My husband has been so funny about this surgery! He's always been an ass man, but he said my boobs were the first ones to make him be more of a boob man, haha. He said goodbye to them the night before surgery and I joked to one of my friends that he was going through all of the stages of grief. I've been worried that he won't like them as much after surgery but he said he will because they're on me, awwe. He tole me the morning of the surgery that they're so fun to play with, like a pair of SLINKIES!! Is that freakin hysterical?!
Of all of the nerves and anxiety I've had over the past month or so, the day before surgery and the day of surgery I was the most calm. I don't know if anyone else got these, but I had some medical wipes that came 2 to a pack that I was to wipe down with 2 hours after the shower with liquid Dial the night before. One wipe for all over my body and one wipe for just the surgical area. When I was trying to go to sleep my skin was kind of burning, it was the feeling like when you get a facial and the stuff on your skin burns. I took a klonopin and went to sleep. I got up yesterday morning and cleaned my house a little more, took my antibiotic with a sip of water, wiped down with the second set of two wipes, then left the house at about 10am. We got to the surgery center at about 10:45 (had to be there at 11) and they took me right back. My husband offered to stay but I knew he had to get some work done so I told him to go. I had to get completely naked except for white compression socks that looked adorable with my pink toes :) and a gown that tied in back. They had some magazines in there so I wasn't just staring at the walls. The nurse asked me a bunch of questions, repeated instructions I already heard, etc. She tried to get an IV in and that was an epic fail. She numbed it first, not sure why bc when she stuck the IV needle in it hurt so freakin bad I felt it in my toes. So of course that didn't work. She called in a different nurse, she had me lie down, squeeze my hand a bunch, did the numbing shot again, then got the IV in (opposite arm as the first). I think I thanked nurse # 2 like twenty times! They were giving me fluids through the IV so I asked about peeing and if I'd have a catheter. She said she didn't know since my surgery was right on the cusp of the timeframe to need one. I wanted to get up to pee before surgery if I wasn't going to have one! I told her my fear was being nauseous after surgery and needing to throw up. TMI alert, ever since I had my daughter I have a hard time fully holding my bladder when I puke really hard. The nurse said, "oh we've had that happen to people a bunch of times" and I was like, "well I don't want to be one of them!". Dr. Mobley came in and marked me all up, he joked that he was all warmed up for me after his last surgery, which was the same as mine. He said he was ready for me, just needed to eat. I told him to go have a good lunch to get his strength up. The nurse asked him about the catheter and he said he'd probably go ahead and do it, but I'd never know I had it done. I told him about my husband mourning the loss of my big playful slinkies, and he said in a few weeks he promised he wouldn't miss them at all!
The anesthesiologist came in next, he asked me a few questions, then told the nurse to go ahead and give me "the cocktail". They started that then wheeled me into the OR. I remember talking to the nurses about what size I was going to be, they didn't know bc there was a stack of boxes for him to choose from. I also remember asking them about the catheter and apologizing that they had to get all up into my junk! They thought that was funny and said they've been in worse junk than mine. When I woke up I think the first thing I said was that I was thirsty. The nurse (it was nurse # 2 from the IV) gave me a little cup of water then helped me stand up because I needed to go to the bathroom. She got me dressed really fast then scooted me out to my husband waiting downstairs. I couldn't be annoyed with her for it because she saved my ass with that IV and it was 5:30pm. Dr. Mobley anticipated I would be done at 3:30 and awake and ready to go by 4:30. I'm not sure if he took longer with the surgery or if I took longer to wake up.
The ride home wasn't bad, I put a pillow and a puke bucket in the truck but my husband came to pick me up with a different car. While I was waking at the surgery center up he ran to Macy's and bought me a pillow for the ride home. I don't remember much of the ride home but it didn't seem long. He kept talking to me, then later that night he told me again all the stuff he told me in the car, I was like "what??". At home I ate a few saltines, took a pain pill, and got in the recliner. I'm surprised but I was able to sleep a little. I think my husband gave me another pain pill during that time but I requested goldfish instead of saltines, getting all picky on him! The main pain I felt was my throat from being intubated (I guess?) and the center of my chest. Incisions didn't hurt so bad, just kinda like pressure and stinging on my boobs and in my underarms (that's where I had lipo). But I'm telling you, the chest pain and sore throat really sucked. It hurt so bad to inhale but I had to keep doing it. I had some cough drops, a popsicle, and lots of ice water that seemed to help my throat a little. I watched TV until about midnight in bed then took a pill and went to the recliner to sleep. I actually slept ok, only got up once and that was to pee. My husband has been wonderful, if not slightly overbearing. He had a physical therapy appt this morning from his shoulder surgery and he had our friend come over to babysit me since our daughter was at school. I wasn't too happy about that but didn't want him to cancel his PT appt. And he would've too, if I didn't let our friend come over. I had the post-op appt today at 12:40, I got myself dressed in Miss Me capris, whire compression socks, and a short sleeved zip up hoodie. I put some makeup on and pinned my bangs back I felt kinda greasy. My husband told me I looked cute and said I seem happier and look 5 years younger. Awwe, so now I look 31 instead of 36, ya'll! I didn't see Dr. Mobley at the office because he was in surgery but the nurse unwrapped the tape under my arms where lipo was and took the taped gauze off. She put some padding under my arms to kind of compress the lipo areas and put new gauze on, just inside the bra, no tape. I can take a shower today but I'll leave the steri strips on the nips. Pat dry or blow dry on a low setting after shower. This was the first time I saw them! This was also the first time I learned the size he used, 339 CC's. He originally expected to use 275's. I thought they looked good despite the swelling and just a little bruising. Yesterday my hubs said they looked smaller but I think he liked em today. I have kept reminding him that they're swollen and will change a lot. Dr. Mobley didn't do a full anchor, the nurse called it something else, I can't remember, but there is still an incision at the crease, just a really short one. And that was only on leftie, which was saggier. Rightie just has a vertical incision. I told him beforehand to do whatever he needed to do to get the best results. We're supposed to fly to Knoxville next Friday to look at places and properties, and Friday is when my next appt is supposed to be. I talked to two different nurses and they said I have to be a "princess" on the flight and the trip. No pulling or lifting any bags, no packing my own bags, wear the compression socks, walk around on the plane (it's only a 1 1/2 hr flight), and not exert too much energy. I'll go in next Thursday instead of Friday so I can get checked out. They said I could be at risk of internal bleeding and don't want to end up in a hospital in TN where they have no idea what was done to me. That all puckered my husband up a little bit, he said maybe we should cancel, or we could rent a one way car, drive there and fly home OR he could just go with our daughter. But, get this, he said if he flew there with our daughter then there would be no one here to watch me. What?! Watch me do WHAT a whole week after surgery? It's sweet though. I only took tylenol this morning, but I took a pain pill a few hours ago. The nurse said I would feel like supergirl today because I still have anesthesia in my system but I still need to take it easy. I've been icing and trying to get up and move when I can, usually it's when I have to go to the bathroom. Lots of peeing today and I'm up 5 lbs on the scale. The nurse said she tells everyone to avoid scales and mirrors the first few days, should've listened. I hope everyone is healing well and happy with their boobies!