I'm doing very well so far. I returned home yesterday afternoon, Thursday, after one night in the hospital. They had me in a private suite in Peds. Apparently that's where they had rooms, so I was feeling kind of special. It was a very quite space, and everyone at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital treated me with excellent care. The large group of attendees in the OR, and my surgeon, did an excellent job, from what I know so far. He felt he got all of the cancer, and says I will find an interesting incision next week when he removes the dressing, kind of a crescent shape. I think it must be a Super Moon! :-)
He did not need to remove any lymph nodes, and I was expecting a call with pathology results soon.
Dr. Elboim called today to check in and he was excited to tell me that they could not find any residual cancer in any of the tissue of my breast that they sent to pathology. He was excited, I'm excited, the girls and Mark are very excited. He followed up to say that doesn't mean there isn't a cell or two that they missed, but that's always a possibility. And Of course there's still the liver tumors. But this news, and the recent CT Scan showing reduction in size of the tumors in the liver, tell us that the treatment I'm doing seems to be working. So click up your heels for me this evening when you get together with your loved ones because this is very good news as far as I'm concerned, FOR SURE!
|Me, a little goofy as I arrive at my room.|
|Such an adorable card G made for me.|
A couple of months ago surgery was not possible. You see, the fear was that the cancer/tumor(s) had attached to the chest wall and could even be into the muscle. So it would be a challenging procedure. Then there was the fact I still had open wounds on the breast and was going through chemotherapy. My immune system, was suppressed from these treatments and blood counts were often pretty low. So timing had to be right and we were watching for that. My surgeon said to make an appointment a week after my next CT Scan and we'd go from there. Which I did. I met with him last Wednesday. Stopped the Xeloda chemo pill (Once I heal up, I will restart it). Then met with my oncologist on Friday and both felt very positive with me going ahead with the mastectomy. So the following Wednesday was the day. And that has now come and past.
Mark drove me in to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, and daughter Sarah arrived while we were in pre-op.
The Anesthesiologist, Dr. Margaret "somebody" (sorry Margaret), took time with me to get my entire history, and was just a gentle soul . I felt I was in good hands once they got the IV in using Ultrasound. The first stick in the back of the hand was the most painful I have ever had. Tears streaming as the Anesthesiologist was trying to consult with me -- not fun!
Surgery was at 10am, and I was in recovery at 1:30pm, then to my room just before 3:00pm, and was greeted by my sweet Mark, and two lovely daughters.
I then had one sleepless night in the hospital with a continuous drip of pain medication and a button for me to push every 10 minutes should I need more. Those IV pain meds were removed before discharge. During surgery, a On-Q Pain Relief System was oinserted, which infuses a constant pain med all around the surgery area, lidocaine I think, for about four days. Then there is a drain I empty about 4 times a day until output is reduced. I'll return for a followup next week to have dressing, etc. (a wide swath of bandaging around my entire chest area, tape, pumps, drains, and tubes) removed.
A little history...
You may remember that my left breast has been in a huge flare up scenario since the fatty necrosis was first found April 2015. The breast had issues, but all were manageable for a few months. By December 2015, it was time to do something. But then things got worse, and mastectomy was on hold to try to heal things up. A few rounds of antibiotics had little effect. Then the kidney stone scare late February 2016, right before I had the scheduled mastectomy all ready to go, which then turned into a much greater issue of liver metastasized breast cancer. And here we are today in November 2016 and I'm finally ready for the mastectomy.
And I returned home to wonderful deliveries of food, cards, gifts and some knitting books I had ordered. All very nice surprises and things to brighten my day.
• I AM STRONG • I AM HEALTHY • I AM LOVED •
|L-R/Top to bottom: Fatty Necrosis/Breast Cancer of left breast May, June, July, Aug 2016|
|L-R/Top to bottom: Fatty Necrosis/Breast Cancer of left breast Sept, Oct, Nov 2016|