Well, I can't believe it, but I'm going for my...
Mammogram, blood work, and pre-op... check! ...
Super busy with work and life which is probably a...
All of a sudden.. I'm wondering what on earth I'm...
Pre-op Panic Subsides... I'm Ready To Do This!
Finally Recovering Rather Than Anticipating!
I took a Valium the night before and slept pretty well. Surgery day went really well. Thankfully, I didn't have much of the day to dwell on it, having to be there at 7:30 a.m. I loved the fact that my PS does the surgery at her office, so I didn't have to go some unfamiliar place or surgery center. It felt very "friendly and cozy," almost like you were at a spa, but I could tell they had all the necessary gear for surgery. After vitals were taken, I was given a sedative and a dehydrating pill (to keep saliva from my throat during surgery). Then they walked with me to the surgery room, had me get into a comfortable position a warm bed. Next thing I know I'm waking up quite tired but in no pain. The only thing that was very bothersome was a very, very dry throat from the dehydration pill taken before surgery. I drank about 3 bottles of water right then and there after surgery! My dry throat bothered me for the rest of the day.
The drive home was not painful and I ended up resting in bed all afternoon. Those surgery painkillers must have been something strong as I had no pain! As day turned into evening, I did notice a bit more pain with the surgery meds wearing off. My sweet husband had a chart and he timed/recorded my taking Percocet and Valium alternating on a regular basis as prescribed. Unfortunately, it made me very nauseous at times, particularly after being on them for more than 24 hrs. The worst part was having to eat in the middle of the night so you can take pain meds. By the second night, I felt stopped up from the meds and constipation, and I just couldn't eat anything more to take meds. I threw up bad! I hated that nauseous, bloated, drugged out feeling!!!! So, I switched to extra strength Tylenol within 36 hrs of surgery. Once off the big drugs and past the first 2 days, things definitely got better and pain was tolerable. I used Miralax and tried to eat as much fiber as possible! No more bloating! Yay!
What perhaps surprised me most is how tired I've been the first 4 days. The pain has been totally bearable and I'm really able to get around well (especially starting Day 3), but I've been so tired! I've been sleeping through the night well, and then taking a couple naps during the day. I'm a side sleeper and expected lots of trouble sleeping after surgery, but that has not been the case. I bought a "bed wedge" that has truly saved me from sleepless nights. http://www.wayfair.com/Lumex-Bed-Wedge-(24x24x10). I put a small pillow on top of the wedge, big pillows on the side for arm rests, and I'm all tucked in snug and cozy. Sleeping has been great, and I have no bruising.
Oh, forgot to mention I went to my post op the day after surgery and my PS said everything looks great with no bruising, my incisions not bleeding, etc. but that my muscles are very tight right now. Over time, they would loosen up. I didn't want to look yet… since I was nauseous and concerned I might get my tummy upset. Well... when I finally had the courage to look at my girls after being less drugged out and nauseous (end of Day 2), I didn't expect them to be so high. In reading up on the site I now know this is common as many wait for our girls to "drop and fluff." I took my first shower on my own with no problem, just pondering how soon these girls will "D&F". Size wise, I think they will be what I wanted, when they settle a little more. PS said I can expect them to be no more than 3-5% smaller in the end (I'm not very swollen). Well, I ended up with 240 cc left/235 cc right, Saline Mod+. It's all such a personal preference, but I'm really glad with my choice. My PS really listened to my desires on preference.
Day 4, I decided to start my new workout regime, post BA. It's humorous! I wore a heart rate monitor to make sure I didn't go over 100 bpm. Ready, set go! I shuffled 1 mile in 25 minutes. Any runners out there will get the humor in this. :-)
Today is Day 5 and I feel every day is getting better! I'm so glad to be able to rest a few more days before heading back to work though.
Checking in at the "almost" 2 week mark
Prior to surgery, I ordered a sports bra that was a 34C, anticipating I'd be up one cup size up from 34B (modest 235/240 cc implant size). However, it just felt tight and not covering the girls enough on top, so I ended up wearing a stretchy cheap sports bra from Target till I had time to find a better bra. This weekend after surviving my first week back at work, I took the time to measure and realized I'm currently a 34D. No wonder! So... I spend several hours yesterday bra shopping and got the right size sports bra. 34D feels much better!! I should have taken some advice I read early to get 2 sizes when preparing for BA. And, while I don't want to get caught up on cup sizes, I didn't want to be a D cup. (I know, I'm not the norm here!). Anyone ever drop in bra sizes when their implants descended?
After 10 days post-op, I started to feel noticeably more energetic and now I have to force myself to not over do it. Going back to work and home routines, it's so easy to forget to be careful with lifting, etc.
Exercise has started up again. I'm able to power walk/hike 3 miles at a time, and I just started lower body exercises yesterday (thighs/glutes/abs) and some modified yoga poses for the core and lower body that don't involve the chest muscle area. At 2 1/2 weeks, I'll start kicking in cardio (Nordic track without using arms). This all seems a good pace for my body. I CAN'T WAIT TO RUN AND PADDLE BOARD AGAIN! I miss those exercise endorphins and being able to go in the ocean.
My "shelf" is still quite high and implants firm, however, I am starting to notice they are descending and soften a bit. Yay!
Week 3 = They are Fully Mine :)
The office staff are really friendly and make you feel at ease. Dr. Chong is takes her time to listen to your concerns and needs. I felt like I was in good hands from the very first consultation, to the follow up post op appointments.