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  1. I am 12 days post op for a right upper lobectomy for a 10mm x 6 mm nodule that lit up on the PET scan. The surgeon did a wedge resection prior to the lobectomy and removed the lymph nodes in the mediastinum. The surgery went well and the chest tubes were removed 2 days and 4 days after surgery. Went home the 6th day (delayed one day because the doctor didn't know how to complete the discharge on the computer). I have diminishing pain and am walking (slowly) and doing light things around the house. Constipation has been a problem, as well as dehydration, lack of appetite and pain in my right breast. If I cough or sneeze my nipple feels like it is burning. I'm not sure when or if that will ever subside. I use the inspiration spirometer and the flutter valve several times daily. Eat a bland diet, drink lots of water, get plenty of rest, use the breathing apparatus the hospital gives you and don't start smoking again! Avoid children at all costs; you'll pick up a nasty bug that will set you back. The only problem I have encountered, yesterday, was a nasty case of gastritis that lasted for over nine hours. After enduring the burning pain and finally vomiting, my GI tract appears to be back to normal. The gastritis was probably caused by a combination of the surgery, anesthesia and oxycodone. Avoid spicy, high fat foods, pasta, white bread and citrus if you develop gastritis. I am able to sleep on my back propped up by three pillows. I'm a side sleeper but there's still too much discomfort for me to do that. I a grateful for the surgeon and the second chance at life I have received. I find out tomorrow the results of the pathology. I wish all of you well.
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