Reconstruction – One Week Later

** Another guest post by Meredith’s husband

It has been a little over a week since Meredith’s reconstuction surgery and all has gone very well for our cute little patient. Recovery from this procedure has been night and day from the double mastectomy. Meredith is not nearly as sore and is much more mobile in the upper torso. Of course this better mobility can give a sense of confidence, so I have to remind supergirl to take it easy. She was able to wean herself off of the pain meds fairly quickly post surgery and has been very good at resting as much as possible. I think she could seriously write a book on the art of taking a nap.

Last Friday we had a follow up visit with the surgeon to remove several of the smaller dressings and to evaluate how the “new girls” looked. I am going to take it as a good thing when the doctor on initial sight says “nice boobs”.  Per the doctor, everything looked fantastic and was healing correctly.  We got the incisions cleaned up, our follow up visits booked and were out the door.

The only issue is that Meredith still has two little friends called ‘nipple guards’ that will be with her for another few weeks.  These little contraptions are definitely needed given the amount of incisions they are protecting.  The issue is that Meredith only has a few pieces of clothing that she can put on where they are not noticeable.  I sense a business opportunity here.

Gracie continues to be taking everything in stride and dealing well with all that mommy has been going through.  She is quite the little trooper.

I have a feeling I will be getting kicked off the blog here shortly but I will see if I can sneak back on when Meredith isn’t looking.

Again, we are so thankful to all are friends and family for providing meals, prayers, texts, emails, cards, and positive thoughts!

Back to the OB/GYN

Today was the day I went back to my OB/GYN.  One year ago he found the lump in my right breast.  While it has been a long year, I look back at that appointment the end of February 2011 and remember it vividly.  That day my OB/GYN literally saved my life.

I was back today for my annual exam.  It’s hard for me to describe exactly how I felt, but let’s just say there were a variety of emotions.  I wondered whether I would make it in and out of that appointment without shedding a tear.  I kept it together…until I got into the car.

I felt like I couldn’t go in empty-handed.  I wanted to take him something.  But what do you give to the man that saved your life?  Well, I chose a  bottle of wine that I knew he would enjoy and a handwritten note that read:

“Dr. D – Where do I begin?!  It’s been a year since my last visit and the day you found a lump in my breast.  In some ways it feels like it has flown by, and in other ways it feels like it has been years.  It has been a tough year, but I am happy to report that I am cancer free.  I want to thank you for finding the lump and for literally saving my life.  I will forever be grateful.  I sometimes think about what would have happened if you had not found it that day?  What if it had been another full year with that tumor in my breast?  There could have been a completely different ending to my story.  So, thank you!  Here’s to a healthy, cancer free 2012!  Cheers!”  Meredith Gaile

It was a weird day.  I feel like I am still processing all of it:  the appointment, the fact that it’s been a full year since this journey began, all that we have accomplished, all that I’ve been through both physically and emotionally, and all that is still left.

Ladies:  Have you scheduled your annual OB/GYN exam?  Please do.  It might just save your life.