My sister picked me up from the hospital after my second night there.
The only thing I wasn’t prepared for was the post-op bra. I was told to buy it in the size I wanted to be, which was a 32 C, but because of the bandages, I wasn’t able to put it on when my sister came to pick me up.
I would say you definitely need a sports bra on the journey home because going over the potholes and bumps and everything makes you wobble all over the place. It’s a bit painful. So I’d recommend getting one that’s a few sizes bigger to fit over the bandages.
And make sure it zips up at the front. I had one that I wanted to use but it zipped up at the back but it’s impossible to get your arms around the back to close it right after surgery.
To be honest, I was expecting a lot of pain, but there was no pain after. I was so surprised. I was expecting to be in so much pain that I’d have to be on the strongest painkillers for about 2 weeks, but no. It was fine. I dealt with the pain with paracetamol.
I returned to work after 2 weeks.
I was really concerned before surgery thinking “how am I going to get to work?” and things like that, but it was fine. Even though I’d had surgery twice on my right breast, after 2 weeks I was driving fine. Granted I drive an automatic so that probably makes a difference, but I was expecting to be out for about 6 weeks.
I think if I didn’t have any complications on my right side I probably would have gone back to work after one week because I felt fine, mostly.
Even though there wasn’t much pain, general stuff after surgery was tough to do.
The only things I found difficult were basic things like sleeping and turning over in bed. You definitely need a bra at night, even though wearing it can get quite uncomfortable.
Also, I couldn’t quickly lift my arms up to get something for a good 3 weeks.
And it was more like 8 weeks before I could lift my arms properly above my head. Everything I was reading before surgery said ‘2 weeks and you’re fine’ but for me, it was more like 8 weeks.