How sick of my boobs are you?
All I can think about are boobs, boobs, boobs.
I'll get over it soon.
In the meantime, I want to draw smiley faces on my areolas and go topless until my surgery. I want my breasts to know how much I appreciate them. They're still very nice boobs even if they're big. They aren't sagging to my knees and my nipples don't point at my toes (yet).
I bet you'd really like my boobs if you met them.
A man at the gas station yesterday couldn't stop staring at me (but really them) and it made me wonder if men will ever look at me again when I don't have BIG GIGANTIC TITS leading the way everywhere I go.
What if I'm never noticed by a male again?
And more surprising, why do I care?
Because I do care.
These are the thoughts that are going through my head as I start counting down days to my surgery.
Many of my readers have emailed me with stories of their breast reductions and I appreciate every single person who has taken the time to share their experience with me. One woman told me the side effect she didn't expect was realizing her nipples are perpetually hard and at attention since her surgery several years ago. She buys bras with enough padding to hide them.
I think Briefcase might really like that if it were to happen to me. (Men? Feel free to tell me if forever-hard-nipples is a good thing or not.) Another reader told me her nipples don't stay permanently erect so it must not happen to everyone.
I've already started in with the pre-surgery regimen of supplements the doctor provided me with. They are making me very tired and a little nauseous. The doctor told me to expect a lot of nausea post-surgery due to the bazillion drugs I will be taking. (Honestly, I've had a lot of surgeries and I've never seen anything like it … I think there's at least a dozen medications and/or supplements.)
The doc also wants me eating a lot of food high in protein and drinking Gatorade and Ensure for the weeks post-surgery.
This is where you come in. I need some help. I've got a whirlwind of activities coming up in the next few weeks. I can't sit around and rest for six weeks while I heal. A lot of these activities can't be put on hold … like my in-laws arriving (!), both of my boys going through graduations in less than two weeks, TR needing help moving home for the summer, and a zillion other things.
I don't have time to sit around feeling shitty.
I think I'm going to have to tackle all of this activity with my tightly gauze-bound breasts, while looped on tons of drugs, and feeling very nauseous.
What tips can you give me for getting back on my feet quickly? Do you have a winner chicken soup recipe? What works for you if you're nauseous? Is it Alka-Selter? Ginger Ale? Do you have suggestions for some high protein foods that won't be too hard on my stomach when mixed with all the drugs?
I'll be wiped-out tired from the trauma of the surgery, the anesthesia, and all the pain meds. I'll be feeling very bleh … I need your help. I'd love to hear as many suggestions as possible because if one thing doesn't work, maybe something else will.
Oh – and by the way, my surgery is at the crack of dawn on Monday.
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