MsMax I am new to this site but wise to have a community of ladies to connect with. I had my double mascetomy a year ago Oct. 18. I also had my expanders put in at the same time. I was in the hospital for two nights. I won't lie. I was in pain, and took pain med's for two weeks. I don't suggest staying alone the first few days. You really can't lift your arms high, so you will need help. I bougt a seat from Wal Mart for the shower. My shower head comes off so I was able to take showers. I have long hair so I needed help with that. You will also need to take care of your tubes. I used a white board to keep track of info. including what time I took the meds. I also suggest getting a wedge pillow. This way you not lying flat. It's hard to get up from that position. Some find sleeping in a recliner easier. The American Cancer Society has programs that I can help you. Call your local chapter. They will help with rides to doctors, cleaning the house and hook you up with food if needed. Local churches may also have a cancer ministry and may help as well. Oh and last piece of advice- use button down or zip up shirts for the first couple of weeks. Bring one to the hospital with you. You won't be able to wear pull overs. Hope this helps some. Not sure where you live, most cities offer help. You may want to let your son's school know what is going on. They may be a good resource for you. They may also keep an extra eye on him. My high school daughter struggles with my situation. Hope I was able to help. Oh yeah, ask your doctor for hospital resources. Mine had so many including support groups.
Keep me posted. Best to you. You will come through and will be amazed how strong you are.View Thread
Hi, I had reconstuction done with silicone. I am happy with it. Saline with out breast tissue can show through the skin. The new silicone is nice and it does not leak as saline would if there was a problem. I believe doctors may call it gummy's (for gummy bears).
I had my nipples and areola done this past Friday. I am amazed of how far medicine has come. My surgery was done with skin graphing. Though I had the same thoughts brcansur did about the nipples, I decided to go ahead and have it done for a few reasons. One, I had gone this far, why not finish and two, I hope it makes me feel more femine. My husband didn't care either way. But I did. My advice, do what you want. Our bodies have been through so much. I believe it's personal. There are a few ladies in my support group that have had them done and after a year the nipples seem to flaten out. My doctor said it was up to me. Wear a tight sports bra- down they go-don't then they'll stay.
Our breast do not define us however, I want to be as close to my natural creation. Ok, not so saggy after breast feeding and age but I like having them.