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Plastic surgeon appointment

The plastic surgeon's office just called and I have an appointment for this Thursday afternoon. Things are moving along, and I hope to have some great news when I leave there. I know I have plenty of questions. Mostly, I want to know if I can have the DIEP flap procedure, and exactly how much tissue they can take out of my tummy. I don't care if some gets wasted *laugh* I want to know if I can go smaller, and a bit perkier. I want to know what recovery time is like doing all of this at once. I want to know where the scars will be (although this doesn't really matter much to me). There are just SO many questions!

I guess I still can't believe this is real. It's just so overwhelming. Lord knows how Scott will deal with about a month of taking care of the kids alone. He's done it for weeks at a time, and even when they were infants, but I think I will feel like I should help out if I'm physically here in the house and something needs to be done.



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Sep. 5th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure they won't tell me I'm too skinny. I'm fairly thin the rest of my body, but I have started storing fat (thanks to the twin pregnancy) in my midsection like I'm storing up for winter or something. :)

I think here in Dallas there is so much plastic surgery we probably have a ton of people who could do a DIEP. I'll have to find out if this guy at UT Southwestern is one of them. I'm also going to do some research on him, just like I did on Euhus, the new oncologist out there I'm going to work with.

I already have the c-section scar, and they used that same location to take my ovary and cyst in 2002. Maybe they can use a similar or the same place for harvesting the tissue. They are also talking about doing a skin saving and TRYING to do a nipple saving cut on the underside of the breasts.

We'll see what he thinks he can do. I'm not so much worried about how they look naked, as to how they look in clothes. I just want them to look decent in clothes, and preferably smaller than what I have now.

My recovery time is going to suck, I'm assuming, since they are planning on doing the full hysterectomy, bilateral mastectomy and immediate reconstruction all in one quite lengthy surgery (10 hours or so?). I will have 3-5 days in the hospital, 2 pretty rough weeks, and they said by the end of 30 days I should be able to handle 'normal' activities. However, it might be 2-3 months before I could even think about going back to Tae Kwon Do.
Sep. 6th, 2006 06:25 am (UTC)
IM sorry you are going through all this.. I read it and never know what to say. Just know I keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
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