It’s Your Turn

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.

Bleh!

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.

© Twenty Four At Heart

66 Responses to “It’s Your Turn”

  1. Jan

    Monday? Egads, woman.
    Stay away from dairy products – they can make you even more nauseous. Stay away from high-fat foods, like sausage. Eggs are good if you like them. Lean proteins like boneless, skinless chicken breasts and mild white fish will be easy on your stomach. Smoothies made with whey protein should be good.
    I’ll be thinking about you on Monday, dear!

  2. Jan

    Monday? Egads, woman.
    Stay away from dairy products – they can make you even more nauseous. Stay away from high-fat foods, like sausage. Eggs are good if you like them. Lean proteins like boneless, skinless chicken breasts and mild white fish will be easy on your stomach. Smoothies made with whey protein should be good.
    I’ll be thinking about you on Monday, dear!

  3. Jan

    Monday? Egads, woman.
    Stay away from dairy products – they can make you even more nauseous. Stay away from high-fat foods, like sausage. Eggs are good if you like them. Lean proteins like boneless, skinless chicken breasts and mild white fish will be easy on your stomach. Smoothies made with whey protein should be good.
    I’ll be thinking about you on Monday, dear!

  4. stoneskin

    Did I email you a story of my breast reduction?
    *scratches head*
    I don’t remember doing so…

  5. stoneskin

    Did I email you a story of my breast reduction?
    *scratches head*
    I don’t remember doing so…

  6. stoneskin

    Did I email you a story of my breast reduction?
    *scratches head*
    I don’t remember doing so…

  7. Hallie

    Get yourself a new PRADA bag to snuggle with as you recover. It will help. And if it doesn’t? Send it to me!!
    Hallie 🙂

  8. Hallie

    Get yourself a new PRADA bag to snuggle with as you recover. It will help. And if it doesn’t? Send it to me!!
    Hallie 🙂

  9. Hallie

    Get yourself a new PRADA bag to snuggle with as you recover. It will help. And if it doesn’t? Send it to me!!
    Hallie 🙂

  10. Alan

    Wow! You don’t mess around! Well…I guess if you’re gonna jump in, might as well do it with 2 feet! Enjoy your weekend with “the girls” and maybe let Briefcase play a little bit. Take some pictures and get ready for a change…for the better! And yes…nipples at attention are awesome! Just sayin’…

  11. Alan

    Wow! You don’t mess around! Well…I guess if you’re gonna jump in, might as well do it with 2 feet! Enjoy your weekend with “the girls” and maybe let Briefcase play a little bit. Take some pictures and get ready for a change…for the better! And yes…nipples at attention are awesome! Just sayin’…

  12. Alan

    Wow! You don’t mess around! Well…I guess if you’re gonna jump in, might as well do it with 2 feet! Enjoy your weekend with “the girls” and maybe let Briefcase play a little bit. Take some pictures and get ready for a change…for the better! And yes…nipples at attention are awesome! Just sayin’…

  13. di

    This is Quick! Thought it would be a month or so… Good Luck and hoping you heal quickly and feel back up to snuf.
    Handsome loves you too!!
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  14. di

    This is Quick! Thought it would be a month or so… Good Luck and hoping you heal quickly and feel back up to snuf.
    Handsome loves you too!!
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  15. di

    This is Quick! Thought it would be a month or so… Good Luck and hoping you heal quickly and feel back up to snuf.
    Handsome loves you too!!
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  16. Karin

    Ask your doctor for Compazine or Ativan – they are miracle drugs for nausea. The Ativan you can melt under your tongue so you don’t puke it up if the nausea is really bad. They both worked wonders for me for my chemo nausea and we know how bad that can be! I especially liked the Ativan because it was tasteless melting under my tongue and really helped quickly that way.

  17. Karin

    Ask your doctor for Compazine or Ativan – they are miracle drugs for nausea. The Ativan you can melt under your tongue so you don’t puke it up if the nausea is really bad. They both worked wonders for me for my chemo nausea and we know how bad that can be! I especially liked the Ativan because it was tasteless melting under my tongue and really helped quickly that way.

  18. Karin

    Ask your doctor for Compazine or Ativan – they are miracle drugs for nausea. The Ativan you can melt under your tongue so you don’t puke it up if the nausea is really bad. They both worked wonders for me for my chemo nausea and we know how bad that can be! I especially liked the Ativan because it was tasteless melting under my tongue and really helped quickly that way.

  19. Kelly

    You’re probably crazy busy trying to get stuff done ahead of time this weekend. If you have time make yourself a pot of homemade chicken soup. Maybe freeze some of it in portion sizes so it will last you awhile. hugs, hugs, hugs!

  20. Kelly

    You’re probably crazy busy trying to get stuff done ahead of time this weekend. If you have time make yourself a pot of homemade chicken soup. Maybe freeze some of it in portion sizes so it will last you awhile. hugs, hugs, hugs!

  21. Kelly

    You’re probably crazy busy trying to get stuff done ahead of time this weekend. If you have time make yourself a pot of homemade chicken soup. Maybe freeze some of it in portion sizes so it will last you awhile. hugs, hugs, hugs!

  22. LPC

    We will have a 24 at Heart moment on Monday to send thoughts, vibrations, et alia, in your direction.

  23. LPC

    We will have a 24 at Heart moment on Monday to send thoughts, vibrations, et alia, in your direction.

  24. LPC

    We will have a 24 at Heart moment on Monday to send thoughts, vibrations, et alia, in your direction.

  25. missy

    Ask the anesthesiologist to give you something (like suggested above – Compazine) in your IV. I was so sick even the 3 different anti-nausea shots given post -op didn’t stop it.
    You will love the freedom of having smaller boobs-button up tops and pretty bras are just the frosting on the cake. You will feel so much better not carrying around those extra pounds in front.

  26. missy

    Ask the anesthesiologist to give you something (like suggested above – Compazine) in your IV. I was so sick even the 3 different anti-nausea shots given post -op didn’t stop it.
    You will love the freedom of having smaller boobs-button up tops and pretty bras are just the frosting on the cake. You will feel so much better not carrying around those extra pounds in front.

  27. missy

    Ask the anesthesiologist to give you something (like suggested above – Compazine) in your IV. I was so sick even the 3 different anti-nausea shots given post -op didn’t stop it.
    You will love the freedom of having smaller boobs-button up tops and pretty bras are just the frosting on the cake. You will feel so much better not carrying around those extra pounds in front.

  28. Suzy

    I had absoluely no issues post-surgery. No nausea, but I’m used to pain meds. I was up and about quickly after surgery. Surgery on Thursday, drains removed on Monday, back to work on Tuesday. It really was very easy.
    But they should give you a presciption for anti-nausea medication. If not, I’ll send you mine, because I never used it!
    Your boobs will be a little strange the first time you see them, you’ll be like “OMG I’m an A cup!” It takes time for them to “drop and fluff”. I found a really good message board when I was going through mine: http://messageboards.makemeheal.com/viewforum.php?f=13
    Good luck!!!!

  29. Suzy

    I had absoluely no issues post-surgery. No nausea, but I’m used to pain meds. I was up and about quickly after surgery. Surgery on Thursday, drains removed on Monday, back to work on Tuesday. It really was very easy.
    But they should give you a presciption for anti-nausea medication. If not, I’ll send you mine, because I never used it!
    Your boobs will be a little strange the first time you see them, you’ll be like “OMG I’m an A cup!” It takes time for them to “drop and fluff”. I found a really good message board when I was going through mine: http://messageboards.makemeheal.com/viewforum.php?f=13
    Good luck!!!!

  30. Suzy

    I had absoluely no issues post-surgery. No nausea, but I’m used to pain meds. I was up and about quickly after surgery. Surgery on Thursday, drains removed on Monday, back to work on Tuesday. It really was very easy.
    But they should give you a presciption for anti-nausea medication. If not, I’ll send you mine, because I never used it!
    Your boobs will be a little strange the first time you see them, you’ll be like “OMG I’m an A cup!” It takes time for them to “drop and fluff”. I found a really good message board when I was going through mine: http://messageboards.makemeheal.com/viewforum.php?f=13
    Good luck!!!!

  31. Shay

    When I had some “work” done, I ate chicken broth and white rice because it’s super easy on the stomach. Good luck Monday. Everything will be ok. ((hugs))

  32. Shay

    When I had some “work” done, I ate chicken broth and white rice because it’s super easy on the stomach. Good luck Monday. Everything will be ok. ((hugs))

  33. Shay

    When I had some “work” done, I ate chicken broth and white rice because it’s super easy on the stomach. Good luck Monday. Everything will be ok. ((hugs))

  34. Dana Austin

    The chicken broth & rice is a good idea from Suzy. Chunk up some boneless, skinless chicken in it when you’ve given your stomach a few days to settle down. Great protein. Also, tip with the Ensure: it’s AWESOME if you add vanilla ice cream (Blue Bell). Best flavors are butter pecan and dark chocolate. They even make high protein Ensure. Keep the cans in the fridge, then pop one in the freezer for a few minutes prior to adding the ice cream so it’s a really cold shake. Ensure is not tasty unless really cold, and with ice cream. Good luck! You’re gonna be fine and will be happy you did it!

  35. Dana Austin

    The chicken broth & rice is a good idea from Suzy. Chunk up some boneless, skinless chicken in it when you’ve given your stomach a few days to settle down. Great protein. Also, tip with the Ensure: it’s AWESOME if you add vanilla ice cream (Blue Bell). Best flavors are butter pecan and dark chocolate. They even make high protein Ensure. Keep the cans in the fridge, then pop one in the freezer for a few minutes prior to adding the ice cream so it’s a really cold shake. Ensure is not tasty unless really cold, and with ice cream. Good luck! You’re gonna be fine and will be happy you did it!

  36. Dana Austin

    The chicken broth & rice is a good idea from Suzy. Chunk up some boneless, skinless chicken in it when you’ve given your stomach a few days to settle down. Great protein. Also, tip with the Ensure: it’s AWESOME if you add vanilla ice cream (Blue Bell). Best flavors are butter pecan and dark chocolate. They even make high protein Ensure. Keep the cans in the fridge, then pop one in the freezer for a few minutes prior to adding the ice cream so it’s a really cold shake. Ensure is not tasty unless really cold, and with ice cream. Good luck! You’re gonna be fine and will be happy you did it!

  37. Pseudo

    I loved lying in bed and watching whole seasons of TV shows on DVD when I was recovering.
    Weeds
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Friends
    Slings and Arrows
    Keep it funny. Laughter heals.

  38. Pseudo

    I loved lying in bed and watching whole seasons of TV shows on DVD when I was recovering.
    Weeds
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Friends
    Slings and Arrows
    Keep it funny. Laughter heals.

  39. Pseudo

    I loved lying in bed and watching whole seasons of TV shows on DVD when I was recovering.
    Weeds
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Friends
    Slings and Arrows
    Keep it funny. Laughter heals.

  40. Sandra

    What they said. :0)
    For pregnancy nausea I kept a peppermint tea bag in my car. I could smell it while driving when the nausea got bad and it really helped. There are ginger candies and lollipops to help w/nausea too.

  41. Sandra

    What they said. :0)
    For pregnancy nausea I kept a peppermint tea bag in my car. I could smell it while driving when the nausea got bad and it really helped. There are ginger candies and lollipops to help w/nausea too.

  42. Sandra

    What they said. :0)
    For pregnancy nausea I kept a peppermint tea bag in my car. I could smell it while driving when the nausea got bad and it really helped. There are ginger candies and lollipops to help w/nausea too.

  43. Becky

    I’m with Sandra, I drank peppermint tea and had lemon drops with me all the time during my first trimester pregnancies. Also vanilla wafers worked to munch on instead of saltines. I also liked mashed potatoes made with chicken broth as some comfort food. I will be thinking of you if I think of anything else I will e-mail

  44. Becky

    I’m with Sandra, I drank peppermint tea and had lemon drops with me all the time during my first trimester pregnancies. Also vanilla wafers worked to munch on instead of saltines. I also liked mashed potatoes made with chicken broth as some comfort food. I will be thinking of you if I think of anything else I will e-mail

  45. Becky

    I’m with Sandra, I drank peppermint tea and had lemon drops with me all the time during my first trimester pregnancies. Also vanilla wafers worked to munch on instead of saltines. I also liked mashed potatoes made with chicken broth as some comfort food. I will be thinking of you if I think of anything else I will e-mail

  46. ballerinatoes

    I second the compazine or ativan. Also, make sure you tell the anesthesiologist that you get nauseous and he or she can give you something that will help. For whatever reason, I cannot eat meat after surgery. I go mainly carbs and eggs or cheese. Rice, baked potatoes, toast, omelets and pancakes! Pancakes made me feel so much better. Recoup at you own pace. Don’t do too much the first few days. Take your meds and rest. After that, your body will let you know. (I’m sure you already know that.) Don’t you think the “best” part of surgery are those few seconds when they start putting you under? Nirvana. And then you wake up and feel like you’ve been hit by a truck. XOXO.

  47. ballerinatoes

    I second the compazine or ativan. Also, make sure you tell the anesthesiologist that you get nauseous and he or she can give you something that will help. For whatever reason, I cannot eat meat after surgery. I go mainly carbs and eggs or cheese. Rice, baked potatoes, toast, omelets and pancakes! Pancakes made me feel so much better. Recoup at you own pace. Don’t do too much the first few days. Take your meds and rest. After that, your body will let you know. (I’m sure you already know that.) Don’t you think the “best” part of surgery are those few seconds when they start putting you under? Nirvana. And then you wake up and feel like you’ve been hit by a truck. XOXO.

  48. ballerinatoes

    I second the compazine or ativan. Also, make sure you tell the anesthesiologist that you get nauseous and he or she can give you something that will help. For whatever reason, I cannot eat meat after surgery. I go mainly carbs and eggs or cheese. Rice, baked potatoes, toast, omelets and pancakes! Pancakes made me feel so much better. Recoup at you own pace. Don’t do too much the first few days. Take your meds and rest. After that, your body will let you know. (I’m sure you already know that.) Don’t you think the “best” part of surgery are those few seconds when they start putting you under? Nirvana. And then you wake up and feel like you’ve been hit by a truck. XOXO.

  49. Erica

    Social activities might help keep you going but also remember to schedule the really important things if you don’t want to pass out, like eating and sleeping. Make sure you do them because meds on their own aren’t enough. Good luck on Monday.

  50. Erica

    Social activities might help keep you going but also remember to schedule the really important things if you don’t want to pass out, like eating and sleeping. Make sure you do them because meds on their own aren’t enough. Good luck on Monday.

  51. Erica

    Social activities might help keep you going but also remember to schedule the really important things if you don’t want to pass out, like eating and sleeping. Make sure you do them because meds on their own aren’t enough. Good luck on Monday.

  52. Fragrant Liar

    Wow, Monday, huh? Well, the one thing I do for nausea is drink Schweppes club soda, ice cold, with a twist of lime. Add a few saltines and nibble on them slowly. Also, meal-wise: scrambled eggs are easy to digest protein, maybe some buttered toast. Works for me.
    Hope it’s not as bad as you envision it. I imagine you will be really happy with the results, as all the women I know who’ve had reductions are glad they did it.
    One last thing: I recommend Ativan. THAT worked for me really well.

  53. Fragrant Liar

    Wow, Monday, huh? Well, the one thing I do for nausea is drink Schweppes club soda, ice cold, with a twist of lime. Add a few saltines and nibble on them slowly. Also, meal-wise: scrambled eggs are easy to digest protein, maybe some buttered toast. Works for me.
    Hope it’s not as bad as you envision it. I imagine you will be really happy with the results, as all the women I know who’ve had reductions are glad they did it.
    One last thing: I recommend Ativan. THAT worked for me really well.

  54. Fragrant Liar

    Wow, Monday, huh? Well, the one thing I do for nausea is drink Schweppes club soda, ice cold, with a twist of lime. Add a few saltines and nibble on them slowly. Also, meal-wise: scrambled eggs are easy to digest protein, maybe some buttered toast. Works for me.
    Hope it’s not as bad as you envision it. I imagine you will be really happy with the results, as all the women I know who’ve had reductions are glad they did it.
    One last thing: I recommend Ativan. THAT worked for me really well.

  55. Kate

    If no one is going to be around to help nurse you the first few days. Make sure everything is counter level. Have small bottles of drinks cause lifting gallon sizes nop don’t do it. Take it easy for the first 5 days. Then you should be ok. Just becareful lifting at first until you are healed you don’t want to pop any stitches inside. I also found that sitting propped up on pillows to sleep was the best thing in the world. Cause its is amazing how many muscles are attached to your chest. If you are laying down completely you may have to roll off the bed. I felt better having my arms propped on pillows on either side of me for support for the first 5 or so days. I think tha tis the main things. Good luck. Can’t wait to hear how it all goes.

  56. Kate

    If no one is going to be around to help nurse you the first few days. Make sure everything is counter level. Have small bottles of drinks cause lifting gallon sizes nop don’t do it. Take it easy for the first 5 days. Then you should be ok. Just becareful lifting at first until you are healed you don’t want to pop any stitches inside. I also found that sitting propped up on pillows to sleep was the best thing in the world. Cause its is amazing how many muscles are attached to your chest. If you are laying down completely you may have to roll off the bed. I felt better having my arms propped on pillows on either side of me for support for the first 5 or so days. I think tha tis the main things. Good luck. Can’t wait to hear how it all goes.

  57. Kate

    If no one is going to be around to help nurse you the first few days. Make sure everything is counter level. Have small bottles of drinks cause lifting gallon sizes nop don’t do it. Take it easy for the first 5 days. Then you should be ok. Just becareful lifting at first until you are healed you don’t want to pop any stitches inside. I also found that sitting propped up on pillows to sleep was the best thing in the world. Cause its is amazing how many muscles are attached to your chest. If you are laying down completely you may have to roll off the bed. I felt better having my arms propped on pillows on either side of me for support for the first 5 or so days. I think tha tis the main things. Good luck. Can’t wait to hear how it all goes.

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