Goodbye Drain! Hello Shower!

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I had my post-op appointment with the plastic surgeon yesterday and the first thing they did was remove my drain!  Thank goodness!!  It’s so nice to be able to shower and not have to worry about wearing shirts that hide the lumpy drain.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting to come out of surgery looking worse that I did when I went in.  I am more misshapen now than I was with the expander fully filled.  There is too much skin now and a pucker in the top.  So there’s more work to be done, but I guess it will have to wait ’til after radiation.  I go back in in 3 weeks to talk about future plans.

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Another Surgery Done

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My day in 20 sentences…

  1. Another surgery is done.
  2. It went well.
  3. I had no anxiety before (or after).
  4. Praising God for another uneventful procedure on this journey.
  5. I have a new and improved body part.
  6. It looks worse now than when I left the house this morning.
  7. I have another drain.
  8. I’m wearing my surgical camisole to hide it AGAIN!!!
  9. My breast has an indent from the suction of the drain (temporarily).
  10. My chest, left shoulder and abdomen are colored from iodine.
  11. I can’t shower ’til the drain is out. (Can you hear me crying????????????????)
  12. While I hate my short hair, I am yet again thankful for it. (See #11.)
  13. I am not feeling itchy after surgery!!!!!!
  14. Dinner smells really, really good simmering in the kitchen. 🙂
  15. Tom and I talked about work.
  16. I played many games of 2048 on my phone.
  17. I took a nap.
  18. Tom and the girls are playing Wii while I rest in bed.
  19. I’ve taken 4 Tylenol since I’ve been home.
  20. I’m tired and having hot flashes.

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The Night Before Surgery

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Before we talk about surgery . . .

I still have all my fingernails and toenails after my manicure and pedicure yesterday.  I’m sure you were all losing sleep worrying about that, so I just wanted to let you know that first thing.  🙂  Now that my fingers and toes are pretty, I’m ready for surgery.

Last night I celebrated with friends!  We celebrated chemo being over, my good PET scan results and just getting as far as I have in this fight.  We had dinner, chatted, prayed and just enjoyed being together.  I am so thankful for these ladies (and many others) who have helped in so many ways the past 6 months! (more…)

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