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6.5 Weeks PO NEW BIKINI and PIC :)
Let's face it, being 113 pounds and 5'5", I should...
- 7 Jan 2013
Let's face it, being 113 pounds and 5'5", I should have been happy with my body. You hear those measurements and you would think that person had a rock star body. Not what I felt like! When I would lay on my side, a huge puddle of skin would follow. If I bent over, it would collect in the center. How was I supposed to go to the beach, the lake, or the pool with that puddle of skin hanging off of me? I covered up with one pieces and layered a rash guard on top of that! I still held my towel or arm in front of my stomach.
Now, with a history of back problems and separated abdominal muscles, I knew a strong core is the one thing I could do to help prevent any more aches and pains. When I had finally saved enough money for the procedure, I didn't want to wait any longer than necessary.
I met with Dr. Sarosy to have a free consultation. Some family members had been to him in the past for other procedures, so I felt pretty good going in. He was respectable and always had a female nurse in the room with him, which I thought was very smart on his part! When the consultation was over, I was already handing them $1,000 in cash for my deposit and scheduled my surgery for December 27, 2012 at 7:30am!
The morning of the 27th, I was nauseated, but I started praying about it, and within minutes, the nausea was gone. Once I arrived to the medical office/surgical center, everything went fairly quickly. I had to take a pregnancy test, which I giggled about since I suffer from infertility and am blessed to have my daughter, sure enough it was negative. My blood pressure was taken, the doctor drew on my skin with my "skimpiest" bikini bottom I had so he could hide the incision. Then, I was in the OR. Next thing I know, I am waking up and was already done with surgery.
I was never really in pain. The biggest thing that bothered me was my right leg was numb and very tender from my hip down to my knee (11 DPO, it is still tender, but I have gained about 2 inches or so of sensation). I am now able to stand at about 90-95%. My incision is looking great. My compression garment does rub on my hips where the incision is, so that area is a little red and bleeds from time to time. I got my drains out when I was 6 DPO. This whole process has been smooth and rather painless. I was expecting THE WORST PAIN OF MY LIFE, but that never came. So far, I am so pleased with my results. I am swollen, but that is to be expected. I know the end result is still months away, but I have the instant gratification of being able to not have that puddle of skin hanging off of me and waking up to it every day.
I should mention, I had a mini tuck because I really wanted to keep my belly button! My daughter was 22.5 inches long and 8 pounds. She stretched me out, but was worth it to make me her mommy!
Day 12 wasn't bad. I am sleeping horrible at...
- 8 Jan 2013
I cooked dinner for the first time tonight! That was a milestone in my mind.
Today, my incision itches. I think that is a good sign though :) Itching=healing! I was standing straighter two days ago than I was today, but I think that is because I did too much yesterday with it being my first day on my own.
Every day the pain from laughing gets less and less. You know how when you are not supposed to laugh, things are just funnier? That is how I feel and I am struggling with holding back the laughter. My husband is very animated when he is describing things and I actually got mad at him (while laughing of course) because it hurt soooo bad! I will try to post updated photos at my 2 week mark on Thursday.
Today marks the 13 DPO. I slept better last night...
- 9 Jan 2013
Each day I stand straighter and straighter. I...
- 10 Jan 2013
I updated my photos. As you can see, I don't look swollen with my sweats on, but without, you can see my lower abdomen is swollen. But, they say the swelling starts high and works its way down. Hopefully that means the swelling will say ADIOS sooner rather than later.
15 DPO. Every night, sleeping gets easier. I have...
- 11 Jan 2013
Do I have any regrets about the surgery? NONE whatsoever! I am so incredibly happy I saved my money so I could do this for myself. It wasn't just an appearance thing, but a self-confidence thing. Investing in my self-confidence and back health were the best thing I could have done.
I still am not in pain. I sneezed today and my abdomen only burned for a few seconds instead of a few minutes like it used to.
Oh, my hip bones have completely disappeared from the swelling. It feels weird not to be able to place my hands on my hips and feel them like I used to. I will see them again some day...after the swelling decides to leave!
16 DPO. My swelling went down today!!!! I still...
- 12 Jan 2013
Today is 17 DPO. I wore jeans to church this...
- 13 Jan 2013
Now, let's talk about scar treatment. DANG! This stuff works MAGIC! I bought some bioCorneum from my PS and started using it last night. It flattened the raised areas of my scar OVERNIGHT! No joke! This stuff is amazing. I am applying it 2x a day. I think it is going to make my scar look great. I can't wait to see how it progresses.
I am standing straight most of the time now. I only hunch when my incision burns a little or if my pants/binder/compression garment are aggravating the incision. I am still sleeping with 1 pillow under my knees. Maybe at 3 weeks PO I will remove it. I am so pleased with the way I am healing and the way I look. Now, if the swelling on the love handles would just go down... :)
As I keep mentioning, every day gets easier. I am...
- 14 Jan 2013
20 DPO: I feel REALLY good! I am back to wearing...
- 16 Jan 2013
3 weeks PO. Today is my 27th birthday! :) I...
- 17 Jan 2013
29 Days PO! I would say I feel 90%. I have...
- 25 Jan 2013
4.5 weeks post op. Went to see my PS today. He...
- 4 Feb 2013
Let's see how much my body swells tomorrow. Happy healing!!!
Yesterday I was 5 weeks post op. I did ab...
- 8 Feb 2013
6.5 weeks have passed. I heard week 7 is the...
- 19 Feb 2013
My Doctor: Dr. Charles Sarosy
I trusted him before I even stepped foot in his office. I have a few family members who had used him for other procedures in the past and they had nothing but great things to say.
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