I had PT yesterday. Thank goodness it was yesterday and not today. We are getting POUNDED by snow and sleet. I am also glad that my surgery was last week this time, not today. We never would have made it. My dad came to take me because I wasn’t sure how I would feel afterwards. PT feels so much better with nice squishy silicone than it did with hard expanders. My appointment lasted 2.5 hrs. I didn’t think I would ever get out of there. Sure I was sore after, but nothing like when those expanders were in. Instead of pain, it’s a soreness. I will take sore over pain any day. I got some isometric exercises that I have to do along with some stretching. No problem. I have one more PT appointment next Wednesday, and see Dr. Greaney next Friday then I should be cleared to go back to work on Monday the 24th. I am looking forward to it. I have been feeling pretty lonely lately and am excited to be around people again. I feel as if my life is just standing still. I’m ready for it to move.
I saw the nurse at my appointment as well, and she was able to tell me that it looked like I got 550cc moderate profile plus implants on both sides. That surprised me a little because I had figured that my right implant would have been bigger than my left because of the need for added expansion. They were originally thinking of using 700’s. I can’t imagine how big that would be, because they are almost exactly the size I was before but much higher. It can take up to six months for the implants to settle into the pocket so my breasts will change a little over the next couple of weeks. She thought they looked great and that in a few weeks they will look even better.
The next step will be nipple reconstruction. Dr. Greaney said he doesn’t like to do that until at least 3 months after the exchange surgery. I’m ok with that. No hurry here.
For anyone out there who is having tissue expanders/in the process of having therm or is considering going this route, trust me when I say you are so much more comfortable when you get your final implants. It’s like night and day. Hang in there. There is light at the end of the tunnel.