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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