1 year post op***** Starting my Breast Reduction Journey

Hi! I'm a 32 years old girl from Ohio. 5'10" med...

Hi! I'm a 32 years old girl from Ohio. 5'10" med frame with 34G's and I have my first consultation next week on Aug 1st for breast reduction surgery.. I'm nervous and excited. I've already seen my primary care doctor and she agreed I should be able to get it approved by my health insurance policy. I've dealt with horrible back pain, neck and numbness in my hands for years along with a lot of other issues. I'm a little scared though. I'm not worried about the scars but that I'll miss what I had. Is it normal to feel this way?

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Hi! I am with you - just starting. I go for a consult with the PS tomorrow after having gone through an initial screening about 4 weeks ago. I'll be 32 this year, too. Good luck! Looks like we might be on this journey together. :)
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I've been so excited i just hope i don't have to much of a battle with my insurance carrier. i pretty sure they will approve it but who knows.good luck to you too. :)

So I've been reading all kinds of reviews and...

So I've been reading all kinds of reviews and blogs about BR and I am getting really excited about my up coming consult next Wed. I am a little worried they will want me to loss some weight before hand. I'm pretty tall and muscular but I have about 15 - 20 pounds to loss off my waist. I broken my ankle 4 months ago so that really messed up my workout and eating habits but I'm getting back on track. I really don't have to many worries about the surgery except for the anesthesia. That scares the CRAP out of me. For my ankle surgery I only had a leg block and gas so I was breathing on my own. I don't like the thought of being paralyzed and having a machine breath for me. That just sends my anxiety through the roof.

So I have more questions about the different scar technique. Anchor pattern, inverted-T incision, lollipop incision or Horizontal scar technique. Which ones are better. I have large round bobbies with not to much sagging. I will post a pic soon. I'm a little nervous about doing that but we all have big boobies right??? lol

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Hey Ohio! Welcome to our little corner of the web. I don't think your weight will be a problem given the ankle circumstances. I broke mine too but had GA for the internal fixation. They must have made significant improvements in GA since then as I have never had such a clear recovery as I did with the BR two weeks (almost). Beth is right, you are not paralyzed, just unconscious. Awake one moment, small boobs the next it seems! If you read more reviews you will see that a lot were nervous about it beforehand and after, they are "what the hell was I worried about?"

This place is a great resource for information, support, and encouragement. We on the other side are more than thrilled to share our experiences, the good and bad, offer advice, and the reassurance that everything you are thinking/feeling is normal is invaluable in helping get through any rough patches on the road.
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Thanks for the kind words BBG. i have my good days where i'm not so scared and other days where i'm kind of a mess. i just need to take baby steps and more than anything make it to my first consult appt.
Ohio girl!
I did the lollipop one. No unnecessary scarring under the breast and a more natural aftermath according to my research. Better chance of retaining nipple sensation as well.
I was scared of general anesthesia just like you are. I had zero experience. You can ask doctor to give you a sedative beforehand to calm you on the way in. You aren't paralyzed either like you are with a spinal block. One minute I was chatting with the team about what music would be playing while the IV was going in and then I was waking up in the recovery room! You are out into sleep land in an instance. No time for thought. And it's not gradual. Wake up seemless. Now that I know what to expect, I'm cool with it. Good luck!
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Hello all! I had my first consult today. I...

Hello all! I had my first consult today. I originally had spoken with a few other doctors but this was my first appointment. When I got there my husband and I were taken into a small office area and a nurse asked me about my history, what I did to help with the pain associated with my huge breast, etc. Then Dr S. came in and I fell in love with her. She is wonderful. She went over step by step of what to expect. When she was explaining the different surgeries types, she thought cus of my size I would need a anchor surgery but to her surprise when she saw my perky 34G's in my exam she decided to do the lollipop surgery. I think she was more excited then I was at that point. She said I would be much happier with the lollipop for aesthetic reasons. She said sometimes you can get more of a boxier look with the anchor not that it's a bad thing but she felt I would be happier with the lollipop surgery. After that they took my pictures and a nice office person came in to go over what to expect with my insurance company. She said not to get upset if they denied me the first time but they would advocate for me and help me the best they could. I am so happy. I knew I was doing the right think when Dr. S. asked me "Are you ready to have scars"? And I truely am. I may not have been in my younger years but I am NOW! I talked about earlier that I was anxious about the anesthesia, well she made me feel much more comfortable about that. Also Dr. S. told me to make sure I express my concerns to the anesthesiologist when I meet him or her .
So now i'm playing the waiting game with Aetna. Since I can't afford to pay out of pocket insurance approval is my only hope. I guess I'll have to wait and see.

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I forgot this....She said she was going to make me...

I forgot this....She said she was going to make me a C. I can not believe I'm going to be a C. i haven't been a C since I was a young teenager, She said she would most likely take about 600 out my right and 700 out of my left. *smile* I can't wait!!!

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hey ohio! I'm in the same boat with just having my consultations 2 weeks ago, waiting on the insurance info! Wish you the best of luck with insurance and keep us posted!
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Waiting is the hardest part. Not knowing if i'm...

Waiting is the hardest part. Not knowing if i'm going to get approved is going to test my patients and sanity.

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I have a question for all the ladies who have...

I have a question for all the ladies who have already had their surgery. how long was it before you went back to work? i have a desk job and only have about two to 3 week avail to take off this year. (FMLA and vacation time) my PS said maybe two weeks recovery but she didnt specify if that would be when i could go back to work.

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They said possibly 3-5 weeks. it seems like forever.
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Hi! Did your PS office have any thoughts as to how long you might expect to wait to hear back from your insurance co?
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Thanks girl. i hope your confirmation comes soon for u.
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Hello friends. i'm still waiting on an answer from...

Hello friends. i'm still waiting on an answer from my PS. i spoke with the staff friday and there still waiting on all my letters from my doctor, chiro and massage therapist. i'm hoping it will all get submitted by next week. I've talked to my familg and friends they are happy for me. I just so impatient..lol.

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I'm still waiting for my insurance approval.......

I'm still waiting for my insurance approval.... this seems like it's taking forever. I got a card for my PS today thanking me for coming in. I thought that was really nice. especially because it was handwritten and signed by her. i just can't wait. I don't know what i'm gonna do it i get denied. Here's hoping

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Thanks girl
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Keep the faith. You'll get approved, I can feel it.
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I've lost 8 pounds whoohoo!!! Oh and my boobs are...

I've lost 8 pounds whoohoo!!! Oh and my boobs are the same size. lol

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Hi, OhioGirl - I also have Aetna. The day after submission, they let the PS know they needed a letter from my regular doctor stating we had tried conservative measures without success. I started going through the motions because I hadn't been going to my doctor for the daily pains - I just lived with them. Close to a month later - and completely out of the blue, approval came through without anything else from my doc. Keep the faith - you will get yours as well. And if you don't, appeal as many times as needed.

I also have a desk job and, though my doctor is conservative (no lifting more than 5 pounds for one month after surgery!), she thinks I should be back to work in 7-10 days. Do you have flexibility with your job as far as working partial days or working virtually? Being able to work half days after a week of recovery will help you stretch your time off without stressing your body too much.

Good luck!!
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woohoo! keep it up!
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woohoo on the 8lbs!! keep it up!!
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Omg where to start. I got a phone call from a PS...

omg where to start. I got a phone call from a PS office Dr. V I previously wanted to meet with but since their first appointment was not till Oct 15th I decided to go with my 2nd PS Dr. S which I did really like. Well today I got a call from the first PS Dr. V saying they had a cancellation for this Thursday at 1:45 and did I want it. I said yes just so I could think about it, but after some thought and talking to my husband and one of my close friends who had breast surgery recently I've decided to go see her. I feel kind of bad cus I do like my current PS that I'm setup with now but nothing is set in stone yet. Also they don't have my insurance approval yet. Dr. V has a awesome tract record (but so does the one I'm talking to now) I guess I will just she what she says and go from there. *sigh*
So far I've lost 12 pounds on my cleanse. I'm doing a juice cleanse kind of like the one from the movie "Fat Sick or Nearly Dead". Except I won't be doing this for 60 days. I'd kill myself. LOL
I wish this process was much easier. I just wish I could be over with.

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since ypu are waiting it wouldn't hurt to check out the other PS!! just to make sure!! i had an approval from my jerk ps and then with new one they called insurance and just had names changed!! good luck!! blessings and prayers!!
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thanks girl

So i went to my second consult appt last thurs and...

So i went to my second consult appt last thurs and i'm so glad i did not wait around for her till oct 15. She wasn't bad but we just didn't click. I now feel i have picked the best PS for me. So i'm still just waiting on my insurance approval. they said it could take about a month and it's only been about two week since they got all the paperwork submit to aetna. I'm just being impatient.

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I have Aetna as well and have my first consult with PS on 9/12/12. I'm also 5'10 and need to lose some weight., Even when I was thin, I was a D. I'm now a 42DDD. I'm going to get my records from my dermatologist, gyno, MD and chiro and take them all with me. Have you heard back yet Ohio?
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Glad you at least know who you like. The wait will be worth it!!
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So this is my sad update. i still have yet to hear...

so this is my sad update. i still have yet to hear anything. i've talked to my insurance carrier twice and both times they said they have not gotten anything from my PS requesting approval. i've called my PS OFFICE rep three times and she has still not called me back yet....not one time!!!! i'm literally about to scream and cry. i knew this would be stressful but come on it's been forever since my appt with Dr. S. All i'm asking for is to know if they have sent my paperwork off for approval and no one can answer me this. tomorrow i'm going to either A call again or B stop by this office and see what the hell is going on. *smh*sigh*. thanks for reading.

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Hi Ohio, We are in the same boat. My first PS appointment was clear back on July 16th and I haven't heard a peep from them. Then I saw a 2nd one (the one I actually want) on August 7th and now waiting patienty for insurance approval. Its driving me crazy! Guess we just have to learn patience. As most of these gals here say, this is the hardest part of this process - waiting for approval/waiting for the date....Keep us posted - as will I.
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yes we do and i will keep u posted too.
how upsetting i have my consult next week so may be right there with you!
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Still waiting... :(

Still waiting... :(

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I forgot to update. I did speak to my PS office on...

I forgot to update. I did speak to my PS office on the 5th. I spoke with the nice office rep and she pulled my file. She said they did send my paperwork the first time to Aetna on Aug. 17 and they sent it a 2nd time on Sept 5. I'm plannning on calling tomorrow to see if maybe they can give me some good news or atleast a confirmation that they have my request. Will see.

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Correction the first submit to aetna was not the...

correction the first submit to aetna was not the 17 but the 13th

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Hey Ohiogirl - I was on the phone today with my insurance company for a 1/2 hour - through 3 different departments to figure out why I was denied and what I needed to provide for appeals - One gal said she couldn't see anywhere in my policy where it said I was or was not covered - Nobody could give me an answer or details - Come to find out they (on conference call) said the surgeon's office sent it to "Care Coordination" department and they needed to send it to "Predetermination" department - isn't that the same thing?? And why didn't they forward it on to the correct department before denying - sounds fishy to me! They gave me a new fax# so I called PS to resubmit, and hopefully the outcome will be different. But now I am thinking they deny just to weed out the "weak at heart" and those that aren't as persistent - I've been waiting for 5 weeks. And have called several times and given several different answers as to when they sent out the denial letter - I still don't have it in writing!! SO - my advice when you call Aetna tomorrow is to be very persistent and make sure your PS is sending it to the correct department. This is crazy huh!! We're in the same battle.....Keep us posted.
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I will.
I had my consult today. The Scnur scale says i need 1000 g but he will only do 700. Since I had medical records she said still a shot Aetna will approve. Takes 6-8 weeks from today to hear. Praying!
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I got great news today. Not exactly the answer I...

I got great news today. Not exactly the answer I wanted. I'm still waiting on my insurance approval but I will know either way in 10 days but most likely less. I called Aetna today and got a to speak with a really nice woman. She stated they still did not have my paperwork which was really odd since I know my PS had sent it twice. Then she offered to call my PS office while I was on hold and asked them to send it directly to her. *eye blink* I was shocked she offered to do that. She had me on hold for about 5 mins at the most and when she came back she said they were going to send it to her directly and if she didn't get it with in 5-10 mins she would call them back and tell them. Now thats customer service. :) Shortly later my PS office called and told me that the nice woman from Aetna called her back after she had gotten that documentation and said she had more than enought info on me and she would get back to them with in 10 days but probably less. I guess this wonderful Aetna rep was also a prescreener as well. When my PS rep called me back she apologize for the delay and the mixup/confussion. She said she was going to be taking over the job of the insurance rep that worked in their office that had not gotten back to me and I would be working with her directly. She was very sincere. The best news is is that my PS office person said Aetna stated to her that she didn't see any reason that I wouldn't get approved. But they would review my case and make the final call with in the next ten days. I am on cloud nine. I just hope it doesn't fall through. And if it does I will appeal it. I just want to enjoy this feeling and I'm hoping and praying for the best. My back has been bothering me so bad, I just can't do it much longer. I really need this.
Well anyways I will update as soon as I know anything good or bad. Thanks for reading.

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Good news I've been scheduled for september 25th I'm so happy I really can't wait
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thats great:))
Sending good vibes your way. Good luck!
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Today i've been watching old episodes of Dr. 90210...

today i've been watching old episodes of Dr. 90210 hoping that it was me getting surgery. not implants but u all know what i mean. :)

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Completely understand the visions and illusions that yearning for surgery create...especially once you've received good inforamtion. :) You'll be the one on the table.
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I've been denied. i did not have enough tissue in...

i've been denied. i did not have enough tissue in my size G'S boobs for the claim to be approved. i'll appealing and my PS is going to see what she can do for me. this is so depressing.

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Okay I've calmed down some so let me tell you all...

Okay I've calmed down some so let me tell you all what happen today. I spoke with a Aetna rep this morning. She said that my information was entered into the system yesterday the 23rd and was denied today the 24th. She didn't know the reason for the denial so she got me online with a claims handler who said to the other rep "No we have not denied this claim" which was kind of odd since the woman I just had talked to said it was denied at a specific time today 24th in the system. The claims handler than told me that till they speak with my doctor they can not give me any info about my claim. She told me to call my doctor and have them call Aetna. In so many words she was not aloud to tell me anything and the first rep spoke before she should have. So I left a message for "Ms.C" from my PS office to call me back. She did with in ten mins. That's when she explained to me that they told her my claim had been denied due to the fact I didn't have enough tissue to meet the required amount that needed to be taken out to be covered by them. My PS wanted to take 700 out per boobie. When I went to my 2nd consult she had said they may do lipo on my sides to get the required amount to meet aetna's requirements. Maybe I am boarderline but I don't see how. I'm a freaking 34G. My chest is all boobs. There very heavy dense boobs. I just so fustrated. I have not given up, I'm ready to fight. And I'm PISSED! Both PS felt confident that I would be approved so I know I can win this fight. It's just going to be a battle. SIGH* I just wanted to get this done this year since I already met my ded $1600.00 bucks. So hopefully I can get a answer in the next week and I will just go from there. Thanks for reading and if anyone has any more advice let me know. Writing the letters is a great idea and if they won't listen to Dr. S I will start a letter writing campaign. :)

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i just hope everything can be cleared up with Dr. S calling in directly. i'm so close to this scale from what they want to take out. it's just frustrating. did u get approved through insurance?
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did u get approved rydersmom05??
I only went 9/12 and she said it takes about 6 weeks to hear. I hope I do but I have a feeling denial is how it starts and then appeal...it's a shame. The back pain and numbness is so aggravating. I need to do a blog too. The insurance specialist at my PS is so helpful and used to work in insurance. She said if I had BCBS then I would've had to meet schnur scale or it wouldn't be worth sending in. He said removing 700g per breast would put me at a mid to full C.

This is going to be a long week. sighhh

this is going to be a long week. sighhh

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Definitely do not give up! I also have Aetna and before I could get to them all the information they requested *after* PS submission, they approved me. My PS said they wanted 800-850 from each of mine (though when I calculated on their scale, it should have been closer to 750 each) and she said she *thought* I could still stay a full C but it might be a small C. She ended up taking 864 from one and 1145 from the other - and right now I am still a full C with most of the swelling gone. Like you, I was a G-cup. Maybe talk to your PS to see the potential for taking more. Did she tell you the amount Aetna required or did you figure it up for yourself?
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Hey girl! Don't give up!!! You're in my thoughts and I hope that they revise their decision SOON so that you're waiting for a surgery date pronto!! Hugs to you. :)
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i hope they can get this straightened out asap. but with insurance companies it will probably be dec 31 before i get a answer. lol

Hi all. My PS came through and changed my denial...

Hi all. My PS came through and changed my denial into an approval with aetna ins. I am sooooo very happy. I got a call at 5pm est today from aetna saying after further review they have changed their mind and have approved breast reduction surgery. I'm on cloud nine. So tomorrow i'm going to call my PS and make sure they know. the ins lady said they had already closed when she called and she wasn't able to leave a message. i can already feel the pain in my back subside. :) now i just need to get through the surgery. thank u all for the thoughts and prayers.
oh and since i got my approval i will repost better before pics soon.

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thanks krissy
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Congrats!!!!! Well Done!
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thanks again:)
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Hi all. well i called my PS yesterday right when...

hi all. well i called my PS yesterday right when they open to talk to the wonderful rep who got aetna to change their mind so i could proceed with scheduling annnnd she was off that day. lol. so hopefully i will have some good news monday. have a great weekend everyone:)

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I also have Aetna. I was approved the first time. I was 185, 5'5'' and somewhat muscular. My chest was 34 G/F also. My surgeon told insurance he would remove 550-800g. They approved the procedure within a week! I had all of the back and neck problems, and also my hands going numb. After the surgery Aetna drug their feet in paying the surgeons bill because he ONLY took 500 and 550 from each breast. They finally paid it after they had one of their drs review the case and say that yes the amount taken was enough to correct the problems I was having before the br!! That was alot of stress after, but it is still the best thing I have ever done for myself. So, hang in there and don't stress too much about Aetna. I think they use the higher numbers to try to keep people who want this done for cosmetic reasons from being covered.
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Yeah!! Congrats on your approval!! Let us know when you schedule it... BTW, I can completely relate to your first post about wanting to go through with it, but being worried about missing what you have. I keep reminding myself of al the things I'll gain: sundresses, strappy tops, bras from Target! Best of luck- keep us updated!
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This is going to be a long night. I really really...

This is going to be a long night. I really really hope they get everything updated tomorrow so I can get my date, lol. I think I'm just as excited about this as a vacation or even my wedding anniversary, As I sit her typing my back is killing me. I sit infront of a computer all day at work and now I'm doing it at home. I've also been thinking why didn't I do this before. I notice a lot of woman say the same thing. But who knows if I would have liked my doctor at the time or even would have been approved at that point. Well I'm doing it now and thats what matters. I'm just so happy. Sorry if I keep rambling on. I haven't posted any pics yet b/c my bff son has been over the last two days and I don't really want to be uploading boobie pics with a 12 year old in the house. I will do it soon though. Have a good night everyone. till tomorrow - me

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We'll be waiting to see what your surgery date is! Hopefully you won't have to wait as long as I did - two months! Congrats!
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So happy for you can't wait to put you on the calendar! :-)
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I feel much better about deciding to do this since earlier this year. I have just decided that smaller boobies with scars must be better than cronic back and neck pain. I will miss my perky HUGH boobies alittle bit but not enough to not have this done. I just tell myself what I'll be getting out of this, Also my husband and I have been joking around about him having something new to play with, LOL

Okay this took alot for me to do this but here are...

okay this took alot for me to do this but here are my before pics.

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Oops - didn't read the correct update. Now I see "we" have to wait to hear :)
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yes. this is taking forever. lol
Did you get your date??
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Hi all. I got my letter in the mail confirming my...

Hi all. I got my letter in the mail confirming my approval and coverage. Whoohoo. So i hope i get a call today to schedule. Will see.

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Hi! My story sounds a lot like yours and I am from Lewis Center Ohio :) I have Aetna too and they somehow didn't receive the paperwork from my PS office the first time. Luckily I called after two weeks of waiting and found out so they could resend it. Once they had the paperwork, they called my PS office within a week to say I got approved. I'm surprised because the surgeon said he would take out 600g each side but according to the "scale" it should have been 680. I didn't have a ton of letters but did have an xray that showed degenerative disc disease in my cervial spine. I'm assuming that is what is buying me my surgery. I am stilll waiting on my approval letter. Good luck!!
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Hi. i got my letter in the mail but i didn't get a call from PS yet. I'm pretty sure i will at the beginning of next week. Who is your PS? Let me know how everything goes?
Hi! I hope you have some new information by now! My surgery is Oct 19 with Timothy Treece in Upper Arlington. Keep me posted with what you find out. I love that fact that you can chat with other people on here about what you are going through. My husband can only tolerate me perseverating on surgery for so long ;)

Whoohoo. I'll be going under the knife in 22 days....

Whoohoo. I'll be going under the knife in 22 days. I am so excite but it doesn't seem real yet. I have my pre-op on Oct 23. Soooo now I need to get my house together. Some meals really so my hubby can cook me some healthy food and not go to McD's or Wendys. The best thing yet is I don't have to pay anything. It's being fully covered by insurance. yeah!!
So I wanna ask everyone. What should I expect or ask at pre-op?
Thanks for reading :)

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Reading the comments between you and rydersmom05. . . did your approval letter specify how much had to be taken out? My doesn't have any specifics in it. My ps recommended 600 but based on my height/weight it should have been 680. But they approved it right away. I do have documented cervical degenerative disc disease. I just hear these horror stories about insurance approving and then not wanting to pay after surgery. Just curious what other approvals stipulate. . .
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No only my denial letter had gram info on it. i'll post it tomorrow.
My PS did say monday when she scheduled me they would call aetna back with my surgery date and reconfirm coverage for the surgery.

Hi all. Next tuesday is my pre op appt and then i...

Hi all. Next tuesday is my pre op appt and then i have two weeks before surgery. i have my questions really for tues but i was wondering when did everyones PS tell them to stop drinking alcohol? i like drinking wine and maybe a Margarita but not everynight. Just wondering??

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I don't drink much so it wasn't an issue for me. I am thinking there may be two reasons for the alcohol: a) it affects clotting time and b) they don't want you to be in withdrawal if your intake is actually more than you stated (not saying you do just from my experience as a nurse many folks who drink excessively underestimate the amount they drink which can cause some withdrawal-like symptoms.)
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Thanks for the info. My hubby got me a drink tonight and i started thinking if i should be drinking it or not. i think i'll call my PS tomorrow and see the the staff say so i know for sure. :)
I got an information package from my surgeons office that said no alcohol 2 days before surgery, hope that helps!

I got a little bit more excitied today looking a...

I got a little bit more excitied today looking a bras...18 more days

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What is everyones thoughts on the best scar cream...

What is everyones thoughts on the best scar cream oil etc? One of my besties said I should try mediHoney (Manuka Honey).

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Good luck, it was the best decision I have ever made!!
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Nevermind! i just saw your date in your title!
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I'm really surprised to hear that some insurance companies require 1,000 grams! I wear a 34G, and I will have between 700 and 900 grams removed per breast. My insurance requires 500. I'm glad you're ready to go! What is your date?
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Morning! TODAY is my pro-op appointment. I have...

Morning! TODAY is my pro-op appointment. I have butterflies in my stomach. 14 more days. i'll update later since i'm at work. Have a great day everyone.

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Pre-Op appointment went great today. I got my Rx...

Pre-Op appointment went great today. I got my Rx for surgery. I got my instructions. All I need to do is show up with a pregnancy test and a smile and I'm good to go. I though that was odd but I have to bring a test with me. I figure they would supply them but o-well. I didn't get to see my PS (is that normal) but the nurse I spoke to was very nice and helpful with my questions. She pretty much answered most of them at the beginning. I found out that they our going to take about 100grams from each side to get the full amount that the insurance required for it to be covered which was a 1000g. I found out I'm getting drains and will have them for about a week. Also I can NOT showering for 4 days...gross. I have to shower everynight before bed. Even if I had a shower just a few hours before and leave the house for a bit I still have to shower before bed. This is going to be a BIG issue for me... I guess I will need to have my hubby give me a few sponge bathes. There going to provide my a bra but said I should get one as a backup along with gauze and a few comfort items. Everything else was pretty standard stuff I guess.
I was so excited all day today and about an hour before my appointment I got so nervous. I started freaking out a little. Gezz if I got that upset today I can only imagine how it's going be over the next two weeks. The nurse gave me some breathing exercises and some good ideas on how to handle the stress. I felt much better when I left but at first I was stumbling over all my information I was giving her. I just need to keep myself busy and pray time will fly by. She did tell me not to take arnica. She said don't take anything before surgery but that I can after if I want. Do you think that will help still?? Well that's about it. Thanks for reading. And I still thinking about you all that are still waiting for approval or the ones that's are recovering. XOXOXOX

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ur date is almost here !!!! we will all be here to check on ur progress. just remember to take it easy those days after ur surgery. i myself didnt get all my energy back until about week 3. I for one and grateful i didnt have to worry about working and all that. we will see u soon after ur get ur surgery and prayers for a safe healing process for u :)
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My PS also did not want me to take anything before surgery and I started the arnica the day after surgery with no problem. I agree with CaliKMP that you really won't care about a shower so much for the first few days and by the time you do it will be time for you to get the go ahead. This time of waiting is the worst, keep hydrated, eat well and most of all keep busy. Hugs!
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Sounds like a productive appointment! :) I think whether or not you see your PS during the pre-op depends on your health care plan and system. When I had an HMO (I'm in the US), I rarely saw doctors. I pretty much saw nurses and technicians. In my case for the BR, I did see my PS for the consult and pre-op, but only for a couple of minutes. I've dealt with the "patient care coordinator" 90% of the time. Looks like you'll be having 500g on each side removed (not 100g?)--and from my calculations, that's about 4 cup sizes. :) As for not showering, I wasn't able to shower for a whole week! I didn't feel like I needed one until day 3. My mind was more occupied with how I was feeling. Besides, I didn't leave the house at all. I practically didn't leave the chair. Even my hair didn't feel oily until the third day. I wouldn't have wanted to move around enough to have a shower the first two days. By the third day, I took a shallow bath and sponged. I did it again on day 5. Then I showered like a crazy person on Day 7 when I got the green light. :) Today is Day 8, and I showered again this morning, of course. I definitely felt that the anticipation was way worse than the actual procedure. It's torture. But, being on the recovery side actually goes by pretty fast, and I'm glad. I am ready to be at my "final size," whatever that may be. Good luck getting through the next couple of weeks. Just stay busy, but get rest. Sleep deprivation might wait on the other side. :) I feel like I have a newborn baby again, with the strange sleeping hours I'm keeping. Hang in there!
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I ordered my sports bra today. I got the one my PS...

I ordered my sports bra today. I got the one my PS suggested. It's a Moving Comfort brand. I've never gotten anything from them before but they seem to be a good brand by the reviews. I just hope it fits. My PS is sending me home in one so I don't need to wear this one exclusively.
Wow I can't believe I only have 10 more days. Time is really flying by. I still have alot of stuff to do to prepair. I'm like the biggest procrastinator. I should start on the rest of my list soon. lol. I'm still a little scared about the general anesthesia but I'm trying to just not think about it to much. Also I;m worried about the recovery time. I have two weeks off work as of now I just hope I don't need to take to much more off.
I've been trying to picture how I will look after surgery. I'm hope I'm happy.
Thanks for reading. Still thinking about all my fellow BR friends and also the ones still waiting, ttyl...XOXOXOXO

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I'm so excited for you! I will be the done on the first so I will post pics for you. I'm nervous too but I just keep thinking how perky Ill be after Congratulations again!
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i put some picks up of the sports bras i got at walmart the fruit of the loom one is my fav. :)
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Sassycharly Yes thanks for the pics I'm gonna go there tomorrow and get a few of the ones you got at walmart!

It still doesn't seem real to me that i'm having...

It still doesn't seem real to me that i'm having surgery in just a few days. i woke up this morning with a horrible headack and neck cramp... i can't wait for those days to be over. i am just so excited!!! i can't wait!!!!! :=}

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Those days are coming to an end soon! For me...these last few days were the worst. I just wanted to get it over with so I could start recovering! Impatient, I guess. :) Have a great few days and....get plenty of rest while you can. ;)
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We will be on the recovery journey together! I am so pumped for "the" day! I cannot believe what you would have felt with the denial. My PS booked surgery without getting the OHIP approval...I guess she knew it would be covered! Keep us posted on your upcoming day!
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I KNOW A FEW DAYS...SEEMS UNREAL! I keep saying to myself I can't believe it I'm getting this done tomorrow...I have eaten everything in site. I must have gained ten pounds in a week...ugh and I have done nothing just looked at everyone's boobs...lmao... I am like a stalker...OMG I am a stalker watch out creepy..." Tin Man" I really crake myself up!
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I just got my call. I've gotta be there at...

I just got my call. I've gotta be there at 10am!!!! whoohoo

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I found some super comfy pj's at marshalls. Also i...

I found some super comfy pj's at marshalls. Also i got the bra PS recommended in the mail today. i hope it fits cus it sure as hell not going to fit now. lol. i am just about ready. I only want to make a last stop at walmart tomorrow then i'm done. and one more thing i wish i could just enjoy my fav winter beer that came out today. Is only available in nov and dec. great lakes xmas ale. yummy. Tuesday needs to hurry on up cus my nerves can't handle much more.... man i need a beer.
i'm being very random this afternoon. my brain is going a mile a minute. lol

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yeah i was nervous and making lists too before my surgery! once ur recovered we can all drink beer and wine to celebrate!!! ill get champagne too. Toast to the new itty bittys!!!! good luck tomorrow and things will be fine. we will see u on the recovery side!!!!!
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OMg I wish it was tomorrow .. I still have 5 more days. But yes we def all need to do a post group toast. I can't wait:))
i bet!! and clothes will fit so much better too!!!

39hrs 40 mins... i think i'm going to puke.

39hrs 40 mins... i think i'm going to puke.

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LOL! I know EXACTLY how you feel! The morning of surgery was a fog for me. I was so nervous, and then it was over. You're almost there! :)
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Good luck keep yourself busy less time to think aboutvit
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Good luck. Im. 3 and a half weeks post op ... No more soreness ..... Congratulations..
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So my evening is pretty much consisting of dying...

So my evening is pretty much consisting of dying my hair to get rid of my grays and making soup. If I don't do my hair tonight it's going to be a mess in two or three weeks. I've gotta keep it all together. I my stomach is currently at war with me. I hope I can sleep tonight. *sigh*

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Thinking about you, and your surgery tomorrow! I'm a day after you, I can relate to how you're feeling! Looking forward to hearing from you when your able to let us know how you're doing. P.S. I'm in love with you doggie, what a cutie!
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wish u all well
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jan, i have to get my second mammo again. i pray that i will b on my way:)

Hi friends. i'm home. i got home about 430. i feel...

Hi friends. i'm home. i got home about 430. i feel really great. just a burning sensation in my boobies. i haven't seen them. maybe i'll look tomorrow. Dr. Chris still did the lollipop procedure and i did NOT get drains. I will update more later. thanks for all the thoughts and prays. thinking about my girls who had surgery today and tomorrow too. happy healing.
xoxoxoxo

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I forgot to mention but i had no problems with the...

I forgot to mention but i had no problems with the anesthetic. i woke up feeling really good.

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So happy it's done and over with, now for the recovery! Congrats!!!
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yeah - congrats
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yay i know u have been waiting so long and working hard for ur approval. welcome to the recovery side! so glad ur home and everything went ok. now u can rest and let others do for u. happy healing thoughts ur way!! update us when u can hon.
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Man my sleep schedule is screwed up. i'm not in...

Man my sleep schedule is screwed up. i'm not in pain i just can't stay asleep for more then two hours at a time.

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You guys are cracking me up with your drug induced hazy conversations. I wish I was post op on drugs with smaller boobs. Sigh. Just got my records from PS to do my appeal. Wish me luck!
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I def thinking about u ryder. i hope u get your approval. don't give up.
Chin thighs abs flankes. Very sore ! How are you doing? When can you have yr special beer.. I thought abt you cause my had a friend come hospital that brought Him a SURPRISE !!! Gotta love it!!!!
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I'm been really tired today so I been sleeping...

I'm been really tired today so I been sleeping alot. I have just a bit of a sore throat but it's not to bad. I unloaded a few after shots but you can't really see much since I'm wrapped up like a mummy. Thanks again for all the warm wishes. Everyone has been so supportive.

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101.5 fever...I talked to my nurse and she said to...

101.5 fever...I talked to my nurse and she said to keep an eye on it. Do my deep beathing and drink lots of fluids. Hopefully I can get this fever down.

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Thanks ladies. i do feel better today. i've slept alot and just trying to do my deep breathing exercises. i can't wait to have my first shower tomorrow.
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Keep on healing! Enjoy your shower! I still have a few days to wait for showering routinely.
awww hope u feel better soon. i wish ur doc had given u antibiotic. let us know how ur feeling tomorrow. get lots of rest. i had a cold too and i think it prolonged my healing an extra week with all the coughing. :( get better soon xxxxxxxx
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Do you know what today is???? it's shower and...

Do you know what today is???? it's shower and reveal day!!! i can wait

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Sorry i've been away. i will upload pics tomorrow. Girls still are treating me right. but i still don't have feeling in my nips but hopefully that will come after time. i miss my ladies i just have been sleeping alot lately. thats proby why i can't sleep right now. lol
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Weeeeeellll???
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Hooray for showers !!!! enjoy and hope your first look makes you smile for hours.... hugs
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Morning friends. I went and had my first post op...

morning friends. I went and had my first post op appt this morning and it went well. Dr. Chris drained fluided from both of my boobies. She got a pretty good amount out of each one of them. She's happy with my healing and wants me to come back next week for a another post op and she anticipates that she will need to drain them again. She told me they took about 600+ out of the left and 500+ out of the right. I don't remember the exact number. But she said it was 2.5 pounds. gezzzz. I've been feel really good. I've been off my pain meds since friday morning. And as of now I'm only taking tylenol when needed. Like this morning I haven't taken anything yet and I feel good. I will try and take more pictures soon. I'm still leaking fluid right now so I'm still wrapped up but I will take some soon, Sorry I've been MIA but I've just been really tired with having the surgery and also having this stupid cough but I feel much better today. I hope all my girls are recovering nicely and feeling better. ttyl xoxoxox

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They look great! I've been following along. Don't always comment bc I'm so bummed. I haven't even written my appeal letter yet. I just feel like it won't matter what i say bc of the schnar scale. I got my records last week. I asked about the lipo thing to get the 1000 grams but she doesn't think he will do that.
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Try applying for care credit. My insurance wouldn't cover mine and I had over 1000grams per breast removed.
Insurance requires 1000 and he only wants 750 each. I can't afford it right now.

Omg I can not stop iching. This is crazy. i guess...

Omg I can not stop iching. This is crazy. i guess since i didn't have a of pain after surgery i'm going to have horrible iching from now one. Is there anything i can do to help with the ichiness? I hope everyone is healing well:) xoxoxo

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This has been bothering me some. my left nipple is...

This has been bothering me some. my left nipple is a little bit darker than my right. Dr. Chris said she pretty sure it will be fine but just that is taking a little longer to perk up. She said it took a little longer in surgery for it to pink up. this nip has always been the a little slow tho. Before the surgery my righty would be a headlight but lefty would been just just there. i kind assumed this would happen i just hope i don't lose it. as of now i can feel it when i touch it but still hasn't changed at all. i guess if it happens theres nothing i can do abt it. :(

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OK.. So this might seem like a stupid question.. But here goes.. If I have the surgery on Thusday 20th Dec.. What are the chances that i would be able to go and see Cirque Du soleil on the 21st at 8pm? We cannot apparently change our tickets and can ill afford to lose the $90. I know i will obviously be in some pain, but how hard would it be to sit there for a couple of hours? Let me know your thoughts... I kind of have a feeling that you are all gonna say I am crazy.. hahaha
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Uhhhh...I would say that's unlikely. Even if you were feeling up to it, you probably don't want to put yourself in a position where you could get bumped or jostled (i.e. anywhere with a crowd). I can't speak for everyone's experience, but just showering and getting dressed FOUR days after my surgery left me completely exhausted and wanting to crawl back into bed. If it were me, I'd put the tickets on StubHub, get some of my money back, and look forward to getting some much-needed rest after a pretty intense surgical procedure.
No i don't think your crazy. idk tho...i have a easy recovery times till they drained me last monday and that was 7 days post op. but that doesn't say you may feel like crap or high... Hey you may enjoy the show then anyone else. lol

Hi friends...I need to call my PS back today to...

Hi friends...I need to call my PS back today to see if they want me to come in today instead of next monday to have the girls drained. Fluid has been building up, more on the left side and it's been pretty painfull and heavy. It was worse yesterday but this morning it's not as bad. So I guess I'll see what they say. I getting more excited about bathingsuit weather next year. I can't wait to wear a two piece and not have to worry about the girls fallingout. Next week were going to a cabin for a few days with family. But no hottub for me. Oh well. Next May for our 13 years anniversary and were going to the gulf side of florida. Were staying in this amazing condo with a boat. I can't wait :) I hope everyone is recovering well. Thinking about you to Missy. I hope you get some good news soon. xxxx

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Managed to get my Cirque tickets changed to the 7th... Yay. You watch.. now i won't get the approval after all that!
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whoohoo. You will :)
Yay a nice little time away will great just remember pills just in case u need them! I went camping last night and didn't have problems. And alas it was just two days so wasn't a drain on me. That cold woodsy air was great for the swelling lol
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Well tonight was exciting. I got home after a...

Well tonight was exciting. I got home after a quite evening and my left boob had broke a seal. it leaked abt 6 oz of fluid. i called dr chris and she was so nice. she asked a few questions and gave me some instuctions on what to do. it feels soooo much better. i could tell it needed drained. Anyways i'm still going in on monday to have righty drained ...which isn't as bad and to checkup on lefty. man i need to name then since each one has a mind of it own. lol. anyways i hope everyone is doing good. ttyl....xxxx

oh i can post a pic but that maybe to gross so let me know if i should.

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Hi ladies. today has been a lazy day. I haven't...

Hi ladies. today has been a lazy day. I haven't done much of anything today. Last night really scared me with the drainage/leaky boob issue. The leaking did stop but when i showered today it started leaking again. it's like the darn thing is opened. also i'm having sharp pains and zingers in my boobies. it sucks cus i suppost to go back to work tuesday. i may see if i can extent my leave. i have a short week anyways so it so be easy to extend it till next monday. i just afraid i'm going to over do it at work. Idk why this has to happen now. I'm still planing on uploading my pic from last night i just can't upload pics from my phone and my hubby has been monopolizing the laptop. i'll do it soon tho. i'm still going in for my post op appt tomorrow... hopefully when she drains me again that will releave the pain. will see. i hope everyone is doing well. xxx

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I noticed alot of the ladies are having problems...

I noticed alot of the ladies are having problems with shortness of breath and problems with breathing. How long is this going to last? I had a breathing attack the other day and it scared the crap out of me.

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Lookin great! I haven't had mine but your upsets sound like a lot of girls here. I hope you feel better soon.I didn't like hearing your having breathing troubles! Between my asthma and anxiety I have troubles already every day so I hope I don't have more trouble although I believe after surgery girls don't move around as much or take deep breathes to clear the lungs so ask your Dr about that and take some breathes!*hugs*
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The zingers are normal. Just pay attention to the sharp pains. :) Hope tomorrow goes well!
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Thanks me too.

Morning.... i saw my PS today and she drained the...

Morning.... i saw my PS today and she drained the girls. my left boobie has created its own drainage hole. dr chris said the body will find its own way to get rid of the fluid if its not drained. she said her reason for not using drains is because at this point i would have already had them removed so she would have had to drain me anyways. its so funny how each PS is so different with their post op care. The hole is very small and she said once i'm done draining it will heal nicely. she is very happy with my results. Also with this draining issue i have the stuff a little bit of gauze in the hole to keep it open so it can drain freely. which can be a bit messy but really i don't have any other options at this point. I will have gauze their so hopefully that will keep it from coming through my shirt. i am still so happy with my choice of PS. she is very kind and explains everything to me. she doesn't rush through her appointmemts either. I go back next monday for another drainage session

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I have pictures i need to upload. i just can't do...

I have pictures i need to upload. i just can't do it from my phone. grrr

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So i just changed my drainage area about a hour...

So i just changed my drainage area about a hour ago with some help from my bf and omg i almost passed out. this is not going to be easy.

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Okay here are the leaking gross pics I've been...

okay here are the leaking gross pics I've been promising to upload. So I had a melt down about an hours ago. I was crying and shaking. I was not able to stuff the gauze in the hole of my left boob. Thank god my hubby was able to do it. I do not know how I'm going to be able to do this 4 times a day till atleast next week. My sweet hubby said he could come home from work and help me tomorrow and Weds. I almost passed out and threw up at the same time. I know I'm overreacting but I just could not do it, ;(

When I went to my PS today she did extent my leave from work to next Monday. Hopefully I should be better by then. I just don't and can't do this gauze change at work. It's not clean enough and it takes to much time let alone "I can't do it". I just need to get through this. Dr Chris is really happy with the rest of my healing to that's good I guess. I was just hoping to be doing better by now. I can't believe how bad I'm swelling and retaining fluid esp after two weeks from surgery but we all recover differently right. Well I hope everyone is doing well. xoxoxox

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Ohiogirl - I'm sorry to hear about the experiences you're having Hun. I'm praying for your peace and healing :-) ***Hugs***
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I'm so sorry that you are having a complication. It does sound like you have a wonderful PS and are receiving excellent care. Another weeks rest will be good for you. Take care.
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I saw all of these comments in my email and though, uh oh, something must be really wrong! So, I read your latest update about the leaking and posting the "gross pictures," scrolled up, and braced for something pretty graphic. But, I didn't see anything gross! If you want to know what I see, it's pink, healthy, alive tissue. Healthy tissue that is hydrated, and healthy incisions that are under a LOT of tension. Those incisions are very fragile because they are stretched so tight in order to get a nice shape when they're healed. I didn't see anything gross, at all! You are doing ok! Surgery isn't glamorous, by any stretch of the imagination. What I see there when I look at the incision is healthy tissue with incisions that need a bit of help to heal. And, when I look at the whole package, both girls attached to a body, they look great to me. The dr has done a nice job, and you really are doing just fine. Deep breath. The emotions can definitely be high when we're taking pain meds. And, hormones are also affected by breast surgery. Give yourself a break, watch some really bad TV and take each gauze change one moment at a time. You'll be just fine. It's worth it. You are worth it. :)
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Well I feel better today. thanks everyone for all...

Well I feel better today. thanks everyone for all the concerns. I wanted to say that I am so happy with my results. I really am. I may have sounded that I'm not by calling them gross. I was really just calling the drainage area and the whole process I'm going through gross. I am so very happy I was able to get approved to have this surgery. I feel this surgery has changed my health and life for the better. Without insurance this surgery would not have happen. I just don't wast to sound ungreatful. I feel so bad for my firends on here who have been denied. It so rediculous how insurance companies handle cases like these. I don't want to go on about this cus insurance is a sore subject to me. Anyways Thanks again for all the thoughts. O fyi I totally started today so I think thats another reason why I was such a mess yesterday. thanks for reading
xxxxxx :)

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I need a nap. I've needed this nap all day but if I go to sleep now I'll be up super early in the morning. And that's if I can get a normal amount of sleep which I don't think will happen in my current situation. lol. Can't win
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Ohiogirl..how are you doing? Hope you are having a great day!!!
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Sore but in better spirts. were going away this weekend so i'm really looking forward to that. Thanks for checking up on me:) xxxx

I just enjoyed a frosty cold beer. It was amazing...

I just enjoyed a frosty cold beer. It was amazing and much needed. esp being away from home on vacation. We also brought to young boys with us. (my bf's kids) so this is really needed. lol.even tho they are good just a little hyper. lol

my girls are doing better. i'm draining them a few times aday and i'm getting less and less each time. i hope next monday at my followup appt I can stop stuffing the hole to keep it open and let them start to heal up. will see.
I hope everyone is having a good day. take care...xxxx

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so glad u enjoying ur time on ur mini vacation :) . glad ur dealing with the draining ok now. i know it was hard but its almost over. then u can put it behind u and let that little hole heal up! ur boobies look great. i luv the shape. they look about like mine. if u get a tape measure and use it u will be able to get an idea. 5 inches different from ur ribs to ur breast measurement is about a d cup. its not always exact but its pretty accurate for the most part. i measured myself and one week it was 6 inches. now its five. so that measurement might flucuate. for u though since ur still swelling and all keep in mind it could change as things settle. enjoy ur weeekend!! xxxxx
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Sassy... I don't understand yr '5 inch from ribs to breast ' measurement ? Could you please give a little more explanation? I know I'm not the brightest bulb in the tanning bed sometimes... Haha
You measure around your ribs where the band from your bra sits then u measure around the fullest part of your breasts. If your band is a 34 and your breast are 39 u would be about a 34 d. Typically it's 1 cup size per inch.

Hi all. Well my time is up. i have to go back to...

Hi all. Well my time is up. i have to go back to work tomorrow. I knew this day would come. but becides being tender at the bottom of my boobies i'm fine. The drainage on my left side is MUCH better. Also i go back tomorrow for a checkup. Anyways i need to try and get to bed early tonight. 5:30am comes early. Which it shouldn't be to hard after my weekwed away. I am worn out from kid sitting. lol. I was thinking this weekend how badly i want to go shopping for bras. since i'm leaking a little and a little bit of a bio hazard i've decided to hold off. I hope i can soon. i really want to see what i fit into. but i guess i just need to be patient. Wel i will update you all tomorrow. ttyl....xxxxxx

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Looking great.good luck returning to work!!!
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I have a desk job so I should beable to take it pretty easy. I just need to pace myself so I don't over do it. I don't need to rip a nipple off. LOL
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Don't lift and try to take it easy at work...just go slow and don't be afraid to ask for help...nite feel good
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Hi ladies:) the day was kind of up and down. first...

Hi ladies:) the day was kind of up and down. first i only got maybe five hours of sleep last night. i just could not sleep. then i had to be up at 530am. coffee helped make the morning go better. It was nice seeing my co workers but it soon went down hill whwn i was told i could not leave 30 mins early to go to my followup appt. i even said i would come back to work for 30 mins after my appt and they didn't want to do that. i ended up calling my PS office and they said just to come in late. (i love them) well i got to my appt and got in pretty quickly. Dr. C said she didn't think lefty need to be stuffed anymore. THANK THE LORD cus that was not fun. She did end up draining righty. Alot come out but she's hoping the swelling will stay down since i'm 20 days post op. I go back next monday for a chexkup and draining if needed. She took off all the strips and i got a good look at my scars and cute linea. I'm very happy with her work and she's confidence that my holes will heal up nicely. She just gave me a few instructions to help my holes heal and to keep my scabs from getting gross. I'll post pics tomorrow.

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Hi ladies:) the day was kind of up and down. first...

Hi ladies:) the day was kind of up and down. first i only got maybe five hours of sleep last night. i just could not sleep. then i had to be up at 530am. coffee helped make the morning go better. It was nice seeing my co workers but it soon went down hill whwn i was told i could not leave 30 mins early to go to my followup appt. i even said i would come back to work for 30 mins after my appt and they didn't want to do that. i ended up calling my PS office and they said just to come in late. (i love them) well i got to my appt and got in pretty quickly. Dr. C said she didn't think lefty need to be stuffed anymore. THANK THE LORD cus that was not fun. She did end up draining righty. Alot come out but she's hoping the swelling will stay down since i'm 20 days post op. I go back next monday for a chexkup and draining if needed. She took off all the strips and i got a good look at my scars and cute linea. I'm very happy with her work and she's confidence that my holes will heal up nicely. She just gave me a few instructions to help my holes heal and to keep my scabs from getting gross. I'll post pics tomorrow.

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Sorry cell phone error. i wasn't finished. also i...

sorry cell phone error. i wasn't finished. also i normally check my spelling since i'm updating on my phone. anyways i'm so happy with my decision with having this done and glad i was able to get it done. Except for having to sit a bit odd at my desk i felt great. normally my back would be killing me right away. but not today. I hope my girls are all healing well and thanks for the thoughts. Also today really made me think that i'll beable to try on pretty bras soon. i can't wait for the scabs to healup. ttyl....xxxxx

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Sorry cell phone error. i wasn't finished. also i...

sorry cell phone error. i wasn't finished. also i normally check my spelling since i'm updating on my phone. anyways i'm so happy with my decision with having this done and glad i was able to get it done. Except for having to sit a bit odd at my desk i felt great. normally my back would be killing me right away. but not today. I hope my girls are all healing well and thanks for the thoughts. Also today really made me think that i'll beable to try on pretty bras soon. i can't wait for the scabs to healup. ttyl....xxxxx

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I am so itchy tonight. omg!!!!! i want to rip my right nip off.
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I am sure that you could make them allow you to go to your appointment. I am sure it is a form of discrimination.. Glad your appointment went so positively! Keep on healing!!! Get those girls sealed up and try on some bras! Keep us posted!
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what kind of work do you do and why wouldnt they let you leave for an important appt? crazy still havent done my appeal need to go to chiro tomorrow
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Hi Ladies...Sorry I've been MIA. It's been a crazy...

Hi Ladies...Sorry I've been MIA. It's been a crazy week between some personal issues and having to go back to work and having ankle surgery yesterday again. I just need a break. I didn't work today so atleast I have a 3 day weekend to sleep and ice my ankle. Wel today I am 25 days post op. The swelling and draining hasn't been to bad. I post a pic from today. the girls are a bit odd shaped today but I'm not worried. There always changing. I really think my final size will be a C. I currenly a D. I'm very happy with either size as being my final size. Well I'm on percocets right now so I'm going to end this entry. I'll talk to you all soon. lv u all xxxxx

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IDK why all my pics are gone???? Has that happen...

IDK why all my pics are gone???? Has that happen to anyone else? I'm going to repost them

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Hope both of ur surgerys have a speedy recovery! I went through some foot stuff myself back in April walking in that damn shoe sucks!
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so glad ur doing so well. hopefully u can get all the work stuff situated. i hope that works out for u. i know its stressful if u in fear of ur job. u just had a busy year health wise next year will be less eventful and u will be able to make up for not being there last few months. :) ur healing well and ur girls are looking great. u will be rocking that bikini come summertime!!
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I've been at my job for 15 years come march. I really just hate missing so much work. But I really could not do it today. My body was rejecting the idea of me going to work.lol

Hi ladies! I'm doing much better today. The ankle...

Hi ladies! I'm doing much better today. The ankle is feeling pretty good and i was able to get rid of the headache finely after a few hours of sleep and some much need coffee yesterday. And the girls are doing soo good today. My boob holes are healing really well. I hope i don't need to be drained again monday. OMG i can not stop looking at bras and bikini tops. All day long i'm online on VS and a few random site. I can't drive very easly right now but i think i may be doing some shopping next week if my appt goes good monday. I guess it depends if i have to get opened up again to be drained. I have a VS outlet store near by that i'm dying to go to. 8$ bras and 3$ panties. B-) They have lots of other stuff too. So i have a question. I have a little bit of dry spots around may nips and stick lines. I'm pretty much healed up except at the very bottom where the holes were. Do you think it would be okay to use so oil or something just on my nips to keep them soft? When i use neosporin my scabs get to soft and start to follow apart. Or should i just hold off a bit longer?
I hope evryone is doing good. xxxxx

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Hey you sound so good and when we start shopping we r on our road to recovery! LMAO our poor husbands...Your Girls look amazing...I would be careful buying bras the trying on and the size...I went down another size this week ( the swelling) If you do buy something buy stuff that is expandable..also on the creams I was allowed to put on as soon as I was healed..I use vitamin E/Bio oil and Palmers now I do all that and the scar treatment...Good Luck and go easy ur still recovering girlfriend
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Ohiogirl ... Wait.., I missed something! Why are you in a boot.. Did you injury yourself at work? I feel so out of the loop.. Hope you are okay, my friend!!!
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Hi girl. I had the pin removed from my ankle from when i broke it last march. i didn't know i would be back in crutches but it needed to be done at some point. also it would be cheaper this yr since i had alreay met my ded. I feel much better since friday morning. I go back to work tomorrow.

Hi...well this has been a crazy week. My ankle is...

hi...well this has been a crazy week. My ankle is feeling much better. I'm so glad cus last weekend was horrible. My appointment with dr. chris went good too. I had to get drained again BUT she didn't get a lot. She wants me to come in again next Mon and see how i am and that will hopefully be my last post -op appt for a while. My area are healing up nicely. I have a small endented area under each boob but she sure they will go away with time. They are always changing. I'm really sore and swollen on my outer right side of my boob. I think it's cus i'm sitting really weird at work since i need to have my foot up. At least i hope that's why it is. I didn't take any Norcos today so maybe thats why i'm sore too. Emotional this has been a horrible week. One of my closest bf made a decision that i can not support and at this point i can not be around her. I've known her for almost 20 yars. But i can't be around her right now. She is my sister. I have been crying a lot lately. Between my hormones, my surgeries and this i just feel numb. My hubby has been good to me. And he totally understands my choice to and he fully feels the same abt having to sepreate ourselves. sorry i just need to type out how i'm feeling really down right now. Thanka for reading. I'll post new pictures soon. xxxx hugs

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Its hard keeping emotion under control I found the first month...I was very emotional...stay positive and I am so glad your feeling better focus on ur recovery now...
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Chin up! Keep on healing and keep us posted!
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so glad ur better this week.... i know it was rough for u. keep taking it easy when u can. hugs xxx
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Hello ladies. Today i DIDN'T get drained. Whoohoo....

hello ladies. Today i DIDN'T get drained. Whoohoo. finely i'm moving in the right direction. My next appointment isn't till may when i'll be six months post op. She said i'm healing beautilfully. i'm pealing a little bit but since i won't have anymore open sores i can start massaging the crap out of these gals with didn't scar treatments and creams. Also i got the okay to go back to the gym but just to start out slow. Today's been a good day!! How's eveyone healing? I hope all my ladies are doing good. xxxxx

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Ug my phone this will be the third time...But you know they always say third times a charm right! lol....Anywho I am a 36 year old who just had a br last Monday December 3rd. I have been doing ok I guess. I came across your journal very early this morning. I was itching my armpit and heard a sloushing sound coming from my rb. Of course I panicked and yelled for my husband. He came and was like yup there is definately fluid in there. Good thing I already had an appointment for today. So then of course we all google things, so I googled and came across this website and found your journal. I am so thankful that I did cause it helped alot! As I was reading I found out that we have a lot of the same things happen. Like the sleeping issue. I would sleep a couple hours here and there well still do. I haven't been on any pain meds since last week. I really haven't been in to much pain. Just burning. Then the breathing and heart racing..I have axenity attacks sometimes but since my surgery I have had a lot and that is what an axenity attack feels like. Did your chest feel like an elephant was sitting on there? It was horrible I had to get some xanax. Then the itching omgoodness I want to rip them off. But now I have the burning/stinging and the fluid. I go at 12:45 today. I am a bit nervous as to how there going to drain it. I get so sick to my stomach easily when it comes to stuff like that. I also noticed you and your husbnad have been married for 12 years. That is the same with us too! We are going on a cruise next fall for our anniversary! Well I hope you are doing good and Thanks for listening!
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Hmmm I added a comment but its not here?
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sounds like your healing nicely besides burning. thats great.i hope your appointment went well! keep us posted!. xo

Hi everyone. well i'm 8 weeks post op. i feel...

hi everyone. well i'm 8 weeks post op. i feel amazing. my incisions look great. i've been using palmer on the girls. it makes them soft. both girls have better snipple sensation which is great since my lefty was struggle a bit after surgery. also i'm about a large C but it only been two months so they may be smalled by the time i go back for my 6 month followup in May. This has been one of the amazing experience. i feel like this is a huge turning point. my break hasn't feel this great in years. Not since i was a teenager. If you are debating on having it done do it if you can. It was had at the beginning but i made thru the swelling, drainage and stuffing of the holes. now that was gross. but i recovered and i have no regrets except " why didn't I do this sooner"? anyways Thank you all sooooo much for listening to me and the great advice. I don't know if I could have made it without the support of everyone. I would have lost my marbles.I hope all my girls are healing well. I loved our convos. Jugsbegone, Sassy , patinky niesey and Mia...You all were awesome. I hope everyone whos gonna have surgery soon have has fast recovery. And to Rydersmom please don't give up. I'm still set up to get email updates so hope to take to you all again. xoxoxo
ps. i'll update at my next appointment.

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I will not. I have got to get to my chiro. Hectic with holidays, single parent and then Grandpa died on Christmas. Really wish I could get gastric sleeve but I guess i will give ww another try!! xoxo
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sorry for all the grammatical errors it's hard to type on my small screen
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One year post op

I can not believe it's been a year since I said goodbye to the twins. I feel amazing. Also my back pain is gone. Hallelujah!!! LOL. Best of all I feel comfortable with my body. I always hated when I would be talking to someone and they we're be starring at my boobs. I hated clothes shopping b/c nothing would fit. But now I feel GREAT!!! If you have been thinking about doing it go for it. I had some post issues with draining but besides that everything else went well. I have feeling in both nipples. But they are still tender on occasions. I hope everyone else who had there's done around me is doing good. Take care!!! Xoxo

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Also I am still a Size C
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Christine Sullivan

Dr chris and her staff were amazing and so nice. i would highly recommend them. the surgical facility with beautiful to you.

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