2nd Visit to PS - Getting there but still a way to go!
- outinthestixgal in the UK
- updated 9 months ago
Im due to have a tummy tuck on the 9th Jan 2013,...
- 17 Dec 2012
- 22 days pre
Im due to have a tummy tuck on the 9th Jan 2013, through the NHS. Im very excited but also very nervous and worried about getting it done, Ive had 2 operations in 2 yrs one was a laparotomy back in 2011, I was then diagnosed with crohns disease, I kept getting infections in my wounds which left me with alot of keloid scar tissue, my scar runs from my bikini line right up to just below my boobs. the scaring is thick and raised and not very pleasant to look at and makes me feel very paranoid about what I wear, unfortunately the operation resulted in a unbilical hernia, which was repaired back in March this year, while they were opertating on me they found a further 3 hernias, again my wounds did not heal properly which led to another infection and more thickeniing of the scars, the man concern is that I have a pouch/overhang due to my stomach muscles not working anymore :-( If I dont get this sorted out, by the time im 50 I have been told that my overhang will stretch and drag down to my knees....... making my health on top of my crohns even worse. I will add photos this week :-) if I have the guts lol....
Ive only got 4 1/2 more working days till my...
- 20 Dec 2012
- 20 days pre
1 Week to Go! Its getting closer and closer and im...
- 1 Jan 2013
- 8 days pre
I've just gone out and bought 5 pairs of Aunties Bloomers, my goodness Ive never worn knickers as big as that before, but im guessing I would rather be comfortable :-)
6 days to go and Im starting to get that anxious...
- 3 Jan 2013
- 6 days pre
Ive got a fridge full of orange juice and a fruit bowl full of oranges and clemintines, plus my vitamin c tablets, this cold will go before my operation!
My boyfriend has just bought me in a hot whisky toddy to help me beat this cold. I hate whisky with a passion but cant taste anything. :-(
Im praying with all my heart that this cold goes ASAP......
My operation has been cancelled due to unforseen...
- 4 Jan 2013
- 5 days pre
Well today would have been my last working day at...
- 8 Jan 2013
- 1 day pre
However I only have to wait 3 weeks, so count down begins again! :-) The cold that I got has actually gone overnight! I was prescribed antibiotics because I have Crohns I dont have the immune system to fight the nasty germs. I think eating and drinking endless clemintines and drinking orange juice has helped! it Vitamin C pills as I dont want another cold.
Updated 15th Jan 2 weeks tomorrow for me, this...
- 15 Jan 2013
- 6 days post
2 weeks tomorrow for me, this op had better not get cancelled or else. I seem to be more organised this time, bought my v shape pillow and wedge pillow just incase its needed. Thanks to Suzi i now have acompression garment, so very happy and grateful, another thing crossed off my list. WIll be asking my doctor next week if he can supply the scaraway strips and serum on prescription or not if not thats my next purchase. Still feeling anxious and nervous about the whole thing, probably more since the last op was cancelled :-( hope the rest of you lovely ladies that had your operation on the 9th are doing well xx
2 days to go now!!! Ive deep cleaned the house...
- 27 Jan 2013
- 18 days post
Ive deep cleaned the house this weekend! Just need to pack my bag etc etc and thats me done.
Im starting to get nervous and anxious and cant wait for it all too be over!
Well ladies thats me all ready to rock and roll....
- 29 Jan 2013
- 20 days post
I was in a strange bad mood yesterday I didnt know if I was coming or going and was petrified I was going to get another letter of cancellation, thankfully thats not happened, fingers crossed they have a bed for me tom otherwise Im not going to be happy one wee bit.
Ive not been so bad today mind you my car breaking down on the way into work didnt help! All I know about tom is what I have picked up from here, I have no idea how much he is taking off or anything! hopefully I will find more out when I get there. I have no idea what time im having the operation or anything, not good.
I have taken lots of pictures and im hoping the surgeon will take more for me!
Ive just had a long soak in the bath, too long but it will be a while before im able to do that :-( Its like saying goodbye to an old friend...
Ive just eaten some toast so that will be all for me till Im able to eat tom night after the operation! im getting up at 6am so that I can have my last cup of black coffee, fasting is from midnight but now will be ok with me,
Not eaten too much today only soup for lunch and omlette for my dinner and 2 weight watchers yogurts, and of course my toast so thats not too bad I dont think!
Anyway ladies anyone thats having surgery tomorrow best of luck to you all and big hugs.
See you on the flat side xx
Well 24hrs after my operation thats me home and...
- 31 Jan 2013
- 22 days post
I was a bit uncomfortable getting out of bed the first time especially with the drains, and had to have help as I was light headed. I found going for the first wee was like trying to climb a mountain, but after numerous visits to the bathroom woo hoo I was able to go. The drains were removed this morning, and I have been up and about every hour for 10 mins walking about! My boyfriend collected me at 5pm, and I was at home and in bed by 6pm.
I cant believe how good I feel, I can already see a difference even though my stomach is swollen, I no longer have the dog ears and the overhang has gone, I can see that a mole that used to be just below my right boob is not just above my hip bone and I have my belly button. Im sure tomorrow will be different and I wont feel so fabulous as I am right now! Im unable to take pics as Im all covered up wuth special guaze and some protective skin like bandage so that I can shower. Im not allowed to take the dressings off until I see my consultant in 2 weeks.
Will update tom as im sure i wont feel as great as today! I cant beleive that ive finally had the surgery! Im so very very happy :-) besides im getting sleepy, so will sign out for now. night night xx
Post Op Day 2 Well thats was the worst nights...
- 1 Feb 2013
- 23 days post
Well thats was the worst nights sleep! I was tossing and turning all night worrried in case my other halfs arm landed on my stomach in the night everytime he moved I was awake! woke up again at 3am for more painkillers and up again at 6am. Ive been suffering from backache all morning and im unable to get comfortable in the bed, even thou I have an electric blanket on. I was not expecting to have another good day mind you im in no pain at all, just constant backache from stooping when I walk. Im on 2x 500mg of paracetamol and codine every 4 hours, with 5ml of Oramorph if I need it. Im still needing to go to the loo but finding it difficult, even thou Im taking a sachet of laxative with my painkillers, nothing has happened yet!
I was given no further aftercare from my surgeon, no sign of any CG either. Had I have not found this site I would have gone into this operation blinded. So for that Thank You everyone for all the advice and for sharing your recovery all your own trials and tribulations that you have been on. I will keep you updated with how I am doing and feeling over the coing days and weeks.
Only a couple of pictures to put up today, will...
- 1 Feb 2013
- 23 days post
Im 3 days po and can honestly say I feel fab, ive...
- 2 Feb 2013
- 24 days post
5 Days Post Op............ Struggling to sleep...
- 4 Feb 2013
- 26 days post
Struggling to sleep through the night, not napping as much during the day but ive had to sleep this afternoon due to only having 4hrs sleep last night! :-( Still not had a bm which is driving me mad, Im begining to think that everything is backing up and if something doesnt give soon im going to be in a lot of pain, my usual laxative that I took for my last surgery recommended I take one sachet a day and trust me this stuff worked, however im now having 5 to 6 sachets a day and nothing. Ive got an appointment with my doctor tonight in 2 hrs so will see if he can recommend anything. Ive been sat on the toilet three times today as I thought I needed to go! Backache not as bad today, however last night was in pain alot and my stomach felt very hot to the touch, im blaming going out for coffee and being on my feet too long, so today ive stayed on the bed in the sitting position with my legs elavated. Stomach does not seem to swollen today, mind you ive kept the cg garment off as I think what with my tummy being soo swollen yesterday it was maybe a little tight on me! as the dressing around my groin area had a little leakage!
7 days post op I had a wee dilema yesterday as...
- 6 Feb 2013
- 1 month post
I had a wee dilema yesterday as per previous comment, I had a wee bit of leakage on my dressings and got a bit worried as 2 past operations I have had lakage and have led to getting secondary infections.So I went back to the doctor this morning as I had more blood and clear fluid leak further into my dressings. They took the dressings off and what a relief the hotness that I, had went straight away, I had what can only resemble cling film all round my tummy (just so that I can shower) they removed that and then the dressings. Was told that my bellybutton is still bleeding alot and doesnt look too nice, tbh I was expecting it as my surgeon had said this would be the worst bit to heal. Im so chuffed to actually see a bb there. Stomach has some redness so just to be on the safe side have been given antibiotics to double check that I dont get any infections. Once they had cleared my bb up it looked quite good for being a week old lol........ everything cleaned up and redressed. Going back on Friday just for them too check everything if needed, too. Apointment with the ps is on the 13th...... feel very very happy with how my stomach looks. I know the swelling will be there for weeks to come but considering how my stomach looked only 8 days ago I could not be happier.. Just need to get the sleeping problem corrected. bm all ok now! thankfully :-)
Its been 2 weeks and 2 days since my operation....
- 16 Feb 2013
- 1 month post
Well its been exactly 4 weeks since my operation...
- 27 Feb 2013
- 1 month post
Im off all painkillers and can now lie on my sides, which is a bonus as sleeping sitting up has been a right royal pain in the behind!
Ive had ups and downs and Im still waiting for my belly button to heal up as well as an inch along my scar tissue is still a bit raw but with daily dressings changed and an iodine strip its getting there.
Ive already tried on clothes that I could not wear last year and seeing myself in the mirror without the pouch is amazing! Ive also lost 9Ilb since the operation so on the whole things are going well. Ive got to wait until my other bits have healed before heading to the gym to work of my handles, but this op has given me a new lease of life.
Will post some more pics tonight. Those that are still suffering or on a down day, keep going there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Ive still got a little way to go and will keep posting on here. xx
5 weeks post op Wednesday just past and 2nd visit...
- 8 Mar 2013
- 2 months post
Still only allowed to do moderate excercise but def no stomach crunches or excessive excercise, got to go back and see the surgeon in 2 weeks for a further update, hopefully belly button will have started to dry up slightly by then.
Cant wait to burn calories and get rid of these love handles I wanna look great in a bikini for my holidays.