Monday, September 3, 2012

Phone Photo Fun - Surgery Edition

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So most of you know I had the BIG surgery on Tuesday! 

Monday I made last minute preparations at work to be out a week and got really giddy when I got this email from my mom... 


It really didn't seem real until that point. 

After work, I picked up all my meds at the pharmacy and I enjoyed my last night at home without surgical pain for awhile. 

Tuesday morning I was a huge ball of nerves. Of course I took a picture of my bra... the last time I will ever put that big of a bra on!!! And then I made John take a before picture of me. 





We had to be at the surgery center at 10am. My mom left Ft. Worth early that morning so she made it to the surgery center at the same time we did. They put me in a room with a heated bed, relaxing music and just told me to try to relax until they came in. The nurse came in, started my IV, started fluids, got me in a gown and then I waited. 





The doctor finally came in and marked all over me and discussed our final plans for surgery. The nurse came back in, gave me some medicine to relax me and then the Nurse Anesthetist walked me back to the OR!

I remember them putting some things on my legs and then putting the mask on my face and the next thing I remember, I'm in a recovery room telling the nurse I need to pee. haha. 

John and I my mom came in and honestly I don't really remember much from the rest of that day. I don't really remember any pain except being uncomfortable from the tight dressing they put on me. 



I had to pretty much stay in the recliner once I got home. That's where I've been sleeping at night too. I have to sleep in a semi-up right position to decrease swelling. It was really hard to get in and out of the recliner the first few nights. My mom slept down on the couch with me and I had to have her help me get up every time I needed. The kitties were so sweet and cuddled me too :)



The next day I had my first post op appointment and got the big bulky dressing taken off. Everyone in the office raved about how good my boobs looked for the first day. It was such a relief to get the dressing off. They showed me how to clean and take care of the incisions and put me in something like a sports bra that I have to wear for 2 weeks. It was unreal to look down and not see huge saggy boobs anymore. It still doesn't seem like they are MY boobs. We went out to dinner that night at a little place by our house and surprisingly I felt good! I really didn't have any incisional pain at all. The doctor did some liposuction on my back and armpits (YAY!) and that was where I had the most pain. Mainly just soreness. I'm trying to keep up with before and after pics so I can really see the difference. 





Thursday my mom helped me shower, got my incisions all bandaged up and then we went for a mani/pedi, went to lunch, then went to look at stuff for making the bachelorette party invitations. I over did it that day. It's crazy how just doing a little can really take a toll on you after surgery. The rest of the day I rested, my mom made dinner and then it was bed time. 

Friday I had another doctors appointment at 11am. They looked at my boobs again, and still raved about how good they look for being so soon after surgery. 
And just a little side story about the appointment... My mom's earlobe is ripped from wearing large earrings. The doctor was in the room looking at me and she said, "So do you do ear lobes?" He went over and looked at her ear and said "yeah, want me to fix it now?" So, my mom ended up in the surgery chair that day getting her ear fixed too! It only took like 10 minutes and her ear is all sewn up :) 


After the appointment we went to eat lunch and went to finish up buying stuff at Hobby Lobby for the bachelorette party invitations. Friday was the first day I actually felt good and not totally worn out! 

John had made reservations for us to go to dinner at Ruth Chris for dinner for Houston Restaurant Week with my mom and his parents so it was nice to get out and have a nice dinner! My mom helped me shower and fixed my hair :) I had a hard time deciding what to wear because 1. I have bad bruising all over my arms and back and 2. I have to wear a sports bra. 

I ended up going with this dress..


And seriously, check out this before and after in the same dress...


CRAZY!!! 

My mom also bought me my first pretty bra. I can't put it on yet because of the underwire, but I had to atleast pretend... 


It's a C cup from Victoria's Secret! Which is what I had told the doctor I wanted :) 
I can't wait to wear it for real!

My mom left Saturday morning and I was really sad. She helped me so much much during the week while John was busy working and I really wouldn't have been able to do it without her her. And I know John appreciated her being here too so he didn't have to do all the fresh bandage changes :) 

After she left, I rested and slept most of the day. 





Saturday night was the first Texas Tech football game so we went to a friends house to watch it. John helped me shower and even had to help comb my hair because I can't lift my arms enough yet to put it back in a pony tail. He is doing such a great job taking care of me since my mom left :)


Saturday night I got back in my recliner and John stayed downstairs with me until he fell asleep :)


I snuggled my kitties until I fell asleep. I'm going to attempt move to the bed tonight and just prop myself up on pillows. I hate not being able to sleep next to John even though I know he's probably enjoying having the bed to himself ;) 



And here's another side view pic on Sunday. I can really tell a huge difference in my tank tops!


So, as far as what's left of the recovery, I go back on Tuesday to get my stitches out and I guess they will tell me more details about restrictions. I can go back to work on Tuesday but I am still sore so I know I won't be able to lift anything heavy. I have to wear their surgical sports bra until next Tuesday and then have to go to a regular bra with no underwire for another 4 weeks. They are definitely still swollen and abnormally shaped and different sizes. The swelling should go down within a few months and I will be able to tell exactly what they will look like. The scarring of course will always be there, but it will gradually get less and less visible. They made incisions around my areola (and made it smaller) then went vertical down my breast and then around the bottom. So it really looks like an anchor. 


If any of you have any questions or want to see pictures or anything, just let me know. I've been really open about showing them off because, honestly, they don't really feel like MY boobs. In the past I've always been so modest about them, but now I just cant believe these are mine. 

I know my life is going to change SO much over the next few months. It will definitely be an adjustment with trying to find new clothes, bras and swim suits, but I can't wait. It is going to be worth every penny and every ounce of pain I felt!

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29 comments:

Brooke said...

I am glad everything turned out well for you! You look great!

=)

Brooke

The Underwood's said...

Ha! I had to laugh when you said they don't feel like yours anymore! I feel the same way still 10 years later! Also get lots of Palmer's cocoa butter for the scaring and put it on religiously. You can barely see my scarring except for one spot and it's great! You look wonderful and I can tell already how pleased you are with the outcome!

Tracy @ Honey and Nutmeg said...

This is fantastic. I thankfully have small C boobs, and r completely happy. I do have family and friends that have had surgery because of back pain. You look amazing! So happy for you. I use bio oil from CVS on my face and it is suppose to also be for scars and stretch marks. Maybe check it out for the scarring? Inexpensive!

LWLH said...

What a change, I'm so glad your happy with them. They look good :)

Courtney@SDB said...

You look so good and it's only going to get better!

Allana Sendzicki said...

Looks like you are healing well and taking it easy.

Hope all is well!

Kristen Danielle said...

You're looking good girl!! So happy for you. What's the next step with your wedding dress fitting? I know you were worried about it because of the boobies, but now that that problem is gone, I bet you are going to LOVE being in that pretty dress!! :)

Whitney H said...

I'm so excited for you! They look great already and I know they will get better and better!

Michelle Pennington said...

Hi sweetie! You look great already! I hope you ave a wonderful recovery!:)

Amanda Wissmann said...

You look FABULOUS! and I know you feel it too! Im so excited for you!!! What a journey! Enjoy shopping! :)

Allie @ Tales of a TwentySomething said...

You look so awesome! Can I please tell you that I thought the picture of your mom in the surgery chair was you! Ya'll definitely look alike :)

Jodi said...

You look great. I'm so happy for you. Good for you for doing this before your wedding. I think it will make you even happier on your big day and you'll look back at all the pics and love them!!!

Celia said...

yay!!! i am so happy for you and so glad that recovery is going well!!! =)

Lauren said...

I'm so happy that you feel good! :)

Erica said...

Congrats on your new bobbies! It must be an amazing feeling to have that weight off your shoulders, literally... I know what a pain big boobs can be! Glad you are recovering well - you look amazing ... enjoy buying pretty bras!

Ashlee Miller said...

So glad the surgery went so well and your happy with how things turned out! You look great!

Emily said...

ah everything looks amazing - so happy for you!

Allyson and Dave said...

You look fantastic! Glad to hear all went well.

Amber said...

You look so great girl, you even look thinner!

I'm so happy for you and your first bra is so pretty! So sweet of your mama to do that.

Praying for a smooth recovery!

Katie said...

Honestly, I thought you looked great before, but you look great now too and I'm glad you're happy to be where you want to be. You also 100% confirmed I could never do this because I got major anxiety and dizziness just reading about it! Feel better girlie!

Christina said...

Amazing post!!! I'm so glad you're recovering well. I can't believe you were up and at em so soon! I have big boobs and now that I'm done having kids, this is definitely something I want to look into.

Also, boo to surgery on Labor Day weekend. I had one on Thursday. Not nearly as big, but still. Way to ruin the weekend. Haha.

Amanda Haney said...

I am so happy for you girl! I know I've told you already, but you seriously look great. :))

Jessica Renee said...

You look so so awesome, friend!!! You're a lucky girl to have so many people around who love you and want to take care of you :) That picture of John helping you get ready is the sweetest!! I'm glad you're healing so quickly!

RAY J said...

Yay! Glad to hear it went well!

I have a friend who has the same problem you did - huge boobs! They were always a bit on the big side in high school however with each of her pregnancies they only got bigger and never went back to "normal" size! Once she's sure they're done having kids she plans on getting a reduction as well as they're getting just too painful and causing her major back pain. I don't even recall what size she's at but I know it's bigger than a DD!

Whitney @ Everything Happens For a Reason said...

Looking great girl!!!

Perfectly Jenn said...

I'm just so happy for you!!
You look amazing and from that first photo pre-op to the last one you showed in the tank top it's like two totally different bodies!

You are gorgeous girl!

Alex said...

aahhhh you look SO GOOD!!!!

Ashley R said...

Oh my gosh girl, this all took me back. I went from a J cup to a DD and I am ecstatic with it. :)

Ashley R said...

Your afters look great!!

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