It was the biggest decision I ever made to undergo...
For now I will just post photos but soon I will post about the experience pre and post surgery and where I'm at now.
It was very hard for me to make the decision. I was scared of complications, recovery and if it would be worth it. Despite it all I pushed myself to make the decision.
I had lots of nerves. I had anxiety medication the night before which helped. I found myself at ease because I knew this was what I wanted. The anesthesiologist was extremely friendly and happy and she made me at ease. Faster then I knew it the surgery was over and I was awake in recovery. I was not in pain. I was nauseous. So nauseous. All day at home I was on painkiller and nausea meds. I felt pretty good. I saw instant results. A flatter stomach and no "apron". I thought if this was the worst I could handle this but silly me the first day was the easiest because lidocaine was still in me from the surgery.
Painkillers kept me from feeling too much pain. Nausea was bad. I was barely eating. Forcing myself to have lots of fluids and powerade. I had lots of bruising, soreness, nerve pain and minor swelling. I was bed ridden. Not able to sit up straight.
Days 4-5 (the worst)
These days I would never want to redo. Pain was at an all time high. It was intense nerve pain. It is a pain that you can not even imagine. I've never felt anything like it before. These days were hard physically and mentally. It took everything in me.
This period marks when I first started to sit-up and walk more. Bye bye bed and laying down. At this point I began to massage more vigorously then before and more often. Bruising started to slowly go down. Nausea still exists but I am able to eat more then before. Discomfort is from extreme swelling and from tightness. After standing, walking or sitting my stomach would become soo swollen. It would tug on the sutures and I would leak a bit. If it got bad I would lie down and massage to make it better. The tightness was bad I couldn't walk straight.
Day 9- today
Similar to yesterday. Bruising slowly fading. Nausea sometimes. Worst part is swelling from sitting and standing. Gets so painful I'm walking holding my stomach. Tightness at incision. I am starting to lie down and stretch myself out. Trying to slowly force myself to stand straight but not yet successful. Every day has been a battle but with every new day there is progress . I yearn for the day I am normal again. I know it is a long process. I look forward to seeing what progress each day has.
Bye for now.
Swelling and tightness got to be a little much on day 11. I found myself getting upset because the day before was way better.
Drain is out! Getting it taken out wasn't exactly fun but it wasn't painful either. Have some gauze on the hole as it leaked a bit. Today I had swelling and tightness which seems to be the biggest symptoms I have. I also find I'm just sensitive because I'm not normal yet. I am able to sit at a restaraunt to eat but I'm not able to sit normally. I sit back on the chair and then i get frustrated because I'm too far to eat. So then I sit all the way to the front up straight but then I am holding my stomach from discomfort. After the meal I get up and I am sooo tight I can't walk straight and I'm swollen from rib cage to pubic. I also find that as the swelling is going down elsewhere i can feel a couple small lumps or bumps. I can also feel firmness on my stomach closer to the incision. Despite all of this I am doing more each day. I am bending over easier then the day before although still with difficulty. I'm looking forward to the progress that every day brings.
That's all for now!
Biggest thing is my garment is getting big on the top. I put a hand towel like ps said but it's itchy and makes me hot. Any suggestions on how I can manage to wear the garment for another 3 weeks when it starts to get loose. As it gets loose the fabric creases my stomach more. Any tips help!!
I've been using scar guard. It's helped a bit. It takes time so I'll see long term how I heal.
I am getting sick of not wearing bra or underwear though. I am small chested and hate the look of my chest in the garment. I'm also curious about how I'm going to handle when I get my period soon. I'm going to have to get loose underwear or something.
Hope your healing well.
I am still in my garment and I use padding to stop the creases. I tried the ab board but because I'm still full around the stomach area it stuck out and looked too fake to wear out of the house.
My tightness is gone and comes up rarely. Swelling has severely decreased. I can sit successfully for hours. Upon standing I am a swollen. I rub on the areas. And I am fine. I am walking fully upright. I am not doing an specific exercise yet but I am walking a lot. Even more then before the surgery.
The incision is beginning to heal slowly but surely. I am using the Scarguard up pretty fast as I had the allergic reaction to the tape so now it is uncovered so I'm applying it daily.
In 3-4 days I am allowed to stop wearing the garment. I will have to update you on how it is after that point.
Wishing everyone a healthy and speedy recovery.
One thing, for some reason I feel bigger then before. I was so happy with my results day 1 post op and then now I feel bigger. Is this swelling? When do you really start to see it for what it will be? I especially am curious about the lipo areas also. Anyone else felt this way for their recovery? Would love your thoughts. Thanks.
I love Dr Colony. He was very understanding about my case and gave me all I needed to make an informed decision. He readily available by phone 24/7 post surgery which made me feel rest assured. All of the staff was great. I was very very happy with my choice. If anyone is considering Dr Colony and would like to ask me any questions it would be my pleasure.