Just starting the process:
By Iowa71 on 27 Jun 2011
I have my initial consultation with the plastic surgeon on Thursday, June 30. I think, after years of thinking about this, I am finally ready. I'm a bit nervous that I will not have enough documentation ready for the insurance company. My problem is that I work as a nurse for my primary care provider, so a lot of my discussions with my doctors have happened around the lunch table (we have very few secrets in our office!) The physician and two PAs currently in the office are willing to write letters of recommendation for me, and I know that at least two other previous providers/co-workers would be willing to as well. I do have some documentation of manipulations to my back and exercises that were given to me, but that was from about 3 or 4 years ago. Guess I'm just impatient to get it done now that I'm ready to do it. I am 40 years-old, have had 4 children, like to try to stand tall enough to be called 5'1" and weigh about 140, with a bra size of a full 34H. I remember being in 5th grade and being teased that I looked like a boy, but when I started 6th grade they teased me about stuffing my bra! And from then on I have been what some call "blessed" Pssh...those people have no clue what a burden it is. As a teenager, every boy thought I was a brainless tart who adored their drooling. My husband of 21 years, spent our first coupld of years together "defending my honor" and almost getting himself pummelled on more than one occassion. The best thing in the fashion world that has ever occurred was when they started selling swimming suit tops and bottoms seperately! In the 80's you couldn't buy a size 3 bottom and 13 top, unless you bought two suits. And I can't decide which is worse, the psychological trauma or the physical trauma. I have not been able to run since I was about 11. I did not participate in sports in school. As an adult it has become increasingly difficult to exercise. I do like yoga, but any cardio exercises are not only painful, but embarrassing to do in front of other people! Mid & upper back pain have been steadily increasing over the last couple of years, and I'm noticing that it is becoming more difficult to stand with straight posture. Like I said, I think I have gotten to the point where I am ready to make this kind of decision. I have talked about it for years and my husband has always been supportive. However a few years ago he watched some show on cable which showed a reduction and it totally freaked him out. The part about removing the nipple is what bothers him the most. I think he is more apprehensive about it now. He still says he will support me, but I think he is very nervous about it. I will admit that in my research over the last couple of months I did watch several on YouTube and I was a little taken aback at first as well. But I think I'm glad I did, because I have listened to the doctors' commentaries and have a whole new list of questions to ask about his technique, etc. Not sure I'm going to end up being his favorite patient :-) So I guess I'm just rambling and trying to get my thoughts in order over the next couple of days. Glad I found this site though, because it has given me a lot of information and encouragment. Will let you know as soon as I know something!