PO 6 Weeks
- updated 11 months ago
I have been reading the stories and experiences...
- 26 Nov 2012
- 7 days pre
I have been reading the stories and experiences and found quite a bit of information that has helped. I am a very private person and so keeping this to myself has been very challenging. I did finally tell my mother and sister. They are very supportive as is my husband.
I am 53 years old and at one time weighed 252 pounds. I currently weigh 147. I have always wanted to do this but was too scared and of course the cost. I will post pictures later...not pretty I assure you.
I go for my preop on Wednesday and surgery will be on Tuesday, December 4th. I did go to two different doctors. I thought it was going to be extremely hard to chose. Both are very good Drs.. but there was a sense of peace with one and I knew that he was the one I wanted to do this surgery. I am so glad that I decided to get a second opinion.
I am such a wimp, meaning that I do not do well with pain. So, I have been very afraid of the recovery. I am trying very hard to stay positive because it will only lessen my recovery time. My emotions are all over the place. From being happy, sad, scared, and then I got to the restroom or change clothes and I can't wait to go to the flat side and know that this is what i need to do.
As I said earlier, I am a private person and I have told my employees and employer that I am having female surgery. Now, I have to have my health care provider fill out FMLA papers....ugh! I don't know what to do. Must think of something. I fully understand FMLA but again this is very personal and private.
I have been so excited today about the surgery. I do not know how some of you can schedule this surgery and wait. In the past month, I have talked myself out of this surgery and then back in it 100 times! It is a go and I am counting down the days!
I will take and post pics so that hopefully, I can help someone out there too. It is great to have you all to talk to and going through the same thing. Will keep updating as things happen! This is going to be an incredible journey! Prayers for those having surgery tomorrow and to those in post op! Good night everyone! :)
I have added my before pics. How embarrassing and...
- 27 Nov 2012
- 7 days pre
Wow, what a busy couple of days! Went to my preop...
- 29 Nov 2012
- 5 days pre
What a horrible day! I have cried almost all day....
- 1 Dec 2012
- 3 days pre
Okay...countdown is on. I have to be at the...
- 3 Dec 2012
- 1 day pre
I stood in looking in the mirror and grabbed this flabby tummy and said you will be gone tomorrow. Excited, nervous, excited! Took my PM vitamins, stool softener, and celebrex. Sitting and relaxing...thinking let's get this done! POSITIVE THOUGHTS!
Today is the day! I have to be at the hospital...
- 4 Dec 2012
- Day of treatment
I have had my quiet time with God and praying for all of us that are having surgery today. I am calm....will probably get nervous as the morning goes. Would appreciate your prayers today. Hopefully, I will be able to post tonight. Let's get this done! :)
Thanks so much for your thoughts and prayers!
I am on the flat side now! My TT was Tuesday...
- 6 Dec 2012
- 2 days post
So GLAD i rented a chair lift....been a Godsend. I haven't looked at my self. Too scared that I will be disappointed. My sister and husband says that it look good! I go to first dr po visit Wednesday. I think I have lost track of days. LOL signing off getting drowsy...np time.
Had a great day yesterday which was PO 3. Today...
- 8 Dec 2012
- 4 days post
Hope everyone is doing well!
Sorry for the delay in posting. Trying to take...
- 12 Dec 2012
- 8 days post
There is no way I could go thru this without my husband. He gives me my shower, bathes me, washes and blow dries my hair. He spoils me and I love it.
Went to the doctor today for first week PO. I put on my makeup and felt like a human being. I took out the pain pump lines yesterday. When I walked in to the dr's office they all kept going on how great I looked and how well i was walking. They removed the stitches in BB, and one of the drains. It didn't hurt at all. I go back Friday to remove the last drain! Yea. I get to sleep on my side. When he took off the bandage we were so excited how great the incision looked. I was very scared to look because I was so used to seeing all this flabby skin. I am very happy I decided to do this. After dr visit we went out for lunch. Was gone for six hours and was tired when i got home. So it was recliner time.
The one thing I would have changed about preparing for surgery would be trading in the yoga/sweat pants for gowns or button down over size shirts and NO PANTIES. I tried one time and they were a pain literally! Now, I am having to deal with shooting pain or sharp pains. The dr. said it is my nerves trying to reconnect. I hope everyone is healing great and I am looking forward to Friday for the last pump/drain to be removed. I feel like a new person! Positive thoughts on my healing journey!
Went to PS to remove last drain. Still a little...
- 14 Dec 2012
- 10 days post
Reflecting on my dr visit and chatting with the nurse, I have come to realize that this was a MAJOR surgery. I just want to be able to get up and get dressed and do the things I used to do. It is exasperating to feel so weak. This is not something I am going to get over within 2 or 3 weeks. Trying to be patient. The nurse and doctor keep telling me that I am doing so good. I stand up and am hunched then gradually stand straighter. Just tire out way too fast. I am walking 1/2 to 3/4 mile per day until I begin to hurt. All in all I am alive just getting around a little slower. It will get better!! Looking forward to Monday!!!
It has been a few weeks since I posted and what a...
- 14 Jan 2013
- 1 month post
Anyway, the dr. changed my antibiotic to Cipro and told me if I wasn't feeling better within 3 days come back in. I was worse in three days an began to get scared. All I was doing was crying, trying not to itch, and extremely weak. The third day I was back in the dr. office. He had just got my labs and was very concerned about me having Hepatitus A. I asked him how in the hell did I get this...ate out somewhere that an employee caring the virus did not wash their hands when preparing food. I told him I had not gone out to eat and whatever I ate my family had eaten and they were not sick. My liver count was off the chart. He sent me straight to the hospital so they could start running tests. It is very scary when they tell you they will be looking for bilirubin stone that may have blocked a duct or tumors or cancer of the liver, gall bladder, pancreas and right kidney. I need to let everyone know that I do not drink and that I was corresponding with my PS office so that they were aware of the issues I was going through. I got the results the following day and all was negative. Everything looked good. Thank God! They were all confused and could not figure out was was wrong with me. The nurse at my PS office was going through my chart and reading the notes when a light clicked on and had seen this before with another patient about a year ago. She pulled the chart and compared notes and tests. She went to the PS and told him she thinks she figured out what my problem was.
When I had my TT I was put on the antibiotic Keflex. I did great on it. However, vare rarely, a person will have a severe reaction to Keflex 7 - 10 days after last dose. All blood and urine test will come back as a false positive. It is called a Keflex induced liver infection. The side effects have been horrible. I am weak, itching horribly, yellow eyes, hoarse, dark urine and pale stools. I was sent to a gastroenterologist to monitor liver levels. I was told it would take about 4 weeks for the symptoms to subside and the liver to fight the infection. My PS is doing a case study of my case and presenting it other drs. My liver level has gone down....YEA!! Feeling a little better...witht the exception of the itching. They did give me a prescription to help with that. So, I have about 2 weeks left for liver levels to be back normal. Can't have liquor or acetaminophens.
I went to the PS today for my 6 week PO and he was very please with the way everything looked and the way that I am progressing despite the setback! I have been so sick that I haven't noticed the TT and that I love it. I have posted pics. What a difference from before pics! I was also told to NEVER take Keflex again! LOL....they don't even have to worry about that! I have posted my 6 week PO pics. Hope everyone is doing well with their recovery!!!
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