Oct 17, 2012 - 1:09 pm
All is done. I have a bruise the like of which I've never seen before (10 X 6 inches, deep purple and rock hard under my breast.)
Problems during the needle-wire localization procedure, which were not helped by the mammo tech reeking of garlic, and needing to be entwined around me to get proper placement (for a difficultly located mass.) 45 minutes of her was worse that the pain of the ordeal (and it was painful.)
Surgery went smoothly, tho I'm now told it may take up to a week to get my path report.
With the exception of the smell of the mammo tech, the care I received has been what medical care should be. An anesthesiologist who really listened to my concerns and issues (and called me today to see how I was doing.) The nursing manager who came to me because I'd reported to the Breast Care Patient Navigator how terrible and inconsiderate the pre-op phone interview was. The nursing care received while in the hospital yesterday was exemplary, and I also received a follow-up call from my discharge nurse who heard of some concerns I'd mentioned to the radiologist. (She was planning on calling me later in the day.) Care was excellent; I'm currently pretty miserable.
Can't wait to start feeling better and to get my pathology report.
Thank you all for being so supportive,
And now I find that the wound is still bleeding more than it should be. Back to the surgeon tomorrow. (Not profuse, but more than oozing.) Things just don't go smoothly with me.