Surgery is a Go-GOPosted: November 23, 2014
This is going to be a shorter post than usual. I see one of my surgeons tomorrow who will give me more details.
The PET/CT that I had a week or so ago came back with fantastic results. My tumor is a bit larger but there is no evidence of cancer anywhere else. Hurrah!!!
Because of that, my surgeon, oncologist and now, surgeon #2 decided that this is optimal time for surgery.
Surgery Date: December 2nd.
Type of Surgery: Left side Mastectomy and full axillary dissection.
This means that instead of getting rid of the one or two lymph nodes that are affected, they are scooping out the entire set. Apparently there is a fat glob in your underarms that hold all of your lymph nodes, so they carefully scoop out that fat glob after separating certain blood vessels and nerves from it.
It could mean that I will have no sensation under my arm for forever.
They will put a compression binder on me post-surgery to help with any bleeding and to hold me together and that has to stay on (except for showers and to launder it) for 2-3 weeks. I’m not allowed out of the house until my drain comes out which could be a week or two post surgery. I will have to go to Physical Therapy to regain mobility in my arm and they say that gets better in about 6 weeks. If all goes well, I will be out of the hospital that Friday the 5th.
One awesome thing is that since my case is so complicated, it won’t be just my surgeon with an intern to help. The head of oncology surgery is going to assist my surgeon – one can do the breast part while the other can do the lymph nodes. This takes my surgery from 2 hours to a possible 1 hour. Yay!
People have been asking what they can do or bring. Right now, I just need prayers (healing energy, etc..) for a successful surgery and recovery with extra prayers on Tuesday for my surgeons.
So, it’s countdown time! What a great Christmas gift to be cancer-free!!!!
Oh, and we shall not speak of the football debacle that occurred against fUCLA. Only positive vibes here 🙂