51 Years Old, Bf 3 Children, Athletic, 34AA, 5'7", 126 Lbs, Silicone...It's ME Time!! - Reno, NV
I have wanted this since puberty. The family joke...
My background info...
What's been happening these past 10 days...time has flown!!
MARCH 26- DAY 1 POST--first post op visit...holy cow...an 18 wheeler just hit! I was so uncomfortable, turns out I was under medicating....silly me! Upped the pain killers to 1.5 tablets every 4.5 hours and I was fine. Dr. said she expects fantastic results from what she saw immediately when they sat me up....however I lament I am grossly disfigured and 380 cc way are too big!!! I was assured it was swelling and that I will be pleasantly happy in due time. Got the okay to shower tomorrow...yippee! In between the long naps and pill popping I managed to get in a few walks around the house with the help of my loving and adorable husband. Being constipated makes everything seem worse!
MARCH 27- DAY 2 POST--feeling better medicated, still swollen and tight. Slept lots and prepared a 'prepared' lunch for hubby (and myself) as a thank you for taking such good care of me. Showered with his help and felt refreshed. Still sleeping upright in the recliner and taking long naps. Alternating between 1.5 and 1 pain pills throughout the day.
MARCH 28- DAY 3 POST--Up and about for longer periods and took a short stroll outside--so nice to be outside in the sunshine and fresh air! Still very bloated and constipated (drinking lots of fluids and taking stool softeners and laxatives). Tried to sleep in the bed but can't yet. Lots of gurgling an sloshing of fluids in chest and upper abdomen. This is a good sign:) Nothing much else to report-life is pretty much R&R.
MARCH 29- DAY 4 POST--Off all meds except antibotics....what a relief!! And, bowels are back to normal :) Got the 'milk coming in' syndrome, feels comforting to lightly stroke them and there's no loss of sensation which I am very pleased about. Incisions are a little tender but that's expected. Still swollen but they look like they've dropped a bit. Took 2 short strolls outside while hubby did yard work. First time I really used my arms--peeled some carrots and no naps today. Back to eating solids. Sleeping upright is becoming uncomfortable but I can't sleep in the bed. Starting to dislike nighttime big time! Life resting is getting a bit boring.
MARCH 30- DAY 5 POST--Feeling a lot better but took a short nap today. Milk is in---oh yah, as are the zingers and muscle tenderness in the chest. Washed hair, in the tub, and that was a feat!!! It's hard being a couch-potato but slow is good.
MARCH 31-DAY 6 POST--1 week follow-up today and feeling fabulous. Got sutures snipped, nurse provided massage instructions, a little bruising has become visible, overall mild discomfort. Still taking it very easy.
APRIL 1-DAY 7 POST--A great day with just a little discomfort, totally bearable however. Made cookies to stave off boredom and went for a longer stroll then vegged around on the couch and computer.
APRIL 2, 3 & 4-DAYS 8, 9 & 10--Ouch! Was not a happy camper and was on tylenol intermittently. Between morning boob and night boob, insomnia and not sleeping from discomfort (my body can't sleep in the recliner anymore nor can I sleep in bed) I was ready to get them cut out!!! But they've dropped and are looking better and more signs of bruising is visible. Mid-day I usually switch from the supported tube Marena bra dr. provided and wear a light support bra for comfort, then return to the support bra at night. I am so thankful that hubby is very supportive and loving and is taking such good care of me, always asking if I'm okay, needing something and telling me not to overdo it, which of course I am not and won't...there's too much at risk. Days are lazy and I wonder if I can get used to this!
Feeling Fabulous Today--Amazing what sleep does to you!!! Post day 11
2 weeks...things are getting better, slowly
Okay, I confess, I'm not a sitter; I'm a doer and usually very active. Since the surgery I've been laying low but how much really does one cut back on? I've read how some gals are back in their groove by day 5 and others by day 10.
I'm not back at work yet (and absolutely die if I was) but I'm doing things around the house like I normally would less lifting, pulling, pushing, reaching and feel this should be acceptable but somehow its not....cause I don't feel that I'm making the progress I should be. Am I just being an overachiever and expecting a lot? Is this something other's felt? It would be good to know.
I saw the dr yesterday and things are good. Bruising is normal. I'm still a wee bit swollen and the nurse showed me a different massage technique that differed from that another nurse showed me at my 1 week post-op. Isn't it interesting how there are so many varied opinions on this topic?
Sleep is getting better and I'm super grateful for that. I'm anxious to get outside and go for a real walk instead of taking strolls but I know its important to keep the heart rate down as I'm not out of the woods for a potential hematoma.
I'm looking forward to more results and posting changes in the coming days/weeks....its pretty cool looking and reading about other people's progress, it's only far that I pay it forward :)
Slept in this last night...
things are getting better...:)
got the go ahead
good days and bad....guess you just go with the flo
ugh, when??? I just can't wait...
day 50, 7 weeks...omg!!
they have become even and softened....if that's what you call it. today while driving (yip, I'm squeezin' these girls every chance i get) I'm feeling them and now I can differentiate between muscle and implant!! yippee. the day has come. they look lower and feel a whole lot better. incisions are still sensitive and i still switch out bras and sometime even go braless!!! (yes, I'm aware of the mixed beliefs out there.) back to hot yoga 3-4/week and doing cardio like crazy. life looks like its back to normal....thank goodness! :) fyi: still not into a real, underwire yet. I'm holding out for the babes to settle and incisions to really heal. heck, I've waited this long, why rush it! ps, they're still a lot bigger than i expected.....and look a whole lot bigger unclothed!!! pss, it's fun masking them.
feeling a whole lot better but they're still HUGE when naked :)
okay I'm actually post 9.5 weeks but haven't taken recent pics....note to self to get on my game...feeling a whole lot better. i can wear bras now without that prickly all over sensation and there's no great urge to rush home to switch out. nips are always on 'high'and he loves that....and slightly padded bras are my friend....i now understand why big girls where them! (I used to mock my daughter for wearing them...yikes) the girls don't like to be squished so i can't tolerate anything tight for long....anyone else feeling the same? unfortunately for me I'm not liking a lot of my former clothes and am very selective in what i wear. my husband and I joked this weekend that I need 3 sets of clothing (instead of 2): 'professional/career', 'his' and 'hers'. He loves my new look but I'm still on the fence, hence the 'hers'. Having gone through my closets, I have realized many old clothes just don't suit my new look hence I'm donating them. Maybe I'm just too self conscious but some clothing just make me 'vavoom', he says not ;). There's no point in me holding onto stuff I won't wear.
I'm back to regular work outs 3-5 x weekly and feeling great!
I'm still sleeping in my marena support bra with silicone sheets (I love the security it gives me) and massaging daily. Some how I feel like I'm the only one who does this ?!#$*?? but I'm okay with that....they get in the way when rolling over :)
vs semi annual sale---dropped a dime!
the girls were super helpful and very complimentary even though the store was super busy.
starting to really love these gals!!! ;)
its been 13 weeks....and.....
sorry friends...life got me busy. i'm doing well. the gals have healed nicely and I can honestly say for the most part i don't know they are there. i get the occasional zinger or discomfort on the crease every so often but other than that we're all good.
i do wonder about how others are softening. mine are still a bit hard-ish. i can grab them and squeeze them and they're rather mushy but still firm. my daughter (who came by her's naturally) touched mine and said they were hard but not as hard as a girl who let her feel hers at some bar. when i touched my daughter's they were so mushy and jiggly almost too jiggly. so, i need to ask others....just how soft are yours? i'm trying to think of a reference point for comparison purposes but can't think of things that are hardish and softish.
i'm still massaging but not as faithful as i was because i began to get concerned with pushing them down too far...think i still have a ways to go though. but i do it at least 3x a day. what about you? are you girls still massage post 10+ weeks?
overall i still think i'm on the big side and am conscientious about them so i downplay them at work but happy to be off for the summer and hoping to give these girls the breathing space they deserve. i'm guessing i'll be able to make my decision about sizing come autumn.
see my PS next week for photos and a post op.
keep in touch friends!
cheers to 6.5 months post!!!
One Year Update
Dr. T. McCormack was professional, honest and informative. After asking my needs and answering many questions she addressed possible manufactures and suggested appropriate sizes. She spoke about the procedure using diagrams from the vectra imaging simulator and personal software and spoke about incision types, pre and post procedures. What impressed us most was she gave additional attention to what outcome I desired and what would be medically feasible which proved she has high patient integrity. Her staff are also very professional, organized, friendly (yet not intrusive), and real (you know 'did she, didn't she?')! This made my husband and I very comfortable as we are the kind of people who believe in the 'keep them guessing' principle. We visited her twice for consults (about a year apart) and were satisfied both times. It was clear to us that she and her staff are patient minded rather $$ driven which is not what we experienced at the 3 other local PS offices. Her outpatient state of the art onsite facility is outstanding as was her support medial staff. From booking to surgery to post-operative care, all of my needs were met promptly and with compassion by skilled professionals. We highly recommend Dr. McCormack. She is a caring, skilled, professional, and an accredited plastic surgeon with the knowledge and expertise you want when getting your look enhanced and confidence restored.