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Picture at 6 week PO. Not bad!

Hi Ladies, I am 48 years old and have six kids (...

Hi Ladies,
I am 48 years old and have six kids ( Oldest 29 yrs : youngest 7 years). I've scheduled my surgery and am so excited. As soon as I wake up its the first thing I think about. Well, I've waited a long time for this. I trust my doctor to do wonders and take me back to my tummy less days. YAY!

I will post my pictures soon. My surgery is...

I will post my pictures soon. My surgery is scheduled for December 12. Every day is like a roller coaster of being excited then nervous. Can't wait till its done.

Well I had my pre-op visit. The staff was really...

Well I had my pre-op visit. The staff was really helpful. Took my prescription to the pharmacy. This website is so addictive!! I need to concentrate on work....but i'm following some of ya'll (Texas) and I want to keep up with your progress. I feel the need to keep this a secret from people outside of my family. Now, I'm wondering how am i going to do that once I go back to work? ANY ADVICE ON HOW TO HANDLE THIS/ WHAT TO SAY? Some ladies are not going to be nice... I took my pics last night. Now i need to figure out how to post them from my Iphone. (hee hee)

My day is getting close. I've done 1/2 of my Xmas...

My day is getting close. I've done 1/2 of my Xmas shopping. I really want to get it done by next weekend. My oldest daughter will be with me at the surgery. She plans to do a breast augmentation. Now I really can't tell her no. Spirits are high. Still can't manage to tell anyone. Oh we'll. they will probably figure it out soon enough. It's my secret.

My ps was fabulous as was his staff. I felt so...

My ps was fabulous as was his staff. I felt so comfortable with them. There was a sense of peace which I really needed. I thought of my six kids going in and I really felt safe in their hands. Of bless dr. Rios and his staff.

Well it's been six days. I feel good; I'm up and...

Well it's been six days. I feel good; I'm up and walking around At times the soreness kicks in but I take a pill and rest. I'm not too sure on how to figure out the post op days. Does the day of the surgery count? Anyways: I have a lot of bruising all over my tummy and my line is crooked with some puckering. No sign of infection which is good I feel like my abdominal area is bigger than it originally was. And my bb is odd looking. But it was an outie to begin with. I'm trying to look on the positive side. Which is the pooch is gone. Oh we women how we fret over things. My concern is my binder. Does it stay above the incision or does it need to cover it? Thanks for any replies.

I feel great! I'm hard headed and was doing things...

I feel great! I'm hard headed and was doing things around the house but I stopped that. I went to kohls for a bit. I know. I know but I was so bored. I posted last night that I was online shopping with my oldest daughter and I saw a cute top that would cover my pooch. And she reminded me that I don't have the pooch any more. How cool is that. Now I Xmas going to be able to tuck in my blouses. Gonna shop for some nice belts. I'm sooo glad I made it to the flat side. For those of you planning to do this - it is so worth bit!!

Well I didn't like my outie bb and nothing changed...

Well I didn't like my outie bb and nothing changed after the TT. I made sure that I stressed this to my PS - look at the PO pics and you will see what I mean. When I saw the nurse I told her I was not happy. She said it was my BB and I could do what I wanted She stuffed it with gauze and pushed it in a bit. She told me to keep on doing the same and apply pressure.

So I got out of bed and put on some exercise...

So I got out of bed and put on some exercise clothes that have never been used to exercise. I see some results despite the swelling. And that horrible beast of a camel is gone!!! Yay!! See today's pic.

I'm noticing that my BB is not centered. I even...

I'm noticing that my BB is not centered. I even got out my laser level to check. I thought mane I could be swollen on one side more than the other. But I'm not. Anyone think that your BB is not centered. And again- I'm day 31 PO and STILL haven't seen my PS. My next appt is on the 21st. Hope I see him.

Two scabs fell off yesterday and this is what I...

Two scabs fell off yesterday and this is what I saw. Gross. Not healing pretty at all.

Two scabs fell off yesterday and this is what I...

Two scabs fell off yesterday and this is what I saw. Gross. Not healing pretty at all.

Still having good/bad days. But the results are...

Still having good/bad days. But the results are worth it. It's just the swelling that messes with my mind. Seeing the swelling freaks me out. And I feel that the pooch will come back.
LUIS RIOS

They are very professional and they listened to my concerns and gave clear concise information.

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I think you look fabulous! The swelling is messing with my mind too and I am not even 3 weeks yet :)
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Would u recommend him? Or would u go with someone else if you had to do it all over again?
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looking forward to following your journey - please keep posting pics so helpful
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you look wonderful, congrats xx
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You look GREAT.
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That is my concern too! I gained 3 lbs and I am freaking out because I have to suck in my stomache towards the top for it to be super flat! I am starting to get paranoid... I am watching what I am eating and back to drinking tons of water! You look amazing!
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I hear you about being scared our tummies will come back. I'm feeling the same way!
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Did you talk to your PS yet about those spots? They almost look like spitting stiches maybe? as for the BB, I can't see where it looks off center... as for my BB it looks big from my angle... and higher than it was.. even though I know its exactly where its always been...I know its all skin issues that make it look either higher, or over more- Either way... you are looking good! Hope all is okay with the noted areas on your incision.
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I have two small spots where scabs fell and they look just like that, yellowish, but they are dry, nothing comes out, still reddish around those parts. His nurse told me that as long as there's nothing coming out, it should be healing properly. I would call them to make sure.
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I would go to the dr, better to be safe than sorry. :)
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Please get into the doctor ASAP!

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I'm not sure that an infection. The skin around the incision would be red, hot, hard and very painful. Maybe it is? It looks like some ejected sutures. I would just put some Neosporin on those areas tonight and go see your PS tomorrow for his opinion. Even if it's infected it can be treated. Did you mean to change your review to "not worth it"?
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Still worth it!!!!!!!!! It has to heal one way or another right? Just gotta heal one day at a time and stop over analyzing things. Love the flat tummy!!
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You look great! BTW, your review still says not worth it.
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Maybe just spitting some stitches?? Did not experience but many do. Call your doc in the am, don't panic yet.
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I think I have too much time on my hands. I need to give myself time to heal. Geez I can't believe I used the level. I'm such a dork. On the positive side I have a flat tummy. Which I wanted for years. I don't even wear bikinis. And if I do I'll just stand "like I should have had a v8" heehee
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You have a awesome attitude you crack me up. You look great though!!!!!!
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I understand your frustration I have a spot that is refusing to heal too. My PS said the signs of infection is when it gets red, hot and enraged around the spot. try and give it as much 'air time' as you can too.
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By the way, you cracked me up with the camel toe comment! LMAO Mine is missing too! As far as I am concerned it can be an unsolved mystery! LOL
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Mine is not centered either... My PS said in surgery he noticed it, but couldn't move it over because it is rooted where it is. =( It was super off center, but as my swelling has gone down it has been moving more towards the center. However, it is still off by about a 1/2 inch. Hoping it keeps moving haha Good luck and keep us updated! =)
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Ha your too funny with your leveler. But that's what my dr used to determine my hips were not even. They don't actually move your bb, just recut the hole so I bet it's just swelling. But honestly I don't see it in the pics. But none the less were not ever perfectly symmetrical and for me anything is better than how I looked before lol
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I see what you are seeing,?still early and no one should come at you with a level!
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Yeah, but I am only 10 PO and swollen more on the side it shifts to. Relly, no PS yet???? WTH? Have you seen the nurse or anything?
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Yes I have seen the nurses 3 times but not my PS.
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That's really odd....
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