First the good news.
The yucky drains are out now! Today at 10 am my surgeon yanked them out of my body. Yes, yanked. She pulled like she was trying to start a lawnmower. One swift fast motion. It was gross.
I was scared. I asked her 'do I breath in or out while you do this?'
"Sure." - that was her answer.
Now I know she's really not listening to me.
But it's too late, she pulls and I have time to hold my breath. The first drain comes out easy, with no pain at all, just a weird slushy sensation. I breathe out. That was not bad at all. I can do this.
She goes for the next one. Holy crap. That one hurt. A lot.
I can't do this.
The clear tube was outside of my body, the white tube is the piece they pulled out of me.
I had 2 drains on each side collecting lymphatic fluid for me after the operation. I guess that is fluid in your armpit area that normally just flows through, but after an operation can build up, so they stick these drains in to collect it. Here is what they look like. The white part of the tube is inside you still collecting fluid and draining it into the grenade looking thingy at the bottom. When they yanked it out today I realized for the first time just how much of the tubing was still left in me.
Glad to be done with that.
Now the bad news.
No pathology report yet. It's not ready yet. So disappointing.
I was really hoping I'd finally find out my results today. Now I gotta wait til next week. Oh, and wait, my surgeon is going on vacation this week coming up so I will be getting my results from my family doctor - who will not be able to EXPLAIN THEM to me.
It just gets better and better.
I've been doing a lot of reading on this on my own anyway, so I think I'll
be able to understand it. I hope so anyway. I only want to know three things:
1. Was it in the lymph nodes?
2. Were the margins clear of the tissue they removed?
3. What stage is it at?
As soon as I find out I will let you
In the meantime, I'm spending a lot of time showering and laying down.
You know, the finer things in life.
REALITY CHECK BELOW
This is what I look like after the stitches and drains were removed.
All there is left are scars.
Visible and invisible.