Jul 21, 2011 - 11:34 am
It appears this isn't very common as I have searched all over the internet and on these boards for older posts and have found very little information. I developed an infection in the breast where I had the lumpectomy about 3 weeks after my radiation was over. First the breast swelled and became purplish red, then I became very sick, tired, chills, pain, some nausea. I went to the oncologist about 3 days after it started (regular appt) and he put me on antibiotics. I had another appt the next week with the breast surgeon. She extended the antibiotics for another week, drained fluid and had it tested. The draining was one mother-of-a-painful-experience BTW. Third appt another week later with the breast surgeon when she drained more fluid and 'palpated to check for pockets of infection'...another mother-of-a-painful-experience!
It is finally starting to get better. The swelling is going down and the 'angry red' color (the breast surgeon's words) is subsiding. Unfortunately, the skin over the incision peeled. It is raw, bleeding and very painful. I wear huge sterile pads that cover the entire breast as the holes where she drained fluid continue to drain and bleed every day. This is not a pleasant experience and I was very, very depressed to have this happen as I was finishing my treatments...thinking I might start to be able to feel and do some 'normal' activities again...like going on vacation and swimming laps at our pool club, etc. Anyway.
I post to let others who may experience this that this does sometimes happen, though rarely. And that one does get through it. Even though it sucks. Just sayin... Thanks for listening ladies. Barbara