10 Things To Do Before a Mastectomy
10 Things to do Before Your Mastectomy Surgery
1. Get organized! – Being organized helps you feel more in control of the situation.
2. Ask questions – Write them down! …and don’t leave your appointment until all your questions have been answered.
3. Shop for loose fitting clothing and button down/zipper down tops – Pull-over’s are a pain when you have limited motion. This is not a beauty contest – be comfortable!
4. Order all your medicines with non-child-proof caps – Arm strength is limited for a number of weeks and you will want to open your meds.
5. Line up rides and people to help you out for the first couple weeks – People want to help you …let them. Do this BEFORE your surgery and it will give you peace of mind.
6. Stock up on easy to prepare and healthy foods – Like soup, frozen vegetables …and take up people’s offers to prepare you food.
7. Stay connected – Gain strength through the support of friends and family.
8. Practice sleeping on your back.
9. Get your support team together – People can’t help you if they don’t know what’s going on in your life.
10. Meet with one (or more) plastic surgeons to get their advice and counsel – Check their references and be comfortable with their results of past patients.
You can view Britta’s complete article on her blog, http://dcismystory.com/advice/
–Britta Wilk McKenna, http://www.DCISMyStory.com
A good Night’s Sleep
Every night I would fall asleep exhausted yet I found myself waking up every 1 1/2 hours. It took me a while to realize why…I was hungry!
During my various treatments, I had lost my appetite, or ate sporadically. Therefore, I kept waking up because my body was telling me it was hungry but I was not listening! My tip, make sure you are getting the proper nutrition to get you through the day AND night.
— Brenda Jones, Designer of Hug Wraps, http://www.hugwraps.org