Day 21 of Full Tummy Tuck, Lift and Lipo
It's day 21 and I feel like I am turning a corner....
- 10 Aug 2009
It's day 21 and I feel like I am turning a corner. I knew this was going to be difficult...in some ways it has been easier and in some it has been harder. I have a 1 year old and 5 year old and thankfully my mother was able to stay for a couple weeks! Couldn't have done it without her! (lifting the 26lb. baby would have been impossible)
The first week after surgery is a little foggy. I was encouraged to take the pain medicine (hydrocodone) and I did! Just hung and in the recliner and watched ALOT of The Food Network Channel. The 2nd week I switched over to Ibuprofin. I think I felt a little better just getting off the pain medicine. Most of my pain was in my upper abdominal area. I think I was expecting it to be more like my C-section pain and it was not. Things were moving along when I noticed my upper abdominal area looking very swollen. (4 months pregnant-ish)
I visited the doctor on day 14 and he confirmed that I had a large hemotoma. He tried draining it with no success and asked me to return in one week. I went back today and he was able to drain 200 cc's. WOW! I am feeling some relief but still swollen. I am suppose to go back next week to drain more. I felt very discouraged last week but feel like I am turning a corner today. Even though I am still swollen, I feel a lot better.
Don't have the flat tummy I was hoping for but swelling is improving. I am enjoying my perky breasts.(just had a lift) Still have steri- strips so not sure about scaring. (Doesn't look very bad from what I can see)
I will try to update again as things progress. This website has been very helpful to me and I hope my story helps others. This experience has been an emotional and physical battle for me. It is not easy but I have a renewed sense of momentum to take care of myself. I am already feeling better in my clothes!
If you are considering this surgery, it is a big decision. If you are battling through, best wishes for a speedy recovery and the confidence you deserve!