Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Now I truly feel that I am on the road to a new me.
I had my first "fill" late this morning.
I went into the surgeons office, changed into a gown (open in the front) and after a short wait was literally filled up. The process was pretty painless. I think it took longer to change my clothes and navigate my way through the parking lot then the actual fill up.
Dr. B started by finding the ports on each expander. They have a small magnetic component . Once he located them he drew a small circle -- swabbed the area to make it sterile and then inserted a small needle that had a tube on one end that he screwed into the saline filled syringe. Each syringe contained 50cc's of saline (about 2 ounces.). My left was able to take 4 syringes -- 200cc's and my right was able to take 3 syringes -- 150cc's. He continues to be really pleased with my progress and has reminded me that I need to continue to take it slowly which means no exercising other than the motions he has shown me to prevent my shoulders from freezing. Oh and he made me swear that I would refrain from pole dancing. G-d bless his sense of humor.
So I have to say I am now feeling a lot like Growing Up Skipper. Do you remember that great doll from the late 70's? Barbie's little sister? You would take her arm -- rotate it backwards 180 degrees and her waist would get smaller, she would grow taller and her boobs would pop out. I mentioned this to Dr. B today and he assured me he would be able to expand my chest without twisting my arm. He also assured me that my height would not change and I think I am safe to assume my waistline will not either.
My next fill up is in two weeks.
It is really exciting to be getting a shape again.
More importantly it is amazing to be at this point in my journey.
I know how truly lucky I am to be in this place and I continue to be so grateful.