From Mastectomy to Staph Infecting Me: #6

There were so many choices in front of me as a person with breast cancer.  Rather than a lumpectomy, I chose to have a mastectomy, followed by expanders and finally breast implants.  After a lengthy surgery with 2 different surgeons-a cancer and plastic surgeon, I awoke in the post anesthesia care unit hopeful.  Unfortunately, two weeks after my procedure, I woke up with a fever putting me back into the hospital.  I was opened back up.  I chose to have the expanders removed due to a common staff infection in both breasts.   This was a tough 5 day stay in the hospital.  I felt discouraged and depressed.  My IV pumping me full of strong antibiotics infiltrated.  I had to be stuck several times using the PICC team and ultrasound to get a good vein.   All in all, it was a bad week, but my plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven Steinmetz went over and beyond to care for me.

Statue at The Grand Bohemian Hotel in Birmingham, AL.

Statue at The Grand Bohemian Hotel in Birmingham, AL.

Fever 2 weeks after surgery landed me in the emergency room.

Fever 2 weeks after surgery landed me in the emergency room.

Expanders are filled with saline solution to stretch the skin before implants.

Expanders are filled with saline solution to stretch the skin before implants.

A silicone implant.

A silicone implant.