Nov 29, 2009 - 12:05 pm
I am hoping someone can share their experience with mastectomy and reconstruction. I had a double mastectomy with reconstruction on November 11th. It's been 18 days and I'm still having problems with doing the basics: washing hair, getting dressed, walking any distance. It's difficult to empty the dishwasher, do laundry etc and I have not even driven the car yet. Swelling seems to have gotten worse since the drains came out last Monday, so yesterday the dr. gave me a steroid to help with the inflammation and swelling. So, ice packs, steroids, pain pills and advil. Am I just expecting too much from myself? I hate to even complain because I don't have to go through half of what others are going through with radiation and chemo. Guess I'm just worried that something may not be right. Any tips on using the discussion boards? Or just keep reading?