Photo from a recent girls' weekend.
I have contemplated whether or not I would share or not here but landed on yes because y'all are like extended family and because I hope it might help others who embark on this journey. Moreover, I will likely want to share bits and pieces during the recovery (or after) so figure, why not write about it now?
I come from a long-line of big-chested women. I have always been well-endowed, but after three kids, my breasts remain an H cup — yes, H is a thing. An awful thing! With my many years of migraines, shoulder and neck pain and assorted other issues, we decided that since we are done having children it was time to have the surgery. I have wanted to have a reduction for many, many years and it feels surreal that it is finally going to happen. We are so grateful that our insurance will fully cover the breast reduction.
As for the abdominoplasty…. Last year I shared that I have diastasis recti. My abdominal muscles are split in several spots, most severely in the middle of my abdomen, where I have a 4″ split. We tried physical therapy, but it did not reduce the split any noticeable degree. I have a lot of low back pain because of the split and find it difficult to bend straight over and then come back up. Basically, I have zero core strength and an inability to do core exercises because of the split. We decided that it made sense to have the repair done at the same time as the breast reduction since I will already be getting put under. I also have a lot of extra skin from my three pregnancies, which will be eliminated with the surgery. Our insurance will not cover the repair, so we have been saving up for it. (A tummy tuck includes the repair of the diastasis recti.)
Multiple physicians and my chiropractor believe it is in my best interest to have the reduction and abdominal repair. Doing both surgeries at the same time will reduce the time I have to spend out of work.
The recovery will be approximately 4 weeks, with most of that time be due to the abdominoplasty. December is a slow time for me at work, which is why we opted to have the procedure then. Unfortunately we will not be able to have family come to help us, but I will qualify for some home health care during the days following the surgery. I won't have drains from the breast reduction, but will from the abdominal surgery. The surgery is approximately 4 hours long and is out-patient.
We have friends that are going to keep our kids for the first 48 hours, but after that we will be on our own (we don't have any family locally). My mom is coming to Nashville to keep our kids when we go to Malaysia, so she won't be able to take off of work again so soon after that trip. We are planning to pay for a nurse to come in and help for the first week or so, as I hear that it is very, very difficult in the immediate days after.
I am nervous about the surgery (I have never been put under) and recovery (the pain and the drains), though I know it will be worth it. I'm exited for January when it will be behind me!
If you have had one or both of these surgeries, would you be willing to share your experiences and tips in the comments below?