Things that go soft in the night…

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I can’t stop looking at them. Or touching them. I’d best not go out in public right now for fear of getting arrested for indecent something or other. I can’t believe the difference between my new “real” breasts and the tissue expanders. They’re absolutely beautiful. Even with the bruising. And the surgical tape. And the drains. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Dr. N.

One of his lovely nurses told me they don’t want the implants moving around much just yet, so I have to use this gawdawful mastectomy bra for a couple of weeks. It looks like a girdle. From the 1940s. For breasts.

"Mastectomy Foundation Garment," or:  The Bra From Hell

“Mastectomy Foundation Garment,” or: The Bra From Hell

Well, I negotiated that down to an ace wrap. Much better. Until I noticed it was flattening things out. Back to the mastectomy bra, this time with some spouse assisted modifications–ribbons that tie in the front to keep the velcro from hell closed and off my hypersensitive skin.

And at night? I can sleep on my sides. Well, not just yet. The instructions say a 30° rise should be maintained for awhile, so I’ve got a bed wedge. But I’ve rolled to my sides a few times to test things out. Instead of looking down to see two tangerines poking out from the front of me (separated by a good two inches), I’ve got breasts squishy enough to meet in the middle.

Touch them (which just about everybody in my all-female office has done), and they’re soft. They feel real. They’re actual breasts (or quite the facsimile thereof). Halleluja!.

At least that’s how I feel right now. Hope it lasts.

I’ll letcha know.

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8 responses »

  1. Oh, you’re so kind, Lorraine. However, my plastic surgeon left me with quite the mental picture. It seems that, as our skin ages (inevitably!), it “sort of slides off the implants.” So, nobody’s immune. And I don’t have to worry about having a 16 year old chest on the-number-that-shall-not-be-named body.

    However, what I’m looking at now seems perfectly appropriate for me. Not too much, not too little, not like some 6 am TV talk show host with lots of lipstick. ;-)

  2. So happy to hear the desires of your heart are coming true, soft is good, sleeping on side soon is good, even bras with pretty ribbon is fashionable, your attitude in the process is the best! Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you, Diana. Didn’t even know they were the desires of my heart until it became an issue. Isn’t that always the way? And yes, I think I looked rather fashionable, too. Love that seafoam green! XOXO to you, too!

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