I went to my 3-week follow-up on 26 July 2011. This time I decided I wasn’t going to over pay on the car parking! I found myself a space and then went into reception and asked for a) change for the meter and b) an idea of how much I should put in the parking ticket machine. I was told to put the minimum in and any time over that would be their responsibility. As I had enough change (give or take 10p) that was not a problem for me.
While I was waiting for my appointment I wrote a bit for one of my blogs, which wasn’t much as I wasn’t waiting long.
I had been hoping that Ms M would see me, as I knew that she advocates wearing “magic pants” for only 3 weeks (don’t forget this is 24/7!). However, I saw Ms B (I don’t know whether she is Miss or Mrs, so I’m erring on the side of caution and using Ms). When I asked Ms B before I left hospital 3 weeks before this appointment about how long I should be wearing them, she categorically said 6 weeks.
Now, in December that wasn’t a problem. But now, in July and August, it’s not so good!
Regardless, I asked the question again. The response was: “It is up to you! However, you do still have some bruising and lumpiness. I recommend that you continue wearing them until both the bruising and lumpiness have gone. Well! That’s the sort of comment that ensures that I wear them for 6 weeks. Who wants to have lumpiness for the rest of their life? So it looks like I’ll be sweaty and uncomfortable for another 3 weeks then!
Ms B was very pleased with the healing of the various wounds on my abdomen and breast when the taping was removed. She advised that the stitches would disappear completely over time.
I did mention that I was aware of more dimpling over my scar than I had seen since my previous operation. Ms B said that she felt that I was too observant and that the overall result was very good, so far. I admit that I have to agree with her. I am very critical of my appearance and perhaps I should relax a little. Nonetheless, there is a small dimple evident when I lean forward!
As I haven’t much fat left on my abdomen, we’re waiting till my 6-month appointment to decide if any further surgery is likely. Personally I think it is the end of the line for me as a) in my opinion I don’t have enough donation fat available for the procedure and b) Mr S really doesn’t want me to put myself through any more surgery. When I mentioned this to Ms B, she did agree that any surgery was a risk and that it should be taken into consideration. We agreed to re-look at things in November when I return for my check-up and see how much fat has been retained in the breast.
Keep your fingers crossed for me, that my breast fat stays put and isn’t reabsorbed back into my body. I’ll let you know what happens in November; unless something else noteworthy happens before! If you have any questions that my blog has raised and think I may be able to answer them from a patients perspective, please let me know and if I can, I will let you know. If I don’t know, I will see if I can point you in the right direction.