I have met with Dr. Calobrace in Louisville, Ky...
I have another appointment with Dr. Schantz in Lexington next week for a consult on tummy tuck, breast lift with plants and eventually a thigh lift.
I am already extremely nervous and haven't even gotten close to my intended surgery date. This is a life changing decision not physically and mentally. .. not to mention financially. The thought of debt as well as pain during recovery has me second guessing my decision to want surgery.
About twelve years ago I weighed 220 + pounds and over a three year period I lost around 80 pounds. I have done very good at maintaining my current weight of 140. The most I have fluctuated over the past ten years has been ten pounds. Unfortunately I lost the weight with diet pills and no exercise so I have been left with a very disgusting body.
According to Dr. Calobrace I would benefit from two surgeries. The first being a tummy tuck and breast augmentation. The second a thigh lift. DR. Calobrace recommended tightening the top portion of my body first before doing the thighs later. He said I could expect some lift on the thighs due to the tummy tuck.....which would make me very happy.
Any comments on either surgeon or comments on the procedures in general would be helpful. I am so scared and excited at the same time. This is something I have wanted for so long.
Sitting in the doctor's office for my second consultation
Love Dr. Schantz's personality.
Also, is it worth having my flanks lipo suctioned? Is this something I should really consider? I don't have large love handles, but I don't want a flat belly with a fat backside. Any suggestions on this?
it is getting close
I have my preop appointment today and my surgery will be on New Year's eve.
Any ideas on supplies that I should purchase ahead of time?
Almost two weeks till surgery
I am most worried about swelling. Any tips to help keep swelling to a minimum?
The lift recliner has been ordered and my meds have been picked up. Now just waiting on the big day to get here.
I read that eating an all liquid diet the day before really helps. Any thoughts on this?
Three days until my new beginning.
Since I have to spend the night in the hospital the first night, does anyone have suggestions on what I should pack.
Please say a prayer for me that God blesses Dr. Schmaltz and his staff on Tuesday so that I may pull through safely.
I have faith in my surgeon and know he will try very hard to give me the results i want, but my nerves are still on high alert.
Please pray for my surgeon ans myself.
Happy New Year ladies .
it is done
my only pain as of right now it is my breast.
the side my breast are killing me because they're so sore.
my doctor did not do much like affection because most of my problem with skin.
keep praying for me please
Right now the catheter and boobs hurt the most.it isn't a bad pain but more of just an uncomfortable feeling .
This is the only photo I could take from my view.
Getting out of bed for the first time
I have never felt pain like that before.
I am primarily just sore when I move and dying to stand up straight. The lift chair has helped tremendously. You can rent one for less than a hundred dollars for the month.
I am so thankful for my ten year old niece
that stayed home from school today to take care of me. She is calling this her community service day LOL.
My boobs dont really hurt, but my stomach muscles burn with any movement. The drain pinching is very uncomfortable so I have taped it for reinforcement.
I am looking forward to getting the drain out. Yes, I only have one drain. Dr. Schantz said my muscles looked good and didnt such aggressive repair. He said he removed
A pound and a half of skin and only about two coke cans of fat from lipo. Thank God I didnt have to have more done because this hurts bad enough now.
Keep the prayers coming, because it is getting better.
Thanks ladies for everything and all the support.
laughing at my first post after surgery
Well today was the first day that I actually walked more than just to the bathroom and back. I took about a five minute walk around the house. It was very tiring and my back hurt, but I know I need to do it.
I realized that I was unconsciously raising my arms to tie my hair up and I shouldnt
Be doing that. Hopefully I havent caused any damage. I can tell one breast is a little bigger than the other , but I am staying open minded that they will even out later.
I may try to get a few pics later. I have to take my pain pump out today. I dont think it should hurt , but you never know.
Feeling much better
I took only two pain pills yesterday and am trying to only use Tylenol today. My back seems to be the only real problem at this point.
My wonderful mother washed my hair and cleaned me up last night which made me feel so much better.
What a difference a week makes
My one week check up was today and I walked in the office upright (well for the most part).
Dr. Schantz says I am recovering well and he was very impressed with my progress so far. He even took my drain out. Yay! I am so happy to be free of that nuisance.
My only complaint is my back. I cant seem to get comfortable at night and support my back enough to sleep comfortably. I did rent a lift chair and that worked well for sleeping until about two days ago. Tonight I am going to try to lie in bed with lots of pillows.
Everyday gets a little brighter
Today I went to lunch with my girlfriends and even managed to wear my jeans. The only problem was that I have a great
Group of friends and they kept making me laugh .....which still hurts a bit. All the
The girls were impressed with how great I was getting along and healing.
The glue on my incisions is starting to peel and I can see that my scar looks really good.
I am excited to see the end result.
Almost three weeks post op
Any suggestions on sleeping?
Also, my binder is getting more and more annoying. I dont mind it during theday, but at night it drives me crazy.
Swelling hasnt been too bad. I did have french fries yesterday and noticed I was a little more swollen than normal.
Doc said I could begin massaging my breast scars this week. Although it isnt very comfortable I have been doing it. Wonder if I could use paper tape on these scars. Any recommendations on scar therapy for breasts and tummy?
Three weeks out and guess who gets Bronchitis
Please pray for the coughing to subside. Thanks ladies.
Scar 2 months Post Op
I am finally experiencing the swelling. By the end of my work day I look six months pregnant and feel like I have an rubberband around my belly. The tightness is such an odd feeling.
Overall I think my healing has done went
Well. I still get an occassional pain from the muscle repair , but nothing serious.
I decided to go with Dr. Schantz. I couldnt have asked for a better surgeon. He is very personable and made me feel like I was a friend rather than a patient. He never once seemed rushed to get to his next patient and always answered all my questions. I am so thankful for Dr. Schantz and his expertise.