Surgery in 2 Days - Getting Nervous...- Indianapolis, IN

Hello ladies! I just started reading this site...

Hello ladies! I just started reading this site today and am so happy to see so many positive experiences. I am 46 yrs old and a 34H - back pain as long as I can remember, shoulder indentations, and tired of wearing shirts that are big everywhere but the chest, and having to get special order bras because I can never find a 34 that big! I've worn big shirts for so long that my friends are surprised when I tell them my bra size - then I gather the shirt around my tummy and waist and they see I actually have a much smaller figure hiding under the big clothes. I go in Thurs at 530am and I'm getting nervous. Not really about the pain, but the downtime during healing, and what if I don't wait long enough before I lift or stretch too far. I'm used to taking care of other people and don't really know how to sit back and let others take care of me. (sounds dumb, huh!?) I do have a specific questions if someone can please help: I was told to wear button/zip up shirts for awhile due to the pain in lifting my arms. About how long before you feel able to put on a shirt over your head? (I'm getting the lolli-pop cut and also in the crease underneath.) When can I wear my first "regular" tshirt and show off the new figure?? I'm not a vain person - just trying to think beyond the painful part to the time when I can walk into a room and not feel like every man there is staring at my chest. Thanks for all the great stories you've shared - I have found some comfort in them today!

Question of the day - what helps the itching?? I...

Question of the day - what helps the itching?? I am 3 days post-op and the stitches are starting to itch. I feel pretty tender so I dont want to bother it, but the itching is making me crazy! Any ideas? I took my first real shower today and felt so much better. Just having the blue ink off of my body is something positive. My stitches all look wonderful - no oozing or blood, tender but no sharp pain at all. I was a 34H and today I tried on my daughters 34C and it fit!!! Woohoo - oh yeah!! I haven't been this small in 20 years. I can't wait to buy some some pretty bras - maybe something crazy like a color other than beige, white, or black...
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You could try Benadryl for the itching. Are you using pain meds? Percocet has a tendency to cause itching, so if you are taking that you might want to call your doc and request something else. So happy you are thrilled with your results!
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Day 2 and feeling pretty good. I have a few little places that bled thru the gauze but nothing serious at all - I just have to get the nerve to take them off - ouch. I'm not bound up like a lot of the pictures I saw on here. Just gauze over the incisions and a sports bra - that's it. Just proves how different all surgeons are. I was a 34H now looking at myself I look like a B which is a crazy big change. I doubt I'm that small - just looks like it.
I hope you other ladies did as well as me this week. It's definately a good thing!!!
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Hey Kathy! I was a 34H as well and remember how small I felt right after surgery. Once your brain acclimates to the new you, you will see the size more objectively. Good luck on your continued good healing!
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Good Luck!!! You will be soooo happy you had the surgery!! I am almost 6 weeks post op!!! I feel fabulous!!!!
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Welcome, Kathy! Good luck tomorrow! I will be anxious to hear how it all goes!!

I liked the button up tops for about the first week and that was mainly because it was just easier not to raise my arms that way. But after that I was able to get a t-shirt on, though I do know some girls go straight to the t's. There really seems to be conflicting opinions by the doctors, as each one seems to have certain restrictions and others are very lenient.

I know its hard to let other people take care of you, but the first two weeks are vital. Make sure you are getting your rest and not lifting anything heavy for a few weeks. You can't re-do your recovery so you want to get it as right as you can the first time. Anything you feel that has to be done will still be there waiting for you when you are feeling better!

OK. This is it! I will see you on the other side :-D
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Thanks ladies for the notes. Just think, in 3 days we will all be done with this part and on the way to recovery!!! Good luck to you both.
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Good luck tomorrow girls , wishing you a great recovery , I'm 4 weeks post op . I'm loving it . I was wearing a normal tshirt the day I left hospital so don't be afraid to put one on , you have to lift your arms tO put a button up shirt on so do what makes you happy . You should not feel pain as much as discumfet . It will take time . I can't wait till I can roll to my side without trouble ( its amazing how many muscle you use to roll over ) I have a little discumfet in my left boob ( I have a small pimple like opening at the t junction that is taking time to heal ( I'll left handed so I stretch my left side more and move more on the left side) otherwise its great . I have put on a pit of weight since op so Monday I'm getting back to it . Good luck again for tomorrow xxxxxxx
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Hi Kathy! It seems we are surgery buddies - I'm in at 7:30 tomorrow a.m. so you will have had a 2 hour head start on me. I am 64 and also wear 34H and yes, have hidden under big shirts as well. It will be great to wear cute little tops won't it!!
My original surgery date was in December 2012 but I was given a cancellation date for tomorrow, so I really haven't been on this forum very long. It's amazing though how all the ladies share their concerns and questions/answers. I've learned so much - if you have time tonight read some of the July surgery posts as these ladies are on the other side and are healing nicely. What I get from everyone's posts is to NOT do too much too soon. I think when you're on pain meds and aren't feeling anything, it's really easy to think you can do more than you physically should. So we both need to just relax after surgery and just heal up nicely.
I'll be thinking of you tomorrow and hoping both our surgeries go well!
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hi joivy and kathy
good luck to both of you tomorrow: friday its tig' (hopefully) and my turn. Kathy, I feel your question, and agree with joivy. i've been reading /on the site for about 3 weeks now and while our stories aren't "scientific evidence" they sure as h*** help prepare :-) Don't forget your pillow to put between the seatbelt and your new girls on your way home tomorrow!

keep us posted
(j-self: 42G, 61 yrs old)
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