8 month UPDATE! 30th B-day Celebration!! - Indianapolis, IN
- 3boys 1princess
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I am 29 (turning 30 in May) I have 4 kids. 8, 6, 5...
- 10 Feb 2011
- 1 month pre
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...
- 11 Feb 2011
- 1 month pre
It is bought and paid for!! I am sooo stinking...
- 16 Feb 2011
- 1 month pre
I forgot to ask. Do you think having surgery first...
- 16 Feb 2011
- 1 month pre
My pre-op date is March 17th. I just realized...
- 28 Feb 2011
- 27 days pre
Well my consult was a holy horrific incedent of...
- 18 Mar 2011
- 10 days pre
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!!
OH MY tomorrow is the day. I am so nervous I can...
- 27 Mar 2011
- 1 day pre
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!!!
Hello everyone!! I am alive and well! Surgery went...
- 29 Mar 2011
- 1 day post
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!!
NOT a fan of the MOM. Tried 2 tbsp today, to get...
- 30 Mar 2011
- 2 days post
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.
Had a GREAT night! Have graduated to Advil!! No...
- 31 Mar 2011
- 3 days post
Updated pics. I am really flat below my belly...
- 31 Mar 2011
- 3 days post
HOLY MOTHER OF FRICKIN FRACK!! Do NOT COUGH!!...
- 1 Apr 2011
- 4 days post
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....
Well the last 24 hours has been kinda shitty, in...
- 2 Apr 2011
- 5 days post
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!
What a difference a day makes!! The tickle seems...
- 3 Apr 2011
- 6 days post
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...
It is official! I have begun SWELL HELL! I...
- 5 Apr 2011
- 8 days post
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!! :)
Well I was supposed to go and have 1 drain removed...
- 7 Apr 2011
- 10 days post
Well Hello Swell Hell!! Holey Moley. I am sooo...
- 10 Apr 2011
- 13 days post
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!!
Kinda odd. My drain is falling out... Called the...
- 11 Apr 2011
- 14 days post
So scared and frustrated. I am now running a fever...
- 12 Apr 2011
- 15 days post
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...
- 12 Apr 2011
- 15 days post
I ran 103 fever all night. Wanted to take a shower...
- 13 Apr 2011
- 16 days post
First let me say thanks for all the kind words of...
- 14 Apr 2011
- 17 days post
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!!!!
I just can't get a break. I am up to 100.6 again...
- 15 Apr 2011
- 18 days post
Today is the first day I have woken up with 98.9...
- 16 Apr 2011
- 19 days post
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.
FEVER FREE!!! WOOT!! Happy to say the fever is...
- 18 Apr 2011
- 21 days post
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.
Can't believe it is going to be 4 weeks on Monday....
- 24 Apr 2011
- 27 days post
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!
Had a follow up with PS today. Turns out I have...
- 28 Apr 2011
- 1 month post
5 weeks today, Holy Nuts has it really been that...
- 2 May 2011
- 2 months post
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!
9 week update!! I am doing well. Back to my...
- 31 May 2011
- 2 months post
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.
Well ladies, I can't believe it has almost been 8...
- 7 Dec 2011
- 9 months post
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!!
I really think Dr. Aker is one of the best people I have ever known. His concern and thoughtfulness is unlike anyother doctor I have ever had. The staff is wonderful too. Totally recommend that office even with the complications I have had.