Full TT with MR 2 months PO

Let's try this again, don't think I did it...

Let's try this again, don't think I did it right the first time. Ive thought about doing this forever but never actually pursued it until now. I'm definitely nervous about the pain but nothing else really. This site has so much info, it's great. I'm 5'7 and weigh around 198. I've lost 30lbs over a year ago and work out regularly with a trainer but no matter how many ab exercises I do my belly doesn't change...so it's time to make that change happen. My husban is wonderfully supportive and I'm blessed to have him to help me.

Updated review with before photo's cannot wait...

Updated review with before photo's cannot wait until I can post the after photo's...hope there's huge improvements between the before and after photo's. :)

Went for my pre-op appt. yesterday, everything...

Went for my pre-op appt. yesterday, everything went good. Talked to them about the fact that pain meds make me sick and they're going to switch my meds so feeling relieved by that. Also showed my my garmet and I really like the ones they use, so also happy there. We talked more about my expected results and I have to say I'm really starting to get excited about how different my tummy is going to look after this! I have dealt with this sagging thing long enough! lol I have 15 more days until I'm on the other side of this and I'm feeling more and more confident in my decision. YAY!

So big day for me, PS got back with me and said...

So big day for me, PS got back with me and said absolutely shouldn't start the blood thinner injections until after the surgery. Also, since I was so concerned with taking the pain meds after surgery because pain meds make me throw up they are going to do the the pain pump, which will last 3-5 days and deliver non-narcotic numbing pain meds right to the abdomen! It's $300 extra but they said you feel nothing afterwards in those first few days of healing so I'm going for it....I figure I'm spending enough already why not make myself as comfortable as possible without the possibility of throwing up. This is a huge relief because they said the patients who have done the pump swear by it. Yay! I told my hubby it was extra and he agreed I should definitely not cut corners now so I'm definitely doing it. Have I mentioned I have the greatest husband in the world? :) Only 10 more days to go!!

Only 7 more days to go!! I'm excited! PS office...

Only 7 more days to go!! I'm excited! PS office called today and my surgery time is at 9 a.m.!! Yay! Have busy weekend planned...we are doing more gardening around here and have a late family easter dinner planned (we were on vacation during Easter this year). Hoping next 7 days go quickly!!

Less than 12 hours to go!! I can't believe it's...

Less than 12 hours to go!! I can't believe it's almost here and I'm not nervous yet....worried I'll just have a meltdown tomorrow since I seriously haven't been nervous at all this past week or so! I'm ready, everything is clean, have all needed supplies and ready to be on the recovery side of this. I'll update as soon as I'm able to after surgery.

Hi, just wanted to give another update! I talke to...

Hi, just wanted to give another update! I talke to mt mother in law and hubby and they said when doctor came out he was extremely happy with is work and told them I'm completely flat!!! Yahoo! I can tell she I have to un snap the farmer to use restroom my incision is very low!!!! Yay!!! Also I love my doctor, and where he put my one drain...it's not in the way at all!!! Also this pain pump is a complete lifesaver! I feel very little pain, more just uncomfortable but not bad at all!

Today is PO day 4 and haven't taken anything other...

Today is PO day 4 and haven't taken anything other than Tylenol extra strength all day and have been pain free. Able to walk around more today and not as hunched over, feeling really good overall for only 4 days out! I've only drained 30cc's all day so hoping I may get this drain out Friday when I go back to see the PS. Can tell I'm still swollen, but have been really good about my diet...all low sodium so hoping swelling starts to subside soon. We pulled pain pump yesterday morning and while it was a weird feeling it didn't hurt. Hoping to get some pics up soon

Had my 7 day PO visit today and the PS was pleased...

Had my 7 day PO visit today and the PS was pleased with how I was doing. The girls in the office couldn't believe how upright I was walking....I feel hunched over but I guess I'm not as hunched over as they expected....I never was hunched way over from the start so that's probably why. They removed the staples and put on the tape strips. Since I have only one drain they don't want to remove it until I'm under 20 cc's in a 24 hour period and I'm right around 25 cc's right now, so hopefully Monday or Tuesday. He was really pleased with how everything is looking and said that I'm probably at the height of my swelling and it should start getting less and less as time goes on. I asked about the swelling on the top of my legs since I had nothing done to them and he said that is also to be expected. Hubby got a decent picture of me sitting and I got a few after my shower so I'll post those. So far I'm pleased even with the swelling....although hoping those hips are more swelling than not or I have some serious work to do there...Sometimes I wonder if I even go to boot camp when I look at my body lol It sure seems like I exercise a lot more than it winds up showing.

Today is PO day 9 & I'm having a terrific day!...

Today is PO day 9 & I'm having a terrific day! Last night my hubby took me to visit the in laws for a little bit and then we went to the grocery store and I have to tell you it was so nice getting out of the house. We are the type of couple always doing something and I was really missing our away time! Today I folded and put away two loads of laundry...of course my son had to carry it for me but I still felt like I was helping :). I also made dinner for the family (beef and noodles in the crock pot mind you) but they were happy campers...and I only had a very small amount because of the sodium. Speaking of diet, I have been so good about my low sodium and I can see where it's helping with the swelling. I haven't had caffeine since my surgery, only water and on glass of OJ here and there. I finally weighed myself today even though I'm still fairly swollen I'm down 9lbs, and that's with me weighing myself late today...I'm pleased with that! I sat out by the pool today while the hubby took a dip and the warm sunshine felt like heaven! While I know I still have a lot if recovery ahead of me, I never dreamed I'd be this far along by day 9, so I'll take it! Happy healing TT buddies and good luck to upcoming TT'ers.

Oh forgot to mention that I haven't needed even...

Oh forgot to mention that I haven't needed even Tylenol extra strength the entire weekend! No pain meds of any kind and I'm comfortable! Whooo Hoooo!

I had been religiously going to boot camp the past...

I had been religiously going to boot camp the past two years and had lost 30lbs...but was discouraged as nothing made a huge difference in the appearance of my stomach.

Had another really good day today so I decided it...

Had another really good day today so I decided it was time to try on some clothes both at home and a few new bathing suits at the mall. Not buying any yet since the dr says I am still swollen....but am excited to say I went down 2 sizes already in bathing suits!!!!! OMG I was so freaking happy about that!! I got my one and only drain out today and I feel so free! Hope everyone else is having a great day! I think the thing I loved the most was putting on a pair of jeans and being able to sit down and nothing flowing over the top of my jeans...that is the best feeling in the world.

Well today is 15 days PO and Im feeling relatively...

Well today is 15 days PO and Im feeling relatively good, although I overdid it today. I figured since dr said I would be able to work after 2 weeks that I could try doing a little more, so we went grocery shopping, to the butcher, then I came home showered and got ready to go to graduation party. Still feeling great at this point...oh forgot we went to get a bite to eat bf the store (very pleased that I opted for egg kites and fruit, my healthy eating has paid off with an 16 lb weight loss since surgery). Showed at grad party around 4 pm and left around 5:30. Wasn't feeling horrible but no one there knows I did this so didn't want to push it and be obvious if I started feeling tired etc. Got home and couldn't hardly get out of car....like all of a sudden I was stuff and sore! Totally did way too much apparently....rested for a few hours with legs up & thought maybe I could help do a few things around the house, but no can do!!! I'm not in pain at all when sitting but a little sore if try to do anything so hubby has ordered me to slow down & he made me a nice dinner. He told me to quit trying to do so much, and I told him I feel bad he's having to do so much and he says well it doesn't bother me and we knew it would be a while bf you got back to 100% so don't rush it. He's right so I'm slowing way down as I have to go back to work in 9 days and don't need to push it at this point.

Hope all my TT buddies are doing super today :)

P.S. I received a few compliments from friends today saying I looked great!! That felt so nice to hear bc I still feel so swollen and had to wear a skirt with elastic band because my regular shorts/capris won't go over my thighs because they're so swollen! Scheduled lymphatic massage for Monday after reading about it on this site, hoping that helps!

Today is 18 days PO, and considering how major...

Today is 18 days PO, and considering how major this procedure is I am feeling great! I am still sticking to my low sodium diet and since surgery have lost 17 lbs, which considering that I'm still very swollen through the hips and thighs I'm pretty ecstatic about that as it's an unexpected treat. lol I had my lymphatic massage yesterday and so far I don't see a huge difference....but not sure how much time it takes. I will tell anyone thinking of doing this a few things: 1) make sure you are able to lay flat as part of the massage requires it ( I was a little sore doing this but not too bad at all) and 2) make sure you are comfortable being massaged in places traditional massage doesn't touch....for expample he did very light ( I do mean very light, couldn't hardly tell) massage of the tummy...but the lymph nodes in the leg area are more in the groin area so that was a little strange, but I wasn't uncomfortable...although I do get regular massages so probably not too sensitive. Also in the arm pits, that was weird lol. Hopefully it takes the swelling down some....although I guess it's not anything I can't deal with for now.

I had my check up with the dr this morning and he cleared me to start using Mederma or New Gel so happy about this new stage. Nurse removed all the steri strips....OUCH that hurt like crazy as it pulled some hair!! I don't think scar looks bad at all for only 18 days PO....I will post some pics later to see what you all think. I don't go back until July 20th for next visit and PS is very pleased with the results, and I'm beyond pleased! This is honestly the best decision I've ever made!!! Hope all my tt buddies are doing well out there. :)

Hi TT buddies! Hope everyone is feeling good this...

Hi TT buddies! Hope everyone is feeling good this morning....I'm doing good, a little tired this morning but I did a lot yesterday (well a lot considering I'm only 20 days PO lol). The hubby and I went to bike night last night and walked around some. I ran into a girl from boot camp who doesn't know about the surgery and both hubby and I were laughing after because she kept looking at my stomach...never asked anything but you could tell she noticed something was different lol. I also was in the mood yesterday afternoon to pull out some old pants/jeans I had stored in case I could ever fit in them again and OMG all but one pair fit!!! I couldn't believe it, I haven't been able to wear these particular capri's/jeans in at least 5 years! I also found three pair of dress pants for work that I haven't worn for a long time that fit so that made me happy too since my 'normal' dress pants don't fit at all...but I wore these fairly loose before because I didn't want to enhance that old bulge lol. This saves me from having to go shopping too soon before all the swelling is gone. I have been working from home past two weeks but tomorrow I go back into office 1/2 day and then full time again starting Monday....I feel I'm ready but that's easy to say from the seat of my recliner hahahaha.

Have a super day everyone!

Hi sorry I've been MIA this past several days......

Hi sorry I've been MIA this past several days....I've been feeling a lot better and able to do more and more which is keeping me busy. I went back to work 1/2 day Friday which was the 3 week PO mark and then full time this week. I feel pretty good, a little sore at end of the day, which is probably to be expected and a little more swelling than bf, but not major. I've noticed I've been less comfortable the past few nights sleeping in bed which I'm not sure if it's because I'm doing more during the day, but last night was a little better. Lost another 2lbs which puts my weight loss since surgery at 19lbs total. I'm still shocked at that as I honestly didn't expect any major weight loss after surgery. I can only assume its due to the low sodium diet and also the smaller portions as I get full much quicker now. Hope all my tt buddies are doing awesome and feeling better each day! Oh, and when I went back to work I got tons of questions on if I had lost weight, don't think anyone noticed the tummy as the only place since I've lost weight in other area's too...especially can tell in my face so I just said yes I had been on a low sodium diet and had lost some weight so no one pushed but it was definitely noticed.

Hi everyone, sorry I haven't updated for a little...

Hi everyone, sorry I haven't updated for a little while, been really busy with being back to work. I'm doing well though and we went away this past weekend for our 17th wedding anniversary and guess what??? I rode my motorcycle and had no pain. We also went to Cedar Point which even though I couldn't ride roller coasters or rides for that matter, we enjoyed walking around and we did the lazy river in the water park. We had a really nice getaway and we did a little shopping and it was so nice picking a shirt off the rack and knowing it would look good! I'm really enjoying that for sure! Hope everyone is doing awesome and healing beautifully.

So it's been a while since I updated, guess I've...

So it's been a while since I updated, guess I've just been too busy/tired to get online to update. Still feeling good, but notice I have been more worn out past few weeks for some reason. Last week had to travel to Iowa and North Carolina for work and boy was it a pain lugging my luggage through airports, it really wore me out and I was sore too. Shouldn't have to travel again til end of this month but then will be traveling 6 weeks straight...let's hope I'm less tired by then! Lol Swelling is good some days and bad others. I did order a new CG in a size smaller as original wasn't giving enough support. I wear it all the time except last several days at night I've been experimenting without it. Still hanging in at the 20lb loss which I am glad I'm maintaining but having trouble shedding more. :/ it's har when I still am not cleared for exercise other than walking. Still have been watching sodium and haven't had a soda since bf surgery which I'm super happy that I'm still doing so well without that! Noticed when I don't have binder on and I sit I seem to have little belly which I never noticed bf but completely flat standing. Haven't gained weight so hoping its just swelling. Still battling upper thigh swelling but not as much as bf. I had deep tissue massage and that really helped. Hope all my TT buddies are doing well!

Tomorrow will be 2 months post op & to celebrate I...

Tomorrow will be 2 months post op & to celebrate I decided to go buy a new bathing suit today. I picked up two and I'm not sure if I'm keeping both of them or not, I'll post pics here so you girls can tell me what you think. I am planning on using these in the safety of my own pool only since I was brave and bought bikini's. lol I am feeling good overall, still swelling especially in the evenings and sore at times. Can't wait to get back to boot camp but have another month bf dr will clear me for that! Hope all my TT buddies are doing well!

So today I went for a body wrap and when the lady...

So today I went for a body wrap and when the lady was wrapping me she said I just have to tell you that you have an amazingly flat tummy! I simply said thank you, she was like no really I see a lot if women's bodies and you have such a nice flat tummy...I dream of having a tummy that flat. I never said how I got it, felt a little guilty about that but was so happy it wasn't just obvious and that my belly button looks so natural she didn't notice. She asked me what kind of exercises I do...I feel bad for not saying how but honestly didn't want to go into it, just wanted my wrap and relaxation. Am I horrible or what?

Had my 3 month post op appt Friday (a week early...

Had my 3 month post op appt Friday (a week early bc dr is going on vacation) and they did measurements and I was ecstatic because I lost nearly 15 inches! Holy cow! Here are the losses:

Upper abdomen: 4.75 inches
Waist: 5 inches
Lower abdomen: 5 inches

By no means do I have a model figure but I've gotta tell you this surgery has exceeded my expectations in nearly every way! I was also cleared to exercise after one more week. I'll post my 3 month pic as soon as I have a chance to get on the PC... Really wish we could post them from iPhone/iPad :)
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I was wondering if you also had lipo? Your hips look great.
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Hi, no I didn't have any lipo, I was super worried going into the surgery that my dr wasn't recommending lipo but I was pleased with the results without...I still wonder if my hips could have used some though...because they seem huge to me lol
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I hope you are doing well. I haven't been on in a while and with my 1 year PO this week I was checking in to see how everybody was doing. would love to see some new PO pictures.
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I am doing great, been super busy traveled a lot for work the last part of the year. I'll try to get some new pics very soon! You look amazing!!
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thankyou. I'm sure you do to. i had my po today scheduked revision for may 22
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You look great. I love your BB and you do look super Flat! You go girl!
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sayingbye, i so wish i had taken measurments, i knew some others were but for some reason i forgot to do it, but will tell you this, the jean capri pants and shorts that i wore before, i can just pull them straight down without unzipping etc, and when i walk they are starting to fall down, time for some new pants, i have bought some, mainly new tops, but time for new bottoms as they will fall off i think if i ran in them, lol..................i love it.  im not a model either but have to say my results are much better than i had even anticipated........p.s.   you look great in those swimsuits................kathy
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Lookin good girl, your BB looks really natural too!
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Thank you, yes I'm liking that my belly button isn't a dead give away :)
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Sayingbye, no your not horrible, you were paying to get a service done and if you want to go and relax and not tell all your personal information that is totally your right to do that, sometimes when i have went and had massages the people giving it to me want to talk the whole time and sometimes i just want to be quiet and relax and enjoy, thats why i go to relax and enjoy ! dont worry about it for a minute.
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Thanks Kathy, just felt bad for not telling her so she would know how great it was but at that moment I just wanted to relax!
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Looking great! Looks like you had a blast swim suite shopping! It's the best feeling ever not seeing anything hanging over!
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Tee, you aren't kidding! It was best feeling ever!
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You look fantastic!! I love the white and teal one :). I have only worn mine in my backyard pool. Will try to go public soon. You are doing great!!! That is a flat tummy!!!
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Thanks Ana, not sure I'll take them public, for some reason my head still is worried I have that old tummy still but I just can't see it lol I am just starting to wrap my mind around it being gone!
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I love the pink!!!
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Thank you estell, I still can't believe I don't have a giant roll hanging over it lol
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@sayingbye, wow you look awesome in the bikinis, lol, "we've come a long way baby", keep them both, im sure its been a long time for you also since you last wore a two piece, so go for it, keep them both, you look wonderful !
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Thanks Kathy, and yes I haven't even attempted it even in the privacy of my own pool until now - still not to point where I'd go in public in one but tons better than I was for sure :). How are you feeling these days?
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sayingbye, im doing good, believe it or not im still sore at times and sometimes have stabbing pains, do you still have any of those problems? but anyway that is all to be expected, other than that im doing great and loving my tummy, cant even believe it belongs to me, im telling you, you look wonderful ! what kind of exercising are you doing? I was told to still not do any ab work. Let me know what all you are doing, thanks, xoxo Kathy
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I haven't been cleared for any exercise so been keeping it to walking and did take small bicycle ride tonight but go back on 20th and hoping he will tell me when I can go back to boot camp :) ready to shed rest of these pounds :) Yes I still have periods of soreness and weird pains - its shocking to me how long it takes for those to go away, don't get me wrong they're not horrible by any means but still uncomfortable at times! I still can't sleep ony tummy long and while I can do sides, sometimes I notice even that is uncomfortable. Can't wait for day when no matter how I wanna sleep I'm comfortable! Lol
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you sound exactly like me "sayingbye" i still cant sleep on my stomach and on my side is iffy also ! i have been keeping it to walking also, am going to start some arm work with light weights possibly sitting down at first as to not strain my tummy and i go back on 7/31 and will see what they say, howwever on the 31st they are getting rid of my little doggie ears so my guess i will have to watch that again for a while................oribably working out okay but now i am wondering if i will have to stop getting in the water again !  lol, my boobs seem so large now since the tummy tuck i almost want to reduce them, lol.....................
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i just read my post and sound like im complaining, im not, i love my results and cant believe my huge belly is gone forever, and cant wait to do some more shopping and next thing i want to do is buy a sun dress !
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I totally get it and I didn't take it that way at all, I know what you mean completely!
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@sayingbye2mybelly--thanks for that info. I pretty much eat healthy anyway, but I will make sure i watch the sodium intake much closer after the TT. BTW --U look awesome!!!
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