PO day 8

I'm a 39 year old mom of 3. Twins are 13 then...

I'm a 39 year old mom of 3. Twins are 13 then I have a 7 year old. I've had a sack of skin hanging over my pants since 1998. I'm ready for it to leave. I'm also doing a breast lift and half size reduction because why not im a 34 D + and i look very top heavy. Surgeon will lipo flanks aka love handles as well.

I'm 5'5" I exercise almost every day but never diet. I'm 140 pounds. I've decided that since Ive been this weight for 20 years I'm probably not going to loose those last ten pounds:) I'm excited beyond words and am looking forward to buying a shirt that doesn't need to hide my flap!!


March 2, I went for a pre surgery mammogram today....

March 2, I went for a pre surgery mammogram today. It felt good to check one more thing of the list. I have twenty days till my surgery. I'm working out a lot with the hope that the better shape I'm in the more quickly I will recover. I drank a few martinis tonight which will probably be my last alcohol for a while. Cheers!

6 more days till surgery. I had my pre op on...

6 more days till surgery. I had my pre op on Monday and between the mostly naked pictures, paying the rest of the $$, and touring the surgery center I was in full blown panic mode. I've calmed down and am now looking forward to getting it done. I want this so badly and I just want to get through it. I'm down about 4 pounds and I'm waking up at 3 AM every night thinking about it. I know it's going to be fine and I wish I could just stop over thinking. Went shopping for a few summer dresses that I will wear while I have the drains in. Oh the other scary part......I'm going to have a catheter. It sounds horrible right now but that first night I may be really happy that I'm not getting up every hour to pee. Let the count down begin.

Added my before photo. Will take a few more today....

Added my before photo. Will take a few more today. 2 days till my new bod. Can't wait. Very anxious. Mom comes tomorrow night. Surgery at 6:45 am Thursday.

About 12 hours left with this saggy tummy. I've...

About 12 hours left with this saggy tummy. I've been pensive and quiet today. I know I'm going to be so happy once it's done. Truly the build up and anxiety are so hard. Thanks for all of the well wishes. This site is a life saver.

Day 3 PO. I feel pretty good. Some pain getting...

Day 3 PO. I feel pretty good. Some pain getting up and down but managing some what on my own. Got up and went through the mail had coffee hoping it would help me #2 but no. Ate fruit and a grilled cheese sandwich today. Lessened pain meds by half. Glanced and incision and boy its scary. I'm trying not to look because I know I can't judge now but it looks bunchy and loose. I can stand mostly straight which makes me hope he took enough. My BL has been all but painless. They are nice and high but a little far apart. I will also see continued improvement there I know. I get my pain pump out tomorrow so I hope I'm not in a false state of happiness. I want to feel a little better each day. Itchy from the pain meds and so badly need to #2 ugh.

PO day 4. Today has been good. Far less pain. ...

PO day 4. Today has been good. Far less pain. Oh if I could only poo:( I went to the PS today and got the pain pump removed. One less thing hanging off of me is a good thing. The car ride was fine even rode in my higher SUV this time and managed with out too much trouble. Spent two sessions on the toilet 1/2 hour each. There is just nothing happening. No movement of any kind. You simply can not strain or do anything with your abdominal muscles. PS today said to try dulcolax suppositories ugh, the last thing I wanted to be dealing with. I normally have a lot of stomach issues so not terribly surprised but bumming me out none the less. Of all of the things to do with this procedure the puking and lack of pooping are the hardest to deal with. Those bodily functions!!!! Bruised but not too badly, bb looks cute and round, boobs are smaller, and nice and high. Seem a little far apart though. Incision is ghastly but it looks like everyone else's so I will just say that each day has gotten better than the last pain wise. I'll try to get some photos up tomorrow. Oh I was cleared to shower today too! ya!

I wanted to note that having the pain pump removed...

I wanted to note that having the pain pump removed did not hurt at all. It was empty and nothing changed about my pain level when it was out. Not scary at all I barely felt it. I did take a pain pill about an hour before the appt and car ride to make sure nothing would hurt.

Okay friends, we are sharing the good bad and the...

Okay friends, we are sharing the good bad and the ugly. Here is the ugly. I was 4 days PO yesterday and had not had a #2 yet. The PS agreed it was time to intervene and suggested dulcolax suppositories as laxatives can cause cramping diarrhea etc. I sent my poor mom to CVS for them as I was in a bad way. It did not work. It caused urgency and there was a lot there but to dry and stuck to come out. Husband walked in the door from long day and flight and I'm screaming in pain from the bowel impaction. I yell for him to please go get me an enema. As i'm reading on the internet how to solve this thing, I know I should have gone to the hospital but oh hell no. I try the enema, my bottom was on fire and the enema burned like I don't know what, dear god help me it did not work, I am now shitting fire water but nothing else is coming out. Im screaming in pain in the bathroom won't let my husband in, as I eventually want him to have sex with me again some day. Internet says must break up the stool and use mineral oil to do so. I will spare you the details of that but I filled the previous fire water enema with mineral oil, did my best to break up the brick sitting in my colon drank a few teaspoons of mineral oil as well. Got some out then about 30 minutes later the rest came fire rocketing out, I almost didn't make it back to the toilet. By far the most pain I've ever been in. Worse than anything ever, my bottom hurts sooooooo badly today. I had the worst case scenario of this situation. I took my stool softeners and ate nothing but fruit the first few days. A Dr. friend said to stop percacet and do a little motrin now. I need to hydrate, eat more fiber and walk around. I'm back to normal today but every bm is like a 7 on the pain scale because of the trauma of yesterday. Worst day by far!! Only time I regretted any of this. I do not wish this experience on anyone. Stay on top of this issue friends. God awful!!!! On a good note I took a full shower by myself and dried my hair, put on some make up and a friend came over to say hi. I'm walking very straight today at only 5 day's PO, in a little more pain because no more meds but it is manageable and mostly when I stand up from being down a while. I slept 9 hours last night, after my trauma, and it felt good to get rest.

PO Day 8!!! I got both drains out yesterday!!!! It...

PO Day 8!!! I got both drains out yesterday!!!! It didn't hurt at all. I only have a little gauze over the drain holes they are a little leaky but not bad. I slept in my bed for the first time sort of on my side last night but felt a little sore and throbbing this morning. I ate two salty meals yesterday and definitely feel a bit more swollen. Essentially not much pain, only from getting up and down. I'm finally able to look at everything and though bruised from the flank lipo and the big scar I see light at the end of the tunnel and know I'm going to be very happy that I did this. Dr. said yesterday to stay very low activity and that when people get their drains out they tend to step up activity levels. He said week two is very critical in healing and I can do serious damage if I do too much. So moral of the story is to sit and read, watch TV, nap and the family will survive another week with a non functioning Mommy. I can drive to pick kids up from school it's only a mile. So I'm doing good, less needy, no regret, glad to be healing nicely.
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Can't wait to see your PO pics!
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Good reminder on taking it easy week 2. I needed that. So glad you are having successful healing. :)
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Thank you social Cindy. Take car of yourself.
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Thank you Social Cindy..take care of yourself.
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Ah yes just stool softeners and some fiber fruit strips from Trader Joes. I'm good now a Dr. Friend said that the pain pump+anesthesia+Percocet is a very bad combo for constipation...... So two things, don't wait 5 days like I did and be proactive..... Start all of the fiber etc before surgery.
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Thank you for the information...I will take Swiss Kriss, a natural herbal laxative. Since i have ulcerative colitis, I am concerned about the reaction I will get if I take the usual laxatives. I just had my surgery today and feel somewhat nauseous...so I am not eating much. Take care SC..
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Heal quickly friend.
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Do you take laxatives daily? If so, how often and when during the day? I am thinking of taking some laxatives in the mornings and drinking a lot of water. It sounds like what you are doing is working...please share. :)
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Awesome! Thanks for the laugh all goes well today gladly!
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boy I tell ya, I am a firm believer in those softeners! I'm still on mine and I make sure and eat lots of fiber and greens - salad - every meal! Hasn't been a problem yet, but I pray it doesn't become one! Glad you still have your humor and as for the hubby thing... mine had to clean up my sh&t once because I had giardia and it was uncontrollable and he still thinks I'm sexy LOL... Your hubby will go crazy for you!!!
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I asked the question below Houston...about how often and how many laxatives you are taking daily. Any info would help. Thanks.
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Jamby, I don't take laxatives - I just take one colace every day at the same time. I started 2 days before surgery and everyday since. I also make sure and eats lots of fiber. I do think part of the secret is to not eat heavy the whole day before surgery. I ate veggies, fruit and greens. No meat! Now, after surgery, I still eat very light - which is easy since there is no appetite! I do eat meat, with my meals - but not a lot! Don't think I will stop taking Colace until I am completely back to normal!
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I'm so sorry!! That sounds really awful. And I totally relate to you not wanting your husband in there with you! I hope everything goes more smoothly for you from here on out.
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I am definitely going to be taking a stool softener as long as I am on my pain meds. And I know it sucks to walk but it also helps keep your bowels regular. Feel better hun
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Oh my gosh. I am so sorry to hear about that. Fingers crossed that that does not occur again.
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sorry to hear that, what would you have to do to prevent that happening to anyone? doesnt sound like fun when you taught the pain is over........maybe is there someting you can take before, mineral oil must taste lile crap.
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Oh wow I feel so bad for you! I hope that doesn't happen to me or anyone else:( Not fun! I'm happy you are doing well besides that!
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LORD that story made my butt hole pucker. I am so sorry for you. GLAD you extricated the brick. Jealous that you are walking straight. I'm not quite yet. Take care!
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Good for you on getting that pain pump out! Sounds like you are doing pretty good for 4 days. Happy Healing!
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Every step closer to normal is a good thing! Thanks for the encouragement!
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Wow we have a very similar before photo! I hope you are taking it easy & cant wait to see updated photos!
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Hope your healing well. Cant wait to see the after pictures
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Glad to hear you are feeling well. You will definitely feel better as each day passes. Happy Healing!
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Can't wait to see your results!! Congrats. :)
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