nynessie wrote:Pathology says all the margins are clean. YAY!
YES!!! That's the best news ever!
nynessie wrote:I'm doing fine at the moment, trying to gain weight, and beginning to get braver with my food choices. My body seems to be following a path of its own, with my emotions all over the place, and I'm hoping it's just a little more time before everything settles down. Physical therapy is fantastic, and I'm very glad I am doing this. I go twice a week, working on my posture, endurance, stability, and strength. A lot of walking too. Surgeon has not signed off yet on any exercise involving my abdomen. Staples are out, and of the two dozen or so steri-strips, only five stubbornly remain.
I'm hoping I can get back into my normal clothes soon as it's getting cold here in the northeast. I am rather tired of my two pairs of baggy sweatpants. Also find it funny how much I want to wear a bra again. Darn incision went a little higher than he said, so the bad is just a bit too tight. Anyway, I've set Friday as my day to try on some fall clothes. Wish me luck!
I had to go "commando" in the bra area too. The girls weren't thrilled with the idea, but the incision was just too sensitive to have anything touching it. When you get those last steri-strips removed, you can start wearing more normal pants. Warning: I was horrified when I went to buy new pants right after my surgery and saw my bruised and swollen abdomen in a dressing room mirror.
Just realize it's part of the healing process and try to ignore it. Pick out something in a color you love that fits you and makes you feel good about yourself. They strongly discourage any ab exercises for at least 3 months though. But it's fantastic you're doing physical therapy! And walking can't be beat for strengthening your core.
I had a hard time regaining weight too. Keep trying different foods and see what tastes good. And don't forget to make sure you're eating lots of protein to help with the healing process. You're doing fantastic! Keep up the excellent recovery!