Goodbye Drain! Hello Shower!

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I had my post-op appointment with the plastic surgeon yesterday and the first thing they did was remove my drain!  Thank goodness!!  It’s so nice to be able to shower and not have to worry about wearing shirts that hide the lumpy drain.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting to come out of surgery looking worse that I did when I went in.  I am more misshapen now than I was with the expander fully filled.  There is too much skin now and a pucker in the top.  So there’s more work to be done, but I guess it will have to wait ’til after radiation.  I go back in in 3 weeks to talk about future plans.

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Goodbye Drain #2

6 days after mastectomy – I met with the plastic surgeon today.  He was able to remove one drain.  Having a drain pulled out from your body isn’t the most comfortable thing and under my arm is now really sore.  But I’m still glad it’s out.  That means I’m one step closer to being able to take a shower.  The second drain is still producing about 60ml a day and it needs to be below 30ml before it can be removed.  As soon as it drops to that point, I can call the office and go in. I managed to hide the drains enough to go out in public yesterday and today.  But the drain is annoying, especially because of this crazy warm weather we are having.  I was all prepared to hide it underneath sweatshirts and it’s way to hot for that. 🙁

I’m done with the Percocet and am just taking Tylenol for pain.  This means I’ll be taking Tylenol PM tonight before bed and hopefully be able to sleep.  Plus, it’s a little cooler tonight which should help.

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