Yesterday I took 'the girls' to meet the boob doctor. We've never been to see a plastic surgeon... hasn't been on my list of to-do's until they decided to try and kill me. I've been perfectly happy spending astronomical amounts on good bras to keep the girls high and tight. I even blogged about the importance of getting fitted and treating the girls with some respect. #gofigurebackstabbingboobies
My appointment went a bit like this...
Took the kidlets to a neighbors- how boring would this appointment have been for them. Replace boring with traumatizing.
Lisa picked me up Miss Daisy style and accompanied me to the office. After filling out more forms about my health (checked NO on everything but cancer #seriously) I was called into the doctors office... small, nicely decorated, photo album on desk full of breast before, during, afters. The assistant gave us the low down, then Dr. Gabriel brought it home... nice chit chat, good [stable] hands #thanksfornoticinghislisa and then the details.
He suggested I have expanders put in at the same time as my mastectomy. Expanders are basically small deflated beach balls that will have saline added to them to plump them up and in the process expand my skin enough to replace them down the road with implants. Sounds good... but I'm a bit skeptical that going the new route is better than the old route. Meaning this isn't the ol' standby routine for reconstruction. I've got to do a little more research, talk to a few more people, then make my decision. One of my hesitations is that I still need to do radiation, which really messes with my skin and it's strength to 'hold' the expander.
Following our chit chat consult I needed to take some pics... a girl needs before pictures right? I had to smirk to myself as the assistant had me pose in cheerleader like moves to take my shots- I did my best ;) Post photo shoot the doctor took my measurements, explained the process, and answered more questions.
I left with a cute lil' bag full of reading material and with my head spinning. I'm still in disbelief that I have to lose the girls and deal with this. #feelssoprimative