Day before surgery

Before surgery photos included.

Well it is the day before surgery and I am ready for this journey to begin.  Tonight I will take the 1st of two showers preparing my skin for surgery.  I had a pedicure on Friday and had them put pumpkins on my big toes.  My surgeons will be missing Halloween and I wanted to make them smile when they noticed them.

pumpkin-toe

I am trying to keep my surgery upbeat and this seems to help me.  I did take pictures of my before body and will be posting them at the end of this blog.  You will be able to read the whole blog and not be able to see the pictures until you scroll down to them.  I know not everyone would like to see these, but for a person going through this process it really helped me to see what was going on and what to expect when I have my surgery.  I hope that no one is offended by them.

My husband I have cooked meals and froze them into double serving sizes, cleaned and done all of the projects we could finish by this weekend.  He took me dancing, to the new I-Fly indoor skydiving place, and to Bass Hall to see Phantom of the Opera.  Kind of a surgery bucket list.  My kids called it that.  I am not worried about this surgery and have been trying to keep my life positive and upbeat.  So far it seems to be working.  I set up on my phone two separate group messages so he can, during surgery and early recovery, keep everyone posted on what is happening in real time.  I also set up on my calendar several messages to be delivered to him during surgery to let him know how much I love him and to keep a positive thought.  Hopefully he knows how to open it to read it.

I am going to try and post a small message before I leave in the morning also but leaving around 4:30am, it might be hard to do.

Well if you do not want to see the before pictures then stop here and wait for the next post.  Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers as this journey begins.  

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For those who do not know what a DIEP Flap is, it is where they take the excess fat and skin from your belly, harvest a vein and an artery and connect that skin and fat tissue to the skin from my breast mastectomy, connecting the vein and artery to the ones in my breast area and create new breasts.  I have plenty of tissue to do this.  The after photos will show the large 17″ scar on my tummy from the procedure but my stomach will be flat.  A “Tummy tuck” basically.  The breasts will have either a Circle or Football shaped scar on them “the transplanted tissue”.

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right-side
Right Side

 

left-side
Left Side
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Front View

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