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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.

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!

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!

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?

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!

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 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 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 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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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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Kayla, why does your PS want Spanx and a cg? Why not just the cg if you're not ready for Spanx? I loved Spanx pre TT because they helped suck in my gigantic belly. : ) They are crazy expensive and I do not look forward to wearing them daily. I still haven't stopped my binder. I think I am addicted to it. : )
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They said I need the additional abdominal support but the spanx will give me more all over support and keep swelling at bay. I wore them all day and night last 24 hrs and its a pain in the buns wearing them together. The cg slides all around even pulled very tight over the spanx cause the material is just slippery. Going to the bathroom in my spanx takes forever cause maybe I got a bad crotch cut out lol sorry tmi but mine awkwardly fits so can't really go in it so take it off each time which is painful getting in and out of! Boo! Each phase has its battles right?!
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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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Thanks, Kayla! I hope you get your drains out too. It is so much more freeing when it's out. However, the swelling really kicks in then. : ( Let me know how you are doing.
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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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Thanks, Stacy! It's out and I am elated!
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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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would love to see pics!
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How are you feeling? We had our surgery's on the same day and just wanted to check in :)
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Hi StacyLC! Thanks so much for checking in. I have been mainly posting on the forum & haven't updated on here in awhile. How are you healing? I am feeling pretty good but I STILL have the drain & it's 3 weeks today for us. I have consistently been draining 40 ml per day. Today I was down to 30 & so far my drain looks low so I am really oping I can get them out on Friday or Monday. I have been surprised at the lack of energy. I read it on this sight, but I thought I would beat it. Hahahaha! I truly hope you are doing well. I'd love to hear from you.
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totally understand the "older thing". glad to hear you are doing well!
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I have this thing about posting really good comments online.... Hoping I won't jinx myself......so you should be able to understand what I am trying to say without me directly saying it!! Lol. I'm nuts I know but when I say how well I am doing, it always backfires!! I only take pain meds at night. Lots of water!! How are you?
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You buy pericolace at any drug store! Cvs, rite aid
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Congrats and welcome to the swollen side! I too had my procedure on the 30th, and like you had trouble going for a wee, the only problem that i have now is having a bm! I have been told that it takes upto day 5 to be able to go, so fingers crossed i will have gone by tom night. I too am very swollen and very uncomfortable at times. Both my drains came out after 24hrs also like you I have one good day and one bad day, today was a good day, last night was terrible I ended up on the couch at 3.36 as I just could not get back to sleep. I started wearing a cg yesterday and feel so tight with it on. Hope you have a good day today and that the pain isnt too bad xx
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How are you feeling today?
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Yesterday was ok I managed to get out and go for a coffee, with a friend, she came and picked me up ended up being out of 2hrs! I was exhausted when i came back thou. im finding out that I dont have much of an appetite so im trying to do more walking so Im sleeping less during the day and sleeping ok at night. My sleeping at night is terrible just now. how has your day been? x
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My husband washed my hair in the sink & I ate lunch. My appetite is much better. I could barely eat yesterday but I'm hungry and enjoyed my lunch today. My husband rubbed Arnica gel on my bruises. I am also taking it orally. I'm hoping this will help with the discomfort from the bruises. I can't believe what a difference a day makes! I am still super swollen but I feel so much stronger today. I hope to see improvement like this tomorrow!
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Good Morning! PO Day 4 and I am feeling better. I stopped the Hydrocodone yesterday afternoon. I was waking up with headaches & it caused constipation. I took Advil PM before bed and slept much better than before. I also had my first bm. Was kind of rough but I am glad it happened. I know that has been a huge problem for many. My pain pump has run out, so my husband is going to remove it this afternoon. I am still very, very swollen. My abdomen is tender and very swollen. It's the lipo areas that hurt. The bruising is horrible! I am still sleeping in the recliner with my husband next to me on the couch. I may try to sleep in bed tonight. I am happy to be off the pain meds. I am standing about 85% upright but not for long periods of time.
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