Back among the living

I’m happy to report that today is a much better day than yesterday’s barf-o-rama. I lost count after the puking reached double digits, and admit to a moment of panic when I realized I hadn’t kept anything down all day. Not even a pretzel. I did learn that there is quite a hierarchy in grossness of what comes back up — some food items are way more disgusting than others when vomited up. And that’s all I’m going to say about that. By 9 pm I decided to throw in the towel and just go to bed. I won’t say I slept especially well, but I didn’t throw up any more so I’m calling it a victory.

The surgery was successful. Very successful. My doc achieved something I honestly didn’t think was possible — he sculpted, tucked, cut, and stitched to create exactly the look I was hoping for, but didn’t think would happen.  The shape and symmetry are both very much improved, and instead of an elliptical uniboob, I now have two distinct and rounded boobs.  My port is gone, and the ever-thoughtful doc even injected a little bit of fat into the port-removal site because sometimes after the device is removed, the skin collapses a bit to create a divot. But not for me, thanks to my forward-thinking surgeon. How nice is that?

I’m pretty battered and sore, and the port-removal site hurts worse than I expected, but I’m happy. I even told my doc this morning that as much as it pains me to admit it, he was right all along. He was right, I was wrong: he was indeed able to fix my messed-up chest, and his artistry certainly prevailed. I never expected the DIEP surgery to result in one-and-done results; I knew that revisions, plural, would be necessary. But I had fallen into the abyss of wondering if things would ever look right again. I can’t tell you how happy I am to report that I’m no longer in that abyss, and all is right in my world.

I’ve got to lay low and be very still for a while, as everything that was sucked out and relocated settles in. Thanks to everyone who checked on me, and thanks for all the prayers and good wishes sent from near and far.

9 Comments on “Back among the living”

  1. Eddie says:

    Welcome back.

  2. Jan Hasak says:

    I’m so glad you are now in recovery. Thanks so much for posting and letting us know how it went. Prayers work wonders!

  3. David Benbow says:

    I’m glad to hear you’re on the mend and satisfied with the results. It’s very big of you to admit you were wrong. I don’t recall you ever saying that to me.

  4. Julie A says:

    I am soooo glad you are happy with the results! Take it easy and allow the healing to begin!

  5. mpwynters says:

    So great. Glad you are on the mend.

  6. Mandi says:

    Yay! Glad to hear things went well!

  7. AnneMarie says:

    YOU stay still. Keep the pain under control and bask in the glory of what a GREAT surgeon can do for our bodies AND our emotional well being. If you are happy now, you will be THRILLED in a month!!!

    Sending love,

  8. Jody Hicks says:

    Wonderful news! So thankful you have access to such good care – and that includes not only your surgeons but also all your dear friends who have been helping out for a year and a half! We love you!

  9. elizabeth connolly says:

    You are quite a fighter,Nancy. I’m so happy you are out of the abyss and happy with the results of your doctors artistry . Now, give your self some time off before you jump back into life. You’ll be killing them on the tennis court soon. Love Bettyanne

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