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The week before

Today I went for my pre-op plastic surgery visit. I was looking forward to this one, because I would find out exactly what they think my breasts and abdomen will look like post-surgery.

Of COURSE, nothing went the way I thought it would. First, he takes a big blue Sharpie marker and uses my torso as a living white board. He made a lemon-wedge drawing on my belly where he will be removing that section. It's pretty big. I knew it would be, yet I guess that made it real. He measured from breast to breast, nipple to belly button, belly button to neck, nipple to neck, neck to midsection, and just about every other conceivable measurement. Wrote down all of the measurements ON me.

Then they took pictures. I asked if I could get copies of all of the pictures they have been taking and will continue to take, once this is all over, and they said yes. Quite the scrapbook this will make.

I was happy to learn that they can make my breasts a bit smaller, give them a lift to make them 'perky and youthful', and will be taking ALL of the fat from my belly even though they won't be using all of it.

I can't believe the surgery is next week.

On that note, I need to go shower with alcohol (unfortunately, not the drinking kind) to get these Sharpie markings off my body.

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Honesty time: I'm scared shitless. My brave face and jokes only take me so far and make those around me feel more comfortable. Doesn't help me on the inside.

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misskerri
Dec. 5th, 2006 02:41 am (UTC)
Hugs.
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trshtwns01
Dec. 5th, 2006 03:34 am (UTC)
I think I will take pics, or get drunk and con Ang or someone into it. :)

Hey, I don't have to have a sentinal node biopsy, but the day before surgery I have to have sentinal node mapping or something. Did you have that? I think it's called lymphosintography or something like that.
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trshtwns01
Dec. 6th, 2006 02:40 am (UTC)
Yep, yep. Loaded up the polaroid camera today and took pics of different views of the girls and my twin skin. Only one more week to go, so the girls had to be preserved for later comparison. :)
allykatt
Dec. 5th, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
it's going to be fine. really, really.
deep breaths.

vent all you want, we're here to listen.
oddharmonic
Dec. 5th, 2006 03:46 am (UTC)
It's going to be so much better afterward. Waiting is scary.

Can we get together sometime this week so I can get my plastic containers back to re-fill with meals for you and run through some mock-up menus? I don't have a car but I'm available from 8AM-2PM and on Thursday and Friday evening as well as all weekend. 9/635-3404.
trshtwns01
Dec. 5th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
I could run down to your place during the day tomorrow or Wednesday in the morning (10 or so), or we can get together during the weekend.

Do you need me to come down there? I'm just assuming that since you said you don't have a car. :)
oddharmonic
Dec. 5th, 2006 04:04 am (UTC)
I just caught Vogon during a commercial /and/ awake to ask if he had a preference. He plans to have the car in the shop this weekend to catch up on the work we've put off most of this year, so anytime you could come down my way would be great.
georgiaskydiver
Dec. 5th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
I wish I could be there to hold your hand. I'd even bring my own markers!

I have a mantra for you when things start freaking you out. Repeat after me: "Flat belly. Perky breasts. Flat belly. Perky breasts. Flat belly . . . . " I have to stop because I'm getting very jealous.
trshtwns01
Dec. 6th, 2006 02:41 am (UTC)
Your own markers? Lord only knows what the doctor would think when I walked in with smiley faces on my breasts using the nipple as the nose and all of my stretch marks made into rainbows *laugh*
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