Stage 2B Patient
It has been one month since my double mastectomy. I am glad for my decision because I don't ever want to go through this cancer and the surgeries again! I have had 4 procedures trying to be conservative and finally gave up! Plus! This way they can reconstruct you to be equal on both sides. Let me ask, where do YOU usually lose weight first? Mine is my boobs. So, even if they match them now, when you are older, one will sag and the other will be perky. Hmm....
Double has been painful, but doable. They took my ovaries at the same time and put me into immediate menopause. THAT part sucks, but ... it's still doable. The pillow idea is perfect. I slept in an inclined position with pillows under my knees for the most part. If you've had a sentinel node removal, you know the restriction you had in your arm? This isn't as prevalent for the mastectomies. But - you will soon figure out that everything you do practically involves your pectoral muscles, which will probably have spacers under them. It's not painful, but mildly irritating. No ice. No heat packs. Get soft pjs, as my doc said no bra, also, for 3 weeks, and EVERYTHING irritated my flaps just from breathing in my clothes!
Have someone keep a medication record for you so you know when it's safe to take your meds again. I would have abused them! Let friends baby-sit you! I had 3 a day that took shifts. It was wonderful to visit and to have their love and care. Get a little book people can sign for you - because you will forget who came to see you in the hospital and maybe at home, too! I just read through mine and got quite a few chuckles. Give yourself time to heal. Emotionally as well. It's a big deal. Don't push it. Know you will have days that the tears won't stay away. Tomorrow will be better. Bask in your good days! Good luck to you!