The Real Me Has Returned! - Gastonia, NC
I am 45 and had promised myself I would do this...
I look in the mirror and can't believe that is me. Can't wait to see when all the swelling is better.
This forum have been awesome!!
Well need my sleep. I will post progress later.
Day 3 is Ugly!
I wonder if anyone else has felt like this?
Hopefully tomorrow will be a much better day. Really needing some relief.
I am really sore but am able to get myself up with less assistance and walk. Can anyone tell me how long it was before you could move around and it not hurt so much!!?
Really hoping I will turn a corner with recovery today.
Still very happy with my results. Can't wait to see me in clothes instead of sweatpants. Good luck to everyone that is having it or planning to have this done. Even with the bumps in the road it is So worth it!!
Turning the corner
One thing that has really helped is the potty seat like you get from the hospital. My Inlaws loaned me one and it has been a lifesaver. I suggest anyone having this done try and borrow one if at all possible. It actually allowed me to go unassisted which was nice.
I thank everyone that has been posting. All of the suggestions and encouragements make this journey easier to maneuver.
I guess I can finally say I have crossed over to the flat side!! YAY!!!
Taking baby steps with recovery after the round the other night. I can see a difference and I'm really excited to see the end result. I have more swelling today but its not unbearable. Hanging in there and hoping for a good nights sleep.
Happy healing everyone!!
I see lots of posts of people that are 3 and 4 days PO commenting how they are moving better, been out of the house, able to sleep in their bed and I wonder what I am doing wrong.
I am 5 days PO and struggling. I am so swollen and showering is excruciating! The CG is SO uncomfortable but I have to have it on all the time just to survive. Today was the first day I could even think to go out and by the time I was back I was hurting so bad I had to retreat to the recliner for the rest of the night.
My husband, Inlaws and especially my daughter are great helping me out so much but goodness when will it get better. I can't even stand up without help.
I have thought of myself as pretty tough but I am feeling pretty whimpy!! Just want to know how others are really feeling, etc or is there something I need to do to help with healing. Maybe it's just cabin fever setting in a little too.
Any feedback?? Am I on target?
Better Days Ahead
Swelling is better today and moving is easier. Still hurting a lot in the back but I've been using a cane which really helps.
I am so glad I did this even if it has been challenging. It is life changing for sure!
Hoping to be minus a drain or two today. Happy healing everyone!
Getting Better Every Day
The tank under the binder helps a lot. I'm glad someone here mentioned to do that. Now trying to find a good sleeping position. Can't wait until I can sleep in my bed again.
I haven't posted any pictures because I just was not brave enough but my courage is growing. Maybe will take a few and post before the next shower.
Happy healing everyone.
I still am very sore down the middle and on my left side. Not sure why this is still so sore but hoping it gets better over the next few weeks. Regardless being drain free is the best!!!
Excellent choice! Dr Emmerson is very professional and does wonderful work. He takes time with you to be sure he has answered all your questions. His staff is equally as helpful. I highly recommend Dr. Emmerson and his staff.