Having a Tummy Tuck and a breast lift today! 46...
26 Feb 2013
On day of treatment
Having a Tummy Tuck and a breast lift today! 46 yrs old, Mom of 2 (23 & 21) both csections and then one hernia operation. Was at my highest weigh a year ago at 142 and now I'm at 128 (was 124 a few weeks ago but I've been bad!) I'm 5'5
More background later (I just figured out how to really use this site..ha, ah)
See you on the other side!
Surgery Day: went well Doctor and nurses kept me...
Surgery Day: went well Doctor and nurses kept me very calm and light spirited..my surgery was at 7 and I was home by noon. Only felt light-headed or nauseous just briefly during the day when I was up. My biggest issue was having to pee so often and having my husband help me get up..Seriously, unless I was asleep, I had to pee at least once per hour. Sleep wasn't easy because the pain medicine makes me dream and I startle myself awake.
PO day 1: bathroom frequency was less and on a scale of 1-10, I would rate it as a 7. Felt like I needed to have a bowel movement and have been on stool softeners starting several before surgery but they aren't helping. Took a laxative and still nothing.
PO Day 2: was able to get up by myself better last night so I didn't have to wake up my husband. It took a while but I did it slowly with very little pain.
Felt pretty good this morning, and had a doc appt to remove my dressings.
I got to see my new boobs for the first time and I am very excited about them even though I know they will fill out a little more and drop. My tummy is so flat! I'm a little swollen and I couldn't really see my i
Tummy tuck incision but it is lower than my csection scars and I am thrilled about that. They put me in a sports bra and a compress binder around my tummy and sent me on my way..I go back on Tuesday to hopefully get one drain out.
Was left alone for several hours so hubby could go to the office for a few hours and I did really well. I'm not ready to be alone for a full day but i can function somewhat for a few hours.
Tonight, I kind of panicked when hubby put neosporin on my drain sites (per. My doctor).. Supposed to shower tomorrow but now I am really nervous a out that. As of tonight, still haven't pooped!
Woke up this morning in a lot more pain than the...
Woke up this morning in a lot more pain than the previous day. I guess I was on my feet too much yesterday so I took it easy but then the itching feeling under my binder started and I was not a happy camper! CSS
We decided to give me my first shower and not only is that kind an emotional and somewhat traumatic, but it is exhausting! Drains are lower now so hopefully I can get one out on Tuesday and the other on Tursday...fingers crossed!
PO day 3 wasn't the greatest...I moved around too...
PO day 3 wasn't the greatest...I moved around too much and started feeling the pain pretty badly. Hubby helped me take a shower which felt good, but my stomach is so much more swollen than yesterday..prob getting up too much! The shower did wear me out and I was able to sleep two hours without waking :-) I got kind of emotional during the shower event but hubby handled me well. Still no bowel movement and I even took a laxative today! The good news is my drain output has gone down significantly so they may take one out on Mondayand the other on Thursday..prayers!
Yesterday was PO 4 or what I called Operation Poop...
Yesterday was PO 4 or what I called Operation Poop...I was somewhat successful ....just enough to relieve some of the pain. I felt pretty good yesterday but the boredom is really getting to me and my back is killing me. I slept with a heating pad last night..hope that is ok. I am trying to wean myself off pain meds and I only took one short nap during the day yesterday. I kind of feel gross to my husband which makes me emotional but he is encouraging.
PO Day 6...I didn't post yesterday just did a few...
PO Day 6...I didn't post yesterday just did a few comments because I was "Emotional Ella" ha, ha! I was down because I was swollen and my back hurt so bad but took some good advice from one of the caring people on this site and move from recliner to bed and laid somewhat flat (kind of propped) and lots of pillows under my knees and had my best sleep yet! My drains are so low that I called doc and they told me to come in and they took one of my drains out! They also took the staples out (still have stiches and some glue) and I feel so much better!
Today I am sitting up more and not feeling so down...thank you to everyone for you support!
PO day 7.. Had such a good day yesterday but went...
PO day 7.. Had such a good day yesterday but went to bed with my stomach hard as a rock and didn't sleep well last night. Advice from this site made me feel better (again!) and it's probably just swelling. Although I have had 2 bowel movements, they haven't been substantial so I prob am constipated and to top it off, I started my period this morning. That would explain a lot! I am planning on staying off my feet today! Will post updated pics tomorrow when I have a little more energy.....happy recovery to all!
PO day 8
Tummy was not as hard this morning when...
PO day 8
Tummy was not as hard this morning when I woke up but as the afternoon goes on, it gets worse. I am trying to take it easy but I am bored out of my mind! Tomorrow I get my 2nd drain out and I am beyond excited! To stay positive, I have to focus on the little things each day :-)
PO Day 9: very happy today because I got my last...
PO Day 9: very happy today because I got my last drain out this morning! Today is my daughter's 22nd birthday so we are taking her to the Melting Pot for dinner tonight. I have decided to wear a Spanx type of underwear instead of my binder tonight since I will be dressed up..I figured a few hours can't hurt (hopefully). I haven't decided what I will wear because my tummy is swollen but I am excited because this will be my first real outing since the surgery. I am trying to stay off my feet completely for the rest of the day so I won't be so tired tonight. I did ask my doctor if I could have a glass of wine or two tonight and he said that was fine but I would probably have extra swelling tomorrow. I guess I will just have to take it easy tomorrow, too..lol!
PO Day 10...so I went to my daughters bday dinner...
PO Day 10...so I went to my daughters bday dinner and it really wore me out. My husband said I was very pale after a couple of hours. All I did was sit there..good grief! I am pretty swollen today but feel ok just tired. It is supposed to be in the 60's and sunny tomorrow so I am looking forward to relaxing outside :-)
PO Day 11...Starting to see some changes! I...
PO Day 11...Starting to see some changes! I weighed in at 124.4 this morning..happy about that! My breasts are starting to drop and soften...happy about that! Bruising is getting a little better...happy about that! The only thing that really concerns me is how high my scar is on the sides. I put on my blue string bikini that I wore on the cruise in January and the scar is very visible. Hopefully, that will decrease in color and size. I have posted a few new pics to show my progress. Honestly, this site makes me feel better just because I did take those pictures and see my progress so if you are out there and haven't taken pictures, you need to because it will help you get through the down times! Start now!
I went for a walk around the block with hubby last night and although I walk slow, it felt good. I can't stand up completely straight until Tuesday when I get my stitches out. Still swollen but not as bad today...I am feeling positive!
4 weeks PO today! While I feel good that the...
4 weeks PO today! While I feel good that the results I want will come, I am kind of tired of not sleeping well, feeling emotional sometimes for no apparent reason, and overall just a little uncomfortable. I am also being a worry wort lately and I don't like it! I don't work full time but two days a week I keep two children ages 2 1/2 & 1. I go back next Wednesday (5 wks PO) and I am worried about picking the baby up but I miss them so much and their parents need me.
I posted a new pic...I am kind of worried that I may be developing one of those "dog ears" everyone talks about it. Is it too soon to tell? Also, one side seems higher than the other...is that unusual? Will that even matter a year from now when hopefully it won't be as visible? Worry, worry, worry!!
On a positive note, my weight is stable at 122 lbs and I have more energy every day :-) Thank goodness I have this site to vent!
6 1/2 weeks post op and feeling pretty good about...
13 Apr 2013
2 months post
6 1/2 weeks post op and feeling pretty good about the way things have turned out. I love how I look in clothes and the swelling has really gone down. I am starting to be able to sleep on my side a little by leaning on the pillowbutthe sides of my breasts are still very tender from the lift. PS told me during my last appt that around 10-12 weeks scars would become very red and then true healing begins. Wonder if anyone else has heard that? My mood has been much better and I am just really glad I did this!