I THINK THAT THAT'S THE WISEST THING -- TO PREVENT ILLNESS BEFORE WE TRY TO CURE SOMETHING.
Very wise saying, Maya, but right now I'm concentrating on the "getting over" part of this illness.
Tomorrow I go to see both Dr. Brimmer and Dr. Andrews. Other than my husband, my son, and my grandson, these guys are the next two important men in my life right now.
After surgery, the tumor was sent off to pathology so, hopefully the results of the size of the tumor will finally be known. We had been told 1.8 cm, 3.7 cm., and 2.6 cm. Pathology was going to "fillet" the healthy parts away to find the actual cancer. It will be interesting to see if the lump they have was killed by the chemo or if it still was a viable, growing mass.
I sincerely hope that the drains come out tomorrow. What a pain in the neck! I know it is important to keep from getting blood clots in the breasts, but I've had about enough with tubes and bottles hanging from my body. And I was right about my new "lingerie" -- definitely not from Victoria's Secret. More along the lines of a G-I Jane Military Bullet-Proof Bra (in white). Yesterday morning I had a bit of a scare when I got up. My right side felt damp and when I checked it, there was blood all over my right side. One of the drain tubes must have gotten kinked while I slept and I developed a temporary leakage problem. But all is well now.
With all the snow and bad weather, I have not been going anywhere or doing anything of interest, so there's little to talk about. I have had some interesting visits (over the phone) with Cousin Deb Z., Sister Sandy, my sweet Jenna, Cate-the-Angel, and Little Ma, so I am still in the loop as far as knowing what's going on out there. NOTE: At one point , I felt I may have to cut the converstion short with Deb Z. She was telling me some very funny stories, and, well, It hurts like heck to laugh, and she got me laughing pretty good.
I told Cate that I was just sitting in my recliner, when it suddenly occurred to me - - - technically, right now, I am free of cancer! I know I may still have to go through some more chemo to catch any "stragglers" but until I hear otherwise, I have NO MORE CANCER. It kinda blew my mind to realize that the surgery's purpose was to remove it, and now the surgery is over. Whoo Whoo! I guess I was so busy trying not to feel the owies going on in my body, I dismissed the most important thing.
Yup, tomorrow is going to be quite the day. Lots of good news, I hope.
And if I get the drains removed, I won't care a bit if I have to wear the "Iron Maiden" bras for a little bit longer. :)
GOD BLESS YOU ALL