You know how you’ll drive by certain roads and think to yourself they are still working on this? I can’t believe how long it is taking.
It turns out that construction projects and roadwork take awhile and often way more complex than we think.
It turns out that breast reconstruction is also way more complex than most of us realize and in my case takes awhile.
There have been delays just as happens with construction projects. My delays have been from an incision opening twice on one side. As a result the reopening date of this road closure is taking much longer than I anticipated.
I have had four additional procedures because of my incision opening up and at least one more to go before we are done. The next procedure will likely be in July. That’s a year after my mastectomy. It’s taken that long and been so complicated that I still won’t be finished this project a year after it began.
There are times I go was that really worth it? Should I have skipped the reconstruction? But then I look down at the one perfectly reconstructed side that has had no problems and say yes I think it will be. And despite these setbacks and delays I think when all this work is done it will be worth it.
But it’s that time before the work is done that is hard. The time we look at a road closure and think why are they doing this, does it really need to be done?
But once the work is done and we drive on the new road we realize it is better than what it was. The delays and traffic and time spent on the construction project were worth it.
So I’m trying to be patient and optimistic despite the many procedures and bumps in the road (pun intended!). I am waiting for the project to be complete and for all the delays to be over. Just like roadwork and construction projects, reconstruction takes time. I’m getting close to completion even with some delays and setbacks. I just need to hang in a little longer and look forward to a smoother ride once all that is done.
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