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Old 01-10-2012, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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I am having a (breast) lumpectomy tomorrow. For those of you who have had one - will I be up to returning to work Friday? I absolutely hate missing work. My job is not physically strenuous.
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:01 AM
 
Location: In a house
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Depends on the depth and scope of the lumpectomy. Mine was supposed to be for just one little lump the size of a frozen pea. It turned out to be three lumps (all benign, thankfully), so the incision was a little longer, and a little deeper, and went a little more sideways within, than expected. I was told no upper body exercise at all, no lifting, stretching, for four days. They wanted me to wear loose shirts that would pull easily over my head, so I wouldn't have to move my arm back to slide it into a sleeve.

I was SORE for three of the four days, bad enough to need pain meds. By the fifth day I was fine. What you should do, is tell your boss you -probably- won't be able to work til Monday. If he gets a replacement (if it's needed) for the rest of the week, relax, take the weekend to fully recover and de-stress.

All surgery is stressful and a lumpectomy is no different. You're not only recovering from an incision; you're also recovering from anasthaesia, and from knowing you have a lump that might or might not be cancerous.
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:33 AM
 
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I've had two, and my experience closely matched Anon's. There is no good reason to put that kind of pressure on yourself when you are dealing with the after affects.

Sending good wishes your way.
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Missouri
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So far I am doing really well. The percoset made me restless last night so I did not sleep much until it wore off. Today I switched to Tylenol and I feel more relaxed and clear-minded. I am sore, but on a scale from 0 - 10 I'd rate it a 3 with the Tylenol, and it goes up to a 5 when the Tylenol wears off. I am pleasantly surprised to not have more pain. I've been able to do some light housework today and I plan on working at least a half of a day tomorrow.
I think the general anasthesia hit me worse than the actual surgery. I am still stressing over waiting for the results but at least at this point, I feel much more relaxed knowing the lump is out of my body.
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Christina,
Glad to hear you are feeling good!
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