Monday, July 19, 2010

Under the Knife

No, I have not been boating, or on vacation, or hiatus, or suffering from blogger burnout (in case you were wondering where I've been). I had surgery. So, for all of you sensitive readers and/or MEN OUT THERE, you may not want to read any further. 

W A R N I N G - Sensitive material below

I debated on whether or not to share this information with the entire blogosphere, but then I thought what the heck. So, I apologize in advance to FW (my hubby). He knows that I can't keep secrets. He also knows that the type of surgery I had was body altering, so people who live near me and know me will notice something different about me. Plus, all my close friends and family already know. Plus, plus, everyone in my church knows too. God love my church family. Ever since the pastor (being the good pastor that he is) put me on the "Prayer List", I have had an out pouring of support from them.

So, where was I. Oh yeah, my surgery. On July 14, 2010, I had mammoplasty reduction surgery. Notice I said, "reduction". For those of you who do not know me personally, I was rather *ahem*, large busted throughout my teen years and into my adult life. Let's just say that I have always been unhappy with my breasts. Aside from being totally self conscious of their largeness on my 5'1 petite frame, they have continuously caused me neck and back pain for years. So, after losing 54 pounds in the last year (not one ounce was lost from my breasts), and after much thought and support from my husband, I finally decided with my Doc's recommendation to go under the knife.   

It was a five hour long surgery and the surgeon was able to remove over 2 pounds of tissue! I was deathly ill from the anesthesia for two whole days. The headache and nauseousness did me in. So, on a positive note, I lost 7 whole pounds in 3 days! I really do feel lighter. It is like someone removed two bowling balls from my chest.  

Today is day 5 following my surgery and I am feeling great. I saw the surgeon today so that she could remove the drains from the sides of my breasts. What a relief to not have to sleep on my back. I have a little bruising, but the surgeon said I was healing very well. I have been surviving soley on Extra Strength Tylenol.   

I am very happy and pleased with the results, and contrary to what you may think, FW is too. Did I mention how supportive and loving and caring he has been through this? I am so blessed to have him in my life. My family and friends have also been very supportive in helping me with meals and the kids. I thank you all!!

I will be resting and recuperating at home the rest of this week. Again, I am so blessed to not have to work this week. It will be a 6 week full recovery and up to 6 months before my breasts are back to a "normal" state. *sigh*.


That corgi :) said...

wishing you a speedy recovery! I think it was great to consider and go through a surgery like this; I know your back will feel sooo much more better!


Jan n Jer said...

I applaud you...this was long over due! You not only look great, but you will be free from back pain too!

Tracy said...

You should post the picture of you in the wet t-shirt contest from last summer to give your readers an idea of your buxom stature...LOL!! We do need a before and after shot though.

Faye said...

Good for you Kelly! That's a very proactive decision. After all the hard work you've put in on losing weight and getting fit you don't need to deal with something that can be "fixed." Funny aside, always say that only my earlobes and buzzoms are thin--and I'm not complaining about either!

Take care, rest and recuperate.

Jan said...

Good for you. This change will affect you in so many ways.

The Church Lady said...

Thank you all for your well wishes and support. I truly appreciate your comments.

quilly said...

Just think of all the cute shirts you'll be able to wear and all the self-confidence you'll have and better balance, too! I offered a prayer for quick healing.

And I agree with your comment on my blog, we are both pretty lucky with our men.

gayle said...

Glad you are feeling better! You made a wise decision.

W.C.Camp said...

First off - incredible weight loss control (54 pounds - WOW). 2nd - glad your surgery went well. Scary I'm sure but congrats on dealing with apparently a long term health issue. Isn't it ironic how so many stupidly SEEK OUT and pay good money for the back and neck issues, that you are trying to fix? Enjoy your new freedom! W.C.C.


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