Consultation 05/02/2013 My consultation is coming...
My consultation is coming up on Thursday. I am so excited. I am 40 years old and have a set of twins that are 7 and a 4.5 year old diva princess who was over 9 pounds at birth! I am 5'1" and approximately 127 pounds right now. Hoping to shed 7 pounds before the big day! I have very stretched out skin on my abdomen and the dreaded skin hangover. I was over 52 inches around with my twin pregnancy, and my body just couldn't bounce back. I've done lots of research already, and I can't wait to get my official surgery date scheduled. I also am very interested to see what the doc says about how much muscle revision is necessary. I've hear so many good things about my doc, so I am very confident in his abilities - apparently he is an artist of the belly button. We'll see.
Consultation and Pre-Op all in one! I got a call...
I've spent the last two days getting ready! My...
I've been cleaning the house like a crazy person and doing all the laundry. I will do a last minute clean up tomorrow, and we'll go to the grocery store tomorrow afternoon.
I was told to take a shower the night before using hibicleanse (I think?!) and then repeat in the morning. No lotions, hair spray, blah, blah, blah. The time estimate for the surgery is 2.5 hours. Dr. Parva said I would have one drain and the pain pump. I will come home with a catheter which hubby will have to remove on Tuesday morning. I will not use a binder, but will be released to use a compression garment at my post op appointment. My compression garment arrived yesterday, and is quite lovely. :D
I'm all set with my granny panties (haha - not really granny) and most of my supplies. I actually think I'm only missing my prescriptions. lol Here's my list of recovery stuff:
large water "jug" for drinking tons of water
paper surgical tape
pads for incision care
pillows and blankets for recliner
gas-x, senekot, milk of magnesia
white tank tops (man style) - easy to remove, cheap and can be bleached or tossed if need be
zip front sports bra - I don't like to be completely braless but don't like to sit around in an underwire, either
Not sure what else I put in my basket. But I'll be setting up my little recovery area tomorrow night. We've been talking to the kids about the fact that I'm having surgery.
I also made arrangements for the twins to be dropped at school and possibly picked up depending on timing. Guess that's it for now.
I'm 1 day post op. It's almost Tuesday morning....
We got to the surgical center at 7:30 am. Everything moved quickly and smoothly, and before I knew it - I was back in pre-op. Regular stuff back there... blood pressure, temp, id bracelets, change into robe. They gave me a nice warm blanket and turned on the TV for me. Dr. Parva came in and marked me up, and from there, a stream of people came in and out. They were all so nice.
The time came, and they gave me some awesome med in my IV. I kissed the family bye, and that's all I remember before I woke up in recovery. Stage 1 recovery was great and they kept me loaded up with dilaudid. Once my oxygen rate was stable, they sent me to stage 2 recovery where I had some applesauce and ginger ale. They got me all set up, and off we went home. The ride home was uneventful, and I've been in my recliner ever since.
I did walk around a little bit. I have a catheter which will be removed today (Tuesday). I have one drain which has been very bloody and draining about 38-40 ml every 4 hours. The fluid is starting to clear up, and I hope that continues. Dr. Parva said as I start to walk around, the drain will collect more fluid before dwindling down.
One of the moms from my Daisy troop set up a meal sign up list, so we got our first meal last night. It was a hit with the girls and hubby. I'm so thankful we don't have to worry about cooking!
Last night I finally got some sleep! I also got up...
Hubby took me up to take a shower this morning. Handled the steps ok, but once we got the bandages off I felt like I was going to pass out. Soooooo.... no shower. My head is so itchy! Ugh! Anyway, I was able to look at my belly button which had some fresh blood and also the incision which had some caked blood and one spot that had some fresh blood. My drains putting out less, and sometimes it's yellow but mostly reddish with clots here and there.
I emailed the doc today and was reassured that all sounded fine. So I guess on to day 3. The recliner is getting to be a pain in the ass. Literally.
Finally go that shower today! It was great! My...
I still have the original tape out on my incision during surgery, so it's getting kinda bloody. Of course, I'm tripped out that there might be necrosis, so I keep searching the web about it. Ugh. I'm sure it's just fine.
The drain is producing less fluid. It's still watery red. The drain exit wound is seeping watery red liquid as well.
That's it for today! I am posting pics!
Well, I'm 5 days post op, and I'm clean again....
We took the pain pump out yesterday. I almost hurled. It was easy enough, but I had NO idea that the catheters were so far in - like 12"!!! But it's nice that I am not all taped up anymore. Now I'm using that little bag to hold my drain.
Got my shower in this morning and shaved my legs. Yay! I relaxed after getting out and then used the blow dryer on my incision. I noticed the tapes are starting to fall off. I guess we'll try to keep them on another couple of days until I get to my post op.
Other than that, I'm still rocking the recliner. I'm starting to feel isolated from everyone else. Ugh. I miss snuggling with my 4 year il. :-/
So last night I was really freaked out because my...
Off hubby went to buy me a plain ol white binder from Walgreens. Thank goodness they had one. We wrapped me up, and I laid down. A little more blood came out through the night.
Today I've been feeling ok. The tubing has seemed to be empty most of the day which, of course, made me freak out. I called Parva again, and he reassured me he thinks all is well. He said he thinks a localized place in there is bleeding out, I guess. All I know is I can't wait to get to my post op tomorrow. 7 days is too long for a gal like me to wait!
I took my morning pain meds as usual, but then skipped on the afternoon meds. I went ahead and took the ibuprofen at 6pm, and will add a Percocet in a few minutes to make sure I sleep well. I only have 1 more dose of antibiotic left. And that's that. Happy Mother's Day!
BTW - it totally looks like someone colored all...
What a great day so far! I got up feeling pretty...
We set off to Target and picked up a couple of spanx-type items, and then headed to my post op appointment. I got changed into that spa type robe in Dr. Parva's office, and we waited for him to come in. When he arrived, he had me lay down, and before I knew it, he had pulled my drain out! I didn't even know he was going to do that. He said I look good. Told me to wear my compression garments and come back in 3 weeks. Wow! He also gave me some ScarGuard and said to use it daily once all the scabs are gone.
I can't believe what an absolute relief it is for that drain to be gone!! I just feel so much better! I moved out of the recliner to the couch, and I plan on sleeping in bed tonight! Yay!!!
Let's see..... It's been a regular kind of day....
I'm wearing the one piece garment with a shapewear top over it trying to get some good compression. I'm super swollen today. Hubby bought me 2 more garments at Target today. I'm not sure if ill keep either. I'd like to go to Target in the morning myself, but I haven't been cleared to drive.
I'm super swollen today. Even looks like I have a pot belly. Gee whiz. Ugh. More pics tomorrow maybe.....
Hiya! It's 9 days post op. I'm feeling pretty good...
I'm still working on weaning off the pain meds. I'm going to try and make it through the day without any Percocet. I don't want to hurt but I don't want to take meds ennecessarily, either.
I'm really, really swollen. I'm not sure it looks like it in the pics, but I've even got apot belly. Ugh!!! A bit of scab fell off my belly button, and I'm almost scab free at the incision site. I'm down another pound, but I'm still 2 pounds over pre-surgery weight. That's all for today!
11 days post op.....
I'm down to 1 pound over my pre surgery weight. I guess that's good. I'm trying to make better food choices, but last night my friend brought over her famous chocolate chip cookies, and I sure couldn't stay away from those. lol
The scabs continue to fall off my belly button, but they came off after I took the picture today. I am still feeling super swollen, but less so than I was perhaps. I have been wearing m binder a few hours a day, and that really seems to help.
We're supposed to go on a boy scout camping trip tomorrow. I am pretty nervous although hubby has said he just wants me to sit around most of the time. So we'll see how it goes. It's not ideal timing, but my boy is graduation to the next level of cub scouts, so I really don't want to miss it.
14 days post op....
I'm just worn out with not being able to take care of things around the house. I'm also weaning off pain meds, and I am uncomfortable.
Other than that, not much has changed. We went on the camping trip, and that was fine. It was actually a very successful family outing.
I ordered yet another kind of spanx type garment. This one goes to the knees. I feel like my thighs are super swollen, so I'm hoping this will help.
I don't feel like there has been any change in my scar in the last three days.
Today I"m 15 days post op!
No pics today, but.....
My weight today is 129.4. Sweet!! I also treated my scar with castor oil and coconut oil. I have the cocoa butter, but couldn't get it out of the jar. It's hard as a rock at room temp - so I will melt it today and mix it in with my concoction.
Oh, and one last word as of yesterday at 15 days post op..... S-E-X. (sorry, MOM!) This was the first day he would have anything to do with me because finally most of my bruising has subsided.
17 days post op and....
Couldn't sleep again. It's hard to get comfortable sometimes. Last night my littlest one was kicking and taking up soooo much bed space, so around 3am I got into her bed and loaded up with pillows.
I tried on my pre-op shorts today. They fit! Yay! I also got dressed and did my makeup and hair since my baby graduates preschool tonight. I just got a haircut yesterday and got it all chopped off.
18 days post op......
All the scabs are gone off my belly button. Yay! I got some news sassy undies in the mail today. I go on panty buying binges sometimes, and this seemed as good a time as any. Hahahaha....
I had to clean up for the Daisy meeting today, and I'm already tired. It's not even time for the meeting yet. Oy!
I've been having trouble with restless legs as I came off the pain meds, so I bought Some magnesium oil to see if that will help. My fingers are crossed because it sucks to have wiggly legs.
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I have been wearing regular clothes off and on. My favorite shorts and capris are fitting fine. I don't know if it's because I am wearing the compression garment or not. I know I am still quite heavy for "me", but am not sure how I'm going to drop the weight that I think is "extra". The weird thing is that I have been told I look really good. I think mostly I need to be worrying about fitness and eating right.
Still have trouble sleeping off and on, but mostly the swelling and soreness off and on are my only two issues. I'm posting some update pics. They aren't very good quality, but I am so pleased!
29 days post op.....
Still 29 days post op....
I didn't really get a straight answer. I'm mostly in regular clothes at this point. Yay! I'm very pleased with the results so far, but I gotta say these are the things I'm tired of at the 4 week mark:
Hunching by the end of the day
Being exhausted but not able to sleep because of discomfort
Gentle sex ( not that I like it rough, but I'm tired of being SO careful!)
Post op 32!
I'm also adding a collage of progression pics. I don't know that I look much different between pics, but that's ok.
I could not be more pleased at this point. Dr. Parva and his coordinator, Petra - went above and beyond to work with me through some unusual payment situations and scheduling, etc. What a great experience!