ended up being a non issue. dr. jeffrey cleaned out some clotting in the tube, put some new bandages on trish, and she is good to go until monday morning, when dr. jeffrey will remove the drains for good.
before dr. jeffrey took a gander at trish's drains, she handed me a sheet of paper, it was trish's final pathology report.
dr. jeffrey asked me to read it aloud to trish, and this is what i read...
No residual carcinoma is seen in the right mastectomy specimen. No tumor is seen in eighteen total lymph nodes (0/18); however, several lymph nodes demonstrate scarring and infiltration by foamy histiocytes suggesting possible involvement prior to therapy.
the english version:
the breast tissue and 18 lymph nodes removed from trish WERE NOT CANCEROUS anymore... not even possible micro-metastasis the pet-ct, mri, mammogram & ultrasound may have missed.
several lymph nodes appeared to possibly have been cancerous in the past, but the chemo, herceptin & trish's determination kicked cancer's ass.
without the mastectomy, lymph node dissections and subsequent biopsies, we would not know with 100% certainty if the cancer truly was gone or not.
now we know.
it brings tears to my eyes as i type:
Trish is in complete pathological remission
it shall be celebration ale tonight...
trish is out & about spending money everyday, so i guess that means she is feeling great.. :)