Is This Real Life?

bed.pngThis may look like a pretty boring picture, but for me, it’s something I’ve been looking forward to for 6 months – our bed without a giant pregnancy pillow and underarm pillows. I’ve had to sleep on my back since my mastectomy in August. Since I’m a side sleeper, the only way to ensure I slept on my back was with a pregnancy pillow. The pillows were incredibly helpful and I’d recommend them to anyone having a mastectomy, but they are also HUGE and took up so much room on the bed, my poor hubby barely had any   room.

Last week marked 6 weeks since my exchange/reconstruction surgery, which means I can finally ditch the pregnancy pillow and sleep on my side! It also means I get to sleep without a sports/surgical bra and I can now wear a normal bra during the day. At first, I had to get used to sleeping on my side because it felt different than it did before (you can feel the implant when you’re on your side). But after about 5 minutes, I was sound asleep. It’s so nice to be able to cuddle with my hubby and not have this giant freaking pillow in the way. The funny thing is, I end up waking up on my back a lot now – I guess I got used to it over the past 6 months. But being able to sleep on my side and without a surgical bra feels amazing. Another great step to feeling back to normal!

Today Was a Good Day

I’m super tired so this will be a short and sweet post. Despite having 2 exams tomorrow, plus the doctor’s appointment where my tissue damage outcome is finally revealed – it was a great day. Here’s why 🙂

  • My alma mater, USF, wrote a great article about my BRCA journey. Check it out here.
  • I had my first maternity rotation today and it was awesome. Also, it’s a big accomplishment to make it through my first 12 hour shift since my mastectomy 7 weeks ago.
  • I got to devour eat delish Mexican food and laugh a ton w my friends after clinicals today
  • During my maternity shift, I got to hold a newborn baby, which kind of made me forget about all the stressful stuff going on right now 🙂

Now it’s time to cram in a bit more studying before tomorrow. I’ll update tomorrow about how my Dr’s appt went!