I am home now! I was discharged from the hospital yesterday, 6 days after surgery. I honestly had no idea of how painful this was going to be and recovery seems slow going, but I have to remind myself it has only been a week. I had a mastectomy of my right breast (left mastectomy last year) and expanders were put in and filled before leaving the hospital. Actually, I will need to return to the hospital in one-month's time to finish filling the left expander, which is about 40cc shy of being completely filled. It would no longer stretch to receive the last injection amount.
I really didn't have any concept of how much 450 cc was (what my expanders will hold) until being inside my chest! I feel like they are mini boulders--LOL As I understand it, the expanders will stretch the area to receive the implants later. The area gets stretched a little bigger than the size of the implant in order to give a natural look once everything is all finished. I am not one for being able to repeat all the technical terms, so that is basically how I understand things to be.
I feel like my breathing is restricted for the moment and my back aches from slouching. It is like suddenly having a chest over night and my body has to readjust posture!
My husband is amazing! He has been Super Mr. Mom during this past week and continues to hold the fort down, get the kids off to school, work, and then come home to making dinner and caring for me. He is AMAZING. It feels good to be home. I was hoping I could jump right into some easy sewing, but I see now that will take a little more time until I can do that.
I am wishing I had made me some more button-up shirts prior to surgery. I don't have many and right now, it is the easiest thing to wear. So, I'm raiding my husband's closet. Oh, I do have to wear this band around my chest to hold the expanders "down" so they won't rise up. I have to wear this another week and a half. The way I can best relate to how my chest feels is....you are wearing your most uncomfortable underwire bra ever and it is 2 sizes too small and you have just stuffed yourself with the biggest meal ever. I don't know about you, but after a full meal, it always made the bra uncomfortable! ha ha Okay, time for the heating pad.......
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley