8 weeks PO

I am 44 yrs. old and a mother of two fantastic...

I am 44 yrs. old and a mother of two fantastic children...who are adults now. Most of my life I had an overactive metabolism and was underweight. After having my 2 children, my metabolism turned traitorous and hit the road. I only wish SOME of it would have gotten left behind. Because I was so tiny before getting pregnant (103 lbs.) and gained so much (166 lbs.), my abdominal muscles got stretched to the limit. My stomach, no matter how much I exercise, refuses to go away. I have struggled for the last 10 years to get rid of this belly. I find it really depressing to see myself in the mirror. So, I have decided to finally get a TT. Well, my husband being the awesome man he is, told me if I want this, he is going to make it happen for me. We have a vacation in Europe coming up next summer and I would love to look and feel great for it! And, since my children are grown and on their own, it's time for me to do something for myself. ;-)
My surgery is scheduled for December 10. I go in Nov. 29 for post-op test, blood work, and instructions. I am getting REALLY nervous. I have NEVER liked getting any kind of surgery. But, I am confident in my choice of a Plastic Surgeon and look forward to this being over with.
I have been reading a lot of your reviews over the last few months. Because of your stories, I feel like I have a great support group! I am already starting to plan my "recovery space." You all have ben VERY helpful with what I may experience during recovery and the things I need to take care of before surgery.
I will post pictures later. I am still working on losing some more weight before my surgery.

Today I got a reminder from my PS that my pre-op...

Today I got a reminder from my PS that my pre-op appointment is Nov. 29. It all seems to be going fast now. I am still excited and nervous at the same time. I have also started a list of things to ask my PS at the appointment. Thanks to you all for posting things that you had questions/concerns about, I now have a list for him to answer. I still have not taken any pictures, but I plan to this week. I have been dieting for a while, and I think now I need to stop and let my body get into a "normal" mode, if that makes sense. What do you all think? Is it better to diet all the way to the "D-day," or stop a few weeks before?

I forgot to post that this is my Christmas present...

I forgot to post that this is my Christmas present to myself!! All I want for Christmas for myself is a flat belly, and to be healthy!!

After speaking with my PS office manager, I have...

After speaking with my PS office manager, I have decided to change my mind and see him one more time before my surgery. I was just going to see him the day of the surgery, but I have gained about 5 lbs since he first saw me. I just want him to look again to see if everything is still good, and to see if there is any other procedure he wants to do at that time. I had considered having lipo on my arms, but I'd like him opinion a few weeks before surgery, so I can make a decision without being rushed. I will see him on Nov. 28. I am going armed with all my questions that I have written down....it is such a loooooooong list! ;-)
I have finally told one of my friends about my procedure (TT). It feels so good knowing someone, besides my husband, is being supportive of it all. I guess we all need to have someone in our lives that truly does wish us nothing but happiness, and will support us.
I still haven't posted the "Before" pictures yet, but am hoping to get them up next week.
I love reading all of your stories, and am sending positive thoughts and energy to each of you! Happy Journey!!!!!!

I finally decided to post my "before" pictures. I...

I finally decided to post my "before" pictures. I was a little scared to show them, but you all have showed me I have nothing to be scared of. It has hit me that I have less than 3 weeks to go....YIKES! I'm getting more nervous now. I need to get everything together!! I guess I am lucky in that my kids are grown, and that I don't have anyone to take of, so I can re-cooperate afterwards at leisure. My husband says he is going to take care of me...so this makes me a bit nervous!! J/K he is going to do great! Is anyone else NOT telling others about your TT? I have told very few people. I think I will be more forthcoming with it afterward, but not now. I usually do not care what people think of me, but this is something I'd rather keep quite until later. I've read a lot of peoples stories, and some have mentioned "dog ears." WHAT IS THAT? Happy Journey!!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!! I hope all of you...

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!! I hope all of you that are on the "Flat Side" are recovering nicely! And, all of you that are, like me, anxiously waiting to make it to that side, are all having a great day!!! I'm Thankful for this site!!!!

Hello everyone! I have been so busy this past...

Hello everyone! I have been so busy this past week, that I haven't had time to think about my "T-Day." Now that I have realized that it is just two weeks away from today, I am FREAKING OUT! I still have so much to do before surgery! I love that my husband is so supportive of me and this surgery. I could not have been able to so this without him. He is definitely a keeper!!!! We put up our Christmas tree this past weekend. I'm so glad that I will be in the room with it during my recovery. I Love a Christmas tree lit up! I go to the PS Wednesday for one last "visit," pre-admit test and blood work. I am going with my list of questions (thank to you all for helping me with those!!) I am soooooo excited to be on the "Flat Side," but I am not looking forward to all the pain, or the big scar that will be forever with me. But, I guess we all have to give up something to have what we want. I am still inspired by all of your stories and look forward to keeping up with all of your journeys!! After reading some today, I have realized I am in no way prepared as I thought I was. I now have to check expiration dates on food, get my meds in advance, and prepare some meals and freeze them before surgery. My husband will be more than happy to cook, but I want everything to go smoothly, so I will make everything nice for him too.Any tips on meals I can cook, freeze, and it still taste good? Happy Journey!!

Whew! I went to my PS yesterday, and I am feeling...

Whew! I went to my PS yesterday, and I am feeling soooo much better about the surgery. He was very nice and patient with me and went over ALL my questions that I had. I felt like I may have had a few "crazy" questions, but he said "no, they are good questions." I also told him about this site and how helpful it has been for me. He agreed. I am really glad that I found this site, it has helped me so much in the understanding and expectations of a TT. I am now both emotionally and physically ready for this. Now I need to get everything bought/cleaned/prepared, and organized for my recovery. So, just 12 more days to the "flat side" for me. I am looking forward to following all of your journey's as well.

I can't believe in just one week from today I will...

I can't believe in just one week from today I will be on the "flat side." I've got a LOT together and will get the rest this weekend. I want to be able to come home next Tuesday to a well prepared house. EXCITED!!!

I am less than 24 hours from the "flat side!" I...

I am less than 24 hours from the "flat side!" I have so many emotions right now, that my stomach is turning over. I HIGHLY recommend that you DO NOT look on YouTube at the TT procedure. I thought I was going to pass out and throw up. I normally have a strong constitution when it comes to that stuff, but I guess since I knew that was going to happen to me, I lost it! I have not changed my mind about doing it though. I am still determined to get on that 'flat side" and get into the best shape of my life. I wish now that I would have talked to my PS about lipo too....get it all done at once and get it over with!

I am keeping my fingers crossed that I do not get sick. There are so many people in this area with the flu right now. We went to a Christmas party last night and most of the spouses were absent with either the flu, or home with sick kids. Maybe the alcohol I drank will keep it at bay?!?! ha

I have my house clean, my goody basket ready for my chair area, clean sheets and bathrooms, books, magazines, Christmas cards (to be filled out), lotions, chargers, and tv remotes all ready for my recovery. Anything else I may have forgotten, or missed, my husband will get for me. He is such an awesome man!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my husband!!!! I just wanted to make this all easier on him as well as on myself. He is already taking care of me by going out to get me some breakfast this morning.

I will post as soon as I can after surgery. I know how I love it when others do so.

To all my TT buddies Good luck, happy healing, and Happy Journey!!!

I made it to the flat side!! In a lot of pain and...

I made it to the flat side!! In a lot of pain and very groggy from all the meds. My PS just left. He said everything went great!! Thank you all for your messages and kind words. I will write more when I can see straight. Ha happy journey!!!

I wanted to do an update for you all. I am still...

I wanted to do an update for you all. I am still on the recliner, but I'm getting better every day. My husband helps me in and out of the recliner, and helps me walk. I'm still walking at an incline, but that is normal. I still haven't seen my results. The doctor has me on strict orders not to take the bonding off. He takes it off and removes the tubes next Wednesday. My husband has been awesome with everything!!! I'm still loopy with the meds, so I'll update again soon. For those if you who have had their surgery's this week, welcome to the flat side!!! To those who are still waiting, your time is coming! Happy Journey everyone!!!

Good morning everyone! I hope you all are doing...

Good morning everyone! I hope you all are doing great!! I am a bit better today. Still very sore, but it's manageable today. I also walked to the bathroom and back to the recliner be myself earlier, so wahoo for me!!!!! My PS nurse told me yesterday to get up and walk to the bathroom, or any other room, every 2-3 hours to prevent pneumonia from setting in. so I am trying to do that. I am more alert today. And, to make a correction; my PS is taking off the BINDER and tubes next Wednesday, not bonding! haha I don't know if I typed that or if my spell correct on my iphone did it. I am looking forward to Wednesday as I do not see any difference. My Vay Jay Jay hurts like heck when I get up. All the blood is pushed down there when I stand up. My PS told me it would get swollen and turn red/purple/blue. so I am not fretful about it. No BM yet, and have been taking my stool softeners, so I hope to have "activity" soon in that department.
All in all, I am feeling better today. Each day sees improvement. I love hearing from you all. I don't think I could have done all of this without my husband and all of you!!!!!!! You all have been a rock for me to lean on! Thank you. Happy Journey!!

Houston we have "Touch down!!" (TMI I know) I was...

Houston we have "Touch down!!" (TMI I know) I was truly getting worried...and backed up! lol I've moved to Tylenol, although I am still having a lot of pain in the top left side of my vay jay jay.. Does anyone else have this pain. It happens when I walk and when I first sit down. I still only walk from the bathroom and back to my recliner. I thought I should have progressed more by now, but then it's only been 5 days since having surgery, so I'm not going to push myself. Everyone heals at different "speeds." My binder is still my biggest complaint.. I can't take deep breaths yet, but I know I would be in so much more pain if I didn't have it on. I am looking forward to seeing all of it Wednesday. My drains have been doing good. It's more "clear" than anything, and each time we empty them, it's less and less. So, Wahoo!! I'm now getting the "itchy/tingly" feeling. It drives me crazy because I can't itch it through the binder!! I guess that IS a good thing that I can't!
I AM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO WASHING MY HAIR!!!!! I tried the "Dry Shampoo" yesterday...now my hair stinks of the product, and looks greasy!!
My husband has been awesome in all of this. He asks me everyday if I have gotten on here yet. He knows how much this site helps me. Not just with answers to some of my questions, but because I "talk" with others who are also going through this. I am so grateful for each one of my TT sisters!!!!!! Happy Journey!

I haven't posted in a few days. I took a turn for...

I haven't posted in a few days. I took a turn for the worst. I woke up the other night with stabbing pain under my shoulder blade. I couldn't breath hardly at all. It was so bad that I had my husband take me up to the ER. By the time we got to the ER the pain had subsided. So, we came home. I scared the hell out of me!!!! The next morning the pain was still there, but dull, so I called my PS office. I told his nurse what was going on, she told me it was most likely the anesthesia, but she would talk to the doctor (who was in surgery). She called me back and told me he wanted me to go get checked out, to make sure it wasn't pneumonia or an aneurysm. OK, SCARED!!!! Had my husband take me to the ER, had xrays, and sent home with a diagnosis of "pulled muscles."
They had me take a pain pill while I was there, and then they gave my a muscle relaxer before I left. Got home and with the hour had the worst pain EVER!!!! (Mind you I had a pain pill AND a strong muscle relaxer in my system). OMG! I was hurting!!! My husband helped me into different positions to try and make the pain go away...NOTHING worked. Finally the pain eased, somewhat, and I slept for a few hours. This had been happening to me ever since every two-three hours. I have found some relief when I raised my arms above my head to breath better, but the pain continued. I've been sitting on one of my dinning room chairs all morning, and it has eased significantly. I heard of doing "Wall Angels" on one of the ladies pages on here, but can't remember what they were for. Has anyone else had this pain?? If so PLEASE tell me how you got it to go away, and stay away!!! And if you know what the "Wall Angels" help do, I would like to know (again).

I hope this doesn't discourage anyone from getting the TT. Because even though I was full of regret yesterday, I know that this too shall pass. It is just a set back.

I hope you all are doing well, and are healing nicely!!!!!! Happy Journey!

Sorry it has been a long time since I last posted....

Sorry it has been a long time since I last posted. I was in the hospital because I had blood clots in my lungs. I spent 5 days in ICU, and have been in a regular room for 3 days. Looooong story short, I am okay now, but will need to be on blood thinners for the next 6 months. I guess I was one of the rare people this happens to. Although, I am quite upset that it took 3 trips to the ER before someone caught this. I have been reading some of your updates the last few days and I am so happy that you all are recovering nicely!!!! I hope the rest of my recovery goes a LOT smoother!!! My PS says my stomach looks great, so at leat that is a positive thing. I've had some negativity from some "friends" about having a TT, but this is MY business!! But anyway, my husband has been right beside me through it all, and has taken good care of me. I'm a lucky woman, in more than one way!! I'm greatfull to be alive, and for all my friend and family that have been there for me. Happy healing everyone, and Happy Journey!!

Hello ladies!! I finally uploaded a new picture. (...

Hello ladies!! I finally uploaded a new picture. ( I blurred out my vah jay jay! lol) I am finally seeing a difference in my before and after photos. Because I was in the hospital for two weeks, I feel that I am a few weeks behind in the healing process. My PS says everything looks great! So, I am very happy to hear that. I am also on the mend from the pulmonary embolisms that put me in the hospital for those two weeks. For those ladies getting ready for your TT, make sure to get up and walk every 1-2 hours!!! AND, if you start feeling stabbing pains in your back, under your shoulder blades: GO TO THE ER AND GET CHECKED FOR THEM!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot stress that enough!! Although that happened to me, I must say, now that I see such a difference in my tummy, I'm glad I did this. I just wish that the bad stuff hadn't of happened! I am starting back to work next week, but am taking it slow. My doctor really wanted me to take another week, but told me to go to how I am feeling. I am still so grateful for this site, it has really helped me with all the emotions that go along with this procedure!
Let me know how you think my tummy looks. The scar is bigger than I thought it would be, but it is healing nicely. The drain sites are almost healed as well, as you can see in the photo. My drains were in different places than most of yours. And, I never had a problem with them either. I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on how you think my results look now!! Happy Healing and Happy Journey to you all!!!!!!

Hello Ladies! I wanted to post my 4 week photos. I...

Hello Ladies! I wanted to post my 4 week photos. I think I am still swollen, at least I hope so, because I still can't get into my pre-surgery clothes. ha I did manage to get into a pair of jeans earlier, but it lasted a whole 15 minutes before my stomach said "NO WAY!!!" ha So, back to my yoga pants....which are sooooo much more comfortable anyway! BUt, I am looking GREAT in some shirts that didn't look so good before! (Doing a happy dance!!) I am finally seeing a difference in my tummy. I guess the past few weeks in the hospital put me a few weeks behind in the recovery process. I have heard (on here) that if you put a ear plug in the belly button, it makes it more round. Thoughts on this?!?! I am going to call and ask my PS tomorrow if he thinks I can do it. I was supposed to start back to work tomorrow, but I am going to listen to my doctor and take the week off. I haven't been out of the hospital a week yet. I thought I was going to feel like I could do it, but after just going to the store earlier by myself, I see now that I cannot do it yet. I was so exhausted!!! My stomach and BB are still numb. Is that normal after 4 weeks? Please give me your thoughts. Happy Healing and Happy Journey my friends!!

Before my TT I mostly ONLY wore black, because of...

Before my TT I mostly ONLY wore black, because of it's "thinning" ability. I put on an old shirt that I have had put away for the longest time because of the way it looked on me. Today, after trying on some other shirts I have not worn in a loooong time as well, I got it out and it looked fantastic on me!!!!!!!!!!! SO, goodbye black, hello colors!!!!!!!!!

Hello Ladies! I hope you are doing good!!! I went...

Hello Ladies! I hope you are doing good!!! I went to my PS Wednesday, and he said I am doing GREAT. He was actually surprised at how well my scar looks. He said what ever I was doing to keep it up, because it's the best he has ever seen at 6 weeks. I'm really not doing anything but massaging it a lot. I'm not using anything but the scar cream on it too. I am still numb in the center of my tummy, from my bellybutton down. And, I still m having pain and muscle spasms. He said that was normal as well, especially after the major muscle repair he did on me. He said my muscles were stretched out about 4-5 inches, so I will probably have the numbness and pain for another month or so.
I'm also supposed to start watching my weight, and so he told me I can start exercising now. I was a little worried about what I can and can't do, and he told me I can do anything I want because I couldn't hurt anything now, but I will be sore and/or in a lot of pain if I over do it. I'm still on the Coumadin, and will be for 6 months. And, now they are worried about some other issues that my blood work has shown, so I will be dealing with that stuff now. I am sooooo tired of being stuck with needles!!!!!!!!!!
I am also back at work now. The first week was really rough, especially with the swelling. But, this week has been great, almost like I'm almost back to normal. I wear my spanx during the day and my binder at night. I guess I'm not yet ready to get rid of them. My doctor suggested to start wearing a girdle. Has anyone else worn a girdle? If so, how is it working out for you? Happy healing ladies, and Happy Journey to you al!

Happy February to you all!! I am 8 weeks PO today...

Happy February to you all!! I am 8 weeks PO today and I am starting my diet and my exercising today. I think I over did it this weekend cleaning. I measured my self yesterday morning and was very happy with the results. Then last night remeasured and was swollen so bad it was 2 inches more. Is anyone else still swelling that bad? I am still numb in the center of my stomach as well. I am a little upset because I still don't have any curves, I hope it is because I am still swollen. I just don't believe that I can still be that swollen though. Are any of you experiencing no curves too? I know I have a long time before healing is complete, but I won't lie, I am so ready to just be done with the healing process!
I still am only fitting into one pair of jeans that I wore before the surgery (and that is because they stretch). Shouldn't I by now be able to wear pre-surgery clothes?!?! I am getting so discouraged! :( I hope after starting this diet and exercising again will change all that!!!
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Thanks for sharing your story. I live in Birmingham also. I would live to see some updated pictures.
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You should post new pics :)
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I am planning to do a update in a few weeks. Hopefully by then I'll have lost some more weight!
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I fit into the same jeans I wore before the surgery. I wore them low and the belly flipped over (major muffin top) so my size didn't change. I don't have anymore curves than I had before hand except for the shelves on my sides. I'll post more pics tomorrow.
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I can't help but believe that if your so swollen your not fitting into presurgery pants that you still ate significantly swollen. I'm sure your curves are just waiting to come out. I'm still moderately swollen too. I saw my ps yesterday and he said it was all normal. Congrats on 8wks!
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Thank you. I hope you are right, and my curves will soon make their debut!!
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Hi Aralyn Im having those muscle twinges and aches still too. My MR was 4 inches and I think we are just going to take a little more time. They still flex on me in the mornings and when exercising they feel weak and that they could get hurt with one wrong move. Patience I suppose =) Im sorry you have to go through all the needles =( A CG pinches your sides in and spanx flatten your front so I could see how a girdle may do both. Where did you find one?
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Thank you Melisrw78. I still haven't bought one. I was thinking Victoria Secret, but I'm not sure yet. I am still relying on my binder soooo much. I just feel better with it on. I HATED it in the beginning!
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I know I'm so attached to my binder lol
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You look great! I'll be six weeks on Wed - I'm still in cg and binder. Why dodes he recommend a girdle and for how long? Plus, I guess I don't see the difference between a cg and a girdle.
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I told him I was wearing my spanx during the day, and was swollen by the end of the day, and he told me a girdle would hold me in better than my spanx does. He recommends me to take it on my trip this spring to England, because of all the walking/hiking I will be doing.
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Oh I am still very numb too. I have the impression this sensation won't go away, its weird. I totally hear you about the colors my friend, its a true reflection of what we feel like too :) ENJOY!
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Enjoy brightening up your wardrobe x
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That's wonderful! I have a renewed love of color now too. I can't wait to go shopping for new low rise jeans.
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hello matey, you have been through the wars havent you. but... you is looking might fine. Once all that healing has finished you are going to look hot. I saw my Ps last night and asked him about ear plug in belly button and he said the same thing as slomeone else has mentioned below- its a dead giveaway that you have had a tummy tuck if you have a perfectly round deep bb. Natural heal is the best, tear drop normal. If it looks like it is going to turn into a "outy" then you can consider ear plug one day in one day out but as a general rule, he doesn't advocate them. Do you think wearing a binder really really tight straight after surgery might have contributed to your blood clots combined with the inactivity, it just makes me wonder when ladies cannot expand their lungs fully whether this encourages the formation of clots; you were so very unlucky for this to happen to you. but I am so pleased that you are now on the mend. good idea for you to take another week off. Take care. Suzi
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Thank you Suzi! And, yes! I feel like I have been through a war! ha...Thank you for the info on the ear plugs. I tried to get one in today, and it just wasn't happening. I am still numb around the BB and I don't want to stretch it or anything, because I wouldn't be able to tell if it hurt or not. AND I AM DEFINITELY NOT GOING TO CAUSE ANY MORE PAIN OR DAMAGE TO MY SELF!!!! LOL... You may be right about the tight binder plus the inactivity causing the blood clots. I may never know. I just hope it doesn't happen to anyone else. I wouldn't even wish that on my worst enemy! And, THAT'S saying a LOT! hahaha.... What part of England are you from? My husband and I are headed across the "big pond" this summer. Our original travel plans have changed due to my health, and now he is taking me back to my FAVORITE country! You can private message me if you don't want to put it on here. Happy healing my friend!
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Love...not "live" my teardrop BB. Darn typo :(
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I was four weeks PO last Friday. My tummy and belly button are still numb too. A little sensation is beginning to return though. I asked my PS about the shape of my BB. He said it would be teardrop. It was his opinion that a round BB is a dead giveaway of a TT and that he hates them. His words :) I am beginning to live my teardrop BB. I had Lovenox injections for 10 days PO. Did you get them before or after the blood clots were discovered in your lungs? I think your new tummy looks great! I am so glad to hear that you have decided to postpone going back to work for a week. After all you have been through that would be too much too soon. I hope you continue to feel better with each passing day :) Kelly
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Thank you Kelly!I am taking it one day at a time now. I got the Lovenox injections AFTER the blood clots were discovered.
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I have a tear drop BB and my doc said the same thing. She hates round BBs too. Lol
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I am loving my teardrop BB! :)
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Me too. I love mine. Small, dinky and cute ... Suzi
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You look great! I need to post pics here too. Never enough time to get everything done :(
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You look great! I am so glad you are doing better! I had lovenox injections after my surgery, was glad my tummy was numb:).
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Thank you so much!! RE: Lovenox injections...I know right?!?! I made the nurses feel around my tummy to make sure where they stuck me was still numb!! haha Since it was a few weeks after my TT my stomach was starting to wake up. It is still numb in the middle. I'm wondering how much longer that will last?!?!
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