Pre-op Physical and Seed Location Before Lumpectomy for Stage 1 Breast Cancer

The most embarrassing thing about the physical was the ekg.  I couldn’t wear my bra as it had an underwire which would mess up the waves.  I also lied to her and said I didn’t have any lotion on my legs and arms.  The ekg was fine so much for their requirements.  No one told me not to use lotion which makes me think it wasn’t so critical.

My doctor was nice to me.  She said a few kind words about “getting through this”.  There wasn’t a rectal exam thank the gods.  I really didn’t see the purpose of that.  It was listed on the sheet the doctor was suppose to fill out so maybe it was optional.

Friday morning I got an epidural (steroids) shot in my back for my spinal arthritis.  Immediately after that down the street I had the radioactive seed location done at the Bryn Mawr breast center.  As always everyone I came in contact with asked me my name and date of birth.  They gave me a paper bracelet with that information.  I’m tired of answering that question but something tells me I’m going to answer it a lot more.  I think every once in a while I will tell them that I refuse to answer that question because I’m sick and tired of hearing the question.  Tomorrow is my lumpectomy so I expect to be asked fifty million more times.

The seed location involved about five mammograms of my left breast to get the radioactive seed in the right spot.  That spot is in the tumor right next to the clip that was put there during the needle biopsy.  The literature I was given said not to hold a baby for more than 30 minutes at a time or something scary like that.

So its the evening before the lumpectomy.  I showered with the Hibiclens which seems to have dried out my skin.  I’m used to washing with Oil of Olay with shea butter.  I had diarrhea again this morning which definitely is from nerves about tomorrow.  I guess that is normal.

Well that is enough for tonight.  Getting up about 7:15am to shower again with the hibiclens.  No breakfast for me.  The nurse that called me the other day said I could take some of my meds but I think I’m going to just skip it.  I don’t like to take meds on an empty stomach.

Thanks for reading

Melissa