Monday, December 19, 2011

First Expansion

How I was feeling - Very anxious. I brought extra strength Tylenol with me
How Baby was feeling - Super excited to watched by a friend with a dog, two kids, and new toys. She did not want to go home with me. She was ready to stay and play all day.
My husband, and L&C - Hoping it would not be too painful so we could go to the play that night.

What I thought the pain would be like - Very bad, yet I still willing went there. Further proof that I am crazy!
Actual Pain - Not bad that day. We did go the play, and I did not use any pain medication. When I woke up the next day, I was hurting. I took some extra strength Tylenol that did not touch the pain. So I had my husband come in from working outside early and I took some Aleve. The two together took the edge off enough that I stayed with that combination for the next 24 hours.

Unexpected compliment from the nurse - She thinks I am a very young (she knows my real age), but good mom.
Lost in translation - The doctor asked me how I was feeling after he inserted some saline in. I said it felt like a wheat bag on my chest. Neither he nor the nurse had ever heard of wheat bag, and could not understand why I would use one. I am not sure my explanation helped much.
Clarification from the doctor - He told me he had expected the reconstruction surgery to be very painful, because of the strength of my chest muscles. Often the more tone and strong they are, the more it hurts. Strength causes pain - what! My young age and carrying around a child who progressively got bigger caused different muscle tone than if I was really 54.

Future Plans - We can do this again. Knowing what to expect will make it a little easier too.

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