Monday, 21 April 2014

DIEP Surgery + 16 days

I'm now just over 2 weeks post surgery. The worst part was the night after the operation when I had to keep very still. No turning of my head and no arm moving. I had to ask the nurse to scratch my nose for me! I kept asking the nurse what the time was and each time it was only about half an hour after the last time. That first night went on for ever!

After that I generally slept ok at night and relaxed during the day. The nurses were able to check my reconstruction without waking me up which was amazing. I was in the High Dependency Unit for 3 nights. Within a few days the physio had me up and walking down the corridor clutching a bag of drains. A couple of days later I was down to one drain and then finally the last drain was out and I was discharged a week after my operation.

I've been home just over a week now. The only complication I am having is purple patches and blisters. My surgeon is keeping an eye on them and taking photos for comparison. He thinks it is just bruising and bleeding from all the Clexane jabs.

The purple seems to be turning red, which hopefully is a good sign. I am due to see him again on Wednesday.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Penny, my name is Katerine. How are you doing now? I found your blog while looking for hair related issues with chemotherapy and I read you've also had a DIEP flap. Are you happy with the results? I know I am. My surgery was on March 26 of this year, a couple weeks earlier than yours. I wish you a speedy recovery! :)