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When plants take over
Friday, January 13, 2017      0 comments

It's been a month and a half and my surgical drain was put back in. It just doesn't want to leave me, I swear! Good news is that it's draining far less than before. It only put out 32 mL today -- a big decrease from the 40 mL it was putting out ... Read more
Still draining
Tuesday, January 03, 2017      2 comments

I went back to see my surgeon again today. The drain is still putting out fluid every day -- between 37-38 mL daily. That's down slightly from before. For weeks, it seemed to be stuck at 40 mL. I go back to see my surgeon again next Monday. Mor... Read more
Another update
Thursday, December 22, 2016      0 comments

I see my surgeon again next Wednesday for a follow-up. I'm worried, as the drainage hasn't slowed down over the last two and a half weeks. Still putting out 40 mL of fluid every 24 hours. I'm definitely frustrated with this healing process. I'... Read more
Eek! So nervous..
Sunday, December 18, 2016      2 comments

I go back to my surgeon for a follow up tomorrow morning. My drain is still kicking out a considerable amount of liquid. It was around 40 mL every day this week. Went to measure it this evening and it was up to 45 mL for today. I'm baffled. It'... Read more
Snowy Saturday
Saturday, December 17, 2016      1 comments

It snowed here today -- we got several inches. Hubs did all of the shoveling since I'm not allowed to lift more than 5 lbs. It sounds crazy, but I normally LOVE to shovel right after a snow storm. It's so blissful and pretty outside. It felt st... Read more
Forward steps
Monday, December 12, 2016      1 comments

I saw my surgeon this morning for a follow up. I'm healing nicely. Drain will likely be in for another two weeks. I also signed myself up for the Livestrong program at my gym. Just sent them my intake forms. The program kicks off in mid-January... Read more
Short update
Friday, December 09, 2016      2 comments

The drain is draining. My energy is coming back. Most of the swelling has gone away. I'm relieved to be mending. They put me on heavy antibiotics while I have the drain in. Other than that, things seem to be progressing. I go back to the doct... Read more
The verdict
Tuesday, December 06, 2016      2 comments

I went to see my surgeon early Monday morning. He took one look at my skin and said that I needed surgery immediately. Apparently, there was a lot of fluid pooling in the area where he originally operated back in mid-November. Gross, I know. ... Read more
Called my surgeon
Sunday, December 04, 2016      1 comments

I see him tomorrow to look at my surgical site. He says that it's not uncommon for women who have had radiation to have issues with the skin accepting the implant. He thinks that there may be fluid building up around the implant. With the drain ... Read more
Possible setback
Sunday, December 04, 2016      1 comments

I had my last surgical drain taken out last Wednesday. On Thursday evening, I not only came down with flu (it's been circulating around our house for the last several weeks - I was the last to get it), the right side of my chest reconstruction s... Read more
Recovery going well
Thursday, December 01, 2016      0 comments

i finally got my last surgical drain out yesterday. I won't miss it. ;-) It's nice to not be tethered to it anymore. My reconstruction surgery was my final big milestone in this marathon of a process. It's a relief to be over and done with th... Read more
Friday, November 18, 2016      3 comments

Surgery went well. I arrived home Thursday afternoon. I'm sore, but mending. I continually remind myself that I have to take it easy. Took my first post-surgery shower this afternoon. The first shower is always the hardest, it seems. I still ha... Read more
Today is the big day
Wednesday, November 16, 2016      7 comments

I've been waiting for a year since my initial cancer diagnosis and surgery for this day. Today, I get put back together in what I hope will be my last major surgery and a chance for me to close out this chapter of my life and move on forward. Pl... Read more
My wellness horoscope today was spot on
Tuesday, November 08, 2016      0 comments

"When you are disciplined, no other sign can produce the kind of beneficial life source that you are capable of because your higher self is generally geared toward helping others. You must ground your physical body in the here and now to be able... Read more
Monday, November 07, 2016      1 comments

I found my hiking boots this afternoon. They were a gently used pair of Ahnu that I found at Savers for $7.99. I wasn't really looking for them, to be honest. They kind of found me. "Hey," I thought to myself, "I haven't owned a pair of these si... Read more

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