Mark has been the best and is a very patient and caring nurse. He is tending to my Jackson-Pratt drains very carefully and never seems to be bothered by my constant requests. I LOVE him so much and don’t know what I would do without him.
I feel fortunate to be sleeping very soundly each night. Before I went into the hospital, we didn’t know where I was going to sleep comfortably. They told us that during recovery at home, I would need to sleep on an incline. Our recliners are a little old and not the most comfortable — at least not to sleep in. So we went on the web in search of something we could put in the bed.
We found the Contour Backmax Plus. This I feel has been the best solution. I climb up onto it in bed each night with a little difficulty, but once I am positioned I seem to fall into a deep sleep where I don’t even think I move. I know getting a good night’s sleep is really a big part of recovery. I have lower back issues and I have to say that since my stay in the hospital, and then returning home and using this wedge, I haven’t noticed one bit of a backache. Not only does it keep my upper body propped up, I might just continue to use the portion under my legs after my recovery, to help reduce my lower back problems. Mark now calls me the “your highness,” because I am elevated up so much higher than him.
As for the pain, it feels like a burning under my armpit where they removed the lymph nodes. The areas where the drains come out are a little irritated feeling and get a little itchy. The breast area where the expanders are feels like muscle spasms, kind of like a charley horse. It’s a very odd feeling. I have been playing around with my pain meds. When I was released from the hospital, they had me taking one pill every 4 hours. Then I went down to one every 6, and as of today I was able to go every 9 hours.
On Monday we had my follow-up appointment with the plastic surgeon. They said everything looks good and the numbers on two of the drains are down, so they were able to remove both of them. I feel so much better. Now I am only left with three drains. I know I will feel best once all of them are removed.