No problems in the hospital. When they took the bandage off I could see the scar and everything. What I wasn’t comfortable with was the fluid build up especially under the arm. And it was quite painful, and also where the drain went in to the centre, where the nipple had been, there was quite a bit of pain there and it wasn’t pleasant.
I would say I was in hospital for ten days and the reason being that the fluid wasn’t going down enough and they weren’t prepared to let me out until the fluid had gone to a certain level, but did explain that I may have to come back again because of the fluid up.
And it was painful, what I wasn’t expecting was the pain that I really did have when they took the drain out where the nipple part was. In fact I nearly fainted with it and I thought I had a good pain threshold, it was awful. But it was done and then they took the other drain out, which was no problem at all.
And there was a little bit of fluid and everything seemed fine, and as I say I’d had all the information and I’d managed to, you know, ask the questions I thought were relevant. The fact that cancer was there and it had gone, that was all I was concerned about.
However when I did go home there was a further build up of fluid and I was very lucky that at my local GP practice there was somebody there who could take the fluid away. And it was a couple of times I’d had it done and it was painful. But as I say, as it went down I felt fine.