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I am a 45 year old mom of 4(20,18,17,8) All of my...

I am a 45 year old mom of 4(20,18,17,8) All of my kids were c sections. I am a big girl by nature 5'8" and 180lbs. I have been on a diet most of my life..lol It seems like every time I lost a significant amount of weight I would end up pregnant again! Iam finally in a position to be a stay at home mom,and afford a MM without going into debt. Im doing this for myself. I have always put everyone first and I have decided its time to be 'all about me' lol
I worked in the healthcare field and my PS is an amazing surgeon.I'm hoping that the TT recovery will be similar to that of a c-section. Oh also I am having BL/BA full TT and lipo on flanks. Good luck to everyone with upcoming surgeries. If we stick together I'm sure we will all be fine! :)

Thank you so much for starting your story on RealSelf! When are you scheduled for surgery?


Well holy crap. I had no idea that there was so...

Well holy crap. I had no idea that there was so much involved in this process. Sizes,placement,prescriptions,supplies,clothes.
YIKES!!!! My husband keeps telling me that it will be worth it in the end,and Im sure it will be. I have had a really low self esteem since Ive had all the kids (c sections) and bouts of depression. I know its gonna be a long haul but Im confident that I will feel better not only physically but mentally.Im really excited about this and hope that Im fully prepared when surgery day arrives. The only time I get really nervous is when I get on the internet and start reading horror stories about implants.....my advice STAY OFF THE INTERNET.....same thing my PS told me...lol. 19 days and counting!!!
I understand everything you are saying. I have always been a big girl and had 3 c-sections myself. I look forward to seeing how everything turns out!! It makes it even better that you have a supportive spouse!! I am blessed with that also and I thank god for him everyday! Happy countdown and prep to you!!

Well I have all of my supplies! In the process of...

Well I have all of my supplies! In the process of cleaning the house from top to bottom. I have 15 days to go and the waiting is driving me nuts!!....lol. I've also been getting things together to entertain myself. I'm not very good at relaxing and taking it easy so it will be a challenge for me to sit still.

Well I finally summoned the courage to take before...

Well I finally summoned the courage to take before pictures.......yikes! what a train wreck....lol. I thought posting them today would be appropriate since today is my "baby's" 9th birthday. Im def going to add after pictures,because that was what Ive been interested in most is seeing what I will looks like and what to expect the day after. I think I will keep the picture posts to just the weekly milestones. My spirits are good today,still pretty anxious but trying to keep things pushed to the back of my mind. My mother visited yesterday. She thinks a 5 1/2 hour surgery is way too long. She really isnt very supportive :( at least my husband and kids are all in my corner and my brother,of all people. He also lives with me and hes a Nurse Practioner on the Trauma Serive at a local hospital. So I think I will be in pretty good hands.
PS... On my pictures on the right side (my left) is a huge scar that Ive had for 20 years. I had an ovarian cyst rupture and they removed my ovary,the tube and my appendix. Sadly the general surgeon thought it was appendicitis,thats why the scar is so hideous. It will be gone after the TT.....good riddance

Well I'm 8 days away from surgery. I wish it was...

Well I'm 8 days away from surgery. I wish it was tomorrow. This waiting is killing me. I have been hit with insomnia,I've been all around different cosmetic surgery websites. I don't know if I'm doing more harm then good...lol. My husband is acting like this is no big deal,mainly because I had the 4 c-sections. He. Thinks I should be up and at me in no time. Well when I had the c-sections I had to be up and moving because I had a baby that depended on me. He's a dork...but he's my dork. I'm trying to make sure I'm prepared for anything. Scripts are filled,all supplies are bought I even bought 2 new pillows and a big furry 'recovery' blanket. I have all the. Seasons of Grays Anatomy. I'm going to attempt to watch them while I recover. I have bought juice,low sodium soup and no salt crackers. Ii even bought baby food. I really don't think I will have much of an appetite. Anyone out there have any other ideas for keeping busy while I recover?? I know I've said it before... I am a terrible patient....lol . God bless everyone who has a surgery scheduled for this wee,I hope all goes well for all of you!!
So excited for you!! It is flying by! Looking forward to how you compare it to the c-

Well I'm finally less than a week away. I have...

Well I'm finally less than a week away. I have cleaned everything I can think of to clean. I think I'm just full of nervous energy. I will just be glad when it's done. I'm really nervous that by BL/BA is gonna leave me looking gigantic. My PS assures me that I won't. I trust him 110% ....but still,I have to see to believe...lol
where r u getting it done @. I'm from cleve.oh

Well is almost "D Day". The hospital just called...

Well is almost "D Day". The hospital just called and went over all the final instructions,and confirmed my time. There's no backing out now. I am so nervous I can't stand it, I've been playing it really cool with my husband and haven't let him see my litte freak outs here and there,he's the type that if I'm calm then so is he. I bought new curtains last week and he saw it as a sign that I was afraid I was gonna die.....lol. He is too funny. I understand his fears,but I've been in the healthcare field long enough,and spent many hours in the OR that I know the reality of everything. My surgeon is one of the best in the US. He has won numerous awards,and his training is excellent. My biggest fear is throwing up from the anesthesia. I've only been put under 4 times and it was for very simple operations. I had epidurals with my 4 c-sections so I was awake. Also with the c-sections I know what it feels like to cough or sneeze after abdominal surgery.....OUCH! I also have visions of waking. Up and my boobs being so big that I can't seemly feet...lol
Hello, glad to hear you're doing well. Happy healing :)
Hello everyone. I made it to the flat side. And of course my Internet at home isn't working:(
Surgery was good. No complications. Recovery has been rough. It's hard to get comfortable and keep your feet propped up. I have my follow up today,I'm hoping to get my drain out today. I think overall the lipo sites are the most painful,they feel like rug burns. Will try to post after dr appt

Hope everything went well! Post when you can.

As of today I am 1 week post op. my follow up appt...

As of today I am 1 week post op. my follow up appt went well. I got the stitches around my belly button out,still have the drain :(
I'm out of the surgical bra into a sports bra and out of the ab binder into a compression garment...one word OUCH!!! Oh my goodness it squeezes you so much. Since my PS put it on I have started to swell more. It probably doesn't help that I went to Walmart after my dr appt. think I'm gonna take it super easy today
Glad to hear you're doing well!
Glad to hear all went well. I can't believe you went to Walmart after your doc appt....you are brave !!! Now you need to sleep, keep up on pain meds, rest, rest, rest & relax.....keep us posted..continued happy healing

Post op day 8. I feel miserable. I got my drain...

Post op day 8. I feel miserable. I got my drain removed and that was no fun. I do feel better since its been out,I don't have to worry about it getting snagged on clothes and things. Does anyone else itch? My new boobs itch like crazy,my PS told me it could be nerves waking up,the pain meds and also the healing process. It drives me nuts. I haven't driven anywhere yet,went to my dr appt and shopping with my daughter. Needless to say I'm ready for bed. It seems like if I'm up too long my back and butt start to swell and hurt. I fel like I have a hippo butt ans I only had lipo on my flanks and have 4 small incisions on my lower back and above my butt. I willbe so glad to sleep in a bed again. The recliner was ok at first. I'm ready to start sleeping on side again.

So sorry u are miserable! It will get better. Can't wait to see after pics!

Well I'm officially 2 weeks post op today. Still...

Well I'm officially 2 weeks post op today. Still pretty sore. The lipo sites are the worst. Had some bleeding under my left breast. My PS says its from a scab falling off. I slept in my bed for the first time last night. Wasn't bad but still not back to normal. I'm a side sleeper and when I try to lay on my side I feel like I'm gonna pop a stitch or something...any ideas ? I hate the compression garmet it makes me itch,however I can see the difference in my body every day. My belly butto is really swollen. My PS told me to put some Neosporin and a marble in it to help shape it. Hope it works. All the steri strips are off and I don't have another follow up for 4 weeks.
Hi Kelly, I see we were very close in surgery dates... I am just a little over 2 weeks post op..... also, I was about your size... just a little taller.... Tonight will be my first night in the bed... headaches so bad from sleeping in the recliner, PS said it was because my head was above my feet and not getting enough blood circulation. Best of luck to you... cant wait to see your post op pics. I am going to take more tomorrow since I just got tape off yesterday. My right breast has some areas that I am having to keep bandaged as well as mid incision on my TT and a red spot close to my left hip. All are normal according to PS... other than that, I think incisions look very good. I'm with you on being sore.. esp in my inner legs and flanks... due to the lipo. Hugs.

Well I haven't been on here in a while. I...

Well I haven't been on here in a while. I developed an infection in the incision in my left breast. I was hospitalized for 4 days on IV antibiotics,got out of the hospital on Thursday. Friday my PS reopened my incision and cut out anything that looked infected so far so good. I am also receiving antibiotics at home through a PICC line. I get 3 doses a day. I have a home health nurse that comes every Monday to draw bloodwork and change the dressing on my PICC line. I got really sick on Saturday with nausea and vomiting,I had to page my PS to get a prescription for Zofran. It helps but makes me sleepy. I'm starting to wonder if this was all worth it....kinda down today,have to see an infectious disease doc this afternoon. Suppose to get my sutures out tomorrow.
I'm so sorry you're having such a bad time!!! I hope you heal all the way very soon!
I sure hope you get feeling better! I can't imagine going through this and then getting as sick as you have been. Hang in there!
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