We are on vacation, hoping to get away from some of the breast cancer stress. The weather here in Florida has been less than ideal for beach and pool, but just fine for spending time with friends, shopping, dining, and a little casino action.
Today I got a call from Faulkner Hospital in Boston, and I will be going there on Tuesday the 25th for my pre-op physical and tests. I'll have to undergo an EKG, although hopefully I won't need a chest xray or any lab work as I have test results that are less than 30 days old.
Surgery will be on Wednesday at 11:30. I have to be there at 10:00, so that is not too bad. It is an "easy" surgery (if there is such a thing) and I'll go home later in the afternoon. The tissue expanders will be removed and i will be able to take a deep breath again. I'm not all that upset about this turn of events, and I know it's the right thing so that we can proceed with radiation.
Wouldn't it be nice if one of my previous surgeons had mentioned to me, before my mastectomies and immediate reconstruction back in April, that these tisue expanders might cause a problem with radiation? It's not like we didn't know that radiation would be necessary. It took me about 30 minutes of internet research to figure out that partially filled tissue expanders would cause a problem with radiation planning, where pinpoint accuracy is necessary.
Someone asked me who was the "project manager" for my care. Breast cancer treatment involves, at a minimum, a breast surgeon, plastic surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist and your primary care physician. At this point, I am the project manager. It's my body, someone has to take control, and I think it had better be my job.