Surgical Drains

A Bit of Self-deprecating Humor Never Hurts Just When I Thought I’d Take a Day Off The first time I wrote about surgical drains and posted this was a Friday.  So here I go again…. do overs!  Enjoy the re-post and fair warning, I love Funday Friday so it might not be the last time you see this post! It’s Friday afternoon.  I swore I was going to take today off.  No writing today, even though I had tons of ideas floating around in my head.  Stay away from the computer.  Well, here I am.  I am inspired to write from others most of the time and today is no exception.  Social Media made me do it.  Care of surgical drains was posted today both by my surgeon and his surgical group.  I always felt like it was a topic I needed to cover in a post so today is Continue Reading →

The Days Before Breast Reconstruction Surgery

The Days Before Breast Reconstruction Surgery The days before Phase 1 of DIEP flap or any breast reconstruction surgery puts most women I’ve spoken with through mental gymnastics , present company included. You have arranged for child-care if you have children at home. If you are traveling for your reconstruction surgery and your children will be traveling with you, chances are you’ve scoped out child-friendly venues that their care-taker can keep them occupied with for the week while you recover in hospital. You have packed your bags. You probably thoroughly cleaned your home knowing that will not be done, at least by you, for a bit. All of the incidentals are what keeps you busy and occupied before you leave. That’s a good thing. Mental Clearance Sale ~ Everything Must Go! Whether traveling out of town for your surgery or having it done in the same town you live in Continue Reading →

Diagnosis #1

First the Good News You never forget where you were or what you were doing the moment you are told you have cancer, even if it was over a decade ago and the first time. My initial diagnosis was in January of 2002. I was ironing my husband’s shirts and watching a cooking show. It was 9:15 in the morning when I received the call. The doctor started out with the good news first. “Some of the tumors we biopsied were normal, but”… But…… As soon as he said that word “but” I knew. I turned the iron off quickly and sat down and grabbed a pen and paper. I had invasive lobular carcinoma in my left breast.  I began trembling as a tried to write down notes. My handwriting was so shaky I couldn’t even read what I was writing. Meaningless fragments of words appeared on the page. I Continue Reading →