So how did I end up with an infection seven weeks post surgery? Usually they occur within the first few weeks but not with me. I maybe started doing too much as I felt better?
This week I did take on more. I had been feeling pretty good and made the mistake of thinking I’m good and almost back to normal. But normal isn’t necessarily intense exercise like I like to do. Normal isn’t having five young children to pick up, lay on you, clean up toys and carry around. So what is normal for me isn’t the standard normal and means I need to be more cautious than I have been.
I probably created the perfect storm for this. Tuesday night I carried five trash cans to the curb for recycling the next day since Chris was working past 8 PM on a project and I figured I would do him a favor. This was probably not the smartest thing to do in hindsight.
I had resumed doing kickboxing workouts with limited force punches and limited arm extensions but it was probably too soon to attempt this even though I felt fine and did modify. Once again in hindsight I shouldn’t have done this.
Alice has been laying against me as we read stories before bed, but it may have been too soon to do this. Bryce has been super cuddly lately and I’ve been holding him more and resting him against me more which didn’t help.
Even though I have tried finding soft comfortable bras since my surgery some still rest against the incision which can irritate it. It’s also been hot as hell so while I have not been outside much,I’ve gotten sweaty just getting in and out of the car which could have irritated the incision.
And finally I may have had fluid buildup in one breast since my schedule with the plastic surgeon got thrown off and delayed when I had Covid.
It could be one thing, it could be several things and I don’t need to overanalyze this. It happened and here I am back at an operating table.
We had to miss the Phillies game we so wanted to go to yesterday and I’m more than disappointed that plan fell through and we missed a rare opportunity for Chris and I to go to one of our favorite outings of the past.
But shit happens. I’m here. It’s just a setback on the road to recovery. Nothing has been easy in the process but I’ve gotten through it. And I can get through this because I’m one tough mother.
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