Under the Knife

Just a super quick update this morning. At 12:15 PM I will be reporting to the hospital for the “fixing of the fixing.”

At the end of September I ended up with an infection in the left tissue expander. Because of the infection the tissue expander was removed. After a few weeks to heal and a consult with the infectious diseases doc I was cleared to have the surgical repair!

Originally a simple tissue expander was placed. Saline was used to gradually expand it until the desired breast size was reached at which time the expander would be replaced with an implant. Because of the scar tissue from the removal surgery the skin will not stretch so a little more complicated procedure will be done. Just like with the right side a Latissimus Dorsi Flap procedure will be done. I’ll be in the hospital for a couple days to make sure the flap takes.

Could that be the light at the end of the tunnel?

This past Wednesday I saw an Infectious Diseases doctor. I was referred to her by Dr. Cantwell (my plastic surgeon) for the purpose of determining the status of my next surgery. As you might recall I ended up with an infection in my left breast tissue expander. On September 23rd I had it removed and since then have been healing.

This wasn’t easy for me – which surprised me to be honest. But as I reflected and realized it had been 13 years since this all began I came to the conclusion that it was time for it to be over!

You can imagine how happy I was to be given the all clear from the Infectious Diseases Doc….and then it shot up to ecstatic when we were able to schedule the procedure. Soon the “fixing of the fixing” surgery will be happening. This time a Latissimus Dorsi Flap will be done which means I will have to remain in the hospital for a couple days.

I really think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!