Nov 29, 2016. Week 5 Day 29

It is hard to believe that I am starting week 5.  Time does fly by fast.  I am alone all day by myself this week.  My husband has been so wonderful staying home with me, but alas his work needs his attention also.  I am able to do almost anything that does not involve lifting 10 or more lbs.

I am glad at this point that the underside of my breasts do not have any feeling.  If they did I am sure I would be in a lot of pain.  My wound looks awful, but I can see less of the dead skin and more red skin, even though it is in the huge circular wound.  It does not go deep, just a few layers.

I did some more research on breast wounds and was not able to find much under the DIEP Flap breast reconstruction sites so I tried Breast Reduction surgery, BINGO did I find a lot of information.  I choose to have my breasts reduced since they were very large and I wanted smaller ones.  15% or more women have wound healing problems with a reduction.  The underneath skin is so stretched and blood flow is not as good down there.  It all makes sense.  I was prepared for it since Dr Nabil Habash did warn me that is was a good possibility that this would happen to me.

The recovery time for wound healing on a reduction is 3 to 6 months.  It will be a long 5 more months.  At least there is no infection, just dead skin that has to slough off.  I am trying to keep a positive attitude with my left breast.  She has been through so much and I just need to baby her for awhile.

On a good note the swelling is not as bad today.  I can not tell a difference in size but the pressure is not as bad as usual.  Off to wrap more Christmas presents.

 

Pictures are below.

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Left side, Looking good, except for the left over glue.
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Right side
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Belly Button looks almost normal
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The struggling left side
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At least for now the incision is holding closed
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The 3 scabs that are left are possible wound problems also.  I will know more when they fall off
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Full front picture.

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