I have been a member of real self for about two...
I have been a member of real self for about two months. I really enjoy reading the reviews and seeing the major transformation. So I decided to share my tt journey so Dr. Cox can have more reviews as well as it would allow me to express myself as I go through this experience. I am a mother of four children two boys and two girls(ages 19, 17, 14, 12). They all were delivered by cesarean sections. I recently lost over 80 pounds and have decided to treat myself to a tummy tuck. Although my husband doesn't think that I need a tummy tuck, he supports me fully with my decision. He tells me that if my stomach was twice the size that it is now he would still love me. The size of my stomach has always bothered me even when I was a child. My surgery is schedule for July 22 and I'm very excited and anxious. I can't believe I'm actually going to go through with it but I am looking forward to seeing a flat stomach for once in my life. I'm not quite ready to show the actual dreaded- horrific belly.
COUNT DOWN BEGINS
Today I had my pre-op appointment. I opted to have tummy tuck with lipo to help contour the abdominal. I'm still numb but happy to have this procedure to correct this belly. My husband and kids ask me how I feel about having a long scar? I laugh because I have 4 c section scars and a long horizontal scar in the center of my stomach already. Anything is an improvement and I know Dr Cox will do a great job. Also I have been on Amazon shopping. I think I have bought more than I need.
- wedge pillow
-leg elevation pillow
- scar away
Also I schedule my dr appointment with my primary care next week. I pray that it goes well and get the all clear signal. We are going on a family vacation a week before my surgery which will be a good distraction. My daughter showed me a cool timer app to download so I can take pic without holding my phone.
It won't be Long Now
Today I called to find out my appointment time for surgery. I was hoping for an early schedule so I can get it over with first instead of sitting, waiting and letting the antiscipation build up. My surgery is schedule for 9am and I have to arrive an hour before surgery. My oldest son (14) ask how do I feel (nervous) about having the surgery? My youngest hugs me all day long and tells me that he is getting all the hugs before surgery. He knows that he won't be able to hug me for while after my procedure. Last weekend we took a small family vacation and it was a great distraction for me. We really enjoyed quality family time unfortuanaly I gaindv2 lbs. I'm working hard this week to get if off before my surgery date. Although we own a sectional that has 2 recliners and sofa bed, I wish I would have rented a medical bed. I think it would be more convienent and comfortable for me to sleep. I'll probably post more pics after surgery.
22 Jul 2014
Day of treatment
Surgery went well and now it's time to recover and heal. I'll post pic Thursday or Friday after shower.
Looking Good Looking Good
Today was my first day taking a shower and I am really pleased with the results at only 2 days post op. Dr Cox exceeded my expectation. I am glad that I choose Dr. Cox to do my tummy tuck. Believe me when I tell you this wasn't an easy job. He performed a miracle with this tummy. At only 2 days post I can expect even better results as time goes on. Another satisfied patient.
Everyday it gets better and better. Today I was determined to have a BM so I drink citrus magnesium and I'm taking Tylenol every 6 hours for pain and Percocet at night. I slept in my bed for 2 nights and it was horrible. So I told my husband that I rather sleep downstairs on the recliner. Now I'm a happy camper again. I took another shower and it is so relaxing to have the hot water run down my back. My husband and kids are amazed at Dr cox work. My son said I'm looking skinny but my breast is looking bigger. Now he thinks I need breast reduction.
Grateful and Blessed
Today was the first day that I got dressed up and went outside since surgery. I had my first post op appointment. I got my drain tubes removed. I feel more like myself again instead of a patient. Although I did a lot of walking, I still find it hard to stand straighten up. I know everyone heals at their own pace. Hopefully it won't be to much longer.
Today I drove to the uniform shop to purchase some kids school uniform. School starts next week and I'm so happy to have the house to myself. I don't know if I was supposed to start driving or wait for a doctor to clear me. I'm not on pain meds so I thought I would be okay. Also I took a shower without assistance today. Today I tried on a waist cinched(squeem) that I purchased last year that I only wore 3x. I felt tight but comfortable in the beginning. Now I'm ready to put my binder after I launder it. My posture improved but I can't breathe in it.
Nerve working my nerves
For about a week I have been in pain and unable to walk. I went to ER and nurse prescribe 600mg Ibuprofen and she thinks it is a nerve. She told me to follow up with my doctor. I can only imagine how expensive that bill will cost. I had ibuprofen in med cabinet at home. Med did not help. I could my ps nurse and she explain their is a nerve the runs in that area where my pain is located. When they do lipo and TT, it can affect a small % of patients. I guess I'm in that %. Although I love to wear my binder because it help to support my stomach, I'm unable to wear it due to the pressure it puts on the nerve which causes my hip to hurt really bad. My 80 years old mother walks faster than me. I find if I keep the binder off for 24 hours that my hip feels better. I hope this pass soon. I ready to be back to my normal self.