Now my output in drain #4 still wasn't good. It still was hovering right at 30cc or more each day, never lower despite my best attempts at being lazy. But my scheme worked anyway. I showered this morning, drains dangling off a lanyard around my neck. I did my hair and put on make up. I figured maybe he'll think: "She looks so good, back to normal, we're going to take these out anyway." I'm not sure if that's it or if was because when the nurse asked if I was ok having more pictures taken today, responding with "only if you take the drains out." Either way they are gone. I can throw out the gross measuring containers and move on.
I'm moving on to
- be able to drive myself again
- a weight restriction from 6.5 lbs (gallon of milk) to 10 lbs. (bag of flour or large potatoes)
- physical therapy to increase my range of motion and slowly work my way back up to exercising regularly to avoid lymphedema (My risk is really low because I had 1 lymph node on each side removed, but staying active is the best way to prevent it).
- Doctor appointments every 2 weeks now instead of 1 week.