First of all I want to thank all of you for your heartfelt comments on mine and Jim's love story.......kismet, is what I call our coming together......he said I must of put some kind of spell on him of course! lol........Yeah that's me black magic woman! lol lol lol
Today my breakfast starting at 5:30 am is about 300 ml of Barium....can we all say "YUMMMMM?" more like GAG! I have to finish 175 ml more by the time I arrive at the hospital by 6:30 am. As a child I had a lot of upper and lower GI problems so I am very familiar with Barium....I just hope they have improved the taste! lol
At 6:45 I will become radioactive with dye that they will inject into my system that needs a couple of hours to get through my whole body for a bone scan...........so after they dye me, I'm off for a C/T scan by 7:00 am then at 9:45 I actually have the bone scan..........I know, you guys are soooooo jealous of what I get to do today! lol lol lol Hey, I've got an idea, I can save you all some barium and we can do a few shots of it together...........what do ya say?? lol lol lol
Two others tests that I have had done, I am still waiting on the results.....one is still the Estrogen receptor, Progesterone receptor and the HER 2 test and then some blood work that looks for other signs of cancer in my body and just the regular CBC's of blood work.
I met with my Plastic Surgeon on Tuesday of this week and as usual he will need a nickname too.........Dr. Oncologist is AKA Dr. Serious.....Dr. Surgeon is AKA Dr, McDreamy..........Dr. Plastic Surgeon is AKA Dr. Hollywood (Hey! They are mostly plastic or botoxed out there right???) He showed me tons of pictures of work he did via his digital camera..I can't tell you how natural these new breasts and nipples looked...then he showed me a few of the tattooed areolas....after the healing you couldn't tell which breast was the fake one and which breast was the real one.....breast cancer has come a long way and thanks to the plastic surgeons among others who rallied to get reconstruction and reduction and lifts on the healthy breasts to make them symmetrical with one another and for most of the health insurance companies to cover the costs!
My Mastectomy is taking place sometime Wednesday (the 16th) The mastectomy itself is only about an hour long.........fair well ill Boobie! lol.......the reconstruction will take about 7 more hours of surgery right after the old, 43 year old boobie is removed. I am having my new breast reconstructed by a technique called tram flap......saw it on extreme make over once....the surgery and recovery weren't very pretty, but the after surgery results were fantastic! Here is a link explaining "Tram Flap" linky ~~~~> TRAM Flap I thought it was a mini tummy tuck.......it's a whole tummy tuck........left side to make the new boob, right side so I don't look like the eighth dwarf "Lumpy" So all those years of NOT doing those sit ups and getting that six pack abs has finally paid off for me........My tummy will be flat again (and stretch marks will be gone...thanks to those sweet babies of mine! lol) because they are relocating that said tummy up to my left breast area..........yeah for me!!!!! now is the time to throw the confetti, the streamers and blow those party favors!!!!! lol lol lol
Oh, I just thought of something..............good thing I never had my naval pierced....because after this breast/tummy reconstruction it would of ended up a nipple ring after all! lmaooooooooo!
I forgot to ask how long I will be in the hospital since I opted for the tram flap, and I won't have access to the Internet there (No lap top)....and since my bedroom at home is 2 floors up from my family room I'm not sure how soon I can crawl my bruised, battered and sutured body back the down stairs.........but I will post as soon as possible....But you will hear from me before I go into surgery next Wednesday.
I will get a 4 week reprieve before I start my chemo and I won't know the frequency or the dosage until I meet with Dr. Serious again 2 weeks after my surgery.
Breast cancer might knock me down......but it won't keep me down.....that's for sure!