Two Good Appointments

A great week so far.

Dr. Woods
It’s official – I’m a big fan.  Tuesday, I felt much less like a blow-up doll.  I had a ton of questions and Dr. Woods gave me all of the time I needed.  He was also the right combination of sympathetic (“you have been very violated and I’m not sure we appreciate yet the effects of this kind of surgery”) and encouraging (“you’re really doing great for 3-1/2 weeks after surgery”).  Exactly what I needed.

He explained that the cords under my arm are backed-up lymphatic vessels.  My lymphatic system has been interrupted and the lymphatic fluid can’t go the same route it once did – lots of traffic analogies.  He also said the numbness I still have and the extreme sensitivity of the skin on my upper chest is nerve damage and could take 6-9 months to resolve.  And he heartily endorsed Turning Point.

By the way, did you know that implants come in 3 shapes?  Round, flat and in between.  Most customers want round.  But if you’re having reconstruction after a single mastectomy and want to match the unaffected breast, or if you’re just partial to saggy breasts, you might choose flat.  Who knew?

Turning Point
My first impression is that this place is a godsend for breast cancer survivors.  Well-worth the 45-minute drive.

I met with a physical therapist for an hour.  She measured my range of motion, confirmed I had cords, or axillary web syndrome, down to my left wrist, swelling on both sides and “angry” pectoral muscles.  After some gentle massage and a few exercises, she measured my range of motion again – amazing how much it had improved (although it tightened back up again this afternoon).

Anyway, she was terrific and I’m sold.  She also reassured me that I’ll eventually get back to normal – Zumba, mountain biking or whatever else I want to do.  I’ll see her twice a week for at least the next few weeks.

Thank you for checking in!  Onward!



  1. Hope the blues are more behind you, but they are surely understandable. Post any op, but your treatment pre-op was a doozy, too! You hang in there, Woman. More comfortable sleeping, pain-free feet, tennis, Zumba, and every other adventure you want (or don’t want to have!) are before you.

    Love the witch’s warning. Very apropos! Also, glad you liked your PT. She’s likely to be your best buddy these next few weeks! Too bad it’s such a drive. Maybe you can crank up the 80s station. With the eye liner and recently skinned head, you might look like a retro Goth!

    Much love, Lady.

  2. Claudia Johnson says:

    Hey there kiddo,

    Great blog!

    Great attitude!

    Zumba, here we come!

    Happy Halloween (Stone Preston is going to be a dragon this year!)

    Sending big, bear hugs to everyone.


  3. Atta girl. :)

  4. AREBA!! (and AREBA!! again!!)