Hi ladies. I'm booked with Dr Pornthep on the 23/07/2016 for a tt, br & bl. I'm also traveling alone and have arranged it all myself. Would be great to catch up with you. I have also booked into the accommodation at the hospital on the 10th floor once I have been discharged from the hospital. I felt this would be a better option for me as I was a bit worried about being on my own after the operations.
So week 1 is now over - remember to be patient with the healing process & dont over do it.
One thing that I have forgotten to mention is the itching. I think that the combination of the tablets & the heat/humidity has made me itchy. Make sure that you advise your doctor & they will prescribe you something to fix this!
So this week it is my birthday, I spent all day shopping with my family in town. Just to give you some idea this was Day 9 post surgery. You will have more mobility each day & you will be able to stand more upright each day. Be sure to focus on the progression that you are making. Just think if you have improved just a little in a day or 2 or 3 - think about how much better you will be in a 4 or 5 more days.
Does the questions of why have I done this, what was I thinking ever happen - YES. Be prepared for it and make sure you prepare your husband, boyfriend, partner, mother - whom ever is you support person through this process. Try and focus on all the good things & small progressions that you are going through as this will help.
Dont be afraid to speak to anyone on the forums that has experienced this proceedure. Remember they have been in this situation & they too have been there & understand the emotions and feelings you are going through.
Day 12 - post surgery
I am walking around alot & going out on daily excursions - NO JET BOATS & NO SWIMMING. lol
Today the banages on my boobs are starting to lift, so i have removed these. I am also very imaptient to see the progression of the healing process of my new belly button that they have had to relocate. So i remove these bandages aswell. I spend quite some time cleaning the area with a sanitizer and getting off any stickyness from the plaster etc.
My belly button was the only thing that I was concerned about with my operation. yes it is oval & has a round scar & at this moment, but I dont like it & dont want to show anybody how its looking. Remember - each day the healing gets better and i still have a long way to go. I will try & post up some pictures so that people can see the progression.
Day 13 - post surgery
Today is my final check up with the doctor. He is amazed at how my breasts are healing and happy with the progression of my belly button.
The doctor removes the tape from my belly scar & has removed all of the stitches along the scar. REMINDER - there is a small amount of pain/uncomfortable during this process, but its over with in no time! Rather than leaving the scar exposed, as small piece of tape is placed along the scar line to help cover the wound especially in the shower. My doctor tells me that I can remove my tape when I get back to Australia & go back to normal. He also tells me I can go back to light work outs in the next few weeks.
Thats the end of my week 2 - it was better than week 1 and every day is getting easier & better.
In regards to my medication this week, I am slowly stopping some of the medication & dropping a few times that I am taking them.
Week 2 I spend alot of time doing sight seeing & walking around
I do my first work out this week. It is earlier than what the doctor had recommended, but REMEMBER - listen to what your body is telling you! I am finding some things ok & easy to do, but there are somethings that I cant. I cant take my weight onto my hands - it doesnt hurt, but feels weird in my boobs! I only do the exercises that dont feel uncomfortable or hurt. I do not do any stomach directed exercises either.
Day 19-post surgery
I spend all day flying in aeroplanes or walking through the aiports on my way back to Australia. I did take an asperin as i had heard it can assist with thinning the blood & could help prevent blood clotting. I dont know if that was true or not??? But I figured that it didn't hurt to take one. lol. I am sore by the end of the day but I am glad to be home.
Day 20 - post surgery
Can i tell you that being able to get fully under the shower for a long time is the most amazing thing for me today. hahahaha - I am sad right! That is the best thing about being home.
Still need to get some pics up. I am hopeless
Ok so now I am going to work in weekly progressions as there is not much to report from day to day now.
I am back at work. I personally have not had an issue about being tired by the end of the day but I work in an office so im not moving around that much.
I have had a bath & honestly, I dont recommend doing that this early after surgery. Obviously being submerged in warm water for a long time has made my tummy scar soft & slightly open - dont worry it hasnt opened all the way up, but I dont think i will be taking a bath again anytime this week lol
I am wearing the body garment alot more now that I am back in Australia. I didnt tend to wear in Phuket as i found the garment to be too hot & sweaty.
I have been able to roll over to my side. It makes a nice change not having to sleep on my back for a little while. I think my husband must like it more cause I am sure that whilst i have been sleeping on my back have woken myself up a number of times snorting & snoring. lol
I wasnt able to wear my normal pants earlier in the week, as was obviously too swollen, but by the end of the week I have gone down & my work pants are now fitting better.
Scaring is one of those things that takes a good amount of time to heal & disappear. I would like to think that my scarring is better, but its really hard to monitor. lol
I cant update my photos on this site. I am sure its a user issue, so if anyone can help, i would appreciate a msg please