Well, thank God, the pain is lessening.
I can not comfortably sit or lay down which means very little sleep. I am sleeping for just a couple of hours each night, sometimes only an hour. It is pretty crazy in that regard. But, thankfully the lack of sleep now is not due to unbearable pain – the pain I have experienced since surgery has been so intense – two and three hour periods at a time of continuous stabbing pain. I have never experienced so much physical pain in my life. Just incredible. And, I am writing about it because I want to have it here for others – who might consider the type of reconstructive surgery that I have had – to see so they can know what to expect.
I will write more about the specific type of breast reconstruction (there are several different options) later. But, I definitely wanted to capture now, while I am in the midst of recovery, just how difficult everything is.
Not so much to convince a fellow breast cancer patient to have a different type of reconstruction (although, if I could do this differently, I never would do it this way, and, would consider seriously whether I would have any reconstruction done at all) but, instead to prepare anyone who is going to go through this for what is really coming.
Knowing that I have to go through this very same procedure again in about three or four months is pretty tough. I mean I don’t have to go through it again, but, if I don’t, then I will have only one reconstructed breast. I have jokingly been referring to myself as Lisa – uni-boob. But, I really don’t want to have that name permanently.
I am very weak, have trouble getting around still. But, my nurse says that is more likely (at this point) due to the antibiotics I am on. I had never heard of that before. But, apparently the IV antibiotics I am on now cause muscle weakness, body aches and just a general not feeling good kind of thing.
What I have noticed is that everything I try to eat tastes awful – the drug (which I taste when it goes in and I taste for several hours after the administration of it) alters your taste. Things taste really different. Mostly, things just taste spoiled – really weird. But, this is all temporary. I think I only have another 6 days of the antibiotic (I hope so),
Well, I just wanted to provide an update and share some good news.
Thank you for your continued prayers, I really need it and I am very grateful for your prayers.
Love and peace,