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8 month UPDATE! 30th B-day Celebration!! - Indianapolis, IN

I am 29 (turning 30 in May) I have 4 kids. 8, 6, 5...

I am 29 (turning 30 in May) I have 4 kids. 8, 6, 5 and 3. My 5 and 3 year olds were over 10 pounds. I had a c-section with my 1st and he was my smallest baby. I have a ton of stretch marks as you can imagine from 4 kids and 2 being 10+. I am 5'9 and weigh 185.

I had my first consult today. LOVED the doctor. He recommened either an extended tummy tuck or standard TT. I am not sure why. He said the results are only somewhat better with the extended. It eliminates what would be puckering on your sides, but standard done with lipo would do the same. I am not a fan of the all around scar and I do have a tattoo that would be cut in half and I am attached to the tattoo (it is angel fish that I got when my husband and I got engaged because they mate for life, corny I know, but I LOVE them) He also said that drains were an option that he would decide on during surgery if I would need them or not. How should I feel about that? I mean, I am under the impression drains are a good thing? I could be wrong about that though. Help me out on that one!!

So anyhoo, planning on the surgery date of March 28th when the kids are on spring break and they can be sent away for the week.

I am excited and scared. Thank you for letting me lurk here for the past couple of weeks too, you all have been sooo helpful! Look forward to sharing my journey with you and reading about all of yours! :)

And sorry about my horrible pics. Only for realself eyes only! I had to hurry and delete them from the camera so they couldn't go anywhere else! :)

Holy Sheesh, seeing pics of yourself is...

Holy Sheesh, seeing pics of yourself is depressing! Like I said only for realself eyes!
I also looked at your picture and it was very similar to how my tummy looked before TT. I had two almost 10lb babies via c-section also. You are going to be SOOO amazed and what this surgery will do for you, especially in the upper tummy area where the muscles have seperated. I hadn't even thought at how dramatic that would be before my surgery nor realized how much they were seperated. I am still amazed to find it going straight down and feel the bone in the middle of sternum..I hadn't felt it in years and thought it was a cyst or mass the first time I felt it after surgery. You will do great. So excited for you and to see your results!! You won't regret it!Best Wishes!!!!
Had to come and check out your page. I couldn't remember if you were doing a tt or mm. It is good you can get the kids out of the house for a week. You will need time to heal. I am not on as often as I like anymore but if you post on my page I usually check at least that every few days. I will be watching for your results. March 28 will be here before you know it. this site really helps keep you from going crazy. no one else can handle hearing about it all the time. But there is always someone here willing to talk about PS.
I am anxious about how soon after my consult I can schedule the surgery (how far in advance his schedule is booked up). There are so many fun things to do in the summer with festivals and such, I want to be able to enjoy them!

My kids are ages 17 1/2, 15 1/2, 12, and the baby will be 2 at the end of April. So hopefully between the kids, my mom, and my husband, that baby and I will be both be taken care of.

But I am very scared about not being able to lift her for so long. Oh, and the drains... I remember the drains from my appendectomy. Did not like that one bit.

It is bought and paid for!! I am sooo stinking...

It is bought and paid for!! I am sooo stinking nervous now. What have I gotten myself into? Hubby is now more supportive than he has ever been and that makes me feel better. I literally have butterflies in my stomach and it is 6 weeks away. What is wrong with me?

I forgot to ask. Do you think having surgery first...

I forgot to ask. Do you think having surgery first thing on a Monday morning is a bad idea? I don't know what that I want to relate the car buying theory to TT surgery.
I'll be following your progress. I'm excited we have the same surgery date and we'll be able to communicate and see if we're both having the same symptoms! :D
I popped over to make sure I keep up with your updates!! I bet you will have fantastic results with your tuck! It looks like you hardly have an stretch marks above your belly button.
Ok...is it March yet???lol!
Oh sheesh, that makes me feel better, sad to say that is just a good picture, cause I do have stretch marks above my belly button, WAAAAAY above it too! I agree with you, March needs to get like NOW!!!!

My pre-op date is March 17th. I just realized...

My pre-op date is March 17th. I just realized today that my son has a field trip on that day that parents have to attend. (It is pre-k and they don't do chaperones). My husband didn't go to the consultation with me and so he was planning on going to the pre-op. Now he is going to have to miss that too to go on this darn field trip. Do you think this is a big deal? Did your husband or significant other go to these appts with you? Why does this bother me? (side note, tried to re-schedule but his only available appt that week was at 830am. I have to get my kids on the bus and to little ones to pre-school at 9, that is a no can do) ACCCKKK, just another this to stress me out... Thanks for any insight.
Your tummy looks similar in shape to mine pre-op - I think you'll be very happy with your results!

About the drains, there is a relatively new technique I've heard of that doesn't require drains. I think it's called a brazilian but I can't recall for certain. Ask your PS if he uses this new technique...otherwise I think drains are necessary to prevent seromas.

Best of luck to you!!!
Hi Hon, first of all congrats, second I would definetly stick with a PS that will use drains, I visited with one who didn't and he said it was because he doesn't use electrocautery, just a plain ole knife, but what this actually translated to was he did not do muscle tightening, He actually pointed to his tie and said see this gap here, it's really not that wide and just because you can do something doesn't mean you should......please! I'm paying you $$$$ of dollars, you better tighten them, (turns out I had a 4inch muscle seperation) it appears you might need the tightening. The drains also collect lymph fluid that collects, very, very important as a hematoma or seroma can happen if too much fluid is trapped under the skin. My hubby did go to every appointment with me, except one of the 4 surgeons I interviewed. He was my second set of ears and we've been together for over 12 years since I was 16, so it was very important to me. Sorry to hear about the scheduling conflicts. Oh and my surgery was MONDAY morning....just think PS will be nice and sharp after a restful weekend, it's a good day. It was rainy and gray and starting to hail as we pulled off to mine.....at least it was sunny on the way home. Good luck and feel free to ask me or any of these wonderful women any questions, nothing is to embarrising or stupid, trust me! Best of luck and much love. Cat
Hello, I just read your post! Congratulations very exciting! I can't wait to hear/see your progress! I also live in Indianapolis and just had my 2nd baby 5 months ago (9yr difference!!). Everything about my 2nd pregnancy was the complete opposite of my first. My second son weighted a full 3 lbs more than my first son. I put on just about 50 lbs with new baby a 20-25 lb difference from my first pregnancy. To top it off I had to have an emergency c-section while trying to deliver him naturally. Overall this mommy belly has not bounced back now that I am back down to 129 lbs and will be turning 30 this year.

I wanted to answer your question about your schedule time. You will be so glad you scheduled first thing in the am!! I had a breast aug a few years ago and it was like at 3 pm on a Thursday...I couldn't eat all day and had to work with butterflies just thinking about my surgery!

Good luck! By the way which doctor did you decide to go with?

Well my consult was a holy horrific incedent of...

Well my consult was a holy horrific incedent of terror!! First off everyone was really really nice. I just can't believe how bad I looked. First off, they give you underwear that would literally be snug on a freaking barbie doll (size Free? really free? whatever), turn on these HUGE operating room lights and tell you to fold your arms awkward over your chest and just start snapping away with pics!! I was not really humiliated cause I have a good sense of humor and said ya know I know why they give these underwear and have these lights because it totally validates that you NEED this surgery done! I felt sorry for my husband causeI thought, that poor man has to look at this body everyday and be turned on by it! God love him!!
The doc was great, went over everything, prescribed meds, chatted with husband. The wait times were kinda bad though. My appt was at 1030 was supposed to be there early at 10, we acutally got there at 945 and we left at 1130. Kinda sucked, but what are you to do?
I am just now more excited than ever to get this over with!!
Mine is the 14th of May!!
I am doing just ok. Taking my kids to their grandparents tomorrow for the week. We are driving 6 hours and dropping them off. I feel so guiltly and I am going to miss my daughters 7th birthday too. I think that is just my mind running in over drive. They have stayed with their grandparents before when we went out of town so everything should be ok, but still, I worry.
Thanks for checking in on me, won't be long for me now!
I know how you feel. I took my 2yr old daughter to her Gma house in NYC. for a month! She won't come home until the 31st. I miss her so much. I'm home alone all day and she is a HANDFULL! I feel guilty about having her there.
How are you? We have something in common besides getting mommy makeovers...we r doing it for our Bdays! My bday is also in May...the 23rd. Hubbie and I r going to the Bahamas I'm turning 35. I'm 14 days post op and doing good. I know you can't wait to get it over with!

OH MY tomorrow is the day. I am so nervous I can...

OH MY tomorrow is the day. I am so nervous I can barely function. Not about the surgery itself, but about a complication in recovery. Only time will tell though...
Today is also my daughters 7th birthday and she is not here with me. Been at the grandparents for 2 days already. It is the first time I haven't been with one of my kids on their birthday and I am feeling really guilty about that. Happy 7th Birthday Princess SHAE!! I love you!!!
I'm just checking in with my tummy tuck day partner. How are you feeling? I hope all is well.
I can't believe your day is finally here. It will be over before you know it and you will wonder why you didn't do it sooner :) Can't wait to see your results. Thinking of you!!! :)
Today is the beginning of the new you! Congrats and I'm praying for you. Yeaaaaaaaaah. :)

Hello everyone!! I am alive and well! Surgery went...

Hello everyone!! I am alive and well! Surgery went great, doc said he stitched me up tight and boy can I tell! I am really hunched over. Didn't do the pain pump, made me really nauseous. Only been taking vicodin. I get really loopy on that too, so I am going to ask if I can just start taking advil tomorrow. Haven't seen my results yet, still in binder. One drain is barely producing any and the other a ton. That is odd.
Will update tomorrow! Thanks again for the prayers and well wishes, much appreciated!!! not sure when i will post pics, can't see anything as of yet!!
So glad to hear your surgery went well!! Can't wait to see your new beautiful tummy :)
I'm so glad to hear your well and safe. Rest up. we will all be thinking of you. May you recover well and quickly. (A hug to you)
Glad to hear you r doing good. The same thing happened to me my right drain was draining more than the left one. Can't wait to see your pixs. Congratulations!

NOT a fan of the MOM. Tried 2 tbsp today, to get...

NOT a fan of the MOM. Tried 2 tbsp today, to get things moving. Well I am in such cramping and gurggling pain, I want to take a damn pain pill for that. Ticks me off. Should have waited til it was a need.
fever is 100.4 again. WTH? Incision is starting to get puffy, but not red or tender, no foul odors. Just not sure what is going on. Another day down, pics tomorrow at some point when I "shower" off.
i got 4 inches o mr, too. i'm glad we're both doing well! yay!
hello 3boys..thank God your okey..i am glad to hear from you..just take it easy and relax..make sure you keep us inform with your healing proceses..ttyl
Glad to hear you are doing well and the fever is coming down! I didn't see my belly for a week...it was a nice surprise!

Had a GREAT night! Have graduated to Advil!! No...

Had a GREAT night! Have graduated to Advil!! No more pain meds for me! WOOT! I have some swelling in the incision, kinda annoying, and I have gas pains, damn MOM is still not working and causing horrible cramps. Gonna try some prunes today and see if that helps. Shower today too at somepoint and will take pics then! Nervous about seeing my belly button...

Updated pics. I am really flat below my belly...

Updated pics. I am really flat below my belly button. my mom says so flat it makes her a little nauseous! HA! I think that is a good think. Above my belly button is a bulge and it is hard, been there since the surgery though. Not sure what it is but hope it goes away when I straighten out. Happy with the surgery so far!!
How u feeling?
Nice low incision!! Glad you are doing well!
Looks good and soon we'll have our binders off! ;)


HOLY MOTHER OF FRICKIN FRACK!! Do NOT COUGH!! Thought I had died. Had a tickle in my throat while sleeping and body just coughed on its own and I thought I died! My mom was a Godsend. Got me water, bread and a cough drop. Went back to sleep and slept pretty good.
Went poo this morning! WOOT! It was not bad at all. I was kinda dreading it! Glad it is over!!
Gonna wash my hair today, oh the small things in life.
My kids are still away in Iowa, got weepy lastnight talking to them. My baby has had the stomach flu for 2 days. I really want to see the kids, but I am so afraid that they are going to bring home the stomach bug and I could NOT handle that. What should I do? It typically runs through the family every 2 days and there is 6 of us. OH MY just the thought makes my heart race. I am so scared and I want to be there to make him feel better and I can't. OH this is terrible....
leave them where they are:) you rest up and heal and they will be just fine... i know it's hard but you will all make it through this seemingly touch time. You look BTW
Had a weird night last night. I got a tickle in my throat and my body just coughed involuntarily. OH SHIT did that hurt!! Then I was afraid to go back to sleep and it would happen again. Bread, water and cough drop did the trick. My mom was the BEST nurse ever. I guess being through heart surgery you learn a few tricks! THANK GOD for her!!
Other than that I am doing well!! How are you??

Well the last 24 hours has been kinda shitty, in...

Well the last 24 hours has been kinda shitty, in more ways than one!!!
I ended up with diarrhea! WTH? Only took 2 tbsp of MOM about 3 days ago! I can't believe it, running to the potty is NO fun and can't be done at this point.
Then, I have that tickle in my throat still. I have only coughed lightly about 4 times. I am so scared I am going to damage something... I didn't pay this much money to have it ruined by a damn cough. ACK!! I am so mad right now. I have NO pain, well only when I cough. I would be off to the races if it weren't for the COUGH!! So frustrating.
I had a couple bouts of being weepy and the what the hell did I do feelings last night. I am missing my kids, hoping I didn't make the wrong decision about having the TT being done, will I ever resume normal activities? Just fleeting thoughts I am sure, but still I wonder...
Sorry for the downer of an update, just trying to keep it real for ya'll!
:( Sorry you are having a bad day tummy tuck day sister! That cough is horrible. I have only coughed a few times and I thought I might die. Hang in there. You look great and shortly we'll both feel normal again.
Hello 3 boys one princess. Wow how are you? I had my tummy tuck nine days ago. My incision is long like yours. Dr. Said the extended tt would have better results. I can see why. I hsd three boys and no princess. But my youngest was 9,8. Took a toll on me. I have before and after pics. Also would love to keep in touch so we can share our results. Good luck.
My before belly looks very similar to yours. My surgery is scheduled for this Wednesday April 6th. Sorry your having problems with the coughing. I'm nervous b/c I have allergies and I probably sneeze 20 times a day so I have to go right back on meds as soon as the surgery is over.....certainly don't want to sneeze...or cough. I hope your feeling better soon....things will get better!!

What a difference a day makes!! The tickle seems...

What a difference a day makes!! The tickle seems to have subsided, my prayers are working! :) I have little to NO pain at all. Feeling great! Back is a little sore, lipo is kinda annoying, but nothing is bad and NO pain meds!!
My kids come home today in a little less than half and hour and I can't WAIT!!
There is a spot above my belly button to the right that hurts if pushed and there is a lump. It has been there since surgery, the nurses actually asked the PS about it. He said it was deep muscle sutures. Would/Should they be painful and a lump? Definetly going to ask the PS about that tomorrow. My stomach would be flat as an ironboard if it weren't for that damn lump! ACK, didn't want to be the kind that got knit-picky,but it is right in the middle of my stomach...
You look GREAT!!! Nice low scar! Happy for you!

It is official! I have begun SWELL HELL! I...

It is official! I have begun SWELL HELL! I probably did too much today, but the swelling that is going on right now is MASSIVE!! I am so tight I can barely breathe...Gonna have to lay low tomorrow.
On a side note, my one drain is draining hardly anything. Gonna call PS tomorrow to see if it can be removed. WOOT! excited about that!
In little to no pain at all. Will take advil tonight for the swelling and a stiff neck from sleeping on the couch for the last 8 days.

All in all, I feel great and have NO regrets thus far!! :)
Glad your feeling better:) read the march 18th post and it was hard not to laugh your so right! And laughing hurts right now ;) teehee I was like oh heck no, but I did crack jokes w/ my ps at that appt it's awkward lol Had my skin and jelly having conversations ;) It was soooooo bad I'm glad its gone:)

I sneezed for the first time yesterday OMBelly pain !!! Lol

How's it having the kids back? :)
I am glad to hear you are doing and feeling so well (besides the swelling)! Just think, come August we'll be feeling and looking amazing and will be so proud of ourselves for doing this!!!
Yes, YES we will! WOOT!!

Well I was supposed to go and have 1 drain removed...

Well I was supposed to go and have 1 drain removed tomorrow and the darn thing jumps back up to 40ml today. It has been hovering at 30ml all week and now up again. So frustrating. Maybe it is because the last 2 days have been really busy. But I really can't stop life. I am swollen, but ok with that, I know Rome wasn't built in a day, so I expect the same from this surgery. Going to take time. Just wish the drains would stop draining and come out. Is it because I am doing too much?
I put the drain bulb on the sink area. Or i lay in bed a took pics.
Yes, I have seen it. Really really swollen. I still have my drains in so it is hard to take a pic holding drains and binder and such. I will post a pic when they are removed, hopefully on Monday.
Ya I cant wait to see you without the binder either! Did you see your tummy yet? Ummmm. . . I have been taking it easy, getting tons of rest but walking every so often. I got my drains out yesterday, which was 3rd day postop.

Well Hello Swell Hell!! Holey Moley. I am sooo...

Well Hello Swell Hell!! Holey Moley. I am sooo swollen. I get what kimmers was explaining about the baseball look. Don't want husband to ever take a look down south when this swollen EVER!! So creepy looking. Probably doesn't help that I got my period today and I am bloated and my cramps are more painful than the surgery has been. What is up with that. Wish I still had my painkillers to deal with the cramps. YUCK.
Still draining like 35 per drain. Starting to really want them out at this point. I was uber busy today, double header baseball, could be the swelling too. Other than the swelling and period cramps, I am feeling great!!
It's funny you commented on your cooka being like A baseball and not wanting your husband to see it, mine was SO swollen that I made my friend look at it and she said it looked like a really big hot dog bun! So of course I made my boyfriend look at it and he was kinda grossed out, made me laugh!!

Kinda odd. My drain is falling out... Called the...

Kinda odd. My drain is falling out... Called the doc and was told that as long as it is keeping suction it is ok, but to watch it. I am not draining that much, but still over 30. I pray it goes down and I get it out tomorrow. I now don't want to move in fear of it falling out.
I love that Angelfish part.

So scared and frustrated. I am now running a fever...

So scared and frustrated. I am now running a fever of 101.3 Went to doc and he said everything looks GREAT and I have no pain anywhere. I do have to run to the bathroom when I have to pee so he said probably UTI.
I am now totally doubting this surgery. Everything was going great. NOw I am going to get sick and not be able to get back to normal for my kids. I just want to cry.

Forgot to add, both my drains are out. I feel so...

Forgot to add, both my drains are out. I feel so liberated, but bittersweetly because of the fever.
Yes u are swollen, poor thing.
Lol if I get my chance at this MM I'm sure I'll be standing in the shower crying my eyes out...
I am sorry you are having such a hard time right now. I am so there with you. I had a fever of 103 due to a staph infection but it was obvious where the infection was and why I had a fever. I have just now healed from that (2 weeks). I am five weeks out and finally starting to feel somewhat normal. I went back to work at two weeks...probably shouldnt have but really didn't have a choice...need to work to get that paycheck...lol.

Are you experiencing any pain in the surgical site that is more than what you normally have? What about an area of generalized swelling that looks different than the rest? Keep an eye out for those things. Listen to your body. If you start doing too much too soon you will undo everything you worked so hard to achieve. So slow down some and let your body heal. I know it is frustrating. I am there too. I hurt after I have driven to work or back (an hour each way) in the areas where I had lipo. I want to be able to do the things I was doing before but I know that this was a major surgery so I try to take it easy as much as possible. I push myself right to the edge then I stop and rest.

You will get through this part of the healing process. You just need to have patience and let others help you right now with the house stuff. I know it is hard to do but it is a must in order for you to receive the results you want and paid for. So be kind to yourself as well as patient...:). Good luck to you and God Bless sweetie...

I ran 103 fever all night. Wanted to take a shower...

I ran 103 fever all night. Wanted to take a shower this morning and as I was getting undressed my drain site was pouring out goo. So gross!! Called doc and said stomach is red in one spot, but not much pain there, not really even tender, but draining yellowish goo. They called me in augmentin and I just took my first dose. I am no longer running a fever, took the last tylenol at 8 this morning and temp is 98.5 I just hope this is the end. So I am on 2 antibiotics cause they think something is still going on with the bladder cause I have to pee all the time and in a hurry. I am so scared still though. My mom leaves tomorrow. I wonder if the drainage should be cultured. Doc says augmentin would cover the infection though. Sheesh, I really am wondering if it was all worth it at this point. I have never been so scared for my life before all for something elective. I have got to get those thoughts out of my head. Thanks for listening.
Hello 3 boys one princess. I am sorry you are feeling bad I had my surgery march 24th and this morning I woke up with one area red swollen and draining alittle. I started worrying right away. I am swollen. Also late for cycle. I called my surgeon and Im taking antibiotics. I just hope and pray this will pass for you and me.
Yes, I am so sorry to hear how uncomfortable you have been. At 3 weeks, I had a lot reddness and a was really swollen. They put me on antibotics and then on two parts of my incision it opened up and puss poured out for a couple days (a little at a time). After that I felt so much better and the redness and extra swelling went down. It is all closed and healed up now (I am 6 weeks post today) and have been taking off my binder here and there. So rest-assured it will get better! Prayers are with you!
thanks so much. That is truly encouraging. I am at such a down moment right now. I had puss pouring out of my drain site this morning, but I think it closed up and is now collecting in there. I have 2 types of antibiotics in me so I should be covered. Fever still 101. I am just so scared and wondering why I ever did this at this point.

First let me say thanks for all the kind words of...

First let me say thanks for all the kind words of support and encouragement. It really is helpful.

I went to my doc today. He asperated (sp) an area and got nothing. Saw the drainage coming from the drain site and he said it looked good, not abnormal. He was so concerned and so comforting. Basically he said it is a tissue infection. The area that it is in is a very hard place for fluid to move around the lymphnodes are not easily accessible from there either after this surgery with the way the incision is placed. So basically it is inflamed tissue that is infected. I am on both those antibiotics that cover everything. He said if I don't start feeling better by the weekend to call him back, however, he thinks I need to give the augmentin 72 hours to start taking effect. Worse case scenario he said I would be hospitalized for IV antibiotics, but he truly doubts that will happen. He himself had surgery 2 weeks before my TT and came down with an infection and was back in the hospital on IVs. He said he can really feel my pain and all the emotions I am having over the whole situation are justified. Made me feel so much better. I was seriously contemplating changing it to not worth it with all the things running thru my mind the last few days.
I just hope the fever stays at bay. Currently 100 still. YUCK. I LOVE when it dips into the 99 and 98s on no meds. I still feel like crappola, body aches, headaches, nausea, but he says all normal with an infection.
This too shall HURRY UP and pass please!!!!
Awww I sure hope you start feeling better soon. I just saw a thread on depression and anxiety on here too and I think there has to be a flood of emotions after this. I'm praying for the meds to kick in and make you feel better real soon.
They haven't cultured it, but I am on 2 antibiotics, bactrum and augmentin. They said that should cover a wide range of bacteria. I am just so depressed. I want to get back to being with my kids and I honestly feel like crap. This too shall pass... (I hope)
My mom doesn't leave until tonight at 5. We are going to the doc at 11 and see what he says/does. They say they don't culture it because of the meds I am on will cure all infections. If things are going so well then my mom is changing her flight.

I just can't get a break. I am up to 100.6 again...

I just can't get a break. I am up to 100.6 again with my fever. And this morning my drain site is draining again. But this time it is the other, so now I am draining out of the 2 drain sites. I have a feeling this is going to get bad. I am now so scared and so frustrated. What did I do wrong? I just want to feel better, I miss my kids, I am tired of people having to do everything for me. At this point, it is totally NOT worth it... I am so sad and scared...
Hey love, how are you feeling? I pray you are feeling better.

xoxo, hugs.
I am a little better, thanks for checking on me.
My fever is kinda going away, don't want to jinx it, but it has been in the 99s all day and on no tylenol or motrin. Hopefully by tomorrow it will be gone. I am still somewhat draining from the drain sites which is odd considering how long it has been. My whole bottom half of my stomach is red, but no pain and Doc says that will go away sometime next week.
I hope tomorrow will be a much better day.
Yea.. Im not doing it, but my house wont run without one!!

Today is the first day I have woken up with 98.9...

Today is the first day I have woken up with 98.9 temp with no meds. I am very happy about that. I still kinda feel like crap. I mean I have hot flashes every once in awhile. That maybe because I am on so much antibiotics? I mean I am now starting with a yeast infection so going on Diflucan for that.
The drain sites are still draining. One was somewhat bleeding this morning and then turned into drainage. I am going to start using bacitracin and bandaids and try to get them to close up.
The area is still red but doc said that wouldn't go away for about a week or so. I think there maybe light at the end of this tunnel afterall.
Thank you to all for the well wishes and thoughts. They really mean so much, it lifts my spirits tremendously. And so sorry I have been such a Debbie Downer the last few days. I hope this is the end of it.
Boo.... :( I feel so bad for my tummy tuck day sister! I feel so bad you have been having a hard time. I hope you start to feel better soon. Hang in there!
hey hun i am sorry that this happend i hope you are feeling better and im sending healing vibes ur way!
thanks, they seem to be working! :) today has been a much better day!!!

FEVER FREE!!! WOOT!! Happy to say the fever is...

FEVER FREE!!! WOOT!! Happy to say the fever is gone and the redness is subsiding too! So glad it is getting better!

On the other hand, my one drain site is still draining. I have been doing bacitracin and a band-aid and it just drains right thru it everywhere. If it doesn't stop by tomorrow I will put a call into the doc.

3 weeks today! Holy Cow time flies even when you are't having fun! HAHAHA! Still extremely swollen, but I am not worried about that at all. I will take the swelling any day over the infection.
How are you feeling? Did your swelling and fever go down?
thats great to hear! i have a spot on my incision that is red but not seeping and i have no fever, how did you know it was an infectin and did you need antibiotics?
Sorry, my computer was down.

I ran 103 fever and I was on 2 types of antibiotics. My doc said incision infections are highly unlikely this far out. I suppose all things are possible.

Hope you are ok.

Can't believe it is going to be 4 weeks on Monday....

Can't believe it is going to be 4 weeks on Monday. Where does the time go?

Still swell horribly. But not really bothered by it. Still a HUGE difference from the before. No saggy, hangy skin is always good. I am still walking somewhat hunched over. When I try and stand fully upright it feels like someone has looped a rubber band around my neck and waist and the stretching sensation is BIZARRE!! I am in little to no pain at all. Feeling really pretty good.

Hope all is well with all of you!
I want to see that bikini....i tried some on today too, but didnt find anything. Im doing spray tanning tomorrow. 25dollars and it lasts about 2 weeks. Not horrible!!
Tomorrow will post bikini pics. I have appt with PS. So concerned about the 2 spots on my incision now. One of them looks like it may have puss around it. I just can't get a break. I am still coughing like a 5 dollar smoking hooker! I really hope the doc is right and I am not ruining anything. SO worried about that. My swelling seems to be up because of the all the coughing too. GREAT!! Doesn't seem like there is an end in sight...
Do you feel A lump or bump? Is it sore or just red? And I still can't cough OR sneeze!!

Had a follow up with PS today. Turns out I have...

Had a follow up with PS today. Turns out I have another infection. UGH! I am so over this. I am on antibiotics for 2 weeks now, 2x a day. I still have a cold, on meds for that. I just don't know anymore. KINDA want to turn the clock back and have never have done this... Guess today is just another down day. Updated pics in bikini. Can honestly say that aren't that bad, made me feel a little better. The pics are 4 weeks and 3 days post surgery. Hope everyone is having a better day that I am! :)
Yea ill ne 6 weeks thursday and when i hit 5 weeks the swelling seem not to be so nad, still got some just not like blueberry girl anymore
What is really crazy to mean is all of the "up and down" days, literally. One day I feel just great and the swelling seems to have gone down then next day, bam, sore and swollen all over again. I had a small infection that is healing nicely. I will be 6 weeks Tuesday so I can honestly say between week 4 and 6 I noticed the swelling really starting to decrease, maybe that is just me? Anyhow, you are looking great in your bikini girl...you gotta feel good about the way you look anyway!!!
Hey sexy momma.. I love that bathing sult, had to look again. I have a nasty rash, i have a virus, nothing to do with surgery. But anyone want to play connect the dotes? I been itchy for 3 days! It seems to lighting down a little!! Ill post pics when i dont look so silly!! So how u feeling?? My swelling is very little now. My 2 days at the gym was amazing!!

5 weeks today, Holy Nuts has it really been that...

5 weeks today, Holy Nuts has it really been that long? Swelling is down a bit more. I stress BIT cause I can kinda notice.

The 2 red spots on the incision that I am on antibiotic for started draining this weekend. Called the doc and he said it was a good thing. That way he didn't have to go in there and re-open it. DON"T want that at all. I say that and that will be next. One thing after another I swear...

Still have a horrid cough, it is what it is at this point. If I have torn every stitch I wouldn't care. I am over worrying already and with these stupid infections I am DONE...
Hope everyone is having a good Monday!
Any new pic?
How are you. I keep checking to see if you have posted. Have all of the infections cleared up? How does it look? You need to post new pictures and keep us updated. Your prebody look very similar to mine and I'm curoious.
Hey girl...well I have two spots that I have been putting Bacitracin on for several weeks. I went to my Dr yesterday, he cleaned it out and am dealing now with a new smaller area to nurse. He assured me it will clear up, but I wasn't using a gauze bandage and it was apparently rubbing on my clothes so wasn't healing properly. I will try that. He says the swelling is a whole lot better, but will continue to come down.
Keep us posted!

9 week update!! I am doing well. Back to my...

9 week update!!

I am doing well. Back to my normal life actually. I do still have to take it easy on somethings though, don't want to push it. Sneezing and coughing are painful.

There are days when I am 100% happy with the results and other days not so much. I am still swelling horribly above the belly button. The lower half of my belly is flat, some minor swelling in the who-ha area, but not bad. Above my bb is really ANNOYING. I can appear to be 3 months pg. UGH!! Pisses me off. I am hoping this is still swell hell.

I want to start working out and running, but the lipo'd areas are still extremely sensitive. By the end of the day my clothes hurt those areas. Just must be the nerves coming back.

Overall I can say that I have been happy with doing this at this point. I can't wait for the day there is no swelling. That will be a joyous occasion. I am still wearing my binder at night, but can't during the day because of the heat. I start itching and get a horrid rash.
How long r we supposed to wear the garment bc I'm about 8 wks out and I still feel swollen some days! It's annoying! I would agree that my clothes fit better but the swelling can get annoying
Diet & exercise will take care of a lot of what's left! U look great!
You will swell for months, but it gets better! I am 8 weeks out & still wear my garment when I am busy, such as exercising, grocery shopping, working (I work on my feet, running around). I swell very much in the heat & when I am very busy. I am very flat in the morning though & my PS said that is what my final result will look like, but flatter - so I am happy about that! I don't sleep with my garment on at night. We can wean off it soon though.
U look more swollen.. Isnt the swolling just crazines

Well ladies, I can't believe it has almost been 8...

Well ladies, I can't believe it has almost been 8 months.
I am proud to say that I am totally happy with my TT results. I had a rough go at it in the beginning and I am so thankful everything has worked out and I got the results I wanted in the end.
I feel fabulous. I have started running again recently. It has been a busy summer and we moved, a total lifestyle change (moved onto a 1600 acre ranch) and have just been enjoying life. I will say that I do swell sometimes still. Yes it is frustrating and that is why I have just started running again. I am so worried that I am going to gain it all back, everyday I glance down and can't believe it is my stomach. I have nightmares that it comes back and at times I also have a phantom belly. It is the weirdest thing ever! I feel like the fat/bulge is still there!! Wonder if that will ever go away. Kinda hoping the numbness goes away quickly too, over that feeling. But overall, doing GREAT!
I wanted to say Thank you to everyone on this site. You don't realize how much your stories and kind words helped me thru the hard times associated with this surgery.

For anyone waivering on doing it, it is totally WORTH it!!
Wow, your transformation is amazing! I love that you put up pics to show us the process, for us new gals we freak out when we see so much bloating but your pics show us to truly trust everyone when they say you really cannot judge your final results until many months later.
wow you look wonderful, if I may ask how much weight did you lose after you had your tummy tuck? not due to your tt just in the past 8 months, we are the same height and about the same weight and I am trying to get an idea of 8 months later .. lol i guess i need to find out how much weight I have to lose to get your results :)
I weigh about 180 or so. Haven't weighed myself in a very LONG time. Kinda weird but it was only a few pounds that I lost after. Not much help, but after the tummy tuck I don't weigh mysefl anymore. Don't really need to cause all my clothes fit awesome and weight is just a number to me now.
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