fiI know that I've written before about what to do and expect if you are getting a double mastectomy. However, as we know, something new and ever changing is right around the corner. I wanted to provide you with some new tips and ideas before your surgery, what to pack for the hospital and how to have a comfortable as you possibly can recovery.
First and foremost I want to say that no matter how you got here in your life journey - you are a remarkable person. You are stronger than you realize and can move mountains with your strength. Getting to this point to undergo a double mastectomy is amazing, and I want you to know how amazing you are. You are never alone in this!
There are several different approaches to handle your upcoming mastectomy. Many women have a Bon voyage party before getting their double mastectomy. They gather with all of their friends and throw a supportive party. Laughter and support can help anyone going through a double mastectomy by reminding you that you aren't alone. Another way is doing what makes you happy and calm. I spent the day getting everything ready, going to my annual dental appointment, and went to a play with my daughter and father. That night, I hung out with my husband relaxing by watching our favorite television shows. Be true to yourself and whatever relaxes you.
Here is my suggested to do and to buy list:
Make sure you have family care taken care of. This means if you have children, make sure that you have them covered. My family took care of mine for a few days when I was in the hospital. I felt good knowing that they were both safe and being well cared for.
Meals are the last thing you will want to think about as you are recovering. There are many online services that will allow friends and family to sign up to bring dinner to your house. I did this, and it not only gave me piece of mind that dinner was taken care of, it gave me an opportunity to see friends and family. My children enjoyed seeing our visitors and having the dinner variety.
Buy plenty of pillows to support yourself. After a double mastectomy, doctors might tell you a specific way to lie or sit. For example, I wasn't allowed to lay on my side or stomach for awhile. I thought the not lying on my side would be difficult but with the right pillow support, it was not so challenging. I'd also invest in a wedge pillow because you can sit up a bit while lying down.
Hair products were a big deal to me. You can't get a full shower or bath for at least a week because of the drains. My mom bought me dry shampoo and it came in very handy to me. I also made sure that I had plenty of hair ties so my hair didn't annoy me.
I suggest getting anything that will make your life a little easier. Tumbler cups with straws so you can have a drink with you at all times. An electric toothbrush because moving your arms will be difficult at first. Chapstick, lotion, baby wipes and body sprays are excellent ways to keep you feeling fresh. I bought a Kindle thinking that I would have a lot of time to read. For me, the medicine wore me out so much that I slept a whole lot. But I'm glad I have my Kindle because I use it all of the time now.
Make sure that you have surgical mastectomy bras because you'll need them. Buy some roomy button down shirts since they're easier to get on and off. Comfortable and easy to wear pajamas are essential when it comes to comfort and ease.
I hope my advice comes in useful to you! Originally published by Jessica on Breast Cancer News Today