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I started this process of getting a breast...

I started this process of getting a breast reduction surgery approved by my insurance, BCBS. I met with four plastic surgeons in the last 2 weeks of October, and eliminated two right away. I had the other two PS submit claims and go from there. I have a preferred PS of course. I am waiting to see if my insurance approves me. I am thinking about the end of February to the beginning of March for surgery. I work in construction as an inspector and that time frame is one of slowest times of year for work. I plan to take a minimum of three weeks off. I will work light duty for 3 weeks before resuming my normal work activities. I have 13 days of paid vacation that I could use. I plan to inquire about short term disability instead of using my vacation days if possible. I plan to have a good friend stay with me for the first 2 weeks after surgery. I did receive a pre-certified letter from a hospital for outpatient services related to breast reduction surgery. I hope that this is a good sign. Maybe I am close to getting approved, I truly hope so.

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I got good news, my breast reduction surgery was...

I got good news, my breast reduction surgery was approved!! My office is starting the FMLA paperwork. I am eligible for short term disability of 250 per week. I have 12 vacation days to use. My boss wants me to take off Jan and Feb. Since we do not have light duty work, I will be off for either 6 weeks or when my doctor releases me for work. I find it odd that he wants me off in Jan. or Feb. Usually middle of Feb. to end of March is our slow time. But I would not mind being off during the cold temps of Jan. and Feb. He suggested taking Jan. 1 to middle of Feb. off of work. I wonder if there is a project coming in Feb/March that I needed.

The thing that puzzles me is the difference between two plastic surgeons' offices. The plastic surgeon that is used to working with my union got the approval today. The other plastic surgeon office has heard nothing. I asked when they plan to ask and the nurse told me to followup with insurance. :blink: I thought that was the doctor's office job...

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The reality of having surgery and the 6 weeks off...

The reality of having surgery and the 6 weeks off is setting in slowly but surely. Now I'm postponing things, figuring out what I can pay ahead, what I will get for short term disability, etc...I have to train my replacement to take over the jobsites that will be going after I take medical leave. It is really going to happen. I feel nervous until I feel a muscle in pain, then I'm ready.

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I went to my regular doctor's office this...

I went to my regular doctor's office this afternoon for sinus infection. He weighed me and I have lost almost 30 pounds since July. I am finally below 200 lbs for the first time in 5 years! Changing my eating habits since being diagnosed as lactose and gluten intolerant has made a difference.

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My boss forgot to tell my replacement that I would...

My boss forgot to tell my replacement that I would be off. Boy, he freaked out. He always complains about wanting more hours, not working during the winter and needs more job experience. Now he is complaining about it being too much. He even told me I can't take off because it is not fair to him. Bwhahaha! Silly one, I'm not his wife to boss around.

I wish my office would be a little faster in getting the FMLA paperwork. I want to wrap things up and be ready. I have altered my personal schedule so much. I'm disappointed that I canceled my Bahamas cruise before the cruise. But I cannot take the chance on getting Norovirus or any other illness. I still have to change my flight. Not ready for that battle yet. I have decided to hold off on dating until March. I do not want to take a chance and have to explain my surgery and recovery to a new partner.

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My boss forgot to tell my replacement that I would be off. Boy, he freaked out. He always complains about wanting more hours, not working during the winter and needs more job experience. Now he is complaining about it being too much. He even told me I can't take off because it is not fair to him. Bwhahaha! Silly one, I'm not his wife to boss around.
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I thought I would add some pictures of my breasts....

I thought I would add some pictures of my breasts. This is hard for me to post. I hate looking at them and myself without clothes. The girls are droopy, ugly, and abomination to me.

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I feel like I'm talking to myself. Oh well, story...

I feel like I'm talking to myself. Oh well, story of my life. At least my best friend will be taking care of me for the first week or two. My family offered but I live too far from them. I am not driving to them to recover and I don't have room for them in my small apartment.

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Hi. I didnt take pics and so wish i had of. My PS did and i go for my 6 wk post op on Tuesday. Hopefully i can get befote pics from him. I need to take some after too though it is 6 wks after haha. You are going to be elated with the surgery... btw congrats on the weight loss...
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Hi and welcome! It was hard for me to post photos too. I will be four weeks post op on Tuesday and I am so glad I have those pictures to look back at. My G Cup days are behind me and today I was able to fit nicely into a C cup bra. It's amazing. You may want to go to the forum and check in with the other ladies on the January thread. It was really nice to have people to post with during this whole experience.
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Another day is slipping by fast. I got the...

Another day is slipping by fast. I got the tentative schedules for 3 of my jobsites. They are all pushing to close by my surgery date. It will keep me busy and occupied. I hope my big project will be done by then. I'm worried that it could run behind and it has been my favorite project this year. Today was gorgeous and reached 72 degrees! I was wearing t-shirt and no long johns, happy day. I am disappointed that my mother does not want to drive up and visit me anytime during my recovery. My dad wants to visit. I'm not surprised but it does sting a little. If she had this surgery, I would have to visit or else... The joys of having a bipolar parent. :/

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Hi best of luck on ur surgery.. didnt see the actual date if its set.. and your mom may change her mind after your surgery. Those bipolar parents are so much fun;) Also i put a review in my comment section... ur not alone and i can't figure out how to remove it either
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Good luck,your date is before mine. We are here and this group of girls are wonderful. Good luck
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Hi welcome and thank u for sharing ur story with us !!
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My office gave me the paperwork I need to start...

My office gave me the paperwork I need to start the fmla and request medical leave. I also decided to use my recovery time to study for an endorsement of a current certification/license. The exam will be in late March. The recovery gives me ample time to prepare. My fmla claim has been filed.

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I was looking at weather online and Facebook (huge...

I was looking at weather online and Facebook (huge fan of WGN's Tom Skilling) and saw he dreaded S word. I know it is expected for winter in Chicago area. That's right, snow is predicted for Sunday to Tuesday. We could get anywhere from 2-8 inches. I know huge range. Just depends on the path of the storm track. But we need the moisture, we are in a huge drought. Lake Michigan is at record low. :/

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I just realized that I never put my personal stats...

I just realized that I never put my personal stats...DOH! I am 35, 5'1", 198, 42G. I have no kids and no plans either. I have 3 nephews whom I spoil.

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I feel like I am talking to myself too! I look at it as a nice little journal at least for me if nobody responds! I just had my BR on 12-3 and our stats are very similar! I am also 35, 5'1" , just over 200, and 42G. Only difference is I have a few kids, but am totally done now! Now that dreaded S word you speak of....I joke with my kids that it forbidden to talked about in the house! LOL Not looking forward to it happening anytime soon. I would move from MN to TX (or anywhere warm lol) in a heartbeat if I could just talk the rest of the family into it.
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eeek snow!! at least u can recover in warmth of ur home lol
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You are not talking to yourself! I feel like that sometimes, lol. We are here for you though! My surgery is on the 19th, so hopefully by the time you have yours I will have some kind of advice for you. When is your date?
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Looks like there won't be a huge snow storm. I...

Looks like there won't be a huge snow storm. I got an updated wok schedule for one project. My boss is being really nice to me and it scares me. Got few more christmas gifts bought. I got two wanted gifts for two nephews on sale. Work is busy and I keep counting down the days until surgery.

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I see snow just north of my area. I have begun...

I see snow just north of my area. I have begun secretly wishing for the quiet and beauty of snowfall. Right now I'm debating between making chili or beef stew. I'm making lists of things to buy and prepare before surgery. I hope my office keeps me busy so that I can save more and keep busy. My oldest nephew turns 16 on Tuesday. I can still picture him as a happy baby, then a crawling baby who got into my parents' plants around the house.

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Time is moving fast. Little more than a month...

Time is moving fast. Little more than a month left to surgery. I am getting aggravated with those supposedly "free" intial consultations. They are not free. They charged my insurance company and now I have to pay for the consultations. Pure BS in my mind.

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I was planning to write that the last few days at...

I was planning to write that the last few days at work have been horrendous. I'm looking forward to the BR and the time off. Then I came home and read about the shootings. I do not nor will have children. But I'm saddened and heartbroken still. So much blood and innocent lives lost.

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I have one more month left until surgery. I have...

I have one more month left until surgery. I have 19 working days left. The holidays take out four days. I will be counting down the days. Yay! It is a boring Sunday. Christmas shopping is done, but I need to wrap presents. One more week until Christmas, time flies. Chicago still does not have measurable snow and not looking good in the near future. I want snow!

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Four weeks until surgery and only 12 working days...

Four weeks until surgery and only 12 working days left. I'm off tomorrow due to the first winter storm arriving tonight through early Friday. I am not having a good day because my poor cat is not well. She is dehydrated, found a heart murmur and awaiting results to see what is really wrong. She is 17.5 years old and my faithful companion. I cannot imagine going through post-surgery recovery without her by my side. I want her well so bad. :'(

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So sorry to hear about your kitty - I wish her well soon!! This next month will fly by - the waiting is the hardest part. Thinking of you and you baby.
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Getting ready for my trip down to visit my parents...

Getting ready for my trip down to visit my parents and extended family for Christmas. I need to wrap presents yet. I told my pet sitter about my cat's health problems. She will keep an eye on her. Butterball can stay at home, stress free except for getting medicine. :P

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Your date will be here before you know it! Hope you had a nice Christmas and your kitty is doing better.
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Hard to believe that in 2 weeks I will be...

Hard to believe that in 2 weeks I will be recovering from surgery. I have 9 working days left and 5 of those days are already booked. I'm trying to work as much as possible to save more money. Today was so cold and tomorrow will be the same.My beloved cat Butterball is feeling better. She is still skinny but is slowly filling out. I do not see her bones anymore. She is eating, drinking and even playing at times. I am nervous and excited about the surgery.

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Hey.. Our surgery dates are close.. Mine is Jan 22nd.. So you are a week ahead of me. Good luck and keep us updated on how it goes :)
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I am gluten-free lactose-free too! I have fibromyalgia, and the difference it has made over the last year and a half has been enormous. I would have been terrified of having this surgery before, for worry about how the fibro would inflame under the physical stress. But I'm not worried now, I feel such a huge difference!
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Time is flying by and clock is ticking down. I am...

Time is flying by and clock is ticking down. I am wrapping up projects and updating my replacement on the only job that I cannot finish. He is new to steel inspection and he drives me batty. I am stuck training him for the next 2 days. I'm sure I was annoying too when I was a newbie to steel inspection. But he thinks he knows everything already and he likes to correct me while I'm training him. ><

I had my pre-op appointment today. I swear my PS is so dry, not too much personality. His work is good, he just needs to brush up on his bedside manner. Oh well, you come for the work of the PS, not the personality. I am tired and ready for a break.

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Hello, I am scheduled for the 16th too..nervously excited !
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Yah! One week left!! I bet you are getting so excited!!! I had a couple bad weeks at work too right before my surgery! I think I was just getting so excited about my surgery and didn't want to focus on anything else....it was definitely hard to be at work the closer to the surgery it got!!
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I answered health history with hospital, scheduled...

I answered health history with hospital, scheduled first post-op appointment, bought groceries, cleaning around house and did blood work. House cleaners come on Monday and my friends arrive on Tuesday to help me for a week. Two working days left and then surgery. I am so nervous, jumpy, and facing my own mortality with filling out instructions for living will. Plus I have a sinus headache for 2 days. I normally take Aleve to get rid of it. Since I cannot have aspirin, I tried Tylenol. My headache laughed at the Tylenol. I have it as I write.

Oh yes, my beloved cat Butterball is doing much better, She is still skinny but eating like normal finally. She gave me a huge scare and I do not have it in me to have surgery and possibly put her down yet. She is definitely better because she fights me about taking her pills.

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Let's begin the countdown to major change in my...

Let's begin the countdown to major change in my life, I hope. Sometimes I wonder if I am doing this surgery for the right reasons. Reading over the Five Wishes/living will papers, is really making me think. I will have no control over the results of the surgery. Plus I have no clue what plane of existence I will be. Top it off with another lovely conversation with my mother. She does not approve of the surgery as usual. She will not come up and visit. But if she was having surgery I would have to be there. Plus she seems to think i will drive down 5 hours to visit my family on my birthday. I don't think so. I have tickets to Blue Man group. If I had spare money, I would either fly to Vegas or take 3 day cruise to Bahamas. Since I am the sole provider of income in my house, that is not going to happen. I hope other women who have others to support them, will realize how lucky they are. At least they have another means of income, support, and companionship. I will my best friend up for one week but after that I am alone with my cat. Being single sucks so much at times. Not that I expect anyone to really care. I need a drink.

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It was mainly a vent. I do worry about financial hardship while I am off work and on short term disability. I wish my mother would change her feelings but that will not happen. If something is not about her, she does not care. Maybe if she took her bipolar meds regularly, it would be a different story.
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Having read you last post I can really relate to what you're feeling. It's hard having people in your life who soaks up all your energy without giving something in return. You probably just needed to vent a little, but if you do want some advice, I'd recommend that you shield yourself as much as possible from these tensions before the surgery, and instead do things that gives you energy. Sending happy thoughts your way from Norway :)
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Stay positive and don't let anyone steal your joy...in a few days you will have done something wonderful for yourself!
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It is so coid today. It does not help to have a...

It is so coid today. It does not help to have a slight breeze off Lake Michigan. Luckiky the lake clouds have not as far south as my jobsite. I love working by Lake Michigan, most days at least. It is so calming to look at the water and not see land. I have view of city skyline, hyde park and nw Indiana. It keeps my mind occupied.

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soilschick, So sorry that you mom is not onboard. I am not sure that mine can relate since she has always been an A or a B cup and the most she ever weighed was probably about 120lbs. However that being said she understands that it is important to me and therefore is behind me. I am very thankful for that. I was single for 10 years before getting together with my hubby so I know how isolated and alone that can feel.. Although sometimes i now crave that aloneness.. LOL. I guess we are really never completely happy. I now have an overflowingly busy life with husband and kids and remember when it was just me fondly :) Try and stay positive and know that this is right for you. Screw everyone else and their opinions. As for the blue man group, we went to see them in April last year and LOVED the show.. Its so entertaining. I think I smiled the whole rest of the day. Take care and be excited about your surgery. Its a fantastic thing that you are doing for yourself. It sounds like you are a really hard worker and you deserve this :)
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I was single for a very long time before I met and married my husband so I can relate to what you're feeling. As far as your mom is concerned, don't let her get to you. You are doing this for yourself, to be more comfortable, to be painfree, to be more proportionate, to be able to wear clothes that fit you better, etc, etc, etc. There are so many positives to this surgery. I admit that I had my moments where I wondered if I was doing the right thing, especially when a couple of my friends thought I was crazy for having the surgery because I didn't look THAT big. The weight of my breasts caused so much shoulder and neck pain and I was tired of being gawked at. For me, the grass literally is greener on the other side meaning that I would go through this again. I do not regret having this surgery. That being said, I still have not told my own mother about it. I currently live nearly 1000 miles away from family. I'm sure my mother wouldn't stop me from having the surgery although she would probably question the necessity. I was the only large-breasted one in the family. Even my step-dad has made reference to my large breasts. I think I'm going to wait until my next trip back "home" and see if Mother notices anything different about me. My aunt agrees that I should do that, too, LOL.
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Tomorrow is the big day. I need to be at the...

Tomorrow is the big day. I need to be at the hospital at 8:15 for paperwork and surgery is 9:30 am. My PS says he will take out 1000 on each breast. I am scared, nervous, anxious, happy and I'm rambling. My best friend is here. I'm terrified

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good luck to you,,im nervous back and forth every day to and im sure on my actual day i will try not to pea my pants from fear,,but you will be on the good side this time tomorrow!!,,take deep breathes! *hugs**
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I was terrified too!! But so excited as well!! Its a rollercoaster of emotions and you just have to take the ride!! I am sooooo happy I did this, I can't even begin to tell you! I also got just about 1000g from each and they are such a perfect size now! You will be really nervous tomorrow morning, but then by tomorrow afternoon you will be home and recovering!!! Yah for you!!
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I'm also nervously excited...soon this will be behind us and we will be sharing our recoveries instead :-)
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Good morning! I have to leave for the hospital in...

Good morning! I have to leave for the hospital in 15 minutes. I am still nervous, excited, scared, you name it and I feel it. Slept fairly well last night. Had some weird dreams about work, family and hospitals. My surgery is at 9:30 am CST. Say goodbye to the large girls and prepare to welcome their smaller versions.

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happy healing and resting time!
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Hello, hope surgery went great..I was in at 6:30 and home by 12...woke up with quite a bit of pain and burning but the meds soon kicked in....I don't have any drains, but oh boy these bandages are tight!! Really looking forward to hearing all your day...
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Crossing fingers for you :) I'm sure it will turn out great, here's to c-cups!
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Since I am feeling more alert, I thought I would...

Since I am feeling more alert, I thought I would write about my surgey experience. My best friend came up on Tuesday to take care of me for a week. We have been friends for 30 years. We are like sister, always there for each other. She has been great in taking care of me.

We arrived at the hospital around 8:15. I went back to a recovery room to get ready. I changed clothes, answered a ton of questions and waited for my PS . He was delayed due to working in an er. They put the IV in my hand and boy that hurts. After the needle was pulled, they put the pastic tube in. Now the plastic tube was annoying and uncomfortable. But it is tolerable, especially after putting meds. Now I am allegric to codeine and augmentin. They used another drug called cylin, I think. Boy that was effective. I remember being wheeled into surgery room, looking around, I said it looks like it does on TV and I was out.

I remember waking up in the surgery recovery area after 2 pm. My surgery took almost 4 hours. I kept dozing in and out. I was supposed to be in that area for an hour and then go back to the center recovery room. Since I am not used to taking a lot meds, it took almost 2 hours for me to be pretty alert. My friend and a nurse were waiting for me. They put me in a recliner and I was out again. I was becoming alert after 20 minutes in the room. They had me sip water and intially ginger ale. But I hate ginger ale and gave me Sprite. I did eat some crackers and jello to fight the nausea feeling. Eventually I was alert enough to get dressed, get meds and go home. We stopped at Wendys, I got the chicken grill sandwich, huge Sprite and chocolate Frosty. I nibbled on the food throught the evening. I slept well in my cushy recliner. My cat Butterball was very attentive stayed by my side.

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I forgot to add that they took out almost 4 lbs...

I forgot to add that they took out almost 4 lbs out of right breast and 3 lbs out of left breast. I weighed 208 lbs before surgery. I have my first post op appointment in 30 mins.

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hope you are feeling okay! It gets better, I promise :)
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well to recovery.. wishing u the best!!
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welcome to the recovery side. get lots of rest and let others do for u! u wont regret doing it! hugs and happy healing!
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I have seen my PS twice since surgery. I will see...

I have seen my PS twice since surgery. I will see him again on Monday to get stitches out. So far I am healing well. Stitches do not bother me too much. But talk about the swelling. Holy crap! Lefty is definitely more swollen. I am still taking half a vicodin every 4 hours. Vicodin makes me very sleepy.

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My ps just called and he wants to see me tomorrw,so happy that I get to see them and I was thinking Monday was too long. Can't wait to get this tight bandage off.
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Hello, how are you doing today? I am doing pretty good but still taking the pain meds about every 4 hours..have you had a post op yet and seen them? I don't get to see mine until Monday.cant wait!
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Today I feel less swollen overall. Nipples are...

Today I feel less swollen overall. Nipples are very sensitive and hurt a little bit against the bra. Took a shower last night. I have one spot on righty that aleways leaks. I was dry last night and woke up with bra wet on righty. Little bit of blood and some fluid that strains my white brain yellowish. I still feel like I'm bound in by the bras. I am itching like crazy. I'm still sleeping in the recliner. My friend is still here, watching me like a hawk. ;)

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Hi soilschick, great to hear from you..seems like our recovery is really similar...my boobs are a little less swollen today, tho my left one is still a lot bigger,..my abdomen is so bloated its huge, hoping that once I stop the Vicodin it will go down a bit..my nipples are giving me all kind of sensations, burning stinging and just irritable..I too have some yellow leakage on the sides of my bra, not a lot but just a bit on both sides so I have been putting gauze there..I haven't bruised that much and I am still sleeping the the recliner, really want to be in my bed now but i tried it and not being so upright kinda pulled on my boobs lol..I have crazy itches too but not just around incision area, everywhere, my back, my arms etc...think it could be the antibiotic I really upped my water intake today ( someone told me it might help with the itching and I think it did, a tiny bit)..keep in touch :-)
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its nice to have a friend to help u out. im shocked at women who try to do the recovery period alone. i wasnt completely good until after week 3 but we all heal differently. good luck with ur recovery and hoping ur healing well!!!
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I realized that I have not posted any updates...

I realized that I have not posted any updates lately, I have most of my stitches removed. Swelling is going down. few tight spots and no real concerns. Right now, I am worried about my left nipple. It has a little feeling but pretty dark. My PS says it is healing as expected and should be okay. My right nipple is hyper-sensitive.from the beginning. I am still sleeping in the recliner. I try to sleep in my bed on my back. But I am a side sleeper and can never fall asleep on my back. My main complaint is the itchiness. Holy moly, it can drive me crazy. I know it is a good sign. I have really restrained myself from scratching. My best friend left on Tuesday. I have been doing pretty good by myself. I will say that I am happy that I do not have to work outside right now.

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Hooray! I finally got over an inch of snow this...

Hooray! I finally got over an inch of snow this winter. The snow is so pretty. I'm still worried about the left nipple. If it dies, then what? Will I finally look the freak of nature I know I am? That would definitely kill any chances with a man. I will confirm my role as my family's next generation spinster and cat lady. Maybe I should not have done the BR. I enjoy the feeling no pain but I do not want to lose a nipple. I hope my PS is right that it will be okay, If it dies, who could I sue?

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I noticed a small white line along the T incision...

I noticed a small white line along the T incision seam on the left breast. I am worried that I could be infected. Lefty has always been a problem with swollen, very dark nipple, etc. I will see my PS on Monday to have the remainder of my stitches removed. I'm very worried. I hope someone will finally read and respond to this update.

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I noticed a small white line along the T incision...

I noticed a small white line along the T incision seam on the left breast. I am worried that I could be infected. Lefty has always been a problem with swollen, very dark nipple, etc. I will see my PS on Monday to have the remainder of my stitches removed. I'm very worried. I hope someone will finally read and respond to this update.

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I noticed a small white line along the T incision...

I noticed a small white line along the T incision seam on the left breast. I am worried that I could be infected. Lefty has always been a problem with swollen, very dark nipple, etc. I will see my PS on Monday to have the remainder of my stitches removed. I'm very worried. I hope someone will finally read and respond to this update.

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Okay, my internet glitched and updated 3 times and...

Okay, my internet glitched and updated 3 times and I lost almost all my pics.

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Okay, my internet glitched and updated 3 times and...

Okay, my internet glitched and updated 3 times and I lost almost all my pics.

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Hello, how did you get on at your appointment today? Hope all is good :-)
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It doesn't look infected to me, but definitely keep an eye one it...if any area is red and hot to touch, drainage with an odor, etc. I was put on an antibiotic for my first 5 days post op, just as a precaution I guess, but maybe you got antibiotics IV during your procedure?!? I guess you can ask on Monday. I know I have washed with Dial antibacterial soap about every other day since surgery....I just did that on my own to help put my mind at ease!! Makes me feel like no germs can get in any potential openings!!
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I know they told me what drugs were in the IV, but I forgot. I have been using Polysporin every day, showering with Dove sensitive skin, and changing pads everyday.

I saw my PS yesterday. I am healing well, have a...

I saw my PS yesterday. I am healing well, have a few small areas that are not completely healed. The area I was concerned about was skin. Nipple on lefty is getting better. He said I should see a huge difference in a week or so. He wants me to apply Eucerin Aquaphor healing ointment on areas closed and still apply Polysporin to areas still healing (aka left nipple). I will see him again next week Thursday. I will be in seminar and practical for basic welding class next week. I will be assisting the instructor. My doctor said I could return to work around Feb. 10th. I feel somewhat excited that I am healing well enough to return to work. The other part says no, I want another few weeks off. This is the longest I had off in seven years. My body has been recuperating from years of hard physical work. I am finally enjoying the chance to relax and unwind.

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Glad ur healing well. things are going to change each week!!! ask ur doc for more time. i sure would. i wasnt myself until after 6th week. How some girls recoop so quick is uncanny eh? Good luck and happy healing!
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Glad all is well!! Rest up a lot until you go back to work :)
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How are you feeling? Did you have an infection? I have not had any anti-biotics so far either... It seems to be a bit f a crap shoot as to if we need them or not.
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Hard to believe that it has been 3 weeks since my...

Hard to believe that it has been 3 weeks since my surgery. I have become more active, lifting things, cleaning out closets and attended welding seminar. I noticed with the increased activity that my breasts become core and painful. I asked my PS and he said it was normal. My muscles are becoming used to motions. The only area that still has issues is the left nipple. It is slowly healing and should be okay. I talked to a few co-workers and work is still slow. Of course, snow and rain are slowly down projects. I am in no hurry to return to work. Now my PS wants to use only Aquaphor, once a day, on my fading incisions.

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They are shaping up nicely :) Glad you have healed so well. I suppose it's only natural that there will be a period after recovery when the boobs will hurt a little just because of increase in activity. I had the same thing after I broke my arm. After weeks of being strapped up it didn't much appreciate exercise...
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Pleased you are doing well.. I have noticed too that my boobs seem to hurt more now than they did and I figured it might be because i am pretty much back to normal with my activities.. I have taken to having a narcotic again in the evening as it takes the edge off to sleep... I can't wait to be completely healed and not have to worry about the risk of infection or hurting something from doing something simple like getting a shepherds pie out of the oven.. LOL
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good for you..congratulations!
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It has been one month since surgery. The changes...

It has been one month since surgery. The changes in the past month have been great. My clothes are too big or loose due to loss of the big breasts. I was loosely measured and currently 40 B/C. I feel so tiny, still adjusting. I started working again. I am on light duty for another week. I went back to work because of a new bridge. I am basically standing around, observing other trades work and inspecting work already completed by fabrication shop. The reactions from co-workers and people who knew have been priceless. Shock, surprise, happy to see me, commented how much weight I lost and how happy I look now. I was happy to be back at work. I missed being around people. My left nipple continues to be my only problem area. It is slowly healing but so annoying. I have no regrets about this surgery. One of the best decisions I have made in my adult life.

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Did this surgery make you depressed at all? I have felt changes since my surgery, which was 6 days ago.
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The time that I felt really down is when my best friend left to go home. She took care of me for one week after my surgery. I was upset and depressed when my mother refused to come visit me after surgery. My family and best friend live 5 hours away from me. I have been lonely. I did miss being around people around the end of the 2nd week. I started going out more often to cope with cabin fever. I felt so weird and not my body afterwards. I never had small breasts. It felt alien to me. My biggest concern has been the slow healing of my left nipple. The thought of losing it a few weeks scared me so much. The surgery is a big change, physically and mentally.

Yes, I am alive. I did not mean to let so much...

Yes, I am alive. I did not mean to let so much time go between reviews. I returned to work on Feb. 14th. I had two full weeks and currently struggle to get 2 days of hours for last 3 weeks. Work has been slow due to snow, cold weather and delays in projects starting. I am getting very tired of staying home. I have been dealing with two losses that hurt deeply. I lost a college friend to cancer and also lost my cat to cancer. I am not coping well with both losses. I feel my beloved Butterball's loss in company, activity, and depth of unconditional love. I miss my college friend because we chatted daily and she was helpful in encouraging me. I still have best friend of thirty years for support and encouragement. Sadly she and my family live 300 miles south. I feel truly alone for the first time in years.

Now I will discuss my progress since surgery. I am very pleased with the results of my surgery. My breasts are taking on a nice shape, scars are slowly fading and my left nipple is fully healed. I have been released to full duty at work. I have no restrictions on exercising. I have started the couch to 5K program. I am so out of shape. When work finally picks up, I plan to choose a gym to get in shape. I feel so free. I need to get toned, strengthen my core and reduce my now obvious stomach bulge.

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Hiya Soilchick, hope you're well and have achieved some distance to your losses. Just wanted to let you know there are people out here thinking of you :)
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Glad to hear you are healing and sad and your loses. I miss my cats of 15 and 16 years. My newer cat of 3 years (for the kids) has slowly adopted me and finally became my lap cat while recovering from surgery. Anyway, glad to hear your update and all is going well
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Soilschick, I am so sorry you have lost your friend and your beloved Butterball. You have my deepest condolences. The friendship and companionship our animals provide us with is immeasurable, and I really feel for you that you had to suffer these 2 enormous losses while recovering from your BR. On a positive note, it's good to hear you are still blessed with your best friend of 30 years. It's also great to hear about the size you measured at! Congratulations on your B's!!!!! Good for you for doing the Couch to 5K. Big hugs to you.
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I can't believe I forgot to update

I meant to come back and update every month. Oops. Stomach bulge is still out and not going anywhere so far. I still have no back, shoulder, neck and chest pain. I had to buy new shirts because my old shirts are way too loose. I can fit into large and xlarge shirts. The breasts healed well, no real scars anymore and they are a nice teardrop shape. I think taking the risk of such major surgery has emboldened me. I am starting my own business soon.

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Hiya! Glad to hear everything is well. Perhaps you could post some updated pictures? Congrats on the new business venture! That takes some courage, well done!
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Adding updated photos

I am going to add some updated photos. Despite my plans to use Palmer's cocoa butter formula with vitamin E to reduce the appearance of my scars, I never did it. I totally forgot about it. I bought it and it slipped my mind. I still massage my breasts. This sounds silly but I like the feel of my new girls. I never had cute perky breasts in my entire life. I wore the dickens out of my surgical bras. They were so comfortable. I finally had to throw them out. I wore them to threads. I have no regrets at all. I wish I had done it sooner. The surgery was the biggest physical risk I have taken. This new lease on life has empowered me. Now I am facing the biggest risk of my career, owning my own construction testing firm. We shall see what happens.

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So far so good

Not much to report on my breasts. They have nice shape and firmness. I have gotten in the habit of going braless except at work and special occasions. I love the feeling of freedom. No wires poking me, no need for constant adjusting, no pain, etc... It is hard to believe that I started the process one year ago. I am slowing picking up work and contracts for my new business. Starting to date a cute laborer and just enjoying life.

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Your review is great,very descriptive. I am in the contemplation stage but very much leaning towards having this done. I hope things are going well for you and thanks for your story.
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Oh, and congrats on the boyfriend :)
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You've healed really well, and yes, the shape is very nice indeed :) You know, I stopped wearing bras as well, about 3 months after the surgery. At first I was nervous I'd ruin the results from the op, but I honestly cannot tell any difference. And it's so comfortable not wearing any! I had forgot just how nice it could be :)
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Time flies

I cannot believe it was a year ago that I was preparing for the surgery. The scars has almost disappeared with time. My left nipple has scar tissue from the issues with healing. It has not bothered my romantic involvements since the surgery. It has gotten very cold since last week Friday. I am off this week because of the bitter cold. The jobsite cannot pour concrete below 20 degrees F. My new business has picked up two more projects for the spring. It looks like I will have to hire people next spring to help out with projects. I cannot manage them by myself. I just have to survive until Feb. Sadly, I am not with the employer that helped with my preparation for surgery. The slow economy finally caught up with them.

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One year later

I cannot believe it has been a year since surgery. My life has undergone so many changes. I don't even recognize my life anymore. My previous employer is almost gone. I am temporarily laid off due to the cold. My current employer/transition employer keeps hoping to bring me back. They are a very nice company and I feel guilty that I will not be with them for a long time. But I have to take the risk of owning and running my own company. It scares me to death. I have never played the role of boss or manager. I do have a great business and financial partners. They will help me grow my business. There is already talk of going nationwide in a year or two. My partners, work only, have great connections and those clients are pressing the issue. Who knew that taking the risk of benefiting my physical self would lead here?! I am normally afraid of change and failure. But life is too short and uncertain to coast through.

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The journey through life is so amazing. I love that we got to share in a chapter of your book. Keep us posted on your well-being and new business venture. Honestly, the secret to good business is to keep the focus on your customer. Sounds like you have a good foundation and great partners. Please do keep us in the loop.
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Life moves on

Nothing is really new or changed since surgery. I'm waiting for winter to end and work start again. If anyone is still following or reads it later, good luck. This surgery remains a great change for me. Maybe I will come back time to time.

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clothed picture

I forgot that I took this picture over 1 year ago. Not much has really changed size wise.

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1.5 years since reduction

It is hard to believe that it has been 1.5 years since my reduction. So much has changed since then. I am adding a recent, more dressy picture. The picture is at a cousin's wedding in June. My grandma S. is next to me.

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Looking good there, both you and your grandma :) How are things with your new business venture and life in general? I am well, the scars have faded so they're not that visible, which is nice. I think it's about time I updated as well. Will have my bf take pictures this afternoon and see if I can have an update ready this evening.
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