Hello I'm back, my surgery date is March 20

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Hello I'm back, my surgery date is March 20
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Fri, 01-20-2012 - 1:28pm

Well I'm back after my last surgery was cancelled by the surgeon!!!

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Sat, 04-07-2012 - 9:46pm
Hi! So great to hear from you. You sound like you are doing very good and are happy (as I knew you would be) with you new girls! Glad it all went well for you. And if your scars seem good noe, give em about 6 months and they will really be invisible. You are lucky as that can be one negative; a lot of the time depending on either the surgeon or the extreme severity of how the surgery is. Clothes finally fitting and yes, I love that your shirts are nw longer!! You will continue to be amazed by different things. Enjoy the new you! Keep in touch as you continue to heal. Be careful to still not overdo it, but ave fun! Nancy :)
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Sat, 04-07-2012 - 7:44pm

Oh my gosh Nancy, I'm so glad to see you were here and thank you for the well wishes!

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Tue, 03-20-2012 - 2:42pm
Well today should be your surgery. I so wanted to give you a good luck message before...sorry, but praying all goes well for you. It will be a few days at least before you get here and can let us know how it all went. Will be anxious to hear your story. Take care... be careful, get plenty of rest and hopefully you will be sending us a happy joyful story about your beautiful new life and smaller girls!!
Nancy :)
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Tue, 02-07-2012 - 10:26am
HI,
Yes, getting the dressings off the next day was a little scary, but I was so happy to be able to shower and feel a little human :)
As long as you don't lift your arms up too much, getting dressed shouldn't be so bad. Just take your time. Leaning forward when you do, will help keep your arms close to you. I did wear the button down shirts and zip hoodies for the first few days, but with careful, trial and error, discovered how to put on all types of tops.
Sleeping wasn't too bad. I made sure and used sheets and blankets on the recliner, not just a throw, and it made if feel more bed like. I had my fave pillows around me also. That was the first week. When I got back in the bed, I just used some assorted sized pillows to kind of prop up myself on my side, so I wasn't really laying on my incisions and so I wouldn't accidentally roll over and/or get poked by the hubby in the middle of the night. Some ladies used those big body pillows.....might want to have one of those on hand if you are a side sleeper.
As far as being the walking dead......I was so freakin alive after that first week!!! To not have back pain, shoulder pain, to be able to walk with my shoulders back, have people say, I looked taller, happier, thinner, etc., well I didn't have time to feel dead!! I tried to eat good, drink plenty of fluids and I walked. No reason you can't walk after the surgery. My 3rd day after I took a 20 minute walk with my neighbor. It was great!! Attitude is so much a part of any recovery. Of course, hopefully you won't be in much pain, and will take the time to listen to your body when it says, I'm tired. Rest is the best. Especially that first week. DOn't be a hero; if you need the pain meds, take them!
BUt most of all, enjoy the new you that will emerge after surgery!! She will be beautiful!!!!!!!!!!

Nancy :)
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Fri, 01-27-2012 - 5:18pm

No kidding you got your dressings removed the next day!?!?

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Fri, 01-27-2012 - 9:55am
You can do anything!! Love the attitude! So glad you got your surgery moved up bit. I am so excited for you and sounds like you are ready and have everything in place with babysitting, driving, washing your hair. Good girl!

I got my dressings removed the day after. That was alittle scary for sure, but all surgeons have their ways. I was also able to take a shower then too, which felt so good. I found that if you bent down forward, you could wash your hair with minimal arm use, kind of keeping them close to your body and putting your head in your hands (if you can picture what I am saying). But if you can get someone else to do, awesome!

Pain.... I would say on a scale from 1-10, the pain was about a 3-4 for me. I was more just uncomfortable and achy. Never felt stabbing pain. I did take percocet the first 2 days, afraid I might have pain, but that made me so loopy and weird, I stopped that and just took Tylenol for about a week, here and there and was fine. Sleeping was a challenge, but I ended up the first week in my sheet covered recliner and it was ok. I was afraid to sleep in bed, as I am side sleeper, but when I did, I just propped pillows around and it was fine.

Remember to take a stool softener, regularly, so you don't have any butt issues :) and you have been through enough there... (glad you are better with that..ugh)

It is so good to hear from you and I can't wait to chat with you once you have had surgery. It is always fun to hear how amazed we are when we see our new boobs. Hallelujah!!

Take care, talk soon!
Nancy :)
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Thu, 01-26-2012 - 11:21pm

Thank you both!

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Wed, 01-25-2012 - 11:06am
Thank for the positive post! So glad to hear you are loving your girls. It truly is a life changing surgery, isn't it?
I can totally relate to all that you went through after surgery; the driving, the desk job, the soreness, the holes (ugh). But like you said, it heals, and everything works out and yes, I believe stress is one of the culprits in so much of healing, in many ways.
Love your great attitude !
Nancy :)
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Wed, 01-25-2012 - 11:03am

Hi!

Oh my gosh, welcome back! Glad to hear from you and sorry that, once again, your surgery has to be rescheduled. Hopefully the surgeon will keep this date and before you know it, you will be a new girl!! Keep your chin up and positive thoughts going in the next weeks. Sounds like you have a lot of pain that is only increasing, from your 'boobage'. With large breasts, we usually have back issues, which also affects our core, which then affects everything, i.e.hips, legs, feet, as we can't get around and exercise easy. Even just a good walk can help. The surgery will definitely help with a lot of that and then when you can get more active, exercise will help, hopefully, with the rest of it. I will keep my fingers crossed for you. It will take a while to get everything back in shape, but you should notice an instant relief in some areas. I know people told me right away that I looked taller. I guess without all that weight, my shoulders sprung back!! LOL!

As far as that first week or so....you really have to be so careful with overdoing it. Anything that uses your arms in any kind of a motion is kind of a no no for the first week. Sorry to say....You don't realize how much of your chest area and underarm area is affected by the surgery and then the arm movements. I went back to driving about a week and a half and surgery and believe me, I felt it. You just have to be careful. I also did go back to work then and was sore from that. I have an office job and even typing on the computer uses all those muscles..crazy ~

Hopefully you can get a good support group in place, at least for that first week. It will all work out somehow; try not to stress too much.

Stay in touch as you continue to wait. I will keep you in my prayers that March 20th is THE day!!!!

Nancy :)

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Fri, 01-20-2012 - 4:09pm

Hi Cagrl!

Congrats on your upcoming surgery! Wow, what an ordeal you went through the first time! That must have been very frustrating and disappointing!:smileymad: March 20 will be here before you know it and you will be out of pain and able to get around easier.