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GS sent me some flowers and balloons at the hospital, and made my day!!!

Martha, one of my buddies from my mothers of multiples group, also brought flowers and balloons on my birthday:

Michael and Matthew both got pirate gear for Easter and for their birthday, so we're been dealing with two little scallywags all week.

Matthew Sparrow:

Cap'n Jack Michael:

I also got a new cell phone, since I had learned to hate my old one. It seemed like it was so great, and did everything but walk the dog, but it was hard to use for NORMAL things. It took a lot to go onto speakerphone and on/off mute. Now, I have a cool phone that is simple to use as a PHONE and has a decent camera:

Finally, not for the faint of heart, why I can't sleep on my back or right side without pain. I didn't realize the incision to harvest tissue for the breast reconstruction would be this large. It feels better every day, but DAMN!!!


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Apr. 17th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
that's an impressive incision. I can't even imagine the map of scars you have at this point. :(

how are your others healing? are they becoming less visible as time goes on?
Apr. 17th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
The other scars are looking a bit better, and I've started using those scar therapy creams on them. My hope is that it will help them fade even more.

I still don't know how the back scar is going to work with things, but I got really lucky with the way my surgeon did things. I can wear bikini bottoms or underwear and it completely covers the stomach scar. You would never know I have a scar running from one hip bone to the other. I have circular scars on the front of each breast, but they should fade off and not even be noticable if I get nipples rebuilt or tattooed. I also have a four-inch scar to the left of my left breast where they removed a hematoma, but most tops I wear cover most of it. I'm really working it with the creams because I think it is the one that sticks out the most.

At least, until I see how the back scar will be covered or not :) I didn't know it was going to be so....LARGE!!!! It goes from my side to the middle of my back. Yikes.
Apr. 17th, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
Right now it's pretty impressive because it's still healing. I bet once it's all done, it will be hardly worth mentioning.

The thought of tattooing nipples opens a whole section of my mind that I didn't realize was there. Why on earth do normal nipples? The world is at your disposal. Butterflies. Happy faces. A couple of guys in profile playing ping pong.
Apr. 18th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
I've thought about not having my nipples rebuilt and instead just having 'fake' nipples as tats. Making it LOOK like there is a nipple, complete with shadow, changes in coloration, etc.

Or leopard print pasties. Haven't decided. :)
Apr. 25th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)

Oh my God! Yes!!!!!!!!
Apr. 17th, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)
And oh yeah! I LOVE love love the first one of Mathew Sparrow! Your two boys are so very different from each other, aren't they?
Apr. 18th, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
I don't think the two of them could be more different if they tried. I think the people who can't tell them apart aren't really looking. There is several inches of difference, the hair color is different, they don't look alike at all. Their personalities are really different as well.
Apr. 17th, 2007 06:37 am (UTC)
Wow, I can definitely imagine why it would be painful to lay on your back or side. :\ And I thought I was in pain from the multiple (if just minimal) incisions from my laparoscopy to remove my gall bladder a few years ago. They stapled me shut, and the incision right underneath my rib cage didn't heal correctly so I need to invest in some of the scar removal creams or gels or whatever they have now. What kind are you using? What's working best for you?

-hugs- Here's hoping for a speedy recovery. :)

And you have two very intimidating-looking, but also extremely adorable, pirates there!
Apr. 18th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
Oh, I remember how much I HATED the incisions from my laparoscopy to remove my gall bladder! It was one of my first abdominal surgeries, and I think the first hurts worst. After a week, I could still barely make it up the stairs.

Since I just started using the creams, I've noticed no difference yet. They all say you have to use them for months to make a difference. I'm using it on my recent scars, as well as the three left from my gall bladder surgery :)
Apr. 18th, 2007 06:56 am (UTC)
It would figure that you would have to use them for an extended period of time for them to work .. which means I'll be spending a hell of a lot of money since they're so damned expensive. :\ I suppose it's worth it, though. I don't go showing my belly on a regular basis, but I still hate seeing those scars every time I take my clothes off. Ugh.

My laparoscopy was my first, and hopefully last, abdominal surgery. I was out of school for two weeks. And even though they gave me plenty of Lortab, it wasn't the most amusing situation I've ever been in, haha.
Apr. 18th, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC)
The good thing about the lap scars is that without any treatment, they had faded down to small (1/4 inch?) white areas. Not the angry scars they were the first 6 months to a year.
Apr. 19th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'll agree with you on that one. I still don't like them though. I have this huge scar on my forehead from when I split my head open at Taco Bell when I was seven that I would like to see gone. It's the sole reason I wore bangs for 75% of my life up until now. Now I've decided I look better with my hair grown out, so I try desperately to cover it with makeup. So far, so good.
Apr. 17th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
i'm gad you're ok.. :(

great photos though.. you deserve all the happiness.
Apr. 18th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)
Thanks :)
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