Youth and Fitness: 1
Chemo and Surgery: 0
Yup. Turns out that if you're young and in good shape you can bounce back from surgery more quickly than you'd dared to hope.
We went back down to Rochester last Thursday for Kate's followup appointments. Her drainage output had dropped to a safe level, and they had no compunctions about removing the painful drainage tube. (They put the tubes in when they remove body parts to collect the nutrients your body sends to nourish the parts it hasn't yet figured out have gone missing.)
Within a couple of hours of yanking the tube the pain lines at the corners of her eyes had eased. She slept well that night, and has continued to rapidly heal. Her brain is back in motion and the biggest challenge of the upcoming weeks will be to remember the 10 pound weight limit on lifting.
She is most appreciative of her baby breasts. They'll get filled to size over the next few months, but she is happy for now to have regained balance in her chest. It turns out that the prosthesis is uncomfortable and heavy and that women's clothing is designed for more-or-less equality in the chest. Neither of these facts are a surprise to anyone, I'm sure. (She is giving me a new appreciation for my own barely-appreciated implants. Perhaps if I'd gone without for a while, I'd be more tolerant of them.)
Perhaps the biggest relief has been the lifting of the chemo fog that has dogged her steps for the last three months. Finally, she is able to plan, to think without becoming overwhelmed within the first fifteen minutes. She can talk to her friends without exhausting herself; can venture out of the house for social engagements. She is taking baby steps on her long-delayed thesis. She can't work for long periods again, but at least she can work. The words on the page make sense!