Make sure you have plenty of shirts or tops that are easy to get in out of. Arrange a schedule for friends to bring meals for a couple weeks. Tell people you'll need to rest the first few days home from the hospital and they can visit after that. Get someone to help clean your house. Shave your legs and paint your toenails! These are things I've learned over the past year since I had my double mast and other surgeries. Best of luck you!
I am wondering the same thing. My surgery is next Friday.0
Thank you for your answer! Becoming more real now!0
Lots of prayer...0
I had a really difficult time with the actual surgery part...I kept picturing it in my head & it was terrible! So, I decided (with some advice from my sister, who had already been through it) to focus on the sleep. Prior to my surgery, every time I had a scary picture pop into my head, I thought about falling asleep instead. Falling into an uninterrupted, solid sleep (something I think is so rare for most of us these days). Friends & family helped a lot, too. They really helped lift my spirits & remind me that I was saving my own life. I was brave & they admired/supported me for that. That helped. :)
On the day of surgery, I thought about breathing calmly all the way to the hospital (about an hour), especially because my day did not start as expected! They changed my appt time early that morning & everything felt rushed. I called a friend, who reminded me that it didn't matter what time it was or that things had changed...I was going to go through the same thing & should use the plans I had. So I continued to make efforts to breathe calmly (to the point of meditation, perhaps). I thought about easily changing into my hospital gear & leaving my mother in the waiting room. I told myself I had been taken care of so well to this point by my doctors that I knew I was in good hands. I pictured Mom reading her Kindle & maybe even dozing off a bit here & there (it was early morning) & found comfort in the fact that I knew she'd be there when I woke up. Things went as smoothly as I had imagined & I attribute that to remaining calm & breathing. And then I focused on the wonderful feeling of falling asleep. I had showered the night before & felt very clean & that helped reduce my modesty, once on the table. They moved me into position & I focused on breathing...I mean I actually focused on the feeling, the sound, & the sensation of breath entering & exiting my lungs.
Throughout the entire process, there was still an underlying layer of anxiousness...but the breathing & looking forward to that peaceful, long sleep made it so much easier to overcome. Then the doctor says to talk or count back from 100 or whatever they say & you're finally in that wonderful, deep sleep.
It may sound sort of lame, but I was having panic attacks & crying fits about the surgery, so I had to try something. And this worked for me. :) I hope it helps you in some way.
Thank you so much. This helps!0
If you are having a bilateral mastectomy and don't have bandages large enough to cover your incision, unscented sanitary napkins.... sticky side up soft side down of course works well. Just tape them on. It was very difficult for me to find bandages at the local drug store large enough to cover since I had lymph nodes removes and my scar is long. I hope this helps.0
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