I'm finding a lot of extra steps I'm having to do that I'm being told last minute. The dye injection- does that hurt? Why wasn't I told about it before? Will I need to know anything else? Do I need to do anything else?
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I think sometimes the hospital staff don't want to overwhelm us with information, they may have told you but you didn't quite take it in with everything else going on.
No it doesn't really hurt, more of a sensation, it's a guide for them to find the sentinel node so that can be removed to be checked.
Wishing you all the Very Best 🌺
Mrs N x
I just had a mastectomy last week. I asked for an ice pack to use on my breast about 20 minutes before the dye injection and it worked great, for me. I was also dreading it!
Be good to yourself and allow people to help you. This isn't always easy, but the after effects of trying to do too much are NOT fun. Later on, we will be able to offer someone else the care we have received.
I've had lots of people praying for me and I truly believe that has been a huge help.
I found a heating pad/rice pack has been comforting. Don't wait to take pain meds, even just over-the-counter, if you begin to hurt.
This group is a WONDERFUL, CARING support group!
I'll be praying for you, Penny! Please keep us posted!
Hi Penny I had dye injected a few hours before my operation to identify the sentinel node. I found it perfectly manageable and I am a cry baby with low pain tolerance! Never had a bee sting myself but would agree all I felt was a tiny sting and it lasted but seconds. 99% of the injections I have received since my diagnosis have not been as bad as a dentist injection, that's what I use as my measure of pain.
I too get frustrated with the 'drip feed' approach as described by my breast care nurse. This can be because not all the information available will apply to you so it's only as new information come to light that additional information / treatment is introduced. It's also an attempt not to overwhelm you.
Hope this helps me keep asking your questions!
I really wish you all the best for your surgery.
I believe MrsNails is right. When the hospital first suspected I could have breast cancer, after I had been checked out for something else on my throat. Nobody would tell me anything. When I received a repeat invitation to attend hospital I asked my doctor what was going on but they did not reveal anything. I guessed something was wrong and as soon as I was called in to my appointment at the hospital I asked them what was going on. "Well, they said, "your throat is clear but we have seen something in your breast which needs checking out."
They did say they had forbidden anybody from telling me by letter as they thought that would be too hard. So, they are trying to spare patients as much as they can. I must say, every member of staff who dealt with me was very kind.