Sunday, 28 April 2013

Drain Removal... ouchy

Off we trundled to Morriston Hospital in Swansea to have my drain and dressings removed. The drain was stitched in, removal of the stitch was easy enough, though the withdrawal of the drain itself was toe curling stuff. A nurse offered her hand to grip... I hope she’s now got her circulation back. They are pleased with progress and I just have to return in three months for a check-up, an appointment date will be posted. Julia (a breast specialist nurse) mentioned that I could consider having a nipple tattooed on… but that is something for me to bear in mind for the future. If I am not happy with anything at all I’m to ring them; this includes comfort and how my right breast ‘looks’ to me. They have made it clear that they will do anything to help me on this journey. The nurses replaced some of the dressings, not so much for practical reasons but they wondered if the ‘reveal’ may be easier in stages for me. I can choose to face the scar when I’m ready.

Similar area pictured as in 'Blue Boob' post.
Now much more swollen and a little black and blue.
The swelling and bruising will go down given time.
I’d rearranged my two separate hospital appointments so they were both on the Friday… Singleton hospital is about 20 minutes away from Morriston and is where I was to hear my lab results. Unfortunately we discovered that Singleton had not yet been able to have an interdisciplinary meeting. Although they actually have my histology report they will need to re-book an appointment in a further 10 days time (they only meet once a week on a Friday). The breast care cancer team had tried to call, but of course we were on our way. The waiting is emotionally wearing, but on the other hand I’d rather not be given any incorrect information.

Wednesday, after a request from Jill, I'm having the Mirena coil removed. Mirena contains levonorgestrel, a type of progestogen which is slowly released over a period of five years or so.


Rob-bear said...

So: they took you in, removed the drain, and said, "That's enough out of you."

Glad to know that you are healing. Not an easy time, I realize. But things will get better.

Blessings and Bear hugs!
Bears Noting
Life in the Urban Forest (My poetry blog)

Maa said...

I'm so glad things are going ok for you. I think of you often and am sending you a hug to keep you company. I'm too far away to be able to do anything else. Hugs Sue

Midlife Singlemum said...

Things seem to be going according to plan - so far so good. Great that the hospital don't want to see you for three months. Good luck for the meeting in 10 days. xxx

the veg artist said...

All sounding good so far.
A tattoo? Did you know that they are all the rage in Liverpool and Essex? Not for genuine reasons, but just because they want darker nipples!!!!

Chris Stovell said...

My toes were curling for you there! I also felt sad for you that the results hadn't arrived. All best wishes for when they come in and for better times ahead.

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