1.5 Month PO- hole stitched up pics to come - New Jersey

Hello, I'm 28 years old, 5'2" and weigh 150 lbs....

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...

I almost forgot... I will be having a tummy tuck w/muscle tightening and lipo of my upper back. Most women will lipo the waist and the hips, but I like my hips and I already have a small waist, so there really isn't a reason to do more there. I would love to work on my thighs and arms, but I think I will just try to work on them myself. I'm actually looking forward to this summer... Me and Winter have a love hate relationship, I hate the cold, but love that I can cover up all I don't like about me. :) Summer, I'm greeting you with a big smile. Can't wait!

Hi everyone! Well, I'm down to waiting 5 weeks for...

Hi everyone! Well, I'm down to waiting 5 weeks for my big day. I'm really excited. I've also been stressed. I quit smoking a week ago for the surgery. My doctor said I had to stop a minimum of 6 weeks before the surgery and not have not even one! I know smoking is a bad habit and causes health issues, but it hasn't exactly been easy. I've been good- I promise no cheating, but I've been feeling anxious, shaky, moody, unable to sleep, ugh, just horrible. I'm sure I'm feeling a mixture of quitting smoking and waiting for my tummy tuck. My sleeping has been terrible, I've been waking up several times and having trouble falling asleep. I'm stressing myself, I know, but I'm just so close for my dream to finally come true. I'm so looking forward to being on the flat side!

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.

Good nite.

I have a tooth ache today that started this...

I have a tooth ache today that started this morning. It's making me nervous... this sucks.

I didn't sleep last night because of my tooth ache...

I didn't sleep last night because of my tooth ache. I need to take care of this since I think it could affect my surgery next month. Ugh. And since I've quite smoking I've gained 8 lbs. I'm so stressed. I have to try to focus and solve these problems in time, before my day. :(

Well, it's 23 days until my surgery. I'm excited....

Well, it's 23 days until my surgery. I'm excited. I'm stressed. I'm worried. I'm scared. I'm so many other things, there's just not enough words. I've been extremely emotional. Happy and sad, moody sometimes too. All I think about is my tummy tuck. I have a lot of work to do at work and it's been hard to focus. I'm trying to get as much as I can possibly get done in the 22 days I have left, but I know in the back of my mind I won't be caught up. There never is a caught up in what I do because there is always something to do. Ugh. I'm in an office, so it's a lot of pushing paper and making phone calls, etc.

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...

14 days until my tummy tuck. How awesome, I'm almost on the flat side. I'm super excited my day is near...but I'm also a little bummed. Since I quite smoking I've gained 8 lbs. So now I'm 158. :(

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...

Hi everyone! Well, I have 10 more days. Yay! I did my blood work this morning at the hospital and got to work around 11am. I got very little done. I can't concentrate! I'm working slower than usual. My tummy tuck is all I think about...can't wait. Last appt w/Dr. Alkon on Wednesday for pics before the surgery. Woohoo!

I can't believe my day is almost here. I'm so...

I can't believe my day is almost here. I'm so happy. I've wanted this for so long, now that my day is here it's surreal.

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...

Hi everyone. So tomorrow is my big day. I got to work by 8:20 am and worked up until 6:15 pm. I ran around trying to do as much as possible, but didn't get to do all I wanted to do. Oh well. All my girlfriends from work wished me luck.

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...

Hi everyone. I'm home. My tt and lipo of the upper back took 4 hours. He took 3 liters from my upper back. I'm not sure about the tt, I kept forgetting to ask, but he did mark me about 2" above my belly button all they way down to my crotch. My incision is low, I can't see it, but I can see the ends and it's low.

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...

Today is day 3 after my tt and lipo of upper/mid back. My back really hurts, it's sooo sore and it's black, blue, purple. I get pains in the center area of my tummy not really where the incision is.

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...

I just got home from seeing Dr. A. I saw my tummy for the first time today. I didn't get nauseous or dizzy when he took off the binder. He told me to stand up and take a look in the mirror. I was a little shaky (scared) but I made it. I'm disappointed at how swollen I am, but even with the swelling I'm flatter and curvier than before. Dr. A says everything looks good. To me it looks gross. lol. Dr. A said I still have a long way to go with the swelling and that I'm going to be much smaller than I am now. WOW. I'm still very hunched over, but I can imagine standing straight and how flat I will become. He told me to drink lots of water, juice gatorade, and soups.

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...

Hi everyone. Today is PO day 6. I tossed and turned all night. I can't get comfortable in my recliner. I really miss my bed. I kept waking up with back pain. It's sore and numb and painful all at the same time. My tummy is numb and feels weird.

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...

Hi everyone, I'm 2.5 months now. My hole just got stitched up yesterday and swelling has gone down a lot. I will post up "closed hole" pic soon. Now you can see the ones of the hole... be prepared... not easy to look at.

Correction, i am 1.5 month po. i'm so tired didn't...

correction, i am 1.5 month po. i'm so tired didn't realize... lol.

5 months post op

still swollen, but getting there...
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Hi fashion8. I will be 1 month po tomorrow. I've had some complications with my incision at the bottom where the tummy meets vagina. :( The skin died and was recently removed last Wednesday. I saw my doctor on Friday and he said it's looking good and in 2 weeks he should be able to stitch up my big hole. I have to pack it with gauze and anesthesia until it is stitched up. I'm not in a lot of pain, just sore in my abs and back. I'm not taking anything for that, just sucking it in. I'm still swollen and my tummy is not flat, but I'm getting there, very slowly, but surely. I'm looking forward to summer as clothes are already looking better on me, can' wait 'til I'm really flat. :) I tried to upload pics but it wasn't working for me. Take care.
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Hi kc820 how are you feeling today i pray that you doing great, how is your incision and belly button, post pictures if you can
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hi fashion8, i'm feeling really good, my incision below my belly button is a big hole, because i had dead skin tissue that had to be removed. i'm swollen around my hole, everywhere else on my incision i'm healing ok. i'm getting flatter with time, but unfortunately still not flat because of the swelling around my hole. i'm supposed to be getting it closed on Monday. we'll see how that goes. I tried many times posting pics, i got lots of pics to show my ugly hole and see how it changes, but realself will not post any of my pics. i will keep trying.
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I am so sorry you have to go with this, sometime have to do a good research on the doctor, the price calls the people to come but in the end is not worth it, some people may be very lucky and some don't, i decided not to go with him and rather pay more with someone with great reviews with none bad, you will heal in time so be patient my prayer will go out for you to love your outcome, God bless
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Thank you.
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Did the doctor say why you had dead skin and why it was open
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yes he did. i wasn't getting a lot of blood circulation to that area and the skin died. in my opinion the garment contributed to that. i felt i needed the garment because i felt my abs were gonna burst but on the other hand, i felt very constricted. i never had an infection and they area affected did not cause me pain. just a lot of swelling. i'm stitched up now and i feel really good. the swelling has gone down and it looks like eventually i will be flat. i don't blame my doctor. he's been taking real good care of me since this happened.
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Your height and body type are a lot like mine. I was smaller through hs and got bigger as time passed. Keep your chin up, you look great! Patience can be hard at times especially when you have wanted this for so long! You soooo deserve this and congrats to you!
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Wow, you look great!
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Best wishes for a speedy recovery
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Thank you.
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You look really good... Thanks for sharing your experience with Dr. Alkon I am getting my Mommy Makeover with him...
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Hi Rose, thanks. Good luck. Your hospital stay will be nice. The nurses take really good care of you. I didn't leave the next morning like I thought, I went home later in the evening like 6pm. Your in good hands.
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Thanks this definitely makes feel so much better...
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Good luck on the rest of you're recovery , I'm two weeks and 3days away I can not wait , I need it over and done with , but I bet you no how I feel anyway , wish it was over and was at your stage and just one more thing I hate bullies very sad people but you have come out the better person . Take care x
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Hi, yes, bullies suck but I do believe I became a good strong person. Thanks.
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Girl have you saw your waist ??? Hour glass
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Thanks :)
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Just saw your photos and wow look at that waist and flat belly, you look quite good for 4 days post op. Being hunched over is a pain but don't worry it will all go back to normal. You look great!! :)
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Thank you.
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Omg ! I just saw the pictures !!!! You go girl ! Looking amazing !
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Thanks. :) I can't wait to stand up a little more and the back pain to go away.
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U are looking famous !!! Happy healing
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Thanks. I'm really swollen. Can't wait til it goes down some.
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Wow ! The fainting part made me a Lil nervous. It may have been from the intense pain or maybe because you were laying down for so long. Thank you for sharing you experience please show us pictures I am so curious. I believe you are going to look awesome!
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