Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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Don't say I didn't warn you!!!!

Here I am at day 5 out of my PBM and I'm feeling pretty good considering what I've been through. I am tired and sleep a lot but I blame a lot of that on the lovely cocktail of pharmaceuticals they have me on!

Of course I was a nervous wreck on surgery day...the thing I dread the most is the IV. I have small veins and they always have a difficult time putting the IV in. I had the same lab tech and pre-op nurse as I had for my hysterectomy. I thought that was kind of strange, but was also a little comforting.

I saw Dr. Temple around 9:45 just before I was going into surgery. She quickly marked me up and then we were good to go. Surgery went very well. It was scheduled from 10:00am - 1:00pm but I was out and awake by 12:30pm. I did have to stay in recovery until about 5:00, but I did come home that night. DH had me home by 7:30.

These expanders will sure take some getting used to and they definitely feel like I have waterwings stuck up under my arm pits!!! 100cc was put in the expanders at surgery, so I'm not totally flat...and these puppies do sit high...I can only imagine what they'll be like as I fill up!

I'm going to post photos as I progress. Just a warning, you may find these images to be personal, graphic and contain partial nudity. Don't let the Franken-boobs scare you!!!

These were taken on the day of surgery, July 17, 2009, just after we got home from London. I still have the gauze on.

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After two visits with home care, I now only have the steri-strips on the incisions and no more gauze. The home care nurse said the incisions are perfect.

The following were taken July 21, 2009, day 4 after surgery. Aren't those drains lovely? They are scheduled to come out on the 23rd. I can't wait!

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That's about it for now. I'm in the lazing around recovery stage and am enjoying it. I'll update later!


Tao's Mommy said...

WOW..Shari!!! I'm sure once you get those darn tubes out you will feel much better. The healing however is looking great. Hopefully your feeling good. Take care and thanks for the update!!

Vicki said...

Yes, I have to agree with Kim the tubes being gone will be a relief...they are keeping the area fluid-free? I can see that the expanders are expanding but I don't know anything about those...they are under the muscle? Do you pump them yourself? It looks sore and extremely uncomfortable to are a brave young woman. Will you have the nipples tattoed on later? I can't remember if you mentioned that before. Please take it easy and rest.

Lisa said...

Hey Shari,

So glad to hear that you're doing well. Your incisions look fantastic! You'll have such minor scars from those you lucky thing.

Fabulous tattoo's too by the way :)

Keep up the good progress, lots of rest x x x

Dennis Pyritz, RN said...

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Take care, Dennis

l'optimiste said...

amazing! you really are. and all the healing looks the tats :o)

oh and hello Dennis! we certainly get around the world with this blogging lark.

I am going to refer a friend of mine to your blog Shari, she is having the BRCA tests, as her Mum had ovarian cancer etc etc. I think you will be a great strength for her.

I hope you heal really quick, and I hope you are ok