Holy Mother Nature Batman + New Photos
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Hello I want to thank all of the brave women who...
- 15 Sep 2012
- 11 months pre
Hello I want to thank all of the brave women who have gone before me, thanks for your stories, words of encouragement, and overall support that I've seen on this site. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!
About me: 5'9", current weight 220 goal 195, 42 y/o, pretty muscular build (except the tummy) I've seen tons and tons of stories and photos on the site, I have not yet seen a tummy like min. I've got a happy face and a sad face depending on which end of my body you are standing at. Nor have I seen anyone close to my situation so I decided to share my story.
Unlike many on this site I have not had children!! My arch nemesis has been with me since childhood. I was 9 lbs 10 oz when I was born, BIG BABY, my mom is 5'2". Sorry Mom. :) I recall photos of me as a child with my little pooch, mom loved putting me in halter-tops and shorts and documenting it with photos, guess that was her payback. Over the years I've struggled with weight gain and weight loss, my highest weight was 300 lbs. My most successful weight loss attempt I got down to 182 lbs. I looked good except my nemesis was STILL there!!!! I did sit-ups, crunches, wore belly hugger things, prayed, cried, kicked screamed and nothing worked. I kept the weight off for 5 years; after a divorce and a fight with depression the weight came back. I'm on the journey to lose it again and I"m not going to let it come back. NO MATTER WHAT!!!
I've been researching and talking abut having a tummy-tuck for over 15 years. On my 42nd birthday I decided to take the plunge. I interviewed 8 PS, YES 8; I"m a little OCD. Well I'm happy to announce MY TIME IS NOW...12/18/2012 I will say farewell to my arch nemesis. Take the journey with me...
BEFORE I scheduled my surgery I specifically asked...
- 19 Sep 2012
- 11 months pre
I WANT TO CRY RIGHT NOW!!!
Sorry to vent ladies but I'm really REALLY really REALLY PISSED right now.
Ladies!!!! First THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT...
- 25 Sep 2012
- 11 months pre
First THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT during my melt down. I hope not to have too many more!!!
Second, I'm turning naked cartwheels again!!! Praying, crying, denial, and private tantrums really do work!!!! My surgery is BACK ON for 12/18!!! I just spoke to the PS's office and they gave me the good news. So all is right in my world again.
After my weekend in NYC, I have to do twice as much time in the gym. Can't go to NYC and not go to the Blue Water Grill!!! Well I think I did more denial and depression eating. :) Well NO MORE!!! I'm back in the game and on track.
Happy Healing Ladies
Ok Ladies, I'm counting down the days!! I need...
- 25 Oct 2012
- 10 months pre
I'm counting down the days!! I need opinions, from those brave souls who have gone before me, on a couple of things. Here we go:
1. Although December is the perfect time, I have not reached my goal weight (I've actually gained a few lbs), long story fell busted up my knee can barley walk on it much less run or jump around, should I push the surgery? Is it better to lose the weight then have it done?
2. As for the raised toilet seat, would it be better to get the ones with the handles? (I know dumb question but I don't know).
3. I'm getting/collecting my supplies as I go, what are some of your 'must' haves during your process. (I know this has been asked before but I've read SOOOO many posts I can't find/remember where the answer is).
Ok that's it for the OCD queen right now!! Thanks in advance for your input ladies.
I'm still VERY VERY excited about the procedure, haven't hit the quilt or doubt wall yet. Honestly I don't expect too as this is something I've wanted to do for a billion years, and I'M SOOOOOO ready to carry a small purse. LOL won't need the big one anymore because I won't have a tummy to hide.
Happy Healing or Obsessing like me. Flat side here I come.
OMG while obsessing over supplies I stumbled on...
- 2 Nov 2012
- 9 months pre
Ok well 12/18 is a little over a month away and I've got some catching up to do, I gained some weight while I couldn't workout (see previous post for why). Now I have to work twice as hard to get as much weight off as possible. I doubt that I'll make the 195, I'm actually thinking about rescheduling my TT :(. I'll make the decision mid November. Hmmm wonder if this is a sign, second time that my 12/18 date is in jeopardy? Things that make you go hmmmm..
Happy healing all you Lovely Divas!!!!
If you read my previous post you know I gained...
- 7 Nov 2012
- 9 months pre
Well ladies, 12/18/12 is just NOT my date. First...
- 29 Nov 2012
- 9 months pre
At least I've got every supply that I can think of that I need already so I won't have to worry about that.
Happy healing ladies.
OMG only 1 Week Away
- 30 Jul 2013
- 6 days pre
Sooooo shhh don't tell but August 6, 2013 I have a date with the flat side. I"m almost scared to be excited!!!! But I am!!!! I'm all paid up, I've had my pre-op; gotten my meds filled, gotten my FMLA approved and now its a waiting game. Funny thing is I've read so many ladies get tired of just sitting around doing nothing; I shouldn't say it but I'm kind of looking forward to it. I've been running non stop for the most part all year long. I think I'm ready for some downtime.
I've been working out at a boxing gym the last couple of months; I believe I'm in better shape at 43 (oh had a b-day) than I have been in my entire adult life. I love this place I burn on average about 930 calories in the 1 hour class; I get to actually wear boxing gloves and punch a bag. Talk about therapy and stress relieving!!!!
I've got new pre pics but I will post the latest and greatest the day/night before surgery.
Happy healing ladies.
Counting Down!!!! 2 Days
- 4 Aug 2013
- 1 day pre
The count down is ON!!! I'm only two days away, I'm so excited I can hardly stand it. I'm just putting together the last of my supplies, packing a bag, my mom won't let me come home for a couple of weeks I'm sure. I'm going to cook a few meals so she won't have to worry about that. My doctor gave me valium to take tonight and tomorrow night. I'm not anxious or nervous at all; am I crazy? I'm just READY!!!
I've attached a couple of pre-op collages; I may post more tomorrow night. I know for sure you'll get lots of post-op pics.
I'm off to take the valium...not sure how that's going to make me feel. I'm going to work in the am for a little while...should be interesting after taking this stuff.
Happy healing!! I'll be joining you soon.
Less than 24 hours!!! The doc gave me valium and I'm feeling pretty loopy!!!
- 5 Aug 2013
- 1 day pre
So I bid you ladies good night/morning/evening. I will see you on the flat side.
Finally made it!!!!!
- 7 Aug 2013
- 1 day post
2 Days PO
- 8 Aug 2013
- 2 days post
PO Day 1-3
- 9 Aug 2013
- 3 days post
I know my posts have been short and simple but now I'm ready to post. Its PO day 3 and I'm feeling FANTASTIC!!!! Let me start at the beginning...
Day 1 - August 6
I arrived at the hospital at 6:30 waited in the lobby until about 7:30 (I had done all my paperwork the week or so prior). They took me to the Pre-Op holding area asked me a billion and 1 questions did a pregnancy test and then made me undress to my birthday suit. They let my mom come back then after a small wait and a few more people Dr. L came in and wrote on me. :) I don't know what time they wheeled me back but at 43 years old when they started wheeling me away from my mom I started to cry. Go figure!!! I remember being wheeled into the OR and stating "It smells like an OR back here". I don't remember anything else until hours later when I woke up to the recovery nurses telling me to wake up and breath. (I remember THINKING I am breathing I'd be dead if I was not LOL...my normal sarcastic self...now let me sleep please). It took a while for me to come out of recovery because I was sleeping so much. My aunt was on top of things though she made sure they were taking good care of me. She asked every question there was to ask!!!!! Thanks Auntie. Spent the night in the hospital (pretty uneventful).
PO Day 1 - August 7
Nurses visited ALL through the night, took vitals all was good. EVERY nurse at the hospital was WONDERFUL!!!! Woke up the next morning and felt pretty good. No real pain just a little discomfort when moving. They took the catheter out and I had to go on my own and walk around the floor before they would let me go home. FINALLY did. It was a little painful to get out of the bed not necessarily my incision but more my back. Left the hospital about 5:30 or so. Really great night no pain, no trouble, just lots of sleep.
PO Day 2 - August 8
Finally home at moms, happy camper!!! Pain level 0. Every time I went to the restroom I would walk to the front door and back, have to keep moving. Had some fiber and a protein shake and low and behold a BM followed shortly after. No real events just a lot of sleeping and resting. My mom is a saint she is taking such good care of me. Mom if you ever read this; I can't tell you how much I appreciate you and what you have/are doing for me!!!!! I love you more than you could EVER possibly know.
PO Day 3 - August 9
I'm pretty much doing things on my own now; I could really stand up straight if I wanted to but the doc told me not to and I'm following all of his instructions to the letter!!!! Haven't had pain meds since the first day out of surgery well maybe one day after, I can't remember. Pain level is still 0 THANK GOD!!!!! I've been laughing with family, coughing because I was hot, no problems. Another protein shake, fiber, and a BM. YAHOOOOO!!!!! Took a nice LOOOOONNNNNGGGGG shower today and it felt SOOOOOOOO good. I feel like a human again. No real problems with the drains they are just there; have been very careful not to pull or tug. Mom is keeping me on lock down; she won't let me do too much. I'm still napping off and on through out the day but I think it's just because I'm lazy. LOL.
I was soooo prepared for the pain that everyone has talked about but luckily I have not experienced any of it!! My menstrual cramps are worse than what I have experienced thus far. I'm still SUPER swollen but it's a 100% (in my opinion) difference than what I started with. I've posted pics. Will post more over the next few days/weeks.
Happy healing ladies!!!
Darn Drains!!!! Pain in the A$$$
- 10 Aug 2013
- 4 days post
OH I CAN SEE MY WHOHA!!!!! OMG I looked down in the shower this morning and almost fell over. That was something I asked for as I began this journey and Dr. L delivered. What a treat. I'm looking forward to the next phases of this journey.
I've got a slight bit of a headache today so this is going to be a short post today.
1 Week Today and OMG I just thought I'd visited Swell Hell
- 13 Aug 2013
- 7 days post
So my mom brought home my FAVORITE food last night - Mexican - had 1/3 of an enchilada, a spoonful or two of queso, about 1/2 cup of chicken tortillia soup, and a few chips. OMG I thought I was going to expolde (still do). If THIS is the result of eating Mexican food I don't think I will ever eat it again. LOL The Pilsburry doe boy ain't got nothing on me right now. NO WAIT I feel like that Marshmellow thing in Ghost Busters (Yes I'm old). If someone just touches me I think I will pop all over them. I've been drinking LOTS of water praying that my system will flush the sodium and I'll go back to feeling kinda normal.
I guess I'm in the mood to randomly talk today. I have litterally been trying to escape the house for a few days now. My mom has me on house arrest!!!! I think if I set a toe out of the door alarms and sirens will go off and the swat and navy seal teams will appear. She even took my keys (I think), so going to the doc will be a treat in more ways than you can imagine...well I guess you guys can since you are in the same boat. :) As for the healing process it's moving right along; back still numb in places and tummy still feels weird to touch I guess numb. What's amazing is when I take pictures you see brusing that you don't see with the naked eye. I've got daily progress pics that I will post soon. I can't wait to really get a goood look at myself.
Ok I guess I'm done rambling for now...
Happy healing ladies!!!!
Ding Dong The Drains are GONE!!!! (Borrow from a fellow RS Diva)
- 15 Aug 2013
- 9 days post
OK now for more rambling - not too much I promise -
Does anyone feel like they have fleas?!?!?! My back for the last few days has been itching so badly that I swear that I MUST have fleas!!!! I scratch and scratch and scratch and it seems to only subside for a few minutes then it's itching again. What's up with that? (For those of you who are wondering - yes I've taken a shower) LOL. I guess its just the feelings coming back after the lipo.
I'm going to play dress up tomorrow so you guys will get lots of pics. I'm enamored with the new me. Like I've stated, or at least I think I have, I have NEVER had a flat tummy in my life and this is so much fun.
Well enough rambling for the evening.
Happy healing Lovely Divas.
- 16 Aug 2013
- 10 days post
I promised that I'd eventually post new photos...well here you go. I'm 10 days post and experiencing lots of swelling but still EXTREMELY happy. I now know what everyone talks about feeling vain!!!! I can't stop playing in the mirror.
As for the pictures I DO realize that the bikini is WAAAYYY too small BUT I got it at Walmart for like $7. I wanted something that I could really track how this went and not feel bad about spending lots of money. If I keep progressing like this I may actually have to go buy a real bikini. I'm SUPER excited about how low my scar is it's covered even with that TINY bikini. I feel like a giddy school girl who is realizing her first crush!!!!!
Happy healing Divas!!!
Cycle + Swelling + Compression Garment NOT a good fit!!!!
- 27 Aug 2013
- 21 days post
As far as my progress; things are moving along well. My scar is healing nicely, had one little area near the drain site that tried to open. I didn't see it until the glue finally started coming off (week 2+2days) and it was already healing itself. I have a dog/wolf ear on my right side but it's cool it will be fixed when it's time to be fixed. I'm still EXTREMELY happy with my results even if the wolf ear never got fixed; though my doc is going to fix it.
I'm still pouting about not being able to go to my boxing/kickboxing classes...doc says he might release me to go back in December. :( That is the best exercise for my body type; I had awesome results. Soon enough though...soon enough; I won't rush anything at all. I've done super well thus far so it makes no sense to mess up now.
Oh I've posted some updated pics for your viewing pleasure. LOL JK they are really for my viewing pleasure. :)
Happy healing ladies.
I interviewed 7 PS before I met with Dr. L, before meeting him I'd narrowed it down to 2. Ten minutes into the initial meeting with Dr. L I knew he was the one that was going to do my procedure no matter the cost. If I had to sell my brother's first born Dr. L was going to be my PS. Luckily I don't have to sell the kido. :) I'm sooooo excited that I'm turning naked cartwheels right now. I realized that Dr. L had done a TT on my friend several years ago and she recovered the first few days at my house. I ran across his name on this site and decided to go see him...glad I did.