When I had my mastectomies in December, I took my drains out before I could get in to see my doctor. It was really no big deal. I thought it would be at least painful, but it really wasn’t. It made a slurping noise, but there was very little pain at all. The last abdominal drain I have now can’t come out until Thursday, and I’m struggling to wait that long. Nothing is quite as bad as the last remaining abdominal drain.
you can see how angry and red the tissue is and also that it is sutured to my skin so it doesn’t come out. This is actually better than the last drains I had as they were sutured with a flexible metal suture, so it was more like a piercing that I didn’t ask for. The difference with those is that they were near my breasts. This one is in an area that gets way more action, so is constantly bumped and pulled on and occasionally the tubing catches on things and I yelp in pain. It sucks.
I’m also wearing an abdominal binder that interferes with the drain and makes it even more painful.
Overall though, I’ve been very active. I’m doing my best to get up and move. Today I walked over 6 miles! I’ve still got a long way to go, but I am committed to becoming fit as soon as I can. Being inactive is hard, but I also get tired easily.
This has been such a difficult journey. But now I know how much fight I’ve got in me 💪!