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Surgery is done and over with - before and after pictures ** biopsy UPDATE #23 **

post #1 of 33
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Thank god. We will get the results of the lymph node biopsy sometime early next week. The surgeon told my DH that in his experience my lymph nodes looked healthy, but of course we have to wait for the results because there's a chance that they might not be, but the fact that they looked healthy is a good sign.

I am very sore and tired. I was only not able to breastfeed for 24 hours. Elijah nursed great from my friend. She watched him while we were at the hospital and then she came over and spent the night. We stayed in my room, every time Elijah woke up to nurse I would pump and dump. It was so awful dumping all that precious milk out, I got at least 4oz. every time I pumped!

After my 24 hours were up my friend helped me figure out good positions for nursing. We use the football hold on my right breast because of a drainage tube that's in my chest. Cradle hold works well for the left. I have been swaddling Elijah so he doesn't accidentally yank on the tube or hit my stitches.

We took the bandage off my chest today and I cried. It's a lot bigger than I expected. My chest is so tight right now that I can't move very well. I can't really turn my head that much or tilt my head back.

Here is the before picture: http://i25.tinypic.com/j58t41.jpg
and the after pictures: http://i27.tinypic.com/2nqhe83.jpg
http://i27.tinypic.com/htfjf6.jpg
post #2 of 33
I hope the result come back with reassuring results. What a great friend you had to help you out I am curious as to what medication they gave you that made it necessary to pump and dump? I know most meds are safe and it would be helpful to know which are not.
post #3 of 33
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It was a radioactive dye. They had to inject it into my chest in 4 areas around the melanoma to see which lymph nodes it drained to so they could remove those for testing. If I didn't have to have that I would have been able to nurse! But I am glad that it was only 24 hours and not longer.
post #4 of 33
Thank you for answering Very helpful information for lurkers out there.
post #5 of 33
Glad that surgery is behind you...
Thank you for sharing your experience and pictures with us. It is so awesome that you had someone to nurse Eli while you could not. Sending you lots of healing vibes :
Take good care!
post #6 of 33
I am so glad your surgery is over, and I am crossing my fingers VERY tight that the lymph nodes are PERFECT and it is all over! I am so glad your friend could nurse him for you. That was a huge help I am sure
post #7 of 33
Thank you for the update. I was wondering how you were doing.
Good thoughts your way about tour lymph nodes being healthy!!
post #8 of 33
Oh, I hope your results are good!
How wonderful that your friend could breastfeed for you!
Quick healing!
post #9 of 33
I'm glad your surgery is over, let us know how the results are and I hope your recovery is quick
post #10 of 33
Your amazing. I was thinking about you yesterday and wondering if you had had the removal done. Your a rock star! I hope the biopsy turns out ok.
post #11 of 33
I hope the results are good and your recovery is fast! Thank you so much for the update.
post #12 of 33
Wishing you all the best! Pretty soon this will be a distant memory and you will know that you kicked cancer's ass! Rest easy, mama.
post #13 of 33
So glad it's over. I don't know if you remember but we spoke about melanoma a bit by PM as I had it removed from my back and had lymph nodes removed under my arm a few years back.

The scar does seem excessively large, doesn't it? My doc said they go a bit larger with younger folks- they don't want to mess around and chance it not being all gone. And my incision recovery took longer than I had thought it would by a week or two.

Was there an initial biopsy done while you were under? They did that while I was in the OR before closing me back up- then they did a more in depth study of the nodes in the next week. I am hoping yours are fine!

One thing I would recommend once you are able to in the next few months is to massage the scar tissue- even use some castor oil to soften it. They usually take out a wide section of skin, which makes for a wider, tougher scar.
My scar is wide and tough. It still itches and I have some adhesions into my muscles under the skin. You can help prevent that by massaging it. Unfortunately I can't reach it very well.

Anyway, glad that so far all is well. Hang in there!
I will be looking for more updates!
post #14 of 33
What a wonderful thing your friend did! I'm glad that the surgery is behind you now, praying for the best possible results.
post #15 of 33
thanks so much for keeping us updated and sharing with pictures, it really is a learning experience for everyone here. i'm glad you and baby elijah are back to nursing together and that everything else is going well. we'll all be thinking about you and sending good vibes for the results of the lymph node biopsy. For now i hope you can rest easy and enjoy the rest of your babymoon! :
post #16 of 33
I am glad your surgery is over. What a supportive wonderful loving friend you have. Hoping you heal quickly and that your lymph nodes are clear. Thinking about you and your family.
post #17 of 33
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Originally Posted by fawnanddoe View Post
It was a radioactive dye. They had to inject it into my chest in 4 areas around the melanoma to see which lymph nodes it drained to so they could remove those for testing. If I didn't have to have that I would have been able to nurse! But I am glad that it was only 24 hours and not longer.
Pardon, crashing in from new posts.

Sorry if this seems to be harping on the 24 hour no-nursing thing. It's too bad that no one told you about this site before the surgery or you may not have needed to stop nursing or dump all that precious milk. (KellyMom's page)

It sounds like things are going well despite that wait; I'm glad that breastfeeding is going well for you and hoping that your test results are what you want to hear. My thoughts are with you as you heal from the surgery and await the results.
post #18 of 33
Glad to hear things have gone well so far. Here are some : to keep the positivity flowing.
post #19 of 33
I read about your story through a link to a blog in the breastfeeding forum here this morning!! What a coincidence!

http://mothering.com/discussions/sho....php?t=1113511
http://nicoolio.tumblr.com/
post #20 of 33
Stay strong momma! I hope and pray that everything turns out well.
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