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Hi everyone. Thank you for all the updates. You've...

Hi everyone. Thank you for all the updates. You've answered questions before I had them--GREAT information!! I am 49-almost 50, 5'8", 230 lbs and currently a 38K--somtimes I think I need a L. I've had huge saggy breast from day one. Neck/shoulder/upper back & headaches are part of everyday life. I always just 'sucked' up the pain and used OTC pain meds when denied insurance coverage in the past, but this time I faught for what I needed and was fianlly approved. Surgery is Nov 7th. My doc said he doesn't use drains and likes to keep patients for the night after surgery. He estimates removing 830 - 1000 grams per side. I wanted to loose weight before surgery. However, the insurance company requires at least 830 grams removed from each breast. I don't want to risk not meeting the 830 mark from the smaller breast, so I'll wait until after surgery before loosing weight. Pre-op appointment is Oct 23rd.

Surgery cost is estimated over $10,000.00. My insurance annual out of pocket amount (including deductible)"..for a single person/plan is $2,750.00. I've paid out $1,895.00 and have approx $1000.00 in my HSA. Things are looking good in the finance end.

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Three weeks to go. Finally took before pics--felt...

Three weeks to go. Finally took before pics--felt very strange taking pics of my self half naked!! : )) Started the ball rolling for my two week leave at work through HR and the disability insurance company. Went a lot smoother than I thought. I have enough sick leave to cover the two weeks, but needed to file for disability "just in case" and to keep HR happy. Pre op appntmnt is next Tuesday. Thanks to all the postings I don't have many--if any, questions to ask the doc. Thank you to everyone again!!!

Trying to upload my pics--having trouble. Will...

Trying to upload my pics--having trouble. Will try again tomorrow.

Hello, I was finally able to upload "before"...

Hello, I was finally able to upload "before" pictures. I asked my PS if I could go down to a C. He said due to the base of the breast being so big, taking my breast down that small wouldn't be the best choice. We decided at least a DD and D if possible. Now that I think about it, if I plan to loose weight after surgery, a D or DD would be a good starting point.
Seems like it was just yesterday when I made the appointment for surgery, 2 mos from then, and now it's less than 3 weeks away.
My sister has told me that because of my surgery, I get a "bye" for thanksgiving. : )) I get to take it easy and everyone else with prepare everything for turkey day. What a great family.

A couple questions.... how long till you were able...

A couple questions.... how long till you were able to sleep on you side? And, for those that have small dogs, how did you do keeping them off you when sitting and sleeping? My pooch thinks nothing of walking across me to get to the other side of the bed and pillow--My fault for letting her do this, but now I am worried. thanks.

Two weeks and one day to go. Had my pre-op...

Two weeks and one day to go. Had my pre-op appointment today. My doctor is great. He answered my questions before going over his items. I'll have the usual restrictions, no driving for 1 week, no lifting over 10 lbs for 4 weeks & no exercising for 6 weeks. Won't be able to side sleep 4 - 6 weeks due to probable discomfort. He gave me my antibiotic and pain med scripts so they can be filled and ready for me the day I get home. Right now I need to get my job in order and ensure my co-workers are trained to cover my desk while I'm out. There is always a lot of back up to catch up on when gone for a week or more so the more I can train others, the less I'll go back to. That will make recovery smoother as I won't have the stress of thinking of all the work waiting for me.
I'm still very very excited!!!!!

Three days to go. I've not been scared or nervous...

Three days to go. I've not been scared or nervous about the surgery. I'm reading all the updates keeping myself in check and prepared for anything. Cleaning house today so I won't have to worry about anything after surgery. I have one sister with me the day of surgery, another sister picking me up from the hospital the next day and taking me to her house for a few days. Another sister and brother will taking care of my dog for the first few days also. Preparing food a head of time and making my list of movies to watch while I'm down and out. Still very EXCITED!!!

TODAY IS THE DAY!!!!!!!! Surgery is scheduled for...

TODAY IS THE DAY!!!!!!!! Surgery is scheduled for 1:00 pm. Finishing up the washing and packing my bag---I always wait until the last minute to pack for anything. I won't need much for the night at the hospital, but need to pack everything for the next two weeks as I will not be at my house during most of the down time. My last day at work--yesterday-- was very stressfull. I had so much to do and started freaking out a little that I wasn't going to get it done. By lunch I went for a short walk, got my lunch and was able to relax a little. The afternoon went much better. My co-workers helped a lot. I went looking for a front closure sports bra at the local WalMart. They had two styles with molded cups. I didn't want molded cups. I'll end my sister out shopping after surgery--I'll come home with one from the hospital. Thanks to everyone again for all the comments. I know your reviews kept me calm and secure about my surgery!!! My sister would laugh at me-- in a good way--everytime she walked by me, as I was usually reading reviews. I'll post after pics next time!!! I might more excited to take pics to share than to have the surgery!hahaha

Hello, Thank you to everyone that thought about me...

Hello, Thank you to everyone that thought about me and or said a prayer. Surgery went pretty good. The over night nurse wasn't comfortable with the doctors pain directions and changed me IV pain meds to vicoden--with my permission of course(a person in pain, in the middle of the night). The pills didn't help near as good. In the morning I told her what had happened and she didn't understand why, and started in with the IV pain medicine. The doctor came in around 11:00, cut off the bandage, put me in the sports bra and said I could go home after lunch. He also gave me a new script for percocet. I've been taking it super easy. Throwing once or twice a day has been normal for me. Naps all day long, I walk with my shoulders hunched up so my upper arms aren't weighing against the sides of my breast. I'm starting to feel tingles. That's a good sign of healing. I dread when the itching starts. Good luck to every once yet to have the surgery!!!!

Almost 3 weeks post op and I am still very sore. ...

Almost 3 weeks post op and I am still very sore. I have to hold my girls if going up/down stairs to quickly. Oh, and bumpy roads!! My sides are still swollen and hard--right side more than left. Sleeping is still a challange at times. I know this will all improve with time--I just wish it would hurry up! :)))

It's been quite a ride over the past 7 weeks. ...

It's been quite a ride over the past 7 weeks. Things get better every day. My nipples are still extreamly tender. I have to hold the girls when driving on bumpy roads. I started wearing a cami under my sports bra to keep my nipples from rubbing on the bra around week 4. It also gives me just a little more support. Hooking my bra on the next hooks was just a bit to much. I've been able to sleep on my sides so long as I don't lean to far forward. It helps to have pillows behind me to lean on. I still get the shooting/pinching/burning pains, but they are getting less and less. I had a few headaches and backaches when I went back to work--mostly because I had to sit up and was hunching over to protect myself. Most of the back/shoulder pain I had prior to surgery is pretty much gone. My doctor has replaced the tape on the incisions at every appointment. The doc had said it was ok if they came off on their own. The tape was coming off from the underside of my left one, so I took it off and now have pics of the incision.
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My PS has been in my area for more than 15 years. I work with many, many women, so if there was anything "not good" about him I would have heard. :~)) I am totally comfortable with my doctor. The receptionist and nurses are very helpful with any and all questions.

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love your story and very glad you are healing. i will try the cami tonight. i am so itchy and my nipples are "ultra" sensitive :) xoxo
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u look great!! no wonder ur sore though u had alot of bruising. similar to my bruising. looks like u are going to heal nice. i bet u cant wait to get the stripes off. i was so happy to have my strips off!!! hope u continue to feel good and not alot of pain. happy healing!!
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Only one more day till Thanksgiving, drive safe everyone, read in the paper that over Thanksgiving about 800 will die in traffic accidents, be safe out there.
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congrats! happy healing:)
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congratulations!
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Hello, Thank you to everyone that thought about me and or said a prayer. Surgery went pretty good. The over night nurse wasn't comfortable with the doctors pain directions and changed me IV pain meds to vicoden--with my permission of course(a person in pain, in the middle of the night). The pills didn't help near as good. In the morning I told her what had happened and she didn't understand why, and started in with the IV pain medicine. The doctor came in around 11:00, cut off the bandage, put me in the sports bra and said I could go home after lunch. He also gave me a new script for percocet. I've been taking it super easy. Throwing once or twice a day has been normal for me. Naps all day long, I walk with my shoulders hunched up so my upper arms aren't weighing against the sides of my breast. I'm starting to feel tingles. That's a good sign of healing. I dread when the itching starts. Good luck to every once yet to have the surgery!!!!
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Congratulations on the surgery. Bet you feel so much lighter. I had my surgery 10/24. Still healing. Take it slow and drink lots of water to help with the swelling. I ordered my healing bra from makemeheal.com. LOVE it. Not machine washable from what i read so check your hospital bra before washing. Remembeer pain medication is your friend. Take care...
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I hope your surgery went well. I am new to the group. I have been thinking about having this surgery for years. I am 43 and I am not really sure what my true bra size is. I think about 38 J. I do have a question for any of you... I once went in for a consultation for the BR and the doctor said that he would have to remove the nipple completely. My question goes out to those who were big before surgery but they didn't have to remove the nipple completely. Thank you. Still with Feeling!!!
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my dr moved my nipple up but it remained connected to the nerve. 18 days post op and one nipple has complete feeling and one no feeling when touched BUT when i am cold it hurts. dr said it could take months to recover.
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hope ur surgery went well today. we are thinking of u!!
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Good luck!!
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Good luck Wednesday!
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welcome excited!!! we are glad to here ur insurance approved everything. I am almost 6 weeks post op. i still am not comfy sleeping on my side but im sure in a bit more time it will get easier. I also have two small dogs and one large dog. I didnt handle the little ones until this week because bending over was not comfortable. Plus doc puts weight restrictions. no lifting more than 10lbs. so if u can get someone to place ur dog in ur lap and have a pillow between u and the dog u should be able to at least pet them for a bit. I just wouldnt be bending over to pick them up. I think a dd or d would be perfect for u. I also wanted to be a c after surgery but mine were so big before surgery. I am a d now and still with swelling so who knows what the next few months will do with swelling. My doc ended up take a bit over 1000g out of each breast for me and sounds like u will certainly meet ur insurances stipulations. cant wait to see ur results. ur going to find u do actually have a waisteline under those boobies just waiting to be seen!!! let us know if u have other questions for just need to vent!! hugs
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Week 4 post-op starts today for me and I am still unable to side sleep but I think its different for everyone so here's hoping you can earlier.
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Thanks. Most of what I'm being told is at least 4 weeks, usually more. That gives me a good time frame to "not" expect to be sleeping on my side and think something is wrong if I can't earlier than that time. Thanks again.
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A couple questions.... how long till you were able to sleep on you side? And, for those that have small dogs, how did you do keeping them off you when sitting and sleeping? My pooch thinks nothing of walking across me to get to the other side of the bed and pillow--My fault for letting her do this, but now I am worried. thanks.
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Welcome Excited! I had also wanted to be a C-cup but was only able to go down to a DD (a D in the right bra) At first I was a bit upset about that, but now I've come to feel good about my size. Thankfully I'm not the H-cup I started at and am so much more confident and comfortable, that I generally don't think about the cup size(unless I'm bra shopping) Wishing you all of the best. Please keep us updated!
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Yay! It'll be here before you know it! My surgery is Nov. 19 and I'm already counting the days. Best of luck!
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Thank you. It is coming up fast. I'm excited for the surgery, but a litle nervous too. Best of luck to you too!!!!!!
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Welcome to the community!   

November 7th will be here so quickly!!   I am excited for you and can't wait to see your before an after pics!  You are going to feel like a new woman.  

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