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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Today was my first post-op visit to my doctor. This surgery hasn't been as hard to recover from as the previous surgeries. My doctor told me that I looked great. He said that the wounds are healing nicely. He removed the stitches in the nipple reconstruction area. He actually glued the two large scars together during the surgery so we wouldn't have to use steri-strips (they stuck to my skin and pulled it off when they were removed after my last surgery). He said that the glue is just like skin and it will gradually come off in the shower. The nipples look good. It's weird to see those again. It looks kind of strange because the color hasn't been tattooed on yet, so they are the same color as my skin. I'm kind of impressed by them, though. I mean, it's been a LONG time since I looked in the mirror and thought I had real breasts. I knew that I had to have the nipple reconstruction - they just wouldn't look like breasts if I didn't "finish" the job. One breast is sitting up higher than the other one now, so for the next 8 weeks I'll be massaging the one side to try to help it drop a little. Hopefully, by the end of the 8 weeks, the breast will be even again. If not, there's no way I can go around with the nipple lopsided, right. That would look ridiculous. So, we'll decide what to do at that time. After everything is even, then I'll have the tattooing done. I'm really pleased with the outcome so far. It's amazing what medical science can do now. I'm truly blessed, and very thankful.