Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Surgery Preparation

Today I had my pre-op appointment for my double mastectomy with my plastic surgeon. Note: I never thought I'd use the phrase, "my plastic surgeon" in my life. They went over all the dos and don'ts for before and after surgery.

Basically it sounds like the worst part of the recovery will be the first ~1 week or so when I'm in a lot of pain and then I'm just going to be more uncomfortable than in a ton of pain. Oh annd I'm not allowed allowed to lift anything over 10 lbs for 4 weeks. Which means my Mom, Dad, and Husband will be doing a lot of Elise duty for the month of August.

I've also stocked on my post-op items that I've heard were helpful from other survivors.

A wedge pillow for sleeping

Breast surgery comfort pillows for sitting and resting my arms

Drain holding pockets for the surgical drains (yuck)

A bunch of front button-up sleep and casual shirts

And finally, I'm doing a few fun things to enjoy my last days before surgery.

Unfortunately, our 5-year wedding anniversary is right after my surgery. So before surgery Jonathan and I are doing a little getaway to a resort in Indian Wells, CA without Elise to celebrate our marriage.

Also, I'm doing a fun girls night out party at a local brewery that I'm calling "Ta Ta to my Ta-Tas."  More details about it later.

Surgery is August 6th. If you're a prayer warrior please send up some prayers for me that day and the days around it. I've listed some specific prayer requests here. God hears our prayers.


  1. Just been following your blog recently, but sending major prayers your way....

  2. Wal-Mart and Target have great cotton Hanes sports bras that snap in front and were great for my mom to wear to hold her drains after her mastectomy. She could just loop the drains onto a safety pin and pin them onto the sports bra and you'd never know they were under a shirt. Easy, inexpensive, and you don' have to worry if they get a little dirty. Praying for you!

  3. I'll be praying very hard for you! You can do this!! :-)

  4. Keeping you in my prayers!!!!

  5. I will definitely be praying for you! Hoping you have a great and speedy recovery!

  6. Been praying for you and will absolutely be praying for you and your precious family in the days to come!!!

  7. Hi there! Prayers from a Texas gal. :) Also, August 6th is the day we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ. I'm pretty sure that's a great sign. I pray that as our Almighty Savior revealed himself in his full glory on that day, that he will again show his complete glory through your surgery and that this will become part of your testimony to honor Him. :)

  8. I'll be praying for you! So glad you have such a great support system and so much help.