Diane had her appointment with the breast surgeon this morning.   The surgeon told us everything is going well with Diane’s recovery.  There is a little fluid building up on the side of her left breast and if it continues to accumulate, then it may need to be drained.  If the fluid needs draining it can wait until Monday to make an appointment for later that day.  The breast surgeon said she could do it; or if the plastic surgeon prefers, he can do it otherwise.  The body would normally absorb most of the fluid at this stage, but sometimes it does need to be drained.

The breast surgeon wants to see Diane every six months for the next two years to do a visual check-up.  There will  always be a minute amount of breast tissue present in her body, it is not possible to remove all of it, individual or small groups of cells are so small that some are always left behind.  If a mass did form from what is left behind there is very little space for the mass to hide.  So if anything does form it can usually be found easily, with Diane’s frame there is just a thin layer of tissue left between the pectoral muscle and the skin.  Mammograms are a thing of the past, an ultrasound or MRI would be ordered if a mass was visually found at some point.

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Diane visited the plastic surgeon today.  He removed the tape that was covering the drains at the point where they emerged from the upper incisions.  The tape was irritating and uncomfortable since day one, I think it has been Diane’s number one complaint.  Then he pulled and the drain tubes slipped right out.  The drain ports were a constant pain in her side, plus they kept her from sleeping on her side, sleeping on her back had been getting old.  The drain reservoirs and tubes were always in the way too.

Diane asked the surgeon if everything looked fine.  He smiled and proudly said of course, you look great already and you will only look better as we move forward.  Diane really likes him, he is so positive and he is confident in his abilities.  He is meticulous in his work and it shows, if he wasn’t a surgeon he would probably be an artist. Read the rest of this entry »

The breast surgeon’s assistant called Diane with a mini report.  The surgeon is trying to get a definitive answer on any risks involved in keeping the left nipple, that is the one that was a concern going into this.  The left breast had the most going on inside it, the right one not so much.  They do know that there was no cancer present, and that is the most important news of all.

We will be meeting with the breast surgeon on Friday during Diane’s scheduled appointment to discuss the pathology report in greater detail.  We will know then, what the recommendation will be for the right nipple.  That’s all we know for now.

OK, first the bad news.  It’s only bad news because it is no news, yet.  I’m not very good at waiting, for example; I can’t wait until all this is a memory in our past.  More on the news front, starting in the morning.

Diane called the plastic surgeon’s office to report on the drainage levels.  I empty the reservoirs twice a day, but the 6:30am one is the one that needs to be constant.  Diane is supposed to call the office once a day and report the 24hr amount.  Today was the first day she could call in due to the weekend.  Diane talked to the office manager and she told her the amounts looked good.  So now Diane has an appointment with the plastic surgeon Thursday morning and if all goes well the drains will be removed.  That would be welcomed by both of us, but especially the “wonderful, beautiful” patient.  (That was for anyone that thinks I am doing this to build up points with the “wonderful, beautiful” patient  😉 .)

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It snowed more than 1″ last night, the snow stuck to all the trees, bushes, grass, and even coated the wood fence on the north faces.  The roads were too warm so the snow melted right away, the only areas that could cause difficulty were the bridges and overpasses.  The boys went to church this morning, while I stayed home with Diane and rested.

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Diane continues to do well and make good progress.  We had a lot of rain starting early this morning, it was a heavy, cold rain.  There was snow at the tail end of the storm, but that was well to the north.

Bonnie came by this morning after the storms had passed and the sky was trying to clear.  She brought her special tape and a stool for us to use in the tub if we wanted.  We checked the tape under Diane’s arms that was causing so much discomfort, but there was nothing we could do to change it in order to take the discomfort away.  The tape is sealing the drain ports protruding from the incision that was used to clear the breast tissue from the upper breast cavity.

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I thought I would have one patient to take care of this week, wrong.  This is not the first case of poison oak I’ve had, last year I had a case too, but this year it is much worse.  Last year’s bout was easily taken care of with  a homeopathic remedy I bought at a local vitamin store.  This time in addition to taking the aforementioned remedy, I have stayed busy applying a topical gel to help dry up the blisters, provide itch relief, and protect against  infection.  Ice has been my best friend, I even used ice at the hospital, it helps tremendously with calming the inflammation accompanying the blisters and providing additional itch relief.

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Diane is progressing nicely, she slept good last night in between potty breaks and medicine taking.  It was good that her wake-up times were almost perfect timing with the meds schedule.  She got out of bed early this morning and I set her up in my nice big comfy Lay-Z-Boy recliner, I gave her phone to her and I took mine to the bedroom.  She needs help putting the footrest down so she is stuck in the chair unless someone rescues her.  It wasn’t long before she had company from one of the boys.

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Diane’s home and still improving.  I’m glad to have her home :-), but I’ve lost my favorite chair temporarily :-(, oh well… I will survive.  I can’t believe how busy things have been for me, I was wondering how I would be passing the time while at the hospital.  You know, with all the people they have there to take care of Diane what would I do all day.  That was not a problem, Diane was keeping me busy.  It was difficult finding the time to blog too.  Now that we are home we have two other helpers here, they can help with some of the little things that Diane needs too.

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Diane is doing much better today.  She slept good last night, she had her little snacks with the meds to ward off nausea.  She looks good, her color is all back, and she is in better spirits.  She had her sponge bath today, yesterday they decided not to do one because of the way she was feeling.

The pastor called this morning and asked if Diane wanted him to come by, it is spring break and the pastor and his family were out of town for a few days.  We had a nice visit with him just before lunch.

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