I have been a little quiet as I didn’t want to bore you with my frustration in waiting for the genetic test results. Then I got them and everything moved into hyper drive again.
My last chemo was revolting. After such a happy day on the day of chemo the following days were the worst I have felt. Boy was I glad that was the last one!! It certainly accumulated in my body. Yuck. I am more than convinced that coming in fit certainly helped me through it. I am VERY glad that is over.
So the minute chemo was over my surgeon Dr Sarah Nietz (enter my amazing surgeon💞) didn’t let me rest for a minute. Ronwyn my oncologist had messaged her at my last chemo so the wheels started turning so quickly again. I was feeling so uneasy without the genetic results which were taking forever. We booked the lumpectomy and reduction regardless (Sarah is telepathic and knew it would be negative 😂) and thank goodness the test came back that next week as negative. I was rather relieved, not only from the operation perspective but also from my family’s perspective. No one needed to be tested. Phew n
I also had the pleasure of meeting my new plastic surgeon who works with Sarah, Dr Sheree Koonin (enter other awesome surgeon💞). I certainly hit the jackpot in terms of medical teams. I can’t say it enough. Sheree took the dreaded before photo which was beyond gross and I asked her to go as small as possible. She promised she would do her best.
So Friday the 13th arrived. Lucky for some, lucky for me. Had the best anaethetist Daryl who I had told about my worst fear for surgery – the fact that my veins are shot from chemo. He tried once gave it up as a bad joke and I got the best gas ever!!! My hero😂 I woke with a drip which held the whole time so he did really well. Sheree also drew pretty pictures on me with her tape measure and spirit level. She says her dad is very proud she uses boy tools cause he only has daughters!😂😂
Surgery took almost 5 hours cause they were low on some manpower but all went really well. They gave me some goooood drugs and I slept well on Friday night! I saw both my awesome surgeons in my drug haze and got the just that all went well. I was so out of it I didn’t even notice my flat chest 😂😂
The next morning Sarah came to see me and told me while I was sober that all went well. We do have to wait for the pathology to make sure it’s all out but I have every confidence that Sarah did.
Then Sheree came to see me and for the first time I actually looked at my new boobs! Wow! It’s going to be an adjustment to put it mildly. They removed a kg out of each breast!!! That is insane! Sheree said she kept taking more cause I told her I want small. I am so excited!!!! Sarah and Sheree even gave me a gift for post surgery!!!
I also saw my fabulous physio Candice who happens to love the bush and knows my friend Kelly! Small world it is! She was just as fabulous and showed me how to move without arms. Thank goodness I have abdominal muscles!!!!
The underlying message of this blog, whilst I wanted to update you all, was to celebrate my medical team. I firmly believe that they are the reason this journey has been so seamless. Girl power to the max! Nobody has forgotten about me and have helped me every step of the way! They have just been amazing. I thought this is normal but it certainly isn’t. When in hospital my lovely neighbour was in agony and she just didn’t get any love or sympathy from her team. Her physio was like the gestapo and her doctor was downright mean to her. I was horrified and felt so bad for her. It was such an absolute pleasure seeing my team. They came early and all instructions were so clear. I also have so much post op information to instruct me. Thank you Sheree and Sarah for being so awesome! And thanks Candice for making me wear my slippers😂😂 ( I will tell you why when j see you)
So it’s 3 weeks of recovery. Pain isn’t bad but I feel rather useless. Instructions are that I am to act like a princess for the next three weeks! My mom and sister are here at my side doing everything. Not sure what I would have done without them. It sucks not being able to do stuff (enter control freak) but I know it will be over soon. Worst is I can’t shower for three weeks either😳😳😳 I very quickly installed a hand shower so I can wash nether regions until a proper shower (enter OCD freak😂😂). Works perfectly.
I may bore you again if I get beyond bored at home. 😂😂 but hoping to start with some walking in about a week to get some fresh air so I don’t go off my trolley!! 😂😂
Thanks for all the fabulous messages of support. Each and every one is appreciated 💞💞💞 I won’t scare with the new boobs but trust me they are awesome. I think my back is confused😂😂😂