TT with MR on 7/20/11 - Not 100% satisfied, but very happy overall! - Charleston, SC
- updated 1 year ago
I think about my belly every single hour of every...
- 20 Jun 2011
- 29 days pre
I think about my belly every single hour of every single day. That is one of the main reasons I know I'm doing the right thing by getting a tummy tuck. I want to feel good about myself. I want my clothes to fit! I don't want to look pregnant anymore!!
I have three children - ages 5, 2, and 11 months. They were all huge babies (9'14, 10'1, and 9'4 -- and the only reason the last one was smaller is because he was 3 weeks early!!) I had c-sections with all 3. But even before I was ever pregnant the first time, my belly was always my "problem area". The thrid pregnancy just did me in. I have a 2-3 finger separation of the muscles (diastasis recti). I have many times been mistaken for being pregnant, though not lately, only because I'm pretty good at disguising it by never wearing anything that remotely clings to my belly. If I wear anything empire-waisted, I could totally pass for 5 months pregnant. I don't know what it would even feel like to be able to shop for and buy the cute little fitted t-shirts, tanks, etc!
My surgery is one month from today. I just found this site and have "devoured" it all day reading all the stories, looking for "before" bellies that look like mine, reading about recovery, tips, etc. I am so happy to have found you all! :)
Things I'm most nervous about: - The pain...
- 21 Jun 2011
- 29 days pre
- The pain (obviously)!!
- The recovery period as far as caring for my 3 young kids. My husband is taking lots of time off, but I am a control freak, so you know how that goes. It will be hard to just lay low and let him take care of EVERYTHING. How soon can I lift the kids? My youngest is about 23 pounds.
- Having some weird reaction to the anesthesia. My mom has had really bad reactions to nausea meds they've given her after she's had anesthesia on two different occasions. I'm worried about nausea and vomiting, and vomiting after a tummy tuck just does not sound like a good thing. I'm afraid I'll rip my belly open!
- The incision line/scar being too high. I mean, the most important thing for me is going to be how my clothes fit, but I also want to be able to wear cute bikinis without the scar showing. My PS has told me my incision will be low, but it does have to come up on the sides slightly. I guess I will just have to do some serious shopping and lots of trying on for bathing suits.
My pre-op appointment is tomorrow. I have so many...
- 7 Jul 2011
- 13 days pre
1DPO and doing great! Yesterday was pretty much a...
- 21 Jul 2011
- 1 day post
But today I'm doing much better. Am able to get up and go to the bathroom by myself and have been eating some. Taking short walks around the house. I am dying to see my tummy but I won't get to until tomorrow at my first post-op visit.
2DPO - Had first post-op appointment. Nurse...
- 22 Jul 2011
- 2 days post
5DPO - Doing pretty well. Off pain meds except...
- 25 Jul 2011
- 5 days post
1 Week PO - Was supposed to get my drain out today...
- 27 Jul 2011
- 7 days post
10 Days PO - Got drain out yesterday at 9DPO...
- 30 Jul 2011
- 10 days post
I am wearing the new compression garment and I am not liking it. It is oh so sexy with a crotch strap and everything. Does anyone else have one by Sculptures? I have issues with it when I go to use the bathroom because I have to pull it up over my belly and then I have this tight pressure around my belly which I know is not good. Plus, it is very obvious under clothing. Ugh. And I know that I'll eventually move on to Spanx, but I have always hated those, too. This will be a long year of wearing uncomfortable body shaping garments!! My swelling is still pretty crazy and I hope it starts to go away soon.
On top of everything, I have a terrible cold. I have sneezed so many times and it hurts so bad. I hope I have not damaged any internal abdominal muscle sutures!
Overall I would say I'm doing well as far as actual recovery at 10 days PO. I am able to do most all of my normal activities other than lifting. I am sleeping on my side again which feels great.
I'm adding 10 days pictures!
1 Month PO - Adding one month pics. Things are...
- 21 Aug 2011
- 1 month post
6 Weeks PO - Saw my PS today. He has cleared me...
- 2 Sep 2011
- 2 months post
My belly button is still really red, so I am trying to massage it with the Vitamin E lotion several times a day. May try Mederma or he recommended Cortaid for the redness. Any suggestions?
For some reason I was under the impression I had to wear Spanx for a full year! Today, being 6 weeks, he says that I am free of them and don't have to wear them except for exercising. Woohoo! However, after just half a day of not wearing them, I am feeling pretty weird and unsupported. May have to wean myself off of them slowly! :)
6 Months PO - 1/20/12 - Posted new pics. Overall I...
- 20 Jan 2012
- 6 months post
1 Year PO - 8/2/12 - Posted new pics. Things are...
- 2 Aug 2012
- 1 year post