Back at home and it…

feels so good. By home, I mean I am at my parents’ house in Philadelphia for two weeks to recover in comfort before I have to return to DC for some follow ups. Thank goodness for teaching hospitals that have spring break – because my doctors will be off, it means I get some much needed time away from the hospital and I get to be in a big, light-filled house with my parents, who are wonderful cooks, instead of in my teeny little apartment in DC with an endless supply of frozen pizza. It’s the small things in life, I tell ya.

Today I am one week post mastectomy and I feel great. As I posted yesterday, the doctor relayed the verbal path report she got from the pathologist, which showed all negative sentinel nodes. They are still waiting for something called an IHC report, which, in rare cases, shows some cancerous cells and can cause them to go back over the other tests they’ve done more carefully, but the surgeon assured me this was only in rare cases. So, as I said, I feel great with all the news we’ve been receiving and with my recovery.

In case you want to see what hot post-mastectomy wear looks like, here’s a pic of me (no face included) wearing my compression bra with the post-mastectomy drains pinned to it. Don’t look if you’re squeamish – the drains are filled with red fluid and I’ve got bruises on my lower belly from the heparin (blood thinner) injections they did at the hospital.

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4 responses to “Back at home and it…

  1. your spirit is admirable , you have wonderful family support and you are in the prayers of many friends

  2. So proud of how brave and high-spirited you are. You inspire me. Please don’t grammar check my comment. 😉 Love you!!

  3. I’m jealous…..my post surgical bra didn’t have cute little bows like yours! Just kidding……I work with your mom and see your Dad frequently (they are so cute together). You are brave, strong and have a sense of humor…don’t loose it. It will get you through. We do get through this, just not to happily along the way. 🙂

  4. Ah, drains. My favorite. I just unbuttoned my mastectomy bra all the way because my drains are getting itchy in their pockets. I want them out!!!

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