To borrow a phrase from another review, "I've been...
The pic is me taken in December 2013. I'm 5'8" and 217lbs. I hope to be at 180lbs for my surgery. I started this journey actively in September by watching my food intake, working out, and getting more sleep. I weighed 262lbs! GROSS! Ultimately, I want to hang out at 160lbs. I may alter my procedures opting to forego the BBL if liposculpting can give me similar results. The cost I put up is for TT, BL, and Lipo. Quote slightly different for the BBL with no BL (5200).
UPDATES AND MORE PICS AS MY JOURNEY CONTINUES!
....anyone else traveling to see her about this time? Would love to keep in touch.
The scale is not my friend...LOL!
My bday is Monday, so Tuesday it's on and poppin'! I gotta increase my cardio without pounding on my knees. Sucks! I love step aerobics with my kinda music. Looking at spin classes, cardio-boxing, etc.
Weight Loss Counseling Today
I decided to make an appt with a weight loss counselor/ psychologist to help me get to the bottom of my habit. Once I've cleared this hopefully my nutritional lifestyle change will be permanent. I'm not trying to go through my DR makeover only to gain weight again later on.
Weight loss to get the best results possible...
Revise, Revise, Revise!
First of all, I started eating like I have sense. I take in no more than 1200 calories/day and watch my fat intake. I stopped the sodas and only drink H2O with Mio for flavor (I cannot drink just H2O). I exercise with 1 hour of cardio x 4/week. Or at least that's been my goal. Working nights makes it hard because I just want to sleep when I''m not at work, so I fall short sometimes. I even fall short on my eating sometimes, but I don't kick myself. I just keep moving forward.
Secondly, I weighed in with my doctor on the 10th and I'm down to 224 from the ultimate of 243 (240 on my last posting). I'm hoping o drop 10 more by my surgery date...which brings me to the next update.
Third, I changed my surgery date again. This time it was moved up by 2 days at Dr. Robles request. So I'm scheduled for August 12, 2014. Is there anybody who will be looking to buddy up? Hit me back.
Fourth, I've changed my procedure somewhat after looking long and hard in the mirror, over and over and over and over and over and over again..LOL. I'm still doing the TT. It's a must have. I'm also still doing the BBL, but I've decided to get more aggressive lipo. The back and flanks come with the package, but I also want arms, upper abdomen and thighs. Since Dr. Robles cautioned me against wanting too many procedures at once and since I still have weight to lose (my breasts shrink as I lose), I decided to do this in stages. The next stage will be breast lift (and or augmentation) approx. 6 months later.
Fifth and final, even though I haven't mentioned it to my realself fam, I must come clean and admit I havene't come clean with my guy about my decision to do these procedures. He knows I'm going to the DR with my friends and that I'm staying for an extended period of time, but he has no idea about the surgeries. I want to tell him, but I think he will be totally against it and very adamant about me not doing it. This was all planned out before he and I started up. But I'm sure he won't see it that way and I'm not in the mood to butt heads with him about it. I want to keep a positive attitude through all of it. I know I'm wrong ladies, but just how wrong am I on a scale of 1 to 10? LOL.
T minus 8 days and counting...
Well I'm here...KINDA
Surgery Day Update
The day is the day...
Post op Day 2
POST OP DAYS 3-15
Now my main problem(s). I happen to have skin that tends to keloid. I think that's one of the issues with my suture line. As you look at the pics, you will see where my suture line starts to lose its closure. Now, THIS IS NOT THE FAULT OF MY SURGEON. I'm a healthcare professional and have been one for over 30 years. I know when someone has done something wrong. Her procedure was perfect and my suture line was beautiful. If I was the norm and healed like everyone else the little delay probably wouldn't have even come up. Coupled with the fact that I already have back problems which would not allow me to bend over as far as and as long as I needed while my sutures were healing, slowed my healing process down a bit. I had a similar situation before with surgery on my tendons in my wrist. However, this didn't come up because the sutures did not dissolve in my wrist. I think the abdominoplasty sutures dissolved before I could actually heal.
This situation is indicative of my genetic makeup. Once again Dr. Robles was flawless. She came in and cleaned my suture line herself and decided to put in a few more where I had started to separate. She also put a few in my belly button and said that I was doing too much. Slow down, rest, and walk bent over as much as possible.
I've been home a week today and I've been in contact with Dr. Robles' office 5 of those 7 days between her, Dr. Gonzalez and Laura by using Whats App for text and pics (download this app and make your connections BEFORE you go). While in Santo Domingo, I went to the office 3 times and she came to the recovery house to check on us on Sunday afternoon. NOTE: Dr. Robles is extremely busy with surgeries done all day until the evening and lots of patients in and out for consultations, check ups, etc. She has a very competent Dr Gonzalez working with her as well as her assistant Laura. They are both highly professional, resourceful and the most delightful personalities.
Now my main issue is with my PCP who was to follow my progress as I recover. In my opinion, he basically lost it when I came back with a drain, which is not a big deal at all. My suture line disrupted his composure as well. I had such high regard for him; HUGE, HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. He was supposed to do my short term disability paperwork, now he feels I need to consult a plastic surgeon here. NOT GONNA HAPPEN. I have full confidence in Dr. Robles and her team. What I am going to do is drop him as a PCP.
I've dropped a few pics to catch you up on my progress.
9/10/2014 ..;Perhaps I came to my conclusions too soon. I'm having detrimental problems with Dr. Robles' assistant, Laura, and her ability to do her job effectively. I have been begging and pleading with her for 2 weeks (as Dr. Robles' SDI rep) to fill out forms for my income and to validate my days I was under care there and she has yet to do it and promised twice that she would. The site totally translates into Spanish so that is not the issue. Today I was notified that my job is in jeopardy because of it. I feel as if they just dropped me since I paid and returned home. This is in no way a reflection on Dr. Robles' skills. I am happy with my results. BUT I AM COMPLETELY DISGUSTED WITH LAURA'S INSENSITIVE, UNCONCERNED ATTITUDE. I cannot and will not refer anyone under these circumstances to Dr. Robles or Paradise Recovery House.