Since August 1st everything has been moving so quickly. And before still another week has passed, I thought I'd better write a "catch up" blog post. So here's what has transpired to date:
Tuesday, September 14th: Went into the hospital for my bilateral mastectomy. Surgery went well. After surgery my blood pressure dropped too low and I was fitted with a heart monitor and moved to another room in the hospital where they could keep an eye on me 24/7
Wednesday, September 15th: Too much blood filling up (what I call "the grenades" from the Jackson Pratt drainage tubes) in the JP tube on the right side. Hemotoma the size of a baseball
Thursday, September 16th: Had to go "under the knife" again so surgeon could stop the bleeding
Friday, September 17th: Released from the hospital to (finally!) go home
Wednesday, September 22nd: First follow-up appointment with my surgeon. Compression bandages removed and left JP drainage tube removed. Right JP tube still attached as a precaution to infection. Traumatic day emotionally as it was the first time I saw myself without the bandages. Had my cry (and a few more since then) but feel emotionally stronger every day now
I will be going back to the doctor this Wednesday (September 29th) for another follow-up and hopefully to get the JP tube removed on the right side.
I meet with the Oncologist (the Quarterback of my Cancer Journey) on Thursday, October 7th to discuss further treatment - chemo, radiation and/or hormone therapy.
What I can tell you so far is that the cancer did not spread to my lymph nodes and my margins appear to be clear! Both of these things make me very happy.
And listen to THIS . . . when my surgeon was going over the pathology report with me, he said that there was another tumor in my right breast that never showed up on any of the mammograms, MRI's or ultrasounds that I had received almost weekly this past month and a half! Soooo glad I didn't get a Lumpectomy for the tumor that could be seen. I can't imagine having to go through all of this again when the tumor would have eventually grown and shown up at some point
God is good all the time and all the time . . . you know the rest! *smiles*
Part II of "Sorry It's Been So Long" will be posted after my afternoon nap :)