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Just Had a Full Tuck on April 7, 2010

I was terrified about the whole procedure and...

I was terrified about the whole procedure and still am really. i had three children of my own and then carried 4 for another couple (the last two were twins!:) One of the greatest expeiences of my life. Then lucky me, the dad is a plastic surgen and offered his services to me. i went back and forth for over 3 years, tried to get rid of the diet and exercise route, but of course it is not that easy.

Anyway, i finally got up the courage and here I am BORED and sore! So glad that i found this group that gave me the BEST idea of renting a chair lift! This has been a real help. But my back kills, don't know how the heck I will wash my hair,...and most of all feeling guilty about a surgery I didn't "need" technically. My husband has been great, but I still feel vain for doing it.

I really hope that in the end, later this summer i will be thrilled that I did it. Right now, I just feel like a sore lazy lump. Oh yeah, they removed over 4 1/2 pounds from my belly area.

Any advice how to best get through the next week or so? How often should I get, up what kind of exericses, ect I will try to post photos if I can figure out how! :) Oh yeah, how do you know if your drains are clogged in the tube? And what color is bad, coming from the drains?

Okay, day 15 and no way I could be going back to...

Okay, day 15 and no way I could be going back to work.  Feeling more myself, but very sore esp. in my back (It is still very swollen) and I am still walking hunched over.   I am sore all over but not in horrible pain. This is taking much longer than I thought, but I am accepting it now.  Not sure if i am healing right, some of my sutues look puckery and pink. Some look perfect, so I guess my scarring will not be perfect.  I think the overall appearence will still be better this time next year, at least I hope so!!!  I will try again to post photos.   Anyway, Someday next month I hope to find someway to sit or stand or walk that will be comfortsable. As of right now, nothing is comfortable!!   I did sleep in my own bed last night, though I had to call my daughter in this morning to help me up! :) All night though, I couldn't really move for fear of pulling soemthing and I was paraniod that I husband would bump me because he was used to having the bed all to himself!! :) LOL.   This too shall pass and this summer I can't wait to hike and kayak!!!!

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OMG u r an angel to do that for someone who is unable to bake their own babies...NEVER feel guilty for doing something for urself and taking a little time to relax and rest. U deserve it. it will be so worth it xxxx
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Hi,congratulations!!!! I had my tt on 3/25/10 and I also had rented a chair lift. I totally agree, it's the best thing to have after any type of abdominal surgery. I had horrible back pain from sitting and sleeping in the recliner all day. I used a comforter to line the recliner and a pillow behind my back to relieve the pressure. For your constipation try 2 cups of Prune juice with a teaspoon of Benefiber in each cup. Trust me this works. I was very gasy after the procedure which caused me to be very uncomfortable. My girlfriend who helped me after the recovery forced me to drink it and I was soooo very happy that I did!! I was also taking Phillip stool softner, because the other ones cause cramping and bloating. I now suggest this to my husband when he has bowel issues,lol!!! I also suggest when getting your drains removed to take your vicadin one hr before your appt. I read that on somebody elses posting and did it, and hardly felt anything when my drains were removed. BTW, don't feel vain!!!! You gave a precious gift to a couple that wasn't able to do it themselves. You deserve whatever you desire!!!!! Enjoy that new body you'll have in months to come!!! Keep us posted :)
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Okay, went in 7 days post op and had my drains removed. I feel like a new woman!! (At least till 5:30 when I crashed from trying no pain meds. :) anyway, I wish I had taken something heavy for when they were removed. The first one really hurt like an electric cord way up my side. I didn't know how far up they went. So after that, I braced myself for it to hurt that much the other three times, and it didn't. it was sore, but not horrible, thank goodness. :) But yeah, now I can take a shower! I guess it really would have helped to be in the best possible physical shape, because I am still so sore, esp. my back. I am at the point where I just am not sure if it was worth it, putting my family through all this. I look at myself and really don't see Angelina Jolie yet!! (Just kidding, I know she was never there, so I don't really expect to see her ever! ) Just don't like what I see at all right now. I also have the same problem with the pills giving my constipation. I am taking duclax daily with mineral oil and I still had to give myself two enemas just to feel relief. It is getting a bit better though, so here's to hoping one more week, and we will feel much more ourselves! I still can't figure out how to post pictures with my comments. Any advice? Anyone else have photos to share so maybe we know we are on the same page?
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Hi Chickenlady I had my tubes out today also 6 days after surgury. I have been off pain meds 2 days now, I can't stand the bowel problem. My butt is as sore as my stomach. I also look at myself in the mirror and ask myself is this going to be worth it. The removal of the tubes was a scary thought but I called them first to see if I should take a painkiller and she said no, it's just uncomfortable. My surgeon was not in and when the nurse came in to remove the drains she was still not sure why I was so puffy even in my pubic area. I feel fatter than before except no stretchmarks. The on duty surgeon came in and after looking at me he seemed to think maybe I should stop the antibotics since the T3's gave me such an allergic reaction maybe it was causing problems. They also said I was doing to much, I have walked to the bank , walked to safeway 4 times and done walking around my condo. It felt so good at the time. THey also said I could take off the thick binder and wear a spanks type garment instead. It feels weird not having the strong compression. Maybe the puffyness will get better with the strong binding off, mine always seemed to make breathing difficult. The Nurse also said to take it easy now that the drains are out as you do not want to create fluid as it could build up. THis scares me so I called my husband and he gave me heck for doing too much. Looks like I will need to get used to sitting around more. I did exercise a lot before surgury and glad I did as you need strong arms and legs since your tummy can't help. You don't realize how much you use your stomach muscles every day. Since I am 51 recovery is probably going to me different than a younger person. I also don't know how to post pictures Maybe I will try and figure it out so I can show you my redness.
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Hey Chickenlady! I'm so glad you got your drains out. I went in today and I could only have one out. :( But just having one out is so much more amazing then having both! My belly button area is really tight feeling when you push down around it. It feels like really hard muscle. They said everything looks and feels good so I guess it is. I'm not really that swollen around my belly button now. Most of my swelling is around the pubic bone area. I went through the same feeling a few days ago about it not being worth it. It's normal and the feeling will pass. The pictures when you upload them will not show up immediately. It can sometimes take a few days for them to show up. They have to pass through moderation first. Just upload them and wait. You can upload them by clicking edit on your profile page. Hope this helps! I can't wait for week 2. Everything is supposed to be more normal by then. :)
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Hi, how are things going now? I am at day 14, and feeling mentally better, and am getting around more now! I am using only advil during the day and will try to only use that tonight and hope to try my own bed tonight, just that it's very soft, and I am afraid I won't get out! :) I still cannot imagine going back to work, I can only, sit/stand/lay for short periods of time. Lucky for me I work parttime and they are very helpful! I am still very swollen esp. on my belly, pubic bone, and a 4inch wide stripe all across my back. It is so painful on my back, and I can't figure it out. I also have a very tender/nervy left thigh, gotta ask the doctor about that. But I see the light and feel so much more hopeful than I did last week. I think I just expected to feel better faster. i spoke to too many people that i guess heal much faster than me, or else blocked it all out. :) How are you doing???
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Hey Chickenlady, I am at day 13 today and I am so much better than last week. I was truly in regret last week of the way I was feeling. I am still tired as I wake up 3-4 times a night but I have been in my bed 6 nights now and it's so much better. Your back should be better once you sleep in a bed. I am also swollen about 2 inches below and above my scar and it's very hard. My pubic is also holding fluid but the doc said this will leave on it's own. One surgeon I spoke to said it takes a month for your hemoglobin to return to normal after major surgury and tummy tuck is major surgury, that's why we feel tired. Try a heating pad on your back, I also had a wheat bag I would heat in the microwave and I used it on my stiff neck and it felt much better. This may also help your thigh area. I think the 6 week mark is when most feel totally better so we have a month to go. At least we will feel great this summer. I do hope to see my scar area go down as right now I don't feel that flat there but I went to the drug store today and she recommended a Vitamin E Ointment (not the oil) to massage scar area twice a day. This is to help swelling and heal the scar better and hopefully help with the awful itch I have around my scar. I don't plan on showing anyone my scar at this point, it's pretty ugly. Good luck trying you bed it took me a couple nights to get used to it.
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Hi! How are things for you now? I slept in my bed for two nights, but it was so hard to move I went back to the chair for a few nights. But I miss my husband so I think I will try again tonight. :) I am still very sore, and it comes bad in waves. Some days/hours I feel 60% better, then other days I fall back to 25%. Go figure. All I can figure is that I must do too much for a couple days and then I pay for it later. Though, really I don't do much. Sunday I went food shopping for a couple hours (I walk slow right now and had to restock!) and by the end I thought I would cry putting it all away. So today the kids went back to school so I layed around mostly till the afterschool taxi time! I shall see tomorrow if it helped. I still have a huge swollen band across my back and my lower ad and pubic bone is still swollen. My stiches are healing well, they won't be perfect I can tell from some that ARE perfect, there are some that have healed kinda puckered. Oh well, still worlds better and I am looking forward to getting strong abs. I also still have tons of strech marks. He told me he could only remove the ones below the bellybutton because the skin above it would now be below it. And unfortunately for me, I had a TON stretch marks above AND below. Still, it will be much better and again the biggest thing, I think will be being able to finally strengthen my stomach muscles. I think having a strong core will be nice. Now if I can only work on my big thighs and butt! :) So,..still waiting to feel more normal, walk straight, not cringe when a sneeze is coming,.....ect. It is so obvious that there is something wrong with me, and I really don't like explaining it to everyone I meet. Will love walking and running again! Funny how something like this really makes you grateful for all the "normal" stuff we do in life! Wow, I really shouldn't post after midnight, i tend to ramble! Well goodnight, I shall try my bed again. Let me know how you are doing!!
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I have not had the surgery yet but my doc told me that your blood will start off dark red, then pink, then the color of straw. Sorry that is all the advice that I can give you.
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I had my surgery one day after you. The pain pills I have give you really bad constipation but I have been able to stop taking them so hopefully that problem will go away. My drains were leaking a dark red fluid for the first few days then went to a light red and are now an orange color. I think it just means that your fluid it drying up since I am now well below 30ccs a day. I'm going in tomorrow so I am hoping they will pull them out! I am totally bored too so if you ever want to talk to anyone, talk about recovery or anything send me an email!
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I have the same problem and after 4 days finally had success but now my butt hurts. My tube fluid is also turning orange, tubes come out tomorrow. I am not bored as I waddle around doing a few things and have been out a couple times to walk to the bank and store. I am also very tired and napping so much. I miss my bed. After the tubes come out I want to sleep in my bed on my side if I can. That constipation is a setback so I also quit the painkillers. Not sure if I should take a couple before they take the tubes out, not sure how much it hurts. I do want to get back to normal but this recovery is a slow process.
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Hi Brittany 88, since you had your surgury 1 day after me I was wondering how your stomach feels around the belly button, I can't see much of my belly button, mine is not only swollen but feels very hard all around the area and it is sore. I hope this is normal. I also have redness on my incision line. SInce it has only been 5 days since surgury maybe I am expecting good results too soon but this hardness is a bid worrysome. How is your belly button area?
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Hi, I had my surgury on April 7th and my stomache is hard and swollen esp. around the belly button area. Sore too. My incision line does not appear to look red, though hard to see with all the tape. I "think" the hardness is normal, at least my doc was not concerned yesterday. Hope this helps. :)
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Thanks everyone! Well, I am going in for my first checkup today, and maybe we will have a better idea for pain meds for me too. I get nausuea with the ones I am taking, and very constipatated, probably causing at some of my back pain. Just wish that a week later, Iwas feeling better. I like the back scratcher I idea too! :)
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My surgury was Friday April 9 and Tomorrow (Thursday) I get my tubes out, so excited. Yesterday I cut down on meds and by supper I finally felt like I needed to go #2 and I realized it would not be easy. Since I usually go 2-3 times a day not going for 4 was not normal for me. I have not eaten much the last 4 days but it's still not good for me to not go daily. I Spent over 1 hour trying and no way so I waddled to safeway to buy something to insert to help. 1 hour later no success. My husband came home and he offered to take me to the drugstore for an emema kit. After 3 different stores we found none so I suggested I get a wendy's soft ice cream as it always gets my bowels upset when I eat it. FInally after eating some it moved and it was not without pain. It took 3 visits to the bathroom until I felt empty. Now my butt hurts more than my belly. I feel like such a reck and when I look in the mirror I do question what the heck I got myself into. Everyone says after a few weeks it's all worth it, I do hope so as today I feel so tired and sore. I don't want to have to take any more pain meds if it causes this problem. I wanted to take some for when the tubes come out but I don't want to go through the constipation. Luckly this weekend we have no plans but by next weekend we have 3 outing to attend. ALl I want to do is stay home and rest, this really took alot out of me, maybe because I am 51. Hopefully you younger gals will recover faster especially those of you with young kids. Also try to keep those meds low if you can so your bowels work. At least I can sit up on my own without my hubby pulling me up. After the tubes come out I plan to try and sleep on my side in my bed, I am tired of the lazyboy couch. Hanging in there.
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It's been about a week since you have posted this- How is your progress coming along? :) If I am going to do this- I want to go into it fully prepared! I know everyone heals at different paces, but I think my biggest fear has been the bathroom relief part of it! Thanks!
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Hey Miz.Liberty. You are right I am finding everyone is healing at different rates. Since I am probably older than you (51) I found it to be difficult and I am now 17 days post op and still tire during the day. Hopefully you can have 3 weeks off from work. Everyday is getting better and I feel stonger. The bathroom issue was a real problem for me so take softeners with your pain meds. I noticed the younger women bounce back faster. My tummy is still not as flat around the incision but I think this hard swelling will go down. It is a bigger procedure than I realized, it is considered major surgury especially if they have to stich your muscles back. Mine had a large seperation so he said I had double layers to sew so I had a lot of tightness but as I said every day is getting better. Went today and bought 2 different bikini tops, that was fun. When is your surgury?
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I am a nurse and we have the following regimen for women that have csections: 2 colace (docusate) twice per day, 1 senna (senokot) per day, mylicon/gas x (simethicone) tablets 2-3 times per day. I really helps because it tackles gas and bowel issues.
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I had my surgury on Friday April 9, 2010. The first day home was great I felt no pain as they gave me something just before I left. I had a very bad day 2. I figured out I was very allergic to the pain meds the Dr. prescribed. I checked out my symptoms on google and phoned the doctor with my findings and asked for different meds but this was not until I took the T'3's several times. I am 51 and never knew. It set me back until I figured it out early day 3. I am on new meds now, I was so scared and thought I was dying, could hardly breathe with the reaction. Up until last night I could not get off the lazyboy alone so I used a housecoat belt around my back under my armpits and my husband would pull me up. Today I was able to get up on my own and had a shower. I went for a checkup and yesterday when I saw the surgeon he noticed redness on my belly. I also asked why I was so sore not on the incision but down my centre from the chest down and he said I had a very big seperation between the muscles so it was pulled together and this is causing pain and tightness. This morning it was still red and itchy, the nurse said it looks like the gauze pad is causing the problem so she suggested I take Benadrly. Took twice today and it feels better. She suggested I also use a clean dishtowel over wound much better no more itchy belly. Another thing I use is a long shoehorn as I can't bend well I use it to reach things and for scratching my itchy legs. Boy has that thing come in handy. I also found you need to have strong leg muscles as you need to bend at the knees so strong legs are a must. Good thing I exercised like crazy a few weeks before surgury. Anyway day 4 I feel much better and stronger and hope to keep getting better every day.
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I had mine on April 6th -- day 2 and 3 were hard and thank god for that reclining chair. I can't imagine how I would have done this without it! Love the shoehorn idea LOL - I just leave what I drop on the floor -- I figure it will still be there when I feel better.
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My surgery is not until next week, so I can't give you any advice. I just want to say that a woman who not only had her own children, but carried children for another couple deserves this. You do not need to feel guilty. Keep us posted.
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try to rent a recliner if you haven't done so -- it's a blessing!! and take your pain meds and don't wait until the pain kicks in to do so. It's so hard to get the pain down when it's up there -- better to keep it as low as possible
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