Hello, all: The prayers are appreciated. It's made this less trying than it might be otherwise. I haven't been on for a few days because I haven't been here for a few days. The pathology report from Johns Hopkins indicated that there was a small possibility my surgeon might not have extended the excision far enough - apparently this benign desmoid tumor is semi-obscure but persistent. It doesn't respond well to radiation or chemo but is discrete enough that it responds very well to surgery. So, following the lumpectomy of July, I went back in for a mastectomy on Friday. (Anyone who makes a wise-*** remark about mastectomies being a woman's surgery is gonna get it!) I'd thought that I'd be in and out the same day, but my surgeon had other ideas. I was checked in and kept until Sunday afternoon. I have an appointment Tuesday morning for a follow-up, which means I will have to lay off the pain pills from about 4 AM tomorrow morning so I will be able to drive safely. I don't have anyone to leave Junior with, so I need to be extra-careful. Dear Doctor will be deciding whether or not to take the drain out and presumably will be changing the dressing. I'm going to ask him for a waterproof one so I can take a shower. Trying to wash in the sink is a major PITA and I can't do my back at all well. If you can continue to think of me while I'm recovering, I'd be grateful. Ending up lopsided isn't going to bother me since according to the doctor you can't tell about men under their clothes. I have that much at least better than the women who have had to have this surgery! What really is irksome is that Her Imperial Majesty does not want to touch me at a time when I really could use some cuddling. She has a problem with things that aren't perfect.