Stage 2B Patient
Erin, are you having a sentinel node biopsy, too, or have you already gone through that? The node removal is actually more painful than the matectomy in my situation, and restricted arm movement a lot more. I'm on week three of a double mastectomy with expanders today. I'm beginning to feel normal again to some degree. I CAN drive, but evasive and defensive movements are really uncomfortable, so I hung up my keys for awhile. My doc said 5 to 8 pounds restriction, and no straining ... "not even to poop!" Ha Ha.. Give yourself time, make you number one. It's hard to be selfish, especially I think as a mom, but you have to take care of you right now. My husband couldn't take off the whole time the first couple weeks. We had friends come in shifts - 3 per day - to help me with ME, and with the house. Accept all the help that's offered. God be with you!