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  • SuburbanMomTX
  • Houston, TX
  • 2 years ago

Hi Everyone!   I am one week away from my mommy makeover (tummy tuck, minimal lipo, and a breast lift). Its August 21st at 11am and I am TERRIFIED! I'm a little excited, but more scared than excited. I have wanted this since I had my son, which was 4 years ago. My stomach is a mess and my breasts sag to the bottom of my stomach!!! I am so inspired by all of the women on here who have just sucked it up an gotten it oer with and are now happy with themselves! But I am definitely nervous...not about the pain bc I've done 2 c-sections like a CHAMP! I'm scared of "going under." Plus, my friend who is a nurse told me some plastic surgery horror stories today and I'm freaking out. Any words of encouragement? I could definitely use it!   Thanks!

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SuburbanMomTX- I was just like you before I went under the first time TERRIFIED! But I promise it won't be as bad as your imagining. When you get there the Anesthesiologist will give you a premed to help with your anxiety and calm your nerves, it will help a lot. When you wake up it will feel like you took a short catnap. And most importantly those "horror stories" you hear are so insanely uncommon that you have better odds of being struck by lightning and attacked by a great white while swimming in the ocean all at the same time.
You will do great. Sending you calming thoughts along with a speedy recovery : )
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Hey SuburbanMom, I agree with everyone on here. Just keep your mind on the prize! another mom on here gave a great idea on another post. AussieMomof3 stated that when ever she starts freaking out, she will grab a Victoria's Secret magazine and think of all the new bathing suits or lingerie she will now be able to wear. :)
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Thank you for taking the time to write me. I'm like on an up and down roller coaster; one moment Im excited, next Im freaked out by all of the stories. I just pray that all turns out well. How are you healing now that your hematoma is gone? I have to say, that freaked me out as well. I hope you are doing ok.
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I'm do excited for you! I am also a nurse (an OR nurse) and I will let you in on a little secret. The mind is an incredibly powerful tool. It can make is sick or help heal us. You've decided to make this change for yourself, now DECIDE how well it's going to go. I've seen it many times, if people expect misery, well they often aren't disappointed but the people who expect to do well, they usually do. That doesn't mean
That nothing unexpected will ever
Happen...I had a
Hematoma develop, but overall my recovery went absolutely as well as I knew it would! Good lick'
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This is from another forum. I soo wish I had had this list before I had my surgery. Instead I had people out getting stuff for me after i came home.

Supplements & Vitamins:

• ___ Arnica Montana

• ___ Topical Arnica Montana

• ___ Bromelain

• ___ Vitamin C, or Vicon C

• ___ Chlorhexidine also known as Hibiclens**** one of the most IMPORTANT things you can do. Use the chlorhexidine, which is a surgical soap, in the shower for 3 days before surgery. Be sure to keep it out of your eyes, it is harsh and also very drying. Before surgery and after avoid lotions. Make sure that you are using the shower and not the bath tub (fewer germs that way).

Miscellaneous Medications:

• ___ Mild stool softeners

• ___ Antacids

• ___ Triple antibiotic ointments

• ___ Maybe….hydrogen peroxide (if ok with doctor) used to clean any small openings

• ___ Maybe….iodine (if ok with doctor) used after hydrogen peroxide to kill germs & dry it

• ___ Antibacterial soap

Other Supplies:

• ___ Medication organizer or pill case (with days of the week and times)

• ___ Medication Time Schedule for when to administer medications

• ___ Dressings, sponges, gauze,

• ___ Paper tape – it’s easier on the skin if you have to use any type of bandage.

• ___ Blue surgical pads (like puppy training pads)

• ___ Digital thermometer

• ___ Silicone sheeting or other scar therapies

• ___ Wetnaps and /or Baby wipes

• ___ Heating pad

• ___ Moisturizer

• ___ Kleenex

Grocery Store:

• ___ Protein bars

• ___ Bags of frozen peas

• ___ Plain, low sodium crackers

• ___ Bottled water

• ___ Frozen dinners

• ___ Low sodium soups (no Ramen)

• ___ Jello-O

• ___ Fresh fruit

• ___ Apple juice

• ___ Gatorade

Department Store, Online Store, or Other:

• ___ Compression Garments (medical quality only)You will most likely be sent home with a surgical binder, but order another one on-line so that you can wash and dry, yet have one to wear.

• ___ Surgical bra – You can buy there for $36

• ___ Shower seat – the cheap one is a wonderful investment. Use it as a step stool later.

• ___ Shower curtain

• ___ Flat sheets

• ___ Extra pillows (varying in firmness), body pillows, Husband/recliner pillow

• ___ Digital camera with memory card

• ___ Journal (or use your laptop)

• ___ Movie rentals, DVR Recordings or downloads

• ___ Books, magazines, audio books, Kindle downloads

• ___ Empty plastic coffee tub with lid (for nausea)

• ___ Batteries for remote

• ___ Pajamas, robe, or oversized, comfortable shirts that button in the front

• ___ Soft cotton underwear

• ___ Soft cotton tank tops –wear these under the binder and bra.

• ___ Comfortable gowns

• ___ Slippers or socks (with grip on the soles)

• ___ Hand mirror

• ___ Small flashlight for late night bathroom trips if you cannot get to the light switch easily. Sometimes pain medications can also cause confusion upon awaking, and you don't want to walk into a wall.

• ___ Nightlight, if you want to avoid the above and are able to sleep with a little light, a low level

Minimize your swelling

Cold therapy reduces swelling, relieves pain and restores mobility faster.
Recommendation - apply a cold compress on the skin for 72 hours following the procedure.

Minimize your bruising

Hot therapy (per your doctor’s direction) helps break down and disintegrate bruising discolorations and provides moisture. Recommendation - apply 2-3 post-op. Use heating pad.

Prevent blood pooling and clotting

Anti-Embolism Stockings (TED Stockings) and post surgical leg massages. Elevate legs. Short walks around the house.

Surgery Preparation: The Day Before Surgery

1. At home, pre-stage anything you may need within arms reach so that you have no need stretch, reach or bend.

2. Close your bedroom window drapes or blinds to darken the room so you can rest easier.

3. Position a flash light on your nightstand.

4. Have a hand mirror nearby. You may want to check out your sutures while in bed.

5. Have a laptop computer or paper and pencil on hand if you are want to surf the net or document your post-operative thoughts in writing.
6. Have a night light to illuminate your way to the restroom for night visits.

7. Have a pail, paper towels and moist towelettes and plastic trash bags with
tops that tie at your bedside and on the ride home. (to clean up messes).

8. Have extra bed sheets and blankets on hand.

9. Have lots of entertainment on hand such as movies, videogame, books, puzzles and magazines.

10. Have plenty of clear liquids, such as water, sugar water, Gatorade, Kool-Aid, Jell-O, apple juice, pulp-free juices, soft drinks and popsicles.

11. Have some crackers to help alleviate nausea - especially on the way home.

12. Bring a bottle of water with you for the ride home from surgery. Sipping cool
water helps alleviate nausea as well as cleans the mouth if you do vomit.

13. Lots of pillows, prearranged on your bed to provide a cocoon for sleeping on your back with your head and feet slightly elevated.

14. Make a list of last minute questions to ask your physician/surgeon before the surgery.

15. Make your home “recovery-friendly.” Remove all tripping hazards and arrange furniture so you have a straight path to wherever you are going. Setup a temporary sleeping area if your house has a lot of stairs. Remove all tripping hazards.

16. Prepare your bed (recovery area) with lots of pillows, absorbent pad underlay, books, magazines, writing materials, telephone, TV, remote control.

17. Prepare your chair and bed with protective plastic sheeting and/or sheets and absorbent pads.

18. Pre-position some wet naps, baby wipes, Kleenex, paper towels, hand moisturizer or make-up removal towelettes by your bed or chair.
19. Pre-position your robe and slippers and socks.

20. Remove any fingernail and toenail polish the day before surgery. It is not permitted and allows the surgical staff to better determine if you are getting enough oxygen during surgery.

21. Set your nightstand up with your medications, water, a few packages of crackers, remote control, the phone, laptop and entertainment.

22. Take out the trash.

23. Turn down the sound and turn off the ringer. Have the answering machine set.

24. Wash your hair the night before surgery.
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Super list! headed to the store tomorrow or Monday! thanks!!!
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Best of luck!!! I'm sure you will do fine. Don't listen to that friend of yours!
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Anytime your getting put under its scary. I've had several surgeries, so for me, I always worry more about the recovery than the procedure. The one great thing about general is there's no stress once your under. You're in a dreamless sleep without a care in the world. You literally close your eyes and wake up and its all over. I think it took about 3 seconds for the the drugs to knock me out. I was thinking how weird they make me feel, and then a nurse was taking care of me and my friend was there and I was going home. I was groggy and felt weak and sore, but wasn't really in any pain. (Which I was expecting to wake up in misery).

There's going to be low points during this journey, you just have to keep thinking about the good ones :) Every time you get scared, just think about how beautiful your going to look and feel afterwards. It really helps if you have friends reminding you of that too. I had a couple friends who always just seemed to know when to throw in "But in another month honey your going to be so smoking hot", or "By then your going to have your new hot body and not even care about any of this". Somehow hearing it said out loud by someone else just made it real :)
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Thank you so very much! And yes, she did know. It went just like this Her: wanna do lunch next week? Me: Cant. Having cosmetic surgey. Her: Nooooooo! Im scared for you! I have a friend that died from that exact same thing. Me: PANIC!

Thankfully, the rest of my friends and faily have been very supportive and told me that yes, that was VERY insensitive.
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Oh, honey. Why on earth would your friend tell you plastic surgery horror stories right before you're getting plastic surgery? I hope she didn't know, otherwise she was having a seriously insensitive moment. It seems that a lot of the nightmares have to do with not choosing a good surgeon. If you're going with an ASPS/ASAPS board certified surgeon and you feel good that you're on the same page, please try not to worry too much.

I really think you'll get a lot of support in the mommy makeover review community, especially if you post photos, so I encourage you to head there and start your story. We're here to inform and comfort you, so bring on your concerns. PM me if you have any questions about getting around the site!

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