Friday, July 11, 2014

Growing Garden Pics

Cucumbers are growing so fast!

Cantaloupe and Watermelon plants are escaping

This zucchini plant is kicking butt and taking names!
It's taller than my wheelchair ramp and four feet wide

I love coming out here every morning to see the magic that's happened overnight

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Fourth and Final Surgery!

I am now on the schedule for my last surgery!  I will be heading back to Spartanburg on July 25th for my final surgery.  This one should be fairly easy in comparison to the previous one, and I should be heading home by that afternoon.

This surgery will be a touch up surgery to the breast reconstruction, and will include, scar revision, liposuction of my hips and stomach, and then liposuction of my upper thighs, then transferring that fat to the new breast to make it match the other.  I am choosing not to do nipple reconstruction.  After that, I'll be on my own to tattoo a design on my new breast.

I'm so excited!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

More Garden Pics & Surgical Update....

First things first.... When I did the DIEP Flap breast reconstruction, they did something called a rib resection. I only saw one diagram that showed them going through one of the ribs in the chest to get to blood vessels. And I thought, "Okay, they will cut the rib to get to the blood vessel and then it will heal like any other broken rib". And for six weeks I've been waiting for my rib to heal, but it still hurts like hell, especially when I sneeze, do side to side motions, or strenuous activity like vacuuming or mowing the lawn.

The other night, as I was laying down, I felt a bone kind of sticking up about two inches to the right of my sternum. After feeling around and pressing on it for a couple minutes, I realized that there's no bone that connects to my sternum. Then I looked up the meaning of "resect", and it means removal. I don't know why I didn't realize it, but the procedure removed part of my rib....and the end of it is so sore! Yuck!  Hopefully that will stop hurting soon.

Anyway, so here's the latest on the gardening adventure, hoping it will lead to a healthier me... 

First "mini" harvest of green beans

All these are Bell Peppers!

Bush Early Tomatoes

The Sunflowers are sprouting, and I'm still waiting on the Pumpkins to sprout too

Next to happen is planting some Naval Orange seeds, Cherry Tree seeds, and Pomegranate seeds.  Soon my yard will be full of food!