Paul got home last night and I told him that our surgery date got moved up by a week. Not gonna lie, I started to tear up a little bit. He said, “So, let’s go to Hawaii this week instead.” So calm and even keeled (he is such a good balance to my fiery, uncalm ways!). So, he re-arranged a few things at work and booked the trip. I am so excited to say that we’ll be feeling the Aloha spirit this Monday through Friday. Then it will be back to reality.
Since we are losing so many of our “prep” days, I’ve decided to ask for help. So many of you have offered, and we won’t be able to do this alone. So my brother, Bob and sister-in-law, Sarah are going to run around town this week to help secure a few last-minute items. I’ve started learning about the tips and tricks to recovery from a bi-lateral mastectomy.
I was fortunate enough to be put in touch with Michelle McBride, President and Chairperson of the Noreen Fraser Foundation. Katie Sann, Stella & Dot’s PR genius, and my friend, told Noreen and the folks at the NFF (Noreen Fraser Foundation) about my blog and my recent diagnosis. I’ll post more about the amazing work the NFF is doing in a later post.
Michelle reached out as a resource for me as she also had a bi-lateral mastectomy with reconstruction. She and I had a phone date yesterday afternoon and she told me all sort of tips, for example, I’m to buy 4 baby ice packs from target (princess, hello kitty, dinosaur — pick your favorite theme) because normal ice packs will be too heavy and these small ones slide right in your bra. She also said to buy a $10 electric razor from Walgreen because shaving the pits will become difficult post-surgery. Zip-front sports bras saved her life — but they are very hard to find. So, if you need a few, check out JC Penny online (and remember to buy a size larger to take swelling into account). We also need to buy a ton of pillows to help prop me and my arms up comfortably in bed.
Anyone getting dizzy just thinking about this? I know I am. Well, like Scarlett O’Hara said, “I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.” Diddle-dee. So for now, I will concentrate on getting as much done as I can in the next two days, then off the Garden Isle we go!