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Cant Believe I Actually Did It - Georgia

I am 45, mother of 2 teenagers, fairly fit but...

I am 45, mother of 2 teenagers, fairly fit but always wanted to take care of my c-section spare tire. Finally got the finances and the nerves together at the same time and had a full mommy-makeover on July 10. The tummy pain was the worst. i. ever. felt. My incisions burn a little but they are nothing compared to the first 24 hours of that tight tummy. I really really thought I would be "dropping in" at work by Thursday or Friday. HA. thank goodness for friends and a mom that knows better. I have been waited on hand-and-foot and could not have gotten thru it without them. I have no drains - my doc uses a different method?? I dont know much about it all but after reading the posts about drain care, I am REALLY glad. My lift/implants look really funny but I am sure it is swelling. I have some pics I think That I will post another time. For now, even though I am deep into the misery, I am really glad I did this - this is something I did for myself and no one else.

It is day 18 and I am feeling GREAT. I have been...

It is day 18 and I am feeling GREAT. I have been back to work since Day 6 although I will admit I was coming home and taking naps in the evening before dinner. I had my second follow up at Day 14 and PS said I was doing great. My incisions are all healed nicely and most of the bruising is gone. I am able to sleep on either side using a body pillow. My only pain now are my breasts as my nipples (TMI??) come back to life - they are like hot knives sometimes! I swell sometimes in the evenings or when I have food I should not. I am down 2.5 more pounds for about a 4 lb loss since my surgery. I started walking after my appt this week which my PS said was OK as long as I dont swell too badly afterwards so I am hitting the water (and the bathroom) very hard. My stomach is almost unnaturally flat! Not that I am complaining. I really love my whole make over and I cannot wait to get back to my fitness routine to sculpt my legs and arms. I turn 46 in November and I want to look better at 46 than i did at 26! I have a lot of transitions going on in my life right now and this is just one of them that I know will help me go confidently into the next phase of my life. I would definitely do it again and encourage others to make this move as long as you are realistic about your outcome, your recovery, and why you are doing this. It is not going to fix anything on the inside but it will give you added confidence to face and conquer those demons.

I am 5 weeks Post Op, off the compression garment,...

I am 5 weeks Post Op, off the compression garment, no swelling, and have been cleared to start working out next week. I have been walking 3-4 miles per day since week 3. I feel and look great. I cant wait to lose these last 10 lbs or so - which I plan to easily do by my birthday in November. Good luck to everyone on this board. I hope you have results as great as mine!
Marietta Plastic Surgery

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i so feel the same way, being 54, about taken one day at a time and take care of u....i had 4 babies and 2 surgury's...my lil belly was pretty beatin up...sorry about spelling, too.......this was a dream come true to b able to get this tt for me. I have the best husband/friend supporting and taking care of me.......... so so worth it.........wishing everyone a healthy recovery. Take care.
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Thank you. One day at a time...
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Happy to hear everything is going well. I am only post op day 2 and I've been up and down emotionally. Its been a very emotional day for me today, I can't even walk for 10 mins. I hope I can be a strong as you.
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Hang in there. The first few days is the worse. After the first week it gets better and better every day. Drink lots of water, focus on one step of your healing at a time. I have realized that this is much more than a physical journey. It is very emotional to deal with your new body and how you feel about yourself. Be patient with yourself and give yourself time to heal in all ways.
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Sorry - *the worst* . bad typing
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I appreciate your motivational support on the forum.
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You nailed it! It's all about getting a handle on being realistic. I use " the Big Picture" thinking. Looking down the road a year from now. Just a year ago I was an out of control smoking alcoholic.
Now I'm ready to realistically have a 25 yo an at age 52.
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congrats, shelly ;) hope you are having less pain at this point. My meds were making me so nauseous & groggy that I'm going to try doing without the oxys except at night. I was getting a cough that hurt like hell & figure I need to be up more & deep breathe more so trying that...yeah the drains are gross. Imagine having 2 drains coming out above your vj, plus 2 pain pumps w/2 caths each. It was quite the undertaking just trying to pee without disconnecting (while loaded on narcos haha). The kids could have filmed that process & blackmailed me for years! lol Happy healing!
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Congratulations, and there is nothing better than taking care of us for awhile :) Hope you are feeling better soon and happy healing
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