Yesterday marked my 4th week post op! There were some days I wished I was further post op than that and then there were days I was amazed at how well I was doing.
My first week was my roughest, the whole time I was still in the hospital and totally dependant on my Wonderful Husband to take care of me. That man was at my side almost the entire time. He bathed be, soothed me, pushed me to sit in a chair and take my first few steps then my marathon walks through the hallways. He let me cry when I needed to and laugh when I needed to and I could not love or appreciate him more than I do now. We really lived those wedding vows and our love for each other has only become stronger. How many times in the past we used to kid with each other about who was putting who in a 'home' first. Many times we teased one another about adult diapers and the need to be placed in a home. Never once did I have to rely on the staff at the hospital to take care of my basic needs. Jim was right there taking loving care of me and sleeping in a chair every night so I never woke up alone. I love you Jim!
Week two I began to feel how weak I really was. Showering took an extreme amount of effort and by the time I was all cleaned up to go somewhere I was too exhausted and had to rest in between. But on my 11th day of being post op I was stir crazy enough to venture out to the lake to recharge my life battery and it felt so good to have a few normal moments where I could forget what I just went through and forget I had cancer.
By week three I only found it necessary to take pain killers 3 times that week. My incisions were healing nicely, the swelling in my new breast was under control with weekly visits to the plastic surgeon Dr. Hollywood, to needle drain the fluid that was backing up and causing pain and discomfort to my new perky girl! lol
Now here it is my 4th week and I have only had to take half a pain killer (last night) for the discomfort in the new breast due to the fact that I haven't been drained (boob wise) in 9 days! I have an appointment later on this afternoon to see my Surgeon Dr. McHottie for a post op check up and then I'm off to see Dr. Hollywood for a post op check up and more fluid drainage. We are both hoping that this will be the last time I need to have the fluid drained. Happy Dance!!!
So I am driving and venturing out of the house more, I am almost free of pain medication, I no longer have scabs on my tummy incision (Remember that is a hip to hip cut) so I am thrilled at how well that is healing. There should hardly be a visible scar by this time next year! Bonus! And on my new breast rebuilt using my abdominal muscle and a flap of tummy skin already has over 6 spots where the skin is no longer scabbed and has adhered to each other beautifully!
Life is beautiful and I am so very thankful!