Dr. A was really great in the initial meeting to...
I'm a huge pain wimp and have been terrified about doing this, but reading all of the journeys has helped a lot. Thanks to everyone who has been kind enough and brave enough to post here!
Getting more mentally prepared
I went through the post-op instructions with my mom this weekend, and we both were grossed out, but it was reassuring to share my fears, and hear her reassurances that she'll be there to help.
The waiting is the hardest part
But being this busy hasn't stopped my mind from wondering how much it will hurt and how wonderful it will look and how miserable I will be at first and how excited I am to not have to pick the girls up to place them in a bra.
I'll start back to physical therapy this week, plus I've upped my exercise over the weekend. These are the things I can control now. But boy, am I ready to get this over!
Moving ahead! Count down begins...
This morning at the office, I had a few tears, but explain that I am a "crier" when I get stressed and everyone was super-understanding and supportive.
Saw the doc for a bit and went over my list of questions. All very clear and understood now. Feeling much more calm and thankful for this opportunity. I'm sure it's bigger in my head than it will be in reality, but perhaps that will be a happy surprise?
Have vowed to keep exercising and eating right (except for Thanksgiving) in the next few weeks. Was advised on ways to keep the healing best, including eating right and not taking things that thin the blood...all good ideas and should be followed anyhow.
We'll see how I fare the next three weeks emotionally.
Too close for comfort
You'd think I would be less nervous.
Trying to remember all they said at the appointment. Trying to eat healthy and continue to exercise, but Thanksgiving put a hitch in that get-along.
Found some button-front nightshirts and Vermont Country Store, since I'm not a PJ wearer. Ordered those puppies up! Hope they are cool and comfortable for all the hanging out in bed and on the couch.
Any other things I need that I don't even know about?
So, here are the girls. Dr. A says I have a narrow figure, which makes it seem even worse.
Now I want to come up with some kind of a mantra for when I get put under and when I wake up.
Reasons why I'm doing this
Muscle spasms in lower back
Can't put arms all the way down
Suffocated when lying on the couch with a pillow under my head
Shoulders are indented by bras
Cost and availability of bras
Have to lean forward to eat or drink
Clothes that fit my boobs hang past my shoulders and are too long for my arms
Hard to sit in tight places like a theater
Weight on chest makes it hard to breathe
Tomorrow is the day!
Thankful for all the words of support here! I couldn't have been so zen about it without you brave souls!
How to shower?
Three days post
The first day post was busy with having to go back to see Dr. A and getting settled into the house with my mom. That second night we had a horrible ice storm, so sleeping well was hard because of all the branches falling on the house . Second day post was a lot, because I showered. We survived that. The past 12 hours, I've mostly slept. It feels so good to be rested!
I started on ibuprofen on Saturday day. I've been taking the Percocet at night only. I'm so grateful I have not been nauseous. My bestie that had breast cancer says I've been a rock star, so I'm pleased with that.
I've been having crying jags off and on. Mostly wondering why I ever thought this was a good idea, and worrying that they are too small now. I know it is all fine, but I've been going along with the emotions to let them get out and move on.
I'm also lucky that my mom the health-freak is feeding me foods to help me heal. She's been amazing. Now it is time for food. Yay!
What a difference a week makes!
Any suggestions on good post-surgery bras?
One week post op pics
Two weeks post is GREAT
I went for my two week follow up and things are healing nicely. I have been cleared to start using oil on the incisions, which makes my skin feel SO much better! I think dry skin was making me more miserable than I thought.
I've been one and a half days back at work and I think the regular schedule is helping me, too. I rested all night after the first day, and then watched the Sooners beat Bama, so today I'm feeling GREAT. Boomer!
Three Weeks post-surgery and impatient
I got in the shower last night and really started scrubbing the incisions because my stitches are starting to come out. I slathered Bio Oil all over and sat bra-free for the first time in a long time. It felt great! I'm looking forward to more feeling great days!
The burning time is here
Four weeks today
I finally got a new compression-ish bra from the Marena brand, so not as supportive, but it was time to move on. The booblets still feel sore and achy in a weird way, but I'm starting to wake up from sleeping on my side again (yay!) and my stamina is coming back.
I'm still really wary of doing too much; that first full week back at work was too much and I paid for it over the weekend. I am now letting myself sleep in and not rushing to run errands after work anymore. I think that has contributed to feeling better this week.
Anyhoo, I have my next follow-up appointment next week and we'll see what Dr. A has to say.
Six weeks is the magic number alright
The stitches are all out, the scars are healing well. I had a hole where a big wad of stitches were, but it is covered up and healing well.
My last follow up appointment was last Friday and she said I was cleared to start regular exercising. And then I got the bronchitis. Ain't nobody got time for that. So I haven't been able to breathe well enough to test out the ladies.
I have switched to sleeping in a breast binder, which is way more comfy to sleep in. Now that I'm feeling better, I'm ready to go try on bras to find some good ones!
She's great so far. Very direct and realistic. The office staff have been great to talk to and very helpful in navigating all the paperwork involved in submitting to the insurance company. So far, so good!