Nov 28, 2001 - 8:54 pm
My name is Laura. I had a bilateral mastectomy (no reconstruction) on November 15. At the same time I had pelvic surgery. I am 33 years old. Since age 17 I have had numerous surgical biopsies, lumpectomies and partial mastectomy. So I thought I was prepared for this. When I first woke up from the surgeries it was the pelvic surgery that bothered me most. I really wasn't prepared for it. I hadn't thought about how much I use my abdominal muscles for simple tasks (sitting up). Compound that with the fact that I could not use my arms to lift myself up. My husband has been incredible. He has really kicked in to help me.
Anyway my question. I still have the drainage tubes in both sides. I know that they can cause some discomfort. I am hoping that I will be able to have them removed on Friday. It will have been more than two weeks. However, I am still having a great deal of drainage on the left side. Yesterday, I was just tired of being stuck in bed, not accomplishing anything, and feeling tired. So I worked on creating a database on the laptop (for work) for 8 hours. Well I paid for that last night. I was in tremendous discomfort. Then today I was having chest pains on the left side. Frequently at night I will wake up and not be able to feel my right arm all the way to my hand. It isn't like when an arm goes to sleep because I don't get the pins and needle effect. I just have to keep working it extensively and then I eventually get the feeling back. But what bothers me most is the constant sensations that I get across my chest. I know that there is nerve damage during the surgery. I guess this is just normal. I have tried different things to relieve it. I find that if I use an ice bag it at least distracts me. Sometimes I try to pull my shirt away from my chest to see if that helps. Sometimes I find that if I hold a pillow close that helps. I have been good about keeping my arms active. However, due to the drains I am not allowed to start the range of motion exercises. What have your experiences been? Does anyone have any ideas? After everything this seems petty, but it is annoying.
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