Well, My surgery is done and I have to say...BRING IT WORLD, IS THIS ALL YOU'VE GOT?
I feel...really good. Compared to the worst of chemo this has been absolutely pleasant. My only complaint is that I drifted off in the OR before I got to count down from 10 to 1. I am such a lightweight that I didn't even notice what was going on after they put the block in my back for freezing...I just laid down and poof! I was in recovery. I even ended up knowing the surgical assistant-he was an old grad student of mine. I had no issues with the anaesthetic and felt up to seeing the few visitors that popped by. My surgeon was fabulous and the whole care team was very skilled and caring. I was able to get a private room with a view of the park which was nice. And lots of pudding and jello. Bwaha.
And my J was there the whole time for me. Love that man.
It's really quite remarkable how I can just be missing a breast...but it's OK. Honest. It doesn't hurt too much (I am only taking tylenol and advil for the pain) and I can rest up here at home with lots of graphic novels I picked up at comicon and watch movies and nap. There are two Jackson Pratt drains that are a bit annoying just because there's nowhere convenient for them to go but they should be out in a few days if all goes well. Here in Canada after mastectomy's we have home care nurses that come and check on you every day and change my dressings as needed, and remove the drains and keep an eye on me until I am healed, so I know I am getting the best care possible. After getting up the nerve to peek at myself, I found I have just a small incision across my breast and the drains are under my arm so once this all heals up the scars will not show when I wear normal clothes. It was skin sparing to make my eventual reconstruction easier, but it doesn't look too freaky deeky odd...just...well...it's flat. Yup, my surgeon is amazing. Now I just have to rest up and wait for the path results on my lymph nodes...
I am sitting in my recliner with my cats after a nice walk out in the sunshine and nibbling on some fruit and soup brought by by kind peoples feeling pretty happy. Somehow despite all this madness I have been given so much love and skill and kindness...how can I not do anything other that heal up well :)
Oh...before I forget. Here are a few bragging pics from comicon of my friend H and I as space pirates and my kickass Spider Jerusalem costume (comfiest, most badass costume yet). It's all I bothered to download from the camera so far...
Have a fabulous day my interwebby friends. :)