Double Mastectomy - Clementine_P

Procedure or Surgery Associated with Invasive Lobular Carcinoma . Posted on August 13, 2011 View this journey (13 Experiences)

The lead up to the surgery (about 2 weeks from diagnosis) was a whirlwind of emotions, tests and stress. I had to take a leave of absence from my job of 13 years, tell family/friends, have a chest x-ray, PET scan, blood tests, urine tests, and try to wrap my brain around what was going on with me. In retrospect, I feel that those 2 weeks were the hardest time for me during this entire ordeal. The day of the surgery I had to get up very early and check in to the hospital. With my husband and father at my side, we went and checked in. They gave me a shot in my breast which was uncomfortable to say the least. After that, I had to go into a small room with my husband and met each member of the surgical staff one at a time. It was odd - at this point, I was ready to just get the show on the road. It felt like I was in some sort of twisted meet and greet session. My surgeon came into the room and wrote his initials on my breasts so that if I somehow walked into the wrong room, they would realize that they had the wrong patient. Weirdly, I had to walk myself into the operating room with the head nurse at my side and get myself onto the table. On the one hand, I wanted to marvel at how cool and technologically advanced the operating room was, but on the other hand I was frightened, exhausted, and really thrown off by the fact that I had to walk into the room. I guess I just assumed (too many viewings of the TV show ER?) that I would be wheeled in under sedation. Not so.

I got myself onto the table and promptly started to cry. This was my first real "weak moment" during this entire ordeal. Both the surgeon and the plastic surgeon rushed to my side and said lovely comforting things. Then everything went black. The anesthesiologist must have hit the plunger.

The next thing I remember is waking up in recovery with the surgeon's hand on my forehead say that "everything looked good". I was heavily sedated but I could see both my father and husband standing at the end of the bed looking, sad/relieved/exhausted. What a day.

Went as Expected: Agree
Minimal Recovery: Agree
Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA

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