New boobage!

Wehey…back home and out of bed! Time for a catch up, too.

The view from my hospital window…perdy, no?

Right, the more serious stuff…

My surgeon has a neat set of different coloured pens and I assume he simply cut along the dotted lines. Actually, the blue line around the nipple and down and then the one underĀ  my arm is where he cut. He was able to cut within the line around the areola so will be able to use it to reconstruct the nipple, lessening the amount of tattooing needed. The red outline is the implant and the little red box is the port for inflating with saline. The blue Xs are where the drains exit and I had a third one but cannot remember where it exited.

Here I am two days after surgery. Two of the drains have been removed. All I can see in this photograph is the tummy which has mysteriously appeared. It can’t possibly be anything to do with Mssrs Green & Black, can it?

Here are the drain bags. I had to take these everywhere with me. It was good to come home with only one left. ToyBoy is emptying it each morning for me as it is quite tricky to do with my numb fingertips.

I also had to wear, and continue to wear, these super sexy surgical stockings…

Trust me…this is a lentil bake with swede and mashed potato. YUM!

I feel like I’ve been hit by a bus. There’s a tightness across my chest, which I guess is the muscle being stretched by the implant underneath it and a soreness inside as well as where the incisions have been made. I have antibiotics, iron, paracetamol, tramadol, ibuprofen and in the hospital I also had oramorph and man, do I need it all!

But so far, I’m happy. The shape looks good. The implant has already had saline put in it and will have one or two more inflations. I have a Becker Implant, which acts as a stretcher too so will not need replacing unless my radiotherapy causes the muscle to tighten uncomfortably around it. When all the swelling has gone it will be about twice the size of my other breast so I will need a prosthesis for two or three months until I can have an implant to even them up.

Having an immediate implant has been such a good thing. I wish I’d known this was possible right from the start as it would have saved some anguish…I’d been told it couldn’t be done until after radiotherapy. My one criticism of this whole process is that the members of my team don’t always talk to each other.

Now the only thing playing on my mind is whether or not I should opt for a mastectomy on the other side, too. At the moment, I think it would be easier than maybe having to go through chemotherapy ever again.

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7 Comments to “New boobage!”

  1. Welcome back to your Blog, I love your bravery at showing us your surgeons’ dot to dot’. You have been so brave and so inspiring to all of us who have read your words recently. It looks like a job well done to me, and as for the tummy congratulations to Mssrs Green and Black for giving it to you.

    I honestly think if it was me I would go for a second mastectomy and immediate reconstruction, better to get it all over and done with in one fell swoop and give yourself some worry free nights in the future.

    Lots of love and buckets of admiration
    from
    Sue xx

  2. I think I have a pair of socks just like that…

  3. I’m delighted you’re home, Yasmin. You’ve really taken this by the scruff and shaken it till it squeaks. Good for you!

    The marker pen makes your pre-op boob look a bit like Wenlock, the Olympic mascot. I used a bit of bio-oil to remove similar markings from my recent leg surgery (not least the “ThisWay Up” arrow :-) ).
    No scrubbing, just a gentle rub (TB to the rescue?)

    Choices, choices. If it were me I know what I’d do – no question. But it’s not me, it’s you, and only you know what will make you feel right in 6,12,48 months in the future.

    The good thing is, there IS a future. Revel a little in this, you WonderWoman, you.

    Love to TB et al. xx

  4. I was thinking I quite liked the socks…. ;)

    Hope recovery is pretty quick. I agree with Sue regarding the choices available with this situation – and on the buckets of admiration part.

    You’re totally amazing, and I hope you’re being plyed with enough Green and Blacks throughout the whole process. :)

  5. Well done brave lady!!! Thanks for sharing your experience of surgery including photos. I have to have a mastectomy after Christmas and your blog and photos are helpful. I’m sorry youre in a lot of pain or discomfort. I wish you a speedy recovery.

  6. Hiya Yasmin – one of the “other Sues” here, also come to say am so glad you’re back home again and the surgery went well. The piccies look great – like everything has gone as it should, nice and clean and healthy looking. I had a pair of socks like that from hospital, only mine were a virginal white which made my legs look blanched leeks. I much prefer the looks of yours, lol! And as for a tummy? Can’t see it meself – you’re as slender as ever. Anyway, everyone knows Greene & Blacks has no calorific content – it’s pure goodness, Am sure that you’ll reach the right decision for you with regard to the choice of whether or not to go for further surgery. Someone once said there are no wrong choices, just different ways of experiencing life. Not sure I could be quite so laconic, but you have a wise head on your shoulders and a wonderful man who loves you through and through whatever you decide. ((hug)).

    Sending an ear rub for Ralph, who will have been so glad to see his Mum back home, and Ross says “keep havin der snoozles – dey’m gud fer yoo” (It’s true – snoozles will help with the pain and discomfort when applied liberally)

  7. Well done – you are very brave . Hope its feeling a bit more comfortable. Thanks to hubby for keeping us posted he’s doing a great job. Keep smiling hugs and love Sav xx

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