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Almost One Year Post-Op!! I've Officially Made It ;-) - Columbus, OH

I am 28 years old and a stay-at-home mother to two...

I am 28 years old and a stay-at-home mother to two beautiful children, ages 6 and 3. I've never been too heavy but have always had trouble with my midsection. That has always been the place that I would gain the weight first and then the last place that I would lose it.

While I was pregnant with my first child, I developed preeclamsia. Even though I gained about 30 pounds, I was left with huge stretch marks all over my stomach because of holding water and gaining weight rapidly. This just added to the hideous appearance of my stomach. I have NEVER worn a bikini in my entire life and I am really hoping that once I have my surgery, I will feel confident enough to do it. I am 5 feet 5 inches tall and weigh 140 pounds. I work out 5 days a week. I think I'm pretty toned but stomach just looks fat and grotesque. I'm hoping that I can lose about 10 more pounds before my surgery but I am really having a tough time taking that last 10 pounds off. Do you think I would still have good results without losing the 10 pounds? Anyways, my surgery will be in October and I have so many reservations and fears about it. I worry about the recovery time, about not being able to pick up my very needy 3 year old daughter, and about possible complications like blood clots and infection.

I want this soooo bad though. I just don't want to risk my life having a surgery because I'm being superficial. But I also don't think I can be happy with my appearance with a stomach that looks like mine. I have a "frown" belly button that you can see if I wear anything remotely tight and it drives me insane and limits what clothes I can wear. I am going to post my before pictures tonight so you all can see what I am talking about. I look forward to all the support from this site as I start my journey towards a new, cute tummy! So scared but so excited to have this procedure done.

I am adding my "before" pictures today. Try not to...

I am adding my "before" pictures today. Try not to get too grossed out lol.

I am adding a photo of me from the back. I am...

I am adding a photo of me from the back. I am possibly going to have liposuction of my "flanks" and so I want to be able to show the difference if I do ;-)

I am struggling with my fears about taking pain...

I am struggling with my fears about taking pain meds after surgery. Each day there is a new worry lol! I was wondering if any of you out there that have had a tummy tuck got the pain pump and if I should request to have one? I am really scared about taking pain pills (vicodin) since I have never taken them before and both of my parents get sick on them (worried that I may be the same way??). I was hoping that if I got the pain pump, then maybe I wouldn't have to take the narcotics??? Anyone have any insight on that for me? I am just worried that on top of just having surgery, I will feel sick and out of it too and I hate feeling out of control.....

I keep reading about people taking "bromelain" and...

I keep reading about people taking "bromelain" and "arnica". Going to look into those and I am preparing to buy my post-op binder, wedge pillows, and other tummy tuck necessities ;-) Can't wait until Wednesday to talk with the PS and see what I am officially going to have done. So many reservations about the whole thing but I am also ready to get the show on the road. I have been visualizing having surgery, seeing my incision, and picturing a good outcome. Also doing a lot of praying. God doesn't answer selfish prayers but I continue to pray for guidance and comfort through this process ;-)

I made the mistake of reading a post where a girl...

I made the mistake of reading a post where a girl developed blood clots in her lungs about 3 and a half months after lipo and tummy tuck surgery and that has me really scared. She was my age and said she was active and it still happened :-( Really struggling with that today. Part of me wants to call this whole thing off and live with what I have. My life and my children are more important that having a nice stomach and being able to wear a bikini. I will discuss this tomorrow with the plastic surgeon, along with fifty million other questions that I have. I am just so torn now - to go through with it and risk having complications that could possibly be severe or to go through the rest of my life hating my appearance......??????? Ugh!

Went to see my PS today and I feel much better...

Went to see my PS today and I feel much better about going forward with my surgery. She was honest in all her answers but we discussed all of the precautions that she and I will take to avoid any and all risks/complications. I felt sOOoOoo much better. I was happy to learn that she will not need to lipo my flanks - yay!! This girl didn't want to have to have lipo ;-) We also discussed my breasts and me possibly having an augmentation with a lift. Well, she talked me right out of that lol! I am not too saggy and have plenty of breast tissue so we decided that scaring up my breasts wasn't worth it. They look good with a nice push up bra so I'm okay he he. October can't come fast enough though. I want it here so I can do it while I have the courage. I've been really scared of dying or having complications after surgery. I will continue to pray about my decision and continue to trust in God, that He will watch over me and bring me through this ;-)

So I am trying to lose weight before I have my...

So I am trying to lose weight before I have my surgery. I was 140 and now I'm down to 137. It's such a struggle! I was told I didn't need to have lipo of my flanks but now I am starting to wonder. I asked my husband to be completely honest with me (big mistake lol!) and he said I could still stand to lose a few pounds. Wondering if I should push my surgery date back until I lose atleast 10 more pounds??? Feeling chubby and I just want the best results possible. Not sure what to do....Oh well. Gonna keep hitting the gym and trying to eat as healthy as possible from now until then....

I decided to tell my dad and stepmom about my...

I decided to tell my dad and stepmom about my decision to have the tummy tuck since I would be needing them to get my son on and off the bus on the day of my surgery. They weren't very supportive and didn't understand why I wanted to risk my life and go through all that pain just for a flatter stomach. They were actually quite negative and it made me really sad and is making me question whether I should go through with this. Not sure what I'm going to do now.....

So....I talked to my ps office today and my tummy...

So....I talked to my ps office today and my tummy tuck is now scheduled for October 20th!!!! That is only 4 weeks away -ahhh!!! I go for my pre-op appointment on October 5th. Please pray that this is the best decision for me and that I don't chicken out ;-) And thank you all for the support!

So....I had the absolute worst dream ever last...

So....I had the absolute worst dream ever last night and I am going to blame it on eating frosted flakes before bed lol. I had a dream that I had my tummy tuck surgery and was left with an open wound and then on top of that found my husband cheating on me lol. It was horrible. I'm totally obsessing about this surgery now because it is literally only 4 weeks away. I'm so scared that something is going to go wrong. Part of me wants to cancel - same old concerns from me guys, sorry, I know it gets redundant. Wish God would give me a sign of approval and a sign that I should go ahead with this......

Today was a good day ;-) Went from being a blonde...

Today was a good day ;-) Went from being a blonde to a brunette, super fun. I also went shopping for cute comfy outfits to wear while I'm recovering. I just have a few concerns tonight after reading some posts. I am so scared now of everything I will have to put myself and my family through after surgery. I am starting to wonder if it is going to be worth it or not. Not to mention my normal fears of complications and risks. I hate the unknown and wish I could control the outcome, but I can't. How did you ladies overcome your fears and just do it? My friends and hubby are being so supportive and encouraging me to have this done but it seems like each passing day I get more and more apprehensive. I look at my stomach and know for certain that I want it to be better and that I want to have this surgery done, but it is killing me with all the anxiety and fear I am experiencing. Part of me feels like I need to just do it and deal with the consequences later. But the other part of me feels like I need to be realistic and plan to be in pain, to be uncomfortable, to be somewhat depressed, to be housebound for a while, to miss my sons soccer games and my daughters dance classes, to stop going to my bible study for several weeks, and the list goes on and on. Not to mention I don't "sit" very well. I'm always cleaning or finding something to do that I never watch tv. I am also horrible when I'm sick because I hate being down. Wondering if the pros outweigh the cons - not so sure that they do anymore :-( Help!!!!! LOL! Sorry ladies, I know I am constantly updating about all my fears and about possibly backing out. I am just not taking this lightly. It is a very serious surgery with a very long recovery time and it scares me to death......

Well...only 23 more days to go!! I go to my...

Well...only 23 more days to go!! I go to my cardiologist on Friday to make sure that my heart is good to go for surgery. I'll be having an EKG and Echo done. I get them once a year anyways due to having a diagnosis of SVT and previous heart murmur(episode free for 4 years now and murmur free for 3!!). Praying that all is well and I get the okay to go ahead with surgery. One week until my pre-op and I'm still adding questions to my very long list ;-) They are going to think I'm a nut case lol! I've been pretty good lately though, not worrying too much about the surgery. I'm going to try to finish up my lists of "things to have after surgery" and "things to do before surgery" so I can get a start on it now. Any suggestions there are appreciated! Also, I see that a lot of people take vitamin C before the surgery. I don't take any vitamins right now, I just try to eat healthy, but do you think I should start taking a multi-vitamin and the vitamin C?

I'm not sure if it's because I'm feeling extra...

I'm not sure if it's because I'm feeling extra chubby today or what but I am worried that I need lipo and my doctor said I didn't. I looked at some of the posts on here and the majority of you who have tummy tucks get lipo along with it. Not to mention that a lot of you are much smaller than me and still got it too. Hmm....wondering if that is something that I need to call the PS about? I just want to have the best results possible and now I'm worried that I'll have this surgery and still feel like I'm fat. Or I'll have the tummy tuck and it will make my flanks look even bigger. Man, the worries I have are endless! Lol! Seriously though, should I say something about the lipo? I really don't want to have it because of how painful it is but if I need it, I'd rather get it over with now.....

I'm feeling a bit scared and nervous today about...

I'm feeling a bit scared and nervous today about going through with my tummy tuck. I wish I could be happy and excited but I keep having horrible nightmares about surgery and I'm so worried that I will be in the small percentage that has complications. I can't wait to go to my pre-op so my fears can be eased. I just pray every day that I am making the right decision. I also make the mistake of reading a lot of the "Not Worth It" posts. Why in the heck did I do that? LOL! My nightmare last night was me having surgery and then seeing myself after and I looked horrible. My belly button was off center and I still had tons of extra skin. In my dream I was sobbing because the results weren't what I expected and I was so let down. Why am I having all these nightmares??? Ugh! Sorry to unload on you guys but I had to get this off of my chest and my hubby is sick of hearing about it lol! I am struggling with wanting it so bad but feeling like I should cancel out of fear that something bad is going to happen. Not sure how to overcome this....

Hello ladies ;-) I'm going to be going for my...

Hello ladies ;-) I'm going to be going for my pre-op appointment tomorrow in Columbus. I'm going to get all of my prescriptions, instructions, and pay for the rest of the surgery. I'm still having doubts so please pray that I get a clear answer on what I'm going to do tomorrow (before paying ha ha!). If any of you guys can think of any good questions I should ask, let me know. I have a nice list right now but I can't help but feel I'm missing something. Thank you all for being so supportive and awesome. I really really appreciate it. Man, I'm so happy I found this site!

I had a long night last night. I had so much...

I had a long night last night. I had so much anxiety about going to my pre-op appointment today because I knew I had to make my final decision on whether or not I am going to go through with this procedure. After speaking with the nurse (who was very nice) and going over all of the forms and instructions, I decided that I AM going forward with the surgery. From here on out it is nothing but positive thoughts and excitement. The plastic surgeon and her team are highly trained and the best at what they do so I have to trust that they will take care of me. They explained how they handle emergency situations and what would happen if something went wrong. Hearing all of that made me feel better. The surgery center has all of the safety qualifications and certifications that a hospital has and all of the anesthesiologists are doctors that come over from the nearby hospital, Mount Carmel East. Here is a rundown of all the information I was given:

-Prior to surgery I am to purchase gauze, a pregnancy test, a compression garment (I'm given one but they said to buy another to wear over top after one week. Any suggestions on good ones? Let me know ;-), and I am to fill all of my prescriptions (Percocet for pain, Duricef for antibiotic, Scopoline patch to be placed behind my ear on day of surgery for nausea, and Valium for anxiety after surgery).
-On the day of the surgery I am to get up and shower and be at the surgery center at 7:30am
I will be the first surgery of the day (yay!). This means I will have to leave my house at 5:30a.m but oh well, I'll probably be up anyways.
-I will apply my anti-nausea patch before the drive to the surgery center.
-Once I arrive I will be taken to the pre-op area with my mom and husband. The surgeon will come in and answer any last minute questions and mark on me, the anesthesiologist will come in and explain what he'll be giving me (I may also get a "pre-surgery cocktail" from him to help me relax), and then I will be taken to the surgery room.
-Once in surgery they will put on compression stockings and then I will be put to sleep and monitored.
-Surgery is estimated to take 2 and a half hours but may take less time. After, I'll be taken to a recovery room where they will wake me. I'll have to eat and drink something, walk around, and use the restroom. Once I feel good enough I will either be taken to a local hotel (I live 1 hour and 45 minutes from the surgery center) or my husband will drive me home to recover.
-My surgery is on a Thursday and I will follow up with my doctor the following Wednesday as long as I don't have any problems.
-I will be sent home with compression hose on and will also have a pain pump for 3 days. On Sunday evening I will be allowed to remove the pain pump and then I can shower for the first time on Monday.
-I am not to take anything other than a multi-vitamins without any herbs prior to surgery and after.
-After surgery I am also to do the following: deep breathing exercises and cough to prevent pneumonia from developing, get out of bed walk for a few minutes or move my legs every hour, wear compression hose for 2 to 3 days, and empty my drains every 8 hours and record the amount. I will get drains removed once I am draining less than 30cc in a 16 hour period (usually one to two weeks).

I think that's about everything. My goal from now until then is to stay healthy and prevent illness, as this would cause me to have to reschedule. I'm also going to purchase everything I need and get prescriptions filled. I wasn't told to scrub or wash with any special soap but does anyone recommend that I do that to prevent infection? Only 15 more days and I'll be on the other side - yikes!! Please pray for me during this process, I strongly believe in the power of prayer. Any suggestions or input is greatly appreciated ;-) I'm gonna do this!!!!!!!

Sorry for the crazy long update earlier ;-) I just...

Sorry for the crazy long update earlier ;-) I just wanted to write down everything that happened today for any new people reading. I thought that it would be nice to know what the exact instructions are and what is prescribed. Plus I'm going to use it for future reference before the surgery, since everything is fresh in my head right now ;-)

I feel the uncertainty and anxiety creeping up...

I feel the uncertainty and anxiety creeping up again....ugh. I am so scared of having complications and I made the mistake of coming across a few lovely women who suddenly developed pulmonary embolisms about a week after surgery :-( Why did I even read that? I am so scared now because they looked healthy, made sure they were walking around, and wore compression hose but still developed pulmonary embolisms. Yes, they survived, but what a scary ordeal! Wish this was easier for me but it's not. I felt so sure and confident a few days ago but my resolve is waivering. When I told my husband my concerns he said that backing out is not an option because he is not losing 50% of the money we paid. I feel bad because I do want this but I just don't want to risk the chance of having a major life threatening complication or even death! Why can this be easier for me???? Sorry ladies. Same old post just a different day. Had to get it out lol.

Well....only 9 more days to go!! I have been doing...

Well....only 9 more days to go!! I have been doing okay, trying to think of only positive outcomes and trying to stay away from the internet lol. I had a bad cough/cold 6 or 7 weeks ago and the cough is still hanging on so I'll be going to see my family doctor today to make sure it isn't bronchitis or something else. I just want it to be gone before surgery. I also called the PS office today and spoke with the nurse (Barb) and felt like she was rushing me off the phone. I don't like that at all. If she is like this now, how will she be after surgery? That kind of bothered me. Anyways, can't wait to be on the other side at this point. Praying all goes well. If you read this, please keep me in your prayers. Thanks ladies ;-)

One week from tomorrow, at 7:30 am, I will having...

One week from tomorrow, at 7:30 am, I will having my tummy tuck!!! EEK!!!! The countdown begins ;-) Send prayers, positive vibes, and good advice my way. Hoping for a beautiful belly button and low scar (on top of mild pain and zero complications of course). It has been years since I've seen the inside of my belly button, isn't that crazy? Can't wait to see what it actual looks like lol! I spent a few minutes with my belly today and was like, "Look fatty, this time next week you are out of my life forever!!" He he. Trying not to think about the surgery too much and have felt pretty calm the past few days. Is this the calm before the storm? I'm starting to wonder......

Only four more days until my surgery!!!! I've been...

Only four more days until my surgery!!!! I've been cleaning like a crazy lady - I'm talking drawers, closets, under beds, cabinets, everything lol! I picked up a few more things today for after my surgery (colace, aspirin, hand soap, hand sanitizer, and flexees compression tanks, bodysuit, and underwear) and I've got my babysitters lined up for Thursday and Friday so I know the kids will taken care of ;-) Praying that I don't get sick from now until Thursday. Today my husband has been having diarrhea (TMI I know!) and I do NOT want to get that. I need to be in tip top shape for surgery or they will reschedule it. I'm not sure I would still do it if they have to reschedule it. I am going to try and keep myself busy from now until then though. I am volunteering at my son's school 2 days this week, cleaning the house again on Wednesday, and then heading down to Columbus Wednesday night. We decided to stay in a hotel the night before instead of making the 1 hour and 45 minute drive the day of. Keep me in your prayers please. When I think of having the surgery and going through with it I feel sick to my stomach. It literally makes me nauseous and scared to death. Thanks everyone for all of the support. Any last minute advice, please let me know!! The next 4 days are going to fly by.

Of all the times to get a UTI, why does it have to...

Of all the times to get a UTI, why does it have to be 3 days before my surgery???!!! I am getting ready to head to the doctor and will have to be put on antibiotics but I'll hopefully still be able to move forward with the surgery on Thursday. I already have everything lined up so I would hate to have to reschedule it. I just want to get it done already!!! Did any of you have an infection prior to surgery? The nurse at my PS's office said it should be okay as long as I start my antibiotics today and do not have a fever. I am so bummed right now. I wanted to be in the best shape and condition for my surgery, not have an infection and be on antibiotics :-(

So....only 2 days until my surgery!! On top of the...

So....only 2 days until my surgery!! On top of the UTI, my antibiotic (Macrobid) is making me feel sick. It woke me up all last night and made me feel like I was going to puke. Today I am exhausted, having stomach pains, and just feel sick :-( Please pray that it gets better for me. I really need to feel better before surgery. I'm actually considering rescheduling it based on how I feel but I know that I have everything lined up for this week already. My husband has his vacation time in, the kids will be going to the sitter, the hotel is booked, and I have been mentally preparing myself. Not sure what in the hell to do??????

Well, off to scrub my upstairs and wash blankets, pillowcases, and sheets. Going to try to keep busy so I don't have to think about things any more than I already do. Hope you all have a good day.

This time tomorrow morning, I'll be in surgery for...

This time tomorrow morning, I'll be in surgery for my tummy tuck!!! Ahhhh!! Oddly enough, my anxiety has been low and I feel pretty calm. I even slept really well last night, which was nice. Praying that I can sleep well tonight and praying that everything goes great and better than expected tomorrow. I've never had surgery of any kind and I've never been under general anesthesia so I hope that goes okay. If you think of me, please pray for me tonight and tomorrow. It brings me comfort to know that people are praying because I believe in the power of prayer. I've also been praying and now I just need to trust in God that he will bring me through this. Going to spend my morning finishing up laundry, light cleaning and picking up, then having lunch with my son at his school, and I've got to pack for the hotel. I'll be heading to Columbus tonight (about an hour and 45 minute drive from my house) with my husband and my mom. I have to be at the surgery center at 7:30am and then my surgery will start around 8am. If I feel well, I'll be back home tomorrow evening and I'll update you all. Thanks in advance for thinking of me and praying for me. I really appreciate all the kind thoughts and encouragement you guys have given me. It has really helped me get through this and stick it out. Hope you all have a blessed day.

This is my last update before my surgery tomorrow...

This is my last update before my surgery tomorrow morning. I'm packing and then heading down to Columbus. Please, if you read this, say a prayer for me tonight and throughout tomorrow. I'll update you as soon as I get home and feel up to it. Thank you all for your support.

I survived ;-) The surgery took 2 and a half hours...

I survived ;-) The surgery took 2 and a half hours. I am already home from Columbus and relaxing in my recliner. Doctor said I had significant muscle separation and laxity of the muscles so she tightened them really good. And guess what? I can tell!!! I am not in severe pain but I have more of a burning sensation throughout my stomach, even after being on morphine and percoset and having a pain pump. She also said that she took off almost 2 pounds of skin and fat!!!! Seems like a lot to me. Anywyas, when I woke up from surgery, I was in quite a bit of pain(like a 7 on a 1 to 10 scale). I also felt extrememly dizzy. However, I stayed up and ate crackers, drank sprite, went to the bathroom, and walked around some. Then we left and made the 1 hour and 45 minute drive home (it wasn't too bad). Right now I'm making sure that I flex my calfs and I'm making myself take deep breaths, even though it kills when I do. Doctor told me to do deep breaths 20 times every two hours. Still wearing the compression hose too and I have to pee all the time it seems. So thankful though that everything went well and I never puked or felt sick. I have no idea what anything looks like and won't be able to see until Sunday. Don't have my pre-op appointment until next Wednesday. Oh, and I only have one drain in! I thought that was kind of weird because everyone on here either has 2 or 3. Hubby just emptied my drain and there was 25 cc's in it.

Sorry my post is all over the place ;-) Please continue with your prayers, I greatly appreciate it! Talk to you soon and I will hopefully be able to post a pic on Sunday when I am allowed to shower and remove my binder. Thanks again ladies for all of your support and encouragement throughout this process.

Post-Op Day 1: Today was a pretty good day. I had...

Post-Op Day 1: Today was a pretty good day. I had a bowel movement (i know, tmi), I haven't taken any pain meds, and even got out of the house to ride along to my sisters house to drop off the kids. I also weighed myself this morning and was down to 134lbs! But I am up to 137lbs. as of five minutes ago lol! I do feel like I am more swollen this evening, probably from going down and up my stairs and walking around the house a little more. I feel slightly more swollen on my right side. I am not in too much pain, just uncomfortable and having a burning sensation throughout my stomach. Also having a pins and needles feeling at the incision site and belly button site. But the worst part about this whole process is being hunched over. All the muscles in my back are sore and hurt. I'm laying in a recliner now and have a heating pad on my back. Gave me a little relief I guess. Still don't have much of an appetite. Yesterday I only ate crackers and drank water. Today I am continuing with the water but ate egg whites, prunes, apple, orange, protein bar, and a turkey sandwich. Also, I coughed today and about died. The pain from that was horrible and way worse than when I laugh. Don't wanna cough anymore but I'm supposed to so I can keep my lungs clear. But man it hurts! My drainage is slightly lighter today. It still kind of looks like fruit punch but is getting lighter. My total drainage today was 160 cc's. Not sure if that is good or bad but that's what I got. Oh, I am also feeling short of breath when I get up from a sitting or laying position and get winded when I walk. I think it's because things are so tight when I stand. I am not short of breath when I'm just laying here though. And guess what else? I had to put a call in to my PS because my pupils are extremely dilated! She thinks that the nausea patch that I wore during surgery and part of today got on my hands and then into my eyes. She said it should go away soon. I hope so because it is freaking me out. Super excited for Sunday when I get to see how things look. I hope she did a good job but we'll see. I know that the lady parts are lifted and look good and I also feel like my thighs have been lifted slightly, which is nice. I do feel swollen and bruised "down there" so I'm hoping that goes away soon. Sorry for another long post but I thought ppl who are going to be having this surgery might want to know all the tiny details (I know I did). Good night and have a great weekend ladies!! Once again, thank you for your prayers and encouragement. I greatly appreciate it.

Post-Op Day 2: Still doing okay. I haven't taken...

Post-Op Day 2: Still doing okay. I haven't taken any pain meds since the day of surgery and didn't even have any tylenol today. I can do everything without any assistance, aside from bending way down to pickthings up. I am still experiencing some pins and needles sensations (almost like tiny bugs crawling) around the belly button and incision site. Had another bowel movement today with zero pain. I have to attribute that to prunes and no pain meds ;-) Still finding that I pee a TON! But I am also drinking a ton. When I weighed myself this morning (just tracking my swelling) I was 134 again and then around 9:15pm tonight I weighed 135. Feel like the swelling in my pubic area has gone down significantly. My drainage today, so far, has totaled 135 cc's and the color has changed to a orangy/light pink color and seems to be slowing down. My back is still in pain and is probably the most annoying and painful thing right now. Still have to walk hunched over but my husband and son said that I do look much more upright than yesterday so that's good. Also, my husband had to adjust my binder because it was riding up. I couldn't see anything because I was laying down but he said that my incision is very low and looks really good. That made me happy. I will get to see it tomorrow and will hopefully take pics and post them.

My mom came and sat with me while my husband took my son to his football game. She helped me take a sponge bath and put deodorant and lotion on. That made me feel better. My hair needs washed so I'm looking forward to an actual shower tomorrow.

On a more negative note, I had a small breakdown today. Several things are bothering me more than the physical pain: I missed my sons football game and he scored a touchdown, my daughter wanted me to hold her so bad but I couldn't, and I miss my bed and cuddling with my husband beyond belief. This recliner isolates me and isn't that comfy to sleep in. I was up several times last night because I kept having to adjust myself. I also experienced several heart palpitations today and they really freaked me out. I also have pain in my left butt cheek that goes down my left leg. My husband said it is probably my sciatic nerve but it freaks me out and makes my mind race with all the possibilities of what it could be. All of this just got to me and I cried to my husband (crying hurt too by the way). I couldn't help but think that had I not did this, I could be at my sons game, I could hold my daughter, I could be enjoying this beautiful fall weekend with my family. I know this process is an emotional rollercoaster so I am trying to keep things in perspective. I just want the next few months to fly by, I just want to heal well, and I want to experience zero complications.

I did get out of the house again today just to ride along to rent a movie and to get the kids something to eat. It was a short drive but was still nice to get out. I even managed to put a little make-up on. Came home and the kids ate but I still have no appetite. I literally have to make myself eat. Had some crackers, prunes, an apple, a turkey sandwich, and a few bites of broccoli.

Sorry, I'm rambling, but I just want to get out everything that I'm going through and everything I did today so I have it to look back on and compare other days to. One thing is for sure, it's way different to live this than to read about it.

Post-Op Day 3: It's only 10am but I feel like I've...

Post-Op Day 3: It's only 10am but I feel like I've accomplished some things today. I took my pain pump out on my own, had a bowel movement, and sneezed! OMGosh, sneezing hurt just as bad as coughing and i thought for sure that I ripped something. I checked it out and nothing is torn on the outside so that's good. I managed to look at my incision and belly button and took a pic that I will upload as soon as I can. I am swollen on the sides the most, especially the side with the drain in. It looks almost like I may have a dog ear, that's how swollen it is. Oh well, too soon to tell. Taking the pain pump out was super easy. I'm curious to see if I will have an increase in pain at the incision site. Only time will tell.

I am getting ready to take my first shower and I am really nervous about it. I feel like I want to do it in stages throughout the day lol. Like wash my hair first, take a break, wash my upper body, take a break, do my lower half, take a break, shave my legs, etc. I'll have to update later and let you guys know how it goes.

Question for you guys who have had your tummy tucks: How often are you up and around throughout the day? I am not sure if I am doing too much or not enough. I want to make sure that I am moving enough to prevent blood clots. I am still really worried about developing one. I still have my compression hose on so I hope that helps.

Thanks everyone.

Still Post-Op Day 3 ;-) I managed to take a super...

Still Post-Op Day 3 ;-) I managed to take a super quick shower with the help of my hubby. Wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I didn't get to shave my legs though. Maybe tomorrow.

Drainage for today was 105 cc's. The color is a pale pink and it is definitely slowing down.

Had another crying spell this evening. I was feeling really anxious about this leg pain and scared that it could be something serious. I wanted to go to the hospital but my husband talked me out of it. I'm going to call the doctor in the morning because I'd much rather be safe than sorry. I can't wait for this to be over, for me to survive, and to get on with my life. And it's only day 4 lol!!!!

Post-Op Day 4: Today was a good day. I slept 7...

Post-Op Day 4: Today was a good day. I slept 7 hours straight last night for the first time since before I had surgery. I woke up soaked in sweat and the swelling in my stomach was virtually gone. My drainage changed back to a fruit punch color from a light pink/orangy color but it has slowed down considerably. My total for today was 40 cc's. I did have to cough today and felt as though it opened my incision, that's how bad it hurt. My husband checked it and everything was fine on the outside.

On a negative note, around 1pm today my husband noticed that I had blood on my compression garment. We discovered that I was bleeding around my drainage tube site. I called the PS and spoke with a nurse who said that I should be fine and that it happens. I go on Wednesday to get checked out for my first post-op appointment. I honestly can't wait. I'm going to ask for some anti-anxiety meds because I have had an increase in anxiety. I think it's from the fact that I'm so tight, I feel like I can't breath. It's such an uncomfortable feeling and one that I didn't expect to have. I am fine when I am laying down but if I get up to walk, I get so out of breath. It's not a good feeling. I literally struggle to talk and walk at the same time.

When it comes to pain, I haven't been in much pain at all and haven't had any pain meds since my surgery day. I just feel tight, uncomfortable, and my back is getting quite a workout. I am still hunched over but standing a little straighter than yesterday. My husband seems to think that I'll be upright by the end of the week and I pray he's right. My back is killing me.

I am taking some pictures tonight and should have them posted by tomorrow. Not sure how I feel about my stomach yet or how I feel about putting myself through this. I have been a little emotional every day (although today was better) and question why I did this. However, it's too late and I can't turn back time so I have to deal with it. I just miss the old me right now, fat and stretch marks and all. Worth It? Not sure at this point.

Post-Op Day 5: Wow, last night was absolutely...

Post-Op Day 5: Wow, last night was absolutely HORRIBLE! At one point I thought, this is it, I'm dying. I went to bed around 11pm and woke at one, fell back asleep, woke up at 2am, fell back asleep, and then at 3am I got up and went pee. I noticed blood on my garment and looked and saw some blood coming from my drainage tube site again. I went back to my recliner and , not sure what happened, but I just about passed out. Yelled for my hubby and he talked to me while I was nauseous, shaking, sweating, and out of it. I was then up from 3am until about 7:45am feeling very anxious and shaky and wanting to go to the hospital. My hubby kept telling me it's just anxiety so I stuck it out and didn't go. I'm exhausted today, to say the least. I managed to take a shower, shave my legs (6 days and being Italian, they were hairy!), and then blow dry my hair. I even put a little make-up on because without it, honestly I looked like a zombie. I'm still feeling weird today and can't wait for tomorrow to come so I can talk to the surgeon. Definitely going to ask for some anxiety medication, boy do I need it!!

On a more positive note, my drainage for 16 hours was 12 1/2 cc's but the color is still quite red. Not sure if she'll remove the drain tomorrow or not. And I did weigh myself and was down to 131 pounds. I think I'm starting to lose muscle :-(

Sorry I'm such a negative Nancy ladies. This anxiety was not anticipated and is getting the best of me. Please keep me in your prayers.

Post-Op Day 6: Well....I went to see my PS today...

Post-Op Day 6: Well....I went to see my PS today and got some good news. Everything is healing well and because I had very minimal drainage the last few days, she removed my one and only drain. Glad she did because now I can attempt to sleep on my side! I'm a right side sleeper and the drain was on my right side so I can't wait to try tonight. As for sleep, I skipped my antibiotic last night because my hubby and I thought that was what was making anxious and I actually slept for 6 straight hours! I woke feeling queasy and exhausted though but I felt better as the day went on. Since my drain is gone, no more antibiotics for me!! I go back in one week to make sure I am doing good and not swelling. I'm praying that I don't develop any seromas. My surgeon said she hasn't had one of those in a looong time so I should be fine. Here are the instructions they gave me:

-No aspirin or ibuprofen for another week to two weeks
-I have to wear my binder for another 2 weeks and it has to be as tight as I can get it (they showed me how tight it should be and I have definitely not been wearing it tight enough. I'm stuffed so tight in this thing right now that I can barely take a deep breath).
-Sleeping position is now to my comfort (Yay! Hopefully I'll be back in bed.)
-No lifting over 5 pounds for another 2 weeks and no increase in heart rate or blood pressure for 4 weeks (Does that mean no sex? Man my hubby is having a rough time with abstaining and I have to admit, I kind of am too.)
-No flying and no long car rides for another 3 weeks.
-Numbness will take a year to subside
-No exposing scar to tanning bed or UV rays for one year. No evaluating scar for one year.
-Energy level will go up and down and I'm to listen to my body.
-Some people experience mild depression after surgery so know that this is normal (Ya think?! LOL! I've been a hot mess but I'm hoping I can get back to normal soon.)
-Begin putting back on wall and practicing standing up straight again. (They want me straight ASAP. Said my back will suffer if I don't start stretching and standing straight in next few days).

I feel like I'm doing okay today and I'm happy to be drain free, antibiotic free, and that my emotions are normal right now. I started my period today so that may help explain some of the anxiety and depression. I'm hoping that I will start feeling a little more normal soon, especially once I can walk upright again. Oh, and guess what my hubby did? He got a wheelchair so he can wheel me through the neighborhood tomorrow night during our trick-or-treat lol! He knew I was sad that I'd be stuck in the house and couldn't take pics of the kids going from door to door. Love that man!

On another note, I didn't ask about my incision but I am kind of upset that it goes up so much on the sides. She never said it was going to be a "smiley face" incision and I was under the impression that it would all be low and hidden by a bikini. I'm happy with how low it is near my pubic area but that it has to go up on my flanks and I think it looks weird. Is it too early to tell or will the scar end up that high????

Post-Op Day 7: I got to sleep in my bed!!! I...

Post-Op Day 7: I got to sleep in my bed!!! I propped pillows around me and put one between my knees and was able to sleep on my side! I think I got around 6 and a half hours of sleep straight ;-) I think that being in my bed and getting sleep has worked wonders on my emotions. No anxiety at all last night!

My drain site is closed up today and didn't really leak as much as I thought it would. I was super swollen last night but I was much less swollen this morning and felt good enough to do some things around the house. I made the bed, picked up my room, put some clothes away, picked up the house, and then BOOM - I feel I am already swelling and it's only 9am. So I'm going to listen to my body and relax for a while and let the swelling go down.

One thing I want to mention is that I did NOT have my binder on tight enough. Since they showed me how tight it should be yesterday, something amazing has happened - I am pretty much standing up straight! I've been doing the exercises they told me to do (put my shoulders up against the wall to stretch myself out) and since I can stand up straight, my back doesn't hurt. Since my back isn't killing me, I feel like I have more energy and can do more things. Don't get me wrong, I am not doing a lot of bending and lifting but they told me I can start resuming my normal activities aside from the restrictions they set. Apparently the tight binder helps to minimize swelling, helps thing heal properly, and when worn properly, helps reduce back pain. It's amazing.

Also, my hubby went back to work this morning. He will be home at lunch to check on me and as long as I'm doing okay, he'll go back. If not, he is going to work from home. I am going to do puzzles and play Candyland with my 3 year old now ;-) Then when i need a nap, Aladdin is going in the DVD player.

Praying that things continue to get better and better and that I continue to feel better. Hoping I can go two days in a row without having a crying spell lol! Have a good day ladies.

Day 8 Post-Op: Wow, I did a LOT today. Today was...

Day 8 Post-Op: Wow, I did a LOT today. Today was my first full day with both of the kids. I was able to get up at 7am and get myself ready, both of the kids ready, both of them fed, and then walked the 1/2 block to the bus stop with my son. Then I came home and did laundry, put it away, swept my floors, cleaned a bathroom. I did all this by 10:30am and then BAM! I was completely wiped out. I laid around for an hour and a half and then got some energy back ;-) I decided to curl my hair and do make-up and get myself dressed. It made me feel good. I then picked my son up from school, cooked dinner, grocery shopped, went to Hallmark to buy a book, the movie store with the hubby and kids, and now I'm finally down relaxing and ready for bed. I hope I don't suffer tomorrow but it felt soooOooo good to get back to normal. Oh yeah, I'm also standing up straight now!!! Yay!! I only hunch slightly after I've been on my feet a while and when I'm feeling really swollen. I was so proud of the hour at the grocery store because I made myself stay straight the whole time and I did it. I have little to no pain left and my muscles seem to only be sore really low, down in my pubic area. My back is much better, although still tight and I have knots that need worked out. Overall, I feel pretty good. My scar started itching today and I had to fight the urge to scratch it. I guess it's good though, means that it's healing. I took one week post-op pics and should have them posted tomorrow. My scar is looking uglier but that is normal. I was told it will look good, bad, good, bad again, etc. My only real complaint at this point is the weird feeling I get when I take my binder off. I feel like I can't breath without it on. This only happens some times though, which makes it even weirder. I'm definitely asking about that next Wednesday at my next appointment. Well, I hope you all have a good weekend and if you think about it, please keep me in your prayers for continued healing and recovery. I appreciate it ;-) I will do the same for those of you who are on my mind tonight.

Post-Op Day 9: Had a good day today. I did less...

Post-Op Day 9: Had a good day today. I did less than yesterday but I'm super swollen tonight and I think I know why - I got my appetite back!! I ate things that I normally NEVER eat like: candy, chips and salsa, baked chips, pulled pork, and had a pop! Not healthy at all and I am feeling it lol! I'm definitely going back to eating clean tomorrow.

I do want to vent tonight to you guys because I had a little breakdown today. I am just so upset with my incision. The appearance of it is fine - it's thin, looks clean, and will probably fade nicely with time. However, it is a HUGE smiley face incision and I don't think I will be able to hide it under my underwear or in a bikini (unless I pull them up to my belly button!). I have never worn a bikini in my life and I didn't have this procedure just to wear one, but now I don't even have the option and this upsets me. I was told my incision would be so low, it would be hidden by my underwear and as you can see in my pictures, that is not the case at all! I feel cheated and feel so sad about this. I know my belly looks better than it did and I will be able to wear clothes that I couldn't before, but it is upsetting to know that my incision could've been so much lower and more hidden. I hope I don't sound ridiculous but I'm so disappointed in my outcome at this point. My PS will need to explain why she made my incision so high on my sides and dip so low in the middle. My husband agreed that she said the incision would be much lower. Can't wait to hear her explanation on Wednesday.

Praying I can come to terms with things and accept what I have now. I guess I need to learn to be happy with what I have because it's too late to change it now :-(

Post-Op Day 10: So swollen today and feeling very...

Post-Op Day 10: So swollen today and feeling very exhausted. My energy levels get zapped very quickly so today I only dusted my downstairs and did some laundry. The rest of the day I relaxed on the couch and cut coupons ;-) Still not feeling any pain or soreness, just very tight and uncomfortable in my lower belly. "Lady parts" are also very swollen today :-( Drinking lots of water and really watching what I eat (although it's hard with all of this Halloween candy tempting me).

Had the weirdest urge to exercise today and, of course, I didn't. I just felt like running lol. I decided I'd just take a short walk in my neighborhood but ended up not going. I am just too exhausted. Praying that my energy levels come back ASAP! I hate being so tired.

Hope you all have a great week and happy healing!

Post-Op Day 11: Ugh, I'm officially coming down...

Post-Op Day 11: Ugh, I'm officially coming down with a cold. Both of my kids have it so I knew it was only a matter of time. Sneezing a ton and it isn't that bad but still hurts some. I woke up after a good 7 hours of sleep and felt sore in my stomach. Not sure if it's because my 3 year old crawled into my bed last night and I didn't know it until this morning. Hoping she didn't kick me because she's a wild sleeper. I did manage to cook breakfast, take my son to the bus stop, and do a couple loads of laundry. My energy is already diminishing at it's only around 10am :-( Guess I'm going to hit the couch and relax for a while with my book.

I'm adding one week post-op pics and day 10 post-op pics. You can really tell that swell hell has officially set in.

Post-Op Day 12: I am pretty much back to my normal...

Post-Op Day 12: I am pretty much back to my normal routine, minus my workouts (which I am missing really bad, by the way). I am cooking, cleaning, and caring for the kids like normal. I was up and down my stairs a lot yesterday and running around doing all kinds of things because I had energy. Today I woke up and was pretty sore. My lower abs are sore from all the sneezing I did (coming down with a small cold or something) and my legs are super sore today like I worked out (which I am assuming is from going up and down the stairs). I had less energy today but still did a lot. Only thing I really can't do yet is run the vacuum or mop (I use my BONA to spot mop but I am very careful). Worst thing though is that I am SUPER SWOLLEN! I mean the most swollen that I've ever been (especially in the "lady parts") :-( It really sucks because it feels like I'm 9 months pregnant. It is so uncomfortable. That's my biggest complaint right now - swell hell. I go see my doctor tomorrow and I can't wait. I want to make sure I'm not doing too much and see how I'm coming along in the healing department. I'm trying to think of all the questions I need to ask her so if you guys think of anything, remind me lol! I'm going to take my 2 week post-op pics on Thursday. Can't believe I'm almost 2 weeks out already. Thank goodness that time has gone fast!

Post-Op Day 13: Today I had my 2 week post-op...

Post-Op Day 13: Today I had my 2 week post-op appointment and everything went well. PS said that everything looks good and is healing right on track. She said she doesn't need to see me back until I'm 6 months post-op!! I'm sorry but that seemed crazy to me. I thought I needed to be seen more than that but I guess not. She said I should call if I have any questions or concerns and she would see me right away but that I can start doing light walking now, intensify my workouts at 4 weeks to walking and jogging and spinning, and then free to do whatever is comfortable at 6 weeks. I can switch to wearing my spanx/flexees garments and should continue to wear them until I'm 2 months and then only wear them as needed. I also got the okay to have sex as long as I feel comfortable. Well guess what, I had sex today LOL! Sorry if that's too much info but I wanted to let you guys know that it didn't hurt, wasn't uncomfortable, and (minus the huge compression garment that I wore) it was just like before the tummy tuck (nothing crazy of course ;-) As for my incision, she said that she doesn't recommend using anything on the scar because she said she doesn't think that anything works. She said time will tell and that we will evaluate the scar at 6 months and determine if I need any therapy on it. I can also go for lymphatic messages now as well. When it comes to my incision and how high it is, she said that I am swollen and that it will lower slightly. She said she thinks that it's right where it needs to be and should fade nicely. She said she uses the hip bones to guide her and my hip bones are set a little higher?? Whatever, it's too early to tell I guess.

It just drives me crazy how each doctor is so different. One says this and another tells you to do that. I read all these posts to use this on scars and to message the belly and to walk hunched over. My doctor told me to stand straight ASAP, don't message the belly, and don't use scar cream LOL! She has great credentials and seems to know what she's doing so I am going to trust her judgment and do as I'm told at this point ;-)

Once I left my appointment I went to the mall and walked around with my hubby. We had lunch at Panera and it was so nice to get out and feel normal again. I decided that since I'm allowed to do "light walking", I'm going to the gym tomorrow to walk the indoor track. I know I can rest if I need to and my daughter has been begging to go to the daycare there. She loves the ladies that work there and has friends that we would see every day. I'm kind of excited ;-) I'm still taking it easy at home with not lifting heavy things or scrubbing floors. I do light cleaning and picking up, laundry, and cooking. My energy is up and down so I rest when I need to. Usually that means sitting down for an hour or so a couple times a day. I woke up today with no stiffness or soreness and that was really nice. Still swollen but the PS said it is all normal so I'm just dealing with it at this point.

I just keep praying that things continue to look good and that I heal nicely. I do still worry from time to time about complications but I get better with each passing day. Hope you all are doing well and continue to do well.

Post-Op Day 14: What a busy day!! I got up and got...

Post-Op Day 14: What a busy day!! I got up and got the kids dressed and fed, walked my son to the bus stop, and then my daughter and I headed to the gym ;-) I just went to walk on the inside track (pretty yucky here in Ohio) since I was cleared by my PS to do light walking. I think I may have done a mile or less at a snails pace lol! But it was nice to get out of the house and see my old gym buddies. A few girls knew about my surgery and said I looked so much thinner. I'm glad they can tell because I sure can't! I think it's the swollen feeling that keeps me from feeling skinner lol! I did experience some anxiety going to the gym for some reason. I had to calm myself down because I started feeling dizzy while I was walking the track. It eventually passed though and I'm hoping doesn't happen again. I left the gym and did a little shopping with my daughter, rented some movies, went and picked up subway, then came home and relaxed. I laid down and took a nap with my daughter and felt re-energized when I woke up. I cooked, did laundry, and picked up the house as usual. So far my energy has been pretty good but I do listen to my body and take breaks. Good thing is that I don't really feel any more swollen than normal. If anything, I actually feel less swollen. I hope that continues ;-) I did notice some soreness in my upper abs tonight that I haven't had so I'm hoping I didn't overdo it.

Can't believe it has been 2 weeks and I am so thankful that God has brought me through this so far. I continue to pray for healing and a smooth recovery since I'm not out of the woods just yet. I'll continue to pray for all of you other tummy tuckers who have been going through recovery with me (NewMe and Lil_Gunz and many more!). I am so thankful for this site and for all of you ladies who have helped me (and continue to help me) through this process. I greatly appreciate it ;-)

Post-Op Day 15: Extremely swollen today. I'm...

Post-Op Day 15: Extremely swollen today. I'm assuming it was from walking and doing too much yesterday. I even woke up sore and I haven't been sore or had pain in a while. I'm definitely trying to take it easy today but it's hard when everyone forgets that I just had surgery and expects me to perform my usual "duties". I am also pretty tired today but I still have this cold so maybe that is making me feel tired and achy too?? I did wear regular jeans for the first time. I had my binder on and they are loose so it wasn't uncomfortable at all. Now I can ditch the maternity jeans lol! They worked though and when I got tired of wearing sweatpants and leggings, I wore the maternity jeans he he. Not much else is new except being extremely swollen today and in a little bit of pain (not enough to take anything though). My upper abs hurt a little too. Welp, gonna rest up and then hit the grocery tonight. Tomorrow will be a big day. I have my son's last 2 flag football games followed by a pizza party. Then Sunday I am back to volunteering at church in the children's ministry and I am praying that I get through it okay. There's a lot of getting up and down with the kids so I hope I do well with that. Have a good weekend everyone!!

Post-Op Day 16: Still swollen. Extremely swollen....

Post-Op Day 16: Still swollen. Extremely swollen. Uncomfortably swollen. But I managed to venture out in the freezing cold to watch my son play his last flag football game of the season. I wore my flexees garment with my binder over top to help with the swelling. I'm not sure that it did anything so I'm back to just the binder because the flexees garment was riding up my butt lol. Then I had pizza. Bad,bad girl. I doubt that helps with the swelling, and neither will the bbq chips I ate (I know, so bad!). Now I am going to put my feet up, drink lots of water, and read my new book for a while. Posting a pic of me in my comfy pants. Check out how high I have to pull them up to cover my incision. Oh well, flat tummy I guess. And I highly doubt my belly button is going to shrink any so I'll just have to get used to the way I look. Could be worse though so I'm doing alright. Have a good weekend ladies ;-)

Post-Op Day 17: Much better today ;-) I have been...

Post-Op Day 17: Much better today ;-) I have been drinking lots of water today and can tell a difference. I'm much less swollen! I also watched what I ate and ate smaller portions more frequently. It seemed to work. I got up around 6am and hardly sat down until around 4pm. That's when the fatigue hit and I laid around for a couple hours until I had to get dinner out of the oven. I feel like it was a productive day though. I'm not in any pain but sometimes I feel my incision aching a bit. I think that's to be expected, especially since I did a lot of bending and squatting today. Still do not have full energy back but it's enough to get me through the day as long as I rest for about an hour to an hour and a half (which I would do anyways before surgery while my daughter napped). Overall, doing good. Incision and belly button are still looking good as well. I think I'm going to take pics of me in the same swimming suit that I took my before pics in so I can see the difference. Might make me feel better because right now I feel kind of fat and ugly lol! Can't wait to start working out again because it makes me feel so much better physically and mentally. Not much longer.

Hope you ladies are doing well and I hope you have a great start to your week. Good luck at work tomorrow NewMe! I hope all goes well and you feel good ;-)

Post-Op Day 18: Before some good news, I have to...

Post-Op Day 18: Before some good news, I have to complain a little: My legs are hurting, not sure why. My incision was burning when I woke up this morning but is okay now that I'm up and around. I also have been feeling kind of dizzy lately. Not sure if it is from anxiety or something else. My heart palpitations have really increased as well so I am starting a multi-vitamin and vitamin D in hopes that that will help. The dizziness is the biggest complaint and it is keeping me from getting out and about by myself :-( Please pray that it goes away.

On to the good news: Adding a few pics of my belly button and incision and one of me in the bikini I wore for my before pics. The bottoms are actually too big so I had to hold them up on the sides. And I think I'm learning to love my belly button. I went from not seeing my belly button (unless I was 8 months pregnant)to almost having an outy. But I'd much rather have an outy than a deep belly button that I never see. Progress is being made people lol! I also weighed myself. Prior to surgery I weighed 138lbs. and today I was 133lbs. Not sure how much of my weight loss is muscle loss though :-( But hey, I haven't seen that number in years so I'll take it! I also measured myself and am happy that, even with the swelling, I lost 3 inches around my waist (measuring around my belly button)!


Post-Op Day 19: Hello everyone! Time for my boring...

Post-Op Day 19: Hello everyone! Time for my boring daily update lol! Today was a pretty good day. My swelling is down considerably, especially in my upper abs. I took it easy today and just did light house work and went shopping for a few groceries tonight. When I got home from the store I took my binder off because it was uncomfortable. My husband was checking out my belly as I was standing up and he said he could see the upper abs and a line in the middle separating them!! What! I ran and looked in the mirror and sure enough, there was a line for my abs!!!! I can't wait until the swelling goes down in the lower belly. I always told my husband that I had a 6 pack under all that skin he he. Oh, I also wore jeans today that fit me perfectly before surgery and they were literally falling off of me today ;-) Jeans aren't uncomfortable for me to wear either, as long as they fit loosely, so that's a plus.

Here is my daily list of complaints today:
-Swelling in the "lady parts" sucks. Going to ice it tonight.
-I'm a bit achy in the incision area and sometimes have a burning sensation. It usually goes away if I take off my compression garment. It isn't painful enough to make me take anything though.
-I still can't exercise and that is driving me crazy. I had to run after my daughter today as she was running towards the road and it was so weird and I felt sore doing it.
-Walking around the grocery causes me to get really tight in my stomach. I hate that tight feeling.
-My energy level at this point is like this: Get up with lots of energy, I go crazy and do as much as I can, hit a wall around 2 or 3, I lay down and take a nap or rest, and then I get energy back and finish my day. I'm in bed by like 9pm lol! By my day I mean: cooking breakfast, cleaning up, doing laundry, making lunch, cleaning up, playing with my kids, cooking supper, picking out clothes, giving baths, etc. Nothing too strenuous ;-)

My goal for tomorrow is to get out of the house and buy a new book to read. Just finished "The Help", "Water for Elephants", and "Sarah's Key" after having surgery. Any book suggestions, let me know! Have a good evening ladies!!!

Post-Op Day 20: Hello fellow tummy tuckers! Today...

Post-Op Day 20: Hello fellow tummy tuckers! Today was a good day. I realized last night that my belly button and incision were both scab free and completely sealed - yay! I started massaging my incision last night with Palmer's Oil. I had been massaging my stomach around the belly button and above my incision for about a week but I didn't start on my incision because I wanted it to be closed up. It is looking pretty good at this point. I do feel that there is a ridge under the incision of what I'm assuming is scar tissue. I'm confident that the massaging will help it go away. I'm sure it's a normal part of the healing process. Another cool thing, I went to the gym today and walked. I didn't feel the overwhelming tightness and swelling that I felt the last time I walked so that was good. I went early in the morning (around 9am) and stayed for about an hour. I did take breaks where I would sit for a few minutes. I even did 100 squats<

Well.....it has been almost one year!! I

Well.....it has been almost one year!! I

Scars at almost 3 years post op

It's been nearly 3 years since I've had my surgery and I'm mostly happy I did it. The only thing is I wish my scar were lower and hidden. However, it is what it is and I'm not getting a revision. And it's a lot better than it was, right?! Ha ha! Still have numbness below my belly button and it will stay that way forever but I'm used to it. Other than that, everything is going good.
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Looking real good.
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Thank you little ani!
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Looks amazing, thank you for sharing.
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Thank you @mammag! Glad you askew for updated pics or I never would've put them up ;-)
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Was really curious as I have a c section scar that is hardly visable now after 5 years so wondered if TT scar would be the same. Great post.
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Hi, Thank you for sharing your story. Do you have any photos of your scar 1 year post op as I have seen many before and after photos but not after this period of time and wondered how it looks. By the way you look great, well worth it!
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I just want to say how much reading your journey just helped me. I am having surgery in two days and have had so many emotions, most of the same ones you described, and have been praying for guidance from God and I found your posts today. Thank you for sharing. Please pray for me! Also you look great and am happy you are doing great!
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I know you haven't been on this site for awhile but I came across your story and had to laugh because some of the same exact stuff happened to me! I had the dream of the open wound and I had some negative people wondering why I wanted to "riskmy life" it's like the same story a couple years later lol. You look awsome with your end result an I hope I do as well as you!! Take care!
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Big very big hand clap to you!! You look awesome!!
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Bella- dont tan if doing the laser hair removal it will burn your skin it is attracted to the melanin in the hair follicle and if tanning it decreases the effect and can burn your skin, ask the tech they should tell you that!! Be careful!! And yes do not tan fresh scars or they will get dark and stay that way!!! Be careful hun, you have a great result you dont want to mess it up!
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The nurse will not do the laser removal if I am tan but I am just doing my armpits right now so I'm good ;-) I'm definitely being careful because I definitely do NOT want to mess this up.
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Wow Bella! Totally smoking hot!!!!!!!!!!
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Aw, thanks so much k_kay!!
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Oh Bella you little beauty! Your thread popped up, and I thought OMG let me look 1/4 like you!!! LOL Glad you are doing well, you are perfect for laser hair removal, light skin, dark hair, do not tan!!!!
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You are too sweet Bejewelme! You are gorgeous! As for the tanning, I made it all through winter without going once but I just broke down and went 3 times the last 2 weeks because I feel so pale. I always cover my stomach though because I don't want to mess up my scar ;-) And the laser hair removal is AWESOME! I started at the top and I'm working my way down lol. I am doing my armpits right now and after one treatment, I can tell such a big difference.
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hello. just wanted to say your pics look great. I can't wait to get mine done :)
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Thank you so much cmans3 ;-)
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Love, love love the pics & I know ur hubby did too! I have to go back & get the photographer info b/c I'll be in Dayton & Toledo this summer, I think that would be a nice anniversary gift for the hubster! Thanks for sharing. Oh & did u do ur own make-up & hair?
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Let me know when you are here and I can put you in touch with her ;-) She usually does them at certain times each season. I know she will be doing one for sure this summer with lots of outside shots. She also has hair and make-up girls who are awesome! It was an extra $50 to have them do my make up and hair but it was worth every penny. I just can't say enough about how fun it was. I would do it even if I didn't have anyone to give pics to lol!
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Thanks!!! I forgot to ask my ps about getting my bb pierced!! Did u ask urs yet? I would love to have it done for this summer!! :) oh and ur boobs look great in ur pics u don't need anything! Now that I booked my BA I can't stop stressing about what size to get! I'm such a nutcase! Lol
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Sorry I am just now responding! Yay for getting your BA soon - jealous ;-) Those pics are deceiving lol! The girls hang a little lower when they aren't position and held in place he he. As for your size, when I initially got my tummy tuck consultation I also consulted for a lift and augmentation. I was always told that the biggest complaint of BA patients was that they didn't go big enough. I say go with the largest size you feel comfortable with ;-) As for the BB, I haven't gotten mine pierced because I keep forgetting to call and ask if it's okay that I do. I am going to remind myself to do it this week. I was just there last week for laser hair removal and totally forgot to ask. I'll let you know if I remember this week!
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Man my dream is to look like that just for a day, LOL Well that isn't going to happen, too old at this point, but you look incredible!!! Don't tan your pretty fair skin it makes you look old, I so wish I would not have tanned!!! Seriously I would have those pictures on a freaking billboard!!!!!
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Aw thank you so much Bejewelme! And any woman at any age should have this done for themselves! What woman doesn't want a day of pampering and feeling sexy too?
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Love the pics! They are sexy but not raunchy! Love love love them ! You look beautiful ! 
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Thanks Tara!!
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