I started thinking about this a couple of months...
I haven't had kids, so my breasts are pretty full with the right one fuller than the left. I would be fine going down to a D, which I think is what I used to be. But since doctors don't actually know what a real D looks like (if they think breasts the size of a small baby are DDD) they will probably make me a C, and I'll fit into a D bra.
WIll post before photos soon.
Thinking of post-poning surgery
Doing it later gives me time to save some money to hire home helpers for a few days (I live alone, and while friends will probably stop by and visit they won't be doing my laundry or dishes...) and just kind of get used to the fact of removing part of my body.
I will call the nurse tomorrow and talk with her about it.
Pre-surgery info came in the mail
I won't have bandages on when I leave - the incisions will be sealed with skin glue over the sutures.
I can shower after 24 hours. I thought it would be longer than that.
I have arranged for a personal assistant-type person to be the "responsible adult" who takes me home. It's in the middle of a work day so I don't want to ask friends.
So that's the update. Still thinking about it. It's weird. Now that I know I have the option to do it, I am less certain.
Made hotel reservation for the night before surgery (surgery is Sept 23)
I bought some smaller soft bras yesterday, but then realized they are all the kind you slip over your head so I need to get some front closure.
I also have no button up shirts, so I will get some of those, too for the first couple of days.
I have started to prepare some meals for myself to keep in the freezer,
And since I live alone, I will probably hire someone to come and be here for a few hours the first 2 days, to do laundry or dishes or just help me. My friends will come and see me but I don't want to be like "Hey, can you scoop up at the cat's litter box?"
Hiring a caregiver?
There are a lot of agencies around here and the prices aren't bad. I figure just someone to help me out with laundry or dishes and food prep and making sure I'm not getting an infection or anything. Assuming you could afford it and lived alone, would you hire someone to come in for a bit?
Dr. Tobias came highly recommended by a colleague who had her post-cancer diep-flap reconstruction by him. He also did a reduction for her friend's daughter. His office staff was very nice. Our meeting was very brief but he seemed to know what he was doing, and he had a surgical resident with him who will probably assist with the surgery. He answered all my questions. His staff submitted the paperwork promptly and I had my approval in about a week and a half.