I have many friends in the Breast Cancer Recovery Club (not a real club), and they told me things to expect, and there were things I anticipated. For instance:
- no eating or drinking after midnight before the surgery
- no deodorant, perfume, or lotions for the surgery
- no jewelry, not even a wedding ring, for the surgery
- have somebody drive me to and from the surgery
- no heavy lifting after
- have somebody stay with me for at least 24 hours after
- keep easy-on-the-stomach food to eat (if I can eat) until the anesthesia gets out of my system
- have undergarments easy to put on and remove, particularly the top part fastening in front rather than in back
- have button-in-the-front shirts so I don’t have to raise my arms
- move around after, but not too much
But it wasn’t until I was given my instruction sheet at the pre-op exam that I learned these things:
- Not eating or drinking includes no gum, candy, or mints!
- Don’t shave around the site (i.e. under the right arm, which is okay, since menopause means the only place I shave is my face).
- Shower the night before and the morning of with a special scrub (p.s. It stinks like chemicals — because it is.).
- Wear clean pajamas and have clean sheets the night before the surgery.
- Wear fresh pajamas EVERY NIGHT and have clean sheets EVERY TWO OR THREE DAYS after the surgery!
- Don’t let pets sleep on the bed with you the night before the surgery OR AFTER THE SURGERY until you heal! (We shall see about that. I mean, it’s not as if they snuggle me at night, because they don’t!)
- (My friend Barbara told me this, but I didn’t believe it until I read it on my list of dos and don’ts) NO NAIL POLISH FOR THE SURGERY!!! ! !! (They have to monitor your blood oxygen level, and polish can interfere.)
So my nail polish this week has to come off prior to the surgery.
The base polish is MK Signature’s Whipped Pink Rose Fouetté, and the stamping polish is Maniology’s Cinnablush. The plate is Maniology’s M153. That base polish is a sheer, and it took four coats for full coverage. Just sayin’.
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: An unexpected and unwelcome list of criteria.