Tomorrow I will be having my second surgery for breast reconstruction. After my last surgery (a double mastectomy) I had tissue expanders placed in order to make room for the implants. It has been about three months since then, so now I can finally have the regular silicone implants put in. This one is called an exchange surgery.
It will feel soooo good to have the tissue expanders taken out. Although they look fine from the outside, they actually feel like heavy rocks that can’t move. Also, they poke me whenever I lay down. So I should feel much more comfortable once I recover from this surgery. Luckily, it won’t be anywhere near as painful as the double mastectomy, and is probably more equivalent to a boob job. It is an estimated 2 to 3 week recovery, maybe sooner. So I am not as scared/anxious as I was before the other surgery. Please pray for me that everything goes smoothly.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
For the past week (and then again for a few days following the surgery) my husband has been giving me Lovenox shots in my tummy, because I am not allowed to be on Coumadin during this time. My oncologist says that I will hopefully be able to stop taking the Coumadin in December, as long as my blood clots are completely dissolved. Last time it was checked, I still had one in my left arm.
On a lighter note, Ryan had so much fun at his cousin’s birthday party last weekend. Nothing warms my heart more than to see my little guy enjoying himself and loving life!