Making the Decision - Austin, TX
- updated 5 months ago
This was not an easy decision for me. I always...
- 9 Apr 2013
- 1 month pre
This was not an easy decision for me. I always knew I wanted my stomach to look nice again, but was I really willing to take all the risks. I told myself if I ever lost all the weight, after having 4 children, I would do it. It was easy to say that because losing 70+lbs is such a huge achievement I never thought it would happen. Well, last year it did. I went from 211 to 136. My husband took me to Curacao, without our kids, to celebrate. GO ME! When we got back I started thinking about tummy tucks. My friends told me I was nuts and I looked great. How could I think I needed a TT when I was a size 6. Between that, and fear, I chickened out of the idea. For months it was on my mind though.
6 months later, and many bootcamp hours and zumba later, the skin had not budged. I started talking to my husband again. I told him that while everyone says I look great, I want to see the fruits of my labor too. Everyone only see's me with clothes on and I know what is lurking under there. In January I talked to one of my zumba instructors who had a TT last summer. I made an appointment with her doctor, and one other, and the rest is history. The doctor said I have at least 5 inches of skin to remove. I booked my surgery back at the beginning of February for May 13, for a TT and Lipo of inner thighs. I figured that would be enough time to fix any holiday damage AND it worked perfectly in with my husbands Grad School schedule and our kids school schedule.
Right now I am excited and frustrated. I managed to gain 5 lbs stress eating. Instead of getting things fixed from the holidays I ate for comfort because we were dealing with many issues with our 10 year old and his ADHD. Part of me thinks I may have been trying to sabotage my TT because I am scared and feeling guilt over spending so much money. I mean this could bring my family on 2 really good vacations. This could pay off some debt. But I know I deserve it. My husband is behind me 100%, and I need to accept that I deserve this!
I am 20 days out and a ball of nerves. I am...
- 23 Apr 2013
- 20 days pre
I decided to rent a hospital bed because I plan to do my recovery in my room. I have 3 boys (10, 7, & 3) and I need to keep myself safe from the little one. That and I don't want them to see me in pain. My bed is really high. After having my boys it was hard to get in and out of it, and I did not have c-sections.
The juicer is so my husband can bring me fresh juice post op. I am taking the no sodium thing seriously and want to make sure my body is getting all the nutrients it needs to heal. I read there are fruits and veggies that help reduce and/or prevent swelling, so I am finding recipes that include those for him to make me.
Had my pre op this morning. When I got there I...
- 7 May 2013
- 6 days pre
Anyway, the doctor drew ALL OVER ME and took tons of pictures of me standing, bending, sitting, and laying down. He adjusted marks and took down measurements. I got all my prescriptions and some dietary supplements.
6 more days!
I just got the call from the surgery center. I am...
- 10 May 2013
- 3 days pre
I made it to the flat side. Surgery was yesterday...
- 14 May 2013
- 1 day post
Went to the doctor for my 1 day post op and when they took the cg off I was shocked at how tight I am. I was actually very uncomfortable and thankful when they put the cg back on.
My DH has been awesome. I couldn't do anything without him for the first 24 hours. EVERY movement hurt. I am now getting around much better on my own.
This update is probably all over the place, but I am still drugged ;)
- 16 May 2013
- 3 days post
One if the things I was worried about was getting up and down the stairs in my house (doing my recovery upstairs). It has not been a problem at all.
I went to the doctor today and they said everything looked great. Belly button is a little red, but nothing to be concerned about.
I am still feeling guilt about not being able to help DH with our 3 boys, but hopefully I can start helping again soon.
PO Day 8
- 21 May 2013
- 8 days post
Today I started having "hot flashes" in my abdomen area. So weird. They said that was normal. Also, I HATE having anyone touch my abdomen. It is so weird having no feeling in that area. Seeing someone touch you and not feeling ti is so strange. It is something that can't be explained because you have no idea until you experience it.
I will do my best to get pictures soon. I am walking s hunched over still that I feel it wouldn't be a good picture. That and I don't take my cg off until DH is cleaning the drains. ;)
11 Days PO
- 24 May 2013
- 11 days post
I had 1 of my 2 drains removed. It didn't hurt at all, it was just CREEPY. It felt like someone dragging a worm under my skin. BLAH!
He also took me out of that cg that went from my bra line to my knees (it had snaps and zippers up the sides and was crotchess) and put me in a binder. It is so nice to be out of that thing. I know everyone complains about the binder, but I am currently loving it. Next drain comes out next week on Thursday :)
- 29 May 2013
- 16 days post
17 days PO
- 30 May 2013
- 17 days post
The doctor had my last drain removed and had some stitches removed. This drain coming out creeped me out more than the first one. Again, it didn't hurt. The drain was all the way around in my rear area so feeling it get pulled all the way to the front was just wicked gross. Stitches being removed didn't hurt, it was also just weird.
Looks like I have a dog ear. He said it could go away on its own, but if it doesn't we can fix it in about 4 months.
I am to work on standing taller. Next appointment is next Wednesday.
One more quick 17 days PO
- 30 May 2013
- 17 days post
- 31 May 2013
- 18 days post
Day 1 Right- 170 Left- 65
Day 2 Right- 135 Left- 115
Day 3 Right- 190 Left- 135
Day 4 Right- 120 Left- 70
Day 5 Right- 75 Left- 60
Day 6 Right- 50 Left- 30
Day 7 Right- 45 Left- 30
Day 8 Right- 60 Left- 35
Day 9 Right- 45 Left- 40
Day 10 Right- 25 Left- 25
Day 11 Right- 30 Left- 25 (Left Drain Removed Today)
Day 12 Right- 25
Day 13 Right- 40
Day 14 Right- 20
Day 15 Right- 20
Day 16 Right- 20
Day 17 Right- 10 (Last Drain GONE!)
The drains coming out is not bad. It didn't hurt, it was just CREEPY. ;)
- 1 Jun 2013
- 19 days post
Since surgery I didn't get nasty. I still managed to clean myself. I basically took sponge baths. I would sit in a folding chair, on a folded towel, and wash everything except where my incision is. My husband would wash my back. I did this pretty much every day. Because I wasn't active I didn't need to wash my hair as often as I normally do. When I did wash it i would pull my folding chair all the way up to the shower, still sitting on the towel, and put a towel around my shoulders and over my lap. I would then lean into the shower and let the water wet my hair, sit up wash, lean down rinse, etc. I had my hands on my knees so I would use my arms to push myself up rather than use my abs. It would have been easier if I had a handheld shower head, but I didn't so I dealt with what I had. When I was done washing I would take the towel that was over my shoulders and pull it over my head to wrap my hair up.
Again, I know most people aren't as much of a wuss as me, but for those who are I wanted to share this. ;)
PO Day 22
- 4 Jun 2013
- 22 days post
27 days PO
- 9 Jun 2013
- 27 days post
Also, I am back to sleeping on my side! Yea!
30 days PO check up
- 12 Jun 2013
- 1 month post
Just got home from the doctor. He said everything looks fantastic. I can not start doing zumba for at least 4 more weeks (boo!), I CAN go in the pool (YEA!), and I can start scar therapy. They actually have something specific they want me to order. New Gel Plus. They gave me a discount code to use to order it. The nurse said she really has seen a difference between their patients that use it vs. those who decide to try something else (she actually mentioned CVS scar strips) . I know this topic can be controversial, and I am not trying to start some heated debate. I am just saying what my doctor has suggested to me. I had already gone out and bought some things to use that I had heard mentioned on here, but I chose my doctor for a reason so I have decided to order this. Looks like it is $83.50 for one of these strips (before the coupon code he gave me) and it lasts 3 weeks. I will take pictures to keep track of the scar once I start using them.
- 20 Jun 2013
- 1 month post
First day wearing New Gel Plus strip - Important question answered
- 21 Jun 2013
- 1 month post
I am sure i am not the only one worried about this so I thought I would let everyone know it didn't hurt pulling it off. No unwanted self "waxing" of the region.
Also, I wore it for about 20 hours straight and it wasn't uncomfortable or in the way. I took it off so I could massage my scar with Bio Oil. In an hour I will take a shower to wash the oil off and put the New Gel Plus strip back on.
Also, the New Gel Plus Strip is much thicker than the Scar Away strips. The adhere much better to my skin.
I think that covers questions I have been asked. Again, I will do update pictures as I replace the New Gel Plus strips with new ones (about every 3 weeks.)
Scar treatment update and questions answered.....
- 28 Jun 2013
- 1 month post
Some things about the surgery for those wanting answers.....
I had a TT with muscle repair and lipo to my inner thighs and knees. The muscle repair was by far the most painful part of the recovery. I would still do it again.
The next painful area was the lipo. It felt bruised and painful for weeks. It still is tender in some areas. I am not sold on this yet. When I am standing it looks ok, but when I am sitting, so my thighs are hanging, they are not smooth. There is an obvious dip. Hoping when I get back to strength training I can fill that out a little.
My doctor had me start taking arnica and bromelain 3 days before surgery. I am 6 weeks 4 days po and I am still taking these. At about 10 days po I also added turmeric which I also still take. I drink my coffee in the morning and 1-2 glasses of unsweet tea everyday. Other then that it is water water water. In the morning when I wake up my stomach is flat, but about an hour later the swelling starts. It is only mild, but it is there. The more I wear my CG the less the swelling is. The other day i didn't wear it all day and in the evening I looked like I had a small pregnant belly. I need to straighten my diet out some to help with the swelling. I have fallen of the wagon with my diet. I always do better when I am exercising.
Again, I am 6 weeks 4 days, and I feel nothing between my belly button and my scar. I do an ice cube test. Put an ice cube in a paper towel (just so my fingers aren't touching the ice), and then run the ice cube across my belly, with my eyes closed, to see if I have feeling. Nothing yet, but i will let you know when I feel something :)
I started at 17 days po with slow walks around the block. I am now up to 3 miles, with the whole family (which means slow....lol) I know there are some that are running or walking twice as far. I was told not to resume exercise until 8 weeks, but I could take easy walks. I am following doctors orders. I don't want to make the recovery longer because I pushed too hard.
Let me know if there are any more questions :)
8w 5d PO - 3 week scar treatment update
- 13 Jul 2013
- 2 months post
I believe I was breaking out in a rash because during the day I would sweat under the silicone strip, and the moisture would get trapped underneath it and irritate my skin. I have had no problems since I stopped wearing it during the day.
The picture I am including was taken today (8 weeks 5 days PO/ 3 weeks 2 days after scar treatment started) The second red line above my scar is just because I had just removed the strip.
Let me know if you have any questions :)
I'm allergic to my underwear!
- 28 Jul 2013
- 2 months post
My friend referred me. She had been referred by several family members. When I went into see him I felt very comfortable and unjudged. Update - 23 days po From the consultation to 3 weeks PO I feel I have been very well taken care of. He takes his time making sure all questions are answered and his staff is very attentive. 3 of my post op visits I ended up waiting a really long time, because they had gotten behind. Normally this wouldn't bother me, but when you are 4 days post op the last thing you want to do is wait. But, I do understand things happen. I have only had to call 1 time with a question and they called me back in less than 5 minutes. Overall, LOVE Dr Maggi and his staff.