Thursday, August 18, 2011

Post-Final Reconstruction surgery

Last Monday I went under the knife for what will hopefully be my final surgery related to breast cancer.  The lead-up to surgery wasn't exactly full of epic last rides; other more important, and not exactly happy things came up.  That said, I did have the opportunity to test my fitness prior to surgery.  I jumped into a few Tuesday night races and I'm happy to report that I can still keep up with the fast girls! (at least for short distances)

As for recovery from surgery, so far, it seems to be going well.  My favorite anesthesiologist gave me what she calls the cadillac treatment and as usual I woke up quickly and was ready to get home.  The total procedure only took about 2 hours, but of course, with surgical delays we were at the hospital eight hours.  Once home, I was recovered enough to have a full dinner.

The worst part about the surgery (so far) is that I woke up in this compression bra:

Besides being ugly, it is horribly uncomfortable.  I am supposed to wear it 24 hours a day, for 3 weeks, except when showering.  I've been taking very long showers.........This is the most miserable $90 bra I have ever had, and now I have two!

Pain has been quite manageable.  I took Lortab day 1, Tylenol day 2, and nothing today.  So far, the incisions look good, but I have strict precautions for at least two weeks.  Basically, I am not supposed to do anything that stretches or puts tension on the incisions.

My hopes are to get on the trainer at one week post-op, road bike at two weeks, and mountain bike at three weeks.......It's going to be a long few weeks, but then again I have already managed to somehow keep my sanity with eight months of treatment....

Once I am completely healed and back to normal activities I will be able to officially celebrate being done.

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