almost 11 months post
- updated 3 months ago
Hello to all the brave ladies! First and...
- 2 Oct 2012
- 1 month pre
Hello to all the brave ladies!
First and foremost "thanks" to so many of you for poring out your hearts and sharing your most intimate thoughts and emotions. You've been great and your stories have given me courage and inspiration to move forward with this live changing decision.
I turned 40 in May and that's when the decision was finalized. Now I wait.....I'm scared, excited, worried, and a little overwhelmed and wish I could just speed up time....
I have a few concerns and thought I'd ask the experts; you.
My pre-op is coming up soon, it's scheduled for Friday, October 16th - are there any specific questions I should ask my PS at that point? I've only met him once before, during my FREE initial evaluation. I was really nervous then and I'm sure I'll feel similarly this time around. I mean, who wants to let it all hang out in front of a strange man.....right? Certainly I may not ask all the right questions, so I'm counting on your guidance.
I've also read many of you talk about purchasing a post surgical bra. Several recommend; Annette Seamless Brest Surgery Bra, it's pricey, but is it worth it? Others mention purchasing a simple "sports" bra from Wal*Mart. Any suggestions on this topic?
Also, my biggest wonder - WHAT SIZE bra do I purchase? Since I'll be getting a reduction do I go with the size of my "new boobs", or do I purchase the post surgery brazier to match my actual current size? I keep pondering about this...
One more curious thought: What is you advice on purchasing/using healing supplements and vitamin kits. How about ARNICA Oil, a natural supplement which supposed to reduce bruising after surgery - have any of you used? And if so, what were the results.
I also have a some what of a "dumb" question, but I'm going to ask it anyways. I've been extremely lucky never to have to have been hospitalized > so, what does one bring with them for an overnight stay during this type of surgery?
Thanks in advance for any advice offered,
No pictures available at the moment, but I promise to do a couple of uploads this weekend so you can all see the before, then after results! o:)
Hello everyone! I'm scheduled for surgery on Nov...
- 17 Oct 2012
- 16 days pre
Still haven't had the chance to upload a few photos, but will try to do so this weekend.
As the countdown continues; 2 weeks to go (exactly...
- 19 Oct 2012
- 14 days pre
Had my preop this afternoon. Everything seems to...
- 23 Oct 2012
- 10 days pre
Then there is the "size" issue I'm having. During my first visit we really didn't focus or talk much about my desired breast size. I remember the Doc mentioning something about making me a full C - which I don't want. I know some will probably think I'm nuts, but my wish is to be smaller than a C. I've had "big, hanging boobs" for most of my live - I refuse to go through all of this only to end up with a C. What if they naturally get a little bigger, then what - I'll be back to a D. No, no - I want to be smaller, but have concerns whether or not my PS will listen.
Well, it's Tuesday night, tomorrow will be...
- 30 Oct 2012
- 3 days pre
Thursday night - about 16 hrs to go. Trying not...
- 1 Nov 2012
- 1 day pre
Nov 5, 2012, 3 rd day after surgery. I'm adding a...
- 5 Nov 2012
- 3 days post
Today is Thursday, 6th day after surgery. I feel...
- 8 Nov 2012
- 6 days post
I'm really surprised to read some of the other reviews from woman who had surgery on or around my date. I'm puzzled as to their burst of energy and the ability to immediately start running bra-less errands. I understand that everyone's healing process is different, but I was hesitant to remove my brazier even only to take a shower. I felt uneasy, thinking I may disrupt a scar or move something out of place. Secondly, as long as I was taking the pain meds the only thing my body wanted to do was sleep, or at least lay still as I rested. Strange..... Other than that, for all those anticipating their bid day I only have few suggestions; make sure you have someone who can be with you for at least 3 days. You'll need help with stuff like getting out of bed and going to the bathroom. ESPECIALLY if your doctor leaves your drains in. Mine were removed the morning after surgery before I was DC home and since, I've had no drainage what so ever. Ohh, and by the way, for all those petrified and wondering whether or not it's painful - it's NOT. It took my Doc 30 seconds to pull one then the other out. I couldn't even tell when he started or when he was done. I knew he was coming to take them out at around 7:30 am, just before my discharge, so to ease the pain in case there was any, I took my pain pill about an hour before I saw him. Also, as long as you'll continue to take the pain drugs your head will spin a little - it's safer to have someone around during that time. I took my pain meds for the first three days and then only one at bedtime. My first shower w/washing hair and all was only yesterday - my Mom assisted, bless her heart. The days before were only quick wash-ups on my knees in the bathtub - which was sufficient. I wanted to keep the wounds dry for as long as I possibly could. I continue to wear gauze and padding inside my surgical bra and have had help changing my dressings daily. Although as mentioned, luckily there has been no bleeding so there's not much that needs changing. I'll take a few new pictures, maybe later today and post them for you to see. Wishing everyone well healing and best of luck to all those going into surgery shortly. ap
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- 8 days post
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- 11 days post
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- 16 days post
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- 25 Nov 2012
- 23 days post
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- 26 Nov 2012
- 24 days post
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- 16 Jan 2013
- 2 months post
just passed the 6 mo mark.
- 21 May 2013
- 6 months post
3 mo short a year....
- 14 Aug 2013
- 9 months post
Almost 1 yr post procedure (Nov 4th 2013)
- 19 Sep 2013
- 10 months post
...was recommended by someone.