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Overjoyed Doesn't Cover my Feelings Right Now -London, England

I had my TT surgery 18hours ago and I am so...

I had my TT surgery 18hours ago and I am so grateful to God to be alive! The main reason I didn't start my journey earlier was because I thot I wouldn't come back to finish it! I'm so SCARED of anaesthesia! I am saying a BIG MASSIVE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE ONE ON THIS FORUM! U made ALL the difference

Been in hospital for 2 nights now and might be...

Been in hospital for 2 nights now and might be going home later today. I've just had my drains removed. Thanks to RealSelf members I was well prepared for the pain. It wasn't unbearable thank God. I'm walking upright and feeling great. I'm asking for more painkillers as I can't deal with a lot of pain. So far so good.

This is certainly to mean feat. No walk in the...

This is certainly to mean feat. No walk in the park! No matter what metaphors or euphemisms you decide to use or understand, we have to know that this is not an easy surgery. It's very easy to come on this wonderful site and read all the wonderful comments left by other wonderful members. As I trawl through the site in my comatose state( I've been having a number of these pre and post op) I've often come upon different stories but the underlying core of each one is that people tend to heal better when they have support. Family members. Close friends. Support is support. I sadly came across another review and I realised that not only was the lady 'not happy at all with her decision to get surgery'
But I think she has now fallen into a depressive state. I really prayed all was well with her after reading her story. But the point I'm trying to get across I guess is we all need to know ourselves truly. You can't come on a blog and read how great everyone is doing and decide on the back of that to go through a major life changing surgery without putting everything in your personal life into perspective. The truth of the matter is we all fare differently to adversities in our lives. We all have different levels of support from families and friends. As for me, my husband is my ONLY support. So apart from looking after 3kids in my downtime, he has to care for me as well! No easy task by any standard. Luckily the children all under 10 are on Easter break so I have another 2 weeks to get my act together! I'm exuberantly grateful for having had this procedure but I know I will not be going through this major surgery ever again God willing! Please for anyone embarking on this journey get your MIND prepared! If our bodies was all we needed to get prepped then that would be easy if not comical as this is the reason why we are all here in the first place. But I strongly believe the mind is most important of all. There will be down days. And more days! But as long as you know in a few months, you will start to reap the benefits of your surgery, then it's only a matter of time. As my DH husband says, you have to go through the process to get to the promise! Happy healing to everyone out there! I'm 9 days PO and looking forward to a lot of milestones! Wishing everyone a peaceful and happy Easter. God bless you all. Xxx

6 weeks PO and I'm very happy and grateful for...

6 weeks PO and I'm very happy and grateful for this milestone! Had a few bumpsin the road, a very painful abscess which had to be punctured and drained for a week. Antibiotics were also prescribed. Started my scar treatment with Mepiform which my PS recommended and hoping for near perfect results. I haven't started any real exercise yet as I've been simply too lazy. Will start with some wiifit plus and take it from there. It's been challenging at times but for Gods grace, all is well. I look fabulous in clothes and my hubby can't keep his eyes off me! Appreciating the new me. Seeing my PS again in 6 weeks. That's when he's going to take a 'finished picture' I hope I won't disappoint him:-)
I hope everyone's doing great. Happy healing to us all!
Mr. Roger smith.

Countless research brought me to this group of private healthcare providers. So I guess I have google to thank!:-) I also made sure he was a member of BAPAS. He's well qualified, very humble and thorough. He's known as the perfectionist!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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I am doing a drainless TT also. How did your experience without drains compare to your expectations?
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Congratulations! So happy for you.
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Thank you sweetie:-)
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Awwww, happy for you!! Can't wait to see pics
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Thank you sweetie. How are you doing? Hope your results are coming along nicely?
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Oh yeah. I could not be happier :)
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Make sure you have your support system helping you get better. Don't do too much no matter how good you feel, your body still has to heal....alot. Best wishes.
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Happy Healing!
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Glad you're healing well! xx
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Thank you hon. How's your 'bootay' coming up? Hope you can now see the difference in your lipo's arms;-)
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Booty is looking good! Still trying to get used to having one...and these hips! hahahaha! Pics soon. Just gotta get to updating. Still nothing on the arms...I see Dr Cardenas on thursday so I will ask her about it. Still keeping my fingers crossed and keeping your words in mind. Patience! hahahaha!
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PATIENCE seems to have a lot of new best friends on RealSelf these days! Hahaha.
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At first I didn't see a change in my arms but as soon as I put a garmet on the arms my arms got smaller
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:) True
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Ugh...I didn't get an arm garment. I am seeing Dr Cardenas thursday so I'll ask her :/ THANKS!!
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:) True!
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You really hit the nail on the head, it's MAJOR surgery and you will hurt and panic or different things plus your emotions will be from elated and depression so you need to have a support system that will be with you all the way. I've been very lucky that my wonderful husband has been there for me-getting the hospital bed set-up, handicap rails on the toilet,in the hospital before & after surgery, he makes sure I take my pain pills on top and empties my drains and records the amount in each drain. My head seems to be in la-la land at this point-maybe the pain pills maybe the trama or surgery I'm not sure. I can't seem to remember anything and I'm tired 99% of the time. I'm 4 days PO and would be a severe basket case without him. I have grown children but they all work full-time and have children so they don't have time to take care of Mom who decided to have elective surgery. This is the bio that I think spills it all-the good (coming someday), the bad and the ugly of this surgery.
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Spot on! Hope you are healing well. I've also been following your journey. How was your easter dinner?I'm 11days PO today and its also my birthday( well half an hr left of it) and I've only just managed to do normal things today since my SX. If I didn't have hubby, I wouldn't have coped. I thank God for him. Support should be the first thing on the list for fellow Tummy tuckers! Thank God for all our partners, helpers, supporters! May God bless them real good! Happy healing to us all!
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You are so right. No one should rush into this type of surgery or go into it without researching it thoroughly. It takes alot out of you, mentally and physically. You need to be prepared for the time it takes to heal and the emotional roller coaster you will go on. Some people heal faster and deal with the mental aspect better than others. Maybe not better, just differently. This is definitely a life changing experience. Everyone should get all the facts before taking this step.
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Good luck happy healing
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Hope you are feeling ok and healing well. Welcome to the flat side.
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Thank you hon. Feels great to be on the flat side! 8 days PO and today has been the worst so far. And on saying that, it was totally my fault. Wearing a super tight 'miracle suit' (the UK version of SPANX) had its challenges and I started to leak through my incision line. Luckily hubby is as cool as a cucumber and cleaned me up in no time. I'm back into a 'normal' compression garment now and I feel better. I'm starting to 'enjoy' swell hell but thanks to this site, I was prepared for that. Hope you are doing great also. Thanks for checking up on me;-)
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Ouch! That's awful! Stay away from that suit. Glad everything is ok. Sorry you had a rough day. It really does get better. I promise. "Swell Hell" is horrible. I am almost 9 weeks po and still "enjoying" it. :(
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Thank you so much! It's past 2.10 am and I'm wide awake lurking on this site! I've become an addict to RS! Lol. It's lovely reading through different experiences and knowing I'm not the only one 'suffering'!!! Lol
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I'm addicted too. I guess it's like they say, misery loves company. lol Hope you can get some rest. You need it.
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