Scheduled for May 18 - Chicago, IL

I am scheduled for a tummy tuck on May 18. I am a...

I am scheduled for a tummy tuck on May 18. I am a little worried because my parents aren't willing to come help me with my kids..... so I will just have friends doing what they can. Will I be able to at least feed my kids and do simple things after a couple of days?

I am really nervous and have been through breast augmentation, a breast implant replcement with a lift and two c-sections! I am much more nervous this time!!!!

2 days post-op..... not feeling too bad. For some...

2 days post-op..... not feeling too bad. For some reason, I can't sleep too well. Had some lipo done on upper/outer thighs, that is itchy and my back hurts..... but the pain isn't as bad as I expected.

I have felt really good, better than I expected. ...

I have felt really good, better than I expected. I only took the pain meds once I got home(not talking about the pump) for about 3 days, excluding bedtime, which I didn't really need, I just wanted to sleep!
I have had more back discomfort than anything. The walking bent over and sitting so much! I will say, I didn't prepare myself for what my belly button and incision would look like! Made my c-section look like a scratch! Of course, I have the best surgeon, so it is perfect! But, not too much to look at.

I am feeling good and hoping to have my drains taken out soon.... I need a real shower!
I am excited to heal and put on a bikini top!!!
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Dr. Ghaderi is professional and personable. I couldn't have asked for a better doctor. This is my second procedure with Dr. Ghaderi. He calmed my nerves and helped me to stress less about everything. He goes above and beyond to make sure your surgery is safe and successful.

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My parents did end up coming up to help! Glad they came around!
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Just a little over a week away! Worried about kids! Parents still won't help.....
It's stresses me out..... Wondering how long before I can do the little every day things......
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Nothing at all the first week.  Then starting the second week you will be able to do small things.   As long as you don't do any lifting, pushing, pulling, a lot of bending you will be able to manage. 

Go slow and follow the rule if it hurts STOP.  You will figure out your limitations very quickly. 
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I am sorry about your family not being more supportive as well. My mom is the same way. I know she loves me but she hasnt been the most supportive, my boyfriend is going to help out for the next few weeks. I have noticed through this process that not everyone is going to be exicted for you (me) or supportive. It sucks but its your journey, be happy. You'll be so happy you did it in the end :) I havent told many people in my social circle about my upcoming surgery because once I started telling people and I started getting some negitive feedback, I chose to only keep it amongst my close friends and a few family members. I feel better now. And talking to you guys on this site :) Good luck!
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I'm sorry your parents aren't being more supportive! Like Kimmers said, this is a big deal and you'll need a lot of time to rest. Could you hire a nanny or babysitter to help with your children?

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They are 4 and 6. They can dress themselves, and both do! I'm thinking of fixing breakfast and lunch, which is usually something simple......
Surgery is on a Wednesday, so my husband will be home for the weekend. I will have help, just not someone staying at the house with me.... Down the street, but not at my house :)
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You will quickly figure out your limits and adjust accordingly:)   Thank goodness they are not babies in diapers!! 

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Welcome to RealSelf!   How old are your kids?  That will play a big factor in this...

If you have babies or toddlers you are going to need help for at least the first 1-2 weeks.   You must rest and go extremely slow and easy at first.  If there is any way at all to have someone with you for the first week that is best.

Have all of your post op supplies on hand and ready to go so that you can take that worry off your list.  Keep posting and let us know how you are doing as you go through your process.

I look forward to following your posts:)

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