Dealing With a Mastectomy - Part 1 Video

In this video, Jane talks about her recent mastectomy. Part 1 of 2
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Today is the 22nd of February and on Wednesday the 28th, I had a double mastectomy surgery done and they also have a—put in for my future chemotherapy treatments. So I went into the hospital about six o’clock in the morning. It was an eight o’clock case I've got already and went down and I think I was in the surgery for about five hours. What I remember is once I’ve got into the LR and then I think I fought with the anesthesia mask a little bit. I think I remember telling them I was claustrophobic, take that thing off of me. Then waking up in the recovery room where they pack you. I kind like came to a little slower I think this time than I did. And I really don’t have a rugged concept of time but I think it was close to four o’clock or so when they were ready to release me from the recovery room and take me up to a room. I had excellent nursing care. The nurse they were very anticipatory of your needs so I felt very comfortable that I sent my husband home to sleep that night. I didn’t have him stay with me, but I did have a friend of mine who is a nurse, Linda stay with me and that was very comforting thing too. They brought a couch in a room so she had a place to sleep and basically I slept pretty well from 11 to three in the morning and then they woke me up and drain some blood and nurse came back in and took more vital signs, and oh, that’s the one thing with vital signs since I had bilateral mastectomies they used my leg to take my blood pressure in which is with different sensation but not terrible, but basically after the surgery besides the surgical bandages and the two drains on either side, I had a full caterer in over night. I had oxygen on and I still have my peripheral IV. They did not access my port while I was in the hospital. So anyway, by three o’clock in the morning my IV had started to kind of infiltrate. My hand was plumpy and I was tolerating clear liquids pretty well by that time, so we took that out and then at six o’clock my folly came out and at one point I’ve taken my 02 off and my 02 saturation work all that great, so I have to leave it on for a while longer I also had STDs which are the rotating inflation cups that you wear on your legs to help prevent pulmonary embolism or vein thrombosis and those stayed on until about six o’clock that morning too. So by six I was pretty much free on my tubes and things and ready to get up and going in fact I got up, got dressed in my own pajamas and kind of clean up a little bit and sat up in a chair and walked around the room, and I was ready to go by nine o’clock when the physician came in I was definitely ready to go, so I told him that—

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