Yes! It’s done now. :) I am now 3 weeks and two days post-op and am recovering well at home. Took the surgical tape off 3 days ago, the scars look pretty good – cleaner than I’d imagined. The last time I’d seen them was at 6 days after the surgery, and they were pretty bloody then still. I have this Bio-oil stuff to massage into the scars twice a day, to assist the healing and stimulate nerve endings I guess. It feels really odd – numb with an undercurrent of sharpish pain, I’m not sure how to describe it better? It’s a vaugely nauseating feeling. The compression vest irritates the new skin, and it’s a pain to sleep in. It’s a thin, white, synthetic mesh material with a thicker row of loop and eye closures running down the front, and Velcro shoulder adjuster tabs. It rubs underneath the arms , and try as I might, I can’t seem to get a good position for the shoulder tabs. I shift around a bit when I get into bed each night, trying to find a comfortable way for the vest to sit. Poor Es – I try not to disturb her! I have to sleep on my back still, can’t wait until it’s comfortable enough to sleep on my side.
I’ve been instructed to keep wearing the vest for another 4 weeks, as much as possible. I’ve only washed it (well, got someone else to wash it!) once, and it’s probably due for another wash. I do have a few small pimples on the left side of my chest, washing it might help them settle. (edit: hand washed it again today – hooray!)
I’m pretty happy with the how my chest looks so far. The left side is spectacular – just perfect, couldn’t ask for better. :) The right side I am a little concerned with – the area around the nipple looks hollower and there is a swell of fatty tissue below it, which I’m hoping will even out in time. I keep telling myself that it’s only 3 weeks after all, and I just have to give it time to heal up. It’s certainly too soon to be thinking about revisions, right?
Typing on the computer isn’t easy yet, everything keeps pulling in odd ways so I’ll keep it short for now. I’m hoping that the prickly sensations of the scars and healing tissue against the compression vest will resolve quickly and I’ll be able to get back into normal activities soon. :)
I'll write about the whole fun trip up to Qld and stuff over the next week or so - take it bit by bit i think. I'll post some pics of my chest soon too, for those who are interested. :)