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Is This Relly Going to Happen? - Colorado - NEW PICS!!
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- Cost: $8,760
- Colorado, CO
Im 45 years young, married with two beautiful kids...
- 13 Jun 2012
Im 45 years young, married with two beautiful kids ages 2 and 6 years old. I've lost 80 pounds in the last 15 months. I'm 5'8 and weight 213 pounds. I had weight loss surgery (vertical sleeve) in March 2011 and it was the best decision for ME and I'm glad I did it. The weight is starting to taper off....over last 8 months, I've lost only 10 pounds and my weight loss surgeon says weight loss starts to taper off at 18 months. My goal weight is 190 -- and I can honestly think my stomach skin and fat is 10 pounds easily! I work out 5-6 times a week with yoga, swimming, cardio and weights.....stomach is still there.
Tomorrow is my consult with the surgeron I want to have tummy tuck with with breast reduction (or lift == based on his recommendation).. I'm on pins and needles. Will be a sleepless night for sure. My biggest fear is that he will tell me NO and to go lose 20 more pounds. Yeah...like that's easy! I've been obsessing about my weight all my life....I'm finally at a place where I'm liking my body...curves and all....just ready to enhance it and get rid of this jelly belly! My husband loves me big or small and he supports me 100 percent in this endeavor (as he should, he's paying for it! LOL!)
Thanks to all those women who have gone before me.....your stories and experiences have and will continue to be invaluable! I'm hoping to have surgery in July or September! Will let you all know tomorrow how it goes. Fingers crossed!!
Well ladies, sorry it's taken me a few days to...
- 21 Jun 2012
So....... HOUSTON, WE HAVE LIFT OFF! The appointment with the plastic surgeon went well! He said I was an excellent candidate for a full tummy tuck with lipo on flanks and upper belly. I about fell to the floor I was so happy! My surgery date is on July 12 at noon! I paid half for half of my procedure that day (June 14) and now am starting to get a little nervous! I kinow this is something I've dreamed about doing and now it will be a reality! Holy Cow! ANd the BEST news of all -- I asked him how much did her think the excess skin and fat on my tummy weighed. He said he thinks around 7-10 pounds....not including lipo on my flanks and uppper belly. My PS is going to submit breast reduction to insurance to see if they will cover it......he said it's a 50/50 chance that they will. I would do that a few months down the road after tummy.
My sister was all on board to come out and help me with the kids, but now she's being a flake! Going back and fourth about the date I"ve chosen and why couldn't I wait until August, etc..... Uh...HELLO? Wanting to get the fat off the belly is a priority for me....and her trying to dictate the date, aint happening! What I'm going to do is put my daughter in preschool for an entire week (she goes 3x a week, as those are the days I work) after surgery and the same for my son -- he will go to summer camp the week after surgery, giving me time to recover. My husband will take off the day of surgery (a thursday) and Friday.....and be with me on Saturday and Sunday of course. Then I have a few girlfriends who will stay with me on Monday and Tueday. Do you all think that 5 days of having someone with me is enough? Will I be okay to be at home alone after that?
My mom, who lives out of state is having a few medical issues, so she can't come be with me -- but now she's freaking out because my sister (who is an RN) has convinced her that only someone with a nursing degree can change bandages, etc. After explaining to my mom that women all over the world have this done outpatient, etc. and that the doctors wouldn't be doing it outpatient if they didn't think it was safe.
Now that it's my turn....I've forgotton everything I've read on this site as my focus before was just finding women who have been through this and see what my chances were for having the surgery. Please send me all of your links, advice, things I nwws. My pre-op appointment is next Wenedsday, June 27th.
P.s. My PS has his patients use spanx after...
- 21 Jun 2012
I dont know where the last few weeks have gone!...
- 5 Jul 2012
48 hours until surgery.....feeling pretty calm.....
- 10 Jul 2012
Oh goodness.....an hour and a half until surgery!...
- 12 Jul 2012
Hi everyone!! Well, I made it to the flatside!...
- 13 Jul 2012
HI Ladies. Today is Day 4 Post Op. I'm feeling...
- 16 Jul 2012
I showered last night and boy, what an ordeal! My husband and I were so nervous about taking off the bandages -- which were on like glue and hurt and pinched my skin as they came off. The water felt good, but I felt like I was going to pass out a couple of times when my husband was drying me off. I had to take a few breaks, then resume with the drying, the antibacteiral cream, bandages, then compression garment back on. I'm using spanx garment, per my PS -- and let me tell you, not fun pulling that thing up over the drains! Urgh!
Okay, so my new tummy.....OMG! I can't believe the flap is GONE! And my scar -- is so, so very low! It actually looks like the scar is already healed -- it's that thin! I have alot of swelling, so it's not flat right now (and that kinda made me sad) -- but I have to just be patient and let my body heal!
Oh, and the best thing that happened today -- I went poop! Now, you girls that have gone through this know what a major achievement and relief that is! I didn't realize it until today! I fell SOOOOO much better! I was having major restriction (I had weightloss surgery, vertical sleeve, in March 2011) -- and can't eat very much, just like I had my sleeve done all over again! It felt like food was getting stuck in my chest. So I talked to my bariatic surgeon today and he suggested I start taking protonics (acid reflux medication). So I took one of those pills today and on top of going to the bathroom, I feel like a new woman! LOL!
Tomorrow is my first post op appointment with PS. I wonder if he will remove one of my drains? I know he said he normally removes one in 1 week and the second after week two. So we will see. Will post photos soon!
Also, I'm walking 90 percent upright today -- which is shocking to me! I thought I'd be hunched over for weeks. Praise the Lord I'm not. But I will say also say -- my back hurts....alot! Having to really prop back with pillows when sitting down. I am sleeping in recliner I borrowed from a friend. I can't even imagine trying to get up from a bed. Also, toilet seat riser is teriffic too. I will say that I worked out religiously for the last 8 months and I do think the strength training and cardio have helped in this major surgery and body transformation.
Added two photos from Day 4 post op. Today is...
- 19 Jul 2012
Hi Ladies! I'm now 17 days post op and let me tell...
- 28 Jul 2012
I also weighed myself yesterday and I was down to 197! Yahoo! I went in at 209 and he removed 12 pounds, so that's what's showing up now! I'm so happy, I cried when I got on the scale. I haven't seen a "one" in front of my weight in at least 15 years. I'm wanting to get off another 10-15 pounds and more importantly -- I truely miss going to the gym and hiking! I can't wait until I'm cleared to start exercising.
I did go to the mall on Friday to get a new bra and tried on a few things -- even with these darn drains - Urgh! I was a 14-16 prior to surgery and I fit into a size 12 dress and thats with swelling still! I was so shocked and amazed! I knew my spare tire was taking up alot of room. I hope everyone is doing well.....happy healing to you all!
Hi Ladies....sorrry to long since I've updated,...
- 24 Aug 2012
I'm including some new photos -- I can't believe how great my tummy looks! Aug, 23 was six weeks since surgery and Im pleased as punch! My scar -- what scar? You can barely even tell it's there -- that's how thin and small her got it! One thing he will do is a slight revision when I do my boobs...he's going to take off a little more skin right above the pubic area. He said I was so tight when he sewed me up, but said it goes to show how different people's body react and settle after surgery. He's going to do the revision for free....score!
As you can see in the photos I took last night (Aug. 23), I still have one drain in, which is coming out today at 10:30am! I've had it in for 6 weeks and my drains for the last few weeks have been hovering around 35-40cc's, so he said it's time to get it out. Thanks goodness....it's been a pain in the ass to have that damn thing in this long.....but, it is what it is!
Hope everyone is doing well -- for those who have had BR -- give me a shout out and let me know how your procedure was and what I can expect!