Thursday, May 15, 2014

Breast Reconstruction Update

Well, it's been nine days since my surgery, and I am doing very well.  I only stayed in the hospital for two days, and have been recovering quickly at home.  I got the breast drain out on day seven, and was able to get the two abdominal drains out today.  I'm free!

I've been able to walk almost completely upright since coming home from the hospital last week.  Each day gets better and better.  My stamina is growing daily too.  I find that if I push myself a little extra each day, the next day becomes easier and I'm able to do more.  Lifting and pulling is still limited by my abdominal muscles and rib tenderness, but I can manage pretty well with what I have.

In meeting with the doctor this morning, we agreed that the incisions are healing really well.  And the blisters and broken skin from the steri-strips are ugly, but definitely looking better.  Overall, the healing process has been much more rapid than I expected.  In addition, the results of the surgery are surprisingly good.

In three months, the doctor will do a "touch up" surgery to improve the look of the new breast.  He'll probably liposuction a problem area or two on my body and transfer the fat to the new breast to give it enough volume to match the other.  I think I'm looking forward to that. :)

I'll see the doctor again in about three weeks to make sure that all the healing is done.  In the meantime, I can start wearing a wire-free bra by day 14.  I am finally able to start sleeping on my side, not the surgery side yet though.  I can do moderate exercise and walking on the treadmill now.  And in just a few weeks, I should be able to start picking up my son, Eliah, who is 60 pounds.

Here's how I'm looking as of today.  I'm so excited!!  Great job, Doc!!


  1. Yelling! ! YOU GO GIRL! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! FOR SHARING! My angle! !♡♡♡♡

  2. you look beautiful