I'm so excited. I just reserved my surgery date...
A month to go!
Three Days since the Surgery!
I have had very little pain although there is a lot of tightness in my abdomen which can feel strange. It is also a challenge to avoid bending and twisting. The doctor installed two drains in my pubic area which I empty several times a day. Honestly, this part was one of the things I was worried about the most, but once I established a routine for emptying them it has not been a problem. I am also getting up and walking every couple of hours.
I have been exceptionally lucky to have tremendous support from my friends and family. My Mom has been an incredible helper and I am enjoying recuperating at her house. She is making me lots of protein-rich healthy meals that are helping me keep my strength without over-eating or eating too many sweets.
Today I took my first shower and it was the first time I really allowed myself to see some of the results. I was amazed and suprised at how good it already looks. I am especially happy with my perfect new belly button. He did a beautiful job and the placement is perfect. I was also surprised that he was able to achieve some tightening of the inner-thigh as well as the outer-thigh and buttocks. I was not even expecting this and I don't know how Dr. Beck managed to achieve this but I couldn't be more pleased about it. Even at this early stage I feel like I got even more than I was hoping for.
Below are some pics that I took today. Keep in mind that the drains are hidden in my underwear and that there is dried blood underneath the scar tape that makes the incision look worse than it is. It is actually very thin and seems to be healing well.
Dr. Beck gave me a personal and thorough consultation. I did not feel rushed or uncomfortable asking him any questions that I had. I feel confident that not only will Dr. Beck perform the surgery correctly but that he understand the body and how I want to look. I am looking forward to our next appointment where we will discuss pre-op procedures.