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The breast surgeon visited me in the waiting room to give me an update. The mastectomy procedure took longer than expected due to having a small area to work in.  The surgeons were working to save the skin and nipples, plus keep the incisions as small as possible, so it took longer removing the breast tissue.

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I received word that Diane’s breast surgeon started the procedure at 8:00 am. The time frame that we were told to expect was two hours for each surgeon and one hour in recovery. Then if all is well Diane will be sent up to her room.

We saw the breast surgeon in the prep area and she introduced her assisting surgeon. By using two surgeons the mastectomy is completed quicker, allowing the plastic surgeon as much time as he needs to complete his work. The breast surgeon informed us that the plastic surgeon we are using is pretty meticulous in his work so they like to give him that little bit of extra time.

As most of you know, Diane is away visiting her mom.  Usually this would mean a nice little break apart from each other; Diane gets precious, quality time with her mom and I get to batch-it with our boys.  I usually tease her that I do not miss her, even though I do.  I was looking forward to it, I figured if she was not here reminding me what was to come, I could relax, take it a little easy, have a break.  Concentrate on work, get a lot accomplished there.  No such luck.  😦

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Diane was able to get her plastic surgeon to agree with changing the scheduling of her surgery from April to March.  The day we met him in his office to decide  what was going to be the plan for the recon, he mentioned that he was keeping his schedule light in the middle of March due to the impending birth of his child.  The surgery is scheduled for March 16 and the baby is due on the 18th!

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I showed the blog that I had setup to Diane.  I did not know what her reaction would be, she has always been very guarded about giving out details to others.  She was pleased, she said she had visited another blog dealing with a person at church and she thought it was a good idea.  I think that is why she was OK with it, I’m just happy that she is, I was going to write it anyway.  We would just have kept it private until she was OK with sharing the content with others.

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I decided to start this blog (Journal) for a number of reasons.

  1. It gives family and friends a place to go for updates.
  2. It gives me a place to write down all the crap that is floating around in my head that deals with this situation.  If I write it down then I do not feel the pressure to try to remember everything that I need to retain in the memory banks.  I do not want to forget anything that may be important later on.  It also helps me to concentrate on other important life challenges, such as my job.
  3. It gives others that may find themselves in a similar situation a place to go for info.  We will probably post a message in the Susan G. Komen and other message boards at some point so that anyone that does a search looking for info on the same diagnosis will be able to find the link.
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