Here it is! The post I have been promising you with all the photos you may or may not want to see.
I had high hopes of making this a pretty snazzy post. I was going to have all these photos of flowers come up on your screen, and then have you scroll over them with your mouse and it show a different photo. It works well with one or two photos, but when you go to add as many photos as I did it just didn't load fast enough and the wrong photos showed first.
I decided to just post the photos people are wanting to see anyway. I will be posting the flower photos here and there in the future, but today all the photos are going to be of my battle scars.
When you click continue, you do so at your own risk. I am not holding back, and am showing you just about everything there is to see.
Now let's get this story started.
May 9th, 2011 I met the surgeon that would change my life, save my life and really change my whole world. Oh my goodness my world has changed so much in the last month that it isn't even funny.
Another thing that happened on May 9th was that I had to go shopping. I had to buy a cami that I would wear after surgery. It is the most expensive cami I have ever, and will ever buy in my life. It isn't even that pretty.
You might notice that I'm a bit lop-sided. This is the cami I was talking about. It is not just your average cami.
You see, this cami has pockets for the drain and it was very, very helpful.
Now, let's talk about the drain.
This is where the drain begins. There was a small incision made, and believe it or not, there is about 6 inches of that tube up in my chest.
I thought it would be pretty gross dealing with the drain, but it wasn't bad. I got to where I wanted to measure the fluids that were coming out of my body. When the fluids were 30 cc or less within a 24 hour period then I could get the drain out. I was ready for that. I have great luck, HA! My drain was ready to come out the Saturday morning after my surgery. The only problem with that was that the office isn't open on Saturday, so I had to go two more days with that crazy thing.
This is what the rest of the drain looks like.
This little bulb is where all the fluids go, and then…
…we had to pour it into this measuring cup.
I should have taken photos of the fluids in this measuring cup when they were up to 50cc. Oh well.
Now you kind of have an idea of what I went through with the drain. I won't go on and on about the drain, but tomorrow I am going to do a little informational post about how to work the crazy little thing.
Finally, the photo some of you have been either waiting for, or wondering if I would post it. Here it is…my left oobiebay, or lack there of.
And there ya have it. I feel like I need to explain something. This was shortly after surgery, so there was a little bit of the iodine, or whatever it is they used still on me. The lump in my chest is my defibrillator. And lastly, I had a mastectomy but I am going to have reconstructive surgery so there are tissue expanders. That is why there looks to be a little bit of oobiebay there.
I hope the photos do not offend anyone, and help others who may be wondering or getting ready to go through this themselves.
Now, I am going to make some cookie dough or something. I can't believe I am posting a photo of my chest out there for the world to see.