First I would like to thank my BFF Edie for once again keeping my social media accounts updated during my surgery. You did awesome. Hopefully you won't have to do it again for a LONG time.
I thought I would share some highlights from my month off. First let's start with the surgery:
1) I was dreading getting my IV (as I have said before, my veins suck) I don't know the name of the nurse who gave me my IV, but she did great. Didn't feel a thing. I wonder if I can have her give me all of my blood tests. :D
2) I had wondered if Dr. Schimdt would mark my breast before my surgery and low and behold, he did. I didn't have the nerve to ask him just what he would have mistaken for a breast since I only had one to take off. Guess we will never know. :) I also heard there was a discussion on how one would remove a breast and leave a nipple. You will have to ask my cheering section about that one. :)
3) It is official, anesthesia is not my friend. I couldn't keep any food down until right before I left the hospital. Next surgery, I am going to have them hit me over the head with a club.
4) The St. Vincent Women's Hospital is one of the best hospitals I have ever stayed at. The nurses were attentive and friendly (no Nurse Ratchet this time). My cheering section got free coffee. Mom wishes there cot was a little softer but other than that, there was no complaints. They even gave me a Thank You card as I was being discharged thanking me for letting them take care of me.
Edie then took us home the next day. Some of the highlights from recovery include:
1) Drains still stuck. (pun intended). Luckily this time, since I didn't have a lymph node taken out, I only had one of those pesky things. I was never so glad to get it out. I won't be the least little bit sad if I never have another one.
2) If you read Edie's post about my surgery, yes Mom took the clocks of the wall.
3) I found I was a little more sore this time. I suspect that had something to do with it being the left side and being left handed. That's what I get for being unique. :)
4) Mom has informed me that if I have another breast off, I will have to find somebody else to take care of me. (Yes, my sense of humor came from her side of the family)
5) Having a mastectomy must make you crochet fast. I finished 2 1/2 projects while I was off. Hopefully I will keep this up. *giggles*
5) The pathology report came back on the breast and there was no signs of cancer. Praise the Lord. When I went back for my follow up with Dr. Schmidt, he was very pleased with how I was healing.
So that brings us to today. I am going back to work today. (Hooray) It will be good to get back into a routine. I am now at the "follow-up appointment" stage of my recovery. At the end of April, I get to go get fitted for my new boobies. I am exited about this because I really want to get the shirt that has this on it:
So that is where it stands right now. Thank you all so much for your support. I couldn't have gotten here without it. And I will keep you updated on how I am doing.