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Diary of Breast Reduction: Recovery

March 13th, 2014

Michelle’s Patient Blog #6: My Recovery

Michelle writes: I stayed home from work on the 1st day following my surgery and I feel more awake today.  Lots of ice with water and just sitting around taking it easy as instructed. Again, not in pain.  The swelling stays at bay with the ice, and moving the ice is still is the most painful part. Since you have to stay in one position, and have the ice push on your breasts, for 20 minutes, and then move the ice bag and yourself….just that initial movement is painful.  But its nothing intolerable.

Day #2- I woke up feeling great.  The swelling seems  to be down a lot.  I am at home again. I “feel” like I can take on the world, but remember that Sandy told me not to overdo it, even though I think I can.  I am an A-type personality, so this is tough. But, I want my results to be good in the long run, so I want to follow my instructions.  I am on the couch, and ice for me. Again, no pain.  All in all, I would say this surgery and recovery thus far, is EXACTLY what everyone at Dr. Bashioum’s office said it would be. No surprises. Which actually surprises me!

Next time: Read my final thoughts and reflections about having breast reduction surgery here.

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Diary of Breast Reduction: My Surgery Day

March 10th, 2014

Michelle’s Patient Blog: My Surgery Day

Michelle writes: It’s the day of my surgery day. Of course, we would pick the coldest day in Minneapolis in like 20 years to have surgery, geez! I’m ready to get on my way, and I am nervous, but to be expected I think.

Everyone, I mean everyone, was very prepared when we got there. Even my fiancé noted how “they were on their game.” They answered every question I had, before I had time to ask it. They went over everything that was about to happen. They gave me some medicine to calm me down. I was a bit nervous. Dr. Bashioum was great. He came in, marked me up, explained what they were doing the whole time. The nurses and all the staff were VERY calming. All set, and I walked into the operating room. When I work up from surgery, the pain is very, very minimal.  The Doctor told my fiancé that I did well, and that everything went as planned.

The drive home and pretty much the rest of Monday was kinda blurry. The swelling and icing is probably the part that hurts the most. Otherwise, I was very pleasantly surprised at how little pain there is! The pain was a worry point for me, so I’m very happy right now.

Next time: Read how my recovery goes here.


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