July 3, 2017. Concerned about the wound.

I sent a picture to the PA at Dr. Habash’s office and she is not too worried about it.  She said to keep up my care and it should be fine.

So I will continue what I am doing and I know it will heal.  I am feeling better and my sides only hurt in the morning when I get up.  I guess being still for 8 hours makes them angry.  I only take Tylenol or Advil at night.  I am still wearing my compression bottoms.  I can not take anything compressing my breast scars so during the day I wear a loose fitting bra and at night I wrap them in a large ace bandage making sure that it is not covering the wounds.  Seems to work.

I know I made the right decision about all of this procedure, but I am looking forward to the day that it is all healed and I can have a normal routine once again.

Todays picture is below.

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The left small wound is healing nicely and the middle one will just take some time

 

 

Wound care continues. July 2, 2017

Well another day of wound care.  From the picture you can see the small wound on the left corner of the T junction and the far right of the picture you can see the incision seam also has the telltale sign of a wound.

I am not too discouraged since they are nothing like the last time, just disappointed that it happened again.   Old stretched out skin speaks is mind again.

Picture below

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The top part of the incision is healing nicely.  This is where the old scar was from the previous wound healing issue

Telltale green skin. Wound care starts. July 1, 2017.

Well the left side is under wound care.  The green tissue is small and at the 3 point intersection at the bottom of my breast.  I hope that I caught it early enough and that it will close soon.  I also have a small hole near the top of the incision.  It is red so there is no dead skin at this time.

Everything else looks good.  Only 2 more weeks of 24 hour compression.  I think that is the worst part of this part of my recovery.  My rib case is on the large side and my ribs are so sore from being compressed all of the time.

Pictures are below

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Right side is such a good girl.  Almost healed.
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You can see the small red hold that has developed.  
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There is the green/yellow dead skin.  It is small and I hope by starting wound care will keep it that way.  
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Another view.

Follow up Dr. Appt. June 28, 2017

Dr. Habash is pleased with the way everything is looking.  He said the swelling will go down, but it takes time.  He feels like my left breast is doing OK but to keep an eye on it.  I will see him in a month for my last visit.

He liked the compression garment I was wearing and asked what kind it was.   It came from Walmart.  I sent him the information.  It is nice to contribute information that can possible help another person, especially since this garment is only $13.00.

Well pictures are below

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Angry bottom side looks better today.
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Seems to be healing but I question it.
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I think that the left side just wants extra attention.

Stage 2 recovery. June 26, 2017.

It has been a week that I will never forget.  I feel better about this part of the surgery now.  I actually waited until today to write the past weeks posts.  I kept notes but was in so much pain I did not want to scare anyone away from this part of the surgery.  I will admit that it was far more painful than I thought it would be, but as I now start seeing the results, it was worth it.  I know that I have at least 3 or 4 months before all of the swelling  will be gone, but with the pain lessening and the bruising going away, it is now OK.

I do have a new bruise at my lower sternum.  It is quite a bruise.  Hurts a little but manageable with Tylenol.  I will probably be on Tylenol for at least a week more.

I can see the lipo marks now on my tummy.  I have a Dr. appt. on Wed and hopefully he can tell me what to do to lessen these marks

Pictures are below.

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Almost gone on my lower sides.
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I can now see the lipo marks on the left of the picture.  Hopefully the compression garment will make them go away.
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The Sternum bruise is getting bigger, but the breast bruising is going down.

Stage 2 Recovery. Friday June 23, 2017. Almost human again.

Today I am actually leaving the house.  I have been cooped up for 4 days and I need some fresh air, even though it is hot outside.  Walking should be good for me.  The constant pain is gone and as long as I do not rub or touch my sides I am fine.  I slept better last night also.  Everything is almost green instead of red and black from bruising.

Daily pics below.

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Stage 2 recovery. June 22, 2017.

Well the pain is more managable today.   I am only taking Tylenol so hopefully my body can get regular now.  I have been taking stool softeners since the surgery but the Hydorcodone makes it not work quite so well.  I am taking it easy today and trying to do some stretching so when I move in my sleep the pain will not wake me up.

Not much else to report but just a few daily pics of my progress.

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Bruising is now turning green.
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Same green hue on my breasts.
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Swelling is down some and the purple markings are finally gone

 

Stage 2 recovery. June 21, 2017.

I am still on prescription pain meds.  So different for me.  I am swelling more on my tummy even though I have a compression garment on.  Maybe it is not tight enough.  My breasts are now more bruised and my pubic area is almost black in places.  Gravity makes everything go down.  The pain is better as long as I do not reach up or touch my breast sides or tummy.

I am feeling good that this part of the surgery will turn out wonderful, but time will tell.

I have pictures below.  You can see the bruising all around.

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Left breast.  The scars seem to be healing well so there will not be any old wound scaring on this breast.  The bruising is quite large.  Love the fact that the side breast tissue is gone.
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Right breast is a bit more swollen than the left but it still is doing good.  Not as much bruising as of today.
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Front view
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Tummy is starting to swell on the left picture side.  It should go down.  Hopefully the next shower will remove all of my purple markings.

Day after 2nd stage surgery. June 20, 2017. Week 32, Day 232

Well my pain is under control as of this morning.  As long as I do not push on my tummy I am pain free.  I am just taking Tylenol this morning.  Not much to say except I already love the results and there is much bruising.

Picture is below

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There is not much swelling as of this morning but it has not been 24 hrs yet.  I made this picture bigger so you could see the right tattooed nipple (picture right).  I think it looks so real.  I keep checking it and I know it is a 3D tattoo.  Just amazed what the tattoo artist can do.

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I get to shower on Wed morning which will remove the purple drawings.  The New Girls are quite bruised but they are definitely smaller and more of a round shape.