I have just lost a substantial amount of weight for the second time, I have lost about 60 LBS this time around, and I am hovering around 163 lbs. The first time I lost weight it was about 120 LBS. I am convinced the reason I gained the weight back is because I have ALWAYS had this lose skin and fat roll around my stomach. I am 43 years old, and I have never enjoyed physical activity because of the excess skin. I love exercise, however I will wear compression garments because I HATE the feeling of my stomach bouncing up and down.
So today is 24 hours before my surgery. I am SO excited, and a bit anxious. I am in the health and wellness industry, and I know what to expect, however I am surprisingly nervous, but SO EXCTIED. I have never been diagnosed as having schizophrenia, but I may be a perfect case study at this moment, LOL. ANXIOUS and EXCTIED and ANXIOUS again – I need a Bloody Mary, but I have to get to work.
The recommended course of treatment is a Tummy Tuck (AKA abdominoplasty) with minor lipo of the flanks. The doctor does not think I will need muscle tightening; it will be more of a skin removal surgery. The surgery will take about two hours. I will stay near the outpatient center for 1 night then have a follow up the day after surrey, then onto home. I will have a checkup 5 days after surgery, then 2 more over the course of four weeks. I have been told it is necessary for me to be up and about right after surgery. This will help prevent any heart, lung or blood clot issues. People who have been overweight combined with other factors of previous lifestyle can create circulation issues, so it is very important to be up and walking about. I have RLS, this is a sign of lower than normal circulation, so I will make sure to sleep with feet elevated, and I plan on walking as much as possible. I was told by my doctor that I will be back to work day 5- I work a desk job, so I imagine this is why I am able to do this.
I picked up my RX last night, there were three prescriptions, and I believe 1 is a pain killer, 1 is a sedative to take tomorrow pre surgery and the other is anti-nausea medicine. I will go shopping today for good fruits and veggies- the brighter the fruit the better – HEALING POWERS. I plan on getting some smoked sockeye salmon and red beets. BEETS are great for muscle repair, immunity booster and the skin. I will plan on buying some prunes as well to assist with the BM. I think I am more frightened about the lack of bowel movements more than anything else.
I am posting some picks this morning, but need to head to work. I plan on posting daily blogs to help anyone out that is considering having the surgery. I am also having the procedure filmed, and I will be doing video blogs. I will keep you posted.