When I came home from one night stay of the mastectomy, I had two drains inserted in my left side. I was told to measure the fluid gathered into lemon shaped containers three times every day and they would be removed when the total amount of drainage per day became less than 30cc for at least two days in a row. The first drain was removed last Monday and finally another one was removed today. Several pieces of tape that covered the incision (instead of stitches) were also removed. Now I can drive. I need exercises to stretch my stiff arm. I feel numb in my surgical area because my nerves were also cut, but the surgeon says the feeling will come back gradually as time goes by. I hope the throbbing pain also goes away soon. Human recovery and adapting power is amazing.