Feeling good…looking even better!!

It’s been a full week since my surgery and I’m feeling pretty good again. For some reason this time around, I had some issues with either the anesthesia or the pain medicine they gave me in the recovery room. I woke up from surgery in a lot of pain, and the nurse gave me some pain meds. I’m not sure what the medicine was, because I was still coming out of my medical induced slumber, but whatever it was it was strong enough to take away the pain in a matter of seconds.

Life was great for the next 15 minutes, and then it went downhill pretty quickly. I started to get incredibly queasy and proceeded to vomit on and off for the next hour and a half. Every time I tried to get up out of my chair to head home, without fail the mouth juices would start flowing and I’d get sick. I haven’t had issues with throwing up in my previous surgeries, which is why I think it was more related to the pain meds. Eventually though I was able to get dressed and into my wheelchair to be wheeled out to the car with my to-go barf bag.

Aside from the initial vomiting issues, the surgery itself went really well! I don’t want to jinx myself, but I’m VERY happy with the cosmetic changes Dr. Harper was able to make this time around. This was the first surgery where when I looked in the mirror at my results for the first time I was excited about what I saw!!

Like I said though, I don’t want to get too excited yet because the swelling still needs to subside enough to where I’ll be able to see exactly what I’m working with now :)

I go in tomorrow to get my stitches out…thank goodness because they are so itchy right now!! I’ll talk to Dr. Harper about what our next steps to finally put a nail the boob job coffin. I know I’ll definitely have one more surgery to swap out my expander for an implant. But there is the possibility of another additional surgery before the expander swap.

Dr. Harper continues to be very happy with how my skin and tissue are reacting to the expander. When I saw Dr. Harper on Tuesday for my post surgery check-up, he mentioned that he may was to do the fat grafting (aka lipo) and injection of fat on top of the expander before he puts the implant in. That obviously wouldn’t be before the wedding, but potentially before end of year.

All in all, I’m really happy with how I look right now. I’m much more proportional and symmetrical than I was before, and think I look pretty damn good. So way to go Dr. Harper!! You’ve pleased a really tough critic!!

Thanks so much for all of the kind words of support and encouragement….they mean the world to me!! xoxo

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6 Responses to “Feeling good…looking even better!!”

  1. mary seals

    Great news Nicole! Glad to hear your surgery was a success! God Bless!

  2. Nicole bills

    Thanks so much Mary!!

  3. Abby Briggs

    Yeah for cute boobies!! You deserve it!

  4. Kelli

    I am so happy to read this update! I know what you are going through, and I know it’s been a challenge.

    Like you said, it’s time to put an end to this part of it. I wish you continued healing!

  5. Cat

    Nail and Boob should not be mentioned in the same sentence! But I’m really excited for you at the success of this surgery! :)

  6. Kendra Clemons

    Thanks for all your updates and pictures. It helped me get through my treatments and gave me hope for my hair. I am now 7 months post last chemo and 10 1/2 post double mastectomy. I was 38 at diagnosis and this was a post that let me know I was not alone! Hope you and your soon to be husband enjoy many happy healthy years together! My husband of 16 years was my rock through this whole thing!

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