Wound is getting better. July 6, 2017

Just a short note to say that both wounds are looking so much better.  I think in a week they should both be gone.  Or I hope they will.

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It is so small now.  All around it looks great
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The green from the inside is about gone.  It should start closing up now

July 5, 2017. Wound getting better

Time is what it takes to heal a wound.  In just a day the T junction wound is so much smaller and the other one is not quite as deep as yesterday.  I guess the saying “time heals all wounds” is the perfect saying for me today.

Have a great day.

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Smaller and looking better all around it.
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Not quite so deep a wound now

Wound care continues. July 4, 2017

The picture below will show the dead skin in the hole, but actually the back of the hole has started to close.  I think I am getting good at wound care.  Not a talent that I actually wanted.  Must keep my thoughts funny so I can get through this again.

We did enjoy some wonderful fireworks last night.  I so love the 4th of July.  One of my favorite holidays.

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Small wound getting smaller
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It is getting better.  

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.

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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

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.

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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

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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.

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.

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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.

First blog post

nannie-and-byron

August 6, 2016

My name is Annie and I am 60 years old and about to start my DIEP Flap Journey,

My younger sister had breast cancer 12 years ago and was tested for the BRCA1 and BRAC2 gene and was negative.  We were all excited about that.  Well last year the oncologist called her and said that there was a new gene, PALB2 and wanted her to be tested for it.  She was positive so we all began the process of testing.  Brothers and Sisters.  So far all that have been tested are positive.  Odds are 50% but we seem to be at 100% so far.

Decisions needed to be made and suggestions were to be tested every 3 months, rotating with an MRI and Mammograms or have a Prophylactic Double Mastectomy.  Since my odds are 1 in 3, the thought of having tests done 4 times a year was not something I was looking forward to.  I have very dense breasts and always get the letter afterward stating that because of the density of my breasts it is hard to actually get a great result from the scans.

My husband and I made an appointment with the Breast Surgeon at TX Oncology SW Ft Worth,  Dr Jennifer Snow.  While waiting for the appointment we were sitting in the waiting area and watched as women came in for their chemo and other treatments and that actually helped us make the decision.  I did not want to be older than I am right now and having to go through Chemo and surgery.  Our decision was made before even talking to Dr. Snow.

Dr. Snow was wonderful in her exam and discussion of the options I have for the procedure.  She explained them very well and after an exam she told me about the DIEP flap procedure.  I have enough skin and tissue (fat) to do the procedure. She gave me a brochure from one of the surgeons here in Ft. Worth but said to do research for myself also.  I did not want to have implants and have to have them replaced at a later time.  I want to be finished with the reconstruction within a reasonable amount of time.

I called a friend who is a CRNA and talked to her about the choices I have in Ft Worth. I told her that they recommended Dr. Nabil Habash (http://txdiepflap.com) and she said that she knows him.  She has known him for quite awhile and likes his demeanor and ability.  I did some more research on him and found out that he has been doing this procedure for quite awhile with a less than 1% failure rate.  I probably read everything about DIEP flap surgeons in the State of TX and spent many nights searching as many blogs and stories I could find.   After much soul searching I decided to call Dr. Habash’s office and make an appointment

I was able to get an appointment with him the next week and he is wonderful.  He tried to explain the other procedures to me but I had already watched a 2-hour video of an actual DIEP flap surgery and was positive that I wanted to go this route.  He examined my breasts and tummy to make sure that I was a good candidate for the DIEP Flap procedure and he said that I had plenty of tissue to make me the same size I am now, a 40DD.  I asked to be made smaller.  As a man I do not think he understood why but I am tired of being so big.  He is going to make them smaller and back to the beginning of the race or not so close to the end of the race.

I am scheduled for surgery for Oct 31, 2016. I chose to wait until then so I could be done with my busy season at work.  We do a lot of physical work in Sept and Oct and did not want to stick my Company with accounts that needed work done.  My job is slow during the months of Nov, Dec and Jan so that will give me 3 months to be able to recover and be able to lift 50 lb. again.

I have to loose 15 lbs. by then also. I have lost 5 but it has been hard.  The work I do puts on muscle during this time of year.  I will add to this more as I think of things and post pre op pictures before the surgery.

Since this blog goes from last post first you might see the wound care and think that it happens to everyone.  Most people heal without any trouble but some, like me, do have trouble because of age or skin problems.  Mine was  because of being so big and wanting to reduce my size.  Please do not be discouraged by the pictures because as of 3/17/17 everything is completely healed and the scar should be gone after stage 2.  So completely satisfied with my results.

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