What does it feel like to have "Baby Bears"?
So, 4 weeks after the surgery, what does it feel like to have the Baby Bear booblets? Basically, it feels just fine. There are pretty significant incisions, and I also had a node dissection on one side, so there is a lot of scar healing that has to go on. However, overall the booblets feel fine and quite natural.
What about Physiotherapy?
I wondered if physiotherapy would be needed, and I decided to try it out, starting two weeks after the surgery. My experience is that it is really helpful and well worth the effort. My physio folks have given me three excellent treatments so far, which have really improved my range of motion, and they have also given me a set of stretches which work really well, and which I have no problem doing twice a day. My favourite is one which I lie on a big foam roller and stretch out my arms in a big T. This is incredibly relaxing.
Do you look "normal"? Can you go out in public with your usual clothes?
Well, I never really looked "normal" in the usual female sense, since I am sort of a tomboy type of person who dresses in a very unfashionable way. I was never concerned about how I would feel with the new booblets, but I was worried about what other people might think. Many people told me not to worry, and that others would not probably even notice. It turns out that they were mostly correct. I don't feel at all strange with my new look, and most of my clothes still fit fine. I don't wear a bra any more, and I did buy a bunch of super soft camis that I can layer under shirts. All in all, this style of dress is much more natural for me. Below I give some photos of what I look like now. Keep in mind that I am a "plus size" woman with very little interest in fashion, so this is all very basic.
Things are going well 2 weeks from surgery. I started physiotherapy yesterday, and have a good set of stretches to do. My left side is quite good, the right side will need a bit more work because of the nodes that were removed on that side. I'm walking 30 minutes a day and I'm back at work some half days this week.
By Laurie Hendren