Just saying Hi

smokie08smokie08 Member Posts: 4
Hi i am new to this so its a bit scary.  I was diagnosed in April and have gone though my chemo 4cycles A/C and 12 week pacletaxol and carboplaintin ( thick i spelt it right) I am having a lumpectomy and auxillary claerence on tuesday and i am a bit nervous about it.  Has any one got any tips about coping with nerves about surgery ect.:)
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  • AfraserAfraser MelbourneMember Posts: 925

    It's natural to be nervous - I had a mastectomy, not a lumpectomy, and a clearance and I can honestly say that I was virtually pain free. I was at the Epworth, was plied with painkillers, but really didn't need or use them. But everyone was really attentive and determined I would not be uncomfortable.

    My mobility in my affected arm was good right form the start - this can vary, best to do the exercises (you will be taught how) as soon and as often as recommended. I am sure others can add their tips about looking after yourself in the days following. Drains are usually the biggest pest - easy to trip over when they are in, and everyone wants them out as soon as possible, but your medical team will be looking to ensure you have no side effects that can be avoided, so best to take their advice. This is a good step towards feeling cancer free, very best wishes for Tuesday.

  • JoannieJoannie Member Posts: 64
    It is scary, just the thought of surgery!  However you will be in good hands.  I went to a public hospital and had a bi lateral lumpectomy, full clearance of lymph nodes on right, and a few removed on the left.  I must say after surgery I woke up and was so alert, and did not feel sore at all!  They must have pumped me with some pretty good painkillers. That night I felt uncomfortable from the drains and trying to sleep on my back, but they kept asking if I wanted painkillers, said to take them before pain set in, so I listened and did as I was told.

    Expect to feel tired though, and sleep and rest when you need to when you get home.  I was in hospital for 2 nights as I had surgery on both sides.  See if you can get a "zonta" cushion from your breast care nurse.  Also make sure you have a post surgery bra, as you will need to sleep with that on.

    I had some fun with the staff the day of my surgery, when asked to repeat in my words what surgery/procedure I was having .. I replied... I am having a nose job, a chin lift and a tummy tuck (chuckling as I was saying it).  Best wishes for Tuesday.
  • JoannieJoannie Member Posts: 64
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    I can honestly say the worst part for me was having to be in a shared ward with men, but that is just about everywhere in Australia these days.  Not sure if that happens in the private hospitals ???
  • ScooperScooper Member Posts: 113
    Hello. You have gone through in my opinion chemotherapy which can be very very difficult. I am not being flippant but I found the lumpectomy and node clearance reasonably pain free and uncomplicated. The drain was a pain but that was only for a short time. It is scary having surgery. I remember crying before they knocked me out. I stayed overnight as I had major surgery on my cervical spine a few weeks before. Take painkillers when needed, rest up, no housework or heavy lifting. Just eat small light meals a few days before and after. Cancer is crap. Go out Monday somewhere with your family and friends. My very best wishes for successful surgery. Xxxxxx
  • smokie08smokie08 Member Posts: 4
    Thank you all so much it has helped a bit.  I will go out for the day on Monday with my husband.   I dont think i will sleep much Monday night but that's not unusual i am going through the menapause as well from the chemo!! What fun !!!!!! I will let you know how i get on with the surgery next week Xxxx
  • onemargieonemargie queenslandMember Posts: 431
    Hi there @smokie08 I had surgery prior to mt chemo so a bit different to you. I chose to have a mastectomy rather than lumpectomy as I would of had Chemo and radiation with the lumpectomy and only chemo with the mastectomy. Took 8 lymph nodes but they were all clear. And scans etczll clear too  I then took the right boob off 6 months later. My choice as I felt it was the right thing to do for me. I didn’t have much pain post surgery either the drains took a bit to get used to but I worked it out. I was actually hanging Xmas lights on our gutters nov last year after my r side was done and I use the drain bag to carry my scissors and cable ties etc. I got bored so had to do something!, anyway do as I say not as I do! I was very good and didn’t lift my right arm like I was advised but advantageous that I am left handed. I also had to share a room with blokes. They were nice enough just made sure I always had undies on under my gown so if the back flew open the poor buggers didn’t cop an eye full of arse!, the next morning I put my own clothes on so it was fine. You’ll get through it lovey. Margie xx 
  • primekprimek Broken HillMember Posts: 3,201
    Welcome and hope all goes well with surgery. Perfectly normal to feel nervous. Kath x
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