Friday, September 19, 2008

One surgery down, one to go

The last thing I remember about Wednesday morning was my surgeon gently manipulating my arm so he could strap it to the OR table without subluxating my shoulder. The next thing I knew, I was in the recovery room - in a LOT of pain, thinking to myself that I shouldn't ever have done this, that I wanted to rewind time and start all over.

A few mgs of morphine and a chaser of fentanyl later I felt much better. A sneak peek at my breasts under the surgical bra and dressings affirmed that yeah, I HAD done the right thing in going ahead with the reduction.

When Dr Fallucco came and changed the dressings yesterday morning I got my first real look at my new girls in all their glory. They're bruised and sore, but they look REALLY good. I have hundreds of tiny stitches - Dr Fallucco's handiwork - but sensation is intact in my nipples, which makes me very happy. I think that once the swelling has receeded I'll end up being a full B or small C, which for my height and frame is a good size.

Dr's Michael Fallucco and Christian Paletta are two of the best reconstructive surgeons I've met - and not only are they good at their jobs, they're also genuinely nice guys. Some surgeons tend to be somewhat personality deficient, but not these two. If you live in the St Louis area and are considering breast reduction, I'd strongly suggest that you try to get these guys as your surgeons. I'm very happy with the treatment I've received this far!

I'm going to knit them a boob each. Weird, I know....but I think they'll like it!

*I have a couple of photos from when the dressings were changed yesterday morning. If you'd like to see them, please email me at . I don't mind showing people, I just didn't think it was a good idea to post them here - they're pretty graphic.*


Anonymous said...

I would have figured by now we would have figured out the proper thing to say after someone has had a successful elective surgery. So, I'll just say I'm glad things went well. I stumbled onto your blog a couple of weeks ago. Good reading. I hope you heal quickly. You must be excited!

Ninja Medic said...

Thank you! I know what you mean, it's difficult to know what to say.

I AM excited. They feel...weird. I'm not used to them sitting so high up on my chest, and even though they're wrapped up and strapped down, they have a little jiggle when I walk. It's a very odd, but very cool feeling.

My back doesn't hurt as much, and other people have noticed that my posture has improved. That's what I was looking for; the cosmetic results are just a bonus.

Thank you for reading; I've got your blog bookmarked too.