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4 1/2 Weeks Post-Op and Feeling much better!! New Pics!

Hi Everyone! I am a mother of 2 beautiful girls....

Hi Everyone! I am a mother of 2 beautiful girls. They are ages 4 and 1. I am 5'4 and now weigh about 158. Since I decided that I am done having children I am ready to get a tummy tuck. I was average weight (130) most of my life and never had any problems. After my first child I gained 60 pounds but easily lost all of that weight plus more and had little to no stretch marks. I expected that after the birth of my second child it would be the same. BOY WAS I WRONG!! It has been a year and I can not get back to my usual size. Also this birth left me with stretch marks and a sagging tummy. I am scheduled for June 29th and I am pretty excited. I just got some forms from my doctor today and I am now totally freaked out about having to go home with a foley catheder!! Anyways I am just counting down the days!! This website has been so much help!

Tomorrow is my pre-op appoinment. I have a huge...

Tomorrow is my pre-op appoinment. I have a huge list of questions to ask my doc.

Well I had my pre-op appoinment and I think I am...

Well I had my pre-op appoinment and I think I am actually more nervous than I was before. They just really went over everything with me, gave me my prescriptions, took before photos, and took my blood to check if I am anemic. They gave me many prescriptions: Percocet, Vicoden, Valium, Phenergan, and an Antibiotic. I think signing forms that say I could die is what made me the most nervous. I actually had thoughts walking out that I dont want to do it anymore. I know I do want to do it though.....just scared.

Well I decided that I should go ahead and rent a...

Well I decided that I should go ahead and rent a hospital bed. The bed in my home is very high and the recliner I have likes to pop foward sometimes by itself. I called a company here is Houston and was able to rent it for $150.00. That comes with the mattress and it is for 1 month. Not so bad...I was thinking it would be a lot more.

Today was a bad day. Even though I want to have...

Today was a bad day. Even though I want to have this TT more than anything I am just so scared when it comes down to it. I have 10 days until this all happens. I am already a depressed person and I am really scared I am going to go into some sort of deep depression right after the surgery. Good thing is I do not have to stop taking my Zoloft before or after the surgery.

Well it is one week until my surgery. Still...

Well it is one week until my surgery. Still feeling scared. Still thinking I will not wake up from my surgery. Had to attend a friends funeral today :(.....which has given me even more anixety about everything. Trying to just think about the positive things though. Flat tummy! Flat tummy! Flat tummy!!

Well 3 more days....so ready to get this over with.

Well 3 more days....so ready to get this over with.

OMG!! I am freaking out! 2 Days and this TT is...

OMG!! I am freaking out! 2 Days and this TT is going down. I went to the store today and got the rest of everything that has been on my list. Tomorrow I am making a few meals for my family to freeze so that they dont have to worry about cooking for a week. Also tomorrow my hospital bed will be delivered. I have everything I need but getting more nervous. My oldest girl (4) is going to stay with her father for the next 12 days. That is the longest I have ever spent away from her!! I DONT LIKE THAT but I know that I need the time to heal. My 1 year old will be here with my mother-in-law and husband and they will be caring for her. I also dont like that I wont be able to pick her up for a while. Theres nothing I love more than to snuggle with her :) So I guess I am ready for this. Only thing I need to figure out is my food situation. I know I need to eat low sodium but I dont want anyone to have to fix me meals. I dont know what to get????????

So I made it to the flatside! I have just now been...

So I made it to the flatside! I have just now been able to get on the computer because I have been in HORRIBLE pain. I am post-op day 4 now. First day was a blur. I woke up in a lot of pain and just kept shouting pain to the nurses. They gave me 2 shots of demerol and I went home. The 2nd day was so bad I felt like I wanted to rip all my drains and catheder out. I went back to the doctor yesterday and they said everything looks good and gave me another shot of demerol and a refill on my percocet. Today I feel the best I have but it is still not good at all. Well I am going to try to eat something and will post more later.

Post Op day 5 and feeling sooooo bad. I can not...

Post Op day 5 and feeling sooooo bad. I can not even stand up for more than 30 seconds without my back giving out on me. I am freaked out cause it doesnt look like I had any smartlipo. I look 10 times bigger than I did before! My feet are so fat! I just put up the best pic I could for now, Hope everyone is feeling better than me!!!!!!

So I am 1 week post-op. I still feel like a total...

So I am 1 week post-op. I still feel like a total mess. I have been through 2 prescriptions of percocet (80) and I am now taking vicodin. I am still draining soooooo much. I dont ever see an end to this draining. I have another appointment with the doctor on the 12th but I doubt I will even get my drains out by then. I just look and feel like a fat cow. I get up as much as I can but can only last like 1 min without having to sit down again. I am just hoping and praying this gets better soon!!!! Thank you guys for all the support!!

So I feel a little better today. I am still...

So I feel a little better today. I am still draining a alot and seem to be no where close to getting these things out!! I am still taking vicodin every 4 hours. If I miss a doss I can barely move. My TT seems to be doing better but my smartlipo is a mess. Every part of my body is swollen. My feet are HUGE and I have these lumps under my arms. Not much brusing but very sore. I am sleeping in my hospital bed pretty much straight up. I dont sleep well at night because well its just uncomfortable. I am going to try to get some new pics up soon!

So I had a scare the other night. I ended up in...

So I had a scare the other night. I ended up in the ER. My left leg, calf and foot started to swell out of control. It had to be 3 times the size of my other side. My foot then turned purple and I had these pains shooting up my calf. I called my DR. and they told me to go to the ER to make sure I didnt have a blood clot. Luckily they saw me right away in the ER and started all my tests. They gave me fluids and did a CT scan and an ultrsound on my leg. I was lucky and there was no clot. They have no idea why I swelled like that and didnt really give me any answers. They said as long as I didnt have a clot I would be okay. My pain is getting better but my lower back seems to be my biggest problem. I still can not stand for more than 1 min without feeling like my body is going to give. my incision looks gross and I still have both drains. I am still draining so much so I have no clue when these things are coming out. My next appointment with the Doc is Thursday and I must say I am looking foward to it considering the ER visit. I have sooooo many questions.

So I had my 2 week post-op appointment today. They...

So I had my 2 week post-op appointment today. They only took out 1 drain :( but I guess that is better than still having both. Doc seems to think I will still have this drain for at least another week!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHH Damn you drain, Damn you! Anyways good news is he said I am healing great. I still have a lot if swelling from the Smartlipo and he said that will last another 6 to 8 weeks. My TT scar looks good he said and he put this scar healing strip on it? Not sure exactly what its called. It last for 1 month and I take it off only when I get in the shower and then I put it back on. He gave me enough strips to last for 3 months. He said I still have to wear my binder as long as I have the one drain in. When I get the drain out I only have to wear my girdle. Also, he said he is not sure why my foot and leg swelled like it did??????????? I was really hoping to get answers about that. Only thing he said was I may have been getting up too much? Pain is okay still except my back. My back is really freaking killing me!!!!! They gave me a walker today and the Doc and hopefully that will help.

So today was the worst day I have had since the...

So today was the worst day I have had since the actual day of the surgery. I felt pretty good yesterday and had stopped taking my pain meds. I got the one drain out and thought things were going much better. Well I woke up this morning crying. I have not cried through this whole thing. I was in such pain I thought I was going to have to pee in bed (TMI) cause I could get up. Today was the first day I really felt pain on my insision and stomach. I felt like the bottom part of my body was going to come apart from the top part. I called the Doc back and had then call in more Vicodin and about 30 minutes after I toolk that I felt 100% better. I am thinking that yesterday was the most I have moved around and was also the first day I tried to sleep straight back. Also I am guesing the pain meds were completly out of my system and it just threw me into such bad pain. I am really freaked out now because I thought every day would just keep getting better, but today was a major set back for me.

Today was a great day. I had my last drain taken...

Today was a great day. I had my last drain taken out! I cant tell you how much easier it is to do things without drains. Still having pain issues though. Nurse told me I shouldnt still want to take Vicodin but I do! I still cant seem to walk straight up. What is my deal????? I feel like such a big wimp. I pushed out an 8lb and a 9lb baby like it was nothing but this surgery is really sticking it to me!!

Well today was a bad day. I just thought by this...

Well today was a bad day. I just thought by this time I would be okay. I am still in so much pain. This just doesnt feel normail. I totally regret doing this. I still have someone full time taking care of my 1 year old. I cant pick her up or put her in her crib. I miss doing just those little things. I sat in the shower today and cried for 30 mins. I am putting so much on other people and I hate doing that. I want this pain to be over. Only taking tylenol at this point because its all I have. Feels like its not doing anything. I still have to use a walker to get around. I can not walk to my kitchen without having to sit down. SOOOOOO over this.

Wow I can't even describe how much things have...

Wow I can't even describe how much things have turned around. I have been feeling sooooo much better. There was a point about a week ago where I thought I was going to be in pain forever and I was never going to be independent again. I am taking care of my girls now on my own. I am able to get around so much better. I still get sore after cleaning and at the end of the day but I am not taking any pain meds anymore. It took 1 month for me to realize that this was all worth it!! Even though I feel great I am still not sleeping well. I am a stomach sleeper and I am not able to lay on my stomach. I still fell like I am going to rip in half when I lay down, so I am ready for that feeling to be over. My stomach is still numb in some areas and I am also numb in some areas on my legs from the Smart Lipo. I am much more pleased with the TT results than I am the Smart Lipo. My stomach looks amazing. I was hoping my inner thighs would be slimmer but they seem the same?? I am not wearing a binder anymore and only wearing the garments that go around my thighs. The doctor told my husband he removed 10 pounds of fat. I am down to 151 now. I will add new pics soon.
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Hi,

Saw your new pics, you look awesome! I hope you feel awesome too?!! :)
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Your results are AWESOME!!! Congratulations!
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Did I forget to tell you how freaking awesome you look? So happy for you!
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Yay! We're almost 6 wks post op:-)
So glad things have turned around for you... you are looking great!
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You look so great! Glad to hear you're doing so well! Yeah - it really is a roller coaster sometimes! All worth it tho!
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Woah Girl, You are looking so good. Well worth it then! You have made me smile with such a fantastic result!
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Thank You so much!!
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Yay!
So happy to know that you're feeling much better:-)
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Thank You!!
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I just read your blog begining to end and I can so relate to all you experienced! I gave birth to three 9 1/2 lb babies, no epidurals (super fast labor) and I can say that this tt was by far the most pain I have ever experienced. So me ladies on here are saying by day 3-4 they feel great, so much easier then they thoight, but that was not the case for me at all. I am 6 weeks post op and now am very happy I did this but it was a rough road and I am fully in swell hell right now. Wake up super skinny and flat anf go to bed with swollen hips and tummy :( Im so glad you are feeling better. I have watched some youtube journeys and that has helped alot. I see them at 4-6 weeks feeling like me and then see their 3-6 month videos and they are soooo happy. Good luck and happy healing!!!
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Cgriffiths27 i am so pleased you are feeling better, it took you awhile for the pain to ease up. Mine has just begun (3 days po) and I am hoping it doesn't stick around as long as yours has but thanks for your story and the possibility that it may do, happy healing!
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I'm so glad you are feeling better!! :)
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How are you doing?
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I am feeling sooooo much better! Things have changed for the better over this past week! No regrets anymore!!
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Hi there. I just wanted to give a little insight into how much things change as you begin to really heal. I was regretting my surgery so much the first month or so. I am very independent, so having anybody have to help me out was very difficult for me emotionally. Plus, I was very active (2 hours at the gym, every day, 7 days a week), and I would get tired just walking to the bathroom. But it does get better. I am still in the "Not sure" category- rather than saying it's not worth it, because I will need a revision because my PS decided to not make as many incisions as we had agreed upon--without consulting me on it. Now I have to go through all this crap again. Not looking forward to it.

But I'm at week 10 post op, and the difference from now to back when I was where you are is like night and day. You'll still have bad days now and tehn, but it does get better. I promise. One step at a time.
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Thank you for your advice! You were right! It has gotten soooo much better in just the past week. I am still sore but feeling so much better!
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Glad to hear you're doing better! Happy healing :o)
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Hope the 3rd week is easier for you:)
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I hope you are feeling better.... Take it easy and let your body guide you... Remember to eat protein, your body needs energy to heal :)
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Hi cgriffith, Your after pics are amazing. It also looks like you received an extended TT as your incision goes back quit far on the hips. That may be one reason why our having so much pain. He also must have tighten you up very tight. Try and stay on your pain meds and let your body heal at its own pace. Everyone is different and I am sure when the hard part is over you will love your new tummy Take care and take it one day at a time,
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I'm sorry you're having such a hard time! Hang in there hon and it stinks but remember patience!!! You look great and it will get better!!!
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Hi,
I just read your update.. I'm so sorry to hear you're not doing well. I wish I can do something for you! This is one of the HARDEST surgeries and not everyone is fortunate enough to bounce back quickly. So, please don't feel down on your decision just yet... give yourself more time to recoup. I'm sure you spoke w/ your PS about the pain you're still having... why didn't they give you another script for meds?
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Im sorry you are having such a rough time, as far as standing straight, I am NOT standing straight yet, I am about 90% straight in the morning as the day goes I am not as upright, I would say 80% later in the day, I am not able to do a lot of moving, I feel a lot better and when I am sitting I feel like I can do anything, then..... I get up I go to do laundry, I get a load in, my back is hurting and I feel like i need to sit for a bit. but I try to keep in mind that two weeks ago I was not able to get out of my chair with out it lifting to a stand, and I walked totally hunched over and going to the bathroom wiped me out, and I felt like I was going to pass out and die, really we are recovering quickly, we had out stomachs CUT open from HIP TO HIP then they lipo and sewed our insides, and then the tugged and stretched and pulled , we have ungodly about of stitches inside and out. if we had been in a car reck and had to have this many stitches i dont think we would be so hard on ourselves. LOL just watch one from start to finish on you tube. and then still keep in mind we were in there longer then any of the videos you watch. hang in there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Glad you got your drains out. I'm 3 weeks post op tomorrow and I still have one drain. I too feel like my hips are getting bigger, I have an appointment tomorrow and I hope he takes the remaining drain out and tells me I'm really swollen. I still can't figure out how to post pics, maybe I'll try from the laptop instead of the iPad. I hope you feel better soon!!!
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Yay!
You're drain free:-) It's an awesome feeling isn't it... you're not restricted!
I'm not walking upright ony about 90% which has been that way since last week.
Hope it keeps getting better from here on out for you!
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