TMI Thursday, Update…

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I know you’ve been anxiously awaiting a medical boob update and this just made me laugh. Seriously, I think you’ll see the humor in this.

When I first had the mastectomy, the plastic surgeon said he thought he could put in a silicone implant, one step, we’re done, and that’s what he did.  Some women need expanders put in, which are filled with air to allow the skin on your chest to stretch a little until the final surgery, when the correct size silicone implants replace the expander.

However, five days after the first surgery I developed a hematoma near the implant, probably because of my blood clotting disorder.  So off the blood thinners again and another surgery at the original site to remove the hematoma and the original implant and to replace it with an air-filled expander to fill the space and prevent further problems.

We have a big family trip planned for hubby’s milestone birthday in late January and now that I’m having chemo, I won’t have the final surgery until early spring.  But you cannot fly with an air-filled expander because the pressure changes in the cabin could cause it to, well, explode.  In your chest.  On the airplane.  A fun way to meet the people around you on the plane, right?

So Nicole, the plastic surgeon’s nurse practitioner, deflated my boob, yep, just sucked the air out of the expander with a big syringe and whoosh, it was flat.  Then she refilled it with saline so I’ll be able to fly.  I get another refill every week or so until it kind of matches the other side.  It sloshes a little, but what are you gonna do?  I’m not exactly sure what happens with airport security because the port in the expander is metal, but I’m sure that will be a fun conversation!

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  1. Far be it for me to not comment on a blog post whose main focus is boobs! 😉 Yeah, exploding boobs aren’t the best ice breakers at parties, so I’m glad that you have opted for the saline instead. 😀 As far as airport security? I do predict a very interesting blogpost following that experience shortly thereafter.

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    1. Some of this stuff just makes me laugh, it’s so silly!

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  2. You have an amazingly positive attitude. Sometimes I think these boobs are more trouble than they are worth.

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    1. Thanks, some of the stuff just makes me laugh! And the plastic surgeon would have done a double mastectomy if I’d requested because you get a much more perfect final result. He asked me how concerned I was with my breasts being perfect. I said, at my age, not at all!! I mean, come on…

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  3. The best way to deal with these situations is with humour…
    Just thinking …. wouldn’t it be great if we were all fitted with these expanders naturally… so the cleavage you need for that special dress would be there and when you want to go jogging , you could let out the air so you don’t give yourself black eyes!!!

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    1. Ooh, I like that! I’ll talk to my doctor!! 😉

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      1. Well… may as well make the most of it! 😉

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  4. Well, at least the trip is still on! Oh, and by the way…HOW ‘BOUT THEM CUBS!!!! That was a must win, and Schwarber came through big-time! Arrieta pitched a terrific game too. Back to Wrigley! Gonna be a wild scene tomorrow night! 😃

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    1. Oh, I know!!! Didn’t they look great? Big decision now about keeping Schwarber in the lineup at Wrigley. All the games should be that much fun!!

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      1. I think he has to play, his bat is too valuable. Unless he’s a liability in the field or could potentially re-injure the knee, he’s gotta be in the line-up. I can’t wait for tomorrow night! 😃

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    2. Your sense of humor is wonderful! I admire your strength and resolve.

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      1. I’d second that! 😊

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  5. Omg, Diane, I nearly spit my coffee. Your sense of humor and outlook are inspiring, to say the least. I’d hug you if I could! I’m so happy you still get to go on the trip!! (•) (•)

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    1. Thanks, Kay. They’re telling me it won’t be a problem. Some of this stuff just strikes me as so silly. Plus, if I let it upset me, then I feel like cancer wins and that isn’t gonna happen!

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      1. It would me too…can’t ever lost the sense of humor! Yes, ma’am!! It’s absolutely not! Hope you have a great weekend, Diane. 💜

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  6. Diane I’m glad you. Are not in danger of exploding though that would be one way to make the headlines :). You are an inspiration to us all even if it was never your intention. Have a wonderful flight my most positive thoughts are going out to you! Many hugs!<3

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    1. Thanks, Holly, I can’t wait for January to get here. We’re going to Maui with some of the kids and grands!

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      1. OH! I am green with envy, have a lovely get away, it sounds fabulous.

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      2. 🙂 yay!

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  7. The breast explosion…OMG. So glad for your outlook and sense of humor, Diane. Thanks for keeping it real for us. Hugs to you. ☺

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  8. My brother in law didn’t speak about his postrate C… Didn’t let his Brother know about the radio active seeds they implanted, those that find their way to the place and destroy whatever they should.
    Imagine the scene all four of us at the airport, we fidget as we wait for Mike’s hushed encounter with security ‘whisper whisper’ next Ann goes through. *Alarms sound * in a loud voice to be heard over the alarm security waves his arm at the female operative “Let her through it’s his *points at Mike* sperm, it must be full of radioactive seeds … in his wife” The silence was deafening but not as loud as the shade of red poor Ann’s face was. Ice broken laughs had by us all and no secret left unsaid from now on. P.s. every now and then Jay ( my husband) puts his arm around Ann’s shoulder and quietly reminds her that he knows far more intimate details of ( he stipulates the date ) his brothers sex life than he strictly needs to. This is followed by a swift dig to Jays ribs and a red encore. There’s humour to be found at every juncture, Good luck brave lady 😇

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    1. OMG, I just read this aloud to hubby and we are both howling with laughter! You do indeed need to see the humor in things. Thanks, Ellen and for the good wishes 🙂

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      1. It felt like many years ago, when one of my children told the class ” Mummy doesn’t wash her knickers” I do of course but by hand not in the machine. I went very pink and remembered stuttering.

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  9. I admire your strength and resolve. Your sense of humor is fantastic. Be well soon!!

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    1. Thanks, Lori, I’m getting there!

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  10. I seriously needed a laugh this morning! Glad they got the hematoma and you are so positive!

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    1. I really am doing well, thanks!

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  11. Oh my goodness what a fiasco! I will not pretend I know what you are going through… but I will say this. Since my fall in July I’ve had a hematoma in my left butt cheek. It’s uncomfortable to sit and sleep. It sloshes when I walk. It definitely looks, um, abnormal. I just hope you are well and cancer free! Have fun on your trip, make sure to rest!

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    1. I’m so looking forward to January. We’re going to Maui with some of the kids and grands. Doc did tell me they sometimes let a hematoma transition but they were afraid of infection. My goodness, can’t they drain yours or something? That sounds terribly uncomfortable!!

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      1. They did once (1 1/2 pints worth!), but it refilled. I just need to make another appt., but I am dreading it.

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      2. Oh, no, that’s why they did surgery on mine. Sending good thoughts and gentle hugs that they find a solution for you!

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  12. Diane I’m so sorry about the whole mess but oh my god, on one level it really is kind of funny! The deflating boob stuff anyway, not the multiple surgeries, etc. I’m sorry for laughing just a little! But what the hell, if you can’t laugh, right? And of course your wonderful outlook has undoubtedly helped you to get through this with grace!

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    1. Thanks, Meg, it is pretty funny, I think. And I figure if I let it upset me, then cancer wins, and that’s not gonna happen!

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  13. You are my hero.
    I can’t wait to read about your airport experience.

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    1. Aww, you’re sweet! I figure laughing is better than complaining, right?

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  14. Sloshing, deflating,, inflating, air, saline, hematoma, flying fraught with danger of explosion…..could you have packed this post with more?
    I almost peed myself. Now I’ve got the ‘sloshing’ thing stuck in my head, and I can’t take my hands off my boobs. Sloshing.

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  15. you have to keep laughing to keep from crying right.

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    1. I don’t want to give breast cancer the satisfaction!

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  16. VictoryInTrouble | Reply

    Wow, yes, an exploding boob would not be good! I love your sense of humor. 😄 I’m glad they could make it so you can go on your trip and hopefully security isn’t a big deal at the airport. Hopefully you’re going somewhere fun! 😀

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    1. We’re going to Maui, should be 12 of us, most of the kids and grands. I cannot wait!!

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        Wow, so fun!!

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  17. You are doing an awesome job of making something that is really not funny into something that is hysterical! I don’t know how the details will all work out, but I’m glad you can laugh about it. As for our friends at TSA, you might want to take an official doctor’s note (seriously) with a diagram of where the metal is located. That sounds as crazy as your story, but there is little logic at the airports these days. I hope your January vacation is wonderful.

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    1. Good ideas, Linda. I can find humor in most anything. I really can’t help it, it’s how I look at the world, I guess! We’re going to Maui, so I’m doing everything in my power to make that trip!

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  18. Ah, you’ll be in Hawaii in January. And you deserve it. 🙂

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    1. I cannot wait, Laura. Should be 12 of us, most of the kids and grands! How are you? I’ll email this weekend.

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  19. Oh, if only you could videotape the trip through security! And what will the whoosh whoosh machine (technical term for the naked picture taking machine, which is an alternate technical term) picture look like? I am very curious about this. Which is probably slightly disturbing. Sorry.

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    1. No, that’s okay, me, too. I have a little card in my wallet with a picture of my implant that the doctor gave me. I guess I can just flash that along with my license! I wonder if they’ll have to wand me by hand or not?

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  20. Heck of a way to make friends lol. Bless you, and your spirit! Can’t wait to hear the about the airport experience!! ❤️

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    1. Thanks, D. There’s humor everywhere, I think. Or maybe it’s just me 😉

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      1. We always have to look for the fun-ny 🙂 ❤

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  21. this is hysterical! I never had air in my expanders just silicone. Guess I could have flown. I can only think of the poor soul that the doctors figured out the ‘popping boob’ on. Glad I wasn’t that experiment. My expanders sloshed for a few days after every fill. SO GLAD YOU ARE STILL GOING TO MAUI!!!!! So exciting.

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    1. Thanks! They promised I could go, so this better work out, sloshy boob, bald head and all! They said they use air now cause it’s lighter and easier for them to put in. I go to doc tomorrow to talk about chemo. How are you feeling? Have you gotten your shower yet??

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      1. I have showered twice this week!! Let me know what type of chemo you will be doing.

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      2. Yay for showers!! I totally forgot to ask. I’ll find out when I go Monday for orientation about the meds.

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  22. Hope you have a fantastic trip to Maui! Your sense of humour is phenomenal. 😁

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    1. Thanks, I am excited to be going! I just can’t help but see humor in some of this 🙂

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  23. Can you imagine telling a TSA agent, “Well, we let the air out of my boobs so I could be here!” LOL!!! I’m catching up on my blog reading, but so glad to hear that you are doing well and obviously, in good spirits! 🙂

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    1. I love finding the humor in all these situations. I just can’t help it and it makes it easier to get through all the stuff. Everything becomes material for the blog!

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      1. Laughter is most definitely the best medicine!

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  24. You are doing great and making us all smile in the process. I’m so glad you can make the trip in January.

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    1. If all goes as planned I start chemo next week and finish the beginning of January. Fingers crossed!!

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      1. You’ll do fine. You are one strong woman!
        💪🏼 ❤️

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      2. Thanks, I’m hanging in there!

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  25. You are without doubt the most inspirational sister I know! Love to you ❤️

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    1. Aww, go on with you! Love you, too, sis!

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      1. It’s totally true

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  26. the trials and tribulations!
    also, a good sense of humour is needed.
    you seem to have it.
    xx

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    1. Thanks, I can’t seem to help but find humor in things 🙂

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    1. I’m good, though, Jess. I’m really good!

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      1. Yay!!! 🎉😊🎉❤️💗💖

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  27. 😄 I do see the humor in this… I’m so glad you do too! Hugs (but not too tight) ♥

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    1. Thanks, at least I get to go on vacation!

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  28. Oh my goodness!! Tell security it’s the latest thing…built in airbags…in case of an accident your protected!! xo

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  29. Cant wait to hear what happens at the airport! You are fighting girl style and winning in every way!!! What a strong anazing woman! Xxx

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  30. Hmm, never knew a boob could be deflated but then again I never knew they could put an air filled sac in a boob. Echoing the sentiments of your other readers you are an amazing woman and excellent role model for anyone going through the fire. 💖

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    1. Thanks, it’s definitely been an experience.

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  31. I applaud your resilience and ability to find the humor in such challenges. Have a wonderful, explosion free journey!

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