My mother came in from Arizona and she was with me there at the hospital when I went in for the mastectomy. I was there three days altogether. I didn't feel bad at all. I think there was actually more pain and more difficulty in moving when I had the lymph nodes removed, then you really feel your arm, you're just not able to move it as freely. I noticed that there was a lot of congestion in my chest from the mastectomy, but other than that, I didn't feel bad at all.