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5 days PO!!!!!!! ---- TT, BL and BA Scheduled for 6/11/2012 - Colorado Springs, CO
Hello everyone! I am 37 yrs old and have been...
- 4 Jun 2012
- 6 days pre
Hello everyone! I am 37 yrs old and have been wanting to get a TT for quite a while (youngest child is 11 yrs old). I need your advice and here is why..... I am a military wife and a little over 7 months ago became a military widow. :( My husband and I had talked about me getting a TT for the last 3 years but after his last mission away from home late in 2009 we actually started talking about having another baby and decided to wait on the surgery. Now here I am, and I really want to have the surgery but here is my dilemma. I had contacted my PS back in March and made an initial appointment for a consultation in late May. In between both dates I made the decision to move back home where all my family is. I am moving back home on June 21st --- the military is paying for the move as that is our home of record. I talked to the PS as soon as I made the decision and we actually had our "consultation" over Skype --- I'm 2 hrs driving from his office ---horrified to show pics of myself for the first time!!-- At first he thought we couldn't work the dates cause he was booked completely for June ---of course everyone wants a flat-belly summer! :-) They called me from the PS office about 3 days later and said someone had cancelled for the 11th and the PS wanted to offer the opening to me first cause of my situation. I thought about it for 24 hrs and then agreed! My pre-op is tomorrow and I am scheduled for surgery on the 11th. That's just one week from today!! HOLY CRAFT!!!
My PS does the TT and BA without draining tubes which I guess speeds up the recovery time a little bit.
As the days get closer, I am re-thinking this whole thing and thinking I should'nt have the surgery. The dates are too close, no? I have been reading all the recovery stories and it seems most ladies have made a turn around for the "best" around day 3 and then again around day 10. I will be on day 9po on the day of the flight --- It is a 7 hr flight with a 1 1/2 hr lay over. Do you think it will be ok? How about going to a high-school reunion (20 yr anniversary) at around the one month mark (July 7th)???? I will have my best friend help me here from the day of the surgery 'til the day I leave, and then my mom and sister back at home once I get there. My PS thinks I will be fine, and he says he has had patients get on a plane the day after their surgery.... but I have a lot more questions for him tomorrow.... I have to pay the rest of the surgery tomorrow to confirm and I am freaking out about it!! My friends that know about the surgery say DO IT while I am thinking about it and I have found a good PS... my nerves and mind are telling me otherwise!
Can I do this? Should I? Would you have done it if you knew you had all these things coming up so close to your surgery date?
Hello all.... so I went to my preop and my review...
- 5 Jun 2012
- 6 days pre
I am nervous about the surgery, the move, and all the things I have to get done before I leave on the 21st. My 1 wk PO appointment has been scheduled for the 20th - the day before I leave, and I really hope I am happy that I did this by then. I know I am going to go thru ups and downs thru this but I am praying for more ups than downs and for a speedy recovery and smooth transition back home. I know there are other things going thru my mind but I want to keep my posts here more about the surgery than about all the other stuff going on in my crazy head!
Oh, I've also added the "before" pics I sent my PS for our first consultation. I hate looking at them!! Looking at them now I am thinking I should've followed my PS suggestion and gotten lipo on my flanks... the PS said it would be completely up to me cause I just need it there and its more of a way my underwear fits now that its affecting my body shape... UGH!!! I swear I didn't look that bad today in the mirror in his office... gosh I just wanna cry right now! I think I am PMS'ing on top of this!! :(
I am very nervous/emotional today for some reason....
- 6 Jun 2012
- 5 days pre
HOLY CRAFT!!! 3 more days and I will be in...
- 8 Jun 2012
- 3 days pre
I've read somewhere that eating pineapple everyday helps with the swelling.... is that true? What else helps with the swelling and the scars? Should I start the BM help now? What else should I be doing other than "think happy thoughts" and try "not to freak out too much"?? lol I've read the list of things I should get and I am adapting it to my situation and my time at my friend's house. I love her so much! She has put up with my freaking-out spells, crying bouts, hyper excitement, etc etc etc. She will be doing the drive home after my surgery and then babysitting me for the next 3 days! Did I tell you I love her? ;-)
I'm getting sleepy right now (its 1am here) which is rare for me to get sleepy on my own so I'm gonna try to ride it and sleep a lil bit! This weekend will be super busy! I know I will freak out a few more times as I get closer to THE date, so please let me apologize for my rambling/whining/worrying etc.... but I will keep coming here to get support and also to read more of the updates/pics that everyone else is posting! I absolutely love this site and am very thankful for all you ladies on it! TTYL
Holy moly! It's surgery day! My surgery is late in...
- 11 Jun 2012
- Day of treatment
My best friend and I will have to drive a little less than 2 hours for surgery to be there at 4:00 pm and then the same back home after its done. Surgery is supposed to be all done by 10 pm (MST) then recovery for 1 hr. God willing, that puts us back home by 1:00 am or so! I already told her that I may be more "emotinally bipolar" than usual on this drive... I know I will be happy with the results but I also know I could share it all with the love of my life.... :(
I will try to post as soon as possible and will have my friend take pics also as the days progress. I am keeping my mind with good thoughts about a speedy recovery and excited about the extended support that awaits me back home, and of course the beaches I will be able to go in a sexy bikini without having to suck it in or cover the stretch marks, or try not to bend over or sit down so my "blubber" wont show!!! ;-)
Happy surgery day to mel44 and qmommy who are also having their MM today!! You are in my prayers and thoughts!
Surgery day ---- my surgery was scheduled for...
- 14 Jun 2012
- 3 days post
1day PO ---- the first day wasn't as bad as I thought it would. I thought I would be sleeping thru the day but I was very surprised to be awake, alert and wanting to move. It was a challenge to walk hunched over when my body just wanted to go straight. I had to find a good way to sit down at he toilet using my legs for strengt, the same as for sitting on the recliner hair. The PS had said I could shower after 24 hrs but I decided to wait til The next day cause i was worried about not being able to put the cg on the right way. I took "laps" around the kitchen every time I needed to go to the bathroom, which has been around every 2 hrs on the clock. My boos feel gigantic and the right one feels like it needs to pop or something... My PS said I don't need to massage them this week but I am wondering if that will make them feel better and help with the swelling.
2day PO ---- yesterday I was more sore than the first day for some reason.i tried to walk a little straighter but it was hard. I ate wheat thin crackers - the low sodium kind right before pill time just to have something in my stomach. I wasnt hungry at all during the days but I did get hungry late at night and my friend got me one of the strawberry chicken salads room Wendy's and it was yummy. I decided to take a shower and took some pics. Ive been waiting to see my bb and the TT scar. I was very excited with what I saw. I did notice that the top of my ribcage, like right under my boobs is a little dented kinda forming a line going down my torso....it kinda freaked me out.... Will that go away?
3 day PO ---- first I still haven't had a BM but ive been taking dulcolax for 3 days..so hopefully it will happen soon. I am waking a little straighter today than yesterday. I just got my period too this morning and have been cramping like crazy and with a blinding headache on top of it. My right breast is more painful than the other one, and also feels more engorged... When should the massages start? I feel like they are under my armpits too and the sides around the compression bra are swollen too. the top part of my chest is also swollen and I kinda feel swollen/bloated under the CG so I'm not sure if I will take it off today or not. I can't wait for the day that I can walk straight... When will that happen? Other than that things are pretty good. I've added some pics. The breast ones were taken immediately after surgery, the full body ones were taken yesterday when I took the CG off to take a shower.
The days are flying by! I can't believe I am...
- 16 Jun 2012
- 5 days post
I drove a little yesterday and now I am about to go to Target cause I just noticed that the movers packed all of my pantry!!! So I need to get some healthy snacks and other stuff for the days we have left here. In between the move, the surgery and TOM I am super emotional and cant believe everything is happening so fast!
I am so happy to see others results, I will try to take more pics today and post them. I feel super swollen under this binder so I know they wont be super pretty pictures but I think we all here appreciate the "real thing" rather than only the best stuff...
2 little perks I have noticed so far are that I don't have to pick up my boobs to dry under them after a shower! I was so happy when I noticed that I had a silly grin and kept patting and drying that area! LOL The other is that even with the swelling going on, when I sit on the toilet and look down I can see ALL the way down... without having to suck it up or move anything!!!!!! YAY!!!! oh, and I had a BM today... it was funny cause I had to sit down and meditate and convince my body --yes talking to my body parts and deep breathing like a lunatic! ---- that we could do it but it worked and it happened! Double yayyy!!
Thanks for all your good thoughts and prayers and for sharing all your stories and recoveries! I actually spend more time on this site than on facebook now and that is a lot, especially when most of your day goes by sitting down taking breaks!! :-)
My Doctor: Steven Vath, MD
Dr. Vath is one of the few surgeons that does the TT without drains. He is wonderful and has a great personality. He answers your questions thoroughly and has a great sense of humor. He makes you feel comfortable and gives you real expectations and listens very well to know what your goals are with the procedures you are having.
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