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Carolyn

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Hello, all!   Just a quick note to let you know that I am at home from the hospital!   I had my double mastectomy yesterday.  The surgeon said that the surgery went very well and that he saw no surprises.    He took some lymph nodes but said that he could not see any cancer.   Of course, all will still be tested.   I am pretty sore and a couple movements have resulted in severe pain but I am doing much better than I thought I would be at this stage of the game.    The end is getting closer in sight and this will all be a bad memory soon!    Off to sit and get comfy.....hopefully!   Take care and I hope everyone is doing well!

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yeh carolyn!!  I got my drain removed yesterday and actually got in the car and did a few errands today!  I was one week on Wed. post surgery so you feel better every day!  Of course I am very tired after my running around today, but just to let you know, take your meds and rest rest rest!!  Hugs,  Lee


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CAROLYN... glad to hear your surgery went well and that there were no surprises or cnacer in the nodes. Just keep on top of the pain meds and get your rest. I also had a double mast and was very surprised how quickly I recovered. I only used extra strength Tylenol because I do not tolerate pain meds and that was enough for me. Lee is right... each day you feel a little better and getting the drains out makes it feel soooo much better. 
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HEY CAROLYN!!!!!
SO glad you checked in and are doing so well!!!
Did you make yourself  a little nest in your bed to support your arms?
It should look like this:


Remember to support your arms as much as possible in the beginning.

Every day you will feel better. Especially when the drains come out.

Yep! That light you see is the end of the tunnel- you are almost there!!!

Big hugs,
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OOPS!!!   I just came here to post and let everyone know that I had my surgery.....but I see that I already did that!   hhhmmmm.......maybe my pain medication works better than I thought!  heheheheh!   Anyway..... I am pretty sore but all in all, I'm doing better than I thought I would be.   I have not removed the bandages yet.......don't really want to see.   Although.....I did catch a couple peeks at it when the bandage is lifting a little.    Looks pretty disgusting right now from what I saw.  The surgeon told me it was fine to leave the bandages on until my appointment so I have.    The drains are enough to deal with!   The worst pain has been on the side where he removed lymph nodes.    I thought I had ripped my side open the first time it happened!   But.....there's nothing there!   The surgeon said there is a nerve there that he had to get close to.....he didn't damage it but just got near it.   If I move a certain way.....OMG!!!   It feels like I've been stabbed with a butcher knife!   So.....I'm learning the do's and don'ts!   Other than that, I'm hanging in there!   How horrible is it to remove the drains?   I've heard horror stories but I think it will be worth it to have them out!   I imagine it to be exactly like the pain that I feel now if I move wrong.    Guess I'll see soon enough!   Thanks for all the support, ladies!


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Hi Carolyn,  Had my one drain removed on Wednesday.  It is VERY quick and burns a bit, but I the lymph pain is probably worse.  Don't worry, you'll feel so good when they come out that it really is nothing!  By time you register the pain, they tube is out. 

Having had 2 separate surgeries, I can honestly tell you, the lymph node removal is the more painful site of the whole ordeal.  You are doing awesome and keep it up.

I just got off the treadmill for a measly 10 minutes (and a 5minute cool down) and I am 11 days post surgery (granted w/o lumph node surgery so it is easier this time!), so you will continue to feel better every day!  Hugs,  Lee

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Carolyn,
hope you have somebody that spoils you Glad no other cancer was found!

Lee,
pulling drains gave a new meaning to 'swearing' for me

Hope you both continue to get better fast

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Hey Calico,  I hear you on that one!  But by the time you get the words out of your mouth, it is done!  That is the good part!    You certainly made me smile today!  Lee


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