continue that way.

Date: 2019-02-23 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] bunny42
Wow! You sound fine! I'm happy for you! I would have thought the anesthetic might knock you out or make your stomach a little upset, but not even that! My friend had DCIS several years ago, and even though it was in situ, she had to have a course of radiation. I'm thinking that's preventive protocol. You should send a basket of fruit to that radiologist. Bravo for a great catch! After my incisional biopsy I recall being sore and feeling kinda tender. They removed a ductal hyperplasia in situ, so it was very similar surgery to yours. The oncologist told me it would not have "turned into" cancer, but it was just another possible risk factor. Sigh...

I can't tell you how in awe I am of modern medical science when it comes to breast cancer, all kinds of cancer. You being right in the middle of cutting edge treatment means you're gonna be fine. Congratulations! Can you go back to work on Monday?

Oh, and, what is TUS?

Date: 2019-03-04 05:47 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] bunny42
You okay?

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