Happy Days Ahead? - Bay Area, CA

Ok, so here I go. I'm a 47 year old mother of two,...

Ok, so here I go. I'm a 47 year old mother of two, both c-section. Unhappy my whole life with my belly. had my first child young and never lost the stretch marks or belly hang. I went for three consults, all said I should do tummy tuck. I can't take two weeks off work and am scared of recovery, so I'm opting for lipo. I figure in 6 months if Im still unhappy, I can do tummy tuck. I've really enjoyed reading everyone's experiences and it's helped prepare me for this. I'm still nervous about recovery. I've had my Pre-op and my surgery is set for October 12. I will post Pre and post op pictures once I figure out how.

It's the night before my surgery. I started the...

It's the night before my surgery. I started the arnica and bromelian. Apparently I take those for a week. I have my cephalax, Ativan, anti-nausea, and Vicodin meds all purchased and ready to use. I've been researching a low sodium diet, I guess I have bland food to look forward to for awhile. I've read a lot about drinking water. How much are you all drinking? Like a gallon a day? I'm not too nervouse about the procedure, but am not looking forward to recovery. I fear I too, like many of you will be disappointed in the length of time it takes to see results. How do you stay positive? Will post pics and comments as soon as I can.

Wish me luck!

Day 2 post-op. Pain is gradually reducing,...

Day 2 post-op. Pain is gradually reducing, although I'm till taking meds regularly. I'm beginning to itch now. I bought some spray hydrocortisone, but that's not giving me much relief. A girlfriend came over and washed and made up my hair and face. This was a nice perk I recommend, it boosted my spirit. Can't take a shower until tomorrow after noon, it's tough to wait especially since I can't tell if there is any difference at all since I have foam padding all around. I'll post pics tomorrow.

I'm 9 days post-op and each day is getting better....

I'm 9 days post-op and each day is getting better. I'm still very numb, particularly on my back. Getting in and out of car still hurts. Sleeping on my side is a bit less painful, but still not easy. My stomach is rock hard, particularly below the belly button, closer to my c-section scar. I've started to do massage and I'm using vitamin e oil. Anyone else doing this for hardness?
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