Hey y’all! I had the very best intentions to write a big 1 month post op update to share with everyone…but really not much had changed. We drove up to Seoul to go to my 1 month appointment. The Dr was almost 30 minutes late seeing me after they told me over and over on the phone not to be late because the schedule was strict. Whatevs. When she did come in I think it took me longer to get in and out of my gown than it took for the actual check up. She looked, checked everything out, said I was good to go. She did say I could go back to ‘normal’ with no more restrictions. I don’t think she understands my ‘normal’ is roller derby.
Either way…I’m good to go. I’ve had so many mixed messages between what the Koreans say I can do and what every other friend with this surgery has said they were told they could do. Wow that was a crazy sentence. Anyway, originally no weight lifting for 6 months. What?! From other people/Google I’ve been told 6 weeks. I’ve decided to just listen to my own body and do what feels comfortable for me. I’m not in any pain now but can definitely tell when my muscles aren’t feeling completely normal with what I do.
6 weeks post op – What I CAN do.
– Gym. I’ve been back in the gym doing leg workouts for a few weeks now. Friday I was able to do inclined dumbbell bench presses. I did 20lbs which is less than I did before but I’m not wanting to completely blow anything out lol I didn’t get the muscles pulling into my armpit feeling which was a good sign.
– Derby. I strapped on 2 sports bras last week (2 days shy of 5 weeks post op) and actually skated in practice. I know some girls were afraid to hit me and I was super protective and cautious but I did hit and take some as well as fall a couple times. I did something right though because everything BUT my chest hurt the next day haha
– Lifting. I can pick up Timmy again (although it’s nice to have him used to not needing me!) when I need to. I can heave the water jug up onto the dispenser and carry dog food in from the car. All back to normal. Mostly I just have to pay attention to using my arms/bending my knees. Probably stuff I should always pay attention to.
– Chores. A few weeks ago vacuuming and mopping kind of hurt. Pushing gave me the muscles in the armpit feeling and it was just not fun. All of that is normal now. Same with closing the back of the Tahoe. It’s crazy how something I can’t do one day I’m totally ok doing a few days later.
6 weeks post op – What I CAN’T do.
– Sleep on my stomach. Not that I did much before but I still am not comfy laying on my chest at all.
– Pull downs (over or underhand) at the gym. I thought I could do them since I can close the back of the Hoe but turns out adding some weight to the movement isn’t as easy. I tried a couple with light weight and while it didn’t hurt it still didn’t feel totally ok so I’m just skipping those for a little longer.
– Push ups. I might go ahead and play this off a little longer….I hate them. So I can’t do them. And I’m not totally sure if I can because I haven’t really tried. So lets just go with no.
– Same with running.
I think that’s it?? I do feel very much back to normal aside from a couple movements. Even then, no pain. Some areas on the skin are still numb which is annoying but it’s less than it was so hopefully all will be back to normal soon.
I have noticed some differences between my experience and some stateside stories I’ve heard. Between straps and massages it’s all different. I never had the “my pecs are up in my throat” feeling. They never sat really high which would be the reason I’d need to wear the binding straps or massage them down into place. They just WERE in place from the beginning. Not sure what the Korean Dr did different than any other Dr I’ve heard of but I’m not complaining. Unless there’s a reason the other way is better? Not sure. So far, it seems good. The Dr did tell me at my 1 month appointment that if I wanted them more flat than round I could wear a strap around the top but that it wasn’t needed.
Before and Afters: