Hi Carol. I'm glad that things are beginning to look up for you again. I'm not surprised that you're a bit paranoid - I would be too. But to be perfectly honest with you, paranoia has become a bit of a permanent state of mind for me following my operation. Any slight twinge, tingle, pain that I haven't experienced before sets my mind into overdrive. For example, just recently, I have been having quite a lot of wierd sensations (and not all of them painless). Of course, my mind thinks that it's starting to die off or something - in spite of reassurances from the medical profession that all will be fine after x amount of weeks post op. On the plus side, I've just got out of the shower this evening and whilst drying myself off, I've noticed that I have quite a lot of sensation actually in my breast and around the flap!! My BS has said previously that the pain/wierd sensations are the nerves 'firing off', so maybe they are beginning to knit together again (after all this time!). I'm sure they said that if you hadn't got sensation back within the year, then it was unlikely to come back at all. Watch this space on that!!
Regarding 'what is normal' for a reconstructed boob. I'm sure everyone is different, but in the early days, I think mine just felt like something was strapped to my chest. It felt heavy and uncomfortable. I don't think I felt very much for the first couple of weeks, but then I had pain down the outside of the breast. I had this for quite a long time - many months. I'm not sure when it stopped (or even if it has to be honest). I have more of an 'itchiness' there most of the time now, which is quite uncomfortable. I can't quite remember when it stopped feeling like a lead lump on me all of the time. There are still days when it can feel a bit like that too, but not many. These are usually when I've done too much and the muscles are a bit tight. I can't stress how important it is to do your exercises. Even now, when I've been a bit lazy, I feel very stiff in my shoulder and arm!! You will get to know what is 'normal' for you though. BUT try not to worry too much when it changes, because mine is still changing after 14 months! The shape pretty much settled at about 6 months, and I'm happy to say I have very good symmetry, even without a bra on.
Another little tip for you! Moisturise!! They will tell you when to start doing this, if not already!. I'm sure when they told me I was mortified. As much as it is uncomfortable to start off with, it really does help with the healing - it breaks down the scar tissue apparently. It also helps with the blood flow and makes your skin feel less tight 🙂
Anyway, have a good evening. Hopefully, you will be able to go home tomorrow xx
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