I will 40 in August and have wanted a tummy tuck...

I will 40 in August and have wanted a tummy tuck for the last 11 years. I am a mother of 2 boys 14 and 11. I gained 40lbs with my first and approx 50lbs with my 2nd. I can't even remember when I had a flat stomach. I have always been up and down with my weight and when I'm down, I still do not feel good, due to my saggy tummy.

I finally made a appnt to see a PS in January and he advised that I lose 30lbs. I weighed just over 200lbs. I was floored, I could not believe I weighed that much. My surgery is scheduled for July 15, 2013, I have lost 27lbs. I was hoping to have lost more, but I wanted to lose the right way. I feel good, getting very excited, but nervous at the same time. Just counting the days.
Congratulations on your weight loss. I am in Calgary too, who is doing your surgery?
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Very exciting. We are about the same weight. My PS also wanted me to lose weight. I respect the doctors that tell their clients to lose weight. Mine said if I didn't then I wouldn't be happy with the results. I am so glad I lost the extra before surgery! Good luck!
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Congrats! I'm in calgary too... Scheduled for mine in the fall in banff. Who is your surgeon??
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2.5 weeks left..(i hope?)

2.5 weeks left. I am so excited... but a little stressed, the surgon office is located in one of the worst area's where the flood hit and I can't get through to his office. From what the news states, I'm thinking next week. I just don't want the date to be moved again. My mom has booked her flight, my husband booked his holidays. I would be so disappointed... will post pic's soon.
Im sending good thoughts your way that your date doesn't change!
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surgery canceled for now

Well I received the call I've been dreading today. My surgery has been canceled for now, due to the Calgary floods. The elevator at my surgeons office is broken and it will take up to 6 months to fix. On the plus side, my surgeon is trying to rent a space from another surgeons facility, so I will know in a week or two when my next date is. Another plus side is that i will hopefully lose more weight.

I have decided to take 2 weeks holidays with my husband and kids and have been approved for borrowing 2 weeks from next years vacation.

April 2, 2014 finally scheduled

I was scheduled last year for July 15, 2013 for my Tummy tuck, then the floods happened here in Calgary and the surgeons office was right in the heart of the red zone. I dreaded for the call to say it was not going to happen. I received the call a week befor surgery that their elevator was damaged from the flood and they would need to postpone surgery. I called every month to ask if the elevator was fixed. Finally this January the elevator is fixed, of course I was the one calling the office for information. Set the date for April 2 , 2014. Could of scheduled sooner, but had gained some pounds from Xmas .

My mom has decided to come and help me for 2 weeks, I pretty excited. We have bought a new house and are moving March 15th. Everything is coming together :)
Good luck with everything! Can't wait to here about your results and recovery!
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finally brave enough to post some pics

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Oh, so happy that you finally have a new date! Good luck!
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We match :) lol And soon to be flat!!
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Have you found out where to rent a recliner?
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Worried about my dog

I sit here on Family DAy in Alberta, looking through posts, I am concerned about my dog and what will happen when I have my TT. I am worried that he will jump all over me. Does anyone have any ideas what to do with your dog? I know crazy question???
Call medichair about renting the recliner, that us where I found mine up here in Red Deer.
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My dog has been home with me te whole time and not had any problems aside from putting my recliner down on her 3 times now cause I didn't see her and she is too stupid to move. She has not once even tried to jump up on me it is like she knows or something and she just lays by my side watching over me
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April 2 coming fast

I can't believe April 2 will be here soon. This last month has gone by so quick. I've been exercising daily and eating a low carb diet. Except for Friday when my work bought pizza for the staff, I had 3 pieces, feel so guilty but was sooooo good. I have not been on a scale , I just go on how I feel and how my clothes fit.
Looking forward to the flat side!!
so just over 2 weeks to go till your surgery!!! sending good vibes your way. Did you manage to track down a lift chair?
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I know, haven't been thinking about it to much lately, we moved on Saturday and I have been totally stressed out. My face has a rash on it and I have chapped lips to boot, plus my period should arrive any day and I feel like a fat frump.. Lol... I rill call around next week off a chair
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5 more days until the Flat side!!

Well 5 more days, I'm getting really nervous. My mom will be here Sunday evening for 2 weeks, just came back from renting my recliner, 150.00 for the month. Plus I have a cold and I can't take anything, some suggested Tylonel, but I'm not quite sure??

My mom has arrived

We'll my mom arrived last night and it is so nice to have her here with me on my journey. My surgery is Wednesday, dr office called last week and I need to be at the clinic at 8:00am. I'm getting so nervous, I feel I'm going to walk in and they r going to cancel and say I need to loose more weight... How awful that would be. I've work so hard and have waited so long. I'm 7lbs from my goal weight and I hope they will accept this weight.
Good luck tmw!!!!! I am going to watch you closely ;) I'm with dr Perron in 6 weeks! Let me know about the weight thing.. She was freaking me out today about losing 10 more lbs. AND when she took my blood pressure it was 136/97!! I haven't had hbp since my first pregnancy!! Must be nerves!
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On the flat side

Holy shit , this is surreal, I made it to the flat side. A lot of pain... Will post more tomorrow
Regarding your question about your dog jumping on you....my little maltese shitzu always snuggles in my lap but since my sx he always snuggles in beside me. Maybe he knows something. Happy healing to you.
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Forgot to add I kept a cushion or pillow on my stomach for the first week, just in case the dog decided to give me some love. Also comes in handy if you need to cough!
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Good Luck to you healing. Update us with pics, you should look great!!!!
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It's 3:00am

All I can say is WOW!! Did not expect the way I feel. I guess I'm getting better but now I know what us meant by your tummy feels like falling out. Every time I get up it's painful, it's getting better I guesc but holy shit, I know know how I'm going to get through this. My nurse Carol was so great, I hope all if you have a nurse like her. My mom is fantastic and up every 3 hrs helping me to the bathroom. My dog jumped on me a few times and that was hell, finally the kids put his harness and Leash on. I haven't seen myself yet, my mom and I have to switch the binder around in the morning. I'm sure dreading that. I will let you know how it goes.... I feel like such a baby

Mistake

Sorry about grammar and spelling , stupid phone
Hey there, I just wanted to say Congratulations! I hope you have a speedy recovery and look forwars to more of your updates!
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PO day 1

I just took my morning pain meds and anti bionics. Slept off and on through out the night. Hubby off too work and kids are getting ready for school. Thank god my kids aren't little. Waiting for the boys to leave so we can flip the binder. Surgeon took 5lbs of skin off and lipo 1000cc (2.2lbs).
Who was your surgeon? (Asking because I know of someone in Calgary who is looking to have a TT there). Happy healing to you!! You'll feel better day by day.
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Welcome to the flatside! It just gets better from here, had my six week check up with Carol last Monday and she said all is well. Feel free to message me if you have any questions.
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Binder flip

That wasn't so bad.... Here are some pics. I spoke to the nurse and Dr Perron about the type of bb I would prefer, they said it would round out, so I guess we will see...
Also u have tons of fluid in your drain and I have barely any. I wonder why?
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Im only day 1, my drain is has barely anything in it now, just flipped my binder over again. Took a targin about an hour ago, it sure helps me be more mobile
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Looking good girl! U look like u lost a lot of weight. What is your height and weight now. Carol is great knows her stuff and is very sweet
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Day 2PO

Today I feel better. Went to dr office at 930 and Carol, my amazing nurse, said everything looks great. Advised to buy some Robax platinum. Just had a little snooze while watching Ellen. I should tell u that I awoke at 230am and had to go pee and I felt so nauseated that I thought I was going to puke and die, then I started farting...lol and felt better. My mom and carol said I need to eat more and not worry about calories cause your body needs food to heal. So I made myself a yummy tuna sandwich when we came home. My puppy is whinning for me and someone suggested to put a pillow over tummy area for him to lay on.
The worst of the pain is over now. Everyday will get better xxx
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I had my puppy on a cushion on my belly yesterday and was told by my nurse that's a big no-no. And my puppy is only the size of a football yours is big!
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Hope it was not my comment about putting the pillow on your belly hun, I meant keep a pillow on your belly in case you cough or sneeze or dog decides to jump up while you are dozing!
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Day 3

Slept pretty well, was up at 430 for a pee. Took my last targin at 730am. Had a mini melt down and balled my eyes out to my hubby and mom. I need to remember to stay more bent, as it is better for circulation and healing. My husband has been doing man stuff around the house. Since my mom is here, he feels he can. My mom is such a great help. I do feel bad that I have snapped at her a few times. Love you mom! I feel like a complainer and big baby today. My mom helped me wash my hair, so I feel somewhat better. I'm too scared to take the binder off and stand up to take pics.
The pic you just took you look skinnier than day 1 :)
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I wasn't as swollen yesterday, that's what my mom says :)
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Looking good!! How u feeling
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Day 4 po

Just tried going to the bathroom, I feel something going to happen today. My mom gave me a suppository to help things along. Got up by myself 2x during the night. Everyday is progress , looking forward to Wednesday for my drain to come out. Haven't taken any pain meds since Saturday am, took a Robax this morning, my back is killing me.

Laughing good, but painful

Omg! Had a good laugh with mom while getting ready for the day. Had my poop, that was a chore, but I feel better. Tried on what I thought was sexy undies, not so sexy right now. My thighs are so huge now compared to my tummy. Going to have to work on those when I'm able to start excercising. By stomach is so numb and sore. Still haven't dodo up without binder on, I think that will happen Thursday when I can have a shower.
Looking great!
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Day 6 po

Been pretty active the last few days. I'm worried that I'm not going to get my drain out tomorrow. The fluid is still a little bloody, not clear. It was clearing up a few days ago? I think I need to slow down. I've driven the last few days, not sure if that's a no no?
You are allowed to drive. I got my drain out today and feel a million times better. No back pain!
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Was your drain totally clear?
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There was nothing coming out of it. Before it stopped draining it was yellow.
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PO day 7

Had my drain removed this morning, that was a weird experience, kinda of stung when she took it out. I guess everyone has different experiences. All is good.
That's awesome! I guess the color doesn't matter. Don't u feel a million times better with it out?
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I do, but my stomach feels so much tighter this afternoon. I can't remember if I'm suppose to take the tape off before my shower or the on Friday?
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Take it off after your shower and try to wait a day after your first shower. I ripped mine off right after the shower and my incision is coming apart in some spots. Better to wait. Not huge gaps or anything but I think my scar would have looked nicer had I waited.
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PO day 8

I tried to sleep in bed last night, thought I would give it another try as my hubby is out of town for the night. Didn't work out, felt like my stomach was stretching and I couldn't get comfortable. So I came back to my recliner at 12:30am. Fell asleep right away. Was woken up at 1:30am by my dog whining. So I had to go all the way upstairs to let him out of his kennel, then let him out side. Was not a good night. I am looking forward to my shower... Going to attempt after I drive the boys to school. Will keep u posted...

Shower

Well, that was a awesome shower, my mom was there to help me. looked in the mirror at my results and i am so happy so far. there is still lot of swelling, more so on one side and on my pubic area... I feel so good...
It gets better fast. My bb looked like yours but vertical for a while. Did you have glue or stitches? Mine was glued
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Not sure, I think it's stitches... It feels do hard in and around the area. I've but Vaseline in it so hopefully it will soften up some more and get all the crusty's out
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Wishing you a speedy recovery!
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Swelling

So can't believe how swollen I am just below my incision line down to my pubic area, it's crazy.... Does anyone know how long this lasts?
It was about 4/5 weeks till my pubic swelling went down. I ended up getting a vaginal compression panty thing called the V2 supporter. Looked funny but was better then the swelling
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Thanks, wow! 4/5 weeks, not to sexy looking, I had a dream last night it looked like I had a big package bulge in my pants ..... Lololol
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PO day 9

Had a very busy day, and I'm so spent.... Think I over did it.... Took my bandage strips off, that was weird, I think one of them was glued on, took me forever to get this one off and it hurt do much... Love my scar, it's so thin.... My back still hurts and I'm having stomach spasm off and on...my dad arrived today, so great to see him, he's very supportive, love my dad so much... My mom has been so awesome, she's been such a great help and has taken great care of me, luv u mommy. ???? still very swollen, i can't edit to see the final results... Happy Friday..

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Again, pls excuse the typos

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Had a great dinner too..
Happy healing :-)
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Thank you
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Lol! Yeah weird nightmare dream things were going on with me too. Looked like I was smuggling oranges!
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Day 10 PO

Everything seems to be going well. I'm still swollen on my lower part, wearing my binder 24/7 except when showering of coarse. I expect to be swollen for a while, nurse did advise that the the nerves need to reattach them selfs to the muscle and that can take weeks or months.. Trying to be patient, just need to follow the rules...
Good to hear :)
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PO day 11

I am happy to report that I slept in my bed last night. Had an ok sleep. Tried sleeping on my side with pillow under me but I was so worried to wake up and all the swelling would be on one side. My pArents are leaving this afternoon, I can't believe my mom has been here for 2 weeks. I pretty confident I will be back to work next week.
Your results look great already. Glad things are getting better.
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BB

So kinda of worried about my BB, my mom is more worried than me. Took some pics, maybe slight infection?? My pics show swelling on sides and down bellow. I think my BB is just starting to separate and all the oozing is Vaseline. Please realself friends, let me know what you think...
Mine looked like that for a bit when it started separating with Vaseline. I wouldn't worry unless it starts oozing or smells funny. Weird swelling is all over with a TT
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WOW impressive recovery!!! Hope the bb turns out ok..
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PO Day 15

Just knocked on wood.. My swelling has gone down so much, woke up and took pics right away. I totally relaxed yesterday, sat in my recliner all day except for when I had to rake my son to his badminton tournament. I thinking about returning to work on Tuesday. I think my period is going to show soon, nervous about that. I really want to buy a sexy number to show my bod off to my hubby.
Looking good girl! Maybe buy a dress with some stretch in it. Hopefully it won't be too big in a couple of months.
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I think my BB is infected

I think I'm going to go to the walk in clinic today. My BB is looking very red around the inner edges and is discharging goop...I'm kinda of concerned. And my period arrived this morning.

BB

Don't go to a walk in clinic call the office. Do u have there after hours number? Mine looks like that too, I think your okay. Do u feel infectiony? What color is the goop? I still have goop coming out if mine as well from putting cream on it.
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Ya, i called the # and spoke with dr. Perron and he's calling me in a prescription to be on the safe side. He said to keep it clean and I need to see him Monday.
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I'm glad they were so attentive and prompt. Let me know how Monday goes.
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PO day 19

Went to dr re: BB, no infection, just a stitch that came undone. Carol my nurse gave me a medium size binder, as the large was getting to big. SAw a lady just leaving from her TT and told her she will feel better soon. Hubby helped me try on a little giddy up.... And.... we know what happened there..... Lololol.. Life is good, and feeling great...
My surgery is only 2 weeks from tomorrow. So nervous and excited!! How many pant sizes did you go down?
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Back to work

Went back to work last Tuesday, the week went by fast. Only had Sunday off, very busy day. I've noticed more swelling. Waiting for my BB to heal more. I would love to have a bath or even go the hot tub. It will be 4 weeks this Wednesday. I'm getting sick and tired of my binder! I want to start exercising, I have a little bit of back fat right under my bra area that's driving me nuts. I know once I stop wearing the binder it won't be as bad. I feel that the pics I take and post look bigger than I'm actually am.
I can't believe a month already!! Not this Monday but NEXT is my turn!!
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I know, I was thinking about u earlier, this week will fly by.
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Did everyone at work notice how much slimmer you are?
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26 days po

Also I have been sleeping in bed for about 2 weeks, and I'm able to sleep,on my side. I would love to get a breast lift, but hubby is like nooooo.... I guess we will see. Lol
Looking fab! You must be sooooo pleased with your results! Looking forward to joining you on the flat side!! :) x
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Thanks, looking forward to seeing your results, good luck!
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Looks so good! No hanging sheit! That's what I look forward to. Looking better in my clothes! I don't wear jeans cus it cuts me in the wrong places. And they fall down cus I need them to fit my waist but I have no butt or hips! I was thinking of lypo under armpit and bra line... Hmmmmm wanna go together!? Lol!
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Tummy really sore

My stomach is sooooo sore today. I think I over did it this week, feels like someone punched me and my muscles feel so bruised. I've taken some extra strength Advil. It's Been a month and 2 days and I still love my results. I think my BB is starting to take more shape.
Hope you can rest on the weekend and feel better soon!
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PO 4.5 weeks

I feel a some what better today. Stomach muscles not as sore, I'm very swollen though. I slept with 3 extra pillows under my legs last night and made sure not to sleep on my sides. Did a little shopping this morning, but relaxing the rest of the day. Feet up and watching some t.v.

Blue day

Actually I feel kinda of blue today, even though my stomach feels a bit better, I just feel like eating carbs and drinking some wine. I really want to go in the hot tub too. I want this swelling to go down, so today I'm feeling kinda of sorry for myself. All my hubby wants to do us work on his wine cellar and I just want attention... I'm such a baby or maybe I'm just PMSing .... Lol
No wonder you're feeling blue with the weather here in Calgary...it's enough to drive anyone crazy. Just look at how far you've come. The difference from before to after is just AMAZING!!!...
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I am feeling the exact same way and we had our surgery a couple days apart. Must sick and tired of this recovery bs!
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Ladies.. It's also cus this weather is SHIT!! I'm blue too and still another week til my tt! Lol.
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7 weeks PO

It's been awhile since my last review. I'm doing really well, I can't believe the difference. I have been sleeping without a binder for a week now and it feels awesome. Next week I can start weening off during the day. I very swollen this week as my period has arrived and I sucks. I started going in the hot tub again. My BB is healing good too.

Some swollen pics

Looking so fantastic! Congrats on your results x x
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You look awesome! I'm seeing them on Thursday for my 6 weeks
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Your BB is looking good! I'm happy for you :)
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