Today's been very full, and I'm tired, so maybe Jon will fill in more details tomorrow.
The drain was removed today!!! Several of you have told me you understand about those things - necessary, but truly a pain. Now I don't feel stomach-twisting movement beside my ribs and in my chest every time I move my arm, which still isn't very much.
We also got more partial results from the pathology tests. Estrogen receptors are positive; progesterone receptors are negative (a very good scenario). Cancer tissue is grade 3 (very deteriorated - been there a little while, but not uncommon). A test was being done on the tumor to determine the presence of a particular gene that can cause quite a problem. That test came back with an intermediate result (which really means indeterminate - they have to do more tests, and we wait some more days).
I found out that a resident surgeon who is very involved in my care is from Greenville, SC, and happens to know a high school friend of mine very well. Who woulda thunk it?