I haven’t posted too many pictures here on the blog, mainly because of lack of energy and/or time. I know heading into my surgery I was curious about what this was going to be like. I knew I would have drains and these things that would slowly release pain med over a few days. I had no idea what that would be or look like.
It hasn’t been as bad as I expected. I have more range of motion that I anticipated having, that’s not to say I’m anywhere near normal but I could wash my hair if I needed to but showers are a no-go for now, I’m hoping my plastic surgeon will clear me for careful showers today. There’s quite a bit of pain, especially if I haven’t moved much, getting in and out of bed is tricky though it is made easier by our bed being very high off the floor. The stairs in our home haven’t been awful, but the meds I’m on mean I need to “proceed with caution” Matt generally tries to chaperone me.
Now for the appearance side of things. My plastic surgeon was almost like a child on Christmas, he was very pleased with how the incisions look and how my “breasts” appear. I’ve seen the incisions and I didn’t pass out which is noteworthy given my experience with my first informed consent of this entire process. I have some pictures below (NOT of the incisions) that show my super haute fashion surgical bra, the drains (we call them blood grenades), and the OnQ pain pump. I’m sharing these because I was curious and that’s normal and healthy. Breast cancer is a big deal and it affects thousands of women, many of whom we know personally. Any women that has a mastectomy (single or double) will have a similar set-up to me. This is about information and sharing what this experience has been and is like for me. My hope is that this is a help to someone, just as sharing this is a way for me to process through all these changes.
NOTE: if you are sqeamish and don’t do well with medical stuff or blood, feel free to skip the pics. :)
So that’s it. I hope this has been or will be a help and encouragement to someone.
Love, Hope, and Laughter!!