Surgery Friday....a little freaked out..

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Surgery Friday....a little freaked out..
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Tue, 09-06-2011 - 10:37am

Hi All! I am new here. I am 39 and a mother of an 8 year old daughter and an almost 3 year old son. I have wanted a BR for YEARS. I am 5'3 and 40DDD.. Since I have had my son my breasts have gotten even saggier and my posture and back are paying the price. I went for a consult about 4 years ago and the insurance did not pay....very discouraging. I recently went to my new Dr for my well check up and told her about my back pain and she suggested that I try again, she was very surprised the insurance had denied me. I have a new insurance company now so I decided to give it a shot. She referred me to a PS here in Fort Worth and the consult was very exciting. He explained the procedure and what to expect...they submitted paper work to the insurance and in less than 3 weeks they called me telling me I was approved! (Last Monday) Now I am scheduled for surgery this Friday. All this happened in less than a month, my head is spinning. The great thing is I don't have to pay even 1.00 out of pocket. I have absolutely NO excuse not to get this done. I am a bit nervous, however. I guess it is normal.

My doctor told me in the consult that I would need about two

Melissa Fort Worth, TX
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Wed, 09-07-2011 - 4:23pm
Mine was also outpatient. I kind of wish I could have stayed overnight, just would have felt better. I was kind of loopy and such for the that first night and my family was very nervous. But it worked out ok. Sleeping is hard to figure out at first. I slept the first week in my recliner. Then I just used lots of little pillows here and there to prop on in bed. You figure it out eventually. A big long bed pillow works good for side sleeping after a week or two.

Nancy :)
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Thu, 09-08-2011 - 5:10pm
Thanks Nancy! I had not thought about typing bothering things but now that you mention it it makes sense. I will just play it by ear and if I have to leave early, so be it. :) It is great to hear your story...I really needed that today. I am nervous, can't believe this time tomorrow the surgery will be over (well, hopefully!). I COMPLETELY agree with you about the constipation. When I had my c-section I did not realize I needed to take stool softeners. I was really stopped up to the point it was painful...that was worse than the c-section and I NEVER want to go through that again! I am definitely going to take stool softeners immediately to make sure that does not happen again. I am not really nervous about the recovery as much as I am being put under for so long! Ahhh!

SO glad to hear everyone say they have no regrets...I cannot wait to not have this back/neck/shoulder pain anymore and to be able to be more even more active. :)
Melissa Fort Worth, TX
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Thu, 09-08-2011 - 5:11pm
I kind of wish I was staying overnight too...I think it would make me feel a little more at ease...Oh well! I will keep you updated on things.
Thanks! Melissa
Melissa Fort Worth, TX
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Tue, 09-13-2011 - 12:31am
Surgery went well. The pain has been a bit worse for me than I expected. Saturday and yesterday were really rough but today was much better. I am now just taking Tylenol and am moving around a lot more. I have been sleeping in the recliner. I feel like they are still too big but I am sure I am really swollen and I know there is a lot of gauze. The doctor said he ended up taking out 3 lbs and he thinks I should be a full c cup... I hope he is right. I go back for my post op appt on Thurs so I guess I will see the new girls then. Excited and nervous....what a roller coaster this has been!!
Melissa Fort Worth, TX
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Tue, 09-13-2011 - 6:40am

How restricted have you been in what you could do?

 

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CL-ladybug987

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Tue, 09-13-2011 - 10:11am
Wahoo!!! And welcome to the 'pack' or as they used to say here, when I first had mine done, was Over The Rainbow!! Sorry to hear about the pain, but glad its lessening for you. You will be swollen for quite a while, so be patient with yourself. Also, they will not be the nice round girls right away....many of us describe them as kind of football shaped for the first few weeks. But then the swelling goes down and they take their beautiful new shape. I will be anxious to hear what you think when you first see them. My best friend went with me to my unveiling appointment and couldn't believe, despite the stiches and all, how amazing they looked. She was so happy for me, and then when the doctor gave me the mirror, I wanted to cry. Tears of joy, for sure!
Make sure and take it easy, don't overuse your arms, stretch or reach too high, life anything too heavy and try to get as much rest as you can. I can assume you didn't go back to work yet?

Nancy :)
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Wed, 09-14-2011 - 12:02am
Hi all, thanks so much for the replies! As for how restricted I have been... One word..very. I have been so lucky to have my husband taking very good care of things as well as my mother and mother in law have been staying here helping out. With getting my daughter off to school, homework, etc and chasing my 2 year old around I have been very grateful for the
help. Today is day 4 post op and I feel sooo much better now. I am on only Tylenol and have finished my antibiotic. Since the surgery I have been sleeping in the recliner and it has worked out pretty well. Today I was able to take a nap in my bed which felt so good so I will start sleeping there again tomorrow. Tomorrow my MIL leaves and goes back home as well as my mom so it will get fun then...I feel ready, though. I was able to take a bath today which felt great but I can't shower until after my appt on Thurs.

Nancy, thanks so much for your welcome and encouraging words! I am so happy that I was able to get this done, I have wanted and needed it for so long. I have already peeked at the new girls by peeking down my dressing...can't believe how high the nipples are! I am so excited! I was thinking they were still so big but I felt just how much gauze I have and there is a ton.... I think the size is going to be just perfect! I will definitely let you know how the full reveal goes. My hubby will be going with me to the appt. I think he may be more excited than I am lol. Tomorrow I have an appt with my hairdresser to get my hair washed and a blow out...that way I will be ready for work onThurs and don't have to worry about doing my hair for a couple days. My appt Thurs is at 9 and I plan on going to work after the appt and Friday. We will see if I make it through the day or have to leave early...will let you all know. I am definitely taking it easy and not doing anything strenuous...being very cautious. Hope you have a great night!
Melissa Fort Worth, TX
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Wed, 09-14-2011 - 3:12pm
Sounds like you are doing great, and I am so happy for you! It is really crazy how high the nipples seem when you first see them. Used to be, for me anyway, they were pointing south and huge. Now they point straight ahead and are just the right size. Can't wait to hear what you think. Sounds like you are being very smart about your recovery, good to hear! Overdoing it can lead to some small complications, like openings in the stitches, etc. So that is a really good reason to be careful with lifting and using your arms. I developed a small opening and while it didn't hurt, it was just tedious work to take care of it for the 10 days it took to heal shut. Be careful picking your 2 year old. As hard as that is, it will be awhile before you should do that.
Also glad to hear your hubby is excited about this!!! Mine was too but was unable to go with me to the unveiling. So was he ever surprised when he got his first look at home without distractions. He could see how happy I was with the results and now he says more than a handful is a waist and has not once flinched at the cost of my Victoria Secrets bra collection!! LOL!
Lucky you, able to sleep in your bed so soon. I think I was just scared to, since I am a side sleeper. Sure is nice when you finally can though!!
Stay in touch and keep us updated on your progress!

Nancy :)
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Wed, 09-14-2011 - 5:20pm

I appreciate your updates so much!

 

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CL-ladybug987

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Wed, 09-14-2011 - 5:33pm
That was a challenge for me. I either had someone do it or I just climbed out of it. A little tricky but figured out how to do it with minimum effort. Do some trial runs now before your surgery. Try some different techniques. Good luck with everything you have going on so you can face the surgery relaxed and ready!!

Nancy :)