waves

waves

today my bruises streak green down my breast. i’ve had a real heaviness under the medial incision in particular and have had more pain than yesterday, though i didn’t take any tylenol or darvocet today (yet…). we cancelled going to thorsten’s birthday party because i thought i should go home instead. was i right! halfway up my drive home on 280, i started feeling sick. once i was turning off on san jose, i was feeling pretty nauseous, which navigating dolores with its ups and downs didn’t help. but the curious thing happened — since i had to drive, i think i also managed circumnavigate getting sick. the saltwater taste in my mouth passed, and then i felt like i was going to make it home and parked and up the stairs, which i did.

so therefore … i’m on the lookout for infection. susan love says if infection occurs, it’s usually one or two weeks after the surgery. my surgery was exactly a week ago. (she also says it’s more a nuisance than anything, and just takes a little antibiotics to clear up, if it occurs). nausea is only one sign, though, and it sounds like i’d have to be red and swollen and feverish too, which i’m not.

we’ll see how i feel tomorrow. perhaps i’m feeling just tired. perhaps i’m sick because of the pain (but the pain doesn’t seem that extreme). perhaps my body is rallying to fight an infection. or maybe it was something i ate! at any rate, dr grissom gave us explicit instructions about how to reach her or her staff, 24 hours a day, so we know what to do.

metric conversions

metric conversions for us americans!

the medial breast mass (top right area of breast) is 4 x 3 x 1.5 cm and weighs 12.5 gm. that’s about the size of a truffle from maison du chocolat — 1.5 x 1.2 x .5 inches and weighing in at half of an ounce.

the lateral breast mass (lower left area of breast) is 7 x 5 x 2.5 cm and weighs 47.6 gm. that’s about the size of a small bar of soap from l’occitane en provence (though not as heavy) — approximately 3 x 2 x 1 inches — and weighs 0.10 pounds (or a bit less than 2 ounces).

so send soap and dark chocolate truffles to moya!

package from mom

package from mom

a package arrived from mom yesterday with several lovely items enclosed. i now
have two separate pieces of amber to ensure a healing experience. from the
amber show in new york, mom got me a pendant that is clear amber on one
side, and white amber – it’s opaque, and i don’t really know why it’s white
but it’s pretty neat – on the other. jan included an amber rock that is
made of that same white substance. whoops; i should say “a piece of amber
vegetable”, now that i know amber is not a rock but a vegetable (well, sap
from a tree). i’ll be able to wear the pendant after the surgery; the
‘rock’ i can take with me in my pocket! just to keep me guessing, there was
also a real rock – actually made of soap – also included. pretty neat
healing package… i hadn’t realized that amber had healing properties.