There. Nobody can say that they stumbled upon pictures they weren't expecting. I'm going to show where the drain tubes exit my body, where my portacath is placed for future chemo, and even the tissue where there used to be a breast.
I'm a very modest person, and would have NEVER thought I could post that, but it no longer resembles a breast to me because it is missing a couple of key components that make it so. When this happened to me, I scoured the internet for images and videos and information. Maybe this is one more place that will give honest information.
This is your last chance. If you have a weak stomach, or it bothers you to go to work with me after seeing this, just click here now and don't look back.
We'll start mild. This is my portacath. It's still under a large, square, clear bandage, so it'll look a lot better in a week or so when that is gone.
The next image is the JP drains exiting from my side. They drain after-surgery fluids away from the site to prevent complications. When the amount gets below a certain number of CCs, the drain can be removed.
Finally the one you'll regret seeing. This used to be a breast. They maintained most of the skin, which will help when they remove the tissue expander and replace it with a permanent implant. I had enough tissue there that they partially filled the tissue expander (which is under the muscle and causing 90% of my pain.) That is why there is a bit of mound there, instead of being flat against my chest wall.
As things start looking closer to normal, you'll probably never see any of this again. At some point, my sense of modesty will return. Fortunately, until then, I have a prosthesis. Oh, and I can change the size of it as needed. Cool, huh? Maybe that's another blog entry for another day.