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10 Weeks 6 days post tummy tuck! Few new PHOTOS!!
- updated 10 days ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $7,000
- Roberto Gonzalez-Cruz (Altoona, PA)
Hi everyone! My name is Krissy.. I am 37 years old...
- 9 Feb 2013
- 17 days pre
Hi everyone! My name is Krissy.. I am 37 years old.. married mother of three wonderful children! Daughter is 20, and my boys are 15 and 13. I struggled with my weight ever since having my children and after reaching 235 pounds and developing diabetes.. my PCP recommended I look into the Lap Band... well after doing some research on that, I didn't like the idea of having a port..so I began my research for the Rou-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery. After jumping through the MANY.. and I mean MANY loops of prerequisites the insurance company and I fought for a few months back and forth.. (I finally won) GO ME!! I had my Gastric Bypass surgery on December 1, 2009. I was all the way down to 130 pounds but my dr recommended that I gain 10 pounds because me at 130... did not look healthy... I am 5' 8" tall so my normal weight is 135 to 160 (or somewhere close to that) Anyhow.... I am currently at 145 and I am fine with that... I don't really look at the numbers to much anymore as they don't mean as much as how my clothes fit/feel/look on my body. I am currently a size 5, but that's with a HUGH muffin top.. which I absolutely hate! It's not even really about size, again, it all comes down to how we feel/fit/look in the clothes we're wearing.
Anyhoo.... I lost all that weight.. therefore leaving behind such a large amount of skin. I have had people in disbelief that I ever even had gastric bypass because they don't SEE the loose skin... because when I'm standing still... I look fine in a bikini..but when I walk.. I seriously turn into a big Jello Jiggler! I HATE my stomach... I hate how it looks when I am on my hands and knees (Therefore making intimate times a little uncomfortable. I have always been one to worry about how I look. Along with the extra skin issues.. Gastric Bypass had also played a major toll on my boobies.. they went from a 40D to a 34A...
I went to my PS last year and discussed BA along with TT but there would have been no way for me to heal in time for me to go back to work (I work for the school district so I am off all summer) but by the time I finally made the decision it was already August.. and school started the first week in Sept. Soooo, I chose to do the BA first.. At my 1 month post op appointment the areola scar had healed in a way that it caused the scar to actually indent a little... so in November my PS did a fat transfer to inject some of my belly fat under the scar to see if that would help with the indent.. well that worked for the most part then at my 3 month BA post op appointment my PS said my left breast had developed capsular contracture...(my body doesn't like the thought of the bigger boobies as much as my mind does!) so.. he is going to remove that implant and replace it with a new one and also recut the scar on the right boobie and remove that scar tissue and make it right as well the same day I go in for my TT and lipo on my back/flanks. Needless to say... it's going to be a little more inclusive than just a TT and lipo for me on Feb. 27th.. I'll be sore in a few other places as well... but nothing I can't handle.. I am so ready for this and time is passing so slowly for me.....
I'm finally adding some before pictures!! UGH!! I...
- 10 Feb 2013
- 17 days pre
I cannot stop scoping the internet for pictures,...
- 10 Feb 2013
- 17 days pre
I have a CareCredit account and I recently paid it off in full.. and I'm still waiting for that amount to be available again for me to use it for the difference for the TT that I hadn't paid already.. hmmm... I hope that it's taken care of before too long because that will have me stressing BIG TIME because I am relying on that for the final payment.. due by Feb. 20th. (1 week before my surgery date) SO that means GE Capital Bank better get on the ball with that! The money shows cleared from my bank account and it shows a $0 balance owed on the carecredit account holders website. UGH! I'll be making a phone call EVERY day this week to make sure they are on top of that $#@! Otherwise, I'm going to be one unhappy person.... ok.. I think I've vented enough now... thanks for reading and sorry to bore anyone.. haha!
Not sure why... but I originally posted this...
- 13 Feb 2013
- 14 days pre
Only 10 days until my big day!! I am so excited.....
- 17 Feb 2013
- 10 days pre
Down to just 8 more wake ups until my surgery!! I...
- 19 Feb 2013
- 8 days pre
Here is my list of items I got to prepare for my...
- 19 Feb 2013
- 8 days pre
1. Antibiotics (script)
2. Percocet (script)
3. Tylenol (EZ Tabs) OTC
4. Sterile Gauze Pads
5. Paper Tape
6. Heating Pad
7. Washable Waterproof Pad (to keep from draining on my furniture)
8. Arnica Gel
9. Arnica Tablets
10. Grannie Panties (to keep from ruining my good ones)
11. Mens 'wife beater' muscle shirts (to wear under the binder to keep it from
irritating my skin)
12. 2 Wash Basins (1 to use to throw my stuff in to have near me at all times &
one to use for bathing while I'm not allowed to physically shower/bathe)
13. Jello, Pudding, Applesauce, Greek Yogurt, Carton of Egg Whites, Sodium
free Ketchup, Single serving cartons of Muscle Milk (20 grams of protein
each) Salt Free Crackers, Ginger Ale, Sugar Free Ice Cream.
14. Maxi Pads to cover incision and drains from draining onto clothing
15. Dial Antibacterial Soap (to start using starting the week before surgery)
16. Warm Comfy Socks
17. Hibistat Antibacterial Hand Wipes (to keep my hands clean before dressing
18. Peroxide (to clean the drain bulbs after emptying them)
19. Safety Pins (to secure the drain bulbs to an article of clothing to keep them
out the way)
20. 5 Weeks off of Work (because I deserve it) ;o)
I think that's everything... if I forgot to post something I'll add it, and if there are any other suggestions from you girls... please feel free to add them onto my comments!! Thanks and I hope this helps those wondering what to have on hand. I will also add things that I didn't realize I needed until AFTER surgery to help anyone else out as well.
I say 3 business days...because it's less...
- 22 Feb 2013
- 5 days pre
I just wanted to add a few things to my list of...
- 25 Feb 2013
- 2 days pre
I was actually able to find some flavored juice type protein drinks at Walmart.. they are only 3.8 ounces but they pack 42 grams of protein each!!!
I also got some Snickers Marathon protein bars.. I know after having gastric bypass I have a hard time getting my protein as it is, let alone after surgery when we all need even more protein to aid in the healing process......
Just 2 days left for me to get all things ready!! I am so excited!
I am also going to see if it's possible to post some YouTube videos on here as a link.. I plan on videoing the removal of my pain pump, and my drains... and whatever else I decide to video during my healing process..
Tomorrow is the day! I'm all ready except for my...
- 26 Feb 2013
- 1 day pre
I am officially on the flat side ladies!! I...
- 27 Feb 2013
- Day of treatment
I arrived at the surgery center at 6AM as instructed (hubby took me) My mom was supposed to take me but I felt bad about her having to get up so early because I was originally scheduled as case #2.. but because my surgery was the longest one of the day they did me first.
I was the ONLY patient in there at that hour so all focus was on me which I absolutely loved. (Who wouldn't) and the nurse got me my gown, socks.... and compression leggins.. (sexy huh) haha! and my hospital gown...she led me to the restroom where I'd get dressed and insert my phenergan suppository (again sexy huh) I did all that and pee'd.... then went back to my little area and sat down and she went over the paperwork... then started my IV. My PS and his nurses walked through the door, and then it was basically just more paperwork and Dr. Gonzalez marked me up.... then went to prep.. the Anesthesiologist came and talked to me and I told her I wanted VERY little pain meds in my IV while I was sleeping. I said, I'd rather wake up in pain and ask for them than to wake up puking my guts out from the nausea. She said ok...
I waited a few more minutes.. and at 7AM I was led to the OR... the Anesthesiologist had me lie on my stomach (PS was doing lipo on my flanks first) She then let me know that the medicine she was going to be inserting into my IV was enough to have me comfortable yet, not completely knock me out so I would probably feel/hear things at certain times throughout that procedure. I felt the local.... (which wasn't more than a pinch) and every now and then I felt something but she must have known somehow (maybe I said something or just jumped?) I don't know....but she'd put more meds into my IV.. I'd feel a slight burn at the IV site.. then off to la-la land once again I went...:) I don't remember them flipping me to my back.. and then next thing I know.. I was in recovery.... My Dr inserted 2 drains exiting my body via my pubic area... and also a pain pump that are inserted right about my sternum... (I will remove the pain pump myself on Saturday) I will have the drains for a week at least.. but that will only be determined by the amount of fluid they are collecting at my Post Op appointment on March 7th @ 11:45AM. When the recovery nurse was showing me the drains and how to empty them and what not.. the left one was NOT pulling any fluid at all.. so she kinda hung it down a bit to allow gravity to help out and that worked.
While still at the surgery center I had to pee really bad (My PS doesn't put a cath in so I really had to pee) while we were in the restroom she emptied the drain bulbs and got 50cc from the left bulb and 30cc from the right bulb.
My boob hurts (the one that my PS removed and replaced due to capsular contracture) My PS said he removed between 6 and 8 inches of flab.. and aprox. 1100 cc of fad via lipo of my abdomen, upper and lower flanks... I don't know if he lipo'd my sides or not.. I'm sure he did... I didn't get talk in depth with him because I am one of those patients that take FOREVER to wake up enough to hold a REAL conversation with after anesthesia/pain meds.
Well. I remembered to ask for some pictures of me before I was taped up and compressed.. but because that's not normal routine, my nurse forgot.. (that's ok) I went into the surgery center at 6AM.. was all prepped and ready for surgery and was in the OR until 1PM and came out feeling fine.. I didn't get nauseated at all while there.. left the recovery room at 1:45PM home by 2PM. took a quarter of my my Vicodin at 2:30PM, 2nd quarter @ 3:30PM (skipped 4:30PM because I fell sleep) woke up at 5:30PM and told hubby that if I don't wake up on the hour during the day that he is to wake me so I don't miss a quarter (sounds like I'm watching a football game) haha! Anyhoooooo... I got up off of the recliner at 5:30 and went pee, and drained my drains I emptied 30cc from the right bulb and 40 from the left bulb... I got a little lightheaded and nauseated when I walked to my bedroom to do all of this stuff.. thank God I didn't throw up or even dry heave I guarantee that would HURT like a mo-fo!! I'm not ready for that! My back is draining the blood and translucent fluids from the lipo.. which has my compression garment pretty wet.. I don't notice it until I am up off the chair.. THANK GOD I BOUGHT THAT WASHABLE PAD THING!! If there is something that you girls MUST HAVE... THIS IS IT!! I am also using the disposable under pads that the surgery center gave to me.. I put them over the washable one, otherwise... WOW I'd have to wash it every time I got up.... I have been nibbling on the Saltine Mini's... and I also ate a little container of Jello with oranges inside... YUM! I really want a cappuccino... lol! Might have hubby make me one. Not sure though... Well this is my update.....I hope it is helpful to anyone reading it.
P.S. My poor kitty wants to lay on me but she stepped on my boob, so hubby made her get off of me.. she just keeps standing on the arm of my recliner, I know she knows there's something 'wrong' she keeps smelling toward my belly area... isn't that crazy? Hopefully pretty soon she can become my snuggle bug again.. I miss her company, not to mention, her warmth!! :) ahhaha!!
UPDATE...... OK it is just about 10 hours since my...
- 27 Feb 2013
- Day of treatment
Ok... The first night.... Not so fun...I woke up...
- 28 Feb 2013
- 1 day post
20cc @ 4:30PM
30cc @ 8:AM
Yes I have a slight case of OCD but having it actually makes me a very organized person. Haha!!
I am still quartering my narcotics and taking them on the hour. I don't set my alarm for those at night because my body has an internal clock, I swear... Every time I woke up last night it was time.. And the longest I went between wake ups was 2 hours.
I don't have much advise to give for Post Op day 1 yet.. I just know that as long as I am lying on my recliner the pain is bearable but when I get up.. Holy Mary mother of God, my back feels like I was beat with a baseball bat.... Lol!! Not really funny, but I am not one to sugar coat anything. This is my 12th surgery and my far.. The most painful yet. I know everyone is different and all... I guess we have to remember that I had full TT with muscle repair, liposuction on my upper abdomen and on my flanks and upper bra area, plus one breast implant was exchanged... And the other breast areola was re cut and scar tissue was released and then re stitched.
I almost forgot to mention.. My PS nurse called me...
- 28 Feb 2013
- 1 day post
I slept on the recliner last night and hubby slept...
- 28 Feb 2013
- 1 day post
I am in quite a bit of pain today.. all the numbness is gone...I actually called my Dr and asked if I could take a half a percocet every hour instead of just a quarter, she said that is fine, but to definitely take some kind of stool softener or else I'll be miserable from that. I am going to take some of the Cherry Milk of Magnesia. Probably twice a day.. I just worry that I won't make it to the bathroom if it hits me all the sudden, because after all I am totally walking at a snails pace... ok, maybe a turtle... but either way, I am super slow! Haha! I've been eating my Probiotic & Greek Yogurt... and for those of you who haven't tried them, the Snickers Marathon protein bars are AMAZING! They taste so good, they don't taste like some of the other protein bars I have tried before. Some actually leave a nasty taste in my mouth. These I have to say are really close to being even better than the original Snickers bars..(and those are usually my favorite candy bar)
Well, it's about bedtime for me and I just wanted...
- 28 Feb 2013
- 1 day post
I put up 2 photos of my belly, because when I felt like I was going to go #2, I actually pulled my compression garment down instead of trying not to go on it. I can pee with it on with no problem, but I'm not willing to risk it with a bowel movement. I have to wear the compression garment for a full month, so when I go to my 1st post op appointment on Thursday 2/7/13 I am going to purchase another one at their cost so I will have two. My husband and my boys have been a huge help to me. I will post another update in the morning. I am extremely tired and ready for bed. ;) Goodnight...
Well, here is is morning #2 after surgery...I woke...
- 1 Mar 2013
- 2 days post
I am feeling pretty good today. My back is really the only thing that really bothers me and it's not even that unbearable, just achy. My incision hurts a little sometimes when I am walking.. but per my PS orders I am to walk hunched over for 1 week. No big deal. My boys call me the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and my husband says I look like a chicken the way I am walking.. I guess because I'm bent over, knees slightly bent and my head way forward.. lol! It's ok.. I don't mind being picked on... just don't make me laugh too much because that seriously hurts the abs... ;)
My daughter, Kayla, 20, stopped over after work last evening and brought me a little bouquet of flowers! How sweet of her!! She asked how I was feeling and stayed to visit for a little while. Oh, how I love my children. My youngest son, Jonny, 13, has been helping me so much too, I told him that he has 2nd shift since daddy is doing 1st and 3rd. Haha!! It's cute because he asks all the time if there is anything I need. There is no school today so both my boys are home for a 3 day weekend. My 15 year old son, Jake, probably won't come out of his bedroom all day, he is too busy playing XBox Live with all of his buddies. That's ok, I remember being 15. :) Anyhow.. that's my morning update, with a little bit of my personal life all rolled into one. I will update later on as the day goes by. Thanks for reading.. and have a great day!
I have already mentioned how I downloaded an APP on my phone for my meds... but I am telling you girls.. if you have smart phones.. this is a MUST HAVE app! It's called, Medication Log (the picture is of a solid white circle with a gray and white capsule pill and a white and red capsule pill on it) It is a free download and I went into my Play Store on my phone and typed in "Med Log" and it was one of the free apps that came up. I tried another one (can't remember what it was called) and it wasn't as nice as the one I am using. It is so nice because all you do is enter the meds you are taking.. then as you take the medication, you click on that particular name, it says, "Taking **** now?" and you click YES or NO. Then if you long press on a particular medication it gives you the option to see that medication history, and if you accidentaly forget to enter a dose, you just click it and then change the date and time of that so you still have it logged. This really helped me when I was up throughout the night taking my meds, because I would wake up and wonder when the last time I took the med, and all I had to do was go to the app, and there it was. (Yes, there were times I actually didn't remember logging it, but it was definitely on the med log)
Another MUST HAVE is an extendable back scratcher....
- 1 Mar 2013
- 2 days post
Ok... I tried switching to just Tylenol for the...
- 1 Mar 2013
- 2 days post
Well...good evening ladies. I tried to switch to...
- 1 Mar 2013
- 2 days post
I will post more detailed after photos once I get the pain pump removed tomorrow afternoon. Right now it's hard to hang onto the drain bulbs, pain pump, fanny back, and also make sure not to pull anything out. Have a great evening my friends. :)
Just a correction here.. in some of my updates, I...
- 1 Mar 2013
- 2 days post
Well, since starting the narcotics again after 5 hours of just tylenol... I feel alot more comfortable. I am in NO hurry to stop the pain meds until my body is ready, there is no sense in being that miserable just to be off the Percocets. I will be going to bed soon, and I will update with anything new in the morning. Sleep well everyone.
Well. . Post op day 3. I had a crazy wicked...
- 2 Mar 2013
- 3 days post
I am still taking half a percocet every hour or 2... I removed my pain pump this morning. I will upload that video now. I am sorry to say that I had my husband stop the video before I actually PULLED the little catheters out of my skin because I was nervous. I regret it now, but it's too late. Sorry to anyone who wanted to see that. I did feel the catheter's coming out from inside along my ab muscles... kinda felt like a little worm in there (gross I know) but it didn't hurt at all. I just took a deep breath.. and as I exhaled I pulled and out they came, nice and smooth. I am falling asleep as I am typing this update, so I will get some rest now and update more later on. Have a great day everyone.
Here it is Post op day 3 for me 5PM...Although I'm...
- 2 Mar 2013
- 3 days post
Oh and something that happened to me today.. my husband brews his own beer from scratch... he asked if I would mind if he did that today while I slept. I let him know i didn't mind as long as he opened the kitchen window and had the stove fan on HIGH because that smell is horrible. Well.. in the middle of his brewing.. I started getting nauseated.. so I kinda covered my head with my blanket and laid on the recliner and fell asleep... the next thing I know there's my husband standing next to me.. he says something to me, completely scaring the shit out of me I was in a sound sleep! So, he made me JUMP and holy shit did that hurt! So, then what happens.. I start crying because it hurt so bad, then it hurt even worse from crying.. so he apologized and I said no worries, covered my head back up and went back to sleep. LOL! Oh... the joys of being laid up at the Isett household. haha!! Well, I'm going to lie down again and hopefully when I wake up this headache will be GONE.. ughh!! Oh, and P.S. My drains are barely collecting any fluids at this point, not sure if that's a good thing this early, or normal, not normal.. we shall see I guess. Talk to you all later on.
OK, I took a tylenol... took a nap.. woke up .. no...
- 2 Mar 2013
- 3 days post
I am not sure why, but my drain hoses (mostly my left one) is a little chalky on the outside... I don't know if I got some antibacterial hand soap on it or maybe when I was wiping my area with a wet wipe it got on the drain hose and caused this reaction... I hope they're ok. The fluid is almost at a complete stop at this point.. I haven't emptied the drains since 11:30 this morning and my left had just 15cc and my right had just 7cc. Not too much more to report other than that. I can feel the nerves reconnecting under my skin both on my abdomen and my back/sides... it's kinda a weird feeling.. like little creepy crawlers under my skin.. I just can't wait until I can actually scratch it to relieve the itchy feelings. When I had my CG off to take a sponge bath today, I looked in the mirror and noticed that my lower back is SUPER swollen, it looks like a hunchback down that low.. very odd looking... haha! When I removed the pain pump, I noticed my tummy is a little swollen too, but as I've said before, it's to be expected and I have prepared myself to handle that and not get discouraged about it because I have looked at enough before, during, and after photos of others' TT and I know we will go through a 'frankenstein' stage before we hit our end result of a beautifully contoured flat belly. I mean, even if ended up still having half of what I had before the TT I would still feel it was an accomplishment...and I would be happy.
I am going to lie down for a bit.. I feel the headache coming back.. Ugh...
Hey girlies... I haven't been on enough to update...
- 3 Mar 2013
- 4 days post
Well, last night I had a SEVERE case of heart burn...
- 4 Mar 2013
- 5 days post
Then I was brushing my teeth... and for some reason when I brushed my tongue it kinda hurt.. so I finished brushing, then looked in the mirror and my tongue is pure white.. and some spots of red that are extremely sore. My first thought was OH GREAT, I have thrush from the Antibiotics!! UGH! Just great!! I came out to the living room... got on the computer and Google'd thrush and low and behold.. that's exactly what my tongue looks like.. I called my PS office and spoke with Denise, the nurse (whom I absolutely adore by the way!) Dr must have been sitting next to her because she asked him right then and there if she could send a prescription in for me. He said absolutely. So she's calling in some type of rinse, and I think she also said Difulcan (which is just great because that'll help prevent the womanly area from developing a yeast infection as well) I have never had thrush in my mouth before and now some things that were happening yesterday make perfect sense. Here area some things that I had going on but didn't realize it was the beginnings of thrush...
1. My mouth felt VERY dry all the time, like dry mouth..even after drinking/eating
2. My throat felt a little tight to swallow (almost like a sore throat without the pain)
3. It felt like there was something stuck on the back of my tongue (kinda like a hair but not as annoying) obviously not annoying enough to get up and check it out.
Those were my symptoms.. and then of course this morning when I actually looked at it it was U to the G to the L double E!!!! UGLEE ..not to mention painful. It actually hurts? NO wonder babies are so fussy when they have it. Poor lil things. At least I'll begin treatment here soon.
OH... hubby JUST brought me my scrambled egg whites..I honestly have not a SINGLE taste bud.. my egg has melted cheese, pepper, and ketchup on it and I taste absolutely NOTHING... Ugh!! I hope the medicine works fast! This is annoying!
As far as my TT update. I feel fine today, I am walking a little straighter. Not as painful in my lower back. I will say that my knees are KILLING me though, I think it was because while I was sleeping in the recliner I had my knees bent constantly. That played a major toll on them. That was another reason I wanted to try my own bed last night. It did help because I was able to use a full body pillow. I laid it longways from my butt to my feet and kinda bent it up like a wedge and it supported my entire legs. VERY comfy. Ok, I'm going to go finish eating this tasteless scrambled egg.
I am adding new photos of me from yesterday POD4. ...
- 4 Mar 2013
- 5 days post
I have a FUNNY story to tell you all about last night....(CAUTION MAY CAUSE LAUGHTER which in turn WILL CAUSE NEWBIE TT'ers MUCH PAIN) READ AT YOUR OWN RISK... (I had to disclose this information per CJ's MOMMY)
When I went to my bed, my husband helped me and then walked around to his side and crawled under the blankets.. now mind you, this is the first we've been in the same bed since the night before my surgery. I laid there feeling literally like a board..not able to move.. and he slithered in.. and I immediately said, "No matter how tempted you are, don't even think of reaching over here and fondling my ball sacks!" (referring to my drain bulbs) He said, 'OH... you have no worries there, they're not that attractive honey!" I said, "Now, I know you're laying there fantasizing about them, aren't you!?" OMG we laughed so hard! I had to share that.... :)
5DPO is coming to an end and nothing different. I...
- 4 Mar 2013
- 5 days post
Ok....I haven't posted an update to my review...
- 7 Mar 2013
- 8 days post
Today 3/7/13 ~ Was my 1st post op appointment. My PS's nurse came in the room and she tape removed from my bellybutton, and my TT scar. I also had my drains REMOVED! YAY!! When she pulled the tape from my bellybutton and my incision and wow did that feel good, it kinda hurt around the 'hair growth' area. I've never had a bikini wax, but I'm thinking after that today, I'm not about to start either! haha!!
When she got to the removal of my drain tubes.. she started with the left one and snipped the stitches.. then began to pull.. O~M~G~! The strangest feeling ever! I could actually feel it literally 'crawling' out of my skin!! Talk about gross!! UGH! That one was fine.. didn't hurt.. just felt tugging and a strange 'wiggle' inside. Out came about 8 inches of tubing that was inside me along the left side of my incision.
Ok.. THEN came the right drain tube.... um lets just say... I actually said out loud during the removal of this drain, HOLY MUTHER @#$%!! YES! I felt it... It HURT... I thought she was dragging my intestines out through the little hole in my pubic mound!!!! I NEVER EVER EVER EVER want to have any drains inserted into my body again!! NO MATTER WHAT!! I do not want to scare anyone, but just be prepared!! I almost passed out from the freaking weirdness.. and pain... ughh! The good thing is, when it was removed, the pain was gone, so I just took some nice deep breaths and laid back and waited for my PS to come in.
I asked the nurse if I could see the picture of the 'slab' of skin/fat removed from my belly, and they opened the computer and brought it over and showed me. I was completely AMAZED at the SIZE of that!!!!!!! All I can say is ... WOW I really hid that crap well!! It was measured at 12inches wide X 10 inches high!!! That is completely ridiculous!!! I am super happy and I know I'm swollen right now and things will only improve, I'm trying not to look too much into the results at this point. I am officially on the flat side.. the frankentummy flat side at this point. My belly button looks nice but when I took a close up of it, it kinda freaked me out. I didn't research bellybuttons after TT.. so I don't really have anything this early on to compare it to, so I bet you guys can guess what my next obsession is going to be! Yup.. you got it.. googling "bellybuttons 1 week after TT" to compare! Oh the things we obsess over! Well, at least me anyhow!!
I finally got a shower after 7 days after my appointment once hubby got home from work.. I didn't want to fall in the shower so I waited for him. :) Then once he got home, I was scared to shower in fear of 'ruining' anything... Well, I got my shower, I also purchased a new compression garment at my PS's office today, one that only goes to my thigh instead of ankle. It doesn't have the zippers up the sides so I literally had to SQUEEEEEZE into it. haha!! That kinda hurt my back, but once it was on it felt much better. I am washing the long one now so I'll have them to switch back and forth to during my month of having to be in them (except while showering of course)
I think that about covers mostly everything about my post op day 7 update. Oh... I almost forgot, I drove myself to my post op today! I was going to have hubby come home to take me but I thought, it's not that far and I was allowed to drive at 1 week post op.. so... this is an extra day... and I haven't had a pain pill for 32 hours prior to me driving. I did a good job. I turned on my heated seat.. started my car early so it was all warm.... and off I went. :) The bumps hurt a little on my lower back but I did fine! :)
Ok here it is.... 9 Days Post surgery and for some...
- 8 Mar 2013
- 9 days post
As far as an update on today.. Everything TT is good. I feel great... Still some pain and numbness in my lower back from the Lipo, but other than that, and being overly tired... I am super happy with my results. My boys are off school today, it's in service. So I may take them and go visit my mom foe a little while to get out of the house.
11 Days Post Op Ok, it's been a few days since...
- 11 Mar 2013
- 11 days post
Ok, it's been a few days since I've posted an update, but really not too much different between the days I missed. I stopped the Percocets completely at post op day 7, at that point I just took two 500mg Tylenol every 4 to 6 hours (as needed) and I even stopped those completely as of post op day 10 (yesterday) morning at 10am. From post op day 8 to 11.. there has been a HUGE change. I feel better, I like getting up and moving.. I am able to do most anything myself, except reach for high up things, because I still can't stand straight up. My PS's rule is not to try to at least the 2nd week post op. I finally was able to sleep on my side at 9 days post op.. but still didn't sleep through the night until LAST NIGHT!! Finally!! I felt sooo good when I woke up at 6am to get my son up and ready for school.. I did make the mistake of going back to bed at 7 when he left on the bus, and slept until 11:30am, so now I feel tired. That's ok, I'll take it!! :) I can officially laugh, and semi-cough, now without it hurting as bad as it did. I still do my sneeze stopping technique because I'm not willing to find out if that's gonna hurt at this point. I'd rather just be safe than sorry.
I'm having a love-hate relationship with my compression garments.. I have the SUPER tight spanx kind my PS uses... here is why I love them... they are SUPER tight which in turn holds everything in place, therefore giving me assurance that I will have a nice contour after I heal completely and they're actually pretty comfortable to have on, and the pee hole is just great ;) Ok... now the hate side of this relationship....now the CG that goes all the way to my ankles I should make clear, has the zippers up both sides so I guess in all honestly this hate doesn't pertain to that one. But the one I bought extra from my PS office..is pretty much the same except it's only thigh length, but it DOES NOT have the zippers up the sides, as a matter of fact.. has NO OPENING... other than stepping into it and squeezing my body into it.. and trust me, if you don't feel fat before putting it on.. you will feel like the good year blimp while trying to pack all of your body into it, not to mention the PAIN! Holy shit! (I know that will get better as the sensitive areas lessen) I will give a little piece of advice on how it eases me to get it off.. instead of trying to hold out on the top and pulling out and down to get it off.. I found that taking it on the sides and kinda folding it down (kinda like they do at the deli with a new package of meat or cheese) if you've ever watched.. let it peel down you.. that's the least painful way in my opinion to remove it.
Ok now onto a funny situation that happened to me... CAUTION LAUGHTER MAY OCCUR... Have pillow in hand please if you're a new TT'er... this will hurt!
Ok... well, I think I mentioned in a previous review update that I bought grannie panties to wear during my post op.. I originally bought them to wear for the drains to be stored inside if I needed.. Well I never tucked the bulbs inside them but I did kinda coil up the drain hoses in between the panties and the CG to keep the hose from dangling and causing a kink... anyhow.. I found that because of my CG having an opening in the crotch area, I don't like not wearing underware at all, so I just thought, ok, I bought these grannies, I'm gonna wear them. So I put the grannie panties on OVER TOP the CG to give me coverage between my crotch and the pants I'm wearing.
Well, when I go to bed at night (in my own bed) I remove the comfy pants I have on, only sleeping in my CG, grannie panties and a T-Shirt......I went to bed Friday night and woke up around 2am.. got up to go pee... sat down, started to pee.. and literally said out loud.. OH SHIT!!! I forgot to pull down my grannie panties.. there I was... pissing right in my grannies.. and I have had three children so anyone knows.. there ain't no stopping the flow once it starts... so I finished peeing my panties... and took them off.. rinsed them out.. and made sure my CG wasn't wet.. (which it wasn't) thank god! Put a new pair of grannies on and went about my day! LOL!! I'm just waiting for the morning I get up and forget to put my comfy pants on and I come walking out to the living room with my 13 and 15 year old sons, and traumatizing the crap out of them when they see their mother in a full CG with a pair of grannie panties on over top.. can you all say, "Richard Simmons, sweat into the oldies?" Holy crap would that be embarrassing!! (more for them I'm sure) haha! Oh, and for your entertainment.... PICTURES are on here of me in my grannies!! (No offense to anyone who wears them on a regular.. so I apologize ahead of time. I just refer to them as grannies)
Just thought I'd share.. have a great day everyone!!
13 days post op update (3/12/13) Hi ladies!! I...
- 12 Mar 2013
- 12 days post
Hi ladies!! I finally slept all night without having to get out of bed for the past 2 nights!!! Woke up by 6 both mornings completely refreshed. However yesterday morning I decided to go back to bed after the boys got onto the bus at 7am and I slept until 11:30am *big mistake* it made me feel super tired the rest of the day. So today, I didn't do that. I got up at 6 and have been up all day with no napping or anything in between that way it'll help me sleep more sound tonight! Tomorrow will be 2 weeks already and I cannot believe how fast time has gone by! It sure didn't go by this fast when I was waiting to have my surgery!! Anyhow.. I am not taking anything at all for pain, not even Tylenol.. I cut out the Percocets at 7 days post op, and I stopped taking tylenol at 11 days post op. Not too bad in my opinion.
I woke up this morning with my period which completely makes me feel fat!! I am swollen, my belly is hard.. I'm crampy.. and I just feel UGLEEE!! haha!! It'll pass.. I don't mind my period, I just don't like the first 2 days.. cramps are yuck!
I wanted to let you all know that for some reason... I stand straighter when there is nothing touching my skin from my waist to my hips. My compression garment does NOT bother me in those areas.. it's like the waistbands of my pants.. (and my pants are NOT tight at all) They're actually loose. So when I find myself feeling a little restrained from standing completely.... I adjust my pants (usually pulling them down) and it's crazy.. but it makes a difference. I haven't read anyone else mentioning this as a problem or a discomfort so please if you get what I'm saying, post a comment and let me know your thoughts or solutions when it happens. It's very odd. I am going to try to take some pictures tomorrow because it'll be 2 weeks since surgery. I actually posted a question to the Dr's about my belly button and their thoughts/opinions. I am worried that the little bubble looking things will stay like that.. but the one response I got already gave me a little reassurance.. I'm anxious to get more answers from other PS. Well, it's time for the pizza!! Talk to you ladies tomorrow!
2 Weeks Post Op 3/13/2013 Today is an awesome...
- 13 Mar 2013
- 13 days post
Today is an awesome day! Other than the major swelling... I am feeling great, each day is seriously getting better and better, I am able to stand straight for the most part. . . although I find myself hunching over out of habit... and also a little bit of fear that I may pull a stitch or something... I go to my 2 week post op appointment tomorrow! So excited! I want to ask a few questions at this appointment...
1. What to do as far as scar therapy
2. I want to see some photos of his belly buttons after surgery because to me mine seems to be HUGE..not to mention in the newest pictures (bra and panties) I feel my BB looks a little off set..
3. I want to make sure I remember to ask for a copy of the photo of the piece of belly they actually cut off of me during my surgery. (I know.. some think that's morbid.. but I want to scan it and put it into my surgery photo file on my laptop... I will also post it on my review photos for anyone who would like to see it. If not, just scroll fast.. lol! :) Anyhow.. have a great day everyone and I'll post another review in a few days unless something new comes up that I think one of you may want to know...
18DPO 3/17/2013 Hi girls!! It's been a little...
- 17 Mar 2013
- 17 days post
Hi girls!! It's been a little while since I've updated.. I am putting new 17 day post op pictures up!I My belly button is NO LONGER offset and it's looking pretty sweeeeet!! I am also beginning to see a little bit of a 'figure' even through all the swelling... I'm still not able to get into my old jeans yet so still wearing comfy pants but that's ok. I think I am going to go back to work next Monday 3/25...just 2 days shy of a month post op. I am also posting a picture of my breast implant (revision) YES they look lopsided, but it's only because only one of my implants was actually exchanged with a whole new implant. (that is the droopier side) and it's simply because the capsule hasn't formed around the implant yet, but after it does they'll be perfectly even. :) The breast that my PS was fixing due to the scar tissue attaching inside causing the scar to 'indent' a little, is a little better however not completely fixed, but I am to the point that it's ok. It's just when I lift my right arm high that it actually pulls in.. and no one sees my nipples anyhow.. so I think I can live with that. I am going to do some massaging to that scar area to keep scar tissue from forming as bad as it did before. Well... we have company coming in an hour so I have to say... have a great day! Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!
March 20, 2013 (3 weeks post op) Wow, what a...
- 20 Mar 2013
- 20 days post
Wow, what a difference a week makes... I am feeling really awesome right now. Other than just a little bit of pain in my back from the lipo, I am having no pain at all. I am able to cough, sneeze, laugh.. and whatever else without having it hurt my abs so much! My back is still numb in areas but that's perfectly normal after lipo so I'm ok, with that. The swelling is still hanging around, but I'm still ok with that at this point. I know it can take a few more weeks until the swelling finally starts to subside. I tried a pair of jeans on yesterday, they were a little big on me pre-surgery... and with the swelling they actually fit nice (not to mention they buttoned around my hips (instead of me having to pull them up higher just to tuck in all that extra skin I had before my TT) I'm sure some of you know exactly what I'm saying! haha!! I have to admit! For the first time, I was actually wanting to put a shorter tight shirt on with them instead of having something bulky/baggy around my belly.. and enough to hang down over my pouch in the front of my pants... what a great feeling!! Well.... have a wonderful day ladies!! I'll update next week!!
Hi there everyone!! I am 5 weeks and 2 days post...
- 5 Apr 2013
- 2 months post
My Doctor: Roberto Gonzalez-Cruz
I live in an area that there aren't many choices for PS.. however I did meet the other one, and he was super rude, and arrogant, he had the attitude as if he was "GOD" and he was the ONLY solution to my issues.. well.. NOT!! I went to another PS in my area and completely LOVED him!! Dr. Gonzalez is completely awesome and he spends enough time with me and NEVER makes me feel rushed...