I had surgery with Dr Andrew Ives in Melbourne on the 26th of July 2013.
Yesterday, on the 26th of October, was my 3 months post op, and on the 24, I had an appointment with Andy. I will start there. As always, him and his receptionist are wonderful people. They found out about what I had been through and both gave me their condolences, and we all talked about other things too. They are easy to get along with. If bedside manners are important to you, Andy is your guy, and I couldn’t recommend him more.
He was happy with how my chest was going, and remembered that I have a hard time with it being touched because of my SPD, so he didn’t touch it much. There’s not much to say about my appointment with him except that it was quick, and he gave me some silicone strips to stick on my scars in places because they are getting slightly raised. I asked if they were keloid scars and he told me no, they are hypertrophic scars.
I put the silicone strips on today and then put the regular tape over top. I had a very physical day and one of the strips fell off, but I found it. The beauty of them is that I can wash them and they will last a long time.
Moving on now, to how my chest has felt.
I didn’t have pain for almost a month until today. I jumped over a big stream of water, and to gain momentum, I threw my arms up as I launched myself across the water. I went too far with my left arm, and when I landed, I felt a tremendous amount of pain on my left side. If it was still fresh, it would have gotten ripped open. I was being careless and usually I think more before I act, but I suppose with these events in my life, I haven’t been thinking straight. I had to sit down for 5 minutes after it happened and I had a hold of my chest as the pain subsided. I hope I haven’t damaged my scars more. It’s important that I don’t because I don’t even want scars.
When I push down in some areas on the left side under my scars, I still have some soreness. It was VERY sore after surgery. If I don’t touch it, I don’t feel pain. I can sleep fine on my right side now, by the way. It caused me aches and pain up to a month ago but that doesn’t happen anymore.
The scarring around my left nipple looks like a sun, with sun rays. The scarring around my right nipple isn’t as noticeable. My scars are pretty red and I don’t think they have stretched more for about a month but I haven’t compared photos yet. Maybe they have?
I already said in a few areas the scars are getting slightly bumpy and I’m hoping these strips will make them smooth again.
It’s hard to say what sensation is like. A long time ago the constant feeling of numbness stopped, and that was what really bothered me. I only notice parts are numb if I touch my chest, so I don’t.
Yesterday I made a video talking about that more, showing my chest so I will post that soon. I tried to yesterday and the last 20% wouldn’t work. I will try uploading it tonight or tomorrow for anyone who wants to see a video of my chest.
Here’s my chest. You can see the silicone strips. I forgot to take a photo before putting them on. Please excuse my gross chest ance. I didn’t have a razor for awhile and when my chest hair grew back, it caused skin problems in that area.
Edit: I compared a photo from my 2 months and my scars have stretched. What can you do when you’re already doing everything you can do?
Side note: I’m sorry for neglecting this blog. I don’t have as much to say now because the recovery isn’t the same. It’s slower now I’m 3 months post op, and I have had a lot to focus on. When I do have time to myself I don’t usually feel like writing about this, and there’s not much to say anyway.
Any questions? Just ask. Keep an eye out for the video I will post too.