Monthly Archives: May 2011

Days go by

The seroma came promptly back, little knot under my left arm, though the absolute pain levels seem to be going down, along with much of the generalized swelling and edema. Still tender to touch all along my left arm, flank, … Continue reading

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but it still hurts.

It’s become my constant companion, this pain. No matter the renewed ice packs, and constant wearing of the bra, and turning on my right side to sleep; no matter if I spend my time sitting in bed reading or doing … Continue reading

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Questions, questions

Day 10, post-op: Still a fair  amount of pain/discomfort in left arm, particularly on the inner/underside of my left arm – the very skin seems hypersensitive and painful to touch – and I’ve definitely entered the restless, ‘I want to … Continue reading

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But the Very Next Day!

Little rabbit Foo-foo, hopping through the forest, scooping up the field mice and bopping them on the head… Despite all pain and suffering, and tight clutching of the lovely little underarm pillow, the seroma’s back, just like little rabbit Foo-foo. … Continue reading

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Ay Seroma!

Se·ro·ma (s-rm)– n. A small sweet quick bread or biscuit of Italian origin, often incorporating dried fruits or nuts, traditionally served with afternoon coffee. Or perhaps: Se·ro·ma (s-rm) n. A mass or swelling caused by the localized accumulation of serum within … Continue reading

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Buyer’s Remorse

So, it’s all good news so far, and I was able to ditch the bra & ice packs for sleeping last night, and even roll onto my left side- which eased my back no end, as it’s not best fond … Continue reading

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Pathology report!

Incomplete, but here’s what I know so far: Clean nodes, clean margins. Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (sometimes you get mixed results within  one tumor, a little bit of this, a little bit of that; mine was all one kind). Tumor size … Continue reading

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What lies beneath

Six days after surgery. Brave woman that I am, I peeled off the Tegaderm and gauze patch over the incision on my breast this morning – it was starting to look a bit soggy, truth be told, and feeling kinda … Continue reading

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Hey now, I’m a rockstar!

As of yesterday, I can fully extend my arms out to my sides, and bring them – *slowly!* – all the way up over my head. Yes, I’m proud. I may put it on my resume. And, as of this … Continue reading

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I’m feeling much better now…

Surprisingly enough, the recovery so far isn’t that painful – I took one pain pill the first night, and that’s been it to date. Honestly, I think the vacuum assisted biopsy was worse painwise, though of far shorter duration. I … Continue reading

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