Farewell Tata's - San Ramon, CA

So, my surgery is scheduled!!! Six weeks from...

So, my surgery is scheduled!!! Six weeks from yesterday! Ahhhhh!

Ok, now that I got that out, lol.... I am 5'1" and currently wearing a 36F. I'm thinking I want to be a full C. My PS told me I should really consider what size I want to be and sorta implied that maybe I should be a D(???), but I still think thats too big. I've had these boobs for so long, I wouldn't even know what a C is really like.

At this point I'm not sure if I'm more excited that I've finally decided to do it or more nervous about how its going to turn out. I was told to find a soft sports bra to take to my post-op and have absolutely no idea what to look for or where to look?? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! And if anyone has any other suggestions for after the surgery, they are much appreciated! Well, thats enought for now, I will try and get a before picture up soon. Until next time ladies!

Hi Brea :). Good luck with your surgery. You are going to feel instant relief from all that boob weight. I went from 34dd to 34c and I'm 5' short. I'm better proportioned and torso looks so long now :). As far as sports bra. Look for one with a thick band that is really soft against your skin. Pick one that has a clasp or zipper. You won't want to lift your arms up too high. I found a nice one at jcp with a zipper in the front.
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Thank you!! I definitely appreciate the tip. I looked at your photos and I have to say you PS did an amazing job! You look great!
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Thank you so much!! You are going to absolutely love shopping!! Just be patient. Let the girls heal and settle a little before trying on a bunch of bras. I was able to bra shop on wk 8. Keep us posted!
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Five weeks to go! Just turned in my paperwork for...

Five weeks to go! Just turned in my paperwork for time off at work and its slowly but surely sinking in. My family gave my gift cards for Victoria Secret for my birthday last month in hopes that I will finally be able to shop there! I can't wait to go shopping! I know its still quite a ways out, but its definitely one of the many highlights that I hope will come along with this journey. Most of all, I can't wait for this constant nagging neck/back pain to go away... its just so frustrating... but at least there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Oh, and on a side note, I'm not really picky about my PS office as long as he's good at surgery, but I have to say, getting them to fill out paperwork that I need for work seems to be a lot like having to pull teeth! Hopefully they get that together soon!

Well, thanks for listening... until next time ladies!

Ok, so I just made my appointment for my pre-op...

Ok, so I just made my appointment for my pre-op bloodwork. With just over two weeks away, I think the nerves are starting to settle in a little. I have so much to get done before the surgery, I don't even know where to start. I also found out that I will be spending the night in the hospital instead of going home the same day. Not sure how I feel about that, but I think my mom is slightly relieved since she is the one taking care of me after its done.

I still haven't been able to find a sports bra. I've looked online a little and may have found one or two, but don't have a clue what size to order, so I might just order a couple and return what I don't use. My PS office finally filled out all the paperwork I needed for work.... four weeks of no work! I might be a little excited about that even if its because I'm having surgery. I'm gonna go and stock up on some books and hopefully catch up on some reading during my downtime and maybe accomplish some some other things that don't require much effort. Now I just need to make a list of things to buy for after so I can be prepared.
Don't by good bras till your well healed and swelling is down get cheepies from wallys cause they will get stained from draining and you will want to throw them away I had 4 bras cause I had to have clean every day from leaking...just an fyi
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I went from a J cup to c/d got sports bras at Walmart 2/$10 that close with front hooks just tickled to get 2bras for $10 after paying $50 each...lol when you are so big they now look so small I was surprised I was even a big c/small d...lol I think I need a padded bra...lol
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It's great that you are going to have plenty of time to recover. Your day will be here before you know it!
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Four more days til I say tata to my tata's. I...

Four more days til I say tata to my tata's. I think I' m ready. I have such a hard time envisioning what its going to be like after they are smaller. I've already registered at the hospital and the bloodwork is done. All thats left is the pre-op (which is the morning of) and then there is no going back :/

But as I have read some of my fellow BR reviews, I realize there are several things about these big mamas that I won't miss. I'm pretty sure that someone is trying to tell me something since all of my bras are falling apart one by one...I even had one of my underwires snap in the middle, stab me right under my breast and all at an awkward moment in the middle of a work day.

I will post some before and after pics at some point. Things have been so crazy lately I haven't had a chance. Tata for now!

Good luck, Bree!

 
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thanks!
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Hi, I am scheduled for the same date: 7-19, so just wanted to wish you the best!
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So, today is the day. I'm sitting in the parking...

So, today is the day. I'm sitting in the parking lot waiting for my pre-op. And then its a short walk across the parking lot to the hospital and off to surgery! I really hope this works out the way I hoped. I took some before pics that I will post later with the post-op pics... Wish me luck!

This is it...can't wait to hear how you did!
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Ok, so its been 2 weeks since my surgery and I...

Ok, so its been 2 weeks since my surgery and I have been a slacker and have not updated like I have wanted. So sorry!

Surgery day:
My pre-op appointment was scheduled for about an hour before I was scheduled to check-in at the hospital. My surgeon, of course, was running behind. I didn't really mind except for the fact that I was scheduled to go in at 1:30 and was not able to eat anything. So, the entire time I'm waiting in the office and at the hospital my stomach is growling for the world to hear! But, nonetheless, I eventually get in to see my Dr. and he draws the worlds craziest looking roadmap on my chest (lets hope he knows which way to go, lol).I wander over to the hospital, which luckily is across the parking lot, and go check myself in. I put on the lovely gown and longest stockings in the world! I know I'm short, but come on, one size fits all stockings?? I could have pulled them up to my eyeballs. But I have to say, they have these lovely warm air-filled blankets that are fantastic! An hour or two later... insert wonderful sleepytime drugs and I'm off......

Next thing I know, I wake up in recovery at 645. I look down and whoa! I can see past my boobs all the way to my feet!! Woo hoo! Who knew how exciting that would be! On the other hand, my chest was burning! I had all kinds of tubes coming out of me and things attached - two tubes for anesthetic, two drain tubes, catheter, IV and an ace bandage wrapped tight enough put a burrito maker to shame. About a half hour later, the nurse comes over and turns on the pump full of anesthetic ( that Im pretty sure was supposed to be turned on before I woke up) and the burning flames I felt in my chest went away... hallelujah! Because of how late everything went, I had to spend the night in the hospital.

More to come later about post-op and follow ups soon.. and I've finally posted some before pics. After pics to come with my next post. Until later, ta-ta for now ladies :)

Congratulations! Thanks for the update!
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Yay! You're done :). Hope you get some rest and the pain isn't too bad for you.
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Hello all.... Tomorrow will be 3 weeks...

Hello all.... Tomorrow will be 3 weeks post-op!

So, I think I left off at the night of surgery. That night was totally and completely uncomfortable. I don't know if it was the surgery or the bed that made me miserable all night. I could not sleep for anything! So, finally at about 3am they loaded me up with some good drugs and I slept for a couple hours (except for the occassional annoying vital taking throughout the night). The next morning I am told that as soon as I am up walking and bathrooming, I can leave... woo hoo!

The drive to my mom's house was about 2 hours and I have to admit it was pretty unpleasant :( You don't realize how many bumps are in the road til you've been cut open. I highly recommend bringing along a pillow if you have a long drive home. It helps when the girls start jostling around from the bumpiness. I got to my mom's house and planted myself in a recliner which i pretty much lived in for the next few days. I was told by my PS to empty the drains every 12 hours or so and to keep track of the amounts. I am not a fan of the drains... I think it was probably the most painful part of the process. The drains were in for about 6 days and it was absolute heaven to get them out! Wasn't painful to have them removed, it felt more like a little pressure. And the second greatest part... I got to see the girls! I have to say, its been really, really strange to see them. Having big ones for so long, they seem so small now, but the weight being gone is phenomenal! After they were removed, I was put into a super tight sports bra and told I had to keep from showering another week until I had the stitches removed...nooooo! I was really hoping for a complete shower after that appointment, but my bubble was burst.

If you are anything like me and cannot stand the fact that you can't wash your hair, this is my suggestion: Pull a chair up to your kitchen sink and have someone wash it for you. It is amazing!

Anyways, gotta go for now... more to come later. I am posting a week post-op pic. Sorry the quality kinda sucks, but its better than nothing. Until next time ladies.....

You look great for that only being a week out! You must feel fantastic!
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OMG: you look amazing! You didn't even have any bruising??? Wow, you must be happy with how great you look!
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