Third and fourth week after the surgery – filling my expanders!

Hey there! I wanted to share with you some stuff about my mastectomy and I didn’t want to put all that in my Monday’s post so I decided to write a new one. I hope that you’ll find something interesting here and if you know someone who’s going to go through this send them link to this post because maybe this will help them think in a more positive way which is very important.

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During my appointment two weeks after my surgery I had the first fill. To be honest, I was stressed because I didn’t really know what to expect. Most women say that filling itself doesn’t hurt and it depends what happens later. Some have problems with expanders being stuck between their ribs and it really hurts, others can’t sleep at night after their fills and other ones have terrible muscle spasms, etc. I was prepared for the worst, just in case, but turned out it wasn’t necessary.

Filling is painless. Expanders have a metal port in the middle which is found by using a magnet and a doctor puts a needle in the place that the magnet showed. Here you can see a drawing of how it all looks. And yes, putting the needle in and then the liquid doesn’t hurt at all which is probably because I don’t have much of a feeling in general. After the fill things were fine too and the only discomfort I had came the next day after I woke up. When I wanted to take a deep breath or yawn I had a problem with it because I felt a pressure on my chest. As if someone had his hand on it and pushed in. If it hurt… I wouldn’t call it a pain, it was just a discomfort. And it lasted several hours, it was much better in the afternoon. Other than that I didn’t have any issues.

After the first fill I started smiling like silly and my whole attitude that I was “gross” went away. What came back is a self confidence and yes, things don’t look how I’d like them to and how they’ll look in a few months but I feel much, much better now.

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During my appointment three weeks after the surgery I had a second fill and everything went as well as the first time but this time I didn’t have any discomfort afterwards at all. My surgeon told me that I can go back to the gym and start carrying April again. Of course with some changes because I can’t work out my chest muscles, shoulders or upper back. I can’t lift weights either. If it comes to April I shouldn’t bend over to pick her up but I can go on my knees and take her this way. Each day will be better and better. You can’t even imagine how awesome it is to hold her again! I don’t have any pain while doing it but I get tired faster. I had no idea how much strength I’d lose during this time. I know that everything will go back to normal and I’m very happy that my doctor allowed me to do these things instead of having me wait three more weeks or so. Oh, and I can take baths now if I want to as well.

During my first fill doctor put 60 cc to each expander, during the second one he did the same. He asked if I wanted more but he noticed that my muscle tensed so he suggested stopping then. A lot of problems I mentioned before like muscle spasms, pain and discomfort appear because doctors put too much saline! It’s worth it to pay attention to that and think if maybe it’s better to spend some more time on it but feel well instead of having to suffer after each time.

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Moreover, I can’t really wash the floor because it kind of hurts me. So washing the dishes is kinda the same because it’s a similar motion. But it’s all good… Nate can clean too. When I’m in a car I need to put a pillow or a scarf on my chest because the seat belt hurts me. I get tired faster because everything is still healing so my body is using more energy for this first and then the rest for other things. So I don’t push myself to anything and when I feel I need to stop I stop. But really, each day is better than the one before!

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And if any of you don’t know why I made this decision, what happened and where it all came from and you prefer to listen instead of reading, watch the video below! I added English subtitles so just click on “CC” on the bottom to see them.

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Talk to you next time!
Aga

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