Today the final 2 drains were removed from under my pectoralis major muscles. What a relief! No more dragging around drains, messing with a special garment to hold the darn things in place, draining them twice a day, and dealing with the discomfort that they caused. The cautious part is that I continued to drain a lot of fluid before removal – meaning that if my body doesn’t absorb the fluid, I could get seromas, which are collections of the same fluid. These delay healing, are prone to infection, and often have to be drained under ultrasound to prevent piercing the foobs. So, I am on strict no moving around – no walking, no nada for at least 4 days. (I’m hoping that doesn’t prevent moving my fingers across my iPad.)
Also, I got a little more “boobage” with an additional 60 cc of saline in each tissue expander (TE) for a total of 480 cc, headed to 600+ before replacement surgery. I actually have a little cleavage under my stitches, which will come out next week. Of course my TEs look a bit like baseballs so the appearance is far from natural. All I care about, however, is healing and no more complications. (Less
pain discomfort would be a blessing also.)
I asked today about my continued fatigue, and the surgeon said they had mucked (my word) with about 20% of my body surface area. Much unlike most surgeries where the incision and underlying cuts are all that has to heal, all of the skin under my breasts, arm pits, and under the pec muscles were cleaned out. OK, I get it. More nutrition piled on. More rest. I tell you with all the protein, my fingernails never looked so good!
Any suggestions for killing a few days of being inactive without drugging myself?