Six weeks today, wearing Spanx & walked on the treadmill! Chicago, IL

I have wanted a tummy tuck for many years. I guess...

I have wanted a tummy tuck for many years. I guess turning 50 gave me the push to save enough and be brave enough to schedule a TT with MR on Jan. 30. I am now having second thoughts. I am not terrified of the pain, I am terrified of the long recovery and the possibility of something going wrong. I feel grateful to be strong and healthy at 50 and feel guilty for choosing to cause pain to my body. I am so grateful for this site. I admit that I am obsessed with reading all the stories. It is good to be informed. Anyone else as nervous as I am? I really don't know if I can go through with this.

Welcome to the community.   You can do this and it will be fine.  You deserve to do this for yourself and should.  The fears and recovery are all a part of the process but do pass.  You are going to love having a flat tummy and will feel amazing.

Stay strong and keep moving forward.

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I am 6 weeks away and reading this blog shows the light at the end of the tunnel. We have all done things for our children, husbands and parents. It's our turn to do for ourselves. Be strong for all of us because we are all doing it together!
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So I can be more active on the outside..
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Hello All! My husband came home tonight and...

Hello All!
My husband came home tonight and told me he has to go out of town on what will be post op day 5 for me. I will be alone for post op day 5 & 6. Will I be okay? I appreciate anyone sharing their opinion or advice with me. Thanks!
Thanks so much, A1weasel! I am keeping this surgery very private, but I do have a good friend I can trust if I need help. Thanks for the positive words. ClarksSummit3299, I will send good thoughts for you on Jan 31! Let's stay in touch to compare healing and combat boredom. : ) Hopefully, we will both be the lucky ones who heal quickly with no complications. Sarav59, I will do my best to update. I think I had my panic moments and am now ready, excited and going into this with determination and a good attitude. See you on the flat side!
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Only a couple more days to go! How exciting for you. My husband works constantly ( owns his own business with 5 offices in 3 states ) and travels a lot. In my humble opinion, you should be ok by days 5 & 6. Although, if you have a family member or good friend that can hang out with you for a couple of hours each day, or at least that you can turn to if you need help with anything, it would probably be a good idea to get that set up. My youngest two kids are 8 & 10, but my oldest, who is 22, has moved home after graduating college, for a few months. I have relied on him for so much, and so many random things that pop up. Best of luck on your up coming surgery! We'll see ya again on the Flat Side!!!
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I am the day after you!! I feel the same way as you do with all the same fears! It's a normal process!! We will get through it!!
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Tomorrow is my surgery day! I thought I would be...

Tomorrow is my surgery day! I thought I would be a nervous wreck, but I am surprisingly calm. I just want to get on with it at this point. Best wishes to petitemamaoftwins, StacyLC and denimdiva who are also starting their journey to the flat side tomorrow!

Just found out my surgery time. I am the first...

Just found out my surgery time. I am the first surgery of the day. I'm happy about that because I won't have a headache from skipping coffee or food. I will be home and settled by lunchtime! The only downside is that I have to leave for the hospital at 5:15 a.m. I may not sleep much anyway, but I feel bad for my husband. I hope I am not too emotional when I say goodnight to my kids since I will not see them before I leave. I sure hope the operating room personnel have their coffee! See you on the flat side!
Will be thinking if you tomorrow .. Sending only happy good vibes your way
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Thank you, Sara! I'll keep you updated.
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I made it to the flat side! I am very loopy from...

I made it to the flat side! I am very loopy from the surgery & pain meds. Pain is definitely there but tolerable. I also have an internal pain pump which will come out in 2 days. The only big issue I am having is that I cannot pee. I am pounding water, running the faucet, etc. Any suggestions? Anyone else have this porblem?
Congrats!!! I have a catheter in still, so I haven't had that issue yet. I have read on here thought that others have had trouble.
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PO Day 2. I'm doing pretty well. My abdomen is...

PO Day 2. I'm doing pretty well. My abdomen is really sore & feels weird. I still have a pain pump until tomorrow morning. I'm draining a lot of blood but I only have one drain so that may be why. My doctor placed the drain on the side so it isn't really a nuisance. The only concern I have that I am very nauseous. I don't know if that's from the surgery or the pain meds.

Also, I FINALLY went pee. My surgery was at 7 a.m. and it took me until 2:00 this morning to finally go. I was beginning to panic. So happy that resolved itself.

Blessings to all of us in this journey. I truly appreciate having this website to learn from.

Good Morning Ladies, PO day 3. I am going to my...

Good Morning Ladies,
PO day 3. I am going to my 1st post op appointment. They will remove my pain pump. I will be happy to have one less thing tethered to me, but I am nervous that the pain will really kick in after. I am still taking Hydrocodone but trying to space them a little further apart. I would like to get off of them by tomorrow. They make me light headed, dizzy and nauseous. I must be feeling better because I am so bored! : )

I went for my 1st post op appointment today. They...

I went for my 1st post op appointment today. They left the pain pump in and taught my husband and I how to take it out ourselves when it is empty. So I 'll probably have it until Sunday, po day 5. PA said everything looked great. My scar seems very thin. I am VERY, VERY swollen. They had trouble getting the cg back on. : ( I am concerned about swelling, but other than that I feel okay. She told me I had 4-5 inch muscle separation so now wonder I am swollen!
how are you doing?
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You are so sweet for thinking about me! Thank you. I post often on the forum and kind of forgot about the review. I should definitely update because I know how much I learned from it before my surgery. I will do that tonight or tomorrow. I feel really great. I only have one issue...the dreaded drain is STILL with me at 4 1/2 weeks PO! I hate it. However, I have finally gone below 30 ml the last 2 days. My PS requires less than 30 for 3 days in order to remove it. If I drain below 30 tomorrow, I should be able to get it out on Monday. That's PO Day 33. I may win the award for longest time with a drain. : ( I will be the happiest person ever if the drain is removed this week. How are you? As for pictures, I just can't get myself to post them. I am so uncomfortable with that. I so appreciate seeing other's pics, but I can't bring myself to do it.
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That is crazy long for the drains. I hope you get them out soon. It is hard to post pics, when I put mine up, I really realized how bad I look. I didn't realize it was so bad. I have been this way so long that I guess I was just use to it. Pics are so helpful to try and see how we might look vs. the recovery time. I am def gonna do it in June, I am struggling with the muscle repair and saline vs silcone. I think saline for me since I need more in the upper pole -I think I have enough breast tissue so that they will feel real which is the only real downfall to saline. I keep trying to find pics of people who dont have MR but I cant find many. If you know of any, please let me know Thanks
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I haven't updated in awhile, but thought I would...

I haven't updated in awhile, but thought I would take a minute to do so today. I am 32 days PO. I feel really good. My energy level is so much better than it was at 2 or 3 weeks PO. I am back to doing most things I did before except lifting anything heavy or exercising. The only problem I am having is that I STILL have a drain in. : ( It is beyond annoying. The first 4 weeks I drained between 40-50 ml of dark red blood. My PS requires less than 30ml for 3 days in a row before he removes the drain. The good news is that I have drained 30, 26, 26 and now 20ml the last few days. I am hoping and praying that I can get the drain removed tomorrow. I have lived in yoga pants and zip up hoodies for the last 4 1/2 weeks. I was brave enough to try on a pair of my pre surgery jeans last night. I have always had to wear jeans that were too big in the booty & legs in order to accommodate my big belly. I am pleased to tell you that even though I am still swollen, the jeans were HUGE!!! If I get this darn drain removed tomorrow, I may drive straight to the mall and go shopping. : ) : ) Have a nice Sunday, Everyone!

Oops, I forgot to say that my drain is now finally...

Oops, I forgot to say that my drain is now finally the color of orange juice. Also, I have much more energy than week 2-3, but I still tire more quickly than I did pre surgery. However, I make it through the day without a nap. I just need to rest & put my feet up at some point.

I am PO Day 33 today. I had a super busy day...

I am PO Day 33 today. I had a super busy day yesterday and I was nervous to look at my drain this morning. Thankfully, I only drained 22ml! I have an appointment today to HOPEFULLY get this darn drain OUT! I cannot wait to be untethered. I will be so happy if I get this thing out after almost 5 weeks. Wish me luck!

I AM FREE!!!! DRAIN FREE AT LAST!!! I am 33 Days...

I AM FREE!!!! DRAIN FREE AT LAST!!! I am 33 Days PO today and finally had my drain removed. I am beyond happy! I was so nervous that it was going to hurt after having it in for an unusually long time. The PS snipped the stitches that were holding the drain in place. I looked away for literally 2 seconds & he was holding it in his hand. I actually had to ask. "Is that all of it? It's out?" I had absolutely no pain or even sensation at all. I cannot begin to describe how great it feels to walk around without a drain running down my leg and pinned to my binder. I plan to take a ridiculously long shower tomorrow without a dripping wet landyard hanging from my neck. : ) The PS said I will have to take it easy for a couple days until the drain "hole" closes up. He said not to lift much or exercise. I am cleared to wear Spanx although he said wear my binder if I like that better. Oh this is a very happy day!
I bet you did a happy dance....I am so happy for you....
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Thank you sarav! I did do a happy dance and I still am! : )
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Good luck today!!!
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I am so happy to have the drain out. It feels...

I am so happy to have the drain out. It feels great not having the constant pinching & pulling. I now have fluid leaking out of the drain hole. It's weird. The PS told me to keep a gauze pad on it & that it will close up in 2 days. He said not to apply Neosporin or anything at all. The fluid is so much that it is soaking through the gauze & onto my binder & pants every 30-60 mins. My fabulous January TT buddies suggested a maxi pad over it. That works much better. I thought I would post this in case anyone else has the same thing.
I am so happy for you!! I wish my drains would come out, mine have been below 30 for a week at 27, 24, 26 and my right side below 20 but my PS likes BOTH below 20 for whatever reason! Drives me crazy i wanna cry pleading with them to take it out lol! Your updates are inspiring being that you are about two weeks ahead of me on the flat side. Thanks so much for your comment earlier :)
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I am 5 weeks PO today. My PS cleared me to wear...

I am 5 weeks PO today. My PS cleared me to wear Spanx. I tried to wear the stage 2 cg from Marena yesterday and after 4 hours, I had to go back to my binder. I swelled up like a balloon! I would love to hear when others were able to be in Spanx vs the binder. The good news is that I tried on my jeans & they are at least 2 sizes too big!
I am 5 weeks PO today. My PS cleared me to wear Spanx. I tried to wear the stage 2 cg from Marena yesterday and after 4 hours, I had to go back to my binder. I swelled up like a balloon! I would love to hear when others were able to be in Spanx vs the binder. The good news is that I tried on my jeans & they are at least 2 sizes too big!
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How exciting that your jeans are too big! I refuse to put mine on. I am sure that they would fit in the morning but by the afternoon it would be painful. Thats how my dress pants are for work so I am currently wearing a bigger size just for that reason :(
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I was cleared to wear spanx today after getting my drains out but told to wear both the cg over the spanx. Im curious too to try both spanx and cg intermittently. Ive never worn spanx before in my life cause they Usually roll up. I'm excited for you about your jeans! I haven't dared to try yet but hoping to try my fav pair soon when my swelling goes down some more.
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I am 6 weeks PO today. I slept in Spanx last...

I am 6 weeks PO today. I slept in Spanx last night & did not notice any additional swelling. The only problem I had is that I am very short waisted & I had an annoying roll at the top. Does anyone know of a Spanx like garment for petites? I switched to a Donna Karan garment today which was much more comfortable. It is still too much material for a short waisted person, but better than Spanx. I was cleared to exercise today so I walked on the treadmill. Granted, I only walked 1.5 miles at 3.5, but it's a start. My PS said take it slowly since I had the drains in for so long. It felt great & so far I have not noticed any additional swelling. : )
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