• In the next few days before my bilateral mastectomy...

    Asked by Ydnar2xer on Thursday, August 16, 2012

    In the next few days before my bilateral mastectomy...

    Do any of you ladies have any words of advice for me? What worked for you? What should I avoid? Is there anything that will make it easier to take?

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      During my "Journey" I posted the details on my wall -- and I mean details -- but it was therapeutic for me and I thought it may help others who are just starting. There are some hints within the details -- like taking Claritin before Neulesta shot to prevent bone pain, etc. Hopefully, it will let you know what worked for me and what is out there for you. Best of luck and please keep us updated.

      about 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Avoid smoking. Avoid eating for 12 hours before surgery. If you tend to get nausea from anesthesia, ask for a scopolomene (sp) patch. Be sure you have clothes that are easy to get into and out of. You will have drains and possible limited range of motion for the first week or two.

      about 8 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      I am sure you will get advice about drains, which are the hardest part of the whole shebang. So I will suggest: Bring some funny movies to the hospital with you. I know that sounds strange. But I had time in the hospital and Mrs. Doubtfire kept me sane. Also, don't be a hero, take the painkillers. They help you mend faster. xoxoxox Lynn

      about 8 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      thanks to all of you. I have had drains before when I had self-imposed breast reduction (!), so am familiar with the angst they bring. I don't smoke, so that's not a problem. (How can you smoke and risk lung cancer when you already have breast cancer? I don't get it~) I have been wearing my oh so lovely sweat pants, t-shirts and flip flops the past two weeks for all of the tests I have had and plan to wear the same haute couture while at the hospital which I'm sure will cause quite a stir among both patients and hospital staff. For movies, it's either Lucy at the chocolate factory or anything Seinfeld for me! Thank you all for your thoughtful, caring responses. I know this is what must be done, but that doesn't make it any less scary. I will bid my Grandma boobs goodbye in just 5 days~ YIKES.

      about 8 years ago
    • MarnieC's Avatar

      Get yourself some arnica - I used the homeopathic variety for about a week before surgery and it reduced my bruising, pain and swelling so much that my surgeon now carries it in his practice and recommends it! If you need more info on it, just ask me. Sending you hugs today.

      about 8 years ago
    • Irishsurvivor's Avatar

      I opted for bilateral mastectomies 1/2011. I told myself and my family this was going to be a life saving surgery for me, I repeated this to myself as often as I needed. A friend gave me a zip up sweat jacket that she sewed a pocket on each inside middle front part for my drains to sit in, it was soooo helpful!. The "moon pillows" I was given in the hospital to tuck in each armpit helped. Zip/button front tops where best for me, couldn't get my arms into a pull over top. My husband and daughter stayed in the hosp. 24/7 with me, which was so helpful. My daughter stayed at home with me for 2 wks after surgery which really helped me emotionally and physically. Rest as much as you can, take the painkillers as needed and be kind to yourself. Remember breasts are over rated and you ARE beautiful without them!
      Good luck with your life saving surgery!

      about 8 years ago
    • Rose's Avatar

      When I came home from the hospital I had three drain tubes with bulbs. They were pinned to a garment to hold them in place. But to shower that was the tricky part. I found a thin, soft nylon belt that went to a bathrobe. I made a long necklace type of thing out of it to pin my drain bulbs to. It needs to hang down almost to your belly button. You just pin the tubes to it and when your done you can re-pin the bulbs back to your garment.

      about 8 years ago
    • GetMyLifeBack's Avatar

      I used guided imagery to help me deal with pre-surgery anxiety and it was great. Talk to your anesthesiologist about having music therapy or guided imagery during the surgery as well. Get a wedge pillow for your bed because it will be easier to get in and out of bed. Use whatever version of baby wipes/wetnaps you like to help you feel fresh when you can't shower. Take a large button up shirt to change into after surgery because you won't be able to raise your hands above your head for a while. Good luck!

      about 8 years ago

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