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    When can I start soaking in a bath after a mastectomy?
    mykiira posted:
    I had a single mastectomy w/immediate reconstruction a month ago. My doctors have not been forthcoming as to what I can do when. I'd like to start taking a bath to help my skin stay moisturized. But I can't find any info. in my research on when it is ok to start doing this.
    rachael67 responded:
    Not having had your experiences, I can't help with any personal advice...HOWEVER! SHAME ON THE DOCS FOR NOT BEING OPEN and answering your questions. Please remember the adage about the squeeky wheel getting the attention...Make noise and keep insisting on answers!

    If they are not cooperative (Do remember that YOU pay THEM and not the other way around!), seek a second opinion!

    Please let us know how you are doing and what you find out. We're sending good thoughts your way.

    Just when the caterpillar thought her world was over, she became a butterfly! Don't give up five minutes before the miracle!!
    mykiira replied to rachael67's response:
    Thanks Rachael67 for the reply. I intend to call my Gen. Surgeons office Mon. to find out. Although I really shouldn't have to be asking anything this late in the game.
    rachael67 replied to mykiira's response:
    Not ask questions because time has elapsed??? Hey, Gal! What do you think we all do constantly...It helps not only supply us with information, but often we keep our doctors updated!! Having no questions either means youi are God...or dead! Keep asking!!!!

    Just when the caterpillar thought her world was over, she became a butterfly! Don't give up five minutes before the miracle!!

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