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1.5 Month PO- hole stitched up pics to come - New Jersey
Hello, I'm 28 years old, 5'2" and weigh 150 lbs....
- 1 Feb 2013
- 1 month pre
Hello, I'm 28 years old, 5'2" and weigh 150 lbs. I'm a mom of 2 beautiful kids. My daughter is 11 yrs old and my son is 9 yrs old. In my first pregnancy I was small and my baby was 7lbs 8 oz. and I gained 70 lbs. It was the first and I had no idea how to take care of my self. I started to loose weight with diet and exercise when I got pregnant again with my son. He was an 8lb baby. I only gained 30 lbs with him, but was already overweight so, it didn't really help. Both babies were c-sections from hip to hip. I have wanted a tummy tuck since I was 9 yrs old. I was big my whole life and hated my stomach. It hung and stuck out. I had a terrible childhood because of it, and even cry when I think of what I went through. I was every name in the book...free willy was my favorite. I was also beat up in school at a young age because of my weight. Finally before my eighth grade year in the summer i worked my but off my exercising and doing a grapefruit diet all on my own.. I lost 7 sizes before the eighth grade. I was sooo happy and it felt great to shop an feel comfortable in my own skin. I could finally hide my "hang" better. Then at 16 I mess up and get pregnant and gained all the weight back :( I was always a good student, so I did what I thought was right and got my GED before I had my baby. Then got to work after I had her. Fast forward to today, I have 2 great kids that are super sweet and smart. I have an associates degree and I have a great career. I worked really hard to get here and never gave up.
I have been through many ups and downs from being a single mom with 2 kids to living with a jerk. Now that my life is finally "stable" it's me time. My kids are old enough I don't have to worry about needing anyone to babysit when I have my surgery...better yet, they're gonna take care of me! lol.
I hate my stomach, during my pregnancies I developed a bigger "hang" and got a lot of stretch marks. Unfortunately, most of them are above the belly button, so they will still be there, but I don't care. All I've ever wanted since I was 9 was a flat tummy. I'm not a super model, I'm not gonna go bikini shopping. I just want to be able to wear a "short normal" shirt, a pretty dress that hugs my waist, even be able to tuck in my shirt without having to look at my "bubble hang".
I tried to do this 6 years ago, but I didn't have the support from my ex that I needed. I've been looking for a surgeon since June now. I just scheduled the procedure for March 14, 2013. I was going to schedule for sooner, but I'm going to be real busy with the kids this month in and out of the dentist and honor roll breakfasts, etc. I can wait...I've waited this long, what's another month?
I'm sooo nervous. I have butterflies in my stomach and I'm shaky. I can't believe I'm finally gonna be flat! OMG!!!!!! My beautiful sister will be there with me... she looks like a super model (really) and she's my number 1 supporter. She is just as happy as I am. I love her.
Well, now it's time to start counting down... 6 weeks to go...
I almost forgot... I will be having a tummy tuck...
- 4 Feb 2013
- 1 month pre
Hi everyone! Well, I'm down to waiting 5 weeks for...
- 8 Feb 2013
- 1 month pre
I've never been flat and have only dreamed what it's like to go shopping and buy something I like and be able to wear it. No more going to the mall for hours and leaving empty handed and upset even in tears sometimes. Clothes will finally fit right. Another thing I can finally experience, is buying cute and sexy underwear and actually "strike a pose" for my bf. I've managed to hide my tummy for the 3 years we've been together. He's excited too. He says he's looking forward to having me not be shy anymore about my tummy. I've never showed him my tummy :( it's too scary.
Well, I hope everyone in New Jersey and New York area is safe and at home.
I have a tooth ache today that started this...
- 11 Feb 2013
- 30 days pre
I didn't sleep last night because of my tooth ache...
- 12 Feb 2013
- 29 days pre
Well, it's 23 days until my surgery. I'm excited....
- 19 Feb 2013
- 22 days pre
Regarding my tooth ache I had a week ago...it wasn't my tooth, it was my gum. It's getting pinched between a molar and my wisdom tooth, so no infection, but I will need to get it extracted as soon as I can. I'm thinking about a month after my surgery. I don't want to do it now, then have something go wrong. If it hurts I just have to put up with it or take Tylenol.
We got a new pup on Saturday. He's wonderful. He's helped me think of something else besides my tummy tuck. He's six weeks old- a Morkie. We just got him and we already love him to death.
Well, I can't wait to be on the flat side. I keep wondering what my tummy will look like afterwards, will it be flat enough, will it be flat? I've never been on the flat side, at least not that I can remember. I can only remember being over weight when I was 5 yrs old. Yes those memories are clear in my head and I have the pics to prove it. Flat side. Huh. Wow. Me on the flat side. :) I can't believe it. I'm finally going to feel comfortable shopping, wearing cute tops, tucking in my shirt.
For all the wonderful ladies that our in my shoes waiting and those that have already had their tummy tuck, don't let anyone ever tell you you don't deserve this or that we are selfish or that we are "destined" to look a certain way and should not alter our bodies, take it like a grain of salt. Tell them we are great mothers that have given our life for another, we have worked hard to loose the weight we gained to give that life, and if it weren't for "destiny" we wouldn't have this wonderful opportunity to make ourselves look and feel more beautiful than how our children see us.
14 days until my tummy tuck. How awesome, I'm...
- 27 Feb 2013
- 14 days pre
I have some questions, what should you eat the night before surgery? I'm almost positive I will be on my period the day of the surgery. How did you cope? What made it easier? How long before you can bend over to pick something up from the floor? How long on pain meds?
I've been a little stressed. Can't wait for my day... nite.
Hi everyone! Well, I have 10 more days. Yay! I did...
- 4 Mar 2013
- 9 days pre
I can't believe my day is almost here. I'm so...
- 11 Mar 2013
- 3 days pre
I had my pre op appt w/Dr. A. I had pics taken and we discussed everything. That did it for me...really got me excited!
I've had a lot of bad luck up to this point, I had an injection in my gum, I got my period on Feb. 14th (which means I'm getting my period any day now), I've gained weight since I quit smoking, my breaks went bad so I had to get new ones, and Friday night I woke up with diarrhea that led into all day Saturday and finally cured myself by Sunday.
Regardless of my luck, I haven't stopped moving. I've been putting my own time into working Saturdays. I work for an attorney's office, so I had to get some things done to avoid any motions. So I've been working 6 days a week for the last few months. My kids didn't mind too much, they sat in the waiting area watching cartoons and rolling on the floof. lol. I'm sure my office manager has a laugh when she sees the security videos. :) On Sunday, I did a 2nd deep cleaning of my home (I did the first one about 2 weeks ago). I went from top to bottom removing dust, dirt, and grime. I was exhausted. But I feel so much better knowing everything has been disinfected. I will do one last light cleaning Wednesday night. I'm paranoid. I've been so unlucky.
I've been trying to sleep, and for the most part, I've been able to sleep. I've been working my butt off so hard that I'm 'out' after a few min of going to bed.
I'm very emotional. More than once I've had tears. I don't know what it's like to be flat because I've always had a hang. Wow! This is so exiting! I hope I have a fast recovery.
Congrats and good luck to all you wonderful ladies!
Hi everyone. So tomorrow is my big day. I got to...
- 13 Mar 2013
- 1 day pre
After work I went to pick up my boyfriend from work. On the way there, I got a little emotional in the car and teared up. I thought of how much I've wanted this and how long I've waited for this day. I thought of how much I got picked on for having a big belly when I was a kid and even as an adult. I thought that I will finally be able to go shopping for clothes and enjoy it.
I won't have this stupid bulge and hang. No more bubbles showing through my shirts and pants. No more ugly.
I accept the scar I will have and the stretch marks that will stay. I'm just so happy that I will be flat...
Well girlies, wish me luck. :)
Hi everyone. I'm home. My tt and lipo of the upper...
- 16 Mar 2013
- 2 days post
I woke up with pain, no nausea. I was on morphine. I was in recovery for a few hours until a room cleared up for me. My tt started at 7:54 am and ended at 11:57 am and at 3:30 pm i was in my room. I was on morphine for the pain.
At 8:30am I had to get up for the first time. OMG! What a horrible feeling. I was terrified and I had a reason to be. Firstly, trying to get out of bed w/out using your tummy muscles is very difficult. When my feet finally touched it felt like my guts were coming out. ugh. I walked little baby steps to the door, then I felt it, the nausea. My sister and CNA said I lost all color and turned completely white. I sat on the corner of my bed and leaned over as if to throw up, my sis put a waste basket underneath me, but then I went forward like falling and she realized I was not throwing up. I was out. I had fainted. I freaked my sis and my CNA out because both thought I was going to throw up. My sis saved me from falling. I just kept saying that I was dreaming, that I was ok. WOW.
So, besides having a lot of pain and fainting, I got my period. We found out when they took me out of bed to walk. This sucks, It's so uncomfortable.
I've been able to pee but no bowel movements. I have a lot of cramps and gas, wish I could go potty. Ugh.
Well I'm gonna go back to resting. Take care everyone.
Today is day 3 after my tt and lipo of upper/mid...
- 17 Mar 2013
- 3 days post
I sneezed a few times today and yesterday. I tear up every time! It's soooo painful. I also coughed a little. I brace myself each time, but it still hurts a lot.
I'm walking with assistance to the bathroom. I've had 2 small bowel movements today and 1 small one yesterday, so I'm ok with that. It just takes forever.
I'm still very hunched over, which causes a lot of back pain. I'm looking forward for the back lipo pain to go away soon.
I haven't gotten nauseous or fainted like I did the first time I got up. I'm taking my antibiotics and extra strength acetaminophen. It helps a little.
I'm gonna go back to resting, I woke up several times last night. Thanks for your comments.
I just got home from seeing Dr. A. I saw my tummy...
- 18 Mar 2013
- 4 days post
I was switched into a new compression garment that goes from my thighs to under my breasts. It hurt a little getting it on. I'm an XL right now (but it feels like a med.)
I don't know if I mentioned before but I got my period 8 hours after my surgery. It sucked. What a mess. Since I'm still on it today (last day) Dr. A put the garment over my undies, but then I will have to remove the garment to remove my undies and put them over the garment. ugh. what a hassle. At least today is my last day and I don't have to worry about it for another month.
I still have a lot of pain in my back, but I'm still only on extra strength Tylenol. I'm pretty tough I guess. I have a f/u appointment on Wednesday and should have one of the drains removed. I'm too swollen right now to have them removed.
My appetite is good, I have a few small bowel movements through the day, I'm ok I guess. I hope my back starts feeling normal again real soon.
Hi everyone. Today is PO day 6. I tossed and...
- 20 Mar 2013
- 6 days post
I've noticed that before my "hidden" belly button was really small, now it's pretty big. I got a big round belly button. I'm no sure how I feel. Maybe it looks this way because I'm swollen. IDK.
I saw my doc today. He initially was going to pull my left drain today, but I told him that the right is giving me a lot a trouble. It's pinching and leaking and really uncomfortable. So he pulled it. I said really? He said did not matter if he pulled left or right since they are right next to each other. He will pull the other on Saturday morning.
I didn't feel it. He was talking me through when he was clipping the stitch holding the drain, (i'm looking up- nervous) he said don't worry the drain isn't coming out yet, when he says 'done'. what? yep, he lied, he pulled it when he said he wasn't. That was quick. I didn't even know. lol. I'm glad because I was a little shaky.
The whole time I'm sitting there without my compression garment on, I feel like I'm going to fall apart. I don't like how my cg squeezes me, but I'd be extremely uncomfortable without it. I just wanted to hurry up an get into it.(not an easy task). It takes me and a helper to get the darn thing on.
I've been a little down because I've had swelling right out of surgery. I never got to see a "flat" me. I won't see it for a while. Really sucks.
Anyways. Hope everyone is healing well.
Hi everyone, I'm 2.5 months now. My hole just got...
- 30 Apr 2013
- 1 month post
Correction, i am 1.5 month po. i'm so tired didn't...
- 30 Apr 2013
- 1 month post
My Doctor: Joseph D. Alkon, MD
I found Dr. Alkon online in a google search for a tummy tuck surgeon. I've been looking since June 2012.
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