The drains were removed today. This made me so very happy. I don’t know how to explain the drains and their effect on me. They were a real downer and a large part of what, in my opinion, made recovery really difficult. I almost took a picture of them, but they were so gross I didn’t want to document their existence. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I’ll describe. On each side of my body, right about where the bottom of your bra strap lays, there was a small incision made and a tube was put in there. The tube reached up inside as far as the crease of my armpit, but more in the top breast area. On the outside there was about about a foot and a half of tubing with a bulb at the end that collected any drainage. I know, GROSS. By yesterday I was so tired of these things. They made it hard to sleep or relax in any way. I have some sensory issues, like Clarabelle, and all I could think about was the fact that these things were in me. Also, the area where they entered my body was so tender from the rubbing.
Today I was really scared about the idea of the drains being pulled out, but the idea of them being gone gave me the strength to get through it. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be. The nurse told me to take a deep breath and she just pulled them out. The second one was a little painful at the incision site, but it felt good in a weird way.
After my appointment I felt like a new person. Fish and I went to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch and later today I snuck out to buy some goodies at Trader Joes. Now it’s slowly back to regular day to day. I’m looking forward to school starting for the girls. I think it’s going to be a great school year for Clarabelle and Pixie. Pixie’s preschool packet came in the mail yesterday. Open House is on 9/2.