Tummy Tuck & Breast Reduction in a Few Days - California

I am having a breast reduction and tummy tuck in a...

I am having a breast reduction and tummy tuck in a couple of days, July 8th to be exact. As much as I've been wanting this I am extremely nervous. I worked hard to lose weight and told myself if I could lose 60lbs I will reward myself with a tummy tuck and breast reduction. Although I worked really hard to achieve my goal I never thought I could actually do it. Well here I am ready to go in for my reward.

I have a very supportive husband and three daughters ages 8,10 & 14 who have all agreed to help out with house chores and caring for me. Hopefully I'm not too difficult. I rented a lift chair from Rent a Center that will be delivered tommorow. I am going shopping tommorow for other things that might help ease my recovery such as wipes, pillows, etc. Any tips would be greatly appreciated as I'm not sure of what things to buy.

Maybe I'll get enough courage to post pre-op pictures soon.

I'm so upset. Just as I was waiting to be...

I'm so upset. Just as I was waiting to be called to have my lab work done I started my period. Now I'm sitting here undressed waiting for my ps to come in to mark me up. Starting my period the day before my procedure just added to my stress level. I have so many thoughts running through my head now. Is there anyone out there that has had a tummy tuck while on your period? If so did everything work out okay? I was already afraid now I'm worse.

Well it's a little after 1am and I'm...

Well it's a little after 1am and I'm having trouble falling asleep. I guess my nerves are over taking me. I'm also making sure I did everything possible to make my kids and husbands life easier. I made a complete meal menu for a whole month that even includes snacks. I went out and bought everything they will be needing for the month. I hope I didn't forget anything. I must say... I have OCD and have to have things pre-planned and well organized.

Now back to my procedure. I will be having to get up in 2 hours to shower and head to the hospital. The hospital is 1 1/2 hour away. I have to be there by 5:30am and my procedure is scheduled for 7:30 am. My PS said I will be in surgery about 5hrs.

My weight today at my pre-op was 177.8 and I am 5 '6. I had my daughter take pictures of my body a couple of hours ago so that i could post them up but I am so disgusted by them. I don't know maybe I'll put them up once I feel well enough to take and post an after photo so that i could post them together and maybe i wont feel so bad. However looking at my pictures makes me so happy I am doing this. I'm just so afraid of getting sick. I get so sick after surgeries. I throw up so much and always feel so horrible. Being sick like that with a tummy tuck... OUCH!! I am also very difficult to wake after a surgery. I've had my gallstones removed at one time and my appendix at another. I just hope and pray that this time is better.

Well I better try to get some rest. I'll post an update soon.

Yay!! Just came out of my post op appointment and...

Yay!! Just came out of my post op appointment and I'm happy to say the drains came out. My PS says everything looks good and that I'm healing nicely. I feel so much better without the tubes although I must say it really hurt to get them out. I been feeling a bit nausea but I'm thinking me being constipated. I will be taking Phillips MOM as soon as I get home. I don't have very much pain today bit still have lots of swelling. I wonder how long it will be until the swelling goes down.

Day 6 post op. I woke up today in pain. I somehow...

Day 6 post op. I woke up today in pain. I somehow thought this was suppose to get better. My boobs hurt more than my tummy all of a sudden. However, I've also been feeling these strange pains that come all of a sudden in my tummy. As much as I'm trying not to take anymore pain meds and actually made it the whole day through without any yesterday, I had to take a viciden right now. I'm probably in pain because I failed to take my pain meds thinking I was feeling better. I guess it's a lesson learned. I am going to try to stop being this strong woman and I am going to take my pain meds as needed even if it's just Aleve like I had been doing before I decided I no longer needed nothing at all. Aside from hurting I must also say I've been really itchy. I guess that's all part of the healing process. On a positive note I have lost 7lbs and can finally say that I think someof the swelling has went down. Well maybe just a little because I am still very swollen. As for clothes, well I haven't tried putting regular clothes on yet. I just wear these comfortable pajama gowns I bought before my surgery. Truthfully, I guess I'm afraid to try regular clothes on. Since I'm swollen in all, I'm afraid I won't fit into my before jeans and I'll be disappointed. I'd rather wait a bit longer but I will post an update when I do.

I am 6 days post op and have finally figured out...

I am 6 days post op and have finally figured out how to post these pictures. Although they are disgusting and I am embarrased by them I figured they might be of help to someone who is thinking about having this procedure done. Looking back at the pre-op pictures makes me so glad I had this done and I would do it all over again. The swelling is a bit of a bother but I know within time it will go down and I will feel better. I will continue to post pictures every couple of days.Hopefully by the next time I post the swelling will have gone down some. For anyone out their considering having this done......GO FOR IT!! YOU WILL BE SO GLAD YOU DID!!! :)

Day 9 post op I'm feeling so much better each...

Day 9 post op I'm feeling so much better each and everyday. I did begin to feel a little of the blues today which I've read is normal when you have this type of procedure. Never the less, I was able to shake it off by going back and looking at my before and after photos and reminding myself that I did this for me and I deserve it and that in a few weeks I'm going to love looking in the mirror and I'm going to be so happy. So for any of you out there going through this please try to stay positive because you deserve this. Another thing I noticed going on today aside from me really missing cuddling and sleeping with my hubby is that I've been extremely thirsty. I've been drinking so much water it's crazy. I say it's crazy because I'm not much of a water drinker. However I'm glad because I know water is good for you. Does anybody know if extreme thirst is part of the recovery. On a positive note, my swelling seems to have gone down some, my energy level has gone up and I've lost another pound in a half. I'll be posting a new picture soon.

Day 10 Post op. As each day passes, I am feeling...

Day 10 Post op. As each day passes, I am feeling better and loving my new body. Although I think I out did myself a bit to much yesterday. I convinced my hubby that I was well enough to go to the movies and for dinner. In reality I did feel well but I burned myself out. I quickly got tired. Don't get me wrong, I had a great time. It was nice to get out again I just think I should have waited a little longer as my hubby had suggested. Lesson learned, I must take it easy regardless of how well I feel on the outside.

15 days post op I'm 15 days post op and...

15 days post op I'm 15 days post op and feeling great. Everyday gets better. I had another dr. appointment 2 days ago in which my PS removed my belly button stitches. He said I'm healing very well. I went and bought a couple of tops yesterday and I went down from an xl to just a large. In pants I went from a tight 12 to looks like a 10. They almost button but I'm still quite swollen. We'll see what size I end up being. I had been having such a hard time getting sleep. I would sleep 2 hours then I'd stay awake for like 5 or 6. It was awful. So basically I would go to sleep at 10 wake up at 12 then I could not go back to sleep until about 6 in the morning. I think I solved that problem. Yesterday I bought Advil PM and it worked wonders. I'm happy to say that I slept the whole night without getting up once. I actually think I got about 10 to 11 hours of sleep. It feels great to finally get some sleep. So if any of you are having this problem Advil PM or Tylenol PM should help. I'll be posting another picture soon.

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