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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Reconstruction

My breast reconstruction surgery was on Tuesday the 19th. It took my surgeon 13 hours to remove my port a cath, take out my expanders, sew my pectoral muscles back down to my chest, remove the fat and extra skin from my belly, and make new boobs out of it. I am really sore, and have to walk around bent over so as not to stretch the incision on my abdomen. I haven't seen the final product yet, but will tomorrow when I shower. Kind of nervous. The other bad thing is that I am swollen and bruised everywhere. I am carrying around 15 pounds of water weight from all of the iv fluids. Paul has been great and has stayed with me in the hospital for the last few days. Paul's mother Suzanne has the kids, and I am super grateful for her help. If all goes well, I will be able to come home tomorrow afternoon. My dr says that complications are most likely to occur in the first 48 hours, and I am almost 48 hours out right now. Thanks to everyone for all of their support. it has almost been a year since I was diagnosed, and could not have made it without my family and friends.

nancy

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for being so brave and open about all of this. I have learned a lot from you and your whole experience. I hope that all continues to go well and that you can get back to some sort of normal life. Thinking of you.

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  2. I've been waiting for this post! God speed.

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  3. I am so glad that the surgery went well. I hope that the recovery is speedy and that everything continues to go well. Can you believe the journey is winding down? I know that we still have little things to take care of after reconstruction, but it is so nice to know that the big things are pretty much over. Whew! You made it! :)

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  4. Such good news. Is this your last big surgery, or is there still something else. You certainly have had a year of ttrials and tribulations, but like you said, you have been blessed throughout with good friends and family. Hope all will settle down in your life and that life will get back to normal for you and your sweet family. May I say, you have beautiful children. I think how your mom would have loved being with them. Hope you're all better soon.

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