I was so nervous and so glad surgery date is...
Day 2 po
Dr Friedman called my husband last night at 10pm to check on me. This made me feel relieved knowing he cares about his patients enough to call so late.
In addition during my surgery I walked into the or and was calm until I laid down and started crying. He came beside my and held my hand until I was sedated. Amazing. A doctor who cares and is empathetic for their patients. This solidified my thoughts that I knew I chose the right doctor.
Today I have tried to return to a paleo diet with the exception of a few saltines with medications. I have had no nasea today.
I'm thankful that I put in physical work at crossfit over the past 8 months. Arm, leg, and butt strength have allowed to me move with little assistance and stand up putting weight on my heels.
I'm happy with my decision and progress so far!!
Less meds today....
Today was better, pain leve was much better and did not take any muscle relaxers and only 3 vicodins today. Not really hungry but I juiced today so I got lots of veggies that way. Trying to stay paleo. I'm also super appreciative of my crossfit skills, leg and arm strength has made getting up much easier!! I'm also thankful that I've prepped a bunch of food for the family. They are able to eat here and not order out.
Hoping tomorrow is even easier. Planning to see Dr Friedman for first post op tomorrow (how dedicated is he coming in to see me on a Sunday).
My only question is when am I going to have my first bm?? ;)
This morning he helped me shower. I washed my own hair and he helped shave my legs and wash my body. Ahhhhmazing! The warm water felt great and we were careful not to get my tubes or dressings wet. I was able to get myself dressed, hair brushed!! It's the little things right now ;)
Today I ate a vegan protein shake, apples, and bacon. Yes I know why vegan shake and bacon but it's so yummy!! Now I am waiting on my surgeon to call about a follow up appointment this afternoon.
I am tired from doing more this am but it feels good to feel normal. I have not had the amount of problems or pain I expected. Having twins via c section was just as bad. At least I don't have to feed anyone ;)
More before pics
I am however thankful that Dr Friedman saw me on a Sunday night for a post op. I am thankful for his caring words as I'm bawling my eyes out and his assurance that this is not the end result and everyone feels this way.
It's time to watch duck dynasty with my love and read The Hungry Games as my daughter calls it ;)
5 days post op today and I can say I'm doing better. I haven't had any pain meds since Sunday, only Tylenol. I've returned to all my preop vitamins and supplements.
I got the green light to go walking and at a fast pace. I'm going to have to use my brakes to not run. I will start slow. I will start slow.....
I noticed that swelling has gone down since Sunday. The feeling of unzipping the cg or whatever this thing is, was not as euphoric as I thought. And I actually prefer it on now. Showering this am by myself was interesting and not quick by any means. The twins were at preschool and by the time I was done, my mom was getting ready to get them and I was exhausted.
I am thankful for my mom who has been my support team through this entire process. In the beginning she wasn't supportive but then she saw the hard work I was putting into crossfit and my diet and understood my frustration for not getting into the shape I want to be in. She has been here to help with the kids and cook and clean and keep our house running smoothly.
Glad to see everyone else is healing nicely! Best wishes for everyone's recovery!
What a difference a day makes....
I decided not to shower and wait until the am for more healing time. I did take advantage of the cg being off to take pictures. Here is another side view and wow, is it just me or is there a noticeable difference in swelling?? I hope it's not just me, and to think I was freaking out just a few days ago.
I'm going to keep having days like today until I have finished the series. But now a short break to watch the crossfit games on Espn ;)
Better at 30!!
Today I got a little curious and tried on the dress I've been saving for my 30th. I think it looks pretty good! It feels so good to put clothes on and not worry about, will my fat be hanging out, or sticking out. I also had a lot of extra skin that I had to tuck into my pants which even though I was wearing a size 4 it was uncomfortable. I can't wait to wear my jeans and have them fit better and everything be all smooth. I always felt like everyone was looking at my flab and not me.
A little swollen today, I know I've been doing a little too much but I miss cooking. My twins helped bake chocolate chip cookies today. With this crazy rain were having they are so bored and going crazy.
Slept in my bed the past two nights, it feels like heaven!!
Hope everyone is recovering well! Love reading everyone's updates!!
Did wayyyy too much this weekend but it felt good to get out and about. Took progress photos this am. Finally seeing a little definition on sides from some swelling going down but belly button is awful. My ps said this will go away over time and spread out so I have a more regular looking bb.
The first ps I visited said I should have a fleur de Lis style tummy tuck due to damage from being preg man with twins which causes laxity through center. But that would have left me with a long vertical scar. He recommended against it though due to my age.
I know once I get back to crossfit I will see even more improvement. And I need to rest more.
I am super happy though, this pair of underwear would not go over my flap before!
Anyone have any recommendations on a stretch mark cream? Not a huge concern just secondary ;)
2 weeks po
Keep doing a little more than I should and swelling more but it's all good! My husband said to me the other day that my stomach was starting to look much better. ;). Which is so good to hear.
Hope everyone is healing well!!
3 weeks past feels like forever ago!!
I am thankful for this experience. Thankful to be halfway through recovery. Tomorrow I am going out with friends for my 30th birthday party and can't wait to go out and feel confident. Now I feel I can do anything!
4 weeks post op
Mom always said eat your carrots
Yesterday was a rough day emotionally and physically so I knew today had to be better. The only person who's going to make it better? Me!! Juiced 10 carrots, a lime, and a green pepper. My trainer once said to me "if the first thing you put in your body is good the rest if the day will go well"! He is absolutely right.
This week has been long. With Halloween, my twins being sick, me getting sick, getting my period... All of these are normal things which somehow become ridiculous when all combined. My dr warned me that surgery can affect your first cycle afterwards and he was right. And this cold my boys so lovingly passed on to me has had me down. Shew I can't find any energy.
Will post some pics after this swelling and bloating goes down. For now it's my juice!
What a difference a month makes
I have my six week appointment Tuesday. The twins will have to come with me but I imagine that with the iPad they will be good. I am ready for the green light to return to running and at minimum body weight exercises. Pull ups, push ups, air squats.... I know there is a longer period for direct ab exercises, I wonder how long that is?
Happy healing to all!!
Ready to move on
Yesterday I went to crossfit, and ran 2 miles with one of the girls there. Holy moly does it feel amazing. Two miles is nothing and my legs feel a little sore today but my body is ready for sore. Tomorrow is my 6 week post op, a little late but that's ok. I'm just hoping for clearance to return to working out. Maybe just body weight stuff but I am ok with that. I just feel like I need to move. And now that my front looks better it's time to work on my butt. I know other improvements I want to make to myself I can do by diet and exercise or accepting myself the way I am.
Happy healing everyone! (Everytime I type or read this I hear in my head "happy hunger games and may the odds be ever in your favor") smiles!!
Back to life....
A)20 min amrap 5 hspu, 10 toes to bar, 15 med ball cleans with 14# med ball B) 15min amrap 5 push ups, 10 sit ups, 15 air squats. Most exercises were modified. Omg I was dying the next day. My incision was hurting not too bad, but my quads, butt, and pecs more. Taking almost seven weeks off was killer! I enjoy the pain from working out bc I know I'm doing something good for my body. I was able to return Saturday. Twice the first weekend is all I will do. I took pics this am and I can say I'm still not fully happy with the way my torso looks. Part of me wishes I had done the lipo to flanks or had him to extended Tt to pull more skin from sides and back. In my mind I still don't look smooth. I just need to be patient, wait out the full six months then decide from there. Did anyone else have this feeling afterwards? I just don't feel like I look finishes. My sides still stick out. Urgh. Maybe today is just a down day. My mirror is dirty bc my 3yo sprayed it with tide stain remover. Thanks buddy for the help!!
Amazing bedside manner. I felt more comfortable with him from the moment I met him. Care and concern for my well being are his first priority.