Phew! The lump turned out to be a clump of staples (3 to be exact). I got tired of waiting the 3 weeks to get in to Dr. Bethke and called a friend’s doctor in Lake Bluff, Dr. Sharpless. She worked me in the day after I called, in spite of a busy schedule, and then she took the lump off in the office. To me, she was a gift from God. Her compassion and quick action gave me instant peace of mind. The tissue did not even have to be sent for a biopsy. She showed me that there was nothing there except staples and muscle fibers.
Thanks for the prayers and thanks again to God for responding to them. If there is a moral to this story, it might be to ask if they put extra things in your body when you have a surgery. Although, I probably would have had them taken out even knowing what they were. They were increasingly painful.
And, as an sequel to the tattoo story, here is the final outcome. I did the dressing 3 times a day for 10 days as directed. I could offer this advice: make sure you get the air bubbles out of the xeroform dressing. If you don’t, it lets the area dry and scab. In spite of not doing that perfectlyly the first night, the outcome was good. The areas actually do look fairly natural like real nipples and having the darker area for the center looks fine. The radiated side is slightly lighter than the other so I may go back for a touch up. Other than that I am very happy with it and it goes a long way toward making my breasts look normal.