Phase 2 of my reconstruction was done yesterday

cats_toy
cats_toy Member Posts: 1,462 Member
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
It was an outpatient surgery, so we went in at 7am and got home at 5pm. It all went well, except they gave me Keflex through the IV and I get very sick with that. Started puking on the way home and haven't stopped yet. Hopefully it will soon, because I can't take any pain pills, they just come right back out.
Not able to sleep (got a really good nap during surgery), so I figured I would scan the boards. I have such a hard time accessing the site that I haven't been on as much lately.
Hope I haven't missed someones good news, so I will just send a blanket "woo hoo" to all of you either finishing, starting or dancing with NED.
Take care everyone and sweet dreams!
=^..^=
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  • Reikigemgirl
    Reikigemgirl Member Posts: 278
    Glad to hear........
    your surgery went well except for the aftereffects of the Keflex. I can't sleep either so I thought I'd cruize the boards.

    Love and light,
    Vicki
  • Moopy23
    Moopy23 Member Posts: 1,751 Member
    Cat, thank you for posting.
    Cat, thank you for posting. I have been thinking about you and the surgery yesterday morning and waiting and hoping everything went well. I am sorry that the Keflex made you so naseous. To me, that's even worse than pain. Hate it, and hate that you experienced it.

    I hope that you were able to sleep after this post and that you are resting with no more nausea. Your Robert is taking good care of you, I am sure of that. My very best to both of you. Thank you again for thinking of your friends here and letting us know how you are. Feel well soon, my friend.
  • cats_toy
    cats_toy Member Posts: 1,462 Member

    Glad to hear........
    your surgery went well except for the aftereffects of the Keflex. I can't sleep either so I thought I'd cruize the boards.

    Love and light,
    Vicki

    thanks Vicki
    I was on the boards for almost another hour, so we passed each other. No more nauseau, woo hoo for me!
    =^..^=
  • cats_toy
    cats_toy Member Posts: 1,462 Member
    Moopy23 said:

    Cat, thank you for posting.
    Cat, thank you for posting. I have been thinking about you and the surgery yesterday morning and waiting and hoping everything went well. I am sorry that the Keflex made you so naseous. To me, that's even worse than pain. Hate it, and hate that you experienced it.

    I hope that you were able to sleep after this post and that you are resting with no more nausea. Your Robert is taking good care of you, I am sure of that. My very best to both of you. Thank you again for thinking of your friends here and letting us know how you are. Feel well soon, my friend.

    Moopy
    I appreciate your good wishes and caring. Yes Robert is taking care of me, and I am like you, nausea is worse than the pain, which is pretty minimal anyway. Never was sick in my life until the first bc surgery, yesterday was actually the first time Robert has ever seen me throw up. lol. Slept off and on through the nite, but have nowhere to be today so I will take it easy.
    Hope your work is being easier on you too, at least we have a weekend comin up, you can rest too!
    =^..^=
  • cindycflynn
    cindycflynn Member Posts: 1,132 Member
    cats_toy said:

    thanks Vicki
    I was on the boards for almost another hour, so we passed each other. No more nauseau, woo hoo for me!
    =^..^=

    Glad it's gone!
    And that your surgery went well.

    I also HATE the feeling of nausea. I start to get a little queasy just hearing other describe it!!

    Glad you're able to get some rest today and hopefully you can catch back up from your restless night.

    Take care,
  • fauxma
    fauxma Member Posts: 3,577 Member
    cats_toy said:

    Moopy
    I appreciate your good wishes and caring. Yes Robert is taking care of me, and I am like you, nausea is worse than the pain, which is pretty minimal anyway. Never was sick in my life until the first bc surgery, yesterday was actually the first time Robert has ever seen me throw up. lol. Slept off and on through the nite, but have nowhere to be today so I will take it easy.
    Hope your work is being easier on you too, at least we have a weekend comin up, you can rest too!
    =^..^=

    I am with you and Moopy, the
    I am with you and Moopy, the nausea is the worst. I hope that it is under control now and you are sleeping and resting. Glad that everything else has gone well. Prayers that you mend and continue forward with NED at your side.
    Stef
  • cats_toy
    cats_toy Member Posts: 1,462 Member

    Glad it's gone!
    And that your surgery went well.

    I also HATE the feeling of nausea. I start to get a little queasy just hearing other describe it!!

    Glad you're able to get some rest today and hopefully you can catch back up from your restless night.

    Take care,

    sorry Cindy...
    I know my hubby is a "sympathetic puker" too. He had to eat his dinner in another room. Will try not to describe it. Feeling great this morning, such minimal pain, but can now take my meds.
    thanks!
    =^..^=
  • outdoorgirl
    outdoorgirl Member Posts: 1,565
    Cat,
    Glad that you are through with this surgery,but sorry about the nausea.I hate getting sick like that too-having the feeling of being out of control like that and weak..
    It's good to see you all on here.
  • cats_toy
    cats_toy Member Posts: 1,462 Member

    Cat,
    Glad that you are through with this surgery,but sorry about the nausea.I hate getting sick like that too-having the feeling of being out of control like that and weak..
    It's good to see you all on here.

    thanks Patty
    It seems as if I can access CSN during the hours I am at work, and cannot when I get home. Oh well, we can still chat on FB right?
    =^..^=
  • RE
    RE Member Posts: 4,591 Member
    :-)
    Happy to hear from you, glad you are home and the vomiting has stopped for both your sake and your husbands :-D! Be kind to yourself and take it easy.

    Gentle Hugs,

    RE
  • Akiss4me
    Akiss4me Member Posts: 2,188
    Whew.....
    Another sigh let out since all went well. Good thing I quite smoking because I find myself holding my breath all the time! Maybe I should take up swimming? Nah....I would have to give up ice-cream so I wouldn't sink! So sorry to hear the Keflex made you sick. Take it easy, just kick back and read that much awaited Steven King book that came in the mail! Hugs and Smiles...Pammy
  • Calleen
    Calleen Member Posts: 411
    Akiss4me said:

    Whew.....
    Another sigh let out since all went well. Good thing I quite smoking because I find myself holding my breath all the time! Maybe I should take up swimming? Nah....I would have to give up ice-cream so I wouldn't sink! So sorry to hear the Keflex made you sick. Take it easy, just kick back and read that much awaited Steven King book that came in the mail! Hugs and Smiles...Pammy

    What
    was the second phase of your surgery?? I'm getting my headlights put on next month and was wondering if that's what you had?? they have offered me to do a local or general anestiesa
  • cats_toy
    cats_toy Member Posts: 1,462 Member
    Calleen said:

    What
    was the second phase of your surgery?? I'm getting my headlights put on next month and was wondering if that's what you had?? they have offered me to do a local or general anestiesa

    phase 2
    the first surgery for recon was the free flap from the tummy to build up the breast. Since I had a partial, I still had the nipple, so that was not an issue. Phase two was getting an implant in the unaffected breast to make it look as full as the other, they also had to do a revision on the frankenboobie because there was an area that did not heal, and they did a revision on the ends of the tummy incision to make it look more symetrical. So it was much less invasive than the first, but still hit a few spots. I was put under because it was still a 5 hour surgery. Not an overnite stay though, kind of like a day at work. Get there at 7am, get home at 5pm.
    Good luck with yours, will you have it done before Christmas?
    =^..^=
  • Moopy23
    Moopy23 Member Posts: 1,751 Member
    cats_toy said:

    phase 2
    the first surgery for recon was the free flap from the tummy to build up the breast. Since I had a partial, I still had the nipple, so that was not an issue. Phase two was getting an implant in the unaffected breast to make it look as full as the other, they also had to do a revision on the frankenboobie because there was an area that did not heal, and they did a revision on the ends of the tummy incision to make it look more symetrical. So it was much less invasive than the first, but still hit a few spots. I was put under because it was still a 5 hour surgery. Not an overnite stay though, kind of like a day at work. Get there at 7am, get home at 5pm.
    Good luck with yours, will you have it done before Christmas?
    =^..^=

    Frankenboobie time Over; now Beautyboobie
    Hey, Cat, hope you had a better day today. I have not been able to access the net much at all the last few days--Joe's desktop does ok, but my laptop is very iffy. Router problem, apparently. Plus, when I did get on FB, I wrote comments to you and to Margo and to Jackie and to American's veterans and to our veterinarian who married in Mexico- a truly beautiful bride, inside and out. None posted.

    Turns out, I forgot to hit the Comment key. Really. All this time, I thought I had largely escaped chemo brain. On top of that, I lost access until today and tonight, with only intermittent connections even then. Neither my neurons nor my internet access has been working for me! Sheesh!
  • Jeanne D
    Jeanne D Member Posts: 1,867
    Yea Cat ☻☻☺☻
    I am so glad that you finally got it done! But, I am so sorry that you got sick. I got sick from too much Morphine on the last lumpectomy, I hope I don't on this one. Take care CAT!

    Love, Jeanne ♥
  • survivorbc09
    survivorbc09 Member Posts: 4,374 Member

    Glad to hear........
    your surgery went well except for the aftereffects of the Keflex. I can't sleep either so I thought I'd cruize the boards.

    Love and light,
    Vicki

    Glad that it is over now
    Glad that it is over now Cat. Hope you heal quick.

    HUGS
  • cats_toy
    cats_toy Member Posts: 1,462 Member
    Moopy23 said:

    Frankenboobie time Over; now Beautyboobie
    Hey, Cat, hope you had a better day today. I have not been able to access the net much at all the last few days--Joe's desktop does ok, but my laptop is very iffy. Router problem, apparently. Plus, when I did get on FB, I wrote comments to you and to Margo and to Jackie and to American's veterans and to our veterinarian who married in Mexico- a truly beautiful bride, inside and out. None posted.

    Turns out, I forgot to hit the Comment key. Really. All this time, I thought I had largely escaped chemo brain. On top of that, I lost access until today and tonight, with only intermittent connections even then. Neither my neurons nor my internet access has been working for me! Sheesh!

    too funny Moops
    no wonder and here I thought you were ignoring me....(kidding), I did think about changing Frankenboobie to PicassoBoobie, the surgeon liked that one.
    Feeling well enough to be up and doing things as opposed to "sit,stay", so I would say I am doing very well. Drain in one boob, and a compression garment for the "dog ears", and can't wait for both to be gone. I really appreciate everyone's good wishes
    =^..^=
  • seof
    seof Member Posts: 819 Member
    Thank you
    Thank you for this post. I had bilateral mastectomy and had reconstruction with the DIEP free flap) procedure. I had some complications with the abdominal site healing, but it is all better now. I have an appointment with the surgeon tomorrow and I hope to be able to discuss scheduling the second recon. surgery to revise the abdominal scar, reduce the size of the breasts, and make them more symmetrical (left is bigger and has an odd depression in it). I was wondering what to expect with this surgery and recovery. I work in public school and I am thinking that Christmas Break or Spring Break may be good opportunities to do the surgery without missing much work. I tried to post a question related to this, but when I went back to chek for responses, my question had disappeard.

    Thanks, seof
  • chickad52
    chickad52 Member Posts: 497
    Cat
    Hope your feeling better real soon! Hugs, Diane
  • chenheart
    chenheart Member Posts: 5,159
    Well, thankfully the surgery
    Well, thankfully the surgery went well! I am allergic to Keflex too; they gave it to me after the lumpectomy and I was a resident of Hive City for a few days! You poor thing...I hope you get the needed rest and that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots to be thankful for!

    Hugs,
    Chen♥