I have concentrated so much on wound recovery I have not talked about the rest of the surgery. I do not know why someone would have lipo done. The recovery hurts so bad. It hurts to remove the compression garment, and to even touch the skin. You have to rub it daily with lotion to help with swelling and to disperse the remaining fat into he tunnels that had fat removed.
I know that it is part of the whole surgery but I did not have much pain with the actual DIEP Flap part. The pain is better now. At least I do not cry when I have to rub it. Sounds funny coming from me since I have such a high pain tolerance.
I am please with the results and I am sure in a couple of months when all of the swelling is gone it will look even better.
No pictures for today. Not much difference in the wounds today.
Another day has passed an no new wounds. The big one is ever so slowly healing. The flap above it is completely gone on the big wound. While I was cleaning it I noticed something on the bottom of the wound. Lo and behold a long piece of stitching used to close the interior part of my incision. I carefully cut it and hopefully now it will do better. Maybe I should have been a surgeon.
I received a call from Sarah, Dr Habash’s PA and she said to come by the office so she can look at the wounds.
Just got back from the Dr and she said that it was a stitch on the small hole. She removed it and it should be better quickly. Now the other hole is another story. She gave me a silver kind of gauze to cut and put into the hole and hopefully it will be better soon.
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.
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.
My tattoo’s are healing nicely. Since there is no feeling I can not tell if they are itching. Some of the tattoo flaked off the first night so I probably will have to have them touched up but I am so happy with the results. 18 weeks ago I would have never thought that I would be so pleased with the results. I catch myself looking at them and forgetting that they are not my original breasts. My new girls are wonderful.
I will have the rest of stage 2 hopefully the middle of June. Just a little off the side, remove the wound scar and lipo the missplaced fat on my tummy.
I do hope that this blog has helped others who are going through this same procedure or thinking of it. If you are around the Dallas, Ft Worth area I would highly recommend Dr Jennifer Snow and the wonderful Dr Nabil Habash. I could not have had a better team.
Well enough gushing about all of this. The pictures below show several days of the tattoo healing. Next week I will post the totally healed girls and probably not post again until the middle of June. Not much changes right now so I will sign off for now. Thank you everyone who has been keeping up with this blog or just looking at it by chance.
It is early and I am ready to go to the hospital. My final shower before surgery is complete, bag is packed, forms are complete and prayers have been said. I feel some sadness for my “old girls” and said goodbye to them in the shower. I hope my “new girls” will be good. At least I know that the chance of cancer will be very low and it will be worth it.
Like I said before I have read so much on the internet and have tried to use the information I found in preparation for my surgery. Several suggestions that seemed helpful were to turn the pockets of pants and robes to the outside to hold the drains. Let me say something first. I am not a paid person to say anything about the products that I am going to try and use. The items that I am going to use have come from the stories that other people have told and from my own observations.
I found some shirts at Walmart that have an elastic neckline which I can step into and pull up without using much muscle at all. I bought a larger size to help with the fit. Since I am actually older the style does not look too bad on me. I also found some scrubs with an elastic back and a drawstring on the front. They will roll down easily to be under my healing scar and are loose fitting. Since it will be getting colder soon I will need warmer clothes (pants), instead of shorts.
As for the drains I purchased some pouches that stick onto fabric so I put them on the inside front of the shirts to hold 4 drains. Hopefully I will not have 4 or even none (big dream of mine). I have a picture of the shirts and the drain pouches (Pink Pockets) with the shirt inside out to show the placement.
After surgery I will post how well these items did.
I shopped for the stool softeners, Tylenol, and even bought prunes. The thought of constipation is awful. Hopefully I can keep it away or at least have it not be too bad. Small travel case is packed and ready.
I had my last pre op visit today. It was with the Mastectomy Surgeon, Dr. Jennifer Snow. She is so positive and upbeat. Everything is a go with her also. I am very lucky to have found some wonderful Doctors to preform my surgery. 2 weeks to go.