New pics added. Post-op day 2: TT, Lipo and hernia and muscle repair.

I am a 30 year-old mother of two beautiful...

I am a 30 year-old mother of two beautiful children. Prior to having children, I was always a small/average size person. Both of my children were big babies and it left me with a large umbilical hernia, separation of my abdominal muscles and a lot of loose, baggy skin.

I've been wanting to have a tummy tuck for a while but I struggled with losing the baby weight. I am now within 10-15 lbs of my goal weight and hopefully I can lose a few more lbs before my surgery date of March 20, 2012.

I am currently 5'4 and 147 lbs. I am so excited and so nervous at the same time..but much more excited than nervous! I will post some before pictures very soon!

So, my surgery is less than 2 weeks away and I am...

So, my surgery is less than 2 weeks away and I am getting so excited (and nervous) but mostly excited. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on products I can purchase that will help with my recovery. I know my doctor will provide the girdle to wear and the pain meds, but is there anything else I should get on my own? I would greatly appreciate some feedback. Also, if anyone has any helpful suggestions about the recovery process I would love to hear it! Thanks!

Post-op Day 1: Well, I survived! Yesterday I...

Post-op Day 1:

Well, I survived! Yesterday I had a full TT, lipo of the flanks and hernia and muscle repair. I’ll start off with yesterday, surgery day: I reported to the surgery center at 7:30am and taken back to a prep room pretty quickly. They took my vitals, set me up with an IV and gave me motion sickness pills and a patch to put behind my ear. I was moved into to surgery at about 9:15am and that is all I remember from before the surgery. I must have fallen asleep right away because next thing I knew, I was waking up in recovery at about 12:45pm.

It was hard to wake up but once I was conscious enough, they moved me to post-op. As they were rolling my bed to post-op I felt really nauseous and they gave me a bucket to puke in but fortunately, I took deep breaths and willed it away! Before I woke up from surgery, Dr. Price spoke with my husband and mom in the waiting room. He said that everything went really well and explained to them what to expect from my recovery time. He said that he got a liter of fat out of my flanks and apparently there was a lot more fat on my left side! Weird but kind of funny. He also said that my muscle separation was much more significant than he was expecting and he sewed it up all nice and tight.

Overall, my pain yesterday wasn’t too horrible but I feel the soreness much more today. I was expecting my incision to be the worst part but it’s my stomach muscles that are killing me. I have been hanging out in the recliner getting up only to pee, which is quite often! The hardest part is getting in and out of the chair, but once I am up walking around, it’s not too bad. I am pretty hunched over but my back hasn’t started to hurt yet from it. The doctor's office called to see how I was doing, which I appreciated.

I haven’t been able to see what’s under the girdle yet but I get to take a shower tomorrow morning so I’m anxious to see it then! I will take pics and post them tomorrow. I was afraid the drain would really bother me but it’s not been an issue at all. I think I’ve put out between 40-50 cc so far today. I’ve been drinking a lot of water and eating very light. I haven’t had a BM yet and I’m kind of nervous for when I do. Ok, that’s all for today, I’ll post pics tomorrow!

I took a shower this morning and it was glorious!...

I took a shower this morning and it was glorious! My husband got in the shower with me and held my drain and handed me soap, etc. He's been so amazing during this. Anyway, I am pretty swollen but I like what I see so far. I haven't seen my belly button yet, but I'll post some pics of my tummy from today.
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You look great! I am going to Dr. Price March 5th. I am going to get basically the same thing as you got. I am impressed with your outcome!
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Ahhh the first showers feel amazing:)  

You look really good.  Your tummy is so nice and flat.

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U LOOK GREAT ALREADY!!HOPE U FEELING OK!!
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Thank you! I am pretty sore but overall it hasn't been as horrible as I expected. The mornings are the hardest, but once I can get up and move around a little, I feel pretty good the rest of the day. Good luck to you!
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Well don't you look amazing already!!!
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Thank you so much!
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Everything looks great so far and your incision is real low so thats good. wishing you a speedy recovery. I'm having my TT in August it's the only time i could take 2 weeks off from work.
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Thank you! I haven't been able to really see my incision yet because I'm supposed to keep the steri-strips on until my post-op appointment next week. I do like the placement of the incision, I hadn't thought of that until you brought it up, lol. Good luck with your TT, hopefully August will come quickly for you!
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You got very nice results! Congrats! I hope you have a fast recovery!
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Thanks!
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You look awesome! My surgery is tomorrow & my tummy looks a lot like your "before" shots so I hope I get a similar result! :)
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Thank you and good luck tomorrow!
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Going April 11th, hope I look that good when it's done!
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Thanks! Yours is coming up soon! I think you'll be happy with the results. It corrected my muffin top and got rid of most of my stretch marks.
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My TT is scheduled for May 24. I'm started to get really excited as it draws closer! :)
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It will be here before you know it!
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You look fantastic! I can't wait to have my tt done! May 3rd is my day. How are you feeling?
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Thanks! I am very sore, especially my stomach muscles. I am keeping up with the pain meds which has helped but also leaves me feeling groggy. I've just really been trying to take it easy and drink plenty of fluids. I was a bit gassy today and it really hurt so I recommend getting some Gas X. I also recommend having cough drops handy because it hurts just to clear my throat! But all in all it's hasn't been as bad as I was anticipating. Good luck with your TT!
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WOW!!! You look terrific!!! I bet you're so excited, I know I would be! Congrats again....now you have me looking even more forward to my surgery! LOL
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Thank you! I am very happy with my results so far. I'm still pretty swollen but not as bad as I had expected. When is your TT scheduled for?
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Congrats!!! Now on to the healing part! :) I'm so excited for you...can't wait to see your pix!
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Thank you!
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I had my TT yesterday too! I can shower 72 hours after surgery, so that puts me till Friday! Super excited to see my results also, and YES I agree that it is not the incision that hurts, it's the stomach muscle repair, I had that too! But I do have to say my worst aggregating thing right now is the burning and stinging where my incision is!
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I am feeling a little sting from my incision too but its nothing compared to my stomach muscles! Congrats, by the way! Good luck with your shower!
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Congrads... Take it slow and happy healing, you are on the other side of it..I can't wait to be on the other side..
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