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All of my life I have always had pooch, even in...

All of my life I have always had pooch, even in high school when I weighed 110-125. I have never worn a two piece. At age 23 and 26, I had two beautiful babies but they wrecked my tummy with extra skin and terrible stretch marks. With my first child, I had extra fluid and my second child weighed 10 lbs 12 oz and I had extra fluid with her too. I was HUGE! After I had my second baby, I ended up with postpartum depression and got up to 193 lbs. I stayed there for a year, I think, until I saw a picture of myself. EEWWW! So I joined the gym and busted hiney and lost 60 pounds in 18 months. I lost the first 30 pounds in the first 3 months and won a couple of weight loss challenges at my gym. But even with working out like a crazy person and doing tons of ab work, I have nothing to show for it. I've wanted a tummy tuck since I have lost all of this weight and now I'm ready to uncover my true self and see these hidden abs!

I scheduled my surgery for December to give time to save up money and to save up some PTO. I will post some pics when I feel more confident. I am 33 years, I am 5'3" tall and weigh 135 and have kept my weight off for 5 years by exercising and watching what I eat. I would like to lose 10 pounds before surgery. I have plenty of time but my lowest weight since I graduated high school is 128 and that was last year doing P90x and man that was hard!! Good luck ladies and happy healing for all of you who have already joined the flat side or are about to be there!

I am so happy you joined us and look forward to following your journey.

 

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I'm obsessing so much over this! I'm super excited...

I'm obsessing so much over this! I'm super excited and trying not to be impatient. Its still 5 months away!
Ugh.
I'm googling tummy tuck everyday! And reading reviews and updates on realself everyday, many times a day.
But I do want to ask your opinions on something. I posted a question on the Q&A but I want to see what you guys thought.

I found my PS through another surgeons office referral. She is super sweet, female, thorough and I feel real good about her. I am usually pretty accurate with my first impression feelings. BUT after my consultation, I did research on her. She just recently opened her practice. She is a new dr so she is not yet a certified PS. She does cosmetic, reconstruction, cranial facial and pediatric surgeries. So she is practicing within her scope. I saw her before and afters and they look good. She explained her technique. She seems to have the more current techniques with pain pumps, scar healing treatments, massages, etc. I even emailed her the next day asking her about her certification process and if she was working on it. I also emailed her other questions. She called me back and spoke with me on the phone for an hour. She is halfway through with her certification process.

My ONLY hesitation is that she is not certified PS. Her experience is minimal compared to the other surgeons. But she is also privy to all the new techniques and research. Which is also another thing she does, she's done quite a few research studies that she has published. And also, with her working with pediatrics, I would assume she does very intricate and detailed work.

What are your thoughts?
They haven't. Very weird. I just emailed them again. Eek!
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hi Texasdreamer, any luck with sorting the block ? Wondered whether Realself had got back to you ?
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Looking forward to it.I've been researching compression garments and other stuff on the web. You seem to have loads of really good 'stuff' available in the US but over here it is not so common place. There are a few companies that sell CG's and that but I am still searching for the "perfect" one for me. From reading all of the reviews it is best to get a proper CG rather than relying on Spanx. What do you think ? So much research to do... so little time... soo much money to spend...ha ha... good job I have a very supportive hubby. Hopefully Realself will get the block sorted soon and we can proper chat... take care. Suzi PS; When do you think it would be a good idea to set up the December 12 T'T's review ??
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I have three more appointments set up. With Dr...

I have three more appointments set up. With Dr Danielle LeBlanc, Dr Kelly Kunkel (male) and Dr David Lavine. All three board certified and over 10 years experience. I'd prefer a female but I just spent some time on the phone with Dr Lavine staff and I really like what she had to say plus she is a patient of his too. I'm so excited but I have some major decisions to make.

I feel so alone in this process. I have my dear husband who is 100% supportive of whatever I decide to do. But I'm sure he's tired of hearing about it. But he hasn't said so. I don't have any close friends and my acquaintances aren't really the type to share this with and I know my parents and family will be trying to talk me out of it.

This is depressing me because I realize I don't have friends and I don't know why. My husband is sweet and says its because they are jealous because I'm so beautiful, smart and talented and women can't handle that. Isn't he sweet.... I dont see it....

So all I have is realself and my love of my life....
100 degrees - Oh my that is too hot for me... We have 26 degrees today which is just lovely... blue skies. Happy days. Are you are work like me atm. I wonder what the time difference is. As I type it is 4.45pm. (not that I know what time you will read this email lol)... At least from all this rain we have had the countryside is so green and luscious. I live near to Leeds Castle in Kent (google it). It is so beautiful. must go and look busy ! tee hee
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26 degrees! I'm jealous!

I work at night. 10p - 6:30a. I googled your time zone and it's 10p on tuesday here and it's 4am on Wednesday where you are. So you are most likely asleep! I'll google that. Sounds awesome.
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Oh that's so neat you get the torch in your hometown. Amazing! It's super dry and hot here in Texas. Close to or over 100 degrees all week. Oh my gosh, next summer I will finally wear a bikini!!! Yay!! I can't wait. That's going to be so awesome for us to be flat!
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I took my kids to the water park today....

I took my kids to the water park today. Fortunately/unfortunately (hmm) DFW is one of the top ten fattest cities in the US so I didn't have too many bellies to gawk at trying to figure out who may have had a tummy tuck. Didn't see any. But saw a handful of perky ta-tas that I was a bit jealous of...

I'm OBSESSSING! Lol.

I was sporting my cute little one piece to cover up my nasty belly...always. And thinking WOW! I WILL wear a two piece next year!!!

Thank you for all of you posting your reviews and recovery! It's so inspiring and I enjoy every new picture and see how awesome every single tummy looks!

Counting down...

19wks, 3 days and 12 hours (assuming I get a 8am surgery) HAHA!
Well, you are not alone with the friend thing. I told my sister about my surgery but otherwise it was just my hubby & my two kids for help. My co-workers were pretty nice about it but they had no choice because I was taking the PTO wether they liked it or not. I do Crossfit & being in good shape before the surgery was the best thing. I was able to get up all by myself & move around early post op. I can't wait to go back to the gym. The people there fill me with energy & inspiration to work harder. They accepted me as their friend & the women there said exactly what you did, "I don't have many girlfriends, women tend to not like them because they were beautiful, smart & in shape", the friends at Crossfit have similar interests but are from all walks of life. It is great. They were my biggest supporters for this surgery, they understood my reasons. I can't wait to go back. I am post op 3 weeks. I am in San Antonio. This CG in the summer stinks! Good idea to do it in December.
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You're very lucky to have your gym! Ive been reading a lot of reviews saying that being fit will make a big difference in recovery. Fortunately, I have very strong leg muscles since I play soccer. I just need to work more on my upper body. I shy away from upper body workouts because regardless of what some trainers say, I do get bigger muscles up there and it doesnt look very feminine.

I'll build some muscles up a bit for the surgery. :-)

Yes, I'm thinking December is perfect. All that bulky warm clothing will help hide my little secret and the binder will hopefully keep me warm.
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Oh and p90x and is very much focused on the core and don't the surgeons say wait 6 months before core work? I know for sure that the yoga workout and core synergistics workout are very focused on abs. Maybe you can do legs and back and Kenpo at your 6 week release.... Dunno.
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I decided to add my before pictures. This is hard...

I decided to add my before pictures. This is hard to do. I've spent all these years hiding it. It's so depressing. That belly the only thing I truly hate about my body. Everything else I know I can change or improve but there is absolutely NOTHING I can do about this belly.

Good luck to all of you! Every one of you deserve this!
Thank you abscape. I've been keeping up with your progress. Glad you are doing well. I hope I do as well as you are.
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It sounds like you are doing this procedure for the best reason there is: yourself. I am 3 weeks PO and haven't had anything but a smooth and satisfying recovery.
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I had a consultation today with another PS We are...

I had a consultation today with another PS We are a match. She answered all my questions before I asked. She uses the technique I desired. She showed me how she determined the incision line... She had me bend over slightly and the lowest natural crease is what she follows. It was super low. She said I do not need any lipo or other work. When it was time to take pictures, I was like Ugh this sucks. She laughed and said I will be prancing in all excited to show myself off when it's time for the "after" pics.

It's a relief to find my PS. Now for booking the surgery. My husband and I discussed and we decided Friday, 12-14 would be best so he can be with me the day of surgery and over the weekend and not miss too much work without pay since he won't have any more vacation days after our vacation to Florida next week.

Speaking of which, I soooo wish I had my new tummy for this beach vacation. :-(( I think I'm going to share my secret with my sis-in-law while we are there. Her family is going with us and sharing a condo. It was be nice to have another person to talk to about this.

Back to my consultation.... Ok so I'm a medical professional. Blood, wounds, etc never bother me. Ever. But today when she was describing the incision to me "medical professional to medical professional" I got really nauseas. I imagined for the first time someone slicing me from hip to hip. That really got to me. It's weird. I'm the kind to watch them take my blood and I've watched as an ED dr had to stitch me up. It didn't bother me one bit. But this is making my tummy turn....

But YAY for my PS. She's awesome!

Oh and she is a board certified plastic surgeon...

Oh and she is a board certified plastic surgeon with many years of experience.

I just paid my deposit! I'm scheduled for December...

I just paid my deposit! I'm scheduled for December 14!! Pre-op appointment is November 29! Holy crap!
Texasdreamer you all ready have a very nice shape so your results are going to be amazing. Good luck to you!
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Thank you wonj! You are so kind! I can't wait!
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LOL..you are so funny!    You are going to do wonderful!!   This is a very exciting time for you:)

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My employer declined FMLA unofficially. I called...

My employer declined FMLA unofficially. I called and asked and they said they would decline for anything elective. I will still turn in the paperwork and see what happens. But if they officially decline, I don't know what to do. I will have 8 days PTO by December but I will need three more weeks. I'm a sonographer and I push a heavy machine around a huge hospital. I can't go back before 4 weeks per my doctor. And her revisions are done free of charge based on compliance. So I have to comply. I'm going to put in for those 8 days off but I don't know what to do after that. My position is very hard to fill because I work 10p - 6:30a. So I don't think I will get fired, I'm just afraid they will decline my time off altogether. :-( any suggestions??
Hi Beth! I hope u heal quickly and your first days at work are easy on you

I'm doing well.... Still trying to decide what to do. I just can't believe it's almost October!! Two more months until my TT! Wow!! I need to make decisions ASAP!
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I LOVE my job. And OH YEA I will have a job lined up before I quit. I actually have a part time job scanning pregnant mommies along with my full time job doing vascular ultrasound. I could fall back on the part time too but she doesnt have a lot of hours to guarantee me enough.

It's by far by far the best decision I made going back to school. I was 29 when I started. 31 when I graduated. It was so hard but I would do it again in a heartbeat.

So I have a few options and I've been sitting here calculation them. Lol. There's a dr office that offered me a job but it's making less per hour than i want. He also is aware of my need for a leave of absence in December. He didn't ask why, he just said OK! So I could always take that one if I can't find anything else.

It's the timing it right that gives me anxiety.
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hi texas so just to update u I have to go back to work 10/4 I will be 3 weeks po. I wish I couldve had more healing time but I cant lose this job. Pay is good n Im not certified or educated in any trade so I must keep my employment.Hope all is well with u
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I'm not stressing anymore about my time off. I...

I'm not stressing anymore about my time off. I received a call back from a doctor who had interviewed me and offered me a job this summer but I declined. He hired someone else and it isn't working out and he really wants me to come work for him so he offered more money and I told him I need three weeks off in December. He agreed and so I start November 5 and my leave is December 14- January 9. I'm nervous now.
It's so exciting:)
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That's great! I am glad that you got a new job that would allow you to have your surgery as scheduled. Don't get nervous now! Lol Congrats!!
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Congrats on your new job and upcoming TT. I work in a hospital too so I know how long stretches off are hard to come by. I have saved all of my vacation days except for 3 for my surgery and it has been hard to not have any long stretches off this summer but I know that after my surgery I will be so happy and it was worth the wait. Good Luck!
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HOLY COW my surgery is in ONE MONTH!

HOLY COW my surgery is in ONE MONTH!
Congrats on your time off & new job. I am scheduled for Dec. 14th also, I am so excited. We are very similar in body types, so I think we will both come out with beautiful flat stomachs, just in time for summer.  Best of luck to you & your tummy, see you on the flat side.
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Hello all! My new job is going okay. It's a...

Hello all!

My new job is going okay. It's a super busy office and we do ultrasound guided surgeries. So I'm having to learn sterile technique and there's three doctors and they each have their own way they want things done. So that's a bit stressful especially when two of them aren't very understanding. They're surgeons. Nuf said. So, it's busy but the work is not strenuous. So I'm hoping I can go back in 2 1/2 weeks. I was going back at 3 1/2 weeks. But I will wait and see how I feel. For now, I'll keep my return date jan 9.

Add to the stress of a new job, my husband and I are in the fiinal stages of renovating our home. The last major project we were going to tackle this year was putting wood floors in our bedroom. The only thing left after that is our bathroom. Well a simple job never ends up simple with this house. It was suppose to go like this... Rip out carpet....put wood in and move our furniture back into our bedroom. NOT happening! Carpets gets ripped out and we find that the shower had been leaking for who knows how long. So bathroom project is being done now. He tore EVERYTHING out of that bathroom and when we took out the vanity, a little bit of dirt fell out from behind the Sheetrock. By the time he was done, he had all the Sheetrock torn out and a mole had found the hole under the tub and has been pushing dirt in under the tub for what has to have been years. There was enough dirt to fill up a wheel barrow and then some.

So long story to explain that I am totally freaking out. I was going to put up the Christmas tree and all my decorations over thanksgiving break but NO our bedroom furniture is scattered throughout the house and there's no room or sense in adding more crap to the chaos. I'm so bummed about that. And our mattress is in the floor of my daughters room. Holy hell.

New job, renovation nightmare, Christmas presents and decorations! OMG. I NEED A VALIUM!!!!

Does anyone here have an autoimmune disease such...

Does anyone here have an autoimmune disease such as crohns, lupus, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc and take TNF blocker injections (cimzia, enbrel, humira, remicaid)? It lessens the ability of the body to fight off infections. I have RA and I take injections and I was wondering if anyone here has already had surgery, how they managed their meds and what their surgeon advised them to do. I'm wondering if I should stop my meds before surgery and how soon before. My pre op isn't until November 29 and I should ask them but I just thought of it.... I will call them Monday but anyone here have any info?

I take plaquenil, methotrexate and cimzia.
Hi. I do have an AI (UCTD--Lupus). I don't take any immuno-supressants (sp?) or steroids though. I am on Celebrex, Turmeric--supplement, and plaquenil. I was told by my rheumy to stop celebrex and turmeric a week before my tt. I started back on it two days after my surgery. I stayed on the plaquenil through out. I hope this helps.
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Thanks! I will talk to PS tomorrow
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Wow, see things are falling in place for you! You found a PS you like, you got a new job that working with your time off! What did the old job say about you leaving? I hear you on the no friends thing. We have no friends here where we live and it is depressing! I have joined church groups, the gym, started working for the church all in an attempt to make friends and I still haven't. Well Good Luck to you! I can't wait to see pics!
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I called my PS about my RA and the meds and she...

I called my PS about my RA and the meds and she said it will be one week prior that she will have me stop my meds if she decides I need to.

and I'm not worried about the surgery, or being cut, or the pain or the incisions. I'm freaking out that I'm not going to get stuff done. I look forward to surgery day because then I won't have to worry anymore.
Texas are you on the dec forum? I'm the day before you and I think we look very similar and look forward to following your progress
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Hey there! I'd like to follow your progress too. Are you going to post a review? Were you born in 78 since that's part of your user name...
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Yes I am very clever with my user name lol Melissa born in 78 :) I'm going to post a profile probably this weekend. In about 8lbs + from my ideal weight so I was going to wait until I got closer to my ideal weight but that hasn't been happening. So I'm going to do y review this weekend :)
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When did you start driving after your TT?

When did you start driving after your TT?
Just yesterday I was cleared to drive. I had my TT on Nov 14. He said if I can check my blind spots comfortably and am off the pain meds I can drive. Finally freedom!
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To answer your question regarding how soon after TT I drove...at the time, I drove a stick shift car and I drove 1 week afterwards!!
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I posted a review finally
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I am so excited that I have found new December TT...

I am so excited that I have found new December TT buddies!! Welcome! And it's almost our turn!

One of the things I've been worried about is how I'm going to tolerate the binder. I can't stand to wear tight clothes. It makes me anxious and frustrated. Lol. So months ago when I decided to do this, I started wearing tighter undershirts. Then about a month ago I started wearing these body shapers, I think they're made by leggs. I bought them at CVS for $8. They are super tight and go from my knees to under my bra. I'm becoming more used to them. I didn't want to try to acclimate during my recovery. And I actually like wearing them now. They smooth out the lumps. Im silly, I know but I know what bugs the hell out of me and had to figure out a way around that. I think I've succeeded!

I've been worried only about getting Christmas bought and wrapped. Yesterday was my family's annual shopping trip with my aunts cousins sister mom etc... We go eat lunch together and then SHOP SHOP SHOP! There were 20 of us yesterday. We split up at the mall but its neat to always run into one if them. Lol. Well my hubby is the best, he was the only guy. We walked around with our kids and let them do their "I want ..." Then my mom took them home and we bought almost everything they picked out. It was neat. We got soooooo much done!!! I feel like a ton of bricks has been lifted. Now I just need to wrap all this stuff. I got everyone bought for except one of my nephews and my parents. Whew! Relief!!!

Happy healing y'all!!! Good luck to my December buddies!!!
What a great idea to get used to the binder feeling. That was clever! Mu surgery is tomorrow. YIKES!!!
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Best of luck on a speedy recovery and congrats on the new u tomorrow
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Oh man I have mine dec 13th I too am trying to shop wrap and prepare. Can't wait to see your result
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I had a moment of panic last night.... I had to...

I had a moment of panic last night.... I had to call and make sure I am on the schedule for 12-14. Whew! I am....

I had a strange moment today. I was driving home...

I had a strange moment today. I was driving home this evening in rush hour traffic going 5mph so I had time to think. I keep wondering when I will get nervous or anxious. Well I was thinking about the surgery all calm and then all of a sudden I was out of breath and having chest pains. Anxiety attack? I still don't feel anxious now. Maybe I am suppressing all of it. It's so .... I don't know. Surreal I guess. I don't know how to explain it.
Yeah im having my moments too like I couldn't sleep last night and I'm wondering if I'm just a fat girl looking for an easy out etc. in trying to not read on here as much. Lol
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No way! There's no physical way we can repair this damage on our own. Either we live with it or take the HARD road and get our tummies fixed! But I still feel guilty... I don't guess there's much I can do about that either. Lol
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I hate my new job. It's too much to talk about....

I hate my new job. It's too much to talk about. But today was the worse day ever. I'm so stressed. My house is in disarray with my bathroom reno disaster. I'm stressed about work. Plus I realized today my RA has flared up. I have been in remission for maybe a year or more and with everything going on, I didn't realize that my body aches were a bad sign. So now it's gotten out of control and I'm in so much pain and my meds aren't working. :-( honestly RA pain has been the worst pain I've ever had. I've had two surgeries and i had my 10lb 12oz daughter with an epidural that didn't work. So I know pain. This hurts. I really hope TT Pain isn't worst than this!!

:-(

I need a glass of wine...
Whoa my friend. Take it easy... Classic panic attack. They can be the most unpleasant experience and come totally out of the blue sometimes. Its not surprising though when you think how long you have waited for this, the anticipation, the preparation, all the questions, have I got everything, will it hurt etc., etc., etc.,; and on top of that all thats going on at work and home - You are bound to feel hyped to say the least. In fact, I dont know why but I feel a little tearful today for no reason whatsoever - WTF.... Excuse my ignorance but what is RA ? You sound in a lot of pain. I'm sorry to hear that. Big hug sent over the ocean to you. Take care. suzi
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Suzi you are always so sweet thank you! Come to think of it, I've been all tearful too. I'm not a cryer it happens every once in a while but yesterday by noon I was so overwhelmed at work that I headed to the bathroom to take a breather and burst into tears! I never do that!!! Lol. RA is rheumatoid arthritis. It's also called inflammatory arthritis. It's my body's immune system is attacking my joints. Thanks again for your kindness! Hugs to you too! In a little over two weeks I'll be whining about something totally different. Haha
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I was feeling the same way today...I feel like its all too much! But after awhile I was like I deserve this and so do you!
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I can't believe it's two weeks away!!! Preop...

I can't believe it's two weeks away!!!

Preop was yesterday. I got all my instructions and prescriptions. Iim paid in full!!I filled my prescriptions today.

My husband told me yesterday that he was going to be having to go out of town from Tuesday to Friday of my surgery and he get home after I was done. Then he told me today that he didn't have to go out of town and that they were actually going to let him off work Friday to be with me but he have to work Saturday. That relieves so much of my anxiety!!!!

I can't believe this is actually happening!!! it's been a dream for years and I really never ever thought that I would actually get to do this. When will it feel real? when I'm home recovering???

I got hydrocodone, Valium and phenergen. I don't...

I got hydrocodone, Valium and phenergen. I don't take pain meds and I have never taken Valium. Dr says this is a muscle relaxer. Has anyone taken this and how did you react? Thinking of taking it to see how it effects me but I'm scared to.
The Valium will help your stomach not feel so tight when you have muscle spasms because if relaxes the area. My spasms didn't really hurt they were uncomfortable at times felt kind of like like a fist was pushing forward into my stomach from back and hindered at times how i standing and walking. The Valium didnt make me feel loopy or sleepy or anything.
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Super excited for you I am the 13th the thought makes me excited but it doesn't feel real yet to me!
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It's crazy huh??!!
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Everyone .... Please tell me what supplies to get!!

Everyone .... Please tell me what supplies to get!!
I had a table box with all my meds, emergen-c immunity, roll of TP, lip balm, pen and drain log, phone charger, MacBook and charger. A sat in a recliner for a week with some pillows and a warm blanket. Used a chair from the kitchen table as a walker to and from the bathroom. Used a similar chair in the shower with a towel on it so I wouldn't slip. Used a long string or stretchy headband to clip my drains to during the shower. Honestly, you don't need a bunch of crazy stuff. Just think of all the little products/stuff you use during the day and keep them in arms reach. For me that was pain meds, water, phone and charger, and lip balm. It's good to get up and walk- it reduces the risk of blood clots and pneumonia (I'm a nurse). We make all our surgical patients walk ASAP after 1 day or chest tube removal. Flex your feet while you're sitting. Let people wait on you but do get up, you'll feel better quicker. And take vitamins. Vit c and zinc are good for healing. I used protein shakes too. The mix 1 brand is easy on the stomach and all natural. Good luck! The first few days are the worst and you may wonder why in the world you PAID to have this done to you but trust me, it gets better quickly and you'll look and feel fabulous!
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Wow! Jujupretty covered all of what you will need!! For the t-shirts under the CG I got wife beater t- shirts .. Work great! Also get low sodium foods.. Ritz makes a hint of salt cracker and frosted mini wheats have zero sodium and lots of fiber to help with bm!! If you can find a plastic insulated cup with a straw it will help you with taking medicine and making sure you have cold water to drink all the time. I am Almost 4 weeks post op and still use it everyday!
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If your short you won't need a toilette seat. I never used a shower chair but I did bu a brand new outside plastic chair but never did end up using it. But someone had given me the idea instead of buying those gross shower chairs and to buy one used was out of the question. Personally If you feel the need to really get one I would buy a brand new plastic porch cahir from walmart. plus they are out of season right now so they will be really cheap!! Buy gloves, hand sanitizer, q tips hydrogen peroxide for your belly button and the hdro for your inscision when it is still open as well. Bacitracin ointment they sell at every drug store even in off brands.. this is used for inside your belly button and on your inscision to keep area moiste so it doesnt form a scab as well. buy antibacterial soap ( Dial) or you can buy hibiclens I actually purchased both. I have used the dial soap more. At first I bought the orange colored soap from dial but I fell in love with the purple dial. I believe its lavender. Mainly got the orange unscented for right after the surgery. Do not buy fiber one bars they will give you gas lol!!! Make sure you have gas x, tums, guaze, medical tape, I actually only used the gauze to put the hydrogen peroxide on my incision cause cotton balls get stuck and leave fibers on your stiches. For my actual incision I put maxi pads. I perfered the medical pads you can buy cause they are more comfortable but they cost alot in the long runand go alot faster than the maxi pads. If you do get maxi pads get the unscented natural that way you know there are no chemicals in them. Apple sauce, pudding, Some saltines and special k mini apple cinnamin pastrys for in the middle of the night when you need to take your pain pill and you need to put something on your stomach quick have them next to you while you lie in your recliner on your supply shelf or table. Make sure you have a plastic cup with straw that you have at all times filled with water. Some people say the bendy straws are good... I did fine with a pink plastic 20 ounce cup with lid and straw that I found at walmart for five dollars ( the kind you can freeze) You will need a heating pad and cold packs or just fill up a zip lock bag with ice!!! Or frozen veggies always work : ) Heating blankets are nice if you have one!! Plastic gloves for your mom husband or caregiver because the first couple days they are the ones who will be changing your dressings. Get a compression tank top from walmart target fashion bug or kmart you will need this to go on and be under your compression garment... these compression garments are itchy and you wear them for a whileI would recommend at least 2. I Did fone with one for the first two weeks. I purchased another because I no longer wear the maxi pads casue my inscision is closed but I wear them cause itching is bad.I found if you have one that has grooves in it it helps you out wit the itching. I dont know sometimes it just feels like you just can figure out where the itch is with your tummy being numb.have some hand lotion or bath and body works lotion close by it always makes you feel better as well as your deoderant and some extra perfume. I found it easy to have 2 deoderants one in the bath room and one with all my supplys. I am sure you have heard about the bromelain tablets and the arnica or arnicare,,, there is also arnica gel for your tummy I found this at walmart the gel and all the tablets were at super suppliments. The gel actaully feels like heaven now you wont nee dthis till you inscision is completly closed but feels amazing when your swelling. Mkae sure if you shave your pubic area to let grow a little befor your surgery and then do it the morning of and try to be as careful as possible to not over due it cause you dont want in grown hairs close to your inscision site some doctors will refuse surgery or so I heard. over a pimple or ingrown close to where they are gonna cut for infection purposes. Your doctor should be perscribing you antibiotics for the first week after surgery as well as anti nausea pills and sometimes anti nausea booty suppositories. I never had to use mine they say if you caant keep anything down then to use them and they will help with consiptation as well. I did buy some over the counter stool softeners... I never used laxitives.. i decided instead of pill form I purchased activia yogurt which helped with that problem. And ate lots of apple sauce, toast, a little chicken noodle soup the first day but has alot of sodium so I wouldnt eat past the first day... cause you start to swell. Really I just ate the soup the first day cause I was sooo nauseated... you feel flu like.
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I'm telling most people I'm having hernia surgery...

I'm telling most people I'm having hernia surgery but I'm not. I don't have a hernia but heck if people are so nosy and ask so many questions! Would hernia surgery lay me out like the TT will? Do hernia repair require a compression garment after? Does hernia repair involve repairing the area the hernia is poking out. I hate lying and I'm too nice to say its none of their business. I try to answer as simply as possible but some just keep asking. Ugh!! Can anyone help me with my lies?! Lol

My husband was leaving at 9 to go to his soccer...

My husband was leaving at 9 to go to his soccer game and the fashion show came on. So I changed it. He asked why. I said because the way those women look isn't a realistic expectation for normal women. He got all mad at me saying then why are we spending all this money to fix you and you aren't going to ever be happy with yourself. WTF! Just because I have that opinion about models and below weight perfect unflawed bodied women's means I won't be happy with myself!? I have realistic expectation. I am IMPROVING MY BODY not trying to perfect it!!! I know I will hve lumps an bumps and scars because I'm a normal momma. I accept those. I just can't accept that efforts at improving my tummy has done nothing but make it look worse. I lose more weight and it just looks more and more wrinkly and saggy.

Anyways. I needed to vent. I think I'm going to get to bed before he gets home so I don't have to hear all that crap again. He just doesn't understand.

Oh and to add that to all I've been feelin today....

Oh and to add that to all I've been feelin today. I started getting anxious about whether or not I picked the right doctor, fearing anesthesia, fearing severe complications, what if the money I saved for my time off isn't enough. I've been so emotional. I can't hardly listen to the radio and hear a song or on the Christian music station every morning they help and family in need and every morning I cry! I'm not like that. I'm becoming and wreck and now he's going to start getting mad about this surgery?! I mean its a bit too late now, I'm paid in full. NO REFUNDS. Besides, I wouldn't change my mind anyways.
Hi sorry you are feeling so down! You will get better soon once all the stress of this is over and your on your way to recovering and healing!!! On the other note with these VS models! Ya they are all fake.... And probably more sad about themselves inside then we are with our bodies! They have to watch everything they do constantly! What they eat and drink how much they work out! They have no real happy life with being a MOM and a WIFE! Can you imagine that being your 24/7 job to look perfect just so you can live up to societies expectations of being a anorexic fragile young woman with no real happiness because after the photo shoots and floor walks what real life do they have? You are your own beautiful model! And you get to be happy and have your family life :)
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That is soooo true. I couldn't imagine the pressure!
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hey... HEY... come on sweet cheeks.... thats not like you. I had a melt down the other day. You have now had yours. We are good to go.....!!! Holding hands across the ocean. Hugs. Suzi
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I played my last soccer game last night. I...

I played my last soccer game last night. I actually played in our outdoor tournament ... 4 games and then our indoor game. 20 seconds left in the game last night and this chick tackled me. I thought we were playing soccer but apparently she thought we were playing football. She got me from behind grabbed my neck and slammed me into the ground face first with her knee in my lower back. Needless to say, I'm in a lot of pain today. But hey, I went out with a bang. My husband is relieved I'm done playing for a while lol. I'm kinda glad too. I love playing but a time of rest will be nice I guess.

My daughters musical was this evening. That was the last big thing until my surgery. Fortunately I've distracted myself with the tournament and then her musical. Now all I have is the surgery. Hopefully I can keep my sanity. I think I'm doing alright so far.

I just can't believe it's just three days! And it's really happening to ME?!!!
very similar experience. No matter how hard i worked out for years, everything else looked amazing but my stomach, which made me feel fat and unsatisfied! worked my ass off for one year saving up for my surgery because it was my dream. and i finally did it !! im 5 days post op and im the happiest i have ever been in life ! no matter how much pain im going through right now! now i can finally have my flat tummy :) so exited for you because i know how you feel!! best of luck on your surgery xo
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Just read your story. A great journey and you're almost there! You reminded me of why I made the decision to do this and scheduled within a month. I would have obsessed about little stuff and been impatient just like you! ;-) But you're here now!!! I've seen so many Before and After pics that I can already tell how awesome you are going to look! Bikini here you come! I suggest you try really hard to get pics in the first day or so. When I swelled up p.o., the pics from Day 2 reminded me of what I really looked like under the swelling. It was comforting to me, at least. By the way, very smart to wear the body shapers ahead of time. I actually love my CG and binder. Makes everything feel all tight and secure. I don't take Valium, but I sometimes take a low dose of Klonopin. It basically just relieves anxiety. It doesn't even make me tired, but keeps me from being "jumpy."
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Not long now! I remember how surreal it felt a few days before my surgery. It will be here before you know it. Good luck if I don't get a chance to check in again beforehand.
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I'm really doing this? I can't believe I'm...

I'm really doing this? I can't believe I'm actually doing this! So many doubts and fears and I bet you all know what they are.
Yay! i know exactly how you feel! mix of emotions just soak them all in! best wishes tomorrow on your surgery and may everything go smoothy ! (Your lucky she uses a pain pump, that saved my life! ) and may your recovery go smoothy as well ! keep us updated :)
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I've been home for a couple hours there's no backing out now:) this is the hard part and you can get through it. Xoxoxoxo
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Thank you, I've been trying to stay busy cleaning the house to distract myself
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I'm done. At home. Not comfortable. I'm tiny. My...

I'm done. At home. Not comfortable. I'm tiny. My doc said she planned on two drains but I'm so tiny, she could only put one in. I don't know how to sit or lay.
Awww :( I'll be your friend ! I live in the DFW area! So anytime you want to vent you can p.m and I will give you my number :)
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Oh gosh Texas I'm right there with your on the uncomfortable part but not the tiny part lol
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It's just so hard to figure out the right way to get up and back to the couch. I feel like I have one shot to sit down the right way. I can't adjust once I'm on the couch and I'm too afraid to try again. I'm paranoid of hurting the corset stitches.
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I got to the surgery center at 6am. They changed...

I got to the surgery center at 6am. They changed me into a gown and their socks and a hair net. Gave me an nexium and hooked me to an IV and nurse anesthest and the dr anesthethesioligst talked me me. Both female and very sweet. Then my PS came in spoke with me and my husband he really liked her she was very sweet. She said she is going to give me a margarita and boy that stuff kicked in less than 2 mins. I started gigging. Then my PS was right by my side helping me get on the operating table and rubbing my hard. The OR looked huge and had only ladies taking care me. I went out shortly after getting in the OR and next thing I know, my nurse is sitting with me in recovery. I was hurting alot. So i got Vicodin, ultram and something else for the pain. I had these SCD's (sequential compression device) my calves to squeeze to prevent blood cots. Every time it squeezed it killed me tummy. I have the pain pump in and still hurting like hell. I can't imagine the pain without it. The nurse I had at the surgey center apparently hadn't helped a TT patient sit up in bed. She was way too rough. But I made it. But that was the worse nauseas I had been and I told her I was sick and she gave me a shot of zofran. (?)

I got home and I slept every couple of hours in my grandmothers old soft straight back chair because its the only things doesn't hurt me getting up or down. My hunching over hasn't hurt my back yet. Trying to go pee takes me forever to start. So my husband turned tha water and and I used a cold baby wipe to wipe down there and then I can start peeing.
Works wonders. Just wondering why it takes so long

I'm scared to try to lay down because I tried i last night and I felt like I tore everything.

I think the pain meds are great. I haven't felt much nausea and it last for just a moment.

I drained 130 ml yesterday
I drained 50 overnight. Is that a lot?

My husband has been amazing. Helping me up and to the bathroom. He leans over and I put my hands behind his neck and he lifts me off the chair. That works so well with no pain. He has a quesy stomachs and said he wouldnt be able to do that when we talked about it before surgery. My sister was supposed to but she bailed on me and he said her to stay away, he will handle it. And he has. He's stayed on top of my meds. I love him so much.

I asked my doctor to take before pictures with her markings and the after pictures and she actually sounded excited. She came and visited me three times in recovery and she didn't leave until I was gone home. She emailed me the pics and i looks amazing she says I'm tiny! Love it!

She emailed me last night with the pics and asked how i was going since I took so long in recovery. I was hurting and scared to move. But I feel better now. She also emailed me how much skin she took off. She said she was surprised how much she was able to take off. 1.4 lbs.

I've dozed off about ten times trying to write them. I'm going to sleep I'll try to post pics of me on the OR table...

Can i post pics from my iPhone?

*** rubbing my arm

*** rubbing my arm

I meant to say my husband said couldn't do the JP...

I meant to say my husband said couldn't do the JP drain but since my sister bailed on me, he told her forget it, he can take care of me himself. . He has done it three times. I'm so proud of him!

My tummy looks so good and flat even with everything that over it! I get to take the binder of in a couple of days when my pain ball is empty and I can take a shower.

Yay!
Glad to hear you made it! The "find a comfortable part" is definitely a bummer the first t2 days. Soooo, im reading your post and your surgeon was surprised to take off 1.5 pounds of skin. Humm..mine took 2.5...does that mean its a whole lot????? :)
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She said it was only skin, not fat and was still about to take all skin that weighed that much. I had a lot of sagging stretched skin with no fat under it. Surprises me. I always thought it was fat but she said only skin. I hope I'm making sense. I'm on pain pills and Valium. Lol
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And I didn't have lipo
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Hello friends, I am doing pretty good. My 7 year...

Hello friends,
I am doing pretty good. My 7 year old had to stay home with me yesterday because she was running a fever and 3am she was yelling for me from the bathroom. I can't move fast enough and she threw up all over the floor and diarrhea in the potty. Poor baby. So I did my best I clean her up and the bathroom floor up and my husband got upset with me for not waking him, he said I didn't need to be doing it. So he helped her shower and finished cleaning up and ordered me back to the couch. She stayed home with me again today and still had high fevers. Which stressed me out because i can't drive yet.
Plus, I was in excruciating pain from my RA and not being on my meds. I found my position, took pain meds and I'm comfortable again. Daddy got home and immediately took her to the dr. So now I'm sitting her watching episode 1 of Friends.

The house is a mess and I desperately want to get up and straighten it it up but i don't want to start hurting like I was before. :-(

I started crying when my husband got home because I feel so useless. He said he will take care of it all. He said it will be ok. I love him. He's been great
Wow....you look great. I have my surgery on Friday. I enjoy your posts. It helps me know more what to expect. I can't wait to read more. Hope your daughter feels better(;
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Hang in there...don't steeds about the house and let your hubby take care of you (and the kids!). You already looked great...your post photos will be amazing!
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how many po are you? cleaning up puke....that takes alot of stomach muscle. you poor thing.
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I finally got to see my tummy ...I cried. It's so...

I finally got to see my tummy ...I cried. It's so awesome. My husband was surprised too. He helped me to get undressed and take the pain pump tubes out. That was creepy feeling. Like a little worm under my skin. I got a shower and it was the best shower ever. I'm not in too much pain. Honestly the majority of my pain is my joints from being off my rheumatoid arthritis meds.

My only concern is I have this weird blister beside my belly button. Fortunately I have a check up tomorrow and they can tell me what's up with that. I can't post pics yet. I'll try to soon. I look amazing and tiny! I can't believe I'm saying that about myself!!!!

Happy healing my friends!
cant wait to see pics!! wishing u a speedy recovery :)
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Wow congrats!
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We are also in the DFW area, would you mind sharing who you used?
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HOLY CRAP THE PAIN!!! Apparently the pain pump...

HOLY CRAP THE PAIN!!! Apparently the pain pump worked very well. It emptied yesterday and we pulled it out and apparently it wore off around 5 am this morning. I was asleep in the recliner, my husband on the couch beside me and I woke up suddenly in horrible pain. I couldn't breath or move because i hurt so so so very bad. I woke him up and he was flustered because he didn't know what to do. I just needed to sit up and I couldn't. He pushed the recliner into sitting position, handed me my pain meds and kept saying "I'm sorry baby. I'm sorry baby" I can't believe how bad I was hurting! I'm finally in control of it. I thought the worst was over because I was feeling so good yesterday. I took for granted the pain pump's effectiveness. I'm back in my grandmother's straight back chair with my legs elevated. Still teary eyed. Trying not to cry because that hurts. Lesson learned: stay on top of pain meds....now I'm waiting for my mom to come over and get the kids up and ready for school. I love my hubby and momma. God sure has blessed me with them. Ok, tears coming again ....

I had my first check up today. I just saw nurse...

I had my first check up today. I just saw nurse and she changed the dressing on my drain which I get to keep in for another week. oh well, it doesn't hurt. She puts it on the side with this foam around the insertion and tegaderm taping it down so it doesn't move . She says I have very minimal swelling and my belly button looks good. Yay. I'm in no pain now. Yay again.
im so sorry to hear that. I went through the exact same thing when i took my pain pump out , pain meds WILL help. It will get better, it took me a day or 2 .
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Thank you, I learned the hard way to stick with the pain meds.
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Aw bless you, you are really going through it all the tough way. I am so sorry to hear that. What part of you is hurting ? Im really worried about you my friend. Take it easy. Suzi
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Im PO day 9. I'm feeling pretty good. It doesn't...

Im PO day 9. I'm feeling pretty good. It doesn't hurt so much to cough. I weigh the same but I haven't weighed naked yet. My husband hid the scale after I weighed a few days ago. Lol. My jeans fit the same with the binder on so that means they will be baggy. Yay. I'm not swelling much. I've been emotional but there's been some family stuff going on with my grandmother. I love the way my waist looks. My love handles are gone. My scar looks straight but still not totally sure because its covered with tegaderm. My belly button shape is good but it looks gross. The nurse says to leave it alone. So I will. Merry Christmas y'all!
Glad to hear your happy :)
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Yes, my pain pump ended yesterday (my surgery was 12/19. Holy wow! There's the difference in back ache.
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Oh bless you, you have been through a lot. I hope the sickness bug has left your house now and things settle down for you so tht you have a lovely christmas. glad your tummy is coming along nicely. Happy healing my friend. Suzi
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I added some pics. I have my two week follow...

I added some pics.

I have my two week follow up tomorrow and I'm kinda scared about pulling the drain. It's been hurting inside my tummy just past the drain entry every time I empty the drain and clear the line. I dread it because it hurts so bad for about an hour or so. Its pressure and sharp pain. Anyone have this? Does the drain hurt when removed! Should I take my pain pills?!
Just had my drains pulled today post op day 8. I was so worried about the pain when removed. I was shaking and almost cried, wishing I had taken pain meds before going to PS office. I asked for local anesthesia, and he said that would hurt more...Removing the tubes was indeed painless for me. Didn't even know they were out. Stitches came out of breasts and painless too :-) It is GREAT to have those pain pumps out!
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That makes me feel better. Thank you!!
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You look so good
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Post op appt somewhat went well. She pulled the...

Post op appt somewhat went well. She pulled the drain. It didn't hurt a bit. She pulled the tape off my incision. Hurt a tiny but, but it was like pulling a couple hairs kinda feeling. She cleaned out my belly button. She is very please (as am I) at my contour, my incision is very neat and tiny, and I will have a cute little belly button. I was standing and talking to her about recovery questions and I didn't have my binder on and I was still in the gown. All of a sudden, I got lightheaded and very nauseas. She said I got very pale. She sat me down, put a fan on me and gave me some crackers. I had already told her that I have been getting hot and sweaty and then freezing cold within minutes all day for the past two days with a low grade fever since day before Christmas. She said that's not normal post op. she said I'm coming down with something. I hope I didn't get virus that my daughter had. I'm still nauseas and feel like crap. I was so embarrassed that happened. I'm one of those people that like to be the "tough girl" nothing bothers me, ya know. I don't like to show weakness. But I sure did today. Haha.

But in summary, my tummy looks amazing and I was not expecting this good of results. I'm very blessed. :-)
You look SO SO amazing!!!! One of the best I have seen so far this early!
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You look amazing! It didn't hurt me when I had my 3 drains outs... 1 each day. The nurse put a numbing cream around the drain and I waited 15 minutes. She had me do two deep breaths and pulled out on the second exhale. Didn't feel a thing! Good luck. You will be so happy to be drainfree :)
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Looking good GF!
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Thank you ladies for all your compliments!! I feel...

Thank you ladies for all your compliments!! I feel very fortunate!
Wow, your tummy is sooo flat. You look fab, Suzi x
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Glad all is going well you appear to be healing up great!
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how are you feeling today? sure hope you are not getting the tummy bug..healing prayers your way. you look soooo great! hope i look as good as you in a few weeks. good to know about the pain pump...i have a feeling it is doing most of the work so i am still on 2 pills every four hours. how did you know it was empty? mine is not transpartent like the drain bulb so i am not sure. also, i wonder if i should be clearing my drain wires? doc didn't mention that and it isn't in my paperwork. thanks for your helpful info...love reading about your progress.
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I'm 17 days PO today. I've considered going back...

I'm 17 days PO today. I've considered going back to work early but I has a terrible vivid dream that it doesn't go so well. Haha. It wasnt that I was hurting, it was like I was lost the whole time. So I'll stay home another week. I totally believe in premonition dreams.

Anyways, I'm barely swollen. Not sure why I haven't experienced major swelling. I eat very little sodium. Drinks lots of water and I've been lazy on my butt and feet up.

I have a weird pulling pain at my sternum, I guess where the muscle repair begins. It's pretty constant but tolerable.

My other concern is my belly button. My PS told me to keep an eye on it but its at the top and not in my line of sight so I wasn't aware of it until she pointed it out. I've been using my phone taking pics and flashlight and mirror to keep watch. She called it a blister. It's a pea size area. It's white-ish, pinkish and tiny bit of yellow. I've been cleaning it twice daily and keeping it covered with gauze and neosporin. I hope it heals soon. It worries me. I've a seen some really bad necrosis and I don't want it to get anywhere near that. It's numb but I think the pain is being displaced to deeper in my belly as a throbbing feeling and that scares me too.

Other than that, my incision looks amazing. It's so thin and pale already. No scary spots. My drain hole is healing slowly. But looks good too.

Overall, I'm totally amazed and pleased with my results. I've said it before but I never expected it to ever look this good.

I'm so impatient to wear clothing without my binder so I can see how thin I am and no rolls when I sit. But I love my binder. Atleast it's winter and clothes are bulky anyways.

Good luck to all of you ladies. I appreciate all your support. Thank you. I'll post pics soon.
Looking great ! The scar is so good!
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Sorry to repeat other comments, but your scar looks so great! It's totally pale. Good healing genetics :)
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Your scar is looking great hope mine looks that good at 17 days out although I doubt it because I have dark skin!
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What does a seroma feel like?? On my left, where...

What does a seroma feel like?? On my left, where my drain was, the skin feels a little more wiggly than the other side. Is a seroma obvious? I'm a bit swollen but evenly right to left on my lower abdomen. It's not bad or protruding. I'm just worried its a seroma. She said she took out the drain a couple days before she should have but she did because of the New Years holidays, they would be closed and she didn't want me to wait that long.
It feels wiggly like a pocket of fluid you can feel it moving. Don't panic
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No advice on seroma, call you ps in am! Lets hope not!
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You look amazing. My ps did not recommend or advise for a binder, but I may need one. May I ask where u got urs mayb it will make some difference with me I will try anything at this point.
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What kind of excercises did your PS say you could...

What kind of excercises did your PS say you could do at 3 weeks? I can't believe I'm almost to THREE weeks. Wow this has flown by fast. My wiggling spot I was worried was a seroma was just swelling. It was firm this morning. Yay!! BB is still yucky. She's calling in a prescription for some type of ointment. Thanks ladies!!
Only walking for me too. 23 days PO. Haven't even done that even with the go ahead. I think I'm gonna wait til 4 weeks just to be on safe side. You are looking great!
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My ps says only walking!!! I wouldn't rush back into to fast don't wanna hurt your results, once you finish healing you have the rest of your life to work out!!!
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I too am almost 3 weeks and my ps told me today to walk for 15-20 min at a slow pace and build from there. He also said I could do the stair stepper or recumbent bike (no spin bike)
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I have very few memories of my first week after...

I have very few memories of my first week after surgery. I remember cleaning up my daughter when she got sick. I don't remember her being home with me three days. She says I took good care of her. I remember my first shower and taking my pain pump out and seeing my tummy for the first time. That's all I've got until my first checkup 6 days after and then things get clearer. It makes me very sad. Anyone else experience this? I'm trying so hard to find those memories. It was time with my children that I can't remember. It's driving me into depression I think. I feel so down and sad. I'm recovering so well. No swelling, incision looks fantastic. My belly button is finally healing. I hate being sad when I'm so lucky. I just want to remember that first week. I feel like I've lost something. I feel helpless.

PS ... I am so grateful to have this site....

PS ... I am so grateful to have this site. Fortunately I was motivated to post the first week and its a diary of the days I am missing in my memories. I went back and read my posts and I feel a tiny bit better. Just a tiny bit.... :-(
You know what? It's so wonderful to know that even when you were under the influence & recovering from anesthesia you were still a wonderful mom. That is awesome. Let it go & continue to have a good recovery. Some people are bad moms completely sober. Ha Ha! It is not unusual to have some abnesia.
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Total memory loss! I found out that I answered work emails, finalized a sales contract, and called employees. I have no memory of this - it drove me crazy for about a week but then I let it go. I went through all my emails and let some key people know that if they talked to me during that time I have no memory of it. I am also finding that things I did 2-3 days before my surgery and not clear to me either. I guess I was doing so much getting ready for Christmas and work I was pretty frantic. Don't let it get you down, nothing you can do about it. :-)
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I went through my text messages and i guess i need to go through my emails too. lol. Me and my friend texted the day after my surgery and we talked for a long time and I have no recollection. What's funny is she had also just been under general to repair her ankle she broke totally in half in our last soccer game. I wonder if she remembers our conversation.
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Back to work today. I was told by the office...

Back to work today. I was told by the office manager that the drs are out today. So yay, my first day will be a slow day. Tomorrow will be terrible though. That doctor loves to order every ultrasound exam there is. I've warned them i will not be at my normal speed. They didn't seem worried.

I'm doing alright. Still tired but able to take care of the kids, house and such without too much trouble. Hubby has the flu so I've gotten to return the favor and take care of him. Poor guy he's miserable and still going to work. They don't care if he's sick or not, they want him at work.

I'm swelling a bit more than I have before but I am more active around the house. My incision feels tight and tender. My belly button is healed. I have this weird sharp shooting pain in my right groin.

I'm down 2 lbs which I'm so happy with since I've been sitting on my butt for 3 weeks. I've lost 3 inches in my waist and 3 inches on my hips. I measured because my jeans that fit before we're slipping down. It didn't occur to me I could lose inches in my hips but the way she pulled my skin together, it lifted the skin on my groins and my hips. She did such a fabulous job.

Good luck to you all and I hope you all are doing well.
You look great and your scar looks fantastic! Good luck going back to work, its rough at first but getting back into the swing of things gets easier everyday.
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You are looking fabulous. So slim and lovely flat tum. Well done. Don't over do it at work. Take care my friend. Suzi
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Oh are u standing straight?
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My first day yesterday went well. Fortunately it...

My first day yesterday went well. Fortunately it was desk work because the doctors were out and we had no patients. I was so tired all day. Today the doctor that works us into the ground was there. It went very well. Surprisingly I had the energy and i was able hang and make it through two surgeries. Yay!! Then i got home did laundry, dishes and made dinner. I feel great!!!

And funny story... I told my work I had hernia surgery. One of the girls joined my soccer team a month or so ago and she's only seen me in scrubs and soccer clothes. Well Sunday, I couldn't play but I came to watch while my husband and team played. ( I was sad I wasn't playing ) but anyways, I was wearing jeans and a tight black shirt with my shaper under it. When I got to work Wednesday, she rolled her chair over to me and said " I always tell people what I say about them when I talk behind their backs... I told all the girls here I bet you had a tummy tuck because you looked all tiny, flat and curvy in that tight shirt!" I didn't know what to say at first I just laughed. And then I said, hey, you've never seen me in jeans, just baggy scrubs. She laughed and gave me this look like "yea right"... Funny stuff. That's my story and I'm sticking to it! Heehee maybe someday I'll come clean about it when I figure out who my friends are and what kind of people they are.

I'm swollen and tired but still I feel amazing!! I'm so blessed! Blessings to you all!
Damm right keep em guessing and for what it worth they are just jealous! I told selective people and all been positive. But I made the mistake with one who I know passed it on who is a gossip and I fell into telling her in a moment of madness.....whaddya mistaka to maka! Anyway it's your body so what you say goes how ever what you say..... end of! Lookig nice neat and tidy girl :) X
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And Mama020406 is right too, I had a comments back about wishing they could have it done too. X
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I've been telling anyone because who cares if they don't approve! You'd be surprised how many women will be so interested and who will tell you oh my gosh I want to get that done!!!!
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I feel awesome! My tummy looks awesome!!! I've...

I feel awesome! My tummy looks awesome!!! I've been doing light exercises since week 4 and at 6 weeks I started more strenuous workouts without any trouble. I've done tae bo, p90x and dance. I modify when it comes to abdominal work or anything that I feel my tummy pull.

I swell slightly after workouts but its resolved by morning. I'm wearing my CG at night and a shaper during the day. I've gone a couple of days without my shaper during the day and I felt fine. I just want to keep wearing something until the swelling is done. I was told by a friend of mine that it helps hold the shape. That works for me

My scar looks great, my belly button looks great. I've lost 7 lbs from pre surgery weight. This surgery was a great decision that I don't regret. I look great in my clothes now and I can finally wear fitted shirts without worrying about my belly hanging over my pants.

I have a weird phantom tummy feeling when I sit, I feel like my tummy has a roll and I feel it and its flat! It's so weird. My only complaint is my tummy is so flat, my love handles are more pronounced. I'm hoping that losing a few pounds and doing oblique exercises will help.

I'll post pictures soon. I didn't realize I haven't taken any pics since 3 weeks!!!!
You're looking acce! And I get what you mean making love handles more pronouced, I'm the same :( Looking good girl :) X
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You look awesome! I hope my scar looks like yours when I have my TT done! I'll have to get Bio Oil!! Congrats!
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WOW your healing well! you look great
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I am 11 weeks 2 days. Played my first game of...

I am 11 weeks 2 days. Played my first game of soccer today. I felt great. Except I feel like I pulled a muscle in my stomach. The twinges are on my lower hip areas not my MR vertical incision so I'm not worried. I've been doing boot camp for a week and my stomach has been so sore. I'm more swollen today than I've ever been but I played the whole game. 70 minutes of lots of running. I was expecting swelling. :-) I feel great. My tummy looks great. I'm so happy!!! It was nice today to not feel self conscience when the wind blew my jersey flat against my tummy. I wasn't spending the whole game pulling my shorts up over my rolls. Lol. No regrets!!!
Who did your TT?
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Dr Danielle LeBlanc in Fort Worth. She's amazing. Sweetest doctor ever.
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Great story. You are looking great, doesn't it feel great to be back doing the sport you love?
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