40 and Oh my God Your So Big! - Huntington, NY

I'm so tired of hearing that! I'm 40, have 2...

I'm so tired of hearing that! I'm 40, have 2 children, and I'm ready- I think. I'm currently wearing an uncomfortable 40DD. I'm 5'5 and 140lbs but look and feel a lot bigger. Growing up I matured like the other girls my age. I had nice 34B, then I had kids and a 36C. Then they just kept growing and growing. Everytime I would see family and friends they always said oh my god, how big are they? I had went for a PS consult last year and they found some benign cysts, that scared me, so I didn't proceed. Then this past year, my family and I went on a beautiful Caribean vacation. I have been wearing a matronly bathing suit with thick bra-straps, underwire and side wire, and so uncomfortable. Day 1 on the beach my back hurt so much I couldn't stand it. The next day I had to go buy a "beach shirt" so I could wear my bra underneath. That worked well enough, but I'm only 40!! In all the pictures, you see me and "the girls". The indentations on my shoulders were getting deeper and deeper. When we got back, I knew I had to do something! I've lost weight in the past, but the girls always stayed the same. I made another PS consult, and I loved my doctor. She made me feel totally comfortable and at ease. I have 2 different size breasts, 36gg and 36 i and they rest on my belly. I told her id like to be a small C. And although she said she cant guarantee that, she's confident that the results will be great! She took some pictures and sent it to the insurance company. waited and got the approval rather quickly. We picked a date 8/22/2014! It's never a good time, but you know what-it's my time. I'm a week away and go from I'm so excited, to maybe I should cancel it. But reading all these stories, gives me the comfort to keep going! I've got the Vitamin C, the Arnica pills, the pillow wedge. Did I mention it's back to school shopping time and the kids start school September 2?? Right now I'm pretty excited ! I'll take pictures and post them tomorrow!

Here are the before pictures

So I'm getting nervous now. I'm looking for a front close bra and button up shirts and pj's. Going to Walmart tomorrow. Started my Arnica pills and Vitamin C.

Got some supplies

As per my doctors orders, I picked up my antibiotic and started it. I also got my pain and anti nausea meds. I also found inexpensive button up shirts, bras and tank tops. Trying to have everything ready, so hubby and daughters don't have to do to much. I'm surprisingly not nervous, but I imagine I will be once I get my surgery time. I can't wait to be in the other side.

Tomorrow is the day!!

So tomorrow is the day. I'm calm, and excited. Went to beach today in bra and water shirt. I am worried about the pain afterwards and how long it will last! Ill post afterwards! Last nite of these girls!!

All done!!

I just wanted to give my quick post-op, I will write more during week.I can't believe it! I'm done. The button up shirt I went in with was tight in the chest area. Poof, when it came time to go home, I put the same shirt on and was roomy!!! I had to be at the hospital at 8am. My surgery was scheduled for 10:15, but I was already in surgery at 9:46. My doctor came early, did the markings in the OR. Took about 2 hours, and then I woke up in recovery. The pain was tolerable, and was immediately fixed. I felt a little nauseous, so they gave me medicine for that as well.

3 days out- feeling good!

I'm 3 days out, and I'm surprised how good I'm feeling! I haven't taken anything other than Tylenol for pain. And I have a very low tolerance for pain.

1 week post op

Feeling good. I took off my compression bra and put on my sports bra. Not a good idea! My left breast started hurting a lot, so I went to PS for a quick check. Everything was fine, a little fluid had accumulated. She said she likes to have her patients wear the compression bra for at least the first 2 weeks. So I put compression bra back on and feel much better!

2 weeks out

So tomorrow, I'll be 2 weeks out. I feel good, and so far everything is healing nicely. Sometimes my boobs are so itchy though, and I feel like scratching them hard. Then the feeling goes away. My left breast is still draining a little. It overall doing well. Taking my arnica for bruising, and got the ok to wear a different bra! The PS had 2 Genie bras, and they only cost 10.00!!' I haven't paid that little for bra in forever!

4 weeks out.

So I'm healing really well. I've been taking the Arnica pills, and had just a small amount of bruising. My energy is slowly coming back. My left breast which had been the bigger one, is still sore and swollen. They are both still darning a little, and my MD and her PA assure me that it's totally normal. They are great! I'm still sleeping on my back. I'm wearing the Genie Bras around the clock, and they are comfy. Trying on some of my older shirts and I really can't believe what a difference! I'm so much more confident and have to remind myself to stand up straight. Now that I have small tatas, I can see the rest of my body and realize I need to lose weight. I guess I was hiding behind my big tatas, I never looked past them. So now, I'm going to work on losing weight, about 15lbs. Wish me luck!
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