The frustration of recovery!


Patty and friends at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life a couple weeks ago.

Patty’s recovery from the reconstruction surgery is going well.  She still has a long way to go, but overall she’s doing really well.  They started adding saline to her implant last week and she’s pretty excited to have a cleavage again!   

The initial recovery period from the surgery was pretty painful.  She hid it pretty well from me at first, but as I’ve said in many previous posts, her eyes tell the story.  She fooled me and was on the go pretty quickly.  Too quickly!  I should have known better.  Those of you who know Patty, know that she’s hard to keep down.  She wants to exercise and get back into her routine.  She can’t do it!  Not yet.  I could see she was tiring easy and “hitting the wall” by early afternoons.  So, I’ve had to put my foot down and limit her activities.  She’s begrudgingly cooperating… 

Up until surgery her “job” was watching our granddaughter, Avery.  The doctor told us that she wouldn’t be able to watch her full time again until at least 8 weeks after surgery.  She thinks it’ll take her 6 weeks, but I’m going to win this battle.  She needs to take as long as she needs.  Avery kept Patty pretty busy during the days, but now that Patty’s on her own, she gets pretty bored!  She’s been devouring a lot of books, which she loves, but she gets frustrated that she can’t do it all right now.  She’s doing so well, I just don’t want her to overdo it and, in turn, take longer for her recovery.

She has a doctor’s appointment next Monday to add more saline… a little at a time.  Right now it’s all about adding the saline which in turn stretches the skin until it’s the same size etc as the other breast. 

Patty’s been walking as often as possible… a couple miles at a time.  She’s impatiently wanting to push the walking farther to start training for the Komen walk in November!   

She needs to heal first… she has plenty of time!

2 thoughts on “The frustration of recovery!

  1. Hi Ed/Patty:

    I think about you every day – I wish you a speedy recover – A comedian on TV – funny guy…said his wife wanted implants – so he bought her a pair about a couple months ago…he said “these things are great” – “I finally gave em to her yesterday” ;-).

    Love you guys,

  2. Hey there Ed and Patty! Congrats on the cleavage!!!

    On this one, and I know you’re going to hate this Patty, you need to listen to Ed. I know that you are biting at the bit (and that’s an understatement) to get back in the swing of things but just take those extra couple of weeks for recovery. You know as well as I do that the quicker you think you can do something, your body will prove you wrong. If anything, compromise with Ed and gradually do things a little more each day for the last 2 weeks of recovery. Just promise me you’ll listen to your body.

    You still have a great fan base and keep us posted on the Komen walk. I’ve heard and seen photos from people who have done the walk in SD and looks to be a blast. Please tell your friends thank you for participating in the Relay for Life.

    Big hugs – Penny

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