Post-mastectomy tips for the first few weeks (in addition to all the others already posted...):
--buy super soft pajama tops and/or tank tops that have a wide neckline that you can step into. (My skin was very sensitive for weeks following bilateral mastectomy.)
--bikini panties are easier to pull up than briefs
--hand sanitizer is more comfortable than pumping soap and leaning over bathroom sink to wash hands
--slip-on shoes a must for a couple weeks (or have someone tie your shoes)
--pull hair off face to avoid getting hair oily
--sleep in a recliner for a week or so (getting out of bed is difficult)
--use straws for drinks
--just want to repeat: stool softners 2-3/day while on pain meds and lots of water :)
--tell your kids what's going on in terms they can understand. Kids aren't dumb and if you tell them nothing, they'll be scared.
I told my kids, 5 and 7, that my breast had something in it called cancer and it wasn't supposed to be there so the doctor was taking it out. I told them my chest might look funny when I come home, but I'm still the same mommy. I told them that I could give kisses but not hugs for awhile and that I was going to be okay. They did great. And so have I, 2.5 months post-op.
--arrange for a friendly adult to come play with your kids at your house. My sister-in-law brought over a basket of arts and crafts to do with the kids. They loved it and I loved watching them.
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