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I am 42 and have 8 children. Two of them were born...
- 4 Mar 2012
- 1 day pre
I am 42 and have 8 children. Two of them were born by c-section. I have struggled with weight my entire life. I would love to be 30 pounds lighter than I am right now, but that would make me the same weight as my 16 year old. I'm not sure that's realistic! LOL.
I am 5' 3" and have recently lost 11 lb using Weight Watchers. I weighed 167 this morning. I had upper abdominal liposuction on February 15th, as the surgeon felt I'd get a better result that way. I have developed a seroma on my upper abdomen, which he says he will drain during the surgery. I am also having my inner thighs liposuctioned.
Surgery is tomorrow! I'm nervous, excited and a...
- 5 Mar 2012
- 1 day pre
Sitting in the waiting room at the hospital. I'm...
- 6 Mar 2012
- Day of treatment
Woke up from surgery and thought I was gonna die...
- 7 Mar 2012
- 1 day post
The pain is definitely less than that today, although I am anxiously waiting for each four hours to be up so I can have more Percocet the nurse just took out my catheter but I haven't been up yet.
When the dr came in last night he was positively ecstatic with how things had gone. He said he did some liposuction in my waist and flank area and tightened the muscles a great deal. He said he made a nice little flap for the belly button. I'm a little. Er ous about getting up for the first time. I'll be going home this afternoon. Through my surgeons office I was able to rent a hospital bed for home for $75 for a month.
Day three: I'm actually standing a little...
- 9 Mar 2012
- 3 days post
I'm actually standing a little straighter. Last night I had a moment where I thought, "Was this a mistake? Will I really ever feel 'normal'" again? But I know I will. Today the pain is MUCH more manageable and I attribute that 100% to the prescription motrin that I am taking every 8 hours. It has really helped with the back spasms and shoulder/neck pain.
I can see in the mirror that I am going to look amazing. Especially when I can stand up again! There's not a lot of swelling, although from other people's posts it seems the worst is yet to come. I've been sleeping really well at night, although I'm extremely stiff when I first wake up, most likely from the hospital bed combined with the awkward positions I need to sleep in. I'm anxious for my post-op on Monday when I will see my belly button for the first time. I'd like to try and get some pics later, next time I take my garment off I guess. Though since I can't stand straight, I don't know how well they will show progress.
Day 5. I can stand even straighter today. Took a...
- 11 Mar 2012
- 5 days post
8 days postop. My drain came out today. That was...
- 14 Mar 2012
- 7 days post
All in all, I think the healing is going quite well. I do have quite a bit of swelling by the afternoon each day, but even with that, I am still just thrilled with the way I already look. It is an amazing difference.
I have 8 children, two of them born by c-section. ...
- 15 Mar 2012
- 8 days post
I am FREAKING OUT this morning! I finally got the...
- 16 Mar 2012
- 9 days post
The more I look at the pic with the orange shirt...
- 16 Mar 2012
- 9 days post
Day 11 Went to church for the first time since...
- 18 Mar 2012
- 11 days post
Went to church for the first time since the surgery. Good to get out, but now I'm really sleepy this afternoon. Still need occasional percocet at the end of the day, I get really sore. Almost completely upright now, it just looks like my boobs are too heavy for me to support. LOL.
I discovered there are two other kids I have with off center BBs. And looking at past pics, I am 99% sure mine was off center before the surgery. So I'm chilled out about it all. Plus, the chances anyone else will notice are almost nill. So I'm generally feeling really good.
So I've chilled a lot about the location of my...
- 20 Mar 2012
- 13 days post
Day 19. Doing stuff during the day still causes...
- 25 Mar 2012
- 18 days post
My total weight loss since January is 19 lb, but now I'm hitting a plateau. I still don't see a whole lot of difference in my thighs from the lipo. Like, I really don't see any difference at all, except the difference that could easily be from a near 20 lb weight loss. I have lost 1" on each thigh. That's it. My waist is still 34" which seems like a lot to me. I still look "thick" from the side, in my opinion.
When I get swollen, that's when I have the most pain, and still have a little trouble standing all the way straight.
I'm really having a down day today. I KNOW in my HEAD that it takes a long time for all the swelling to go down, but I"m not encouraged about my thighs (they still touch when my feet are hip-width apart.)
My BB is definitely off to the side, but who knows how much the swelling is influencing that and how much it will center eventually.
Someone who's further in their recovery please tell me how great I will look later?
Is there any way to change the order of my photos...
- 26 Mar 2012
- 19 days post
Yesterday I was pumping gas for my huge 15 passenger van. As I was climbing back up into the drivers seat, my ankle twisted and I caught myself with the steering wheel. I felt something pull inside and ever since then, there is a very distinct SPOT that is painful to the touch, sharp pain, and throbbing. PS office said it's ok, but to watch for increasing pain, bleeding, swelling, etc. I had a lot more generalized swelling yesterday, but probably from having three big days in a row where I probably did too much. Trying to lay low today.
I'm getting so FRUSTRATED with doing nothing. Not lifting the toddler, not picking up, etc. I feel like my whole family is getting resentful of me.
Yesterday was 3 weeks. I had an AWESOME day and...
- 28 Mar 2012
- 21 days post
Tomorrow is four weeks. It seems like the three...
- 2 Apr 2012
- 26 days post
I have continued to lose weight -- total lost is 22 lb. I am down to 156. I was 174 the day of my consultation in January. I'm pretty sure my BB is going to be just fine, as soon as the skin gets some slack and it's not pulled so open any more. My scar is going to be amazing and thin, although it's a bit high (but that also may lower with some slack.
My ONLY remaining complaint is that my thighs really don't have much change when I'm standing upright (except the change that could be from losing 22 lb). When I bend slightly forward, I can see that my thighs are smaller, but when I stand up, there's some posterior fat that kind of squishes forward, so when I'm standing up straight, my thighs touch just as much as before. I'm going to talk to him about it at my 6 week postop.
I have quit wearing my compression garment at night (PS said I could quit at four weeks, so it was a few days early, but I just couldn't take it any more).
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