Pre Op Appointment - Barrie, ON
I was so apprehensive for my pre op appointment. ...
2 days and counting!!
3 more sleeps!! I have wanted a breast reduction since I was 18. I am 52 5ft 8 inches and overweight. I am fit, as I have had a personal trainer for the past 2 years. I have no physical ailments, but my BMI is over 40. My issues with my breasts are mostly self esteem related, however I do have a itchy rash under both breasts. I do have shoulder and neck pain, but it's unclear if that is breast related or stress related.....time will tell!! I am terrified to be "put under" ! Basically I'm gonna meet someone and allow them to put me in a coma and bring me out of it....YIKES!! I have been on Lorazapam for the past week, just to ensure I don't bail and give my head a rest from all the negative thoughts. It's that moment when your fighting to stay awake, just before you surrender that I don't like....Ugh. I am not afraid of recovery, throwing up, busted open wounds....none of it....just being put to sleep. I can't even imagine the 50 Km drive to the hospital on Thursday morning!! If I don't go through with it I will never be approved by OHIP again, my daughter in law, who's a nurse, has taken part of her shift off to care for me the first night, and I will never loose this weight without a self esteem boost. Your encouragement is welcomed :)
2 week post op
Since then my recovery has been awesome. I had CCAC (home care) every two days to take out my drains and do bandage changes. Right drain came out on the Sunday (6th) and the Left came out on the Tuesday (8th). Drains are a pain and uncomfortable, but once their out, you feel like a million bucks!! It was so reassuring to have someone looking at my incisions every other day. I have had no problems with my incisions, pain etc. I only took pain meds for two days. I slept propped up on my couch for a week and have been in our spare bed for the past week.
I attribute my good recovery (because I have seen some nightmare stories!!) to drinking lots of fluids (2 Ltrs a day, or 8 cups, 1 gallon) and making sure I ate a ton of Protein.....shakes, chicken, vegggies. I only slept at bedtime and I literally did NOTHING for two weeks. My husband would bring things down for me each night that I thought I would need during the day. I did no reaching, or bending. If I dropped something, I left it there. My husband would come home from work and go room to room putting things back in their place...LOL.
One thing however I didn't do was wear a post surgical bra. I purchased two from my Surgeons office. Tried it on there pre surgery, tons of room, however, after surgery the band was way to tight!! I wear a bra (almost like a tube top) that I use to wear when I put my jammies on, Just to reign in the girls a bit!!
Today at my appointment all looked good and my Surgeon told me to start with Bio oil on my scars. I asked him about sex and he looked at me like I had two heads. I had read many reviews where some Surgeons recommended to wait a month. Mine said "you want to have sex, have sex, just leave your breasts out of it"....LOL