First Expansion Went Well . . .

19 Jul

So, today I saw my surgeon for my first re-expansion of my right side (or, what I can now begin to call – again – my right “boob-like” structure). It wasn’t too bad. But, I can see that it is coming in higher, by quite a bit, than the left side. My surgeon discussed this with me, the possibility that the radiated skin just will not allow for tissue expansion where we originally hoped . . .

Not that I will have some weird placement of the new breast, but, there will perhaps be issues with how high the right breast will be in relation to the left. My surgeon said that she may need to move the left one up to more closely match the placement of the right one. So, we shall see about that. I really like how the left one turned out, so changing it is not what I had in mind. But, I don’t want to be dramatically lopsided either . . . and right now . . . that is how it looks like it will go unless she makes adjustments to the left breast.

I go back in next week . . . and every week thereafter . . . for additional expansions . . . perhaps six or seven more to go. My surgeon says it just all depends on how long it takes to get the size she is looking for . . .

I am sore. I pressed them to use lydocaine or some type of numbing stuff on my skin before jabbing in the needle that is used to inject the saline. Whatever they did, it was less painful going through the skin this time (maybe I just have less feeling there than I used to). She also used a smaller needle. It was much better going in this time than when I went through this last year.

The expander expanded does hurt, my skin is sore and my arm is sore. But, it is just the way it goes. I won’t be working out at the gym tonight or tomorrow, or jogging for that matter either. I had wanted to go for a run today, but, I got side tracked by a phone call. Now, I wish that I had gone ahead on that run.

Hopefully I can go in a few days, especially if I were to do it on the sand.

Well, I am sore, but, I am excited to be started on this process . . . getting this nonsense done with . . . being closer to being done with the “in-between-surgeries” part of things and moving on with the rest of my life.

Now, I just have to get everything I can fit into the next few months, including physical therapy (have to get my right arm in shape or they won’t even do the surgery) and work, I desperately need to finish a book before surgery so that I can start selling it next year. Hopefully, that will all work out.

I need to get busy and stay focused.

Much love and peace,

Lisa

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