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Coffee Talk 05.08.22

Good morning and Happy Mother’s Day! I wasn’t planning to post today, but I’m feeling really good this morning, and I’m just milling around here at home so I thought I’d go ahead and give you all an update.

For anyone just tuning in, I had breast reduction surgery on Monday. I was tempted not to mention it publicly, but I talk so much about dressing for your body type and give so much information on fit and sizing that I knew I’d eventually have to come clean. I figured I might as well share the journey so I can be a resource for anyone who might be considering it.

As I mentioned in this post, I first considered having this surgery when I was in college, but I wanted to wait until after I had kids. I didn’t really think seriously about it again until about five years ago. I had a consultation, but I chickened out, and I thought I was “over it” until a few months ago when a friend had it done.

I saw how easily it went for her, and I was growing increasingly uncomfortable with my own situation, so I made an appointment with her plastic surgeon. I thought about it for less than 24 hours and called the next day to schedule my surgery. That was exactly two months ago, and I never wavered in my resolve from that point on.

I arrived at the surgery center at 6:10 AM on Monday morning and was on my way home by 12:30 PM. Seriously, that was it! I was told to expect a week of downtime, and in two weeks I should be able to resume most everyday activities. Strenuous exercise is still a few weeks off, but I can go on outdoor walks as I feel able.

Recovery was a little rough at first, but the pain was manageable with prescription meds. I haven’t needed anything stronger than Tylenol since Thursday, and I think I’m pretty much done with that at this point. I’ve been doing a lot of resting, but also trying to get up and around as I feel up to it, and I’ve felt exponentially better each day. I plan to start taking short walks outside today.

Paul took me to the salon on Friday morning so I could get my hair washed and dried, and that felt wonderful. I can shower, but I haven’t wanted to wash my hair just yet. And then a few of my close friends came over last night, and we ordered takeout and hung out for a few hours, which was really nice. I could probably have gone to church today, but I’m not quite ready to be in public yet, so I’m just laying low for another day or two.

I’ve been doing everything I can to ensure an optimal recovery. I’m limiting caffeine and sugar, staying away from alcohol, and drinking lots of water. I’m trying to eat lots of protein and quality fruits and vegetables, and I’m taking vitamin C, D, and Zinc. I’m using this time to reset my diet and hoping to get back to healthier eating habits. It will be really nice if I can make it stick.

I go back to my plastic surgeon on Tuesday for my first follow-up visit, and I can’t wait to ask him a bunch of questions and see what he says about my recovery so far. I went into surgery wearing a 32G/34DDD bra, and I think I’m going to end up a C or D cup when all is said and done. It takes a few months or up to a year for everything to settle in. I have absolutely no regrets, except that I wish I’d done this 10 years ago. If you have questions about anything I didn’t cover, I’m happy to answer in the comments!

In other news, our daughter is coming home from college tomorrow for the summer. That should be interesting! I’m so happy to have her home for a bit, but I know there will be an adjustment period for all of us. Isn’t it funny how the family dynamic changes every time someone is added or subtracted from the equation? She has some babysitting jobs lined up that she’s excited about, and of course lots of sewing and baking projects.

Our son has pretty much finished up his fourth year of college, but he has one more year to finish up his bachelor’s degree. He’s still living at home and commuting, and he’s working on lining up work for the summer. And my high schooler only has a few weeks of school left. Her band activities are wrapping up, and she’s looking forward to a day trip with the jazz band in a few weeks.

We’re all excited to spend a week at the shore with some of Paul’s family in June, and we’ll be staying with my parents at their lake house in Maine at the end of July. Summer will fly by, I’m sure, but right now we’re still waiting for spring.

I think this is one of those years it’s going to go right from being cold and dreary to hot and humid without much of a spring at all. It’s been cold and rainy here for a few days, but this weather system is moving out this afternoon, and this week looks really nice. I can’t wait to get outside and walk and start resuming my normal activities.

So that’s about it! I should be back to my regular posting schedule this week. I hope you are all having a lovely Mother’s Day with family and friends.

Oh, and don’t forget that Nordstrom Triple Points ends at midnight tonight. If you missed it, I have a post with a try-on haul and some of my top product picks. Enjoy what’s left of the weekend!

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73 thoughts on “Coffee Talk 05.08.22

  1. Jolynne will you not regret it. I had my mine done about 7 years ago. They took me from a 36DDD to 36C and now Iam a 36D/38C. I gain a few lbs. But still one of the best choices I made. its hard finding Bras in those sizing and dont even get me started on how ugly they are. feel better soon. Enjoy Bra shopping!

  2. I had the same surgery about 6 years ago and have no regrets! I waited my whole life to have it and like you wish I had been able to have it done sooner. It’s been the BEST decision. I had a small hiccup in recovery with one side developing a pocket of fluid that got infected but that was a pretty easy fix and from then on my recovery was smooth and I have been one happy gal! So so happy for you!

    1. Oh, no. I hear those are pretty common, or at least, not uncommon. I am hoping for smooth sailing, but I’m sure I’ll manage however it works out. Glad to know you’re happy with yours.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing.
    I hope you realize how much your information, and experience will help so many women.
    It means so much woman to woman to hear about procedure/recovery from someone other than a doctor, and someone who most of us consider a friend.
    Truly a kindness to all, a selfless act.

  4. I have considered having a similar surgery. Do you mind sharing about the overall cost? Did insurance cover any of it? Thanks!

    1. It varies pretty widely, so it’s best to call around and see the “going rate” in your area. It is often covered by insurance, but they will dictate how much you have to have removed.

  5. I had that done about 12years ago and they still look great, I only wished I had done it years before. You will be so happy when you are fully recovered. Just take it easy until you are healed fully.

  6. Once you have recovered more fully, would you be willing to share your thoughts on what you think a person considering this surgery should know before doing it? Any tops / suggestions would be very helpful.

  7. I have been considering having this surgery as well! I believe that I live not too far from your area. We are in Chester County. I am wondering if you would share which surgeon you chose?

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