As Dr. DeLange said, "it's so easy a six year old could do it"…except that six year old isn't pulling a string out of their body that has been holding their boob together for the last week. Yeah, so I was freaked out…and this stuff never freaks me out. I convinced my boyfriend, Bryan, that he was man-enough to take the stitches out for me…and so it began.
I took a shower to make the tape over the stitches easier to take off. I laid on the couch as Bryan began taking the first piece of tape off with tweezers. I don't think anyone has ever done anything that slow ever. Which was good. Because we were both freaked out. We honestly thought for some reason my skin wasn't going to be sealed and my insides were just going to fall out. There were four pieces of tape over each incision. One horizontally and three vertically. The horizontal one was easy, the other three were scary…But none of it hurt…at all! I could feel the tape pulling on the little hairs and random pieces of dried blood but nothing hurt any more than taking off a Band Aid!
Next were the actual stitches. These weren't your standard stitches, a piece of thread stuck out on each side. Dr. DeLange said to snip one side and pull the other, there were no knots or anything. After much debating and figuring out how the hell it was possible that a piece of string was just going through my skin and somehow held it together…we went for it. Bryan began slowly pulling the stitch out with tweezers. He looked at me and said "can you feel that?" and I responded with "no, not really" and he said "SHH! DON'T TALK!!" haha. It was such a weird thing to be doing but it was cool at the same time. The first one was done, now on to the second. Same thing. Snipped one side to make it less thread to pull through, and slowly pulled it out the other. It felt like he was poking me with the tweezers, but he wasn't touching me at all, that's the feeling of the stitch coming out. IT WAS SO SIMPLE. We were afraid for no reason.
When it was time to stand up I was a little spooked. What if my skin didn't seal tight enough and my whole boob just fell out?! But I stood up and was fine. It felt much better without the stitches in. I analyzed the incision and sent over a picture to Dr. DeLange and Dina at his office. They both said it looked perfect and would heal nicely. I put 3M surgical steri-strips over the incisions to make sure everything stayed snug for a few more days. This is what the three steps looked like!
I am still feeling great, some soreness, still no heavy lifting. The only bad part is sleeping on my back. I like to sleep in a ball, so that's been tough. But hey, I would trade sleeping in a ball for bigger boobs in a heartbeat! I wore one of my sweaters this weekend! I'm still in my sports bra but the shirt fit awesome! I filled it out much better than last winter! It was fun to be in a somewhat normal shirt! Can't wait to go shopping!
Here is a video of the stitch coming out! I don't think it's that gross but if you get quesy I wouldn't watch!
Today was their first day of work! The girls fit in great, everyone loved them! haha! Really though, it was so awesome to see everyone. I let the ladies of the show to get a good feel! I brought my sample implant and everyone played with it! We had a great time! Everyone had so many questions! We had such great positive feedback on the air, text messages, emails, Twitter, and Facebook! People were genuinely happy for me and that is so cool!
My favorite part of today was sharing the sounds and videos of my recovery with the show and our listeners. I had Froggy's wife, Lisa, take video of me while I went in and our of surgery! It's bizarre to see this but SO funny at the same time! Have fun! Watch it here!
When I left work I felt pretty sore, I did a lot today, and when I talk I move my arms a lot (Im Italian! What can I say?!). When I got home I napped for a while. I felt great when I woke up and answered a bunch of emails from women wanting to know about my surgery and my doctor's info because they couldn't believe how great I was recovering!
I am over the moon in happiness and excitement right now! I love my new additions and I couldn't be happier with my decision to do this. Now it's time to cook my first meal with these things…going to be fun seeing how different everyday things are!
-- Carla Marie
I can't tell you how much I miss the fetal position…but I would still rather have boobs than be able to sleep that way! I showered on my own this morning! It definitely took me longer than usual and I still have to keep my sutures from directly hitting the water but it was super easy. I even blow dried my hair with ease! All while listening to my favorite morning show :)
I headed out of the hotel room, of course with the help of a bellhop because I can't lift anything over 10 lbs and my suitcase weighed exactly 50 lbs! The guys from our station WILD 95.5 picked me up and helped me check my bag at the airport. I carried my backpack on my own and the rest was smooth sailing. As a matter of fact I am writing this on the airplane! And my boobs haven't exploded! So to everyone who told me that would happen, you can suck it!
I am so excited to get home and show everyone! SO many women told me this was the best thing they ever did….it truly is. I love them already. I am by no means fully recovered, but I feel GREAT. There were a few people who tried to bring me down during this whole process and I am so grateful that I have never let anyone bring me down…ever. This was my choice, and it was the best choice for me, the best decision I have ever made for myself. I can't wait to try on bathing suits. I am dreading walking by a construction site but hey, whistles mean they look good right? I am so excited to tell you about my life with my new girls! This isn't "the new me" by any means. I am still me, I am still the same Carla Marie I was Friday morning when I woke up before my surgery but things are definitely going to be different and I can't wait to share that difference with you!
-- Carla Marie
In the morning Lisa and I went to Dr. DeLange's office for my check up. He checked out my sutures and couldn't believe how well they healed! The redness and blisters were gone! He then looked at my breasts and said "wow, don't they look amazing" as he admired his art! And I thought "YES! I love them!" They really did, it was like magic - 72 hours after surgery and they looked wonderful. I was so excited….thennnn he showed me how to massage them! Oh boy - that was not my idea of fun, but it was necessary. He began pushing on my breasts, two inches under my areola, right on my stitches for 10 seconds at a time! Lisa warned me this would happen but I don't think anyone could ever be prepared! My eyes shut so tight and I scrunched my face - OW! Lisa said she could remember the pain and practically felt it in her own boobs watching him massage mine! Dr. DeLange told me I needed to open my eyes to see how to do this! Right. I stopped being a baby and did the massaging on my own. Using the opposite hand on the opposite breast, pushing in for 10 seconds. I need to do this 4 times a day for a while.
Massaging is so important, it let's the implant fall into place, right now it is sitting high up on my chest. It also moves things around and makes them feel more natural. If I didn't massage I would look like a porn star with hard breasts that are high on my chest, and that's not exactly the look I was going for. There are different massage techniques - every doctor is different; it's based on type of implant, the implant placement, and the patient's body.
Then I learned about the removal of my stitches. Dr. DeLange said anyone over the age of 6 is capable of doing this! On Saturday I need to take off the tape, cut one end of my stitch and pull through the other side. I am hoping my boyfriend is man-enough to do this for me, but we shall see!
After checking out all areas of my by boobs Dr. DeLange said "You are ahead of schedule! Go buy yourself a pretty bra." He said a sports bra and EVEN a bra with underwire was fine! Considering the placement of my incision I am going to stick to comfy sports bras for now.
My favorite part? He let me take home a sample implant to show everyone back home what they are life! Soooo squishy!!
I checked back into my hotel room, Lisa helped me to the room and we said our goodbyes! I was on my own for the first time and doing fine. I checked and answered the 100+ emails I had neglected over the last week and decided I was going to head to downtown West Palm Beach for some lunch! I hopped on the Marriott's shuttle and went to lunch on my own at Brewzzi, it was pretty cool, like vacationing on my own! Something I've always wanted to do! Then I went sports bra shopping at Macy's! I took a Large and a Medium into the dressing room. I didn't even try the medium once I put it up to my boobs and the Large was a little too snug for the moment. I had to buy my first ever XL bra!!!! Ahh! And…get this…XL was the only one on sale! WOO! This is awesome! I got my $10 sports bra and headed back to the hotel. When things settle and the swelling goes down my guess is that this bra will be too big for me, but in the meantime I am going to smile knowing I am wearing an XL! :)
When I got back to my room I did some more massaging, caught up on some work, ordered room service, and watched my favorite Monday night TV shows. I really was living the life on this recovery day - I might get a boob job in Florida all the time! As much as I loved it and wanted to stay with Froggy and Lisa I couldn't wait to get home to my family, boyfriend, and morning show family! I slept pretty well, it was my first night laying completely flat, woke up sweating, dripping sweat, a few times, but other than that things were comfy in my king size bed!
-- Carla Marie
Finally I could shower! I had to keep my back to the water so that it would not directly hit my stitches. I was able to wash my own hair, slowly and easily. But Lisa was right by my side handing me things, squirting the soap in my hands, and making sure everything was washed out of my hair! After the shower we gave the girls another look and I couldn't believe how quickly they were falling into place. That's when we noticed some redness near my sutures. Lisa gave it a look and the two of us decided we needed to have Dr. Froggy look, he really is so great with this stuff. He noticed that I had a blister near the sutures, but not on, which was good. We sent a picture to Dr. DeLange, and right away he knew that I must of had an allergic reaction to the surgical glue. He called me in a steroid prescription and I began taking the pills. By night time, they were practically gone and I now know I am allergic to the surgical glue, Mastisol! Dr. DeLange told me that Day 3 my boobs would look the worst, and he was right, it was all up hill from here.
I put on regular clothes for the first time, shorts and a tshirt! Lisa took me to an event she helps out with every year, it's called Glam-a-Thon. It's a breast cancer fundraiser where teams form and put on a performance for judges and win different categories - sort of like a beauty pageant! Froggy was supposed to be one of the judges but had an event for Y100 - so they asked me to judge! I did it! Day 3 of recovery and I was judging an event! It was so much fun! By the time the event was over I was a little tired and hungry and due for a pain pill. I took one when we got home around 2:00pm and I passed out for 4 hours! I didn't need another one until 10:00pm! The discomfort was really going away. That night I sat in Lisa's new Photo Booth (she has her own startup company where she goes to parties with her booth!) I took some pics! Had a blast and hung out with Froggy and Lisa for my last night with them. I could finally lower the amount of pillows I was sleeping on so I wasn't siting totally upright. I slept great that night!
-- Carla Marie
In the morning I felt discomfort and pain, more tightness. We checked out of the hotel and Lisa buckled me into the car because I couldn't do it on my own! We got back to her house where I then passed out again for a few hours. I was woken up when Froggy came home! I was happy to see him and he started his process of taking care of me as well! The two of them were a dream to have around. For lunch we had Mexican food and I took another Percocet, this time I stayed awake, and talked to Froggy and Lisa about life - those things really make you feel high - hopefully I didn't divulge any deep secrets. I watched some TV with their son, Caden, who didn't really know what was going on at the time, he only knew I had a surgery and didn't feel good. I promised him I would come back another time and we can cause a ruckus together. The discomfort I felt at this point was less than the day before, but really just annoying. I told Froggy it felt like I had two hot boulders sitting on my chest and he said "well, you do!"
I napped a little more and that night Lisa and I went shopping at the outlets! I picked Danielle up a Kate Spade purse that she wanted and we got a great deal. Oh wait, let me back up, YES, the day after my surgery I went shopping. I felt awesome! I decided it was a great time to reward myself with some fast food and had some Burger King Satisfries! Great stuff.
When we got back home I took another peak at my boobs and they were looking fuller and better than the day before. I thought "wow these suckers are big!" I was so excited. I had some swelling on the side of my left breast so we sent a picture to Dr. DeLange - simple fix, we needed to loosen the medical bra, it was riding up too high! It made things way more comfortable. DO NOT be afraid to ask your doctor anything during the recovery process.
Before bed, Dr. Froggy created mini envelopes for all of my pills, he labeled them with the medication and time I needed to take them so that if I woke up in the middle of the night I wouldn't be confused. Plus, I couldn't open pill bottles on my own! Froggy had me do some arm stretches, by this point I was lifting my arms much higher than the day before. We hung out for a little and then I went to bed. I slept on their couch because I needed to stay propped up. Froggy continued to check on me throughout the night, he's such a good Dr/Dad/Friend!
-- Carla Marie
And so the recovery process begins…
Lisa got me to our hotel room, where she propped me up on a bunch of pillows (you need to stay propped up for two days, no laying down). I ate a pudding, because I hadn't eaten since the night before, took my Percocets, and passed out. When I woke up, ate some toast and walked around the room. That's when Lisa helped me sneak a peak of my new girls. It was so weird - I thought "they look so weird, and small?" I am so glad Lisa went through this process because she assured me that they were not small, at all, things just weren't in the right place yet. The were SO hard, literally HARD. Then I took another nap! I definitely caught up on all missed hours of sleep I've had from working on this show for 3 years!
At this point I realized that I had soreness in my arms, sort of my armpit area and all into my chest. It felt as if I did 12,000 pushups without stopping - no joke. That's the best way to describe it. Lisa said my upper arms were sore because the implants were all the way up there. It was almost impossible to do things that required using my arms, I couldn't even slightly cross them. Lisa told me that if I had to go number two she would wipe my butt! Luckily I didn't have to go until a few days later when my arms were capable of moving.
That night, Lisa and I watched TV, and ordered some more room service. She helped me get dressed and take off my pants. The pain truly was not that bad. And I am a wuss. You just don't have the strength to do things on your own, plus you are really stiff. It's more of an uncomfortable feeling. I couldn't really take deep breaths or sit up straight - I honestly thought things were going to be way worse than they were, I am a baby when it comes to pain. I couldn't reach too far for my cell phone, or lift my arms higher than my belly button. I took more Percocets and went to sleep. I was also prescribed muscle relaxers, most women said they worked better for them than the pain killers, but I was the opposite. I woke up a few times during the night, but mainly because I had alarms set to take my pain killers and antibiotics. All in all the first day was not too bad!
-- Carla Marie