I had 2 children, the last pregnancy being a...
I had 2 children, the last pregnancy being a C-Section, 21 years ago. I have not been able to lose the pouch above the C-Section Scar , I had my surgery Friday and went fo a follow up today, this has actually been better than I expected, I had worked myself up so terribly ,Dr Heck said I needed to rest and have been moving around too much .
Day 5 , I am 52 , 5"1 and 128 lbs at time of TT Surgery
up and down emotions, be sure you take all the help that is offered to you , if you are someone who hates to ask for help, DO IT ANYWAY, the company and help will not only help from a physical stand point but also emotional . It is easy when you are not feeling well to let your mind run wild , we are not crazy , it is worth it and we will feel sooo good about ourselves
Day 6 ~ Taking shape
Everything is taking shape, and my mental state is feeling alittle back to normal , you know how that feels right ? when reality sets in to the world going on out there as I have been indulging in my new found FLAT , CUTE belly ! makes me think of the movie National Lampoon Christmas Vacation,, when the Gal ( in Chevy Chase dreams , is on the diving board) well that will be ME , except i have short hair, short torso but my belly will be FLAT ! I am calling the doctor today , my pain meds make me really jittery , and I really only need 1-2 a day so that is good, but... I also need SLEEP, sleep makes everything better. I am searching for ideas on how to shower without effecting my drain tubes or incision, Who has any great ideas ? I plan to post pictures today !
New Pictures of my soon to be smokin Hot FLAT Belly
Today was GREAT , best yet, my attitude , my energy , my mind was all synced. I go tomorrow to possibly get 1 drain tube out and not sure how long before the other. I showered !!! AHHHHH it felt sooo good, I used a 13 gallon trash bag with waterproof medical tape and taped it tight under my arms, and used a handheld sprayer, I feel normal again. Hope to sleep really good and looking forward to the best is yet to come, My belly feels good, I can really tell I am healing as the incision is sooo tight. I am anxious to stop this compression band also , it feels like it is irritating my skin when it rubs against my stomach :( ta ta for now !
I week ago today , I was coming home from my TT Surgery
Woo hoo, 1 week down ! Went I today , 1drain tube out and 1 to go, I will not rush it, I am told it helps with fluid build up and takes the swelling down :) to make our belly look even better . I feel like a new woman today , sooo much swelling has went down , they cut my CB to fit better ! They say I am doing great, slept really good last night, gals rest and sleep is mandatory for good healing :) , picked up Lunch on our way home, the sun is shining , it's a good day , it only gets better from here's, I can't wait to sport a new shirt TUCKED in, no more hiding rolls !
Slow it down , don't over due it too soon
Today was beautiful , feeling good, went for a pedicure and manicure and lunch with my honey (husband :) and home for a 2 hour nap , big football game tonight , had a friend over and whoops over did it, I feel sore , I used my stomach muscles too much and too much up and down, will rest tomorrow . I weighed myself today and I can tell my swelling is down as the scale reflected it. Pray for a good night sleep and tomorrow is a new day ! Sleep tight ....
The best is yet to come !!! Today is Sabbatical no work , just relax !
Oh my goodness ! I need no other reading today, I love you girls , i have found a new friend on here from Florida, her pictures give me sooo much hope.PHARMASALES , I did way too much yesterday , but it HURT sooo GOOD (john cougarmellencamp song) , I was up way too late and bent over way too much, my stomach muscles actually ache . But great minds think alike , I think LLb or BBNM told me to wear a cami , well being the rule master I am , I did , tool 2 Tylenol and a small tiny pill that worked and I slept like a baby , I am sure my over exertion had something to do with it ,the Sun is shining, another beautiful day ! God I sooo good, he chose this month of the year, this day and time for me to recover and I am so grateful , I can't wait to heal,heal , heal and fly to Marco Island and lay on my Lanai with my new found love , my belly.... Off to drink more coffee ,
Day 11, it's all uphill from here :) I feel Good ( James Brown >
Today is Monday , I have 11 days as a Tummy Tucker :) , feeling great , woke up today and I almost feel normal , no pain , I feel like I could go back to work part time, and run a few errands, bank , post office :) Can you tell reality is setting in, being on bed rest and on Real Self , I get so consumed I forget there is a world going on out there LOL, I plan to take new pictures today , Appt with my PS tomorrow , hoping to get clearance to drive . Someone asked me this morning how I was feeling and I said great , I honestly can say the first 3 days for me was the hardest , emotionally and physically, and I questioned What have I done ? day 4,5,6,7,8,9,10 & 11, I am so flippin excited ! To achieve the results I have wanted for so many years and when you stack menopause on top of frustration of not being able to lose the belly. DING DING , I am a winner, my mother is heaven sooo proud of me, I carry my weight just as she did , and she would have loved to have had the opportunity to treat herself to a TT. I am so excited I didn't wait any longer and I can have the next 50 years or LONGER to enjoy the Flat Side, my PS said do you remember what you looked like at 17 , I said how could I forget HELLO, he said well your belly will look like that, BRING IT ON! Time for another cup of Coffee, I thank God for this website and connecting with all you girls , this has been amazing to share all our hearts , nude pics etc.... LOL Have a Great day!
Day 12 , Visit to My PS and favorite nurse !!
This morning I woke up feeling better than yesterday , each day is getting better , Visit to Dr Heck , and his partner in crime Nurse Nicole (my favorite) , she has put up with me and been so kind. They both say I am doing really well, I have some swelling ( imagine that) although this is normal, continue to wear my spanx body gear for compression, and rub the hard areas. I still have 1 drain and I am soooo ok with that, would prefer long as necessary . My incision looks fabulous and I am feeling great ! My go to friends LLB & BBNM , thanks for answering all my questions and letting me take this journey with you , Looking foward to seeing you ringside at the Mud Wrestle in your Itty bItty yellow polkadot bikini :) Crack me up ! I am promising pictures tomorrow >.
Moving On Up !!! Day 13
Today was good, mall shopping, very little swelling, Lunch ,energy level is great ! alittle sore from the Lipo, hoping to get last drain out tomorrow , I am not having very mush drainage at all. Loaded pictures, I hope it is just that I am a bad photographer! I have no figure , hoping it will continue to take shape . Anxious to wear some cute clothes again. This weekend is a busy one , so I would like to look good and feel good at the same time, pray the nurse calls me and get me in , or I may have to take this thing out myself. It doesnt seem like it is that hard .LOL
Many of you had your surgerys today , anxious to hear from you.
I hit the button to fast ,
2 Weeks PO , Drain removed, feeling good , QUESTIONS my RealSelf Friends ?
Friday was 2 weeks since my surgery, my 2nd drain tube was removed, I wear my CB 23 out of 24 hours, I am feeling great ! Anxious to feel comfortable in clothes again :) Spent the day at the Soccer Field with my daughter , walked some , but rested also , it was pretty most of the day , That felt good to be back to the real world again , I hope all of you are healing quickly and easily!
Just booked a trip to Florida ,very excited to walk the beach and reflect.
I notice many postings about drinking alot of water and swelling, How long does the swelling last ? I go up and down, and I have never been good about my water intake doing better since my surgery. The nurse didnt mention increasing my water intake ? Also is swelling automatic with Lipo and is there a period of time you could expect to have it ? My appetite is definately decreased , is this normal ?
20 days po , where are the days going ???
Feeling great, went to the Surgeon yesterday , had to have fluid aspirated ,no pain , I think it is better than having a drain tube, as others have said drinking more water helps get rid of the retention . I hope to post pictures tomorrow . I am conditioning myself to do alittle relax, alittle relax. Etc..... I am still alittle swollen, trying to fit in jeans is alittle frustrating. I am dying to go shopping , new panties, jeans and cute TUCKED in shirts . I have learned from this site , that size has nothing to do with it, when we all put it in perspective , it is the same feeling for all of us ,large ,small or medium build . My flat side has not been noticed by anyone, or even a hey you look like you have lost weight :( , need to be wearing clothes that are more flattering LOL , I have loved reading the posts of all of you that are scheduled and the excitement in your posts . IT IS SOOO worth IT ! Don't doubt yourself .
Tomorrow is 3 weeks , HARD to believe :)
Today was weird , I felt tired, I think I over do it and then have to catch up on resting, Thank God I work from home :) Sooo I bought ANOTHER compression garment , felt good initally and then it starts to feel to tight and my hip bones start to hurt , back to the Surgeons band , I just need to find something comfortable to wear , after going to dinner and sitting abit, I get up to leave and I have to walk hunched over :( , soooo flippin excited I just want to shop and wear clothes. Leave for sand and palm trees in 1 week. Sound like all our gals are doing great !! Gonna grab my camara and uplaod some pics and tomorrow I promise I will actually have clothes on :) Love ya , sleep tight!
New belly button revealed and 3 weeks today PO .
Here are my new pics , I actually will post some with clothing on :) so you can see how flat my stomach is, I am hoping my belly button is still taking shape ? And I guess my figure has always been that straight up and down on my sides , I really want a tiny bit of a waist , like alittle indention to show I have one . I am back sleeping in my own bed for 5 nights now, going well, I can sleep on both sides , my hubby thinks I am doing great , although he continues to remind me , this is a long recovery :) I am not one to sit and wait , I have things to do , people to see and SHOPPING to do , LOL Florida bound this time next week to our 2nd home , that will be very relaxing and Vitamin D is soooo good for the soul ! I have been wearing my CG 24/7 ,and I don't see any swelling or fluid retention since he last aspirated on Tuesday . Guess that is good :) , hoping for a beautiful weekend, and everyday is better and better !
Day 23 PO , Sunday Sabbatical today , woo hoo !!
Well Saturday , ummmm I was a bit moody and trying to figure out how I am going to walk straight and when !! I tried a muscle relaxer , can't do them !! I don't like the way the make me feel , although I slept great last night , for those of you that have children ,Do you remember the first time your baby slept through the night and you woke up FREAKED out , thinking oh my I just slept through while my baby slept , WELL I had that same feeling today although , I woke up on my back , legs straight and didn't have that uncomfortable pulling effect !! Sooo flippin excited ,I get out of bed and trying not to be too optimistic , but at least initially I am able to walk straight up with little discomfort or pulling, Could it be ?? We will see as the day goes on. Plan to run to kohls , Macy's etc... Sun is shining , beautiful outside and it's a new day ! Thank you to all of you my special friends for being on here ! make it a great day !
25 PO , updated pictures :) feeling excited
Friday will be 1 month since I moved .... To the flat side , energy level is good , feeling much better , I am able to walk straight , see my PS on Thursday and I am still wearing some form of compression, hoping he will agree that My fluid retention is good and I can start to go without it more often . My clothes are very loose :) waiting to buy anything new until I know better of what I should be buying, too fun. I have posted new pics as of today , stomach shots, bathing suit pic ( I found on clearance) while shopping for spanx and dress pic
4 weeks PO, Palm Trees and SUN , amazing !
Well I am here ! Saw my PS before I left (Thursday ) he extradited fluid from my belly, said I can walk, no bike riding :( , still need to wear compression , I have yet o find one I LOVE , LOL . My pants are either falling down from loss of weight or the slickness of the fabric of my spanx , I am down 5 lbs , and does anyone else notice this but now that I have lost my belly my boobs look huge !!! LOL. I notice my energy levels up and down , I really over did it today , shopping with my sister in law , and up and down, and I start to feel really tight , when I get tired and overdo it . My appetite is back full force , need to pay attention and be sure and eat healthy. No real complaints, I just would prefer not o retain fluid so I can stop wearing his garment . Hope everyone is feeling well, many of you just had your surgery , hope you are on the upswing , it is WORTH it , never doubt :) picture to be posted Monday .
Back to Reality :) 5 weeks PO .
Back from Palm Trees ,Sand and 85 degree weather TO cloudy, gray and 45 degree weather :( Nice ,relaxing , therapeutic visit . I am now 5 weeks , Sertoma has slowed way down ,swelling up and down , new pics to post not sure we can tell a difference , my scar and stomach looks better to me than the pictures , but.... As they say pics don't lie , See my PS Thursday , never been so excited to see a doctor so much, and will start my Scar Treatment today .
Pops more pics
November 20 can't come soon enough , back in 3 weeks :) My recovery will be further along and am hopingI can ride a bike, paddle board and start playing !!!
New pics tomorrow :(
The operator on my cell phone doesn't take very good pictures -ME , lol will use my camara . hope all is resting and healing well.
5 1/2 weeks PO , New pics , improving everyday !
I am getting very excited to see my PS on Thursday , I don't feel or look like I am having any fluid retention , and it seems like my swelling is at a minimal , can that be possible ? I had a physical today with my General physician , and nothing like being reaffirmed by another Doctor , he couldn't believe how well I am doing with my recovery and how I could move about ,and I had my annual pap , He was concerned he would hurt me, I did GREAT woo hoo, he said my scar is healing very nicely . I took more pictures as the last one were not clear , I wish I still had my before picture on my iPad so I could do the sidebyside pictures , I must have gotten nervous and deleted them :( if anyone knows how to get them from the top so I can compare side by side , teach me. I need CLOTHES , not sure when I should do this , but... I also am going to take some of my favorite jeans in to be altered and of course buy new ones also:) , thanks for all the support on here and love reading all your reviews :)
7 1/2 weeks !!! Life back to normal and get to Shop for new clothes !,
12 Nov 2013
2 months post
Well almost 8 weeks , AMAZING what 2 months will do ! I don't go back to the PS until January , no more fluid :) looking good he says ! Ok to work out with the exception of ABS , energy is back, my stomach feels really tight in the mornings and late afternoon, does that mean I am swelling ? My waist has went down , my weight has went down , but .., will need to be careful my appetite is back ! It's interesting since I am short and was still within goal weight, no one has mentioned they can see weight loss, which is great !! Proves it was all in my stomach and I did a good job hiding it , I soooo badly have to figure this side by side thing, I want to compare , here are new pics , my honey said what happened to your belly button, he must not think its cute , but I actually like it better than my old one.
3 1/2 months
12 Jan 2014
4 months post
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year , I have been preoccupied with the holidays , where do I begin , I am trying hard to lose more weight , my clothes fit great! stomach flat , I was down to 123 after surgery , although with feeling better and appetite back also comes weight gain, I now understand the whole swelling concept,mine do swell and it is is hard to determine why or when it may happen, I am very anxious for that to subside, it's interesting how your boobs look bigger when your stomach is flatter . I was told by another yummy tucker , if you gain weight it will be in other areas other than the site where the surgery was performed . I am still hoping to see my results get better , I am pleased would do it again , have felt it is worth it. I will take pics this week and load , it will be interesting to see if we see much difference . Ta ta for now ! Curious for feedback on how others felt at this point in your journey ?
4 months PO updated pictures
13 Jan 2014
4 months post
I notice when I am swollen my belly button looks off center , has the swelling pertrudes and makes my stomach not look even , this was taken in the morning , trying to eat healthy and incorporate exercise