Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Past Two Weeks

I had my surgery two weeks ago this past Tuesday.  Today is the first day I've felt like sitting at a computer, so I thought I'd bring you up to date on how it went!

I had my surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. The entire experience was better than I expected.  I was the first surgery of the day on Tuesday, February 18th, and I went home on Wednesday evening.

I was so excited to see that my surgery gown and socks had paw prints on them!  They might have said "bair/bear" paws, but I pretended they were cat paws!

Here I am getting ready to be wheeled into the operating room. Whatever they put in my IV worked quickly because I was out before getting to the operating room.

Four hours later, I was in the room with two drains and an On-Q ball hanging out of my body!  There was a drain on each side under the breast area to remove fluid from the body.  Those drains had to stay in until there was less than 30 ml of fluid for at least two days.  One drain was removed on Day 10, and the last drain removed on Day 13.  The drains have been the worse part about this experience so far!  So thankful to have them gone which makes taking a shower much easier!

The On-Q ball is a device that administered pain meds continually for five days.  There was a very narrow tube coming out of each side of my body and then tubing that connected across my stomach.  The ball of medicine was in this bag that hung around my neck.  I'm not sure what the medicine is, but it worked great because after I left the hospital, I only needed Tylenol for the pain.

On day five when the ball was empty, I was told I could remove the tubes myself.  They were needle thin, so I figured it couldn't be that bad.  Hoping no blood would be involved, or I would be out like a light, I gently pulled the first tube out.  That sucker was 18" long!!!  I couldn't feel anything, but it was funny because I think I expected to pull out about 6 inches of tubing, and it seemed to never end!  The other side was about 14" of tubing.

I have an awesome home nursing staff.   Ted, my head nurse, has been doing everything!  I'm not allowed to lift anything over 8 pounds which rules out almost everything - including cats!  Inky, Newman, and Gleek have been hanging around keeping me company and making me smile!

I am not able to drive yet, but I have been out of the  house a few times - doctor follow-up visits, drain removal, and finally a lunch out at our favorite deli to get some McAlister's iced tea!

I'll post later about my foobs and what it is going to be like having these new girls on my body!

In the meantime, I'm slowly getting my energy back.  I feel very blessed that I did not experience any nausea from the anesthesia, my throat wasn't sore from the tube during surgery, my pain level has been minimal, and I've had no infections.

I've been so overwhelmed at the wonderful well-wishes from all my friends.  I'm very appreciative at the support and love.  Thanks for coming along with me on this journey!