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.