Extended Tummy Tuck with Muscle Repair, Lipo of Upper Abdomen, Flanks, and Lateral Thighs - Carmel, IN
Hi everyone. So, a little about myself...I am...
In viewing hundreds of before and after pictures, I have seen some pretty miraculous results. So, after much research and deliberation, I have decided to do something about this.
I narrowed my search to three plastic surgeons with whom I wanted to schedule consultations. The first consultation took place mid-May of this year. First off, if you’ve never stepped foot inside a PS office, you may be surprised (at least I was). I was expecting the staff to be in typical scrub attire. Nope, not at all. Instead, what I saw was a group of very attractive women, in skirts, heels, fully accessorized to the last detail. My first thought, which came from years of self doubt, was, “I don’t belong here. Has my vanity taken control? I’m not built like this. I think I’m in the wrong place.” I did not resemble anyone walking into the waiting area. My husband was with me and reassured me that I was in the right place…”just relax,” he said. He’s been very supportive through everything, and I love him dearly! He's my rock and steady support system.
When we were called back for the consultation, the PS had a terrific bedside manner and was very personable. This PS is local (25 minutes from my house) and performs the drainless tummy tuck (“TT”). I am very drawn to the drainless TT. From what I’ve read in multiple reviews, it seems a lot of the discomfort after surgery comes from hassling with those darn drains. During my consultation, the PS was thorough and was pleased that I had some knowledge and familiarity with the procedure. I have watched numerous TT operations on YouTube and also simulated surgeries on various PS websites, not to mention reading hundreds of reviews here (thanks everyone, you rock!!). My main questions for the PS related to: TT vs. Extended TT vs. Lipo. I told the PS that I am looking for the most cost effective solution that will give me the greatest results; in other words, I want “the biggest bang for the buck”. Since I’m a big girl, I’m not at all expecting a washboard tummy afterwards. Let’s be realistic: I’m certainly not going into this with the expectation that I will become a swimsuit model. My goal is to gain a greater sense of self confidence and less “hiding” in clothes/behind desks. The PS believes the greatest results specific for me will come from an Extended TT with muscle tightening/correction of the upper abdomen (a/k/a diastasis) plus lipo of the upper abdomen, flanks and outer thighs. After a general discussion, he said I appear to be a good candidate for this surgery, both physically and emotionally. He said my head is in a good place. (In other words, I think my expectations are realistic.) I know I will be very, very sore afterwards, but I do believe this will be worth the effort and expense. With the lipo, he will insert a couple of very small drains to drain the excess fluids from my sides/back (so I’m not totally getting away from drainless, gah!). In case you have not heard of a drainless TT, the PS takes extra time to suture the abdomen which closes up the space where fluid would normally collect, thereby eliminating the need for these drains. (I am also considering upper arm lipo but thought of this after my consult and have not yet discussed this. Anyone who had this done, I'd be interested in hearing your results.)
I’ve read many reviews by ladies who are petrified to be put to sleep. My own personal experiences with general anesthesia have been very positive. Once they start the drip, it seems like it takes about 5 seconds for the room to start spinning, so I close my eyes and then BOOM I’m out. Best sleep ever!
I had such a great feeling about this PS that I’m going with him. The main considerations are 1) neither of the other two PS perform drainless TTs; 2) one PS is located in Cincinnati, which is too far from home (I live near Indianapolis), making it difficult for follow-up appointments, not to mention the ride home; and 3) the PS with whom I had the consult keeps you overnight in the hospital (which I truly believe I will need). My PS was very calm during our consultation, very knowledgeable and seemed extremely confident that he could provide some much-needed contouring to this bod of mine. At one point, he had me stand next to my husband. The PS used both hands to simulate what my belly would look like after surgery (drawing in my waist). He also said the extended TT and lipo will smooth the dimples in my butt. When the PS pulled up extra skin in my hip area, it lifted my butt. The sound that was emitted by my husband was all I needed to hear. Let’s just say it was a good sound (I think he almost swallowed his tongue. LOL). I left there with some very good information and was encouraged for the first time in a really long time.
A couple months have passed since my consultation, but I called yesterday, scheduled the surgery, and paid the deposit! I’m very excited, and a little anxious. I think it’s just the fear of what's yet to come...not that I won’t wake up. My pre-op appointment is this Monday, August 5, and my surgery is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21. OMG. It was the most amazing feeling when I hung up the phone after scheduling the surgery. I was so excited and relieved…I started crying. It’s going to be a whirlwind between now and the surgery because I was not expecting to do this until November. Any helpful comments would be greatly appreciated. I have purchased a shower seat and a walker (I have a bad back, so I assume this will really come in handy). I feel like I'm behind the 8 ball here since they were able to get me in so quickly.
That’s about it, fellow TT’ers! Any words of wisdom to make things easier/more convenient would be greatly appreciated.
I look forward to your comments and would be happy to answer any questions anyone has.
Pre-op complete! 15 days and counting
I received my scripts for post-surgery and will have those filled and ready to go. It doesn't sound as though a CG is required. My PS is more about the compression garment afterwards (and suggested bicycle shorts or Under Armour) and not so much the binder. He does not believe Spanx will provide enough support (I agree with this). I know I've read reviews from you guys about this very topic and haven't made any decisions yet. Any thoughts?
Getting ready! List of supplies and purchased items so far
Antibiotic (short dose of a very strong one...my PS says too much of this could cause a yeast infection, so only four were prescribed)
Flexeril (muscle relaxer)
Anti-nausea med (sounds like pretty potent stuff)
Lovenox shots (anticoagulant to reduce blood clots)
I also picked up some Arnica Gel (Boiron brand)...the pharmacist said this stuff is awesome and uses it personally on sore muscle pain/stiffness). Also per d37 (shout out to you, lady!) it works great on reducing discoloration from bruising. The other stated uses on the box include reduction in pain and swelling.
I've purchased my supplements (thanks to several posts from you guys):
Turmeric (but need to make sure when I can take this since I have the Lovenox shots)
Bromelain (natural pineapple enzyme to help reduce gas/bloating, reduces inflammation, speeds healing)
I also picked up:
Some wonderful wild cherry flavor MoM (cramp free of course) for those sure-to-come difficult bm's due to anesthesia, pain meds, etc.
A couple cold packs for swelling
A variety of compression garments (my PS does not like anything too tight)
I plan on taking with me to the hospital (I will be kept overnight):
Walker (Texas Ranger...sorry, getting loopy here with excitement)...read this is a tremendous help getting to/from the bathroom
Shower chair (will not take to the hospital, but did find one of these cheap for home use)
I've also purchased maxi pads and liners...read from you guys how fantastic these are for drain leaks and also as a cushion between my bod and the compression garmet. I have several books and magazines ready to go, should I be so inclined to read (I typically only have the chance to read on flights, so this would be great). I'm also recording movies, shows to watch when I'm not knocked out from pain meds.
Since the countdown is really on (9 days!), I'm trying to ensure I have everything ready to go so that my husband doesn't have to try to find any of this at the last minute. He'll be with me Wed-Tue, and I am forever grateful for him taking off work to be with me!
So I'd like to ask your opinion on something if you don't mind. I'd really like your feedback...only my husband knows I am having this surgery. My kids know I'm having surgery (but I've just stated it's for girl stuff). No worries...they're boys, and that was plenty of detail for them! lol At work, I've told a few people I will be out for surgery, but I haven't told anyone why. I, like many of you other gals who have posted something similar, believe there will be negative feedback, and I really don't want to deal with it. This is for me, and I don't want/need their criticism, etc (sorry if that sounds selfish). What I'd like to know from you guys is what have you told folks at work? I don't have any family locally, so that part is no big deal. I'm just curious as to how to address the questions that I am sure will be coming soon. I've read a review stating they said it was abdominal hernia surgery because the recovery is very similar. I don't like lying (people at work ask for my opinion because they know I will be honest and give them a straight up answer), but I also don't want to get into the personal details (the who, what, where, when, how, why's of it all). You with me? I'd be very interested in hearing your thoughts on this.
Wishing all you who have gone through surgery already a continued and speedy recovery, and for those of us still waiting...we'll get there and we'll be all the better for it! A special shout out to those of you having surgery on the 21st of August (woot woot!)!
Wednesday is the day!
PO day 2
PS says he is very pleased with the outcome. I'll continue to post pictures as dh continues to take them. Dh seems very pleased. He said he can't believe how much smaller I am already. I look forward to about 3 months from now when I can get in and out of bed by myself. So far so good!
PO day 3
PO day 4
I'm on my 2nd glass of 32 oz of water and have eaten fresh pineapple and a little oatmeal. No BM yet but took MoM for that plus stool softener. Hoping those will kick in soon.
I will try to post more pics later today.
PO day 4 pics
Day 5 PO
Going into this, I was really concerned about my back hurting than my actual belly pain. I've had back surgery and just generally have a crappy back, so I was scared that I'd lose my momentum the last year that I've spent trying to get it back where it needs to be. I'm still taking the pain meds as I still have a lot of pulling where the incision is (which goes all the way around) and also the drains. I had a drainless TT and lipo. The drains are specifically for the lipo areas, not for the TT itself. The ps sutures in a way that closes up pockets where drainage could accumulate. I was shocked that I have 4 drains though!!I do believe the drains are the worst part. They pull, they get in the way, they sting and burn occasionally, they are a mess.
One major thing to note going into a surgery with drain tubes is: strip the tubes several times each day! I discovered yesterday that we were to be stripping the tubes. Unfortunately, neither my husband nor myself read this piece of paper. So since we hadn't done it yet, I was really getting puffy and swollen. So I went to work on those. Ladies, make sure you do this because mine were pretty well clogged and not draining much at all for several hours. I was less swollen this morning when I woke up. I had drained several cc's in each tube, so it must've worked.
I'm still swollen but am feeling better each day. For me, PO days 2 and 3 are the worst. I was still groggy from all the anesthesia, plus the pain meds on top of that. What really helped is when I started taking the muscle relaxer. This has been great!
My bruising has been minimal so far. I think the arnica and bromelain are working nicely. My lipo sites are still very tender. I've been using maxi pads as cushion between the compression garment and my underwear. This has helped with the tenderness.
The days seem to be going by pretty quickly. As I mentioned, I'm staying on top of my pain meds. I'll start weaning off those soon enough and will eventually move to night-time use. I'm uploading a few before and after shots. The after shots were just taken this morning.
PO day 6
Hubby left for a business trip this morning, so I'm a little anxious. He went back to work yesterday, but just knowing he would be home later helped my mindset. I've got teenage boys, so I'm sure things will be fine.
I took another shower last night by myself and standing up, washed my hair, the whole production. I was exhausted when I was done! Thinking I easily could've used the shower chair again, but I was trying to push myself a little. There's plenty of time for that! I just need to remember to take this time to heal. My body needs it.
I'm really beginning to see results. The panties I had on from the shower picture are soooo big now. Before? Not so much.
This, without a doubt, is a tough process, and the first six days have kicked my butt. But if I can make it through this, I'm convinced anyone can! I had so much done to my body. Yes, it's been painful, but the results are going to be phenomenal. I just know it. :)
Hope everyone is healing well today. Get some rest and treat yourself right. I'm thinking about everyone going through the recovery now and to all those who are yet to decide to go through this. Without a doubt, this has been a changing point in my life. Take the plunge and do this if you're having second thoughts! You won't regret it!
PO day 7-one week already!
I'm pretty swollen today. I go back for my first post op appt with the ps tomorrow. I really hope I can lose the drains!! I guess we'll see in the morning! I still do not have much of an appetite. I've only had a banana, some applesauce, a few vanilla wafers, and water and Gatorade. I tried to eat some salad, blah. It didn't taste good at all. Sure seems like my taste buds are really off. I had a scrambled egg and a piece of toast last night. It tasted really good. I'm sure I need the protein and should probably have that again tonight.
I'm taking Tylenol during the days and Percocet at night. I'm only taking one muscle relaxer per day now and hoarding these puppies like they're gold!
I'm getting around much easier--in and out of bed by myself for a couple days now. I still tire easily, but that's to be expected from what I'm told.
I hope everyone is doing well. I will post pics tomorrow after my pre op appt, hopefully without the drains!
Post Op visit (from day 8 post op)
It felt so good to get out of the house! I feel like a new person since those nasty drains are gone. I can move easier. I don't hurt with every movement anymore. Life is good! The ps is very happy with the front and back, and I have to agree with him. He did a fantastic job, and I can't thank him enough!
So call me stupid, but I didn't realize the importance if protein. I've read it many times in here but my ps made it very clear. Your scar healing depends a lot on how much protein you eat. It helps the skin heal back together where the incisions are. He told me to have a lot of protein, and just put a thin layer of Vaseline on the incision as needed for now. Since my incision goes ALL the way around, it is important that I follow his advice. My next appt is in 2 weeks.
He said if I feel like it, I can swim in 24 hours. Chlorine is my friend and will help heal the incision.
I am posting various pictures from last night.
I hope everyone is healing nicely!
PO day 11
Saturday we got up, went out for breakfast, and I had half a turkey and provolone sandwich (yep, that was breakfast at 8am). It sounded good, had the protein I was looking for, and I'm still watching my sodium, so it fit the bill. I got a side of cottage cheese to go with it. It was great and really hit the spot! After breakfast, we went putzing around, running errands. We were out for about 3 hours or so, and I felt like I walked quite a bit (and was getting a little tired). So we headed home. I felt fine, just tired. Flattened out in the recliner for a couple hours, got some more energy, and so we took a couple of the boys to an outlet mall to do a little back to school clothes/shoes shopping. It was HOT yesterday! Holy cow. The car registered 96! We were gone about 6 hours. I was beat when we got home (I sat quite a bit throughout the day...not Wonder Woman here), but it felt so nice to seem somewhat normal again!
I'm using fewer pillows in my bed, which is great, but I still can only lie on my back comfortably. I'm still hunched over somewhat, but it is getting better. By the end of the day, I'm moving more slowly and hunching over a little more. I'm wearing my compression shorts/ab garment everyday and sleeping in it as well. I'm patiently waiting for a lot of the swelling to subside so I can see what my waist will look like. I'm very straight in the flank area now (i,e., no waist whatsoever), but I'm not complaining whatsoever! I'm thrilled with my results so far and that I've been able to bounce back pretty quickly. I hope to continue down this path to keep moving because it really has helped me tremendously, both mentally and physically. I'm feeling very blessed right now.
Take care ladies!! Have a great remaining Labor Day weekend!
PO day 20
Today was my first day back to work (office job), and, yep, I was tired by the end of the workday. I felt fine...just tired and swollen. Very tight, like Braxton Hicks, is how it felt. He also said lymphatic massage would be good for me, which will reduce my swelling. I need to set this up with my massage therapist and am looking forward to it!
After work, I had to run several errands and finally got home at 8pm. I'm very happy with my recovery so far. My ps said he's very happy with my progress and that I'm ahead of the norm as far as energy level and recovery. Yay!! I do feel pretty dang good. I'm wearing a compression garment (bought at Cato's) that seems to work pretty well. That's what I've worn since I was about 4 days post op. I like it! I wear it almost 24/7 (have two) but sometimes take it off for a couple hours when I get up to go to the bathroom around 4 or 5am and then get back in bed and enjoy the freedom. It's my guilty pleasure. Lol
I'm sleeping on my sides and back at night. No naps for me, except for Saturday. My hubby tuckered me out. Lol We ran around doing a lot of errands, getting groceries, going to garage sales, etc., which meant I was climbing in and out of our SUV over and over and over. I needed a nap when we got home! Slept for about and hour and a half in the recliner, woke up, then had to get ready for a wedding. We went to the wedding (outdoor and man was it smoking HOT!!), stayed for the reception (which included dinner), then took our granddaughter (age 18 mos) home with us and kept her for the night. Yes, my energy is coming back, but that little squirt wore me out! Lol
Also had "relations" with my husband this weekend for the first time since surgery. It was great, but I had a hard time relaxing. I was afraid I was going to pull something or harm the area of the incision! I didn't harm anything and survived.
I'm still taking zinc, vitamin c, bromelain, turmeric regularly and drinking plenty of water (still watching sodium and no soda still). Bruising has been very minimal, but arnica took care of that! I'm not 100% by any means, but I'm feeling better each and every day and am very thankful for my highly skilled and talented ps. He has really given me more hope than I've had in a very long time. Since I started my weight loss program last October (including the lbs removed with TT and lipo), I am down 60lbs. I'm thrilled and am looking forward to more swelling to vacate the premises. Lol I'm down a pant size already but am certain I will lose at least one more when my waist appears and the swelling goes away. Lol That's great progress and am grateful!
If you are looking at having a TT and are undecided, don't wait another second. The first week is painful, but the results are so rewarding! I will post more pics soon but wanted to get this posted.
3 weeks PO
Quick weight update
Still swelling a lot. It doesn't seem to go down much at all overnight right now like it used to. I'm watching sodium still and have started eating protein bars for some extra grams for healing. Drinking lots of water, too. This too shall pass.
Funny story. My earring got caught on my phone at work and popped out of my ear and flew under my desk, beyond reach. Yes, I tried using my foot to reach it. No such luck. It was way back in there. I had to go ask a coworker to crawl under my desk to get it for me because it still is painful to maneuver my body into awkward positions. I was afraid if I crawled under there, I'd never be able to get myself back up into my chair! Lol
My pants are very, very loose. The slacks and sweater I wore to work today are both getting donated. Waaaay to big and very sloppy looking. This is a good problem right?! It's so nice to sit in my chair at work and not cross my arms to cover my belly anymore! It's so liberating, and I feel so free! I know that sounds crazy, but it's such a wonderful feeling.
One major upside that I've noticed since the surgery...Back pain GONE. I used to have quite a bit if trouble with my lower back, and that was a huge concern of mine...that after all the progress I've made with my back, the surgery would reverse those efforts. It's been the exact opposite! I have not had one iota of pain and cannot tell you how overjoyed I am at this development. My ps had told me before that since my stomach muscles were so far out of whack, my core muscles weren't being utilized like they should've been, and my back was working overtime. I thought, yeah, well, okay. We'll see. I was not convinced because I've been struggling with back issues for the last 6 years. He was right!! I just get happier and happier by the day! Lol
Okay, signing off for now. Good luck and/or happy healing to my fellow TT sisters!
24 days PO
In October, the son I mentioned above will be getting married. We will be having an additional 18 people (family and close friends) staying at our house for 4-5 days. They're a really fun group, and I'm very much looking forward to it. I'm trying to get my energy level back to pre-surgery so I can survive that extended weekend! It's gonna be busy to say the least!
The reason I've told you all the above (and described in such excruciating detail) is because I want you future TT'ers to see that you won't be down forever. Honestly, time has flown ever since I got the drains out. You will get better, and you will improve. My ps said I can't really hurt myself at this point and have no restrictions, so I'm going for it (within reason). I listen to my body and don't push too much.
Have a great weekend everyone!
4 weeks PO
I mentioned a lymphatic massage that my ps recommended. Well, I had that Monday and highly recommend them if you can swing it! My abdomen was so incredibly tight. The massage therapist ("mt") couldn't believe it. She worked it quite a bit and massaged my belly in circular motions. She was very curious about the procedure and had several questions but knew quite a bit already because she's watched surgeries on utube. She showed me how to massage my belly at home (as you're lying down, massage circles around your belly in a clockwise pattern as you're looking toward your belly button...so the area between your breasts we'll call 6 o'clock, with your bb being 12 o'clock). The reason for a clockwise motion is you're going "with" your intestines. Going in a counter clockwise motion is not good because it works against your intestines and bowels, this reducing the elimination of excess fluid. Makes sense! The area was a little tender (she also worked my flanks and back), but I felt so much better afterwards. I was afraid that lying on my stomach would be painful, but it was not painful at all. The mt had me feel my abs when she was done. It was amazing how much "softer" they were. Don't get me wrong...they were still taut like they should be, but they felt "real" as opposed to a statue, if that makes sense. I still feel much better but scheduled another massage for next week. My swelling has been down as well. I'm posting some pictures to see if you guys can tell any difference. I can finally see my waist starting to appear!!
I haven't started exercising yet, but I plan to start walking again this weekend on a walking path near our house. It has some inclines and slanted trails, so it works several leg muscles. It is also marked every .25 mile so I can see my progress. Pre-surgery, my husband and I were walking 3-4 miles 5-6 days/week. I don't expect this but would be happy if I walked 1/2 to 1 mile, but I'll play it by ear and see how it goes. I'm excited to get back into walking!
I'll wrap this up because I know it's long! :) I hope all my TT sisters are healing well, and to all of you future TT'ers, good luck!
5 weeks PO
5 wk PO scar update pics
5-1/2 week PO update
On a different note, my scar is looking better, my BB is healing nicely and looking pretty great, and my incision is really making progress and closing up more each and every day! My energy level is pretty high. I'm doing all kinds of household chores. Life is pretty much back to normal, but I still have to be careful of sodium intake and swelling. I have broken my diet Pepsi addiction (nearly 6 weeks without any soda). Yay! Personal victory!!! Lol :)
I am standing up very straight. The only time I'm slightly "stooping" is when I first get out of a chair and my muscles tighten. It's a little uncomfortable but goes away within a minute of getting up.
Hopefully this info helps someone along the healing process. I'll keep adding as long as I can help someone! :)
6 weeks PO
I'm getting two lymphatic massages each week, and they seem to be working pretty well for me. My tummy isn't nearly as rock hard as it was before, and this is good because it was freakishly hard. When I would bend over at the waist (sitting in a chair) to pick up something off the floor, it used to be very uncomfortable because my tummy was so hard. The relaxed feeling is working its way inward and has provided more mobility than before the massages.
I did some more shopping yesterday. I used to not look forward to shopping at all because I never liked the way I looked in clothes. Well, I'm happy to say things change! :) I love, love, LOVE to shop now. It's so much fun to fit in smaller sizes now. When I was my heaviest, I was wearing 24 pants, and now I'm fitting into 16's but fully expect to be in 14's next summer. My tops used to be size 2 or 3x. Yesterday I tried on and purchased 14's and a couple 16's. I still can't get over how much better things fit!
I'm posting some pictures from this morning. My scar is looking better. It's very flat and smooth and getting lighter. Yay!
8 weeks PO
The lymphatic massages have helped tremendously! The area between my belly button and the incision was hard as a rock, but with the work my massage therapist has been doing, she has managed to loosen this up significantly. I think this has helped my incision because above and below the incision was so hard that the skin wouldn't go back together. The ps believes in 2 weeks it should be completely healed. He could try to restitch it, but I'm good. Haha. I'm a weenie so I'll just wait it out. Lol
Hope everyone is happy with their results. Hang in there. Things will get better! :)
10 weeks PO
I am getting lymphatic massages still but only once each week now instead of twice. I didn't get one last week, and I could really tell a difference. I have been puffy but am back on track now.
I'm posting some pictures. It's truly amazing to look at my before pictures and then look at the ones from this morning. I can hardly believe the transformation. My bb is looking great, and my incision issue has pretty much healed. It's all closed, which is a major improvement. There is still a bubble that will hopefully go away soon. I'm just pleased with progress to date.
Best wishes to everyone. Apologies for missing my update last week but I was still recovering from having 13 extra people stay with us for 5 nights (for the wedding). We had a great time, but my body was pushed more than ever since the surgery. I was on my feet cooking, cleaning, and entertaining/hosting for nearly the whole time, so it was a true test. I think I passed with flying colors!
11 weeks PO
I haven't mentioned what I'm wearing under my clothes for several posts. I'm wearing a compression garment (mid-thigh to underneath breasts). I had a big oops yesterday. Somehow, I forgot to put it on after my shower. Keep in mind, I have several in rotation, so I always have 2 clean. I've never forgotten to put one on in the last 11 weeks! But, hey, I survived! I wore one to bed last night, which I normally do. Surprisingly, I didn't feel more swollen. My skin felt a little tingly in my hips and belly. Other than that, it wasn't a big deal except I felt like I left my a security blanket at home.
My scar is feeling pretty good. I'm rubbing Vaseline and/or liquid vitamin e on the scar twice daily. My incision is completely closed, which makes me very happy!
I hope everyone is healing nicely, gaining courage for your upcoming surgery, or just enjoying some reviews to tackle your own personal demon. This site will arm you with the best information you can find, which will help you mentally and physically. Best of luck to all you fantastic ladies!
12 wks PO
I'm wearing a compression garment (Sweet Nothings at Walmart is my favorite, believe it or not) that extends from mid-thigh to just under my breasts. It is very comfy and feels really good without being too tight. I have noticed I have some extra swelling in my pubic area. Now?! Yep, no time like the present, I suppose. Lol. I'm really looking forward to this puffiness going away. It's below my incision, but I recall the ps saying this will be the last area where the swelling will leave. That's a positive sign, right?! I also wonder if the time between my lymphatic massages hasn't helped. I was scheduled for one last Tuesday, but my massage therapist was sick. I couldn't get back in until this Friday, so it'll be 2+ weeks since my last massage. Let's just say I am ready! I feel like I'm hanging on to some fluid, so Friday can't come soon enough.
I worked in the yard this weekend (blowing leaves which was harder than it sounds). I was exhausted by the time I was done. I slept like a baby though! Haha I also did a lot of walking that day. The next day I was a little stiff, and my hips were sore, but the physical activity felt great!
I'm still taking my vitamin c, zinc, and eating a protein bar for breakfast. I still am off the soda. It's amazing to think I haven't had a diet Pepsi (or any other carbonated beverage) in over 12 weeks! Personal victory!! Yay for me (lol).
My back is still doing very well (2 back surgeries previously and regular back issues). I'm convinced this surgery has reduced and nearly eliminated my back pain. I feel terrific!
I will post some additional pictures in the next week or two. I have to travel (fly) next week, which is the first time I've flown since the surgery. Anxious to see how the seatbelt fits on the plane this trip!
Hope everyone is healing well and learning all sorts of helpful information. Feel free to ask anything as you think of it. I'm sure there are things I'm not thinking about posting that could help someone's mind at ease. And chances are if you are thinking it, someone else probably is, too. So ask away! :)
13 Weeks PO. Cowabunga!
Flying was no issue at all. It was a relatively short flight (2 hours direct), but I did puff up just a bit. What I've noticed more this week since I've been traveling and lugging around my laptop bag, purse, and other accessories is that when I go up 25 steps, I'm pretty winded. The extra weight I'm carrying (literally with the loaded bags and laptop) have really given me a workout. I'm doing fine though. No complaints! I just feel like I need to get moving more on a daily basis.
I'm also including some photos that I took in the hotel room this morning. The incision is still healing nicely. I still put my stuff on it 2x/day. I don't go back to my ps for my follow up appt until 2 more weeks. I've got what feels like stitches that are just under the surface of my skin. They poke, almost like a whisker, out of the skin. I would've thought the would have dissolved by now. Any other TT'ers who have had this happen after so many weeks post op? I'd be curious to hear what, if anything, you've done or were told about this.
Well ladies, I'm wrapping up for tonight. I've got a long day of meetings ahead of me tomorrow followed by my flight home.
Happy healing to everyone! :)
21 Weeks PO Update
All of my stitches have completely dissolved now, so my scar feels great. It's super smooth and no bumps. I am ready to get outside and walk though. Ready for the snow and frigid temps to go bye bye! I've been working extra long hours in a new role, so by the time I get home, get dinner around and cleaned up, I'm ready to plop. I have a lot more energy when it stays light until well after 9pm! My legs need the miles of walking, so I'm excited to get back to this for toning up.
Anyway, just wanted to check in because it has been awhile since I posted an update. Life is good. Enjoy it while you can...and in my case, I'm enjoying my second chance at really loving my body.
Dr Jones has been fantastic since the first time I met him. He has a wonderful bedside manner and is very down to earth. He answered all of my questions and took time to explain things to me without ever making me feel rushed. I felt like a person with him, not just another patient. He gives very realistic expectations and I can't thank him enough for treating me with such dignity and respect. I even received flowers delivered to my home while I was recovering! It was such a nice gesture, and one I truly appreciate. I believe he has my best interests at heart and took on my case with great interest. I can't speak highly enough of him. He's transformed my body and ultimately changing my perception about myself!