Finally! My pre-operative appointment with my surgeon and patient coordinator was today, and I now have concrete answers to all my questions. This allows me to finish planning everything that needs to be done before I go under the knife. My brain is overflowing with information, and despite having kind of a shitty day, my spirits are sky high. I get extreme satisfaction from crossing things off my to-do list, and I was able to do a lot of that today.
Before I go into what went down during pre-op, I have news:
There is a new procedure on this list. A procedure I never, ever in a million years thought I would do. But things change, and after a week of waffling back and forth, I am happy (and really excited!!!) with my decision to get breast implants. I know I raved about having “normal boobs” in my video, I’d be kidding myself if I really thought I’d be left with a nice, full, perky boob with just a mastopexy.
After discussing the pros and cons of each style with my surgeon, I went with Natrelle 410 cohesive gel implants, also known as gummy bears. They’re called gummy bears because, unlike traditional saline or silicone, they’re in a solid state and won’t leak, ripple, or fold. They are teardrop shaped rather than round, so I’ll look more natural. All implants have risks, but I have complete trust in my surgeon. Duuude I’m gonna have fake boobs! WEIRDLY COOL.
So, pre-op day. Got a lot done today, including initialing and signing a lot of paperwork, paying my balance, and getting all my questions answered. The day also included a sprint down Wilshire Blvd. to the lab (in sandals) for my blood work before the tech went to lunch and I’d have to wait an hour for her to come back. She clearly wasn’t happy with me taking up her lunch hour, so I tried to get out of there as fast as possible…and in the process, forgot my credit card. I did not realize it until I was all the way back at my office, and there was no way in hell I was driving back to get it. I’d sooner replace the card than make an unnecessary trip to Beverly Hills from the valley.
After work, I went to get my prescriptions filled. For some reason I was imagining having to bring home a whole case of narcotics (wishful thinking?), but I just got one bottle of percocet, antibiotics, and one capsule to take before surgery to help with nausea. The first two bottles were less than $10 total. The anti-nausea capsule? $50!
The moment I got home from the pharmacy, the aftercare facility called to go over my reservation, provide instructions on what to pack, what their services include (24/7 nurse care! All meals and snacks provided! Plus Netflix if I want a deluxe room for an extra $100 a night!…No thanks.) and to take my money. Holy crap I spent a lot of money today. Don’t worry, I won’t forget to go over every single expense I incur in a later post. Except the surgeon’s fees…those are between me and the patient coordinator. I don’t even think my surgeon knows…haha! I promised her I would be vague about the price if asked.
The only expenses I have left are the operating room fees and anesthesiologist fees, which are paid separately and on the day of surgery. I won’t know the exact cost of each one until it’s over because the operation could take longer or shorter than estimated. Hopefully shorter.
Anyway, I wanted this post to be much more detailed, but I am absolutely wiped, and I still have to work out before I go to bed. Just wanted to quickly say THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your kind words and support while I go through this crazy process. More fun information tomorrow! Or maybe Wednesday if I get too busy.
Before I go, I wanted to share this last page of the pre-op packet they gave me. There is always going to be some mild to major physical trauma associated with surgery, but there’s also the emotional part. Generally, I’m an unemotional, dead inside, robot incapable of raw emotion, so I’m not too worried about any mood swings. But you never know, right? I appreciated this diagram/chart a lot. I’ll probably remain at “WEIRDO” status throughout the whole recovery.