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Let me start off by saying I have lost 120 pounds...

Let me start off by saying I have lost 120 pounds thanks to gastric sleeve surgery last July. Best decision I have ever made in my life! I am 5'4" and I weigh around 170. I eat size 8-10 jeans and I feel great at this size. I am 27 and have had 3 c-sections and now have a huge "pouch". No one believes me because I hide it well with clothes . I am tired of hiding!! I have had 3 different consults in the Birmingham area and have decided on Dr. Beckenstein. His whole office staff has been amazing! Since my pouch hangs so low they are trying to get part of my procedure covered by my insurance. I will have to pay for the muscle tightening but that's ok with me. I will post pics soon!!

Wanting to drop 15 pounds before surgery. I don't...

Wanting to drop 15 pounds before surgery. I don't have a date yet but I would like to get there with time to spare. So I headed to wally world tonight in search for some new protein powder. I found some with 30 grams of protein and 8 carbs per 4 ounce swerving. The flavor is triple chocolate. I brought it home and excitedly made a shake. It is sooo good!!! Taste just like choc milk even when mixed with water. I'm gonna do 3 shakes a day and lots and lots of water. Hopefully I can get a little weight off quickly! I weigh 170.0 today and hope to be at 155 by time for surgery.

Does anyone else watch all day for new updates and...

Does anyone else watch all day for new updates and reviews?? Can't wait to get my date so I can get a tt twin!

Ok Here are my before pics....This skin is so...

Ok Here are my before pics....This skin is so mushy and empty. I can mush it all together and hide it under my hands and imagine what i will look like after my Tummy Tuck!! It's gross, I know LOL. Can't wait to be on the flat side!!!!!!!!!

I spend all day reading reviews and questions on...

I spend all day reading reviews and questions on rs. Wishing it was Monday so the lady from my ps office can send in my ins paperwork. Wishing it was already sent in and approved. Wishing surgery was tomorrow!!!
Did anyone stock up on stuff like paper plates and disposable stuff so there won't be too much mess for the hubby to clean up? I'm thinking of stocking up on this stuff, and of course trash bags lol. Maybe make up a bunch of dinners that just have to be heated out of the freezer. I don't want him to feel unprepared. I have been looking up yoga pants tonight but I am so cheap, I only buy clothesfrom clearance racks thrift stores and yard sales (lol). I don't want to spend 15-20 a pair on pants I am going to wear arou nd the house. Sooo wish I could sleep till surgery, but then I would probably miss a lot. Have super supportive friends and family but my hubby has not told his family and I don't think he is going to. I really don't care if they know, just hoping to not be in 1st week recovery for Christmas LOL! Anyway, just rambling....

So last night my husband got mad at me about...

So last night my husband got mad at me about something like not cleaning or something.. idk he was just mad and flying off the damn handle yelling at me. Well then he starts going off on how all I ever do is look at surgery reviews all day long and threatened to take me off his insurance so that I would have to pay full price for my surgery and that I was stupid for reading surgery reviews... I am a stay at home mom...how could I ever pay for a pair of shoes let alone a new tummy. Sometimes I just want to run away. Usually he is great but last night was just awful. Will it make me stop reading? Nope... Opened RS as soon as he left for work!! Keep the reviews coming ladies!! Maybe I can get my surgery scheduled before he goes off the handle again!

Omg omg omg!!!!! I am sooooo excited!!!! My...

Omg omg omg!!!!! I am sooooo excited!!!! My insurance has approved the skin portion of my procedure!!! I have FEP Blue!! Woooohoooooooooo!!!!!

I just can't put into words how crazy excited I am...

I just can't put into words how crazy excited I am right now!!! I don't even have a date yet but to just know that it is really going to happen, I mean I have dreamed of this and now to find out my insurance approved!! A sign from God I'm sure! I am bouncing off the walls! My 4 year old thinks I am nuts lol. And I am not the kind to not tell people lol so he knows everything and he is my biggest supporter! He is cheering for me lol. Now time for nesting and preparing my house!!! Everything will be laid out and planned out...we will see how much effect my planning has lol. Omg I am so excited!!! Need to jump around while I can because. I won't be able to for long! I called one of my best friends and told her and all she had to say was good... BUZZ KILL!!! So I had to come here to vent all this excitement to my REAL friends ;)

I just had this crazy dream that I woke up from my...

I just had this crazy dream that I woke up from my tt and I was all alone in my room so I decided to try to get up and walk around. Of course in my dream I was in no pain . I looked in the mirror and there was no binder or tape, the incision looked great and there was no loseness under it but above it looked like a 8 month pregnant belly. I couldn't believe my surgeon left me like that and I couldn't find anyone to help me. No nurses or anything. LOL CRAZY DREAMS!!!

Just wondering if anyone else is allergic to tape?...

Just wondering if anyone else is allergic to tape? I am allergic to all kinds. I can't even wear bandaids without getting burn marks :/ Anyone had any tape alternatives over their incisions??

Here are some tankini pics. UGH!! I can't wait to...

Here are some tankini pics. UGH!! I can't wait to actually LIKE swim suits!!

Omg Omg Omg!!!! Got my date today!!!! Next...

Omg Omg Omg!!!! Got my date today!!!! Next Wednesday the 7th I will be on the flat side!!!! Woooooohoooo!!! Now time to prepare my house! Any advice?

I never expected to get such a quick date! I...

I never expected to get such a quick date! I expected it to be at least a month out from when I scheduled. When I called and talked to the scheduling lady today I told her I wanted the first available date and she asked me if I was sure. I said of course and she said Wednesday November 7th, well I just about fell out of my chair!! I have to go for pre op testing tomorrow and markings Tuesday then have to be there at 5 am Wed morning!! Wow this is moving so quickly!! Hopefully my pre op testing will go well and we can proceed!! Wish me luck!!

Today I am preparing my house then I am going in...

Today I am preparing my house then I am going in for my pre-op testing. Does anyone know what all tests they run???

Sitting here waiting to get stuck :) Mega hydrated...

Sitting here waiting to get stuck :) Mega hydrated today to try to make this process go smoothly. Met briefly with my doc so he could go over what we are doing one more time. He says I will have 3 drains...if I am scared of anything that's it lol. He says 2 come out the first week and the last one the second week. Have lots of plans this weekend so it should fly by! Flat side here I come!!

Pre admission was seriously uneventful! All they...

Pre admission was seriously uneventful! All they did is ask me some questions, take my blood pressure and listen to me breathe. All set to be marked up Tuesday then cut up Wednesday!! Woohoo!!

I'm gonna start a pre op diet tomorrow. Lots of...

I'm gonna start a pre op diet tomorrow. Lots of protein and vitamin c. My hubby and oldest son are sick and I don't want to catch anything less than a week before surgery! I !

So my diet has turned into a big flop LOL. Not...

So my diet has turned into a big flop LOL. Not worried about it though! I have been pouring over the swimsuits on eBay. I have NEVER liked buying swimsuits for myself before. Can't wait till next summer!!! 3 more days and a wake up!!!

Got to be at the hospital at 5 am Wednesday!! I am...

Got to be at the hospital at 5 am Wednesday!! I am totally not going to be able to sleep tomorrow night! Hope all the ladies going today are doing good!!!

I am about to go get marked for surgery!!...

I am about to go get marked for surgery!! Woooohoooo!!!! Have to be at the hospital in 17 hours!!!

So ready for 5am!!! Leaving my house at 3 30 am!...

So ready for 5am!!! Leaving my house at 3 30 am! Wooohooo!! Flat side here I come!!

Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!!! My hubby's alarm is about to...

Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!!! My hubby's alarm is about to buzz and then we will be heading to the hoapital!!! Ooo I hear it!!! Flat side here I come!

Surgery went good. Will post more later. Doped up...

surgery went good. Will post more later. Doped up right now

I got home from the hospital last night. Have no...

I got home from the hospital last night. Have no appetite at all. My doc took a pic of my new tummy when he came to see me and i started crying when i saw it because it is so beautiful!! i am in pain but mostly only when meds are wearing off. the pain is so worth it though. Happy Healing ladies!!!

Well, pain is getting better. I actually slept...

Well, pain is getting better. I actually slept about 3-4 hours which is the most so far. And I actually feel hungry for the first time. Still no bm but I am sure that will come. Took a sponge bath last night and boy it feels good not to be stinky. Just walked to the kitchen and got my own food for the first time. Took another look at my belly before my sponge bath and boy is it pretty!! Can't wait to get these drains out! My husband h been amazing under all the pressure our 3 kids and I have been putting him through. My brother has been a lifesaver while my hubby is at work. Happy healing ladies!!

Yesterday I felt wonderful. I thought surely I...

Yesterday I felt wonderful. I thought surely I would pay today for all the walking around my house I did yesterday. All my friends and my husband wanted to do everything for me and Irefused help for everything that I could do comfortably. I woke up this morning with no pain!! I have stiffness and aches when I get up to walk but I have only walked once this morning. I'm going to try to take a shower this morning. Wish me Luck !!

I'm so ready for these drains to come out!!! I'm...

I'm so ready for these drains to come out!!! I'm only draining about 25 ccs per day from each drain. Go for my first post op visit tomorrow. I took off my binder yesterday and put on a different kind that wasn't so tight because I was so constipated and having awful bloating.miralax sucks! Hubby bought me exlax and that finally did the trick. So glad the 3 day weekend is over so the kids can go back to school. Gonna get my youngest to tag team some laundry with me today. Ugh my drain sights hurt... I feel like I could walk upright if I didn't have this tight plastic wrap stuff on my tummy. It comes off tomorrow too! I slept in my own bed last night and thankfully my hubby was content to just have me next to him. TMI we usually don't go more than 2 days without some action. He has been absolutely amazing through all this!

Idk if I have much swelling... My legs, hips, and...

Idk if I have much swelling... My legs, hips, and feet are not swollen at all. I even tried on a pre op pair of jeans and they fit over my binder and everything. I have always been a super fast healer and I hope this time won't be any different. hopefully I won't be eating my words about this lack of swelling! Thanks so much for all the encouragement and comments! Did I post before about my figure? I don't remember...anyway it has always been my dream to have the figure of a vintage pinup girl and I am gonna have it!!! I'm sooooo thankful!

I drove this morning!!! It was only 1 block but I...

I drove this morning!!! It was only 1 block but I DROVE!!! I am also walking better than any other day :) Going for my first post op today. My ps told me I will be getting 2 drains out today and 1 next week but hopefully he will take all 3. They are not putting out even 20 ccs post day! Last night I freaked out and called him cause one of my drain sites had started tobleedbright red onto my binder. He told me not to worry and put a maxi pad over it. If I had to pick a drain to come out first it definitely would be that one. It has been the only one to bother me. Other than the drains I am in love with my new belly!! I get to see my belly button today for the first time. I love where it is. Yesterday while taking my mini shower I realized I can wash my hoohaaa without any belly hanging in my way!!!!! Omg that was exhilarating! I've had that in the way for 10 years and now it's gone!!! On a side note my hubby thinks my ps will be impressed with me. We'll see LOL. I feel like a big baby during this. Also I'm drinking my d.o.c. thus morning for the first time!!! Pepsi MAX. I had tried one on day 4 but couldn't drink it made me feel incredibly bloated after 2 sips. If I am not to exhausted I'm gonna try on a few things when I get home. Have a cute red dress i am gonna wear for thanksgiving. I never wore dresses before, couldn't hide the bulge lol. My hubby told his mom yesterday about my surgery. I guess since we will be going next week and my blabber mouth kids are sure to say something he might as well. She has always been supportive. My brother is going home tonight so tomorrow it will be just me and my little man all day for the first time. He is pretty independent so I'm not too worried about it. I have great neighbors and friends in case I really need something. Hopefully I'll be recovered enough to party for new year's eve!! Just kinda hard to find a sitter for that night. Happy healing ladies!!! Update more after my ps appt.

Today was my first post op visit. It went pretty...

Today was my first post op visit. It went pretty well. I got my middle drain out and get the other 2 out next week. I can't believe it's been a week already!! Seems like it drug by but looking back it flew by lol. Went to see a good friend today and she was so impressed she had to take pics of me to show her husband. Also they removed everything off my bb and incision. I have to use polysporin on everything now . Trying to not do much but it's not easy.

I'm supposed to put polysporin on my incision then...

I'm supposed to put polysporin on my incision then a t shirt then my binder. My shirt keeps getting stuck to my incision...what do I do???

Feeling pretty ok today. Nothing spectacular....

Feeling pretty ok today. Nothing spectacular. Happy healing ladies! Share more later.

So I'm having to take care of my sick 5 year old...

So I'm having to take care of my sick 5 year old today and try not to get sick myself!! On another note, my drains are only putting out 10-20 cc's per day. My right drain site is red and hurts some but it has been than way for a while. So ready for them to come out so I can go shopping!!

I feel much better today than yesterday. Today is...

I feel much better today than yesterday. Today is day 10 post op. I got up and showered then shaved my legs!!! First leg shave since surgery, feels so good!!! Go chauffeured to Kohls last night and got a new dress that I have had my eyes on for quite some time. Hubby is an angel and doing every thing I am not allowed to do yet. He loves loves loves my new belly ugly scars and all. He keeps making cute references as to when he can take advantage of my new body. Hopefully he won't have to wait too much longer. I'll be soooo happy when these drains are out!! They aren't draining more than 10-20 cc's per day each. I do have a small bruise around one part of my incision but other than that no bruising at all. So far definitely worth all the pain of the first few days. I wouldn't want to do it again but I would if I had to. It looks like I will not have any dog ears or anything at all like that. My incision looks perfect on one side and a little more red on the other but I am sure that is to be expected. My surgeon did a fantastic job considering what he had to work with. I'm not too swollen still but more in the evening than morning. My belly button is in the perfect place and is shaped naturally but its so gross lol. Sooooo ready to be healed!!!

I'm sure it's superficial and just part of my scab...

I'm sure it's superficial and just part of my scab that stuck to my shirt but I sure didn't like seeing that blood!! Anyone else have this happen??? I put a maxi pad over it and put my shirt and binder back on.

Going with my kids and hubby to a birthday party...

Going with my kids and hubby to a birthday party today. Still have 2 drains. Idk how this is gonna go. Or even if we will go. Emotions going crazy in my house right now...

Wow! I can't believe it has been 2 weeks already....

Wow! I can't believe it has been 2 weeks already. I'm loving ny new belly! It truly is a dream come true!!! My hubby loves it too!!;) I'm going today for my 2nd post op visit and should be getting ny 2 drains out today. The one on my right hip has been weeping the whole time I have had it. Really annoying!!! Anyway, yesterday I spent half a day without my binder on. I felt pretty good the whole time. I went for a short walk yesterday down to my local gas station. It's only about 600 feet away from my house....if that far. But it felt like a huge accomplishment! I also made dinner last night unassisted...which I probably could have done before now but why try when someone else offers lol. Slightly more energy each day. I'm taking gummy vitamins and I think it's helping. I promise to update more later and add more pics!!

Drains are out!!! Will post pics when I get home :)

Drains are out!!! Will post pics when I get home :)

So I know what swell hell is lol! The place one of...

So I know what swell hell is lol! The place one of my drains was is ugly and has some stuff in it that looks like puss but its kinda firm. Ps didn't seem to concerned about it. I'm putting antibiotic cream and a pad on it. Everything else looks pretty good. Loving that I can wear spanx instead of that damn binder. I'm not wearing either right now. I can put on jeans but haven't wore them yet. Just posing in the mirror. :) for some reason I haven't been able to upload pics lately but I will try again soon.

I have 2 places along my incision that are open...

I have 2 places along my incision that are open and have yellow puss in them. No obvious signs of infections. I have been using neosporin a couple times a day and it doesn't seem to be helping any. I have read alot of great reviews on Manuka Honey and I just ordered some so I will definitely be updating on how that works. I will try to take pics everyday to see the progress. I do not see my ps again until I am 4 weeks out. They didn't seem concerned about the places on my incision at all. I am not in any pain just a little discomfort. Anyone with any advice let me know. :)

Just got home from my first trip to the grocery...

Just got home from my first trip to the grocery store. Took a friend to do all the lifting and pushing the buggy. I feel like a balloon about to pop!!! I am not complaining just stating facts lol. I'll be 3 weeks out tomorrow.
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Thank you for sharing your story and your before and after pics...your new belly looks fantastic! I am scheduled with Dr B on 3/6 and I am so excited! Happy healing to you:)
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I know the feeling mine is doin same thing!!! What did your PS say to do?
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Love that your family has been so supportive for you! I am 5 wks po today and have stitches spitting out that have caused openings. So aggrivating. Hope your doing well!!
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Ouch! that sounds painful. I really only had one small area that healed a bit slower, but that has since just about caught up with the rest. Hope it get's better for you soon. Have you been back to the ps? Seems like he could do something.
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That sounds so familiar to me. The first time I went to the grocery after my tt. I took my old man. It was about 3 wks out too. I'm now 41 days po. He did all the lifting. I still blew up like a big rubber ball. I found that anti gas pills help a lot. May help you if it happens to you a lot. I still get like that. It is happening less though.
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No popping, compress and rest!
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I'm resting now :)
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I have a few places that leak but but just enough to get a little hard crud on my garment!!! But they said if it leaks let it !!! It means less fluid but you say yours is puss !! I haven't had that!! When you feel your scar does it feel lumpy from where swelling is or is it smooth!! Mine feels lumpy like I was sutured with yarn not threads but they say that is from swelling!!!
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Mine is pretty lumpy all along my incision line.
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same problem here still. i have been covering with band aids and that has helped a bit because it is no longer being reopened by sticking to anything. it has gotten better for me since i rub an aloe plant on my incision 2x a day and started using lanolin. he hardly leaks at all :)
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I noticed tonight one of the places was lookinga little better with less of the yellow puss stuff. :) can't wait till they are completely healed! Good luck with yours too!
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You look great
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Happy to see you're doing well :-). U look great
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Glad to hear ur doing well
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have fun!
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.No steri strips here. Probably because I am allergic to tape. Hopefully this won't last too long! Glad to know I am not alone!! :) Keep healing!
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Did your PS give you some steri strips for at home? If so put one of those on.. My dr gave me lots of them.. I go crazy and put them on my incision ... Makes me feel more secure:)
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Same thing happened here. Little neosporin and a band aid. After a couple days it was good to go!
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I have the same problem on my left side it started happening after my surgi tape was removed. It pulled off the scabs over my incision and now it pulls and bleeds and pulls and bleeds. I galled and the doctor said to put a bandaid over it bit I'm worried that it is going to look more scarred in that area
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Hey glad to here u are doing well
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Yes getting the drains out is really great. Freedom from them feels nice. Have a great day. Hope your child is better soon.
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Thanks!! She is much better today :)
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cotton underwear... ps didn't tell me not to wear them, so I did. For me it was the best way to feel clean and keep my cut covered, I changed a couple times a day. low cut so the don't cover your new belly button and easy to pull down, but high enough to cover the incision.
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I wear gauze over my ointment.
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Thx
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