Nov 21, 2016. Week 3 day 21

I cannot believe that surgery was 3 weeks ago.  The time seems to have just flown by.  I took my first long car ride today to visit the Silo’s in Waco Tx.  We met my Sister and Son there and we had a wonderful time.  I handled the trip very well.

I have been able to reflect tonight on the past 3 weeks and I really feel that my decision to have DIEP Flap surgery was the right one for me.

No pictures today.  Tomorrow I will be posting the Week 4 pictures from all angles.

 

 

Nov 19, 2016 Week 3 Day 19

Sleeping last night was great.  I slid down some but my tummy did not hurt and I was well rested.  It was wonderful sleeping in my own bed.  Dogs and all.

Our daughter in law came to visit for the weekend so I stayed up late last night which I am sure helped with being so tired.  Our daughter and grandson arrive today so it should be a wonderful day.

Pictures are below

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Looking good
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Very pleased
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In person this does not look as bad.  But pink and red means tissue is alive.  

 

No more recliner. Nov 18, 2016 Week 3 Day 18

A very good friend of mine came over today and we went Christmas shopping and to lunch.  I had such a great time, but did it wear me out.  I never realized how much energy a body uses to heal itself.  After 5 hours I was wiped out.  It was fun but exhausting.  I know I will sleep very well tonight.

My daughter and grandson arrive tomorrow from Florida and I am so excited to see them.  It will be hard to not pick him up, since he is almost 40 lbs.  Hopefully he will not be too disappointed.  He is only 2 but very aware for his age.

Well off to rest.  I am going to sleep in my own bed tonight.  Saying goodbye to the recliner.  Hopefully it works.

Today’s pictures are of my new sleeping arrangements.  

 

 

 

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Funny arrangement of pillows and cushions
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Such a fake sleeping poise

A shower by myself. Nov 17, 2016 Week 3 Day 17

I was able to take a shower completely by myself this morning.  I felt so great about that.  I guess small accomplishments added up make the recovery easier.  I am now able to completely stand up straight and I have started massaging the tummy scar.  I know it will take awhile to break down the scar tissue, but actively doing it makes me feel like I am headed in the right direction.

I compared pictures of my left breast from yesterday morning and last night and there was such a difference, and then this morning it looked worse.  I need to realize that it will take some time for my skin to heal and I need to stay positive about it.  Patience is not a strong suit of mine but I am trying to work on that.

I am making lanyards, for JP drain holding, and I received my pink ribbon yesterday.  This weekend I hope to make 50 of them and bring them to the hospital for DIEP Flap surgery patients to use.  Something so simple really made a difference when walking around or using the bathroom.

I have been stretching my arms and can now reach almost over my head.  It really pulls so I have been going slowly at it.

Well everyone have a great day and remember that time will heal everything.

Pictures are below.

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My actual small cleavage.
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Still swollen but looking better
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Right side
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Looking bad again but still healing.  Waiting for the dead skin to fall off and all will be pink
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The aerola tissue is healing great.  I can see the yellow tissue on the right breast where it will start peeling any day now.

 

Nov 16, 2016 Week 3 Day 16

I had another check up today with Dr Habash.  He said the wound care is going good and it looks great.  Keep up the same treatment and he will see me in a month.  I can now move my arms in all directions and resume all normal activities, with the 10 lb. limit on lifting.  I can start using my abs under normal circumstances, but no strength training yet.  I am so excited to be recovering so well.  Well off to walk on the treadmill.  Hopefully a mile straight today.

I re-read a few of the blogs on the internet and most were still in pain and taking pain medication at least at night on Day 16.   That is completely normal.  I have a very high pain threshold and have not taken anything but Tylenol at night since I got out of the hospital.  Please do think that still having pain is not normal.  I think I am the abnormal one here.

I get to start massaging my abdominal scar today.  Very gently and when all of the scabs have fallen off then I can use some oil and start deep massaging to break of the adhesions that are keeping it from being loose.  This is going to be a long process but I really feel that the journey will be worth it.

By now you know the routine of the pictures.  

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Normal looking cleavage.  Not bad for being 60
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Left breast wound.  Pink skin means healing.  Green/yellow is dead tissue.

Nov 15, 2016 Week 3 Day 15

Today I had my followup with Dr Jennifer Snow.  She is so pleased with my progress, even with the wound healing.  She said that the wound is healing, and you can tell because of how pink the tissue is.  She also delivered the best news, that the pathology came back on my breast tissue with no cancerous or precancerous tissue at all.  Best news ever.

I will be seeing her in 3 months and she expects to release me then.  I will have a check up every 6 months so she can do a manual check of my breasts since there could still be some missed breast tissue cells but she would be able to detect if there was anything.   Not too worried about dense breast tissue anymore so manual checks are great.

Back home now to lunch and I am starting to walk on the tread mill today.  Hopefully a mile or 2.

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Rough looking but massaging the scar will help it.
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Very pleased with my belly button.  Still much swelling on the tummy incision.  
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Right Breast healing very well
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Left Breast actually has some very pink new skin.  
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Incisions are staying closed and new skin is pink.  Going in the right direction.