So I was left with one breast at size 40H (and overflowing out of its cup) and the other was somewhat cut down, but now happily fitted into the 40-H cup neatly.
Well they told me to wait for 4 years in order to become even again.
Last Friday, I was finally, financial enough to afford having a breast reduction.
I live in Newcastle NSW, but my doctor operates in Sydney, so I had to travel.
I spent 48hours in hospital after my breast reduction procedure. My breasts were rock hard with swelling. My breasts used to be 53inches around my chest, now I measure 48inches, but I am very swollen.
By day 4, after the operation, I heard fluid swishing around inside my breast. Naturally I was so freaked out. It sounded like water splashing around in a plastic bag. My husband bundled me in the car and we arrived at the ED at 1am. The Medical Officer performed an ultrasound on my breasts with a small bedside ultrasound machine. She located several seromas inside my breasts. But she referred me to a radiology clinic to have a proper ultrasound done on a proper machine the next day. I was still so anxious and scared all that day. The radiologist explained to me that, because my breasts were so large, there are larger areas inside my breasts that are raw, cut flesh against raw cut flesh. He said, the body's way of helping these raw areas to rejoin, is to produce a fluid called seroma. This gathers in those spaces and forms pockets of fluid. Unfortunately, I had quite large pockets of fluid that everyone could easily hear the fluid swishing around as I moved around. Thank goodness, the radiologist, was able to calm me down with this explanation. I wish my PS had explained any possible complications that were likely to happen. The worst part was, that he was only reachable by phoning the hospital who would track him down. Or his secretary who relayed what he said, when I tried ringing him to say what was happening.
It is now day 7, my breasts are still super swollen, rock hard, hot, and have intermittent stabbing nerve pain. I have slept most of the last week, and have been mostly in bed.
The result looks good, at day 7, I'm beginning to feel like I actually am, living on planet earth. The first week was a bit rough with pain and needing to sleep most of the time. I am still taking an antibiotic every 6 hours , an anti inflammatory every 8 hours, and panadol when necessary for pain(every 6hrs usually). I can't do without it yet.
I have a post op appointment follow-up on day 12.