Today was my follow up appointment with my plastic surgeon, Dr. Louie (and Dr. Liu), where I was able to pose my billion plus one questions and actually have them answered.  I am lucky to have patient and understanding physicians.  As it turns out, I’m nothing special; just another patient with the same concerns that come up after these surgeries.  In this situation, I will take ordinary.

My continued swelling on my left side is still normal, expected, and just needs time.  My peeling skin is common; a lot of post surgical patients swell, then their skin stretches, shrinks back down, and the excess peels.  My rash is somewhat common in that it is probably related to taking pain medication.  The indentation above my abdominal scar just needs some time for the skin surrounding the scar to loosen up and settle.  My phantom nipple pain, shoulder pain, limited range of motion…all of these things I’ve been fretting about are common.  And for once, it’s good to be common.  I’ll stand among the masses and take a big, fat goose egg on the freaky, one-in-a-million medical complications side.  I also told Dr. Louie about catching Olivia at the playground yesterday, my pain afterwards and how it carried over into the evening; also common!

Since I’m in my fifth week of recovery, I am able to begin physical therapy and also trying to build my strength back up (SLOWLY) to where I can carry more than 5 lbs.  I’ve been instructed, politely, not to try and go full bore all at once but let it be a work in progress for some time.  So, of course, I got home and picked up Olivia, gave her a big squeeze, and then did the same with Juniper.  I’d be lying if I said it didn’t feel fantastic (emotionally) and uncomfortable (physically).  I’m a bit sore still from the park-grab yesterday and then probably added some more soreness to myself with the raise and twirl shenanigans this afternoon.  Totally worth it!  The other good news I received today is that I start physical therapy on Wednesday, and I can probably go back to the gym after a few weeks of PT.  Woot woot! So, all in all, very good news received today.  I go back to see Dr. Louie in 6 weeks when we will talk more about Stage 2 and, maybe, combining Stages 2 & 3 (liposculpting/evening out the noobs, nipple reconstruction).

Now here’s the daily dose, now with less Dermabond!

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04/17/12 - Flaps

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04/17/12 - Abdomen

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04/17/12 - Right side

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04/17/12 - Left side