Monday, July 19, 2010

Surgery Scheduled!

Today’s visit to my plastic surgeon went well. After he came into the exam room and we had chatted a few minutes I asked, “Are you ever willing to deviate from your 3-month timeline for doing replacement surgery?” He said, “No, I’m not.”

Then he paused and added, “Well, I suppose I might possibly make an exception depending on how your expanders and skin are doing.”

After a quick exam he seemed rather surprised and said, “Hmmm. Everything is softening up so well that I think we actually can go ahead and do the surgery next month instead of in the middle of September.

Although I did refrain (just barely) from hugging him, you can bet I was grinning hugely on my way out of his office!

I have to go back to Greenville a week before the surgery for paperwork and blood work. I also have to meet with the surgeon once more to make the final decisions about silicone or saline implants, and what size I’m shooting for. (Which won't be a whole lot different from "the originals.")

The surgeon mentioned he could do a Dolly Parton job for me but after just a little bit of thought, I declined. (He even offered to throw in a blonde wig.) Nice to have a surgeon with a sense of humor!

It’s hard to express how happy I am about this. I know it seems like a small thing—a two-month wait instead of a three-month wait. But to move past the discomfort and impermanence of the expanders and to feel like I’m taking a giant step toward being done with this ordeal—well, to me at least, one month is a really big deal! (Dolly or no Dolly!)

Note: Sarah and I are planning on recording my Napkin Instruction Vlog tomorrow. I know you probably won’t even be able to sleep tonight due to your keen anticipation as you wait for this momentous event to unfold. Or in this case, for the event to “fold.” As in napkins. Folding. Get it?

Never mind.

10 Had Something To Say (Just click here!):

Anonymous said...


Yay for squishies! You will feel sooo much better and be MUCH more comfortable!

I have silicone; I know people who've had both and they all say there is more rippling with saline. As for safety, they're both about the same and remember - the saline implants have silicone "outsides" if you're worried about that.

Just for what it's worth, I'm 5'7" and weigh 145-150 (on a good day - LOL). My implants are 500cc round, high profile, making me a 36C/34D. Make SURE your PS uses high profile ONLY, otherwise you'll have "hamburger buns" with much less projection.

I'm SO happy for you! Happy dancing for squishie foobies! :)

Stefanie in St. Louis

Ann Martin said...

So happy you'll have surgery in August and be free from all this. How exciting for you! Hope Sarah is not still bored. Glad things are going well and hope you are enjoying the beach with this "hot" weather. Take care and God bless.

LizW said...

How nice it will be for you to look forward to the fall as recovery time, rather than surgery time. Keeping you in my prayers!

Carrie B said...

Yay for flexible surgeons! And now you'll have your favorite nurse at your bedside!
Happy Day :)

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that events are "unfolding" in a way that works out best for you. heh. And what... no Dolly? Really? I don't think you'll regret that decision; as I've aged, my molehills seem to be turning into mountains (which also seem to prefer to reside where the valleys should be... just sayin'), and the darn things get in the way. Not to mention that they make it hard to sleep on my tummy if I want to. You are a wise woman....

Guerrina said...

Aweome, Great, Wonderful News!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Actually, I've always wanted to learn to fold napkins to look fancy!

Anonymous said...

Oh Becky, I am thrilled your doctor stepped out of his 'norm' and is willing to do your surgery early. I can only imagine how you want to be at the end of this road. Personally, I just can't believe how quickly (not to you I am sure) your whole breast cancer treatment moved along. I guess I am in awe of you for forging on as you have. I am sure that if someone saw you on the street and didn't know you or read your blog they never in a million years would believe you had a double masectomy mere months ago. Heck, I cant believe it - and I read it as you lived it. are an amazing woman, Becky Smith. Thank you for sharing your family and yourself, your good days and not so good days with us.

Krista Labrensz said...

HURRY for a scheduled surgery!! Prayers to you!

Lisa said...

That is so great to hear, I am sure God was softening his heart along with your skin...
Sorry I havent posted sooner, we just did our cross country trip to FL and now the baby screams the second she gets in her car seat, can't say I blame her, 2500 miles is a long haul...

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