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From Flab to Fab! *PO day 16 w/new video!!!* - Arlington, TX

I am beyond words anxious! It's all I can think...

I am beyond words anxious! It's all I can think about! My surgery is scheduled for Friday Jan 25th at 7:15am. I am on the contact list in case anyone cancels, so I could go in before that date. My pre-op appointment is Thursday Jan. 3rd.

I have had 6 pregnancies and 3 babies. My skin stretched so bad and I gained alot of weight with all of them. I have lost 65 pounds in the last 7 months and my skin sags so bad. I have bad stretch marks, because I did not take proper care of them during pregnancy. My abdominal muscles have a 3.5 inch gap that I will not be able to correct without surgery, as they are not attached anymore. He is not taking any fat (lipo), just skin.

I thought long and hard about it, and we prayed ALOT. It is a big amount of money, but I have finally realized that I AM WORTH IT! I have worked my butt off to get rid of this weight and I am left still with a flabby tummy. My sweet husband is extremely supportive and has given me pep talks all along the way. When I feel undeserving, he reminds me how hard I have worked.

I am using Dr. Nakamura, because he came highly recommended by 4 people who I know personally. Everyone that has used him has been 100% satisfied. My grandmother used Dr. Nakamura 15 years ago. When we went in for our consult, we felt right at home. His entire staff is super sweet and I felt safe. I will have surgery at their surgical center in Arlington, Texas.

*Ashley

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Well I went to the (family) dr. Friday & I have a...

Well I went to the (family) dr. Friday & I have a severe kidney infection :( I am on 2 antibiotics so hopefully it will be all cleared up by surgery. I hear they dont like doing surgery if you have recently had an infection. I am still over 3 weeks out so hopefully all will still go as planned. My pre op is this Thursday.
I find myself looking in the mirror thinking "do I really need this?" I know I do, but I guess I am just second guessing myself. I am so ready to get it done!!!!

My pre op is tomorrow at 1pm :) I am SO excited. I...

My pre op is tomorrow at 1pm :) I am SO excited. I feel like it will make it more "real."
I went for a recheck for my kidney infection and the infection is gone! Woohoo!!!
I am starting to stress about the house being clean while I am in recovery. Also, what will I eat? Should I cook and freeze meals? What do I wear to surgery? How will I handle the boredom? I go-go-go ALL the time and it is going to drive me insane to just be home. I am also nervous about taking so long of a break from the gym!!!

I had my pre op appointment & it went well. I got...

I had my pre op appointment & it went well. I got there, signed about 20 papers (literally) and then the nurse went over pre op instructions: No asprin, ibProfen, diet pills, herbal medications, or smoking 3 weeks prior to surgery. I can take an tylenol products & I need to start a multi-vitamin now. 1 week before surgeery: No alcohol, or any cold/cough medicine. I need to start washing with a germ-inhibiting soap (dial or Lever 2000). Night before surgery: Do not eat or drink anything (even water) after midnight. No candy, mints, gum or anything!! At 6:30 am the morning of surgery I am supposed to take 1 valium with a tiny sip of water. I can brush my teeth. They gave me a special soap (Hibiclens) to bathe with the night before and morning of surgery. No lotions, deoderant, sprays or jewelry can be worn the day of surgery. I got my perscriptions today and will fill them tomorrow so that I will have that done. I was perscribed 12 Valium, 12 Phenergan, 20 Loratab. I am supposed to wear pants with a drawstring, a shirt that zips or buttons up and slip on shoes. After she went over all the pre op instructions, we talked about post op. This is when I started to get nervous and I looked in the mirror as she was telling me all this and thought "do I really *need* this?" I told myself, yes lol!! So, I need someone (hubby) to drive me to and from the surgical center (DUH!) and he will need to be with me for 48 hours straight. Like, he cant leave at all. I am supposed to drink alot of fluids, and eat as tolerated. It is important that I do eat though, or the meds will make me sick feeling. No alcohol for 24 hours. Take meds every 4 hours, do not skip a dose, especially the first 2 days. Oh! I forgot to add in the other post...I start an OTC stool softener 3 days before surgery and take it 2 weeks. Keep dressing on clean and dry. I need to sleep and sit in a recliner or propped up on pillows for 2 weeks. No driving for 2 weeks. No sex for 2 weeks (woohoo! I thought it was 6 weeks!!!) No baths for 2 weeks. Showers are ok after day 2. No working out for 6 weeks. No ab workouts for 12 weeks. I am supposed to get up and walk around every 2 hours for the first week.They will give me antibiotics thru the IV during surgery and recovery. I go in at 7:15am and surgery should start around 7:45am. I should be out by 10-11am and in recovery for 2 hours. I should be able to go home by 1pm. Hopefully we miss traffic lol. I will wear a compression grament for 4 weeks, day and night. I can only take it off to wash and dry it. Let me know if I missed anything! Oh! And we took before pics today at the office!

I have not been able to take pictures for ya'll,...

I have not been able to take pictures for ya'll, but I will try to today.I will also write detailed view about how the surgery was later. Just want to say I am on the flat side!!!!
Here is my youtube link, forgive the no make up! I posted a 4 hour post op & a 12 hour post op.

4 hour post-op: http://youtu.be/vzuDtYe-JO0
12 hour posr-op: http://youtu.be/2IVkcuO0E-Y

Day 3: I felt pretty good all day yesterday then...

Day 3: I felt pretty good all day yesterday then around 11:45pm things went downhill. I kept needing to cough & it hurts so bad. I did a couple times and it brought me to tears. After all day with no pain medicine, I broke down & took one. Everytime I would take s deep breath I could here wheezing. I almost called the nurse I was so freaked out! I am going to call in the morning to make sure this is normal. I feel good note ayer actually sitting/sleeping/resting for a while. I think I overdid it yesterday cause I felt so good. I read online that day 3 is when your swelling peaks so no wonder I look bloated lol. Oh well I knew what to expect&even suplex it is better than before.

Day 4: morning) at about 4 am I switched from the recliner to the couch and I slept soooooo good there. I slept a solid 3 1/2 hours. When i got up nothing hurt! I mean my abs are tight of coarse but my neck and back feel so good! TMI ALERT: I havent pooped since friday. I have been taking a stool softener prior to surgery & since surgery & last night I took a laxative per doctors order. Nothing yet, but I'm pretty sure something will happen this morning. Off that sugject lol, I have been watching a show on netflix called weeds and it is really good. I like watching it on nexflix so I dont have to worry about the commercials. Lol my babies com3 home today! Oh & my first post op appt is om Friday at 9am.

About noon I pooped!! WOOHOO!!! Just took a shower & boy does it wear me out! Totally worth it though, I feel so much better! I haven't had any pain medicine since last night. I started my period this morning woohoo *note sarcasm* I'm excited to see my babies, they come home today!

I washed my hair today! WOOHOOOOOO!!!!! I feel so...

I washed my hair today! WOOHOOOOOO!!!!! I feel so much better today than I did yesterday :) I also slept in my bed last night & I was very comfortable. I woke up to pee 4 times but was able to get right back in bed and get comfy and go right back to sleep. After the shower my incision started to burn, not sure what thats about but it is getting better. Maybe I got some soap on it, or I am getting feeling back on my actual incision site. My user name is txmommyofboys on youtube and I have been posting lots of videos on there if yall want to check them out :)

4am post op day 6: Just woke up in pain :/ my...

4am post op day 6: Just woke up in pain :/ my incision, my muscles, my back, everything. I walked (slowly!) Out to the recliner to sleep instead of the bed. Im not sure if I over did ot yesterday, I didn't do much, but I did walk around a lot more and blow dry my own hair. I didn't think about it at the time, but that kind of pulled my muscles. I also dealt with some unnecessary drama & that tensed up my muscles as much as I tried to not let it. TMI: my woo-ha is huge & swollen and bruised & red. Ugh. I knew this was a side effect but it's weird & uncomfortable. I just took a muscle relaxer so hopefully that kicks in & I can get some sleep. Yesterday was the first day I haven't taken a nap & I think my body still needs that to heal.

PO Day 6 10am: I am feeling MUCH better. I think I...

PO Day 6 10am: I am feeling MUCH better. I think I must have slept wrong or just been super sore from doing stuff yesterday. I am feeling great, but I have to keep reminding myself to stay resting. One another note, I have never done so much online shopping lol!

I am feeling GREAT today!!! I had my PO week visit...

I am feeling GREAT today!!! I had my PO week visit today and it went well. I got there, she took my tape off and took BB stitches out and the few external ones from my incision. She put some clear something on my incision and told me to just leave it, and not do anything to it. I do have one spot with a blister, and she left the stitch there. I go back on Thursday to recheck that spot. I just have some guaze over it. I am uploading a new video if you ladies want to see the actual incision on youtube. Username txmommyofboys :)
We went out to breakfast after and it wore me out! But it was nice to be out in the real world. I slept in my bed last night & slept all night, except once to get up to potty. Oh! I pooped again today! :D

POD8~I was so sore when I woke up this morning!...

POD8~I was so sore when I woke up this morning! Stiff and uncomfortable. I got up and walked around, loosened up and took some tylenol. I ended up going back to sleep for about an hour and woke up feeling fine. I am itchy too. But thats really it. I still have a low grade fever (about 100 degrees) but it hasnt hit the 101 mark so the nurse said no worries. I have officially hit the emotional side. I am just missing holding my babies and cuddling (and more) with my man ;) My kiddos are staying at grandparents this week and I will miss them so much. Hubs is back at work Monday so I will be alone...and bored. I am used to a crazy, wild, fun filled house with 3 little boys and its gonna suck. I am a homeschooling mama too, so I am used to having little people here all.the.time! I will go insane! But I know I need to rest and heal :) My pain level has never been over about a 6 of 10...so much better than I expected. I am just sore, uncomfortable & tire easy. My top concern was blood clots, #2 was no sex for 2 weeks, and #3 was missing the gym. lol I have actually not missed the gym, it has been a nice break. As for #2, I miss that!! But I think I am almost clear of my #1 concern, so thats good. I am going to ask my doctor Monday if I can start taking short walks around my neighborhood..just to get some sun & movement. My mom is coming to spend the night tonight since the hubby is taking the kids out of town and he is going to stay one night with them. I'm not sure if we will stay at my house, or go to my moms...a change of scenery would be nice and I want to see my sister. She got in a pretty bad accident on Wednesday and I havent got to see her :/ It is a 45 minute drive though, so I'm not sure I am up to it, but we will see how it goes when mom gets here. I am uploading a new video on youtube, so check it out if you want :) POD8~I was so sore when I woke up this morning! Stiff and uncomfortable. I got up and walked around, loosened up and took some tylenol. I ended up going back to sleep for about an hour and woke up feeling fine. I am itchy too. But thats really it. I still have a low grade fever (about 100 degrees) but it hasnt hit the 101 mark so the nurse said no worries. I have officially hit the emotional side. I am just missing holding my babies and cuddling (and more) with my man ;) My kiddos are staying at grandparents this week and I will miss them so much. Hubs is back at work Monday so I will be alone...and bored. I am used to a crazy, wild, fun filled house with 3 little boys and its gonna suck. I am a homeschooling mama too, so I am used to having little people here all.the.time! I will go insane! But I know I need to rest and heal :) My pain level has never been over about a 6 of 10...so much better than I expected. I am just sore, uncomfortable & tire easy. My top concern was blood clots, #2 was no sex for 2 weeks, and #3 was missing the gym. lol I have actually not missed the gym, it has been a nice break. As for #2, I miss that!! But I think I am almost clear of my #1 concern, so thats good. I am going to ask my doctor Monday if I can start taking short walks around my neighborhood..just to get some sun & movement. My mom is coming to spend the night tonight since the hubby is taking the kids out of town and he is going to stay one night with them. I'm not sure if we will stay at my house, or go to my moms...a change of scenery would be nice and I want to see my sister. She got in a pretty bad accident on Wednesday and I havent got to see her :/ It is a 45 minute drive though, so I'm not sure I am up to it, but we will see how it goes when mom gets here. I am uploading a new video on youtube, so check it out if you want :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X6d3SPnsG0
Happy healing ladies!

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Post op day 9 update: I...

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Post op day 9 update: I woke up a little sore. I stayed at my moms house last night & I just wasnt as comfy as I am in my own bed, but this morning my swelling was down a ton! When my husband got back in town we went out to eat and to the mall for about an hour and I got so worn out! Once I got back home my garmet had became very tight lol. I am well rested now, actually took a muscle relaxer and then a nice shower. Everyday I stand a little straighter! I posted a new video on you tube if ya'll want to check it out :) Actually I posted 2, lol.
Happy healing!

PO day 10 here. My first day alone. I feel bored...

PO day 10 here. My first day alone. I feel bored and at the same time, like I am constantly doing stuff lol. Getting more water, changing the ac temp, getting meds, warming up food!! I got used to being taken care of honestly! Feeling pretty good though. Standing straighter than ever today. Posted a new video for those who watch. I will get a picture tonight :)
Happy Monday!

Long night! I could not get comfy and I am super...

Long night! I could not get comfy and I am super tired today. I post a short video on you tube. It shows my tummy PO day 11. I will try to write more later...I am resting today!!!

Good morning friends! I slept pretty good last...

Good morning friends! I slept pretty good last night. It took me hours to fall asleep but once I did it was good sleep. I only woke up 2 times to potty. It's 11am and I am actually still in bed watching tv haha. I will be posting a new video later tonight when brad gets here. We decided to come stay at my mom's for the week. .. closer to family & people can xome visit me. We live an hour from everyone & I was feeling sick or there lol. Plus is closer to brads work so he can swing by and check on me. Oh & its 10 minutes from the dr office. I have my 2 week post op visit tomorrow. I am hoping I can get cleared to drive and start walking around the block (or mall!). Feeling good today. My upper and are still somewhat sore. I would say about a 2 pain scale wise. In the evening I am more hunched over. Still not 100% upright but it gets better everyday. I will get some pics when this lifetime movie is over haha! !!

Hey friends! PO day 16 here. I haven't been able...

Hey friends! PO day 16 here. I haven't been able to upload any videos at my mom's house, but I am uploading one to my youtube channel now (txmommyofboys) of PO day 13. I am going to do another video here in a few, when the hubs gets out of the shower. We are headed out to eat and to the mall for a bit. We did the deed last night (PO day 15) and it was FANTASTIC! lol I could feel the tension building up! :P Anyways, feeling good today, I havent even needed Tylenol yet (it's noon). My kids are back home and we start back with (home)school tomorrow, so I need to get all that set up and ready. I went on a 3 hour shopping trip yesterday at Target, but I sat in the scooter the whole time. I was worn the heck out though afterwards, and pretty swollen. I slept on my side a bit last night & it was great. Sides are swollen this morning though. I will update more now that I am home!

1 year POST OP!!!!

Hey ladies!
I just posted my one year post op video with exciting news! I will be getting a breast l lift with implants in less than 2 weeks!
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I am using Dr. Nakamura, because he came highly recommended by 4 people who I know personally. Everyone that has used him has been 100% satisfied. My grandmother used Dr. Nakamura 15 years ago. When we went in for our consult, we felt right at home. His entire staff is super sweet and I felt safe. I will have surgery at their surgical center in Arlington, Texas.

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I hope all is well with you the last couple of weeks. I hope getting back into the swing of things and home schooling has gone ok for you. I miss your video's. Hope to hear from ya and see how your progress is going. :)
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I watched your videos . And omg you guys are so funny :)... Brad / Henry is a trip and you trying to be serious is even better ;). Happy healing and good thing I'm over in jersey cause we would be such inappropriate friends :)
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You look fantastic! I'm so curious as to how the drainless procedure is because the doc I'm thinking of going to does not use drains. Happy Healing!
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Did you have MR too?
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Oh my gosh and how could I forget to mention it was hilarious of Brad, oops excuse me, "henry" to start of your video. What a character that one! It was nice to put a face with all the comedy so thanks. :)
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Oh how I have missed your video's. I busted out laughing at the end of post op 16 video. LOL You look really good. My PS told me that I could get a CG to wear after they put me in the binder. So I went to Kohls and I tried on the exact same garment you are referring too. OMG! It was awful and I havent even had my surgery yet. So I thought there is no way I am getting this baby over my incision comfortably after surgery. So I ended up getting a corset style kind. You just wrap it around you and then it has like hook and eye's fasteners all down the front of it. That is kinda a pain but once its on its great. This way I dont have to pull and try to get this really tight garment on me it just wraps around. It might be something you will want to check out. I have a pic of the one I bought on my page. I plan to take it to my pre-op appt. on March 5th to see if it will be ok to wear. I hope so. I dont like the others. Happy to see you are doing well and I hope all goes well with getting back in the swing of things tomorrow. :)
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Haven't heard from you in a few days - everything ok?
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I was thinking the same thing. Hope all is well.:)
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Sorry girls!! My moms wireless SUCKS!! I am back home now though! Missed ya'll~
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We missed you! Your new pics look great! Happy to hear you are doing well. :)
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Yay, your back. So glad that your healing is going well. When you weren't on I thought you had a set back. I was getting ready to call my doc and cancel my surgery that's set for this Wed.
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Lol!! Dont cancel!!!! I will be thinking of you!!
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Lookin good girl! Love the low scar.
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OMG! Have enjoyed your updates. I do need to do mine. I feel a bit zany, sad, teary, happy, an effing emotional mess. Glad your experience has been so much smoother! Happy healing to u!
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Love following your posts and videos ... keep them coming very inspiring .. happy healing
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Sorry you had a rough night. I hope you got a nap in today. Did you go out to eat last night? From your side profile it looks like the swelling has gone down, looking real good. :)
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I ended up going to eat. Hubs isnt a fam of cooking lol so we will likely eat out all week! I need to start doing side profile pictures too!
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oh no. Your video cut out on me right when you were talking about weighing yourself. Was it good or bad? LOL Brad was probably freaking out when you did not answer the phone. :) You look good. Glad to see you are doing ok by yourself. I think I will have to look into getting dresses like that for when I have mine done. Its only going to get hotter here in Florida so I wont be able to wear stretch pants and yoga pants the whole time. I will try the video again later, maybe just a glitch or something. :)
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It was good!!! down 8 pounds! and I didnt get lipo! I am not sure what happened?? I am almost done being alone for the day! I'm thinking about going out to dinner :)
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WooHoo! That is awesome! Happy Dance! You should, you deserve it. Enjoy your evening. :)
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I was able to finish the video now. Not sure what happened before. :)
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Super flat - you must be so pleased! And for it to get even better with time - yay!!
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Me too. I copied and paste to YouTube but it says it isn't right.
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I feel really stupid right now lol..... but How do i click on this? Tried different ways! By the way you look great!
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Go on to you tube. Type in the box at the top: txmommyofboys and hit enter. It should then bring up all her videos.
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