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How do wipe your bum, etc after surgery, if the boob removed is on the same arm you use for this job? Should a person practice with the other arm before? And what about a double mastectomy?

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Learning About Breast Cancer about 7 years
 
  • julie s Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    Wet wipes like cottonelle are great... Easy to use as they come in a pop up container and require less work...
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  • Linda Williams Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    It really wasn't as difacult as it seems.
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  • melissa perlman Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had a double mastectomy in March. Because of anesthesia I didn't have the need to wipe that area for almost a week. By that time, I had a little more flexibility. Very little, but it was enough.
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    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    I would even with a lumpectomy it's was difficult
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  • Claire Daniels Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Thats not something I have even though about but it's definatley a good question, something I will have to encounter soon, good luck.
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  • Coco Smith Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    1. Although it may feel clumsy at first, repeated efforts to do this with the other hand/arm do start to work. 2. There are toilet suites that can be fitted that perform this function for you with water rather than paper and even have puffs of warm air to dry you at the end. These were developed in Japan and 70% of Tokyo households have them installed. Quote a few muslim countries also have these installed. I have used them there and they were great. One brand is called Washlet but it is costly. I have seen them for $5,000 and in Australia I was quoted $3,000 by my plumber to buy and install one. This is a whole system centred on the toilet with warmed water, adjustable jets, warm air for drying - some even have built in music and other features. Some are quite over the top. 3.In Australia we also have a company called The Bidet Shop that sell a simple to install product they call the Bidet Toilet Seat for AUD$200. You can self-install in as the seat for an existing toilet - retrofit - so avoid the high costs of a new system and a plumber. It is also marketed for people with handicaps, the elderly, the inflexible and anyone serious about reducing their exposure to germs such as those with compromised immune system eg., people having chemotherapy. 4.Anyone who has ever used one of these paperless toilets will never want to go back to the standard version!
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    My OT friend said get a set of tongs and clamp the toilet paper and roll in around up viola. Good luck, my time is coming soon.
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    I --LOVE-- this site... we can just ask anything!!! I never had the problem but if it is on you "off side" you will become ambidextrous. I would also use moist towelettes to assist with the --mop-up-- portion of the task. Good luck to you!!! Take care, Sharon
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