Oh Brother . . .

12 May

Well, just when I thought I had enough on my plate (okay, more than enough, thank you. I have all the helpings of “enough” that I can tolerate) I just discovered another little gem.

I was getting ready to go into my cardiologist’s office to have another EKG and I discovered something that is not right. I have expanders that were place when I had the mastectomy last year. These are to remain until I have breast reconstruction. Well, it appears that one has ruptured or broken inside. I don’t know what the technical term would be, but, it isn’t so good.

I called my surgeon’s office to let them know that something isn’t right. It is on the radiated side. I hope I am wrong, but, it doesn’t seem good.

I have been having pain and swelling down my right side and under my right arm. I think it is fluid that has escaped from the expander. Ugh. I have heard this can happen, although it is not supposed to.

I don’t know what is done if the expander ruptures. I presume they have to go in and replace it, but, can they? Crap.

Well, please say some prayers for me, I really need it.

Much love,


2 Responses to “Oh Brother . . .”

  1. Sandy May 12, 2010 at 2:03 PM #



    • cancerfree2b May 12, 2010 at 6:19 PM #

      Thank you Sandy, I guess in the scheme of things, having a problem with the expander (versus having a heart problem) is really not a big deal. It is really uncomfortable and it may mean additional surgery and/or less options for reconstruction . . . that definitely worries me. But, I really just want to be healthy – having a boob (hey, I might just have one . . . ha, ha, sorry, it sounds funny to me, maybe I will have a unibra, I guess they don’t have those, okay, not funny).

      You get my point though.

      Thank you for the prayers, I appreciate it. I have a lot of faith in Dr. Z. So, I think she will be able to sort this out.

      I will keep you posted!


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