The surgery, a partial mastectomy, or lumpectomy, with axillary node dissection and bilateral breast lift, is scheduled for Friday, May 11, 2018. I’m a little nervous. I’ve met with the surgeon and her resident regarding the surgery. She talked through her plan with me again. I was pretty emphatic with both the surgeon and the resident regarding the outcome I was looking for in addition to not having any residual cancer left when she was finished.
Getting this surgery scheduled was taxing, but it’s done and we’re moving up quickly on surgery day. I’m having this done on a Friday morning. She doesn’t normally operate on Fridays but because (a) I’d wanted to travel for my niece’s graduation on the 1st of June, (b) she’s going to be out at a conference the following week, and (c) this is the post-chemo window we have to work within, we’re doing it on Friday morning.
My after care is arranged. I am being picked up at the hospital by a friend on Saturday, and my friend from high school, who also happens to be an RN, will be picked up at the airport by my neighbor later that afternoon. I am opting to manage the pain with only Tylenol and ibuprofen so I won’t be too out of it the day after. At least I hope not.
My To Do List
The week before surgery is usually a little crazy and frenzied for me. I have a lot of things to get done so that I can manage without doing anything for one to three weeks post-op. Having had 5 knee surgeries and a shoulder repair, I have a pretty decent idea what to expect.
- Wrap up loose ends at work
- Miscellaneous Appointments
- PT appt
- Chiropractor appt
- Dental appt
- Massage appt
- Fill prescriptions
- Make sure clothes are where you can reach them
- Change the bed
- Guest Room & Bathroom
- General Cleanup
- Hospital Bag – phone charger, ID, insurance card, keys
- Make sure my rides are arranged
Things I Forgot
- Pajamas with buttons
- Gauze Pads
- Extra Tylenol/ibuprofen for my purse
- A piece of ribbon for the drain