Despite my best efforts — and getting out this week for dinner, for a playdate, for a press conference, and for three half-days at the cancer center, I’ve been grounded.
The seroma continues to fill with fluid. if I went to AbSciCon, the Astrobioloy Science Conference, this weekend as planned, by the time I got back I’d have 1/4 to 1/3 lliter — or more — of fluid in my armpit, bruising my skin and straining the stitches to bursting. There’s nothing to do to prevent it; and ERs and surgeons won’t generally drain another surgeon’s patient. So, since I’d rather the stitches NOT burst (since they won’t stitch the area back up because of infection), I’m stuck close to home, close to my cancer center, where they can remove the fluid again on Monday.
(Interesting note — seromas can behave like lymphedema-affected areas. Both swell up in low-pressure conditions like an airplane flight; that’s why you’ll see women who have had mastectomies (and lymphedema) with an arm wrapped in bandages when they fly. I could wrap the seroma too, but there’s no research showing that it would work.)
So, I won’t be giving my workshop or the Women in Planetary Science lunch this week. I will be here, catching up on the chores and making plans for the summer — optimistically, including swim lessons for the kids and a trip for us!
Happy weekend, all!