• Another 100 Days of Good Karma: Day 214 (First Post-Surgery Tissue Expander Inflation)

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    Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today:  0.00 miles;  Running Total: 166.94 miles)

    Day 214 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.

    I went for my first post-surgery tissue expander ‘inflation’ appointment today.  Now that was some crazy shit.

    You know the little black port on a deflated basketball?  The one you stick a needle into to air it up?

    That’s basically what I have inside my chest.

    The plastic surgeon’s PA laid me back on the exam table and marked the port with a pen.  Then she popped a needle into the port (I only felt a quick pinch) and pushed 125 cc’s of saline into the tissue expander.

    As I watched my deflated breast filled out and stood up exactly like an inflating basketball would.

    I didn’t feel any pain, just a vague sense of the muscle stretching.  The PA said that I might experience some pain later, but the expansion didn’t hurt at all, then or later.

    My ‘new’ breast doesn’t look anything near natural.  The tissue expander is hard and stands straight out from my chest — the very definition of a Barbie boob.  And the right breast is still a bit smaller than the left (they’ll expand it some more next week), but…

    Today’s silver lining:  When I put a bra and shirt on, you’d never know.

    I was astonished at the confidence boost of seeing myself fill out a shirt again.  It gives me much more hope for the reconstruction process after radiation.

    What’s your silver lining today?  I love comments!

    Don’t want to leave a comment, but have something you want to share?  Send me an email at gettingthewordswrong(at)gmail(dot)com.

    xoxo,
    Meghan

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7 Responsesso far.

  1. Pat S says:

    Boobs and basketballs………………not a big fan of basketball……………..

  2. Leslee says:

    Great! Barbie boob or not, glad you have it and it makes you feel good! That’s what counts! Although, I don’t think I’ll ever look at Barbie the same again!! LOL!!!!!!

  3. Josh says:

    I am conflicted about what to reply. On one hand, I respect that this is a very personal moment that I’m sure I will never fully understand. And so I would post a reply full of warm thoughts and self-affirming positivity. On the other hand, the image you have created reminds me of a fairly exciting scene from a movie where a woman can inflate and deflate her breasts at will. And in that case I would post a reply that seems to be written by an 8-year-old boy with wide eyes and a shit-eating grin.

    So… I guess I will just give you a big high-five on the progress!

  4. […] Today I went back to plastic surgeon to start reinflating the tissue expander. The process is about the same as last time. […]

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