Well, it's been a couple of days since I had my surgery and oh my goodness, I am ever in a lot of pain! The recovery from this surgery is definitely going to be a harder road than even what I remember my bi-lateral mastectomy was.
The latest surgery was an axillary lymph node dissection and it was supposed to take about 2 hours, 45 minutes to complete. Thankfully the doctor was able to get right in there and finish in an hour & a half. All the lymph nodes were sent to pathology and we should hear something within a week or so. I had to go home with a Jackson-Pratt drain tube that comes out from my left side, underneath my arm. It has to be drained several times a day.
I didn't know it ahead of time, but the doctor ordered a home health care nurse to come in a couple of times a week for the next few weeks. A very nice gal named Ann came over yesterday afternoon to fill out the paperwork, help drain my tube, take my vitals and answer any questions I had. She was quite helpful and I'm so thankful our insurance covers this service.
It's frustrating for me to just lay on the couch and flip through TV channels, to be honest with you. I'd definitely rather be up and around but I know I've got to rest and recover. Bobby and the kids have been great to help me out.
Just wanted to update you...have a great weekend :-)