May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons bring the best to you and yours!
~ Robert Frost

Welcome!

Welcome to my blog. This is my story of how I faced my risk of breast cancer, the decisions I made, the support I received and my week by week recovery from surgery. I chose to have a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy with immediate DIEP reconstruction at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston (March 2010). For more information on my 'Medical Team' please see tab above. I also have a wonderful circle of friends who have supported me throughout. They have provided us with lots of delicious meals and desserts. Many of those recipes are included above under "Feed the Flap" recipes. "Feed the Flap" is a term I coined when trying to increase my abdominal (fat) flap to ensure that I was a good candidate for the DIEP procedure. This was not something recommended by any medical professional, it was just something that made sense to me. I think it worked!! Feel free to join me on this journey and feel free to post comments.

Select the tabs on the left side marked Week 1, Week 2, Week 3..... to go immediately to the surgical/recovery part of this blog.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Day 2 - out of surgery

I can only write so much ahead of time. But from what I understand, I will be moved to my room this morning after a long long long day/evening of surgery, then an overnight in recovery. I am assuming that I really do feel like I have been hit by a train, so blogging won't be on my list of things to do just yet. Today they will expect me to get out of bed. If I can make to the bathroom then the catheter can come out. I certainly hope I can do it. I will have other tubes in me for a while. They are surgical drains that I will actually bring home with me. Necessary evils. But, I did get a new jacket from the PS's nurse that will hold my drains while I walk around at home. It looks like a blue blazer - very upscale. My plan was to wear zip-up sweatshirts. Instead I'll be very stylish.

My friend Jenny reminded me that I needed to make sure that everyone who touches me has washed his/her hands. So I have created a couple of signs that I have laminated (so that I can wipe them down) to hold up when I don't feel like talking. I understand that there will be steady parade of on-lookers, touchers, pokers, etc. I can clearly remember when MeiMei was in the hospital that they spent alot of time in the middle of the night checking on her. Must be a pretty normal thing.

1 comment:

Patricia said...

Can't wait to have your real blogs. Hope all is going well.
Patty

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