Back in July I started my process ... making an...
Back in July I started my process ... making an appointment with the doctor. I"ve been thinking about having a breast reduction for years and never did anything about it. I arrived not knowing where it would lead me. I liked her right away. She talked, measured and took photos. My insurance approved it and I'm due to have surgery on December 4, 2012. I'm nervous, excited, scared and have thought about cancelling until I look in the mirror. I've always been large breasted and had to stop jogging because of the stress on my upper body. My last bra fitting took me to a 38H ... I'm 5'9 and about 165 lbs and I'm 57 yrs old.
I'm now a month away Dec.4. Bummer that it's in...
I'm now a month away Dec.4. Bummer that it's in the mix of Christmas. I have to go off all of my meds for RA, but I'm sure I'll get by. So excited ... I'm ready.
Well, I'm down to 1.5 weeks left to my waiting....
Well, I'm down to 1.5 weeks left to my waiting. Super excited and praying I don't get a cold etc. before my surgery. I was around all of my grandkids yesterday and today my daughter told me the little one is pretty sick. I'm suppose to watch them tomorrow. I asked her if it would frighten the kids if I wore a mask ...LOL!
I go for my pre op physical on Tuesday and then a week after that is the day!
I really enjoy reading everyone's comments after the surgery because that is what I'm most nervous about.
I'm trying desperately to get all of my shopping done and my tree and house decorated before my surgery date because my PS told me the drains stay in for at least six days and no left over 5 lbs.
Well, yesterday morning, yup, Sunday ... I get a...
Well, yesterday morning, yup, Sunday ... I get a call from my family doctor explaining that I need to come in Monday morning for another blood test. It seems that my blood platelet count is low. He explained that it is common for this to happen if the blood is not kept moving after it is withdrawn from the vein. My surgery is suppose to me on Tuesday and if the results come back the same my surgery will me canceled!!!!! NO!!!! I don't have a good feeling about this blood test as I do have RA. I just can't believe this could happen ... I've waited 3 months ... thinking of nothing else, planning my December around this surgery. So, PLEASE keep your figures crossed or say a little prayer that all goes well with the blood test this morning. It is 3:47 AM and I've been awake since 2:30 AM ... It's going to be a long day! I'll keep you posted.
After a roller coaster ride yesterday getting...
4 Dec 2012
On day of treatment
After a roller coaster ride yesterday getting blood work redone and talking to ALL of my doctors it's a GO! My blood work came back much better, thanks to the wonderful drug methotrexate that I take for my RA ... really wreaks havoc with your body, but keeps me moving. I couldn't believe the emotions I had yesterday not know wheather I'd have the surgery or not. I guess I really excited only to have the rug ripped out from under me. I told my daughter yesterday that I felt like a kid so excited about doing something only to be told I couldn't. Oh, well water under the bridge. Two more hours to go before I have to be at the surgery center. A bit nervous, but I am SO READY! I'll let you know how it all goes when I come home.
I am in a good amount of discomfort. I am...
I am in a good amount of discomfort. I am wondering why I did this to myself. I called the doctor yesterday because of my nausea, flushing, and headache she told me to get off the loritab and take Tylenol. My back is sore from laying solidly on my back for two days. I get up and wonder around the house. I know it only been two days but i'm getting short on patience. Anyone else feeling this way? My tubes are in until at least Monday at which time I'll first see myself for the first time.
I have to figure out how I'm going to was my hair as I'm not suppose to get anything wet. I guess it's the old fashion way by bending over the sink.
Hopefully I'll start feeling better today. Sorry for the whining, but this is how I'm feeling.
Wow, I didn't know a full shower could be so...
Wow, I didn't know a full shower could be so exhausting! One week post op! Had a doctors appt. yesterday ... gone are the tubes, bandages and stockings. I can now shower, sleep without being propped up and drive if I need to. I have a lot of bruising and swelling, but boy are they small and perky! I still feel awful, though! Better today than yesterday. She said I could go braless, use the bra I came home in or a sports bra. I tried an Awe Bra ... hurt, sportsbra ...hurt, medical bra ... hurt so I tried one of my husband's wife beater tees and it did the job. I threw out about 15 bras and I'm trying on my clothes! OMG, I can't believe how good they look. I have a jacket that I love, but the seam that was suppose to go UNDER my breasts went over them ... now it fits like it should with room to spare! I'm really looking forward to my new life with small breasts. This past week has been one awful week, but in the long run I know it will be worth it. Now it's time to lose some weight it go along with the new girls! I'll post a few picture in the next few days.
Please can anyone tell me the normal feelings I...
Please can anyone tell me the normal feelings I should have in my breasts? I'm 10 days post op and my upper breast feel like there is a lot of pressure and soreness in them. Almost like when I breast fed my daughter and they were full. They feel like I've been doing a workout of chest strenghtening.
I went yesterday for my two week check up ... she...
I went yesterday for my two week check up ... she said I coming along well. Still a lot of bruising and swelling, but she told me that I could start walking as excerise if I wish and to do a few miles for her LOL. Lift nothing heavy and no underwire bras. She took out the stitches around the nipples.I I think they still look awful. Love the size but they are not pretty as of yet. She told me that everything I'm feeling is very normal so that is a good thing. I was whining about the fullness and how uncomfortable I am and she had to remind me that it has only been two weeks and what I had done was major cutting. I have tried several sports bras but find that they are not comfortable around the incisions. I find that tighter fitting camisoles are the way for me to go.
I have another appointment in a month, but I think I will have to cancel it because we are leaving for Florida.
Last Tuesday January 14, 2013 was six weeks post...
Last Tuesday January 14, 2013 was six weeks post op. I feel better and better each day. I have resumed walking and doing light arm excerises. I still have a few small scabs that have not come off as of yet. I peeled one off and now I'm putting ointment and bandaids over the area. SOOO, DO NOT HELP the healing along. I can lay on my side and stomach, but have sent so much time on my back I wake up on my back. I still don't have a lot of feeling between my breasts and on top. However feeling is slowing coming back. I am so happy I've had the surgery. Everything fits like it should and wearing a sun dress is something I haven't done in so many years I can't remember. (I'm in Florida for the winter), not to mention buying a bathing suit.
The scars are light in color except the scars on my sides under my arms. Those are always covered so it's no big deal.
Everyone tells me how good I look ... I ran into a friend who didn't know of my surgery and she said "Wow, you've lost a lot of weight"! Yes, I did, yes I did!
So, don't wait go call and make that appointment you won't be sorry.
It's been almost 4 months and I'm feeling great....
19 Mar 2013
3 months post
It's been almost 4 months and I'm feeling great. I'm loving my new size.