I saw my plastic surgeon earlier this week and scheduled what will hopefully be the final step in my breast cancer reconstruction surgeries. He agreed that he would do as little as possible to minimize the chance of any bleeding/clotting complications.
The normal procedure would be to make an incision under the breast, remove the saline filled expander and replace it with a silicone implant. Not so much chance of bleeding with this.
Then he would perform a “lift” on the unaffected breast to make it perkier so that it better matched the side with the implant. (Not a lot of natural perkiness going on if you know what I mean!) Some risk of bleeding, but I said if he decided it was necessary to keep me from tipping to one side to just go ahead. He didn’t even crack a smile…
The last step would be to liposuction fat from the abdominal area (I know, how could that be a bad thing, right?) and insert said fat into both breasts to create a more natural, rounded appearance. Still no bounce, but softer. But I told him I just can’t do this. Disappointing, but it just seems too risky with the bleeding to take the chance. I think he was relieved I didn’t want to try 🙂
So I’m scheduled for surgery on March 10. I’ll almost certainly have to stop the Coumadin five days before, do the injections in my stomach twice a a day up till the day of surgery, then the hematologist and surgeon will decide how soon to resume the shots and Coumadin afterwards. It’s a crapshoot with me because of the Factor V Leiden clotting disorder I have but hopefully there won’t be any complications this time. I really want to be finished already!
Apparently chemo affects your hair, nails and skin for the longest amount of time. My nails are pretty good, just tiny black marks on some. My skin has been drier and I’m using moisturizer and body lotion every day. Most of my bottom eyelashes have fallen out now. My top lashes are mostly still there as are my eyebrows. Thank goodness for make up.
My hair on my head is finally growing back. Right now it’s this soft, down-like fuzz that’s pure white. From what I’ve read, it may stay like that or get darker or curlier. The doctors really don’t seem to have any idea why this happens. Waiting for it to grow back has been about as exciting as watching paint dry. I still am startled when I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror — like a big-eyed alien with a glowing white halo! I’ll show you a picture soon, promise…
So, there, more than you ever wanted to know about me, right?
I am relieved and just a little apprehensive that surgery has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 20. It has taken a little time to coordinate the doctors’ schedules and OR availability. It will be a right sided skin saving mastectomy followed by immediate reconstruction. I know, who looks forward to that? But I need to get this taken care of and I feel good about my choice.
I had another venous duplex ultrasound of the lower extremities yesterday and it’s clear of any clots. So I may not need the filter placed after all. The interventional radiologist will discuss the results with my hemotologist and they will come to a decision. There’s time to do an outpatient surgery before the 20th if they decide I need to have the filter.
And just an aside, both my breast surgeon and plastic surgeon are gorgeous! A little eye candy never hurts, right? 😉
It’s October 1 and Breast Cancer Awareness month, so, if you haven’t already, it’s time to get the girls checked. I would have my blog go pink for the month but frankly, I don’t think it could get any pinker, LOL!
I lost my mom to complications from breast cancer just over a year ago, so this is a subject near and dear to my heart. Ladies, this is what I’ve read and what my doctor tells me: please get your mammograms, they are still the gold standard for early detection. If you have a family history, talk to your doctor about starting mammograms earlier than recommended.
And beginning at age 20, start doing your monthly self-exams (make it fun — ask someone to help you) 😉