Surgery Date Scheduled! Reconstruction Phase 2!

Hello everyone! I met with the Plastic Surgeon today and we have a date scheduled for phase 2 of my Breast Reconstruction!!

October 23, 2015 is the big day to remove the expanders and replace them with the new wonderful Jelly implants! He says that with the size I need, he prefers to go with a round implant instead of a teardrop. I need to be fuller on top and the teardrop won’t let that happen. I’m totally fine with his decision, he is the professional!

Images of what Breast Tissue Expanders are:

Tissue Expander tissue-expander-illustration

He says I will need a 3rd surgery in 3 months to do a fat graph. This is where he will go in to do some liposuction around the belly and insert it in the boobs to give them a fill on top if it’s needed… he wants to wait and see how my weightloss goes and how the boobs heal to determine the 3rd phase.

I will NOT be getting nipples made, he says it’s a personal preference and I choose not to have them. If they are not going to be functional, i rather not have the girls be at attention all day long. So just as an FYI for you guys who keep asking if i’m getting the nipples done… no. not even a nipple tattoo… I want a beautiful tattoo with roses going across the scars and down the right rib cage with an anchor and the pink breast cancer ribbon entertwined in it. the roses and anchor will look similar to this…

double mastectomy tattoo

Similar to this, not exactly like this… Isn’t this gorgeous??? seriously though… how powerful is this tattoo?

OK, so theres the update on that!

Also I literally just got a call from my oncologist scheduling me for an ECHO! An echocardiogram (also called an echo) is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that are sent through a device called a transducer. The device picks up echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of your heart. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen on a video screen.

Remember back in July when I was in and out of the hospital and having so many issues? I was told I was in the early stages of CHF ( Congestive Heart Failure). Here’s info from WEBMD- Heart failure does not mean the heart has stopped working. Rather, it means that the heart’s pumping power is weaker than normal. With heart failure, blood moves through the heart and body at a slower rate, and pressure in the heart increases. As a result, the heart cannot pump enough oxygen and nutrients to meet the body’s needs. The chambers of the heart may respond by stretching to hold more blood to pump through the body or by becoming stiff and thickened. This helps to keep the blood moving, but the heart muscle walls may eventually weaken and become unable to pump as efficiently. As a result, the kidneys may respond by causing the body to retain fluid (water) and salt. If fluid builds up in the arms, legs, ankles, feet, lungs, or other organs, the body becomes congested, and congestive heart failure is the term used to describe the condition.

Which y’all know, because I’ve mentioned this before, that I am now having kidney issues ( small cyst in kidney) and I’m on Lasix to help with the water retention. I pee every 20 minutes because the meds are flushing the fluids from my body.

Now that Chemo is done and I have the surgery scheduled for the boobs, the oncologist can focus on my heart and kidneys and my liver, she’s concerned about my numbers. Hoping to get this all fixed and resolved soon so I can get better 150% and stop seeing so many specialists!

Not to mention the issues with my head and my eyes (swollen optic nerves). but these problems are on hold until the expanders are removed and I can have an MRI done to see what’s causing all the swelling in my head/spinal cord and eyes. One issue at a time folks, this will be a long year for me… 2015 has sucked BIG TIME!

So theres an update! Thanks for following my journey thus far and for all the kind words and prayers!





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