Jan 17, 2003 - 7:14 pm
How long of a medical leave do you think I should ask for, after a masectomy? I know this is probably very variable, depending on if there are any complications (such as infection), or a need to take out more tissue if the margins aren't good, or I don't recover as well as expected...but do you think 2-3 weeks is a good first guess? Everybody says that since I'm doing chemo first (3 rounds down, up to 7 rounds left), that masectomy and daily radiation for 7 weeks will be relatively much easier. I am truly blessed in that I've never had a tremendous amount of pain on chemo and got a port installed from the very first. Lost my hair, of course. But minimal nausea and no mouth/throat sores (Knock on wood, a million times!!) What pain I've had 3 days after each chemo session is easily handled with a few extra strength Tylenol during the day, and 1/2 of a Darvocet for overnight. 1/2 of a Darvocet can knock out the pain for 8-12 hours on me. When they do the general anesthesia for the masectomy, I hope the level they give out doesn't kill me altogether, as I seem to be very sensitive to pain medications. Anyhow. If I could get some feedback on any of this, I'd really appreciate it.