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I have a 19 month old son that is beautiful but my...

I have a 19 month old son that is beautiful but my stomach looks so saggy and gross... gained and lost 40 lbs from pregnancy and left with over a 2 inch gap between ab muscles and sagging tummy skin! I can't wait to be my old self again! 5ft1 and 112lbs. I am going to a surgeon three hours away in PA because he is really good!

Does anyone have any advice on what to stock up on foodwise for after surgery or what kind of clothes I will be living in for the first few weeks post op?

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Hey ! I'm booked for April 4 just days before you. Nervous as heck but also soooo excited. I have had two kids (14 months apart) and want my tummy back! I was also trying to prepare by figuring out what kind of foods and things to buy before surgery. Keep us posted. Would love to see before/after pics!

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Keep us posted and post some before and afters!!
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I am very anxious at this point! I really need to...

I am very anxious at this point! I really need to take some before pics this weekend and post them.... I have to get up the nerve to post those, lol! I just want a new tummy in time for summer!

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Good luck with everything.
Drinks & Food- I was told to drink plenty of fluids so I stocked up on water and gatorade with electrolytes. FYI I hate gatorade but I get the point. I also have plenty of fruits and protein. My PS sais protein was really important.
Clothing- I have been using sleeveless maxi dresses and lounge wear/ sleep wear dresses. they have been amazing! Oh and also sports bras- preferable ones that zip up the front to help with compression and lessen bruising across my back and breast. ( I had a tt, lipo of abs waist- flanks dorsal roll and inner thighs) !
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yes im going to stock up on the ZICO coconut water, it's chock full of electrolites and it's more hydrating than plain water. it takes an aquired taste. it's slightly sweet slightly salty. my PS said i would be wearing a binder the first weeek---im going to have to buy a stage 2 garment i guess afterwards. and yes i love dresses! thanks for the tips!
i am stocking up on Carnation instant breakfast, fiber bars, yogurt, oatmeal and tons of fruit. Those are all my healthy Go-To foods that are easy to eat when you don't feel like eating. What I gather from the ladies here is that you will not be up to eating, and when you do it will take much less to fill you up. I was told to stay away from Salt, Soda and Caffeine!! Anything that will give you gas or worsen the bloat. Water is key to lessen swelling. I will stock up on Crystal Light cuz it makes drinking that much palatable, I don't particularly like water and I should drink more of it. Oh my dear coffee, I will miss you so...and anyone in the near vicinity during the withdrawal, LOOKOUT! Good thing I quit smoking last summer or it may have been unbearable.
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Okay I am finally posting my pre-TT pictures......

Okay I am finally posting my pre-TT pictures... Four weeks from today is my surgery... I cannot wait....=) I just have so many questions since I haven't had a pre-op appt... Ugh!

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Oh before I forget... my doctor recommended Bromelain, which is a pineapple extract.It helps reduce bruising and swelling. You can find it at any health food store along with arnica Montana. I seriously had no bruising after surgery but of course had some swelling.
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Ok took me a bit but I set up my profile included pics as well but has to be approved so I guess it will be up sometime tomorrow...
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Your welcome! Yes the hospital binder was big. I'm 5ft 4in 123lb. I love having my stomach in the binder. Feels so much better than no binder. Without it I felt like my insides were going to fall out lol! I will post pics. I'm new at all this so may take me awhile . I live in Philadelphia. I also had a breast aug too so full mommy makeover. I did spend the night at the hospital & was very thankful too! But by morning I was itching to get home..theres no place like home ;) How am I feeling? Well I expected all this to be way worse so I was pleasantly surprised when I realized it wasn't all that bad. Back hurt from being hunched over for about a week and a half and only took pain meds the first week and second week at night only. I really feel good..sleepy from time to time so I take a nap whenever my 19 month old goes down for his. I'm so excited for you!
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Okay so I am a three and a half weeks away from TT...

Okay so I am a three and a half weeks away from TT and I haven't received anymore information from my surgeons office. They told me I wouldn't have to come in for a pre-op appt since I live three hours away. So they said they would send me all of the info that I need in a packet. I just emailed them this am because I am so anxious! I want to know when the packet of info is coming....If I need a physical/bloodwork...... when will they send me my generic dr note to give to my hr dept at work and about the supplements many woman are taking like arnica! UGh! i hope someone gets back to me soon! I like to be prepared way in advance! Not a last minute person!

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OKay finally got some answers from the PS...

OKay finally got some answers from the PS coordinator today! She said she is sending out my package of info tomorrow... She said there are tons of forms to fill out and call when I get it. She said they are sending me a packet of vitamins to take the two weeks prior to the surgery that have both arnica and bromealin in it along with other things to help with swelling and healing. They are sending my dr note for work saying i am having umbilical hernia surgery and sending my prescription for my drugs! Yippee! Can't wait to get my info packet!

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& I did not eat for the first 4 days, I had no appetite, so that is why my PS suggested G2. (The gatorade with less calories)
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;-) Anytime, I was far from happy...lol I was so scared, Its nice to see you are so excited! I am happy for you!
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Girl I lived off Liption Chicken Noodle Soup, Sugar free jello, G2, and water! :-) I am excited for you, I remember my anxiety and anticipation. Did you ever get your packet? Hope all goes well...
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I have a question for all of you post Tummy...

I have a question for all of you post Tummy Tuckers! I was wondering if I can wear a sports bra and panties to surgery or do they make you strip down to nothing?

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Wow, didn't eat for 4 days huh? I figured I would just eat a little here or there... I have been through breast augmentation 10 years ago and a c-section 19 months ago... So I am familiar with the surgery and pains, lol! Just know to expect it I guess and not worry about it because it will be there, lol!

Yaaa, three weeks until tummy tuck! Still seems so...

Yaaa, three weeks until tummy tuck! Still seems so far away! So I got my package in the mail last night with my vitamins! It is a box with 4 bottles of vitamins in it from VitaMedica. One bottle is Arnica Montana and says take three tablets 3 times a day. To start taking immediately after surgery for 14 days. Next bottle is Bromelain with Quercetin and it says start taking 1 day after surgery for ten days. 2 capsules 3x a day. Then there is a bottle of Morning multi-vitamin and bottle of Nighttime multi-vitamin. Seems like I don't need any bloodwork or anything done because they didn't send any forms. Also I got a prescription for Oxycodon and Percoset that I have to fill. And my dr note for work.

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Thanks and happy Bday to your hubby! I know I should take some pics in a bikini before and after just like you did! Iknow that I am super excited now but I know I won't be able to control my nervousness the night before or day of... I am sure of it! I am always okay until that oh, sh@t moment kicks in right before, lol!
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Totally, I know what you mean. Thanks for all your sweet words.
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Happy early Birthday in case I forget to tell you! My hubs bday is March 29th. As far as constipation, they recommend a stool softner called colace or ducolax, this helped a little but didn't make me go, but if it doesn't after a week, I would try correctal gentle laxative, that will work! But only take one tablet. Aww the beach, I love the beach too! You are going to be so happy! Don't let your nerves get to you, that is my regret now, I wish I had been jumping up and down on my surgery day, but I was so full of nerves. It will feel like the blink of an eye, you had an augment, so I'm sure you already know this. Take a bunch of before's pics in diff panties/outfits, etc...it will be fun to repose after in same panties/outfits/bikini, etc! Bet your excited :)
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Getting closer!! You must be getting super excited :)
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im so excited for you!!! 8 more days!!!!!!!!!!
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I know I am getting really anxious now...its like I need to make lists of all of the things i need to buy and things i need to do around the house in the next week before my TT... i feel so overwhelmed... .

Only 4 days to go. I feel like I still have so...

Only 4 days to go. I feel like I still have so much to do before then! I did 5 loads of laundry yesterday and went grocery shopping but still forgot some things and tried to clean the house but its hard when my toddler makes messes all of the time... I am starting to get very anxious... I am trying to think of anything I still need to do before Friday....

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HURRY UP APRIL 8TH!!! =D!!!
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Not long to go!! WooHoo! You will love your new tummy :)
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Hi! The first week was about getting used to the tightness and bee-sting type feelings. No laughing, coughing, sneezing,etc!!!if you have abs stitched internally. The 2nd week I entered into an emotional rollacoaster. I think partly because of losing 140 lbs (diet) then 10 lbs (not normal) of skin at the TT. It's like a whole new entire me and the old self is gone. Like a rebirth or something. Day 17 and I feel wonderful. It's a big decision but well worth it. I'm sure you will love the new you and do well. Take care!
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Okay so 3 days to go... Ugh! I am really getting...

Okay so 3 days to go... Ugh! I am really getting nervous and the surgery center called yesterday to go over my instructions the night before and day of and told me they pushed my surgery from 6 am to 11 am...because they are extremely busy... so now i have to be there at 10:15... Guess I should start getting all of my comfy outfits out and lining them up and got all of my grocery shopping done yesterday... just wondering why the dr prescribed me oxycodone and percs since people are telling me they are the same thing... weird huh? Guess I will have to call the office to ask them!

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Wow, so the surgery center just called again and...

Wow, so the surgery center just called again and said now I am back on for surgery at 7 am! The dr called them and said that he wanted my surgery at 7 am the original time that he told the patient (me) so good now I have to be there at 6:15... Hopefully things are straightend out now! Two more days of worrying after today... ugh!!!

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Just wanted to wish you the best, hope all goes well. Keep me updated.
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ALMOST40... you are completely right let someone else do the work for a while;) you take a back seat and relax and heal! Man you guys are right there!!!! i will be right behind you on tues the 12th, sooo extra excited! i'll food shop on this weekend and also throw my daughter's 7th birthday, something to keep my mind occupied.
well good luck ladies and take care of yourselves... i'll be watching the web for ya waiting to hear how things went
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Thanks sweetie, I will definitely take advantage of my husband taking care of me and my little boy. I can barely stand the suspense any longer, lol!

Okay so tomorrow at this time I will be in the...

Okay so tomorrow at this time I will be in the middle of surgery.. I am so nervous at this point! I didn't sleep that well last night and don't think I will sleep well tonight either.... I have most things ready... I am staying at my sister's tonight since she lives a half hour from the surgery center and I live 3 hours away.. So have to remember everything that I need.... My hubby is making me nervous also because he is very nervous about the whole thing... I just need it to be here and overwith! I was trying to label all of my vitamins and supplements for him.. Its crazy all of the pills i am suppose to take... Hopefully hubby will be able to keep track of everything...lol! Good thing my MIL is coming this weekend to help out!

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Blondie,
Are you okay? We havent heard from you since before your surgery.
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Everytime I come on here I think of you. I sure hope you are doing okay!!!!
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hope you are doing ok and surgery went well!!
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Hi ladies, Sorry I haven't been on here in two...

Hi ladies, Sorry I haven't been on here in two weeks... it has been an adventure. There was construction going on in my yard and the telephone line was cut for a while and the first week I couldn't get online to walk upstairs to the computer but I am back now!

The first day I was so drugged up and allergic to whatever they gave me post op and was itching everywhere... then they pumped me full of benydral and I passed out in the recovery room! My little guy was sick with a fever that day too=( We drove three hours home that day and my husband had to deal with me and a sick toddler. I hardly remember the first day.

Day 2... I was so sick throwing up alot and had to call the dr on a Saturday for anti-nausea meds.... boy I felt 50% better on the pain level after that zofran kicked in and started drinking ginger ale and eating cheerios after that. The first two days I took the oxycodone and percs.

Day 3 I stopped taking the percs and just took the oxycodone and tylenol. I was able to eat three small meals that day but was so sore... Walked around the house a little bit every few hours....

Day 4 was my first shower... it felt so good to get showered but the drains were such a pain... they hurt...and were annoying for sure! Was so exhausted just from showering... still ate small portions and took lots of naps...walked around the house every few hours too.

Day 5 I started getting around a little better and did some laundry and dishes but by afternoon I was tired and really sore...think I over did it! Very swollen and tired of the drains being in!

Day 6 was feeling very swollen and bruised by the drain sites... Was able to shower again with help..

Day 7 drove up to Philly to get the drains removed....Hurt like hell getting the stitches out and the drains felt like snakes coming out of my body! UGH!!! I was so sore but the nurse told me that I looked better 7 days post op then 90% of their patients.

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I had alot of help on the weekends so far... I had...

I had alot of help on the weekends so far... I had my mother in law who is a nurse and a friend of mine there the first weekend. I had my mother in law and my sister in law there the second weekend which was a blessing! The second week went by quickly. I saw my PS on Thursday for a follow up and he said everything looked great and wants to see me again in a month! I have just started mederma scar treatment for my incision line and belly button... Don't know what to put on the rest of my stomach though? I also have to wear a spanx type compression garment that i got at Macys during the day and wear my binder at night to bed. I am still taking Tylenol extra strength for the soreness and discomfort...

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OMG i'm so happy to hear from U and that your doing well! So you got the nausea too in the beginning, eh? I havent started any scar therapy as my PS didnt mention anything. All he said last time was that he wants to see me in a month. The line itches like crazy though! How long will you get help for your kids for? I wonder if I can lift my kids at 4 weeks. Before my surgery my PS said 4 weeks but when I last saw him he said 6 weeks . . .
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Yea, I was afraid of the vomiting... it was horrible... so I had to take a zofran everytime I took a pain pill... nothing like vomiting when your stomach just got fixed.... Yea, I go back to my dr in a month too... I just started using mederma along the incision line... my MIL told me it works great...she is a nurse. Well I don't have any help anymore... I had help on the weekends with family that came into town but now Hubby and I are on our own! Dr told me I could start lifting my little guy this Friday. He is 23 pounds and he said I am sure you are lifting groceries now and laundry baskets...he said lift with my arms and legs and be careful but he said I have to start using the muscles again... Are you lifting your little one at all? 6 weeks is a long time to not lift your kids...
im glad you finally updated us!!! glad to hear you're feeling better. im so sorry you got so sick =( are you happy with the way it looks so far?
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I forgot to add that my PS said that if I wear a...

I forgot to add that my PS said that if I wear a bikini this summer I will have to put the highest spf on and stay in the shade! He said if I want to go out in the sun I will have to cover my stomach since my stomach is completely numb and the skin is stretched and will burn a whole lot easier than the rest of my body. Has anyone else been told that? Also I am really sore by my incision line too. Other than that I am sleeping in my bed and just have two pillows behind my head but haven't been able to sleep a whole night through since surgery...

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Oh I am so glad that you are doing good, I have been thinking about you and hoping everything was going good for you! So glad to hear from you I was worried about you for awhile! Hope you are loving your new flat tummy!
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yeah my PS told me the same thing about the scar and skin sensitivity. i asked her if i could even go spray tanning and she said to wait a little while longer yet too.
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So did she tell you don't expose it to the sun? Yea, my PS said that about spray tanning too for a little while. But he said don't expose it to the sun at all this summer! I want to wear a bikini so bad this year!

So yesterday I went back to work and was lifting...

So yesterday I went back to work and was lifting my little guy a few times. UGH! I was very sore... I had to take a pain pill last night... sore and very swollen...not good on day 19. I took pictures anyway to post, so here they are!

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U look great!!
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Blondie you look so good! Your tummy is so flat & your scar is very thin! You must be so excited!
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I am getting around okay just sore... I know I over did it yesteray=( I just posted some pics... I have swelling and i am not liking the swelling on the sides=(

How are you feeling sweetie?

I will be three weeks post op tomorrow. Does...

I will be three weeks post op tomorrow. Does anyone else have a problem sleeping at night? I can't seem to sleep more than two hours at a time waking up from the soreness...=( I have been cleared by the PS to do walking or on treadmill and light weights but I am so tired after working all day I just don't have any energy whatsoever to do any exercising.... Is it just me or does anyone else feel this way?

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You really do looks incredible! Is it weird to look down and not have a tattoo anymore? I'm so glad you're back on! We were all worried about you! Lol!
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Thanks so much! Yea, its weird I acutally had one tattoo on each side, the sun and the moon and they are both completely gone... I am sorry to worry you! How have you been?
Well look at your new tummy girl! Lookin good! Imagine how it'll look once ALL the swelling is gone!! I read that 85% of the swelling should be gone at about 4 weeks time.
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Well ladies i had a really bad weekend... I...

Well ladies i had a really bad weekend... I totally forgot everything I was going through. Post op week 3 was Friday and i got a call on my way home from work from the hospital and my husband was hit by a car while on his motorcycle... he has been through two surgeries on his leg between friday and yesterday and had 12 bones broken in his leg...its been a long weekend...with no sleep and juggling between my toddler and husband...

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OMG sweetie...I am so sorry to hear about your husband...That scares me about him being hit by a car on his motorcycle...my baby just bought one and I practically cry everytime be goes out on it...I worry about that same thing...he wants me to ride it with him but I am so scared. It isn't him I don't trust, its the other drivers...just like in this case,....I am glad that he is going to be ok and I am praying for you and him...take care...HUGS!
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Just read your latest post. I am so sorry to hear about your husbands accident. I will most definately say a prayer. My husband rides as well and every time he drives off you always get a little worried (and its always the other drivers) I had my TT the same day as you. I know I could care for myself now but I cant imagine having to take care of someone else. Take things slow and dont be afraid to ask for help from anyone and everyone around you. Healing prayers to you and your husband.
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So sorry about your husband I hope he starts feeling better soon!
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I just want to thank everyone for their support...

I just want to thank everyone for their support and well wishes for my husband... you ladies are the best.. it means so much to me! Good news is my hubby will be getting out of the hospital sometime this week but won't be back to work until 2 to 4 months and will be six months before he can resume normal activities. I haven't been sleeping well still and have been picking up my toddler alot but it hasn't really been hurting my tummy since I am wearing my spanx. Some of my swelling went down too which is great and I am able to wear nice fitted shirts up to the hospital to see my hubby which he likes, lol! Thanks again ladies, hugs!

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I pray that God will strengthen you and give hubby a speedy recovery.
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I agree its the other drivers that I never trust.. no one is ever looking for motorcycles, especially 80 year olds. We have a toddler that will turn 2 this summer.. so this is a real challenge for me... Thanks for the well wishes!
My husband wants one and it freaks me out, yet he's done so much for me, i think that may be my 10th anniversary gift to him. We have a section in our town where there is a 'senior citizen' driving speed limit of 35. I know of a 19 year who passed a couple months after having her baby in an accident when a 75+ year old ran the median. I am so happy my grandmother knew her limit. She also lived in queens, so she had limitless transportation potential.

Just take things one day at a time, you all will be okay :D

Ladies, I finally brought my hubby home from the...

Ladies, I finally brought my hubby home from the hospital on Tuesday night. Took off of work yesterday to get him situated and made sure he had everything he needed... I also had an appt with my female dr yesterday which complimented me on my new abs...he said the PS did a great job! It was also the first time I was weighed since the TT surgery and 4 pounds are gone... I went from 112 to 108 so I must have had 4 pounds of skin! That is just crazy in a good way! Alot of my swelling is gone which is awesome...even under all of my stress taking care of my husband and taking care of my 21 month old toddler that wants to be held all of the time. I have also been wearing fitted yoga pants and tshirts and damn it feels good to feel like me (pre-baby) again! I am so happy that I love it! I know things will only get better from here on out! Still have some soreness at the end of the nights and take some tylenol but other than that no meds anymore during the daytime. Hubby cannot bear any weight on his one leg and is so tired from his two surgeries..he will be out of work for 2 to 4 months if he can go back on light duty... So I will have my hands full for a long time taking care of him and my little one... hope I have the strength for this long road ahead... I love you ladies all for all of your support! You are all great!

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Hi Blondie! Thinking of you & hoping you are well!! I know you have been so busy taking care of your family. I hope your husband is feeling better & you too!
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How are you doing hunnie? hows the hubby?? fill us in!
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Blondie,
I know I am a little late on this one but OMG I am so sorry to hear about your husband's accident. Thank goodness he is okay and that he just broke a leg! Just think, it really could've been worse. How is he doing now? Your having to do everything now, eh? Do you have any help from family/friend? I'm so glad for u that your swelling is getting much better and omg you lost 4 lbs! U go girl!! Things are only gonna get better for u from here on. Dont 4get to take care of urself too . . . have a relaxing bubble bath, glass of wine or anything that will help relax you and make you feel better . . . You deserve it!!
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Hey Ladies! I haven't posted in a bit but...

Hey Ladies! I haven't posted in a bit but things are the same with hubby... still on his crutches and I am waiting on him and my toddler when I am not working... I think I may have strained a muscle in my upper abs right underneath of my breasts because there is a dull pain there when I am chasing my toddler around every night for the past week... ugh! Don't see my PS until the 23rd and will talk to him about it. I am very happy with my TT but I am always questioning whether I should have had lipo on my flanks... I will post some pics on Monday that I took in my bathing suit for everyone to see... I am loving my flat tummy! Went to the gym and did the treadmill Tuesday for 40 minutes on 0 incline at a 3.5 pace and that was enough for me... I was tired after that... I have turned into a pansy, lol! But I am still recovering... Will probaby try the treadmill again tomorrow!

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Hi Blondie

Glad to hear your doing well. I also wished the PS would've lipoed me a little more on the back area (bra roll) and possibly even a tiny bit more on my tummy area. Hoping he can hook it up for me and do some touch ups. Still havent hit the treadmill but hoping end of this week once okay from PS. I cant wait to see your tummy with you in ur bathing suit! take it easy :-)
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Hey Ladies, I am posting my 5 weeks post op pics!...

Hey Ladies, I am posting my 5 weeks post op pics! Overall I am pretty happy but I think my flank area is a little thick but I had no lipo. I am feeling pretty good. Wearing my spanx garment during the day and my binder in the evenings still. Using mederma on my scar and shea butter on my tummy... some areas still don't seem smooth...its weird. I have been walking the treadmill now last week and this week a few times a week for 45 minutes at a time with no incline...it seems hard... Like I can feel every muscle in my abdomen move...is that weird or is anyone else feeling that....? When I wake up the next day after being on the treadmill my abs are sore! Friday will be six weeks but I go for my 6 week post op on Monday! I don't like my scar on the right side, ugh! I am thinking about getting a pretty flower tattoo there this winter on my hip to cover it! Anyone else thinking of that?

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Wow you look great! Hey btw, they took one drain out thurs. Yippee!! Only one more to go! How is Hubby?
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Wow, how many weeks has it been now? You poor girl still have one drain in. Hope it comes out soon!

Thanks, I feel good! Hubby is coming along...he is doing Physical Therapy for his leg... his ankle and foot are so swollen...he is frustrated as am I! Have been taking care of everything, him and the baby for almost 4 weeks now... I will be glad when he can walk again!
You are looking awesome!
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I went to the PS for my 6 week check up on Monday...

I went to the PS for my 6 week check up on Monday and he said that everything looks great! He said its totally normal for the scar to be red at this point and my dog ear went away...I guess from massaging it with mederma...So he said it would be a year before the scar fades. My scar also is a little jagged right above the pubic area since I use to have a belly button ring he had to close that little area and where my BB use to be is now my scar area. Crazy! He also said I had swelling in my upper ab area but by the 4 month mark most swelling should be gone... So if I think I am happy now, I can't wait until then! I still can't do spin class or run! He told me light weights, elliptical, treadmill or stairmaster.... so those are my choices for now... I am hoping I don't gain any weight back.... its been getting into the uppper 80's here and I have hit the ice cream a few night this week...UGH!

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Yea, i am just glad we are fortunate enough to be able to get our bodies back! Modern medicine and $$... I feel so much more confident now! I am sure you do too!

UGH! 7 weeks was Friday and boy did I swell all...

UGH! 7 weeks was Friday and boy did I swell all weekend long! It was horrible... I was swollen like a tick! I don't know if it was because it was in the 90's all weekend....and I didn't wear my compression garment...too hot for that! Or what happened but I don't like this swelling...I looked better at 5 and 6 weeks than I do now... its horrible... I can't wear a bikini looking so bloated and you can see my BB scar too... Think I will be wearing sundresses over my bathing suit this summer... I know the PS said it would take 4 months for the swelling to go down but I didn't expect to be more swollen now than in weeks prior =( I also did get a few good workouts in on the stairmaster and had the treadmill up to a 7.5 incline over the weekend...at least that felt good to exercise a little harder than I did in the past. I really hope the swelling passes soon because I will be at the 2 month mark on Friday.

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Your new suit and flat flat tummy are looking wonderful! Glad to hear your hubby is getting better!! Have a great weekend.
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Thanks! how are you doing? I have been swelling alot in the upper abs... Think I should put my compression garment back on =(
Swelling sucks, I know. I still cannot wear anything with buttons. Too Tight! I went bikini shopping!!!Woot Woot!! And I have started jogging too and feeling alot better. Sorry to hear you're swelling so bad, is it really the heat that makes it worse??? If that is the case, I am in for one swell hell of a summer. How is hubby btw?
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Well I am 10 weeks today! I am feeling pretty good...

Well I am 10 weeks today! I am feeling pretty good and doing light cardio... I am going to start indoor cycling class this weekend so we will see how that goes! My whole stomach is still numb...wonder if the feeling will ever return! Sometimes it itches so bad but I can't scratch it because I have no feeling...Also having weird twinges in abs...I love going to the beach now but it sucks not being able to expose my abs because the PS said not to with not being able to feel a burning sensation or any sensation at all.. Probably won't take anymore pics until the 12 week mark... Overall I am happy so far! I am swelling alot so I still wear my compression garment as often as I can.

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Hi Blondie, my scar has narrowed to this tiny, thin line about 25 inch long. Luv the placement of it. I bought a bikini, but sticking to the tankini this year so it covers the tummy. Yeah, that does suck - I was hoping to get tan all over - LOL.

My tummy is still a bit numb. I can tell when I touch it, that I'm touching it. But, I swear I am getting phantom itching. I go to 'itch' gently, but can't tell where itch is coming from when I do, so think it might be the numbness. Mostly just the area going across the tummy, about 1-4 inches above scar feels that way. Really weird! At least scar doesn't feel like a "rope' under it anymore. I think the massages I paid for really helped work it.

Your before/after are incredibly awesome! Happy for you!
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Blondie, just checking how you are doing. I'm still amazed your tats are gone. You are rockin' with the new tummy, that's for sure!
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Hey Cheryl,

How have you been? Yea, its crazy no tattoos... lol! if my scar doesn't completely fade then I will get a new tattoo on my hip to cover the scar there. I am trying to rock the new tummy but it stinks that i have to keep it covered this summer...no bikini on the beach since i need my scars to fade and my tummy is still numb. Is yours numb?

Well update at 11 weeks post op! Have started...

Well update at 11 weeks post op! Have started cycling class again..this is my second week. It feels so good to be back and started strength training using 7 lb weights... I feel so out of shape after taking either one of those classes.... Keeps me motivated to get back on track. My hubby loves my new tummy...he said it matches the rest of my body... he said strong and muscular, lol! Has anyone around 11 weeks experienced twangs of pain in the upper ab area? I have been getting them often on the right side...UGH! i have been wearing my compression garment to because of it... I wish/hope it goes away. I don't see my PS again until the end of July.

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You look great.. I am 5 months post op in two days and my stomach is still numb and swelling!
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Oh mederma is gel.
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Help? Scar care: I'm trying to get serious now. I bought ScarGuard strips from CVS today (they were cheaper than CVS brand) and I plan to wear those at night. During the day I am going to apply the NewGel (silicone gel) that I got from my dermatologist, once in the morning and once another time (not sure when?...I have to wash the area first, kind of a pain). When should I use the Bio Oil? Is this too much?
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Wow, haven't posted in a while but went for my 3...

Wow, haven't posted in a while but went for my 3 1/2 month post op Appt yesterday and dr said almost everything looks great... my scar is still pink/purple. He said I can start ab exercises on August 8th..he said to start out light and work my way back into things. Also, I have a dog ear on the left side and he wants to do a revision for that so I am suppose to have that done on Sept 28th. He is suppose to do it right in the office with lidocane to numb the area then cut out that piece of skin and suture me all back up! I feel great right but hate my love handles since I didn't have any lipo done. Now when I eat to much like i have the past week with my son turning 2 and having mega food at my house all of the extra weight goes to the love handles! UGG! how can I exercise those things to make them go away!!!!?????? I will have to update my pics soon.... have been so busy this summmer. My tummy is still numb but I think i am getting use to it... Also have been keeping my tummy covered from the sun since dr still insists on me doing that!

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LOL ya my son is turning 2 soon too! I guess the best way to help for this is cardio, cardio, cardio! Otherwise, looks like everything is all good :-)
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Awe, adorable so your little guy will be 2 soon? Its the best age isn't it? THey are so sweet& have lots of energy! Yea, I have been trying to get to the gym more often...its so hard in the summertime for some reason but I am back to cycling class...trying to take that 2 times a week and strength training class 2 times a week... Still can't do ab work... when i do something remotely related to ab work I can feel the pull.... just afraid I will mess up something but the dr is clearing me for ab work next Monday...he said start out slow though.... so not sure what that means... probably means don't hurt myself....lol!
Glad to hear everything is good! I also have to have my 2 dog ears fixed on 8/18 so I will let you know how thats goes.
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So I went in last Wednesday to have a dog ear...

So I went in last Wednesday to have a dog ear removed. It went well I would say. Dr shot me up with some numbing agent then came in and cut out a big piece of skin. Seemed there was alot of blood on my gown afterwards... I didn't watch him but the suture broke and my blood splashed all over his coat and face, yuck! the second suture worked thank goodness. Just have dissolvable stitches and paper tape over it. A little bruising but wasn't bad at all. I am pretty happy with my TT but wish I would have had my love handles lipod... Don't think I have enough time or money to go back and get that done...guess I will have to try to work it off at the gym.

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Hey Blondie!! You had your dogears fixed! I see my PS a week from today & hope he will stop telling me the dog ear will go down, because this whole summer it has not changed in the least bit. It looks like a nose sticking out from my hip & is very noticible from behind on an angle. I want to get it fixed soon so that I can heal by next summer.

Does it hurt? How long is the recovery & when can you exercise? I am hoping when he fixes mine, he can bring the scar down so it is lower & even with the left side.

I am back to exercising - I even started rollerblading again for the past 2 weeks! I also alternate yoga stretch videos with toning 5 mornings per week. After being lazy this summer, it feels good to get back into a schedule. I also gained a bit in my love handles & butt & thighs. I haven't started the Jackie Warner videos yet though! I do light ab work, but I still feel a bit sore, so I want to be careful.

Keep us updated on how you are healing & can you post pics? Hope all else is well with you!
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Hey Madison! Yea, don't worry if you have to get the dog ear revised. It was a piece of cake really. They said 3 days before vigorous exercise so i was on the treadmill just walking the day after I had the revision. Just mild pain after the numbness wears off. It was hard to sleep that night that I had it done because it was sore. He said the papertape would fall off within a week...so if it doesn't come off tomorrow guess I will take it off. Stitches are dissolvable so I don't have to see the dr again for 1 to 3 months...he said whatever is convenient for me since i live 3 hours from his office.

That is awesome that you are getting great workouts in! I am taking spin classes but have to start doing other things as well... I have been eating to much in hiberation mode with this chilly weather, lol! Yea, I have the Jackie Warner abs dvd but haven't broken it out yet... I should though! Wish I had an exercise buddy! I am sore just from doing light ab work as well... i am always afraid I will hurt something. i will try to post some pics soon! They aren't as nice as they were months ago though! Glad you are doing well! you look amazing!
My surgery is a week after my b-day to it is a great gift...

Okay so just updated my pictures finally! LOL! I...

Okay so just updated my pictures finally! LOL! I am happy with my side view but the front view I am not totally happy about... I have the love handles you see. I think that I should have gotten the lipo on the love handles when I had the surgery...but who knew how it would look after right? i am also a few pounds heavier then I was right after my surgery. My weight fluctuates now between 112 and 115 depending on my eating and exercising on a day. I try to get in some good workouts... spin class 3 days a week... and 3 thirty minute strength training sessions... that is about all i can do with a 2 year old to chase after and working full time... My tummy is still numb basically from right below the incision line up to my bra line... who knows if the feeling will ever come back and its hard to do ab exercises...I find my abs very weak since the surgery even though they are sewed together... I guess I need to work on Ab exercises more to strengthen them... I feel confident with my clothes on and can wear beautiful form fitting clothes... but in a bathing suit i am still a little self conscience since i have those love handles...

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Well in April it will be two years since my procedure... I couldn't feel any better about myself. It was the best decision I have made.... I need to upload more pics but I have been hitting the gym 5 to 6 days a week and have lost a few pounds and the abs look amazing... nice and flat and got rid of those darn love handles.... I will try to upload some pics soon!
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So, my old tt buddy, how are you one year later?  I am so happy I did this.  I cannot believe it is one year already!  As you know I had the scar revision.  I am very pleased with it.  He completely removed the dog ears & also the scar line is so thin.  It still goes high on the one side, which really stinks, but I think it will heal well & eventually be hard to see.  I have not posted 1 year photos as I have been eating like a pig the past 2 weeks, it is awful!  Too much going out with family & friends - agh!!!  Also no exercise, since my revision.  I am still swelling & also bloated from my time of the month.  I have to wear my compression garment again, which really stinks.  I think only another week or 2.  I cant believe I am still recovering at 1 year!  But I am happy.  He even pulled down my belly button a bit - it was pulling in an odd way & looks so good & natural now.  He also got rid of a bit more skin that was sagging!  It looks so much better all around than before the scar revision!  I am so happy he was able to tweak a few other issues while in there!  So I will post my 1 year & 3 months photos.  By then I hope I will be back in shape & healed fully!  I know the scar will take a while.

How have you been?  I hope well.  I hope that you are happy with your results! 

Take care!
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All is well! I cannot believe it has been almost one full year. I have absolutely zero regrets. I too had a revision, for my BB back in Aug. Since then, my recovery has been great. I love my flat stomach, I never imagined I could feel and look so healthy. I am totally committed to working out and try really hard to be healthy most days. I have a new lease on life. My scar will always be there, but it doesn't bother me. No one needs to know about my scar and I am not riding the coat tails of my surgery any longer. I am fit and healthy because of my hard work! I need to post pics- what a great decision! Thanks for the update, Madison! Can't wait to see your pics!

3 years post TT

Hi ladies! Three years post TT and I must say it was definitely worth it. I have come along way in three years.... TT in April 2011. Divorce in August 2012. Have my little boy who will be 5 this summer..keeps me busy.. but I always find time to exercise and keep in shape. Now a part time indoor cycle instructor which helps out... down to 107 lbs. Just turned 36 too... I will share a current photo for you ladies.... I am very pleased with everything... well worth it but taking care of your body to maintain is also key!

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Wow!!! You look amazing!! I was thinking of you today - our 3 year TT anniversary. I can't believe it has gone so fast. I will update my review soon - I am still holding on to a few pounds, but exercise every day lately, so I will get there soon. I still love my results & no regrets. You are right though, we have to work out to maintain results - that's for sure! I love your swimsuit too. Good to hear from you & see how happy you are! Take care
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Madison! Yes, three years! How are you? Hope you are doing well and still rocking that beautiful tummy! I would love to see a new pic of you as well! Thanks VS bathing suit =) Keep in touch!
Congratulations to you! I agree taking care of your body and consistency is key! You look wonderful. Cheers to a wonderful 2014 for you and your boy :)
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