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That One Time I Had Breast Reduction Surgery – Recovery Week 4

Wednesday, March 2 – Day 21 Post-Op

Sitting at my PS’s office for my appointment. There are 7 people in front of me, FML. I have to cover the front desk at work in 1 hour. I hope they hurry.

So, last night after my shower, I noticed the small opening at the “T” intersection on the left boob looked yellowish. I’m already on antibiotics but I hope it’s not the start of an infection. I made the mistake of seeing tons of photos online of breast reductions gone wrong and most of them happened because they let infections at that intersection get really bad. It’s my worst fear.

The clear suture poking out at the bottom of the right nipple is still there and I believe causing the area around it not to heal properly. The dark scabs(?) I had around each nipple are slowly falling off in the shower. Still have some of the bumpy rash but I’ve been able to go without Ibuprofen, Benadryl or hydrocortisone all day so far. The ends of the incisions under each underarm get a bit sore every now and then, but it’s just a quick pulse.

I did a lot of walking today at work for Alaethia’s picnic (Mario made it to Emily’s since I had Latina Hope). And I was surprised that I could walk so fast in my wedges without feeling pain! Usually I have to pace my walk and hold my boobs cause I get pains from the bouncing 😳 .

All of us in this waiting room are staring at each other wonder which procedure they got, or are preparing for. I already caught 3 ladies staring at my boobs.

Ugh. I hope they hurry!

I had a long wait at the doc but befriended 2 ladies; 1 who was getting a lift, another that was getting a breast reduction/lift.

My doc saw me briefly, but said I was getting better. He said the rash/allergic reaction was healing well and that I most likely had a small seroma that was exiting through my left nip. It looks dry and crusty now, but I guess that’s part of the healing process.

I forgot to ask about the suture in the right, and the openings at the “T” intersection, but he did check me and wasn’t alarmed by anything. I told him I had an appointment next week and he said, “You’re looking too good for next week! See you in 2 weeks, unless you need to see me sooner, of course.” I’m so paranoid he will most definitely see me if something comes up! πŸ˜†

I felt pretty great all day…until I came home. I got crazy itchy and was feeling pulses of pain on the outer sides of each boob. Jorge said I had a long day, and did a lot at work, so my body was cooling down and feeling it. Still, made spaghetti squash with Italian turkey sausage, spinach, mushrooms and garlic. It was Alaethia approved! Emily, not so much!

After sending the girls off to bed, I passed out on the sofa. Jorge woke me and I showered, took Ibuprofen and Benadryl and gave myself a coating of hydrocortisone. I’m only applying it at night.

Thursday, March 3 – Day 22 Post-Op
I was finally in bed tonight before midnight but I can’t sleep with work things circling in my brain. Plus the tingling in my nips doesn’t help 😳 .

I walked over 6,000 steps today, which is a lot more than I had in a while! Spent the first 2 hours taking the first front-desk duty shift and watched desperately as my co-workers all wandered across the street to the Food Park to get coffee at our newest truck, Moonbeans!

I finally got to saunter over there with Gerry around 9am.


I had the French Vanilla latte…mmm. So. Good! And to top it off, it was on the house for employees!

Will definitely head over tomorrow to purchase one!

Once I headed upstairs to my desk my nips were feeling tingly. I felt a bit of itching still, but nothing I couldn’t handle. Then my nips started…standing on end, which I thought was weird since I thought it was too soon for them to be “working”! So I had to keep covered with my cardigan!

I was able to carefully walk up and down stairs again!

Took care of several Latina Hope things and Food Park things. Then I headed straight to the girls’ school for Open House. Mario was ahead of me so he picked them up and met me.

Both teachers were raving about the girls, except for one of Aly’s teachers. I was sort of…annoyed at how she said she didn’t think Alaethia was motivated and didn’t try hard enough. She excells at all her other classes. Even her math teacher commended us on working with her and how much she’s improved after our last mini-conference. But several kids are scared of this one teacher, and maybe she’s the reason my kid isn’t motivated.

Was tingling AND itching by the time I got home. Jorge washed some things for me and then we showered. Coated my bewbs in hydrocortisone, took my Benadryl and antibiotic and took my nightly photos. I still have that small triangular opening at the “T” intersection but Jorge looked at it and said it’s healing. And my nips are peeling! Especially the left one, which could explain why they itch.

Anyway. Time to sleep!

Friday, March 4 – Day 23 Post-Op
Standing in the bathroom in front of the mirror dabbing an alcohol-drenched cotton ball on a giant zit I just destroyed. I shouldn’t have, I know, but it was this huge, angry-red orb that literally grew larger every hour. I got sick of it and steamed it all evening, showered tonight, and zapped it.

Why do I mention my zits? Because I was actually happy with my complexion the past 6 months or so; whether it was my diet, or water intake, or vitamins/probiotics, my diet (less dairy), acne antibiotic or maybe everything combined! But I felt GOOD about my skin.

To be honest, I haven’t been decreasing my sugar intake, so that could be a culprit. And since I’m taking Bactrim to prevent an infection at my BR incision sites I haven’t taken my Minocycline, which is the antibiotic I’ve taken for my cystic acne that saved my skin since 2011. Now that I think of it, since I’ve been taking different medications I haven’t taken Minocycline since my surgery 😳 . I thought I’d get lucky and finally overcome the cystic acne–and I did do well for a couple of weeks–but it started out with 2 small pimples on my forehead last week, then one on my chin and then this huge one this week. Ugh. I can’t escape it πŸ˜• .

Just when I was getting ready to write a post all about getting rid of your acne and what I did–trial and error–to get there. It’ll have to wait till I can repair my skin again!

But, regarding my boobs: did pretty well today. Lots of walking, even up and down stairs. They’re itchy in some parts due to the rash but a lot of the tiny blisters have dried up. The open areas are still draining and get crusty (sorry), but I guess they’re healing well otherwise. The nips are still doing tingly pulses and they even feel sensitive to the touch so that’s good news! The over-sensitivity has diminished a great deal. The ends of the incisions near the underarm still itch and get minimal pulses of pain. I can mostly drive without feeling pain but the seat belt still bothers me so I use my small pillow. I have to hold them sometimes, randomly, because they’ll feel really heavy all of a sudden! Other than that, I’m enjoying my smaller boobies πŸ™‚ .

Husband took me to Tower Burger in Alamo today πŸ™‚ .

Tower Burger and Loaded Fries
Samburger (Salmon) and Loaded Fries

I skipped out on the Food Park and Music After Hours since I had to run errands and head home by 6pm. Then I was too lazy to go back. But Jorge and Michelle said it was a good turnout, thank goodness!

Ok. I’m hoping my Benadryl kicks in soon. Had so much trouble sleeping last night and after my shower right now I was wide awake πŸ˜• . I hope I can sleep! All I wanted to do last night was turn on my side, but I can’t! The little shock of pain was a nice reminder to stay put on my back!

Saturday, March 5 – Day 24 Post-Op
It’s actually 2:01am Sunday already, but since I haven’t updated for Saturday…
I had a normal Saturday; paid bills online. Was taking my sweet time because I didn’t want to leave the house. Went to visit Gramma for a while. Went grocery shopping at HEB with mom. Cleaned a bit. Made dinner:

Lazy Shrimp Ramen

Jorge got home, then was called back into work so I waited to eat, but by the time he got home the soup dried up a bit. It was still delicious!

Jorge streamed the fight, and i was kinda bored so i passed out. This is a horrible habit of mine. I do it every night and then, once I shower, I can’t sleep. Like right now 😑 .

I woke up on time to see the 2 main fights–it was crazy! Both the Champs got beat!

Then it was time to shower. I took my nightly photos of my incisions and rash. Yep, I still have some of it. I still itch. And when I finally get desperate and scratch I think I pop the blisters and they spread. (Gross, I know.) That’s the only logical explaination as to why I have brand-new ones. It’s slightly depressing.

Since my sports bra crawls up during the day I have to pull it down and that’s when I feel a tug or a rip. That’s usually because I’ve torn away some scab. Which makes me itchier.

I noticed during my photo sesh that the opening on the left side at the “T” intersection looks slightly bigger, which scares me. It looked more white than yellow this time, so I’m not sure if that’s good or bad. Still, it makes me extremely nervous and uneasy. I have several openings that are still draining and turn crusty. Counting the days till it hopefully stops for good πŸ™ .

Sunday, March 6 – Day 25 Post-Op
Rested a lot today. Maybe that’s why I could zone in on how itchy I felt =/. Mom and I only left the house to do some Easter basket shopping for the kids. Not sure if it just happened on it’s own or it happened when I would press down on the itchy parts to keep from scratching but I noticed A LOT of new blisters today! πŸ™ I just want them to go away already.

Other than that, I was getting weird little pains on the end of my incision on the right side. No change on the openings. Back to work in the morning. Not ready for this month at all.

Monday, March 7 – Day 26 Post-Op
The new blisters were so itchy today, but I was so busy at work that I’d forget about it. I showed Michelle the blisters and she brought up a good point: what if it’s my cotton bras causing them to spread somehow. Those were the bras I wore all weekend, so she may have a point. Going to wear the…nylon (?) bras I have to test this theory. I Googled “how to get rid of steri-strip rash” and it’s incredible, and mind-boggling, that so many people are allergic to it and they still use it!

I noticed during my shower that the clear suture poking out of my right nip broke; it’s no longer a loop, it’s just sticking out. Hope it comes out peacefully with no problems!

Driving is better now; I can almost fully turn the wheel. It still feels slightly painful to drive without a pillow between my chest and seat belt.

Hoping I can get over this bout of acne I’m having. It’s depressing. I was doing so well! After doing some reading, though, I do believe I may be having a reaction to soy milk! I had soy milk in my latte this morning. I only started drinking it in February and my skin started acting up at the end of February. I guess I can’t have any kind of milk πŸ™ .

Jorge and I had Green smoothies for dinner and OMG, it’s killing my stomach. Why nowwww?? Wait, nevermind. Better now than at work!

Tuesday, March 8, Day 28 Post-Op
Getting in bed at midnight again, meh. It was a long day today. Dropped off Alaethia, took Emmos to doctor (where she scored a huge pack of Justin Beiber stickers), dropped her off at school (she was fine!), went to work, had a heck of a day and still didn’t complete everything on my to-do list. This event is practically new and it worries the crap out of me.

Rushed to pick up the girls for their Dance Kids class and…the power was out. So we came back home; me to change into jeans and sandals and them for their iPads. Headed straight to Jaylen’s school where we met him and his dad and attended his Open House. Very disappointed with whomever chose students for the Academies. Jaylen’s 2nd in his class and he didn’t make it in!

Argh, anyway, his teachers all had great things to say πŸ™‚ ! Half of them said, “I wish all my students were like Jaylen!” The best thing to hear, ever!

Finished there, went to Mario’s to see Eenan and pick up Emily’s cough medicine. There’s supposed to be a storm coming in and Eenan was half-joking about being terrified πŸ˜† .

Got home, rushed dinner, put the girls to bed after they brushed their teeth and then watched Scandal with Jorge and John.

Considering how busy my day was, I had minimal itching. By the time I’m getting in the shower, though, I feel terribly itchy πŸ˜• . I wish it would just stop!!

The redness on the new blisters/rash is pretty depressing; just when I’m seeing a light at the end of the tunnel…

I’m trying not to put gauze near the rashy parts to see if that’s what’s making them spread. I still need it for the “T” intersections that are still open and draining.

My nips have some redness on the outer parts of the areola. Hope it’s just from dry skin falling off.

The ends of each incision near my underarm are really protruding, and somewhat puckered looking πŸ˜• . Like there’s scar tissue. I read that it could be from “overdoing it”. (The internet does not help my hypochondriac tendencies whatsoever.)

Ok, time for bed!

That One Time I Had Breast Reduction Surgery – Recovery Week 3

Wednesday, February 24 – Day 14, Post-Op
I guess I took so long between hydrocortisone, Benadryl and my Ibuprofen that I was really red and irritated by the time I showered at 10:30 p.m. last night. I was really uncomfortable but managed to sleep well enough. I did wake up one time because Emily had leg pains and wanted Motrin and another time because my arm was numb and tingly (need to ask the doc about that at my follow-up on Friday!).

I was really itchy when I woke up and then sore when I got to work. I wore a dress that was flattering when I had big boobs, but now that they’re smaller you can tell I need to work on my “abs” πŸ˜† . I can’t wait to be better!

Emily’s 7th birthday is today so I’m taking my lunch hour later and meeting her dad at the school for her cupcake party with her classmates.


After Emily’s cupcake party and dropping the girls off with Mom before I went back to work, the girls’ backpacks were in the back of the truck so I had to open the hatch…and I let go so it flew up. I had no choice but to raise my right arm and close it. Sure enough, by the time I got back to work I was feeling an uncomfortable spasm of pain, which only added to the intense soreness I felt all day. Several of my co-workers noticed I wasn’t myself and was kind of reserved since I was breathing through the soreness/itchiness all day. Not even the 2nd coat of hydrocortisone helped after noontime. I just felt uncomfortable and mopey all day. Gerry and Rosie both said I should have been off this week, too. I thought I would be well enough to make it through, but I feel exhausted and it’s Wednesday. I think I may just take tomorrow and Friday and see what the doc says at my appointment. Time to take my meds and go to sleep.

Thursday, February 25 – Day 15 Post-Op
I took the day off work after all. Relaxed most of the day and was relieved that I wasn’t experiencing that strange soreness; the one where even my blouse or hair cause me to become anxious.

I had to pick all the kids up since Jorge isn’t here, and pick up groceries and more Benadryl and non-stick gauze (I’m happy they finally stocked them again!), so my drive was literally about 3 hours long. Or more. Then I had to make dinner. Exhausted is an understatement. And the itchiness. Oh. My. God. I was on fire from the itch by the time we made it home.

As soon as all the kids were showered and I finally got a minute to sit on the sofa my boobs started throbbing. I showered and became even itchier from having to wash the old hydrocortisone from my incisions. My newer sports bras are all dirty and we got home too late to wash so I’m wearing an old one I hardly ever used because it was too small. Hopefully I’ll be alright in it.

When I was looking at my incisions after my shower I noticed a spot opened where the vertical and horizontal incisions intersect πŸ™ . I read that when those types of openings happen, it’s usually very hard for them to close up in that area. There was even a pinhead-sized white spot in that opening that worries me. That, on top of the blisters possibly spreading (I swear there’s a lot more new ones popping up), I feel really discouraged and disappointed.

My skin seems to also be peeling in some spots. I have a list of questions to ask my doc at my follow up tomorrow. I just want this rash to go away so I can heal properly.

Saturday, February 27 – Day 17 Post-Op
Didn’t update at all yesterday, but I stayed home from work again. Had to drop Jorgie, Justin and Jules off at school in the morning since Jorge was working out of town. Then I dropped the girls off. (John dropped Eenan and Jaylen off.) After the long drive I went to my appointment at my plastic surgeon’s office. I still felt uncomfortably–and sometimes desperately–itchy, and still had the small shocks of pain and the crazy sensitive skin.

I changed into a gown and Doc checked me out. I noticed he had a poker face going on. He asked, “What are you putting on it?” I said, “What you prescribed: hydrocortisone and taking Benadryl.” He surveys my incisions and rash and says, “How many times do you put the hydrocortisone?” I answered, “What it says on the box, no more than 4 times a day.”

He said, “That’s way too much! Bring it down to 2 times a day. What soap are you using?” I said, “Dial antibacterial,” and he says, “Oh no! Don’t use antibacterial soaps. It may have caused more irritation. Stick to Dove sensitive.” Which is ironic because that’s the soap I used to use! Both those chunks of advice would have been ideal to hear last week!

I told him about the weird numbness in my arms, but he checked me out and said that and the chills, aren’t related to the surgery. Well hell. I also told him about the suture that’s poking out of my right nip and he said it should dissolve on it’s own. My left nip is now leaky, which is weird, cause it hadn’t done that. I told him about the opening at the “T” intersection, but he said that’s the last part that heals, so it was normal. Woah.

I asked him if the bra I was using was fine and he said yes. So that was it. Went to HEB to stock up on more non-stick gauze, hydrocortisone, Dove Sensitive and Vitamin C.

Spent the day not moving much and hardly applied hydrocortisone. I was itchy so I took Benadryl, but the pains I was having the day before were minimal and so was the soreness. Mom and I watched “Fuller House” till Linda arrived and we went to visit Gramma. She’s been having some issues at the nursing home so everyone’s trying to get to the bottom of why she’s been anxious and scared πŸ™ .

We got back and continued our Fuller House marathon will I had to get ready to go to Jaylen’s track meet. It would be another hour and a 1/2 or more I’d spend driving. The bumps and potholes don’t bother me as much, but I still have to press my heart pillow against my chest, just in case.

The trek up the stadium bleachers was tough, but I made it. Met Mario and the girls there (he picked them up from school and went straight there). Jaylen ended up being pulled out of the races 😑 so we left to Mario’s house to pick up Eenan and the girls. Jaylen wouldn’t get out till 9:30 or 10:00 so I would pick him up this morning.

By the time I got home, I was beat. Jorgie, Justin and Jules were dropped off by their mom and Jorge arrived a short time later. It felt like he was gone forever =/.

Woke up this morning at 7:30 to Jules coughing so I got up to give him cough medicine. Then I couldn’t sleep from the itching. Jorge had to go pick up a key so I stayed home and ate cereal. Then I took Benadryl and was falling asleep all over again. Thankfully, Jorge drove to pick up Jaylen from Mario’s work.

Been feeling itchy, sometimes unbearably, but I’m powering through =/. Applied hydrocortisone reluctantly, but the girls were attending a party at Get Air so I didn’t want to feel miserable away from home. The girls all had a blast and Jenny and I chit-chatted while we watched them :).


Next we went to find supplies Alaethia needs for a project. We went to the 99 Cent Store and found what she needed, and of course you can’t walk out of there without snacks and random stuff, like supplies for work πŸ˜† .

We went to Gramma’s and she was in good spirits, thank goodness. I helped her get her snacks ready: an empanada and Peeps Linda had taken to her. She offered the girls some and they happily obliged.


We visted for about 45 minutes and she was in a good mood. She keeps telling Linda and Aunt Nora that she’s scared, but she doesn’t do that with me πŸ˜• .

We got home and the little ones wanted to play bowling in the driveway. It was windy, so they didn’t get to play too much. The ice cream man was passing by and we ran inside for some cash. The whole fam hung out outside eating our ice creams. We even got an extra one for free for being good customers, heh.

Jaylen, trying to escape the photo!

John and his girlfriend, Johanna, arrived shortly after. She brought us brownies and they were delish. The kids devoured them! She’s adorable, and she gets our insane sense of humor so that’s a plus πŸ™‚ .

We ordered Domino’s for dinner, which was a relief. Still haven’t taken Ibuprofen, Benadryl or hydrocortisone yet, but I don’t want to apply another coat until I shower. The most uncomfortable parts are at the end of my left/right incision near my underarm (I swear there are new blisters) and under each breast (those BURN!). Ugh. Ayudame Dios!

So itchy. But I don’t want to think about it!!

Sunday, February 28 – Day 18 Post-Op
Jorge woke me up earlier than I would have liked, but I think I’m slightly less itchy? I haven’t applied hydrocortisone yet but I may take Benadryl just in case. I feel a little less soreness, too, but it’s still early so I won’t count my chickens.

It’s past 5 and I’ve managed to go so far without applying hydrocortisone OR taking Benadryl! I’m slightly itchy, but not like before. I hope it stays that way. Still have some soreness/sensitivity when anything brushes against my chest, and hurts when we hit really deep potholes. And my left nip has been, er, leaky 😳 . Keep having to change the gauze. It’s worrisome but apparently normal for now.

Definitely counted my chickens before they hatched πŸ™ .I started getting unbearably itchy around 9pm (right after The Walking Dead), on each side under my underarms and near my left nipple. I undressed to shower and noticed I had more NEW rash bumps near my left nipple. When I showered I noticed my left areola, the one that’s been leaking, had red bumps all over it, like the rash! I’m worried. Jorge says I should go to the doc in the morning but I’m supposed to report to work!

Monday, February 29 – Day 19 Post-Op
I woke up and got myself and all the kids ready. Did the 1 1/2 hr. drive to drop them off. Called the doc because of my new complications and he prescribed Bactrim (?). Can’t remember, but he didn’t like the fact that my nipple was leaky to the point where I needed gauze all the time.

Work was alright. Even though at some points I wanted to rip my skin off from how itchy I was, and through the shooting pains I occasionally get on my nips and the sides where the incisions end under each armpit. I didn’t take any medication at all, nor did I apply hydrocortisone but I probably should have in hindsight, I felt so awful. But I concentrated on my work, and Michelle and I went to lunch, and later on went shopping with Latina Hope ladies and Thelma. I had to go grocery shopping after work, then unload (the girls helped me). My love was working on repairs in the bathroom while we visited Gramma and he made chili for dinner πŸ™‚ .

I think my nip and areola looked better tonight. Keeping my fingers crossed and praying I can get over this and just concentrate on healing the actual wounds.

Tuesday, March 1 – Day 20 Post-Op
Jorge and I stayed up late last night. Erm. Let’s just say my poor husband has been a very patient man. They aren’t kidding when they tell you intimacy must be put on the back burner. But we’re troopers πŸ˜† !

Anyway, woke up this morning feeling like I needed 8 more hours of sleep, but I really didn’t feel too bad from my boobies. The right side near the armpit was what I noticed upon waking was sore.

After dropping the girls off and opening at work, I started feeling little pangs of pain suddenly near the right armpit πŸ˜• . Answering the phone the first 2 hours of work (front desk duty), and constant work made me exhausted by 1pm and I took 1 Ibuprofen. BUT, I didn’t need hydrocortisone nor Benadryl during work. Now that I’m calming down from the day, sitting waiting for the girls to get out of their dance, class I’m feeling soreness near both nips and on the outer sides. I haven’t looked at them all day at work since my chiffon top is sheer and I’m wearing a fitted cami under. I hope they’re better!!

That One Time I Had Breast Reduction Surgery – Recovery Week 2

Wednesday, February 17 – Day 8, Post-Op
8:14 a.m.
My follow up appointment with my surgeon is today. I may just get to see what my bewbs look like today!

Woke up around 6am, again. Darn alarm in my brain. My chest was in pain, mostly the left side so I had to walk around sort of supporting the bottom of my boob to keep the pain at bay. Nothing major, but noticeable.

Was able to help the girls get ready and brush their hair (very slowly, no ponytails, though) and make myself my coffee and 2 eggs. I forgot to ask Jorge to take my clothes down from the closet πŸ™ . It still hurts to reach “up”.

I keep getting those pains, now under the left and center πŸ™ . Really nervous about it hurting when they remove my bandages. Waiting around like:

I couldn’t stand the pain by the time I got to the doc’s office. Every bump in the road was agony. They took us right in, all the girls friendly, asking how I was doing. My doc comes right in and gets right down to peeling all the tape off, warning me when he would rip a piece off. It was itchy and painful in some spots.

Time for the big reveal. As soon as all the tape and guaze was off he said, “They’re beautiful!! And I don’t usually say that so soon!”

He said they were healing well. It was crazy looking in the mirror and seeing tiny boobies! I turned and caught a glimpse of Jorge’s expression, honestly nervous at his reaction. But he smiled a genuine smile πŸ™‚ *whew*!!

Doc said my little tapes on my nips would fall off in the shower and my sutures should fall off too. If they didn’t, he’d remove them at my next appointment in 2 weeks.

There’s still swelling in the middle and on each side of my breast, but as soon as all that guaze and tape was off I instantly felt better! I wasn’t expecting for the scar under my breasts to be so long; they literally go from one side to the other. But I did have pretty big boobs and I’m sure they had to get rid of a lot of excess.

They told me to change, and to my horror, I was now braless! Jorge said, “Uh-oh, now what are you going to do?!” The girls saw me walk out with my hands covering my boobs and they offered us some bras, which ironically are from a company I work with at work! The lady had told me to pick any type of undergarment I wanted cause I was always nice to her :). I need to take her up on her offer!

The bra is front-closing but it bothers my incision sites so they told me to put guaze. We are on our way to Wal-Mart so I can hopefully find some cute bras πŸ˜€ !

My post didn’t update earlier, but when we finally got home from Wal-Mart and I was about to take my glorious shower…I had to wait a whole hour in my robe for the hot water to be hot again. Mom and the girls had already beat me and used the hot water!

When I finally did shower, it was hard to raise my arms to wash and condition my hair. I was afraid to put my boobs underwater, but I did and it was great! I couldn’t reach my back so my love washed it for me. I made sure to dry myself well and even air-dried. I felt so much better, except for the intense itching I was feeling where the gauze tape was ripped off. All I want to do is scratch. And I have their weird little bubble right in the center but not on the incisions that’s REALLY itchy. We realized my sports bra was too tight so Jorge and I went back to return it. I got 2 more: a cotton one with the forward clasps, and a black, soft pullover one. It feels much better and there’s minimal pain, but I do feel it more on the left side, which is really bruised. I just want to scratch still!

Thursday, February 18 – Day 9, Post-Op
I woke up at 3:45am, not being able to sleep anymore. I was itchy again in the center and under my left breast. My nip on the left side is also VERY itchy. The only itching I feel on the right is near my underarm. I very softly rub the itch when it feels unbearable.

There was a bit of oozing on the left side. 3 little dots, but I stuck some non-stick gauze under my sports bra.

Looking for ways to remove the sticky tape residue, since I forgot to buy some while at Wal-Mart yesterday. No pain on the right side, shooting pains on the left. Only taking 400mg of Motrin. Am going to give driving a shot today. I’m nervous about the bumpy roads and seat belt πŸ™ .

Still freaking out over wearing a tank top and zip-up sweater and there’s so much room!!

I’m also able to finally feel good enough/less pain that I can mostly walk with good posture, and briskly. I was walking like a hunchback before because it hurt to stretch myself up, and very, very slowly.

Been enjoying my convos with mom and Linda the past week. Today John chimed in.

Fearfully drove to pick up Alaethia from her UIL party. Jorge left me his car and took my truck, and of course it was on empty 😑 . So that made my experience a little more challenging .

The bumps weren’t as much of a big deal. Not sure if it was because I was the driver this time or because of the little soft heart pillow I carefully stuck between my chest and seat belt. What did hurt was turning and closing the doors πŸ˜• .

Next I took the girls to and from their dance class. I was exhausted.

I don’t know if it was the drive, or if my white, front-closing bra I brought at Wal-Mart was irritating me, but I was in this desperate, itchy pain. Especially on my left side. I changed out ny non-stick gauze and realized I was oozing a few drops here and there, but what struck me as odd was how red I was. So I called my doc’s office and they said oozing was normal, but to go in if I developed a fever or the ooze turned to blood.

So I changed bras and stuck more non-stick gauze in there.

Jorge was home already, Mario was dropping the boys off and Jorgie, Justin and Jules were being dropped off by their mother as we were arriving.

We took the little ones to Build-a-Bear, as we’d planned, for their birthdays. They had a blast!




Unfortunately it took me forever to get everywhere. When we got home, the kiddos ate pizza with mom, and Jorge and I went to Walmart to get a few more supplies and gauze.

Needless to say, I was beat. I got into the bathroom to shower and carefully removed my gauze pads. I was horrified by how red and bad it looked. I cried a little, from the pain and nerves and I just felt awful that I had finally gotten this procedure done and it was going all wrong.

I ended up wearing an old baggy sports bra, so hopefully I’ll feel better with less irritation. I just hope it doesn’t move up into my incision πŸ™ !

Friday, February 19 – Day 10, Post-Op
So I slept in nothing but my undies and my sports bra last night. Didn’t even place the non-stick gauze on the incisions to let the skin breathe, like Jorge said. I almost slept through the night but woke up at 4am feeling itchy, but definitely not as bad as I felt before bed.

Still, got all the kids up and ready this morning and braced myself for the long drive dropping them off at school. It still hurts to reach and pull the car door closed. It hurts to make a turn but my little pillow helped with the bumps.

As soon as it was 8:00am, I called my doctor. They told me to go right in, so I did and they took me in immediately, thank goodness.

He askes what was wrong and I told him how much pain and itching I was having. Told him I even cried and thought it was the bra causing friction and irritation, maybe from driving? He said, “I’m going to rip off all the tape to get a better look.” I said, “Is it going to hurt?” And he said, “No not really,” and yanked it all off. Yes, it did hurt. I cringed and shut my eyes and was certain that when I’d open them I’d find my nips hanging on the tape!

As soon as he saw the incisions he said, “Well, it’s not an infection. You’re having an allergic reaction to either the surgical tape or the bra you were wearing, or something you came into contact with. Take Benadryl, put hydrocortisone on the red parts of your skin and wash and dry normally. Don’t put any other ointments and I’ll see you in one week.”

So I went to Wal-Mart and got more of the same type of bra, new towels and all the meds I’d need.

Came home and John helped me wash everything and now that the towels are finally dry, I can shower!!

Saturday, February 20 – Day 11, Post-Op
So I spent a lot of the afternoon yesterday feeling drowsy from the Benadryl. The angry, red rash wasn’t as red by the evening thanks to both the Benadryl and hydrocortisone, but it’s still a scary sight πŸ™ . And still itches once the meds start wearing off πŸ™ .

I did manage to make it to my event at work, Food Park Unplugged, and it was great to get out of the house besides going to Walmart. The weather was perfect and the music was awesome :).


Can’t wait for the next one!

We got home and I quickly took my Benadryl and smeared a fresh coat of hydrocortisone on all the red parts. I’m a bit nervous because there’s a separation at the bottom of my left nip. It looked raw and was oozing. I put a fresh non-stick gauze pad on it just in case.

I woke up this morning feeling itchy but couldn’t take anything other than my Motrin since I’d be driving. The opening at the bottom of my left nip looked a tad more closed up, but was still oozing and hasn’t completely scabbed over.

Driving has gotten a little better; hitting potholes I don’t see or sudden bumps don’t make me cringe as much. Still driving around with my little pillow separating my boobs from the seat belt.

The girls had fun at Blanca’s granddaughter’s birthday party. Us adult girls did, too, what with so many goodies, and I was starving since I hadn’t had breakfast.





They had a great time!

I did some grocery shopping (there hasn’t been proper shopping done since I was out of commission!). Got home and Mom helped me unload and put everything away. By then my rash was itching like crazy and my boobs were sore πŸ˜• . I’m thinking all the walking and having them bounce around is what did it (the soreness).

We visited Gramma for a good while and then we came home and I took my Benadryl. Amazingly, I’m still awake!

Could never take a "selfie" like this before! My boobs would make me self-conscious and I'd have to crop it!

Sunday, February 21 – Day 12, Post-Op
Got a call last night that my poor Alaethia chipped her front tooth while at her dad’s πŸ™ . Wish I could see her.

Woke up feeling slightly itchy, but with a lot less pain. The opening at the bottom of my left nip finally closed up, thank God. Where the angry redness was, now there is pimply-looking bumps. I didn’t take Benadryl or Ibuprofen till 2pm, so that’s progress. The itchiest parts now are under the right boob near my armpit, near the bottom of my left nip, on the top left and in the center. I am so used to hiding my big boobies by pressing my arms to my side that I still do it and in turn I hurt my incisions. I can’t wait for this rash to go away πŸ™ !!

Also, realized there’s an area of numbness on the right side of my right breast πŸ™ . My friend warned me about this, and I was expecting something like that but it is shocking to experience it. My skin, mostly at the top of each boob, feels really sensitive to the touch and I have to pull open my sports bra just to get some air and relief. However, the pain isn’t too bad. Have only had to take Ibuprofen the one time. The only really itchy area right now is above my left nip and on the right side near the armpit. That one’s been bothering me all day πŸ˜• .

I showered and I think I feel itchier than before. I just want to scream from how frustrated this is making me feel :'(! I can’t stand how ugly the bumps look, either. I noticed a suture is sticking out from the bottom of my right nip and that’s why it won’t heal and keeps oozing. And I also think there’s a small separation happening in the scar under my left boob. Feeling really mopey right about now.

Yes, pls, kthx.

Monday, February 22, 7:03am – Day 13 Post-Op
Woke up at 3:30am with intense teeth-chattering chills. It was awful. I couldn’t control it. Not sure what it was about; if it was because my hair was wet, that I only slept in m sports bra and undies ans was cold or if I’m getting some type of infection. I hope it’s not the latter :(.

I also woke up at that time and 2 additional times because my arms would go numb and tingly! Really strange πŸ˜• .

Going to attempt to get ready and go into work. I’ll come home if i can’t survive the day.

At work. So far, so good. Took only one Benadryl so I’ll have Michelle clap or something if I get drowsy. Brought lunch so I don’t have to drive. Was surprised with these beautiful flowers from Thelma!


So I made it through my first day at work. I took Ibuprofen during lunch and applied more Hydrocortisone too. All-in-all, did ok, but my right side near the armpit was the itchiest. Catching up on all my emails was a good distraction from the itch. I did miss my Scandal marathons, though πŸ˜† .

I went to HEB for groceries (ran into Gabriel!), and by the time I was done, I was beat. Still, got home and caught up with my babygirls, changed and applied another coat of Hydrocortisone and then called the boys and made dinner (beef quesadillas with guac, salsa and sour cream). My boobs feel like they weigh 20 pounds right now, but they do feel better than yesterday. Babysteps.

Tuesday, February 23 – Day 14 Post-Op
Considering that I had a pretty normal (hectic) day yesterday, I woke up feeling pretty good. That meaning that I didn’t get those weird chills/arm numbing, I mostly slept through the night and I woke up feeling less itchy than I had since this allergic reaction started.

I did my nightly routine and felt ok when I went to bed. The angry red blisters seem to be healing, but still itchy near the ends of wach incision near the underarm. A few spots are still oozing, but nothing severe.

Got ready for work this morning and dropped the girls off. Walking is a bit easier today and the bumps in the road weren’t too bad. I am having small shocks of pain, even though I took Ibuprofen in the morning. It’s been happening when I inhale deeply or sneeze πŸ˜• .

Rosie is out for the morning and I volunteered to take front-desk duty so I haven’t taken my Benadryl yet. Don’t want to be all loopy when I answer the phone πŸ˜† . Good thing is I’m not too itchy. I only have hydrocortisone on for now.

At the girls’ dance class now.

Went to lunch with Michelle (she treated me :mrgreen: ), Ez and Jorgito. The day went by fast. Went to visit Thelma and Amelia and to pick up our supplies. Took Advil but still felt weird pains. I didn’t take Benadryl all day, at all, and wasn’t itchy until around 4pm. By then I wanted to rip my top off. Got home and changed bandages and applied more hydrocortisone. Had applied some at work too after lunch. Feeling a tight itchiness in between the bosoms.

Celebrated Jorgie’s 15th birthday! Picked up all the kids, a cheesecake (his choice), and took them all to Wingstop in PeΓ±itas. It was fun; those kiddos are a blast!

Happy birthday, Jorgie!

Jorgie asked to stop being called Jorgie, but he’ll always be Jorgie to me! Also, we had to whisper the Happy Birthday song lol.

Dropped Eenan and Jaylen off then got home and all the kids got ready for bed. By the time I showered and went to sleep I felt pain and itchiness =/.