It has been three weeks since my exchange surgery. I am feeling pretty good.
It was done as outpatient surgery. The PS made new incisions under the breast and took out the god-awful tissue expanders . He then spent some time revising the capsules of scar tissue that held the expanders. Finally, he put in Natrelle 410 implants otherwise known as “Gummy Bears”.
They have taken some getting used to. Apparently, they need time to “settle”.
I didn’t have a choice in what kind of implant I received, I was actually hoping for the round implants but mine are tear drop shaped. They are supposed to be more “natural”. I don’t know about that. When I first awoke from surgery, they looked pretty flat to me. I was like, Really?! I went through hell and I’ve come out with less than I started with?!! How is this fair?
But the thing is, the implants were placed under the muscle because I have no breast tissue to hold them in place and the muscle was pretty traumatized and was contracting, hence the squished, flat look.
Things have relaxed a bit and are looking better.
Recovery has been so much easier than the first surgery. Thank goodness for no tubes and drains this time. I’ve had some problems with healing. I have a weird hole in my incision on the radiated side which has finally scabbed over. Gross, I know but I was concerned for a bit that I was going to have a hole in my breast. I have been taking things very easy because of the hole. Who knew that could even happen?
In other news, I saw my oncologist last week. She said, “It’s been a year and there is no sign of cancer!” I told her not to jinx me.
I am lucky. So very lucky. All those lymphnodes. All that cancer…and I didn’t even feel sick! It gives a person a new perspective. I feel like my eyes are open to the world. I walk to get my son from school and I am just amazed at how beautiful the world is! Every flower, every tree. It makes me giddy. I take pictures.
I don’t take life for granted. Not even the flowers.
These are the things that matter.