Today is one month since my surgery! Really, I did not anticipate I’d feel this good. Yes, I’m still weaker than I was, need to rest in the afternoon, and can’t lift anything more than ten pounds (although I’m convinced I actually CAN do this, I’m not allowed to).
Because it’s a month after surgery, I’m allowed to stop wearing the abdominal binder. I really thought I’d celebrate this – it’s not so terrible to wear, but it is itchy, it moves around, the velcro bites my skin. However, I also found myself a little bit nervous about this. The abdominal binder strangely made me feel secure and protected. Also, the compression feels good around my whole belly bulge. I asked my FORCE cohort about this, and several of them agreed that it is somewhat hard to let go, on this thread (although, I can tell you right now, there’s no way I’m wearing Spanx unless I’m going to a wedding). I am concerned, however, that some of them did wear something (whether binder or spanx) for several months. I trust my doctor though, so I’ll go with his recommendation and see how it feels for a few days. This morning I did not put the binder on after my shower – I did some stuff around the house, drove, did a couple of errands, and really it feels fine (minus the itching and velcro biting!).
So a month out, obviously things look a lot different on my body. It’s easy to find loads of pictures of what breasts look like at this stage. So I thought I’d share some less common pics. Below are pictures of my belly-button, the left end of my abdominal scar completely closed up, and the small part of the incision that every now and then is still a bit gooey but also seems to be healing.
Considering this is what the incision looked like in the beginning, I think it’s a huge improvement!
Overall, I’m thrilled with the progress so far. I feel like each day I resume more of my pre-surgery life. It feels really good!