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I've wanted a reduction for a long time. From the...

I've wanted a reduction for a long time. From the time I started developing they've never stopped growing. Currently Im a 38h and constantly having back, neck, and shoulder pain. So at this point it's a must in order to get my life back. I'm tired of not being able to be active because of the pain! I'm very excited for a whole new lifestyle....this is my journey! I've already been to my consultation and now I'm just waiting to be scheduled!!!! Yay

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Welcome, LuvBug! Do you have to await insurance approval?
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Well, finally got my surgery date September 17th!...

Well, finally got my surgery date September 17th! I'm so happy, excited, and nervous at the same time!

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wow congrats girlie i went in to get scheduled on june 4th and girl my surgery date is Nov 9th i have been waiting for this for a while too girl i have been already waiting for like two and half months and in sept makes it so much sooner for nov 9th i cnat wait good luck on your journey you have a small wait i know it seem slong but girl i know you can do it good luck and godbless....
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No I've been approved and actually got my surgery date scheduled yesterday for September 17th....I'm so excited!

Awesome! That will be here before you know it!!

Oh my I'm so scared now, just found a website by...

Oh my I'm so scared now, just found a website by women who've experienced necrosis, lost their nipples and sometimes entire breasts and I just can't help but think, is it worth it??? I know there are many reasons necrosis can happen but it seems as though women who've had a reduction have the biggest risk :(

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It is scary to think about the necrosis. I would certainly look into underlying factors as to what may have contributed to the problems that some of these ladies experienced. Were they smokers? Diabetic? Have problems while in surgery? Have an extreme amount of tissue removed? There can be a variety of contributing factors. But we all know there certainly is a risk of complications. Wishing you all to the best!
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I have a desk job, guess I'll just wait and see but hopefully I'll be ready I pray for quick healing!
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You will probably tire more easily, but day by day your stamina will improve. I was back to work a couple of weeks post-op. I'm a nurse in a clinic, and while I had to modify or limit some of my normal tasks, for the most part I was able to complete my job, though maybe not as quickly as I had previously. I would say I was back to full speed two weeks in, though it was about a week longer before I was doing heavy lifting and things like taking x-rays because moving that x-ray tube is so heavy.

Today has been a little up and down for me, I've...

Today has been a little up and down for me, I've been thinking positively though and I'm soo very excited! My family is too...my one problem is my anxiety so im looking into starting some meditation classes this week!

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The meditation will really help you stay relaxed and help you focus on the end result. That is the one thing that keeps us brave during our countdown to surgery.
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I was wondering if someone out there had a good...

I was wondering if someone out there had a good list of things I should have handy before the big day? I'm soo excited and I know time will just fly. Also what's one thing you wish you would've known or prepared yourself for before or after surgery???

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I wish I would have known that there was a good chance that I wasn't going to end up a C-cup. It never occurred to me that I would still be a DD. And not knowing that was a real possibility has made it hard for me to adjust to the fact that I still am. I think if I would have had any idea about it I could have prepared myself for it and adjusted better. I also wish I had known how easy it was, because I would have done it a long time ago!

Essentials to have: Stool softeners, easy to digest foods, forms of entertainment like DVDs, books, etc., antibacterial body soap, and lots of pillows to help you reposition.
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Thank you so much for your response that really helps me prepare

Today's the three week mark so the count down...

Today's the three week mark so the count down begins I'm so excited and yet so nervous! However I feel really positive and think this will be a great thing that will transform my life for the better. I need to lose weight and my passion is running but I haven't been able to run since I was 21 without hurting and being so self conscious!

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I had never run in my adult life because of my H-cup breasts and let me tell you it is one of the things I have discovered this year. I'm nowhere near race ready, but my fanny and my little-ish boobs are on the treadmill on a regular basis and I'm thrilled! I have a sports bra that keeps everything right where it is suppose to be and I have no pain in my chest and I have no risk of whacking myself in the chin with a boob:-D There are so many positives to this procedure in addition to the pain relief!
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Well I have pre op tomorrow and I'm so excited and...

Well I have pre op tomorrow and I'm so excited and yet so nervous. I'm so thankful for this site as now I at least have some sort of idea what to expect tomorrow. Ive got two weeks now and I just know that's gonna fly by. I've had a few friends pass away this week so it's been an added stress and at this point I'm just trying to calm down and be stress free.

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Hey, LuvBug, best of luck tomorrow! These last couple of weeks will fly by.

I requested three weeks of FMLA and used them. I wasn't ready to go back to work at two weeks, but I'm suffering from long term exhaustion, and my body took advantage of the opportunity to sleep. :)

One thing my son suggested that I used continuously during my time home was a scented candle. I found one at Walgreens for 99 cents called cucumber water. It's a faint spa-ish aroma. Not real heavy like so many others. I enjoyed having that fresh, clean, healthy smell around.

Someone else on the August board mentioned bendable straws. I used those too. And I found that graham crackers helped me avoid a tummy upset when taking pain meds.

This is the best thing I've ever done for myself. Hope it turns out that way for you, too. :)
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Thank u Iowa! Trying not too stress...
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Sorry for the losses you have experienced. I wish you nothing but peace as your surgery approaches!
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Had my pre-op today everything went well and as...

Had my pre-op today everything went well and as long as my bloodwork comes back okay then Im set to go. My surgeon doesn't use drains and told me that he will not remove my nipples unless absolutely necessary which he thinks mine won't have a problem. Went over the possible complications and I signed my life away it seems lol, I'm so excited and pray for a quick recovery! Anybody else scared when they signed their final consent?

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Thank you so much for your suggestions! I love candles anyway but I do need a refreshing one!!!

Pretty excited today, just waiting for all of my...

Pretty excited today, just waiting for all of my bloodwork to come back from my pre-op. I went to Walmart to look for front closure sports bras and couldn't find any. Where else should I look.

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Thank you Iowa, I have a lot of faith, and believe in the power of positive thinking! I really think this will be wonderful life changing event for me just like all the rest of the wonderful ladies on this site.
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Scared: No...Petrified: YES! Even though I wanted to do it so badly, I was nervous too. This is such a big, life altering decision and even though you see pictures you just never know how your results are going to turn out. But this site (and all the ladies who said they would do it all over again even when they had problems) helped me to focus on what I really wanted.

You can do this! And you will be so happy you did!
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Got the green light to go! Got my labs back and...

Got the green light to go! Got my labs back and they were normal so looks like the 17th is my date! Although, hoping I'm not coming down with a cold as everyone around me has been sick lately :(

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The 17th will be here before you know it! Keep those sickos away and make sure there is lots of hand washing going on :-)
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Oh I have been! That would be just my luck!
you are going to be so happy you did this! i was a 40 h and now im in the c/d range
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One week today and I'll be on the smaller boobies...

One week today and I'll be on the smaller boobies side! I'm so nervous....gonna go shopping this week for some post op stuff! What was you're number one favorite thing post op??

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Just wanted to wish you luck since your big day is almost here! I have to say make sure you have some ice packs on hand those babies come in handy for a number of issues. One of my favorite things is my arm rest pillow with a back can't remeber the exact name lol I love it cuz it has a little pocket on the side to keep stuff. I also went with the swim siut cover ups that are strapless to wear so I didn't have to mess with buttons or pants so much easier! Goodluck I will keep you in my thoughts over the next few days ((HUGS))
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Thank you so much breezy I'm really excited! Thank you for the tips too because I didn't even know about the ice packs

Here is my list of top favorites:

Comfort: button-front jammies

Healing: Antibacterial Safegard Body Soap

Digestive: Docusate Sodium (religously!)

Entertainment: Bourne Movie Trilogy :-D (Living in a house full of men I have picked up their preference for action movies)

Food: Cottage Cheese, Yogurt, Pineapple, Bananas

Good luck! You'll do great :-D
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Surgery tomorrow at 730am gotta be to the hospital...

Surgery tomorrow at 730am gotta be to the hospital by 6am! Just got done picking up some recommended items and trying to relax and drink lots of water today!

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Glad you are doing so well. Size and swelling will change back and forth drastically over the next several weeks. Rest easy and take care of yourself!
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Hey, Luv, welcome to the post-op side!!

My lefty was larger before surgery, swelled more after surgery, drained a little more, and is still slightly larger at the 7 week mark. It's less than half a cup difference now and still changing. Give yourself time to heal completely before you worry. :)
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So glad you made it home ok and you just go ahead and let those tears come they are of joy and relief to be on the ibts of the journey....i wll leave the swelling answer to the experienced ladies but from what i have read you are aok..... woo hoo luv, so glad for you!!!! :-)
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Well I slept really good last night surprisingly...

Well I slept really good last night surprisingly because I'm so not a back sleeper! Took my pain meds only once and I'm gonna try just Tylenol today if I can. Yesterday was exhausting got to the hospital at 6 hen they took a urine sample, put on these very lovely compression socks lol, gave me a cocktail of drugs and I was out! Next thing you know I have gorgeous new boobs!

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Today I'm feeling really sore went to my post op...

Today I'm feeling really sore went to my post op appt then go again in 2 weeks that's when he'll give me my release for work. I'm soo tired and my more swollen side is hot and red but the doc sz this is not an infection! I got to see the girls up close today and everything really does look great! The only weird thing is the extreme nipple sensation! Oh ya forgot to tell all of u they took out 3.3lbs on righty and 3.1 on lefty!

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over 6 pounds wowwy. awesome!!! you must feel free!!
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Wow over a six pound baby in weight, rest luv and take care you body will need that to heal...and don't forget the hydrate thingie too......thinking of you.....xxxxxx and hugs!
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Wow, Luv! 6+ pounds is a lot of weight! Once you are feeling better you will really be able to appreciate the relief!
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Went to the docs this morning cause my heart has...

Went to the docs this morning cause my heart has been beating really fast my EKG came back good but they put me on an iron supplement! Also I'll go shopping for more iron rich foods. Changed my dressings this morning and they are still really bruised and swollen so praying for quick uneventful healing! Very tired...how many times per day did you ladies let the water run on you and change your dressings!?

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i hope you feel better. i always have iron troible to bit the meds rip my stimach up so i take slo fe only when i have my period and its been ok the last few checks. i slend frim 9-2 today in e.r. with asthma troubles. geezz. always something huh
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Seems like I've been at the hospital for three days straight so hoping tomorrow is better. I don't have any pain but I've been loading up on iron rich foods in addition to the pill
Thanks so much ladies!
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Omg the top of my breasts are itching so bad, any...

Omg the top of my breasts are itching so bad, any suggestions of what to do? On another note slept really good last night got up and showered this morning and will continue to work on building my iron back up again! I can't wait to wear a regular bra too because this surgical bra is itchy uncomfortable and I have no clothes to hide it....

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Itchiness could be a reaction to the surgical soap or to the surface chemicals in your surgical bra. I had to rinse mine out and let it air dry. That really eased the itchies along with a shower with the kind of soap I've used for a while. I still used antibacterial soap around my incisions. Some people take Benadryl.
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I sure hope you feel better Luv! I just read what a difficult time you are having with your iron ...
glad for no pain is that with or without the pain med? I really can't call mine pain, more burning or stinging and sometimes a stab.... I go for my first pre-op tomorrow and will probably get drains out then.... I have heard....ouch..... oh well if it means a shower then I am all go for it. hope your itch goes away soon.... xxxxx
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I took the pain meds one day and haven't needed them since. My nipples are kind of going through the stinging sensation now.

Had a mental breakdown last night I was thinking...

Had a mental breakdown last night I was thinking of every bad possibility in my head and really regretting what I've done because of the terrible bruising under my breasts and the fact that its been over 72 hours and my breasts are still leaking a little bit of blood and yellowish fluid. I freak myself out. I've been taking my temps and no fever but I'm just a worry wart!

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Freaking out a bit, just noticed a blister type...

Freaking out a bit, just noticed a blister type thing under the corner of my steri strip, it's not directly on the wound or nipple. Wondering if its from the strips and what I should do. I've been very sensitive to tapes in the past and def don't want to get an infection started.

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Hey, Luv. I agree with the other ladies. Most of this sounds totally normal. Give yourself some time to relax. The drainage of yellowish fluid is totally normal. A small amount of bloody discharge is normal as well. The blister probably is a reaction to the tape, but if you are worried it is never wrong to call your PS. Get plenty of rest and fluids. Keep your incisions clean and dry. It won't be long before you are over this hump and feeling better. Please let us know how you are doing. When do you go to your PS for follow up?
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Thank u! I go on oct 2 next. I think the blister was from the steri strips so I cut back the strip and applied neosporin to it with some gauze over it. How long does it take for these terrible things to come off? They hurt

Sometimes a couple of weeks. Are you able to take showers. I was allowed to shower immediately, but my drains were taken out the day after surgery. If you are showering just allow them to get wet and soapy at each shower and that will help to start loosening the glue. But remember they are there for a reason and that is to help hold the incision during an important time. It will be worth it in the end. If you are having a lot of trouble with them causing you irritation, call the doc before the 2nd though. No reason to put yourself through the agony.

Today the undersides of my breasts are hurting...

Today the undersides of my breasts are hurting more than before and itching and it feels like someone kicked me in the ribs. Some of my steri strips came off so I went and bought more and had my hubby put them back on. He said there's a couple spots that look like holes! Is that normal, or is this a splitting incision? Also he notice one of the stitches coming out but just left it alone, wondering what I'm supposed to do with that too! This healing process gets me too nervous wish I could just fast forward!

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The stitches poking through are normal. You can clip them at the skin or leave them be. Some people do have small openings. You might want to call your PS and see what he would like for you to do regarding it. Be patient and rest...it won't be much longer until you are feeling better!
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Feeling much better the past two days. Yes they...

Feeling much better the past two days. Yes they are ver sore and still swollen quite a bit and having some oozing etc but saw the nurse yesterday and she said everything looks normal and really well and to just keep on doing what I'm doing! I think I'll be a full c cup when all returns to normal. My biggest goal at this point is healing and then being able to sleep on my side again! I also can't wait to burn this surgical bra but the doc said one more week of it full time to ease the swelling!

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Hard to believe its already November but time does...

Hard to believe its already November but time does fly when you're having fun and the last month has been awesome! I did have some extreme swelling and a spot opened up which began to leak gallons of fluid, no I'm not lying, there was literally gallons pouring out for about two days! The dr said it was better that my body found a way to heal itself rather than him drain it and as long as it didn't smell funny it was probably not infected! Anyhow it drained and then everything just healed right up. I started using eucerin for my extremely dry itchy and overly sensitive nipples and palmers oil for my scars which is working wonders and helping to soften some hard areas in my breasts! Overall I feel great and now I'm so glad I made the decision to go through with it!

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Glad everything went well! I'm in the Denver area and am getting Kaiser insurance in January and really want BR surgery. Was it easy to qualify? And who was your surgeon? I'm trying to figure out whose the best Kaiser one in the area.
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Happy to hear that your recovery is going well. How is your pain as compared to before surgery? Have you noticed improvement? I am having surgery at the end of the month. I am a 38 h/i and I too am dealing with chronic back, neck and shoulder pain. Hoping that it will really make a difference and would love to hear from someone from the other side :)
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