It’s now 48 hours after my Prophylactic Bilateral Mastectomy and while I’m tender and a little slower and more steady than I usually am, I’m feeling very fortunate at how smoothly my recovery is going.
I didn’t really have any expectations prior to surgery as to how I would ‘act’ or ‘feel’ post op. I’m the type of person that doesn’t really acknowledge the ‘bad’ things that ‘might’ go wrong until such time that they happen. I just figured that I’d wake up, see how it all feels and then roll with whatever I had to deal with. I tend to think this way…..
So far it’s been a dream run. I haven’t had any pain whatsoever, although there’s definitely a little discomfort but it’s certainly not painful. I have a feeling that some of the nursing staff think I’m a bit ‘weird’ because I’m acting very normal.
I went to bed quite late again, which is pretty normal for me but I promised myself that I would aim to ‘sleep in’. My body clock is finding it hard to adjust, so when I woke up around the time my alarm usually goes off at 4:30am, I worked hard to go back to sleep for another hour or two. I eventually gave up around 6:30am and started my day.
To ensure I was well rested, I even propped myself in the bed for a few nanna naps before I had a visit from Leigh and the girls. When they arrived mid morning, Leigh went for a run at Southbank, leaving the girls with me so we could spend some time together colouring-in and drawing. It was fun, we traced pictures from a drawing book and coloured them in together, I absolutely love the fact that the girls are so ‘normal’ throughout this whole process.
Layla, our eldest daughter wanted to see what was going on in my little ‘hospital bags’, so she popped over to check out the drains. What I love about this photo is the innocence and the inquisitive nature of her quest for knowledge about what was ‘in’ the drains. She didn’t hesitate to grab one of the drains to check it out for herself. This is the same daughter who loves to be involved whenever there’s an injury in the house. She’s also recently recorded a video of Libby having a blood test, zooming in of course on the needle to really check it out closely. She seems to be very interested in science and the body, so she’s in her element in this pic!
During the family visit, the Doctor popped in and was ready to remove the tape. I wasn’t expecting this to happen today, so it was a really nice surprise. Once again, I didn’t really have any expectations, other than the fact that I would be relatively flat with a big scar across where each of my nipples once were. I must admit though, I was very keen to check it all out. Here’s a photo of what it looks like today….
The girls were both interested to check it out, so when they returned to the room, they both came over to take a look for themselves. Layla thought it looked amazing, saying something like “WOW, it’s awesome”, whereas Libby said something along the lines of “Ewww, it’s gross”. They both even had a little poke of my chest to see what it feels like.
All in all, I’m wrapped with the way it’s all healing.
In keeping with the daily updates, I have put together a quick video update for you below, which includes a snippet of how it all looks right now. If you can’t click the link below, you can access via You Tube here.