June Breast Reductions Check In Here

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How are all of my June 2012 ladies doing?  I would love to hear from you and find out if you are loving your results a year later.

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I'm loving my results a year later. I feel so much better about myself physically and appearance wise. Much more confident and no longer suffering from back pain. I would do it all over again if I had to :)
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Wonderful!  Thank you for checking in and letting me know:)

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I had my surgery on June 21st. I am 52 years old and live in New Hampshire.  I have always been big busted and of course when you gain weight your breasts get bigger.  This is some thing I have wanted to do for years and finally just took the plunge when I found out it was something that insurance covers. I was wearing a 38 DDD and still spilling over the edge.  Stayed one night in the hospital, drains came out the next morning and then I went home. I have extreme posture problems and back pain both upper and lower and I hope this will stat to get me back on the right track.  I am about 40 lbs over weight at 173 but would be happy losing 25 lbs at this point. Last small open area is just about healed . At 3 weeks I was back doing everything. I am now post 6 weeks. Scars are really tight and itchy.   Found the perfect bra at kohls called the one by Olga. Like the ahh bra but has the regular bra closures and soooo many colors! My surgeon loved it.
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My surgery was June 18th and I have wound separation on both sides. No exercise for me but I am walking. I actually still have limited arm movement too, I can't reach across with one hand to itch the opposite arm/shoulder very well. Anyway PS said I could have sex and walk, but to use my own judgment, if it feels like I shouldn't then I shouldn't. She does not want too much blood flow to the chest either so I have to be careful not to overdo anything.
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My surgery was June 12. Two weeks later my PS said I could start walking. At 3 weeks she said I could start jogging, as long as I wore my compression bra and a sports bra, and as long as I didn't go too far from home because energy levels can drop suddenly. And I just got back from my 6 week appointment, and she lifted all restrictions. I can start working on my upper body and can start swimming just as soon as my little open spot closes up. I've been having suture spitting -- my body just doesn't like those dissolveable sutures. But other than that, I'd say I'm 95% back to normal.
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Just heading out for a 2-3 mile walk on our trails (forest). They go up and down some fairly steep grades, and I am focusing on trying to keep my upper body fairly still, because even now I can get achy at the end of the day when I do too much. Not sure if running might not lead to evening pain. I am really looking forward to working on upper body strength! Too many years of not wanting my front porch to be any bigger than it already was...very ready to feel muscle! But even more ready to jump in the pool! :-)
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My surgery was June 13. I don't have any holes & don't necessarily want to work on upper body strength, but I would love to start running again. I just don't want to do anything stupid & mess things up. I've got a dr. appt later & plan to ask him, but I was just curious what you all are up to in the exercise department.
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My surgery was June 13 and my doctor says walking is fine but NO exercise until August! Swimming is fine, but only in a private pool and no bouncing or jumping til Mid August if my wounds are closed - which they aren't. I have been walking and berry picking since 2 weeks out.
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I was walking, slowly, in a couple weeks, but still haven't been cleared to swim, thanks to overdoing and opening up a spot on my incision. June 6 was my surgery. Still no big urge to work on upper body strength or do push-ups, but long walks (without throwing sticks for the dog for at least a month++...that's a serious no no) are just great!
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Just curious, but how far out from surgery are people usually approved for exercise?
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It was "the cat rescue"! I posted the complete story on Piggy's page! Sweetie, I ripped them open about 1/3 of the way the outside edge of my right breast to the center and under my right nipple. I just about cried.

The doctor says, aside from doing too much, I'm doing good! She couldn't believe how healthy they looked. Even though the holes are there, there is absolutely no signs of infection! My daughter (she went with me) was so relieved because she's been helping me with everything at home.
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What we've done is make worse scars, but for bigger stuff. The little sweetie I rescued is sitting on my lap and has had enough kitten milk replacer (6 hours or so) that he is cleaning his own face! So cute! Will post in the AM. You didn't have any choice...so now use lots of shea butter and olive oil once your red, angry, pissed off incisions forgive you!
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I messed up last week. I had them all almost completely healed and did something stupid. The left one is beautiful and the right looks like crap. I called in on Friday and the PS put me on bactroban and cipro and told me to wash and trade bras 2xs a day. I am also laying out braless for 1/2 hour a day with the fan pointing upwards from my feet to dry some of it out. The dr said this was a good idea. I have an appointment today at 1:30 but I am really anxious. My surgery was on June 13 and they keep telling me I should be at full capacity. The rest of me feels like it is, but the right breast says, "Hell no!"
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Might this have something to do with cat rescue?? :-) Really amazing how quick we can overdo. Hope it's not as bad as you fear. When you come home...sit down with a book and stay there!!! (Easy enough for me to say, having flunked my last 3 check-ups..)
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Thank you..
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Barb, I had my surgery on June 18th and I'm dealing with open wounds still. I have one that is a little bigger than a half dollar under one, at the T and another under the other about the size of a quarter. I'm doing wound care, packing it with saline gauze. Getting old, I can tell you that. I don't really know how to speed things up any faster. I see PS this Thursday. I found today that another spot to the right of the big one is starting to open as well. I am really frustrated!
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To the extent you can throttle back and not lift anything heavier than your coffee cup. Do it. My recovery was seriously impacted by continuing to pick up heavy things. Eat good healthy greens and protein, drink was much water as you can (my goal is an ounce/day for every pound I weigh), and go slow. When you think you're going at a slug's pace, try and go slower. Very difficult, but unless you do, you'll end up like me and flunk no less than 3 check-ups! My guess is you're lifting or twisting too much. If you do this recovery right, you're bored out of your mind, but it's over with much quicker! Good luck!

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I try. It is so funny. My 14 yr old, Angela, has been helping me with my tape, gauze, etc. and I sometimes think she feels more invested in my boobs than I am. She's overprotective, all 3 of them are, really, but her especially.
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Yes. I know what you mean. I went back last week and was exhausted every night. I spent the entire weekend on my couch watching movies and took a long nap today after work today. My kids keep yelling at me - MOM! Don't touch that!
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Nice. Listen to your kids!
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Thanks. I actually needed that. I live in the middle of the woods and am 2 1/2 hours from the PS and my friends and family, all in different directions. Sometimes I start to panic when I am in situations where I have no control. Right about now I feel like I am on a roller coaster that is spinning out of control and have no choice but to hang on for the ride - which I think is pretty accurate, they are definitely NOT putting them back, are they? LOL

I am trying to take it easy, it just doesn't work that way. I am trying to not lift anything and just figured out that the doors at work are really too heavy for me to handle. I didn't realize that until I sat down and reviewed my actual day to see what I was doing wrong. Can you imagine how stupid I felt when I figured that out?
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Doors are really tough. Also gallons of milk (which weigh about 8 lbs). Really the hardest part is that we go back to work but we are not anywhere near done with healing, so work takes pretty much all you got for the first few weeks. Assume you will come home and crash every night for another week or two. Don't make many weekend plans. I know it sucks, but you only want to heal from this surgery once!
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OK .... Maybe I'm being unrealistic here ..... but when exactly does the pain and discomfort stop? My surgery was June 13th and I still have an open sore under each breast and redness where I had a bruise - though the bruise is gone, at least. Every time I move too fast I feel like my incisions are ripping open - they're not but they feel like they are and I am sore all over. I am so impatient! I have never been a good patient and have no patience to speak of, so I keep telling myself it is just me! Is there anyone who is a few weeks out that can tell me where I am in the process from here?
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Yes, Barb - I'm just shy of 6 weeks and I can tell you that you are right on schedule. You are less than a month out and this is a big surgery. It damaged a lot of nerves and created large areas inside your breasts that are raw and healing. You can't see them, but that doesn't mean they are not there. The very hardest thing about this phase is TAKING IT EASY. You need to eat well, drink at least 80 oz of water a day, get as much sleep as you can, and change your bra during the day (which I never remember to do but always wish I had). Lecture done.
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