Aug 13, 2002 - 10:06 am
Well, it's been interesting, if nothing else! *grin* Here I sit, going stir crazy. I am to be "good" and quiet for another couple weeks.. or so. Ha! It's NOT THAT EASY.... *writhe, writhe*
I have pretty much full range of motion in both arms again. I had the subclavicular port put in on my lft side and that's taking getting used to, favoured that arm a bit too. Then the obvious recovery from the lymph node removal on my right. Last Mon. I saw my surgeon to say hello and introduce Babette (my tramflap boob). I was showing off my range of motion and he was very pleased asking if I'd been doing the "spider on the wall" exercises... no, I said, I am freestyling, doing it my way... Then he said it's good to squeeze balls as well.... "I tried that" I said, "but I got slapped."... the nurse nearly wet her pants and the Dr. just stood mute. She teased that he didn't get it and within seconds he turned beet red and said he got it. By the time I left him after various other flashings of Babette, etc., he was still red and had rivulets of sweat running down his cheeks. *impish grin* I love him dearly... have to keep him on his toes, ye' know??
Yesterday was the 3wk anniv. of my mastectomy/tramflap reconstruction, Thurs. will be my 3 wk after the revision (removal of un-needed abdominal skin from the new breat (Babette)... The concert was great but I was exhausted from holding myself in a seated position on a 45degree slope for 6 hrs. The next day, for the first since I'd gotten home, I was exhausted and miserable. My belly was inflated with fluids, I had a 100.6F fever, my remaining drain on the pubic mound was putting out too much, etc. Wed. we trussed me up in a wide elastic band, not unlike a girdle contraption... whee! All manner of goop in the drain after that. Fri. after begging and being "good" for 2 days in a row after which my drain output fell dramatically... the last #&%^^$ drain was removed!!! Wheeeee! I took 600mg of ibuprofen 1/2 hr before and had him whip it out really fast. Much better!! Never let them take it out slowly to keep your clothing clean! (ask me how I know...)
Let's see, a birthday luncheon Sat. during which my lft side, abdominal incision itched like crazy and I felt quite tired. Afterward I returned home to feel a strange wetness on my thighs. Pus. Loads of it pouring from my former drain hole. Icky. Milked it all out and was thankful the hole hadn't sealed yet. 99.6F fever. Went to bed, tried to be "good". Called the on-call Dr. Sun. morn' and had him line up some antibiotics for me while we were on our way to my bone scan. (on a Sun. morn!!)
Now I have to wait to find out results on the CTs of my chest and abdomen which were done Tues before the concert. Such a full schedule, eh? Seriously, I get nervous waiting for results...
The chemo which was sched. for Fri was postponed as my drain didn't come out 'til Fri... so we shall reschedule for later this week or beginning of next.. when this last hole has healed up! (It started oozing plasma/clear fluid again this morn'... *rolls eyes*) I'd rather be changing gauze than have the tube in, though.. thank you very much!!
Ok, time to go play with my "in the flesh" support group!
Have a fabulous day, all!! Believe in yourselves!