10 wks po. Fat tummy no more! TT & Lipo- Denver, CO
- updated 11 months ago
Well I was excited this morning and now in tears....
- 2 Jan 2012
- 2 days pre
Well I was excited this morning and now in tears. I thought the roller coaster happened afterwards? I'm so excited to have a flat tummy but I look at photos and find more I don't like than I do do now I'm wondering if this will be worth it or if my expectations are out of wack. I have been exercising for the last 2 years doing crossfit and have lost and kept off 40 pounds but I'm thinking I should've done more and that I'm going to be fat with a flat tummy. What is wrong with me? Aughhhhhh. I know I love my doctor he did a breast augmentation 11 years ago and his work is amazing I'm just freakkng out. Hopefully tomorrow it'll be better.
Going in in an hour! I took a shower last night...
- 5 Jan 2012
- Day of treatment
Wow what a difference a few days will make!!! I...
- 9 Jan 2012
- 4 days post
5 dpo. So today has been another good day. I...
- 10 Jan 2012
- 5 days post
Today is 7 days post op. Wow time flies! I have...
- 11 Jan 2012
- 6 days post
So the day of surgery I had so many family and friends praying for me and the doctor which was a huge relief and I have to say I was at peace. I guess the kind of peace yo get once you are strapped in on a roller coaster and you've checked the harness then the worker comes by and checks it too;-). My doctor has his own surgery center on site which he says has cut down on instances of infection since his OR is only used for ps and not sick people. For a germaphobe like me that was a relief. The nurse called me and my hubby back to the "getting ready room" right next to the OR where they had me pee in a cup for a pregnancy test and then change out into the lovely paper panties (victoria's secret should really consider selling these) and a warm gown. The nurse was so nice and had one of the best bedside manners of any medical professional I have ever dealt with. She answered all of our questions and then Dr. Lee came in to mark me up. I jokingly told him that he was welcome to take out as much fat as he wanted because he would want to use my pictures on his website lol. This is a joke between us because he did my breasts 12 years ago and he still calls them his best work he has ever done and he couldn't believe how great they looked even after 3 kids and 3 breast feedings...but I digress. So then he took a bunch of pictures in those awesome panties. I showed him a picture of me at 21 and Jen P's photos from this site to show him what I wanted. I just wanted to make sure that we were still on the same page since he sees so many people and my pre-op was months prior. He said it was doable. And then the blue marker came out. I'm not sure there was any part of my legs or tummy that didn't resemble cookie monster I was covered in blue markings. After that I got in a bed with a warm blanket and waited with my hubby and met with the anesthesiologist who by the way had called the night before to make sure I didn't have any special concerns or questions...class act! He was great and made me feel very comfortable. After that I kissed my hubby and walked into the OR. I got on the table and the anesthesiologist started an IV. That is when I started to get a bit anxious and nurses would come up and talk and reassure me. Then I started to get drowsy and down goes fraser! The next thing I remember was waking up to my husband in the recovery room already in the binder (again so sexy) then getting in a wheelchair and going home. I was so out of it the first day I don't recall that much except that one of the incisions on my lipo wasn't stitched and I leaked EVERYWHERE which made me very cold and stinky. The second day I took a shower and used the med band recommended by Kimmers (thank you). I put a step stool in the shower and hubby changed the shower head to a handheld for me. It felt good but I was cold (I've had a hard time regulating my temp could be the snow falling outside but Im definitely colder than normal). WHile I was taking my shower hubby washed the compression garment then put it on a dry rack with a fan blowing on it. It was done wash and all in about 1 hour. after my shower I put on some oil on my skin not the incisions and re-bandaged my sutures (8) from the lipo. Then I sat in a robe which felt heavenly. I took a pain pill right before my shower and then a valium after before I put back on my garment. Putting on my garment was a bitch!!!! My legs were sooooooo swollen than getting them on and having a man who has never worn panty hose (well I assume he hasn't) is a bit interesting and painful because by not scrunching up the fabric and instead putting it on and PULLLING it up I needed more pain meds;-). But we got it on and I slept like a champ in my club chair with ottoman and drop cloth for my leakage. My girlfriend came and spent the weekend with us the next 2 days and brought me a walker. A walker is a must it has helped me stand up pretty good and when you are groggy and drugged its just a nice thing to keep you a bit steady. I had a BM the 2nd day and I had been taking the stool softener for 2 days prior to surgery and then the day I got home. I started taking MOM 3 doses over 2 days and nothing so I broke out my herbal smoothe move tea and wala we had action!!! I cannot tell you how great I felt afterward but it beat the shower! I did pull down my garment to my knees and I think that allowed those rumbles to work their way out. I didn't even have to push but I did sit there a bit longer after I "thought" I was done...I wasn't so word to the wise sit a bit just to make sure because pulling that thing back off and getting to the bathroom is an excursion of its own;-). I have to say that my diet has really helped in this process as well. I have eaten a lot of apple packs, grapes, cucumbers, puffed rice cereal with and without almond milk. I liked having a bowl of cereal by my chair so if I needed to take a pain med in the middle of the night I could eat a few so it didn't upset my stomach. Oh I almost forgot the night I got home I got nauseous. Almost threw up thank god I didn't but I was so glad my dr prescribed suppositories for nausea. THe mouth dissolvable ones give me horrific headaches. The suppository worked like a charm and I only needed 2 of them but they were definitely worth having on hand. I would highly recommend asking for an RX for those.
1 week PO. So got a drain removed today. YAY! ...
- 11 Jan 2012
- 6 days post
So got a drain removed today. YAY! I'm super sore today though which is a bummer but I know just part of healing so I'm going with the flow. When I got to the office I stripped down and the doctor came in and I told him the TT was bothersome it was the lipo that was killing me. He said that I was not the norm in that regard. He had me stand up and said wow! That is a good sign. I look exactly the size I was when I went in and he said that I will start to really shrink up since they got so aggressive with the lipo. He said they took out 4 liters of fat....4 LITERS!!!! I googled it thats about 8 pounds and he said the average TT skin removal is between 4-6 pounds so I figure I just lost about 12 pounds, roughly $1000 a pound;-). I got on the scale and was 4 pounds lighter today than on the day of surgery and they said Im very swollen which is weird because I only feel swollen in my legs. The doctor and nurse were pleased and surprised with the 4 pounds. The nurse took all the sutures out and the tape with the goo off over my incision. I am really impressed with the scar. She said the puckering would go away with the swelling. On a side note she suggested pineapple juice to help with swelling, who knew? Some of that tape hurt since it was starting to peel off on my hips. She took out the drain and I didn't even feel anything, I'm still so numb. Hubby said it was gross cause it was so far up there, I didn't care it was GONE!. She put Aquaphor on everything which felt like heaven. She also ordered another garment for me which will be nice now that all the leaking and grossness is done. The drive home was interesting since we got snow and I was freaked we were going to hit a pot hole or something. When I got home I took some pain meds, it was a pretty busy afternoon. Then of course people came over isn't that always how it goes. Funny thing is I suggested that they order pizza and wings from Dairy Queen. Someone really should've been taping me for youtube;-). Anyway can't wait til next Wednesday when the other tube comes out. I am rewarding myself with some photos in my new undies and bra. Anything will look better than my before photos.
9 day PO. Well yesterday was not such a good...
- 13 Jan 2012
- 8 days post
Well yesterday was not such a good day. I felt a tinge in my upper ab and that turned into excruciating pain. I couldn't even sit. Started hitting the pain meds hard and finally got some relief. I think I was using my abs more than my arms and overstraining. Hubby called the doctor today and asked if it were possible I popped something and was told not a chance that there was so many stitches because my stomach wall was so messed up they re stitched everything and there were many layers so it was not to worry just part of the healing process. A sucky part I would say. I took a shower yesterday and got all of the left over adhesive off my body and sat there for about 30 minutes under the warm water. It felt good. When I got out I applied the aquaderm and dressing so it wouldn't stick to my binder. I forgot to mention that the day we got back from having my pump removed our 15 mo bull mastiff pup decided to eat the remote and a purple marker! ALL OVER THE BEIGE CARPET! That was fun;-). So yesterday we had someone come over and clean the carpet, looked good when he left but as it dried, the purple seeped to the top. So hubby had to call again and get them to come out today. It's gone finally, but I thought "Yup that's about right;-)"
So this morning hubby called ps office and asked about my pump because nothing is coming out anymore, my ab, and pain meds. They told him the pump will not be removed prior to wednesday because of the danger of fluid build up. Apparently there is some term for when fluid builds up between your ab wall and innards and can be very serious to the tune of emergency surgery. They say it is rare they have only had t happen 2 times with patients and it is because they became too active after surgery (specifically the first 2 weeks which is why they won't remove them). I will pinky swear not to get off the couch if they take it off!
So after the phone call hubby had to drop of the boy to preschool, drive to denver to pick up more meds since they can't call them in, and when he gets home I reminded him he had volunteered to do lunch duty at the girls school, but he had already agreed to teach a jui jitsu class at the same time, so he flamed out. Started yelling that this is hard and that the neighbors would have to pick up the kids from school since he was going to the dojo afterwards. I told him I would call my parents then he flipped out and yelled something down the stairs saying never mind, but I had to get my butt up cause the carpet cleaner guy would be here soon. I heard something about running around all day and doing everything around the house with no help....sounded a bit familiar so now that he is gone I'm getting a bit of a chuckle because even though he pitches in more than most men do normally this has all been on his shoulders and now he can appreciate why I get stressed and frustrated a bunch. Can't wait to use that the next time he tells me I'm acting like a bitch;-). So now I have the house in peace and quiet for another hour and when he gets home I'm sending him away for a movie (adult time out). Can't wait til Wednesday though would like to wear something other than pjs since my drains look like I have 1 testicle in my yoga pants! Simple joys of life.
9 days PO update. So I was trying to wash my hair...
- 13 Jan 2012
- 8 days post
So I was trying to wash my hair and begin to have horrible pain where my last drain is. I notice that the stitch material that they attach to the drain to my privates is outside of me and not inside like before. I add a bit of aquaphor and push it back inside and then the pain gets real bad to where anywhere I move I cry and am about to throw up from the pain. I called the doctor office and tell them this thing came out about 3 inches and it is killing me. She hung up and called the dr then immediately retruned the call and said they wanted to wait til Wednesday but would take it out today could my hubby get me in. I again explain there is no way I am moving much less driving into Denver and my hubby and I felt comfortable pulling it. She explained how to do it and we had watched the other day so one snip of the stitch and hubby pulled it out. This drain nothing came out which shows me that I wasn't draining anymore and the tube didn't have anything in it. I doctored it up with some peroxide (OUUUUUCCCCHHHHHH) and then some Aquaphore with a bandaid . AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH! Relief I can finally move, bit sore where the drain was but I expect it'll scab over in a few days and be as good as new. I even have pants that are not pajamas on!!!! looking forward to the next healing chapter like standing up straight.;-)
10 day po. Feeling pretty good and If I could...
- 14 Jan 2012
- 9 days post
11 day po. So last night was not a good night. ...
- 15 Jan 2012
- 10 days post
13 days po. Ok some depression has set in, I...
- 17 Jan 2012
- 12 days post
The TT is great I'm feeling fantastic and the little pains and stretches are expected and pass so quickly they are more of a nuisance than anything, and I can almost stand straight (if it weren't for bending my knees cause I can't straighten my legs).
My hubby has been calling all day cause he knows blue, he even offered to pickup my favorite middle eastern food to bring it home for me to snack on this week. He has tried to keep it in perspective that taking 8 pounds off of a 5'3" 143 pound woman's legs (5% of my body weight) is not a walk in a park....ah a walk in the park would be fun. Ya I know but its been 2 weeks enough already. I read other women who basically were all healed with TT and Lipo after like 4 days and no pain meds...what's wrong with me?
He has tomorrow off and is taking me to the the doctor in the afternoon so at least I'll have someone around tomorrow and maybe my doctor can offer some suggestions for pain relief.
Last night I slept in bed. I should say I got in and out of bed about 8 times, had a good cry at 4 in the morning and finally slept for 4 more hours. I cannot find a good position because I'm a side sleeper and I could easily sleep that way if not for the lipo pain on the outer sides of my hips. I even tried sleeping on a pillow on top of the mattress and the pressure was just too much.
Ok well I'll end my pleasant tirade and hope this is short lived and tomorrow I can be back to my pleasant self and have a little relief, cause I need some.
14 days post op. So last night once my hubby came...
- 18 Jan 2012
- 13 days post
Took my first diuretic so I'm hoping for some seriously quick relief, unfortunately the new pain med isn't one the pharmacy keeps on hand so it will be here Friday. Until then I will be using the other narc.
So all in all a much better day or at least the hope of one!
15 days PO. So the diuretics have worked. Not...
- 19 Jan 2012
- 14 days post
I'm still crabby cause I can't fit into any clothes so next week back at work should be AWESOME! Can't wait for that.
17 days po. had an appt with doctor today. Got ...
- 24 Jan 2012
- 19 days post
I also told them my concern that I was going to pop out of my incision and he explained that at week 6 the incision is stronger than the surrounding skin and I didn't have anything to worry about.
The last two days have been remarkably better. I drove to the dr today, had lunch with a friend and got myself home...in the snow. Now my clothing, hair and no makeup were a disaster but whatever. I'm using "I just had surgey" excuse for a bit longer. I got my crossfit level 1 trainer certificate in the mail yesterday!!! I'm so stoked to get back in the gym. Tomorrow I will be 3 weeks po so I will start walking even for 15-20 minutes at a leisurely pace just to do something. Figure I'm swelling anyway so might as well feel good with endorphins. My appetite has come back its just so small. I still fill up sooooooo quick it's like the tight muscles are acting like a lap band. Whatever, I'm down 10 pounds from the day of surgery. I weighed 137.4 today so whatever it is it's working. Now I need to work on the hail damage on my ass and back of my thighs. I've got a plan just gotta get my body healed enough to get 'er dun.
I'm mainly taking ibuprofen religiously with the exception of taking a muscle relaxer at bedtime which seems to help me sleep and wake less often with little pains or spasms. Almost like little electrical shocks.
20days PO. So I feel like I have turned a corner....
- 27 Jan 2012
- 22 days post
Talked to my boss today for the first time and she said I sounded good which lifts my spirits too. I'm sure next week will come with some challenges but she is so cool she told me come in and work til I can't anymore then take the rest home and finish it there if I need to. Having that option reduces my stress considerably.
I will be going shopping sometime soon to get a spanx or the like for work so I can at least look normal.
I posted a prego photo for fun just to show why I needed the TT. Just for humors sake. Makes me happy to see where I was, and where I am now. Looking forward to the gym and finishing the rest of the work.
Day 26 po. First day back at work. I was in a...
- 30 Jan 2012
- 25 days post
First day back at work. I was in a CEP class but it was with about 200 officers so I got to see alot of people I hadn't seen in a long time and people kept coming up saying, you look great and so tiny. Some of these people I hadn't seen since I had lost my 40 pounds much less the TT. I'm kinda liking that since when you are in the middle of healing you can forget what you have already accomplished since your sights are set on something else. I am definitely starting to really see the effects of the lipo and boy am I glad I did it!
I also got on the treadmill today!!!! Yay! Now I'm like Chatty Cathy and feel so positive. I got my shuffle out and my red cons and walked. I began at a 2.5mph but I could really feel the tug and pull with each step so even though it KILLED me I turned it down to a 2.1mph and went for 22 minutes .75 miles. Pathetic BUT did something other than sit on the couch worrying that I'm not working out. I was going to do some squats (only 20) but decided there was no glory in injury and I will spend this week walking at my grandmother's pace then next week add squats and wall pushups on alternating days. I am a little sore so it'll be interesting to see how I feel in the morning. I made sure to be a sodium nazi tonight to make sure to not needlessly swell.
Went back to the chair last night and did not sleep. For one I realized that being in bed allows me the opportunity to kick my hubby when he begins to snore! I had to get out of my chair to smack him instead ;-) lol. And it isn't nearly as comfy as being more flat in bed.
Can't wait till Wednesday! 1 month post op and new photos. Hopefully I see some progress!
4 weeks po. So today is my 3rd day back at work...
- 1 Feb 2012
- 27 days post
So today is my 3rd day back at work and I can feel it. I'm really tired not so much in pain just fatigued. In fact I didn't have any medicine today until around 6pm.I ate out yesterday and boy could I tell it! Sodium sucks!!! My fingers were little smokies this morning when I got up. Nothing else was swollen but I have kept up on my regimin of vitamin water so I think that helps a ton. I ran to the bathroom (ok not ran) about 7 times today but I think I got 4 vitamin waters in at work and my decaf coffee which was another 24 oz. My CG is starting to be alot more comfortable. I cant tell if that is because I'm losing weight or it is just stretching.Funny thing about my CG. Since it is a full body suit down to the calves I wore a longer skirt and riding boots today, but I kept grabbing the sides of my skirt cause I was afraid that it might fall off and I wouldn't know it since the CG feels like clothes. My boss asked me if I was ok since I probably looked like a mental patient and instead of just saying yea I told him I was checking to see if my skirt was still on. His face was priceless!!!I have been trying to stay off that scale until I can actually run since all it will do is piss me off and I won't be able to do anything about it.
I worked out again today and was much less tight in the abs. I only did a mile in 30 minutes.BLAH! but I got something done and it got me back into the gym which for me is the one habit I cannot afford to take off the schedule otherwise everything else will take it's place. I can tell I swelled a bit after my walk and all day at work especially in my pictures but I feel really blessed that I haven't had the tummy swell hell that so many have had to deal with (knock on wood). Nonetheless I am much more flat at the beginning of the day than in these photos and my inner thighs are still swollen and have little feeling in them still. So I am hopeful that this is not near my final results. The back photos are what makes me want to barf!!! I cannot wait to do sprints to get that shit off!!! To me I look soft and definitely am making some plans as to how and fix that. Ok enough of the self loathing talk;-). My scar is still really red but the skin has started to really stretch out and I think once completely healed it will be beautiful. I also spent some time tonight stretching. I feel like I have lost alot of flexibility while laid up and I know I gotta get those leg muscles flexing or when I get the green light to run I will get injured. It felt awful at first but then after about 15 minutes I could feel a difference. All in all this is going to be a good experience and I am glad I did it.
What a difference a week makes. Last week was...
- 8 Feb 2012
- 1 month post
Last week was my first week back at work and boy could I feel it. I had no energy. Not really pain but no energy or stamina, and sleeping is still a struggle. I had a difficult time finding clothes where I could hide my cg and still be comfortable. I did it but I sure hope what not to wear wasn't secretly filming. I did learn that while recovering from a TT DO NOT WEAR high heals. My sides were aching like a runners cramp and I couldn't figure out why until I got out of my shoes and started thinking duh you have to balance side to side in heels so my obliques let me know! It did give me an excuse to buy some really cute black flat boots!!!
I worked out last week and so far this week has been better. I say worked out in a VERY broad term. I walked. I'm a ways off from a jog. tried it last night and my abs are still soooooo tight I'm definitely not ready. I did however, try wide legged squats and can do tthose no problem. Tried rowing and I bet I'm 2 weeks out from that. Tried girl pushups and could do them but shouldn't. I'll wait about 2 weeks on those too. This weeks walking pace is much better so I'm happier about that. Just the fact I'm down in my gym again with my shuffle improves my mood!!!
Went for my 5 week po appointment today and my ps said wow! That's good. He said my thighs still have 10-15% swelling left and that when it's all done they shouldn't touch. Yay I will wear shorts again!!! He said m belly is swollen nothing crazy but below the belly button will be flat and concave in a bit once the healing is complete. He said up to a year but was really happy with the progress. My incision started reopening this week which concerned me a bit but he said fair complected people's scars can behave that way. Also, a staple (dissolvable) popped out and opened up the incision. Ok not popped out but rubbed it's way out. He said those are placed so close to the skin I may have more do it or they may just dissolve. There is no telling. I'm cleaning with peroxide, neosporin and a bandaide. Also, I popped a stitch above my bellybutton but he says it shouldn't make me worry since it's neighbors are holding everything in tight.
I continue to struggle with finding an appetite. No I have an appetite but I get really full really quick. I have lost between 12-14 pounds depending on the day since surgery and ps said because the muscles are pulled in so tight they act like a corset and keep you from eating very much which I guess is a good side effect since I can't work out.
Not sure there are much changes from last weeks photos but might take some anyway cause the swimsuit one is horrible:-)
10 weeks PO. Wow how time flies. I can now say...
- 14 Mar 2012
- 2 months post
I started walking at 6 weeks and could only do 1 mile at a 2.5 mph pace. My grandma in a walker could've put me to shame. But I did it...pissed and all I did it. At 8 weeks my body started to accelerate its healing. I could finally "jog" (and I use that in the loosest of terms;) But I started to feel like I was maneauvering through the discomfort a ton better. I started sleeping much better and I was only wearing my CG when I got home from work.
Between weeks 8-10 I feel like a new woman!!! I'm so glad I did this. I have tucked in shirts (first time in 8 years) and feel fantastic. Sure I am still swelling. I get a pooch more times than I don't and the only time my tummy is completely flat is when all of it swells (;-) but guess what.....It's a hell of a lot better than it was and I know it wont be this way forever. Thank god I don't have to go to work naked, but clothed I look pretty damn good!
I think being more active really has lifted my spirits and has put everything in perspective. It is so hard to mentally deal with disappointment and not have exercise as an outlet. As soon as I could begin running (oh btw I'm running faster than I did pre surgery---not as far but faster how bout them apples!) my whole outlook changed. I felt in CONTROL again! Am I 100%...NOPE, but I can now cope with this. Some days are much better than others as far as how I feel and my mood but overall...much improved.
Do I still see flaw? Am I still a woman...hell ya I see flaws but many times I'm side tracked by thinking "Damn I look good and that's me in the mirror!". It didn't happen overnight but it did happen, so those of you beginning to doubt or think this will never end...yes it will, but it won't happen on your terms or your timing so suck it up an move forward;-). It is SOOOOOOO worth it...You will feel like a million dollars (even if you don't see it) so don't rob yourself of that feeling...You're worth it!!!
Dr. Lee is amazing. His attention to detail is ridiculous and his work is better than you could expect. His caring bedside manner and professionalism makes this difficult recovery much easier. His staff is the BEST. They are attentive, empathetic, and caring. They return phone calls immediately and get you into appointments very promptly. I have never had to wait for long. I believe the aftercare is the MOST important part of surgery and Dr. Lee and his staff have FAR exceeded my expectations. That is saying alot since once a dr has done your surgery and got your money they could really kiss you off, but I think my after care was even better than my before care. They have even called several times just to check up. They are amazing and I cannot say enough about my experience. If I ever get anything else done there will be NO OTHER doctor I would consider.