A Better Bosom for the Once Busty Baby Boomer

The story line is familiar, I was not even a teen...

The story line is familiar, I was not even a teen and the nuns at boarding school were writing home with the message "needs brassiere". I was in grade 5. Most of my sisters did not blossom till grade 9 and 10. I am a very petite lady, all 5 feet of me however all of my missy and lady life, I have been hiding behind jackets, shawls and binders. Last summer was a hot summer and i was at my wits end-rash upon rash had me questioning " is this what the winter of my life will look like?" Rashes and talcum powder! Enough already, I began researching and I put a lot of thought in the pros and cons. Fall came roaring in and pulled winter along and my busty bosom was comforted by woolies once again. As with each season, summer came inching back and this time i met with my family doctor for a mamagram. I actually prayed that I would have cancer so I could just get them cut off. I actually cried when my test came back sans CA. I made an another appt and the result was an immediate appt with my ps ( within 2 weeks). My date was set for july 8th. I had everything planned. I then got a call last friday from ps, " how about next tuesday". And here I am day 6 - lighter , sore, itchy and happy. I know I have many sore days ahead but the benefits already outweigh what i gave up. Embaressment, layers that were never needed, sore back, pain in shoulders, migraines... The list actually goes on...but I like to think at least today I am the Mrs who is carying a better bosom over that once busty baby boomer!

Part 2 of a better bosom for a once busty baby boomer

Good morning, day 7 post OP. A couple things I missed upon my first entry to my review, prior to surgery I was a 34 DDD and possibly larger because I refused to be put in in an even larger boobie holder. Presently I look like a rectangular B cup. Hard to say really, but they are most certainly a hand full and that suits me fine. I have been sleeping very well, however there are moments in my day when I feel rather tight. like someone has a turning knob and perhaps have turned the knob just a bit
too tight. This morning I am wearing a spandex tank top with a piece of flannel to cushion my very sensitive nipples. It actually feels comfortable after I got over the ohhhh and awes of adjusting my wee top. How nice to look down and not see mounds of flesh oozing out for all to see. I have a rather flat tummy and I do believe it is the first time I have seen it in decades. I can see my fluffy slippers, a first that brought tears to my eyes. I will calling my PS today to find out why my stitches must remain till the 20 th. I am good with it if it's beneficial to wound care. I have not had any drainage and my breasts are hard but not too hard, they feel full! I am missing my sewing studio, I am going to attempt some sewing today. My DH has returned to work and it is nice to be on my own today. My appetite has been non existent, but i have cut up some mango this morning with some dates and banana that are calling out to me.

I just knew it was too good to be true.... The dreaded tape removal....

Ok, call me a rebel, trouble seeker....i was just feeling toooooo good today, what can i do to mess this up.? I know, let's remove some paper tape that has been holding my skin together. Albeit some of it especially below my breast were caked with blood and were peeling off anyway....so here goes...i head to my powder room where my petit pot ( small stool) is and i sit on it, with mirror on bathtub and new paper tape to replace the old...3M has a great 1 inch. I am ready, i take it realllll slow, it pinches just a wee bit, great got the first one off, now for the second piece, i note my skin is open and i can see the stitch.....BANG!!!! That is me fainting, I came too on a cold tile floor realizing that this RN who has seen everything just fainted at her own stitch.....Pathetic really, ok we try again....BANG!!!! Fainted again.....That is it, will try another day... Maybe tomorrow, with some pain killers in me, smelling salts, and maybe some vodka,,,,( kidding about the vodka)... Ok, now I am sitting on my lounger with my ipad on my lap, wishing i had just left everything alone..now I am sore....head, breast and yes clearly my common sense left me for a few moments...
Psst no laughing!

I am worn out!

Day 7 and this is what I feel like....I am a graphic designer and I was sketching last evening in my fight against paper tape... My DH came home with surgical wound tray and fixed me all up. Today I am paying for it...sore as can be...thought this might bring a smile or two to those who know exactly what I am talking about..

Let's try this again...

Wrong file, only I could see it...ok, here it is in a jpeg

Day 7 post op! HELLO, EGADS, BOO BOO, EEK, AMEN , GOLLY GEE...

Some of the expletives that came bellowing out of me yesterday! My darling husband came home with a surgical wound tray-to remove all the paper tape that was left behind after a few fainting spells. He thought of everything, set me up with a Tens Unit, ( transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) in other words, a small portable battery operated unit that has you laying pads on your skin whereby the nerve pain gets scrambled and it dulls the pain that you are feeling. In our cases, you place them on the back where your nerve paths are, you turn it on and it gives you wee electrical charges... YOU don't feel pain as much....NOTE I say as much. I also took a couple tylenol, wore an eye mask, so I could not see what he was doing....yeahhh that helped lol. NOT REALLY! ....for over an hour, my DH removed all the tape from my breasts and in between, fainting spells...I was ready for some new tape....Paper Tape by 3M is really good to help in not only the healing of our wound but also the scarring. My DH is from a medical background and he is gentle and patient. He shares with me, that my stitches are healing very well, they are pink, not red, and I have no more discharge. Yeahhhhh. Today, I am very sensitive. My PS did say that after tape is removed, it ouches a bit...ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Ouches....lol So today, I am resting again, trying not to do anything that is going to cause me any more discomfort. I made a promise to my Darling husband I won't be playing nurse again. Ohhhh and I put an email to a large company to query about this bra they have that is pretty amazing for ladies like us...will keep you abreast...lol

p.s not ready to share photos...however I may do up some illustrations of them in the coming days....

10 things I won't miss

I was reflective today....and conclude there is nothing I am going to miss.....

day 15 and tomorrow stitches come out

Sadly I have been not to well since day 8, I was just diagnosed with shingles..The trauma of surgery triggered chicken pox to return. The good news is that it did not choose the same nerve path as in the past ( which was under my left breast to my back) it chose a nerve path in my right arm...For those who have no idea of shingles...it is a virus caused by chicken pox that eats the tops of our nerves which exposes them to feel absolutely everything, ...it is very painful. I am pumped with drugs so that has helped tremendously, however as my grown kids call it ....tripping...oh yeah......been reading about some of your surgeries, successes..and so glad to hear about them...
I think I will feel better after these stitches are out....nighty nite...Mrs S.

Stitches are still in on day whatwver ...

I know I must be feeling better, my sense of humour is returning., post surgrery 3 weeks tomorrow...my ps would not take my stitches out last week in fear i have another shingles break out on a diff't path.... On top of shingles, i broke out from some med to help the shingles....my left face feels like i have lanacaine in it...what a story to tell the grandchildren....NOT....lol The truth is we got the shingles quick enough and treated the worst is behind me... My rash on my face is not getting worst so the hydro cortisone is working....and yogurt...i have been eating so much pro biotics ( i am reg nurse and reg nutritionist) if I thought a bath of greek yogurt would help, i would lay in it till my stiches come out... My DH has been wonderful...the only thing that is going well is my healing, no necrosis, no red areas, just all pink and perky. Don't get me wrong I am still sensitive, still lying on my back, used to be a side sleeper, still can't do that ... Still get up holding my boobs, thinking they are going to open up ... Not a chance...lol I am off all meds...but pssst I have some tylenol 3 and gravol for wed, not taking a chance that i am going to feel anything but a gentle tug....and who cares, i doubt if i will even be awake...btw nurses make the worst patients....thank goodness my husband loves abuse....lol NOT, he is just really patient with me..So for someone who is such a health nut, a lot of good that did me...my family doctor said my body does not like drugs....no kidding...I Knew that...
She has been pretty patient with me, since I have been at the clinic 5 x in a week..
and how are my perky friends...what did I miss? :)

Today the stitches come out....

Off to see PS today, 3 weeks + 1 day, stitches are finally coming out...healing really well despite reaction to meds for shingles... It helps to have a sense of humour..ok we will see if i am still smiling after 2 today. Still boxy, but i don't have any swelling, i think the stitches are keeping them perky at the moment.. What i find most annoying is my stitches are poking through my binder and tops...otherwise I am doing well, shingles have almost cleared up and rash on my face is minimal... On a recommendation of a fellow 3 week BR, I ordered the bras, they re sooooo comfortable....

Keeping you in stitches

wellllllll, snip snip snip snip, that was it....the majority of my stitches will be absorbed by my body. My PS cut some loops and my breast then started to settle...... Although I am a bit sore, he said i can begin showering and moisturizing tomorrow..
As many of you who have had drains, those hurt more....really the removal of stitches is the least pain you will feel. I was told to continue listening to my body and to not overdo it...I guess cartwheels and somersaults will have to wait for another week lol

2 days after sttiches and my nipples are yozi

Okkkkkkk my nipples are soooooo sensitive , i had to get me some pasties....and even with them on , i am still hyper sensitive....tell me , tell me please this too shall pass.lol My wee lady lumps are healing well, however my end of day I am sore...especially along the sides....

OMG I teared....I have teared Lady Lumps.... 1 month today-June 4-July4th, 2013

1 month today Yeah....Never in my wildest dreams, would I have guessed that small lady lumps would have me smiling every day... Who knew?
My PS is hardly traditional which really suits me to a T. He did not believe in surgical bras, he kept telling me "be comfortable" The first 2 weeks, I just wore a flannel binder, so soft and a whole lot comfortable.. I paper taped my incisions and changed them every 5 days for the first 3 weeks. ( ohh you must read about my first attempt lol) . By the 3rd week, after having shingles ( only last 10 days) and reaction to some pain med...( 1 day) Stitches out, which was a breeze....( what I worried about was ridiculous) Drains hurt more...( but only for 5 sec) I have not had one infection, I haven't had any itching...
So what has been my regimen? Each morning I use baby wipes, no scent ones...I wipe my lady lumps, air dry, then I add some Palmer Oil, Vit E, ( many recommended this) This oil has no residue, so it does not stain clothes, has a nice mild scent, and I believe the reason why I have had absolutely no itching and my scarring already is at a minimum. I do this 3 x a day....I avoid salt completely, I have been eating-- OK, lots of yogurt greek style ( 1 container every day...the large one)...( loaded with good bacteria), eat greens every day...been eating lots of pineapple...( bromelain is a great enzyme that aids in digestion and is wonderful for circulation)
I drink at least a litre of filtered water daily, and I bath or shower only every other day....This keep chaffing down... I went from a 34 J to a 34 C, from boxy to tear shaped. I keep peeping into my blouses ( size 6 now from a size 14) and just smile...

I am now wearing BALI revolution, these are amazing...but I only wear them till they begin to feel too tight, that is around 4-5pm each day..then I take it off...We have gym in our home, so I limit myself to only 15 minutes each day on the treadmill...if I do more, they swell and hurt...
I still sleep on my back, I use L shaped pillows to keep me from rolling....I actually find back sleeping very comfortable...who knew..? REGRETS...none...

Like so many of you have shared...the first 2 -3 weeks is like a roller coaster...one lady lump larger than the other, nipples very sensitive, ( ok that is me...and they still are...) I now wear floral pasties...lol LISTEN to your body, TRUST your PS, Be PATIENT, your body heals, your lady lumps will settle, and you will be sighing a whole lot more... Ohhh and don't overdo it EVER....it will set you back a day or two..
MY PS said it takes up to 6 months for our body to completely heal....I believe HIM!

To all those who have had BR, you ROCK!
Dr Peter Young

I like him, always have, knew him from the pharmaceutical industry that I used to work in. Very professional, to the point, no nonsense approach! Like that.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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