Good morning. I am in my hospital bed having had a mastectomy and sentinel node biopsy yesterday afternoon. Walked to theatre at 1pm, came round about 3.20 and was given some morphine.
Felt rough as - well, the worst I have ever felt while awake, not going to lie to you - for few hours after. Vision was blurry at periphery, kept dropping off, isomfort at drain site and IV. Given paracetamol and ibuprofen maybe 7.30pm and yet I have no pain!!
Due to high levels of anxiety shown at all stages! - as I was being anaesthetised I was crying and saying 'I'm not brave' and that's just one example! - i had morphine prescribed every 2 hours if needed.
It wasn't needed!! So pleased. So relieved. That was me of my biggest fears. I'm not sure if there is pain that is masked by pain killers but don't think so.
My nurse mentioned a lady who had immediate rconstruction following mx who is still in pain and draining lots and this is some days after. Now it is absolutely irrefutable that everyone journey is unique. I had to learn this, from my own treatment plan not being what I wanted initially. I wanted immediate reconstruction and I finally understood and accepted the difficulties associated with that path. It took a lot of conversations with different cancer nurses and surgeons oh and Macmillan for me to accept the proposed treatment plan.
I really hope this helps someone out there.
Heartfelt good wishes to you all xx