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Almost 7 Months Post-Op! - New Pics Posted - National Harbor, MD

I have been thinking about having tummy tuck...

I have been thinking about having tummy tuck surgery for a few years now. My biological son is 20 years old and he did a number on my stomach since I was so small when I got pregnant (5ft tall 89lbs) and he was so big (8lbs. 1oz) for my body. Although I have stretch marks and a c-section scar, they have never bothered as much as my stomach hanging down does; which I call "FLUB)". It seems like the older I get the further south it goes. I know me being about 55lbs heavier than I was back then contributes to it.

I actually scheduled a date to have the TT surgery last year but decided the money would be better spent on renovations to my house so I cancelled the surgery. Now here I am a year later. The renovations have been done and the TT surgery is still on my mind every day. With that being said, I have decided that I am going to get the surgery done this year on my birthday. I will be 44 years old in a couple of months and I realized there is never going to be a perfect time for me to do it. Life is too short so I need to do things that I want to do while can.

Some people think that my stomach is not that bad and that I dont need the surgery They just don't understand how much it really bothers me. I don't like the way my clothes fit and the fact that I can't wear certain things or that I buy clothes to accommodate my stomach. I am so done with spending money on under garments to hold my stomach in. I have also tried real hard to not let these things affect my self confidence and I think I've done a good job with that.

Thank goodness for this site because I have been able read about others people 's TT experiences, get answers to some of my concerns and get a better understanding of what to expect. It's also good to be able be interact with people who can relate and understand why I want to have this surgery.

I am planning to have the surgery done on November 1st but I have not scheduled it yet. I did call the plastic surgeon's office a several weeks ago to see if that date was available and it was. Hopefully the date will still be available when I am ready to schedule the surgery.

I am also beginning to get a little nervous having the surgery because I am not married or in a relationship and I don't really have anyone to take care of me after the surgery. I'm also not used to depending on anyone to do things for me and not feeling confident that my friends who said they would take care of me actually will. The few family members that I do have don't live in the same state as me. My other concern is that I won't be able to be return to work after 10 days. It seems that many of the posts that I have read the recovery seems to be longer than that. I have a desk job and hopefully I will be able to return to work as planned.

Ok that's all for now. Good luck to all who are scheduled for TT surgery in the future and I wish an easy and speedy recovery to all who have already had the surgery. Thank you for sharing your experiences!!

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I was just saying yesterday that I need to find...

I was just saying yesterday that I need to find out if the date I picked to have my TT surgery is still available and today I got a call from the PS office to follow up. That's so crazy! The patient coordinator informed me that they already have 2 surgeries scheduled for that day and that I need to put down the deposit soon or the date may not be available. She did make a note on her calendar but if someone wants that date she wouldn't be able to hold it for me without the deposit. I guess I'd better stop playing around and schedule the surgery. I will probably do that tomorrow and then the count down will begin!

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It's official...My TT surgery is scheduled for...

It's official...My TT surgery is scheduled for November 1st!! My pre-op appointment is on October 8th but I think I need to push that back a week since the balance is due at that time. I'm not feeling as anxious about the surgery today. I actually feel kind of numb. It may be because I have been wanting this for so long and I can't believe I am really going to get it done. November 1st seems so far away but it will be here before I know it. Can't wait!!

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Pre-op appointment is now scheduled for October...

Pre-op appointment is now scheduled for October 17th. 48 more days and flub will be gone!! :)


Hi Applejelly I was reading your story and first off...congrats with your upcoming surgery. I know you stated you are single with no one to really help but please...try to have someone with you for at least the first week if not 3 to 4 days. It's very hard to get around being medicated with drains and all..not sure if you'll have drains, but just fyi. 3wks is typically the time given to return back to work but keep in mind you may still be hunched over and your back may interfere with being comfortable as well. I was able to take a shower 48 hours after surgery but I went an extra day because I didn't have the energy and was a bit scared..I had my husband place a folding chair in the shower so I could sit down while I washed,my body. I'm not trying to say you can't do these things because everyone heals differently but just be prepared to be down a while...wishing you all the best....good luck!!
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Hi AlexandraElizabeth...Thanks for all the information. I will definitely have someone to help me out for the first 4 days. After reading about other people's journey's I know I can't do this alone. I am just a little anxious about needing someone to take care of me. I've never had to and I am not feeling real confident that I can depend on others. I am also not comfortable asking others to help me. I know, I know... I will just have to bite the bullet this time, ask for and accept help and know that I won't be in control for a little while this time. LOL As for work I really hope I can get back to work in 10 days but we shall see. I definitely can't take off more than 2 weeks. The good things are I live 5 minutes from work, I have my own office, it's not a physical job and my boss is supportive. She also helped me come up with a story for my co-workers if they want to know why I am walking a little bent over. Too Funny!! But we shall see how my healing process goes. BTW -You are looking real good! I hope I end up with a nice scar like yours- low and even. :)

4 weeks from now I will be having my TT surgery. ...

4 weeks from now I will be having my TT surgery. I thought I would be brave an upload some pictures. LHM! I can't believe I did that. Can't wait until I'm on the flat side.


I really hope so. BTW...you look great!!
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you are going to look fabulous! ❤  
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I know exactly how you feel about being so dependent on someone else however for the first few days or even the full week, any help will be better for you. Since I'm married and and have a 4 and 2 yr old I made whatever pre-made food I could to freeze and and have ready. Hopefully you'll be one to not have so much down time..it's always a good thing to have support from a boss..even if your co-workers ask, you can always tell them you had a umbilical hernia..or something to the effect that it'll be a while till you're back to normal..I remember having a laproscopy surgery and even that tiny incision through my navel and above my pubic area made it hard for me to sit up straight. I really hope that you can find someone to HELP you but I'm sure you'll be just fine. :) The day you have your surgery..bring in a pair of panties or a bikini bottom and let your PS know if possible you would like your scar around that area where it sits..I took my bikini bottom which was pretty low and he did exactly that. Good Luck once again.

The funds have been transferred. OMG!! I guess...

The funds have been transferred. OMG!! I guess this is really going to happen. LOL It just seems so unreal. Still feeling kind of numb and I question my decision to spend all this money on this surgery sometimes. Then I look in the mirror and come to my senses and say just do it already and get it over with. I also haven't started buying the things that I will need. Should I buy them now or wait until it gets closer to the surgery date? I don't know what's wrong with me. I'm just all over the place today. 25 days and counting...


All over the place is so normal! I would wake up in the morning saying I was not having the surgery, noon I was eh maybe, by supper I was like oh yes I am....and it would start all over everyday. Although, once I took the before photos and actually seen the rolls and excess that put my mind more at ease. Good luck to you!
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Yes, we will have to help each along on our journey! It seems slow but I know the date will creep on me before I know it. :0
LOL! That's me all the way. I think it's too much anxiety when you schedule the surgery too far in advance. It seems like it's one of the things that you just have to do it when you're in the "yes I am" phase. If only it could be that simple.

I am getting excited now! I had my pre-op...

I am getting excited now! I had my pre-op appointment today. I took the pre-op pictures and consulted with my PS surgeon again. He once again showed me what he is going do, the places he is going to lipo and reassured me that he will make my incision as low as possible. YEEEAAAHHH! I also told him that I would like my incision to be as straight and even as possible and a nice belly button. :) I hope it all turns out well. I now have all my pre-op /post-op information and prescriptions. I got all my questions answered and I am at ease. I guess the nerves will kick in a day or two before the surgery. I will start picking up my supplies this weekend. Oh Boy! Is this really going to happen? Yes it is! OMG...I am finally going to get rid of the FLUB!! 2 more weeks and I will be on the flat side!!

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I am almost ready...I picked up most of my...

I am almost ready...I picked up most of my supplies today and yesterday. I filled all my presciptions. I started taking the vitamins my PS recommended. I am getting everything in order at work. The only thing that is pending is what time my surgery is going to be done. I hope they will be able to tell a definite time by next Wednesday. I have a few friends on standby to drive to the PS office the day of my surgery. It's really hard to plan when you don't have a time and that is frustrating because I'm a planner. I like to have things in order. My friend who lives in MD will meet me there, wait for me and then drive me back home to VA. My daughter will be coming from NYC to take care of me for the first 4 days. I should be OK to take care of myself by the time she leaves. My son is here with me as well but he's a boy and he's 20 so....need I say more. LOL


You don't look like you need a tummy tuck. Honestly, with aggressive lipo, you would probably do great. I had lipo with Dr, Chiarmonte in 2009 and I was about your size and it turned out ok. My mother had a tummy tuck with him in 2010.... Just be mindful, african american skin is tricky. My mom's scar is dark and keloided.
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The thing is if I lipo the hanging part. It will then be loose skin hanging which will then need to be tucked. I don't want to have to go back for another procedure later on. I have never had problems with keloids so hopefully I won't now.
Thank you for the review! Your skin quality looks amazing--you're gonna have great results. Did you use a supply list from here, or...? And yeah, I rhink it's common to be emotionally all over the place this close...
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This time next week I will be heading to my PS...

This time next week I will be heading to my PS office to get the Flub removed! Woohoo! Still not feeling much. I'm not nervous, scared or excited but I am prepared. Is that normal? However I am excited about my latest Craigslist find... A shower chair $10! In perfect condition and looks new. Of course I will bleach it to death. Lol just glad I didn't have to spend a bunch of money on something I'm only going to use for a week. I love Craigslist! Happy healing ladies and good luck to all who are having surgery this week.


You are going to look amazing, Apple! Get ready to rock those bikinis!
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Thank you! I can't wait to hit the beach next year!
disregard...i see his name! Best of luck to you! when my time comes, someones gonna have to tie me down, because MY excitement is already bubbling over just reading YOUR posts!
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Well I am finally starting to feel something. I'm...

Well I am finally starting to feel something. I'm in the "what the heck am I doing phase". There is no turning back but the nerves are kicking in. I've also turned into an emotional mess. I had a breakdown because I asked a friend if she had any magazines she could bring me and she said absolutely! Lol. Also, I finally got my surgery time. It will at 8 am-the first surgery of the day. I have to be there at 730 am. I'm ok with but my friend that is supposed to meet me there said she won't be able to meet me there at that time but will be there when I wake up. I guess I will be ok but I was really hoping she could be there with me the whole time. :( Today I will go grocery shopping so there is food in the house and to get the things I will need (I.E. ginger ale, crackers, soup, milk, jello, apple sauce, etc). I will also be cleaning this week so in not running around doing anything next week. That's it for now....later!


I hope the hurricane isn't hurting you...I hope the update means you have electricity?
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I did not lose power. I just have to hope the PS center didn't either. Just going about my day as if everything is on schedule until I hear otherwise.
The news is saying things weren't as bad in Maryland, so hopefully you're on track. Can you imagine having to postpone at this point??!

I can't believe my day is here! I was so busy...

I can't believe my day is here! I was so busy yesterday that I had no time get on the site! I worked from 630am-8pm just making sure I took care of everything there. My daughter finally made it here from NYC so I am happy about that because I thought I was going to have to rely on my son to take care of me for the first few days. Well I'm about to try and get some rest before my big day. I don't think I will be able to sleep though. I am still not really feeling much of anything, which is surprising but there is always tomorrow. My surgery has been pushed back until 10am and I now have to be there at 9am - still the first surgery of the day.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU .Good luck today . Wishing you a smooth recovery and a fabulous result.
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OMG!! How exciting. Happy birthday and good luck!!
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Yes it is!! Thank you!

As far as I can tell everything went very well....

As far as I can tell everything went very well. The anesthesia had me out all day yesterday. I finally starting waking up around 12am this morning. Still not feeling much pain. The hard part is getting in & out of the bed. I've been staying on track with the meds so I guess that helps as well as the fact that I think they numbed me up real good during the surgery. I might feel more pain when it starts wearing off. I just ate some jello and not feeling nauseous at this time. I also walked around the house a bit this morning and will try to that every two hours. My drains are ok and not draining a whole bunch. Hopefully the PS will remove them when I go for my post-op appt. on Monday. The only thing that did happen is I started bleeding from the lipo holes and that was a little scary. I am definitely on the flat side!!!


Yay for you! I'm right there with you :-) we're on the flat side!
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Hi Chrissy... Congrats! How are you going?
Thank you! I'm doing pretty good. I woke up last night and was pretty uncomfortable. My doctor doesn't like the pain pump past day 1 so that was a bummer. I'm up and walking around the halls several times a day and I should be released to go home at 1! I can't wait to go home.

So far so good. No complications and not in too...

So far so good. No complications and not in too much pain. I would say its about a 3 when i get in and out of bed or walk around. I been staying on top of my pain meds. Taking them every 4-5 hrs. Yesterday I started taking the Percocet at night and Tylenol during the day. I still haven't had a BM yet so hopefully alternating the pain meds will help. I'm taking milk of magnesia and drinking water but its just making me gassy. Lol. My biggest complaints is the binder, its killing me. It's so tight and just need scratch underneath it. Just need a few minutes of relief from it. Lol Also much of nothing is coming out of my drains anymore so I think they will be removed tomorrow. That will good because they pinch a little. Looking forward to seeing my new flat tummy tomorrow as well. Will keep you posted. Happy healing to those who are recovering and good luck to those who are having surgery this week.


I hope you have a BM soon. So glad you are not in so much pain! Continued happy healing :D
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Also when you go tomorrow see if when you get home you can add a wife beater under binder. Some reviews said it helps
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Thanks for the suggestions. I plan to take a wife beater with me tomorrow so that put the binder on top of that before I leave the PS office.

I had my post-op appointment today and I got a...

I had my post-op appointment today and I got a first look. OMG! I am flat and sooo happy with my scar! PS said everything is looking good and that my drains can probably come out on Wednesday. It felt so good when they took that damn CG off...Whew what relief! LOL I can now shower and take the CG off then and when I need periods of relief. They also pulled it down to cover my hips so that is also much more confortable. They gave me a new CG so I can wash one while I wear the other one, I must say everything is going much better than I expected. No real pain so I have not taken Percocet today only Tylenol and that seems to be working for me. Just a little burn or a pinch here and there. My appetite is still off so I just try to eat whateva I feel I can tolerate. Mostly Jello, Bananas, Pears and PB &J. Surprisingly I did feel like Chinese food last night so I was able to eat a little of that. Oh and I had my BM first yesterday and I hope thats back on track. Also, my daughter went back to NYC so I am pretty much on my own. She was awesome and so very helpful to me but I think I will be OK since I am able to get in and out of bed, walk around, and up and down the stairs by myself. Still getting tired real easy though. Now I'm just chillin...I had a nice shower and watching TV. I will probably go to sleep soon. I have been able sleep on my side a little so that's good. Check out the First Look Pic I posted. Until next time...


Hey... Apple Jelly I Love your story!! You look amazing as well as your scar is very un- noticable already!!! Do you have any swelling at all?
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Hi juju... Thank you. Up close the scar is a little more noticeable but I am very happy with it. So far no swelling. I still have my drains as well. They are being removed tomorrow.
You look fabulous missy! :-)
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Post op days 5 & 6 I was just not feeling good. ...

Post op days 5 & 6 I was just not feeling good. Not in pain or anything just not feeling good. Then I figured it out. I was dehydrated. Gatorade helped! My appetite has been off and still is. I have been trying to eat whatever I can tolerated which is not much. Lol. I have been trying hard to stay away from salty things because that's my weakness. However, it was potato chips that has jump started my appetite. It's slowly coming back. Well I made it past the 1 week mark and today I felt really good. Still trying not to cough, sneeze or laugh. I sneezed the other day and it felt like my entire stomach had busted open on the inside. It took me 15 minutes to gain my composure and then i had to take nap. Ladies you don't want to do that! Lol. Today I had my drains removed. PS said all looks good and that I can drive and go back to work on Monday. He also said that I am way ahead of the healing process than most people are at this point. Woohoo! Seriously, I'm really thankful for that . I still have long road ahead but I thought it was going to be a lot worse. So far still no real issues other than soreness from the lipo and MR. Oh and occasional muscle spasms in the abdomen and back. Valium works very well for that. I am still not standing 100% straight yet but almost there. Don't want to have to do too much explaining at work. Only a chosen few know. Everything is still very tight. PS says I'm swollen but I can't really see it. Dang...what am I going to to look like when the swelling is gone. : ). He says I can also start putting vitamin E and Cocoa butter on my scar. Please send me any scar therapy suggestions that have worked for you. I will try to post after bikini pics this weekend. Take care all and I hope that everyone who is not feeling well, experiencing complications or slow healing feel better real soon.


Applejelly. You look great. Thanks for the comment that you left me on my profile. I sent you a private message so check your inbox.
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you look FABULOUS!!! :o) nice nice nice!!!
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Thanks Missfashionista!!

I made it through the first week of work but it...

I made it through the first week of work but it was tough because I was exhausted by the end of the day. i guess i got used to napping during the day. lol Still walking slow and about 98% upright. So a few people at work asked was i ok since i was walking so gingerly. Just said my back was bothering me. Lol. Other than that ive been ok. Still no problems, excessive swelling or pain except being sore to the touch on my MR and lipo areas and im healing nicely. Since i get tired easy i just don't over do it and i sm following PS orders to the "T" which definitely helps with the healing process. I only have to wear my CG durung the day now but cant wait until im done with that thing. Oh one fhing thst is strange though is my appetite is still off. I have no desire to eat anything nor do I feel hungry ever. I am basically forcing myself to eat whatever i think i can tolerate. I must say this has been easier than expected. Just can't wait to feel100% myself again. I hope everyone is doing well. Until next time....


Hey Applejelly, you look really good I had my rt Oct 10th and I'm still really swollen I wish I could rock a bikini like you.... :-)
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Thank you foxeeroxee! You will get there!
You are looking amazing your self girl!!!! Wow!! Keep on doing what you do!!! hey arent you and I tummy tuck day twins lol you had yours the 1st right (NOV)Wow its amazing how you can see how others the saem day heal you look almost completely healed I can't even see a scar or anything!! Hey if you have a chance... Check out how cute my little girl is lol !! I am just trying to get her some views cause she is just so darn adorable!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU5_ILS_SAs&list=LLzip42-EE4EtIA8VZGmhaWQ&feature=mh_lolz
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Everyday gets better but I'm still walking slow...

Everyday gets better but I'm still walking slow and not 100% upright yet. Work is getting easier but I'm still tired at the end of the day. My appetite is still off. Bad thing is I have to force myself to eat because I have no taste for anything. So I eat what I think I can tolerate. Therefore, I am not eating a healthy diet. The good thing is I have lost 10 lbs.

I had my 3rd post op appt on Monday. PS said everything looks great and I'm healing well. I don't have to wear that damn CG anymore and he didn't recommended that I switch to anything else. However, I have been wearing my support panties because they feel comfortable since my tummy and back is still sore and feels weird when shirts rub up against it. The only other thing he told me do was continue to massage my incision with the vitamin e cocoa butter oil and come back to see him in 6 weeks. Oh and I can resume regular activities as soon as I feel up to it. Although this is a long healing process. It has not been as bad as thought it was going to be. Overall, i am very happy with my outcome. Is my scar perfect?NO!...the right side goes up a little higher than the left side but i dont care because i look good! :) I can't wait until I can wear heels again, form fitting clothes snd i am able to switch. Lol. Ladies please try to be patient with the healing process and embrace and love your new body!!


Wow look at you! What a difference. Your tummy looks great
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Thank you!
You're looking great, but it is your mind that is awesome!!!! What a wonderful perspective you have. Glad to hear things are going well. Take care.
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Things are going well. Still a little sore to the...

Things are going well. Still a little sore to the touch and i am starting to get feeling back on my stomach. Not as numb and my incision is a little itchy but healing nicely. im still moving slow but i think im finally standing up straight. Getting up going to work is getting easier as well. I'm not a fatigued. However, i still have no appetite whatsoever. I never feel hungry. It's the weirdest thing ever!

This weekend I attended my first event since the surgery, a Christmas party! It was nice to get out and dress up. Oh and to fit into something that I couldn't fit into before. Yes! So exciting! However my friend insisted that I get on the dance floor with her and against my better judgement I did and tried to move as much as I possibly could but boy oh boy did I regret that. Lol. I was so sore the next day. Anyway the party was fun! I posted a new pic. My first with clothes on.

I hope everyone is doing well and for those of you who are having some issues I hope they get better soon. Take care!


wow u look Beautiful!!!
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Thank you juju!
Love the way you look in clothes. I'm glad you got the results you wanted.
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Almost 7 months Post-Op and loving my new flat tummy!!

Hey Ladies...I haven't been on the site in awhile but I am hoping everyone is doing well post surgery. As for me...I'm doing good and starting to feel like my old self pre-surgery; without the flub of course. : ) I lost 12lbs after the surgery and I have managed to maintain that weight. However, now that my stomach is flat my thighs really stand out. I need to get in gym and tighten these babies up but I am so not motivated. My scar is healing well despite the occasional itching on my right side. I am also still a little numb but its getting better every day. I am also not swelling as much or feeling tight after doing simple things like vacuuming the floor. I am also having fun shopping and being able to fit into form fitting clothing. I can't wait to show this body off in a bikini at the beach this summer!! Having the surgery was money well spent.

Well that's it for now just wanted give you ladies update on my recovery. Until next time...


Wow you look amazing! I have my.procedure scheduled with Dr. Chiaramonte in June. I am so excited! I hope my results are as wonderful as yours.
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Thank you...Dr. Chiaramonte is great! You won't be disappointed.
Thank you so much for your review and pictures! I'm really considering going with Dr. Chiramonte for the Bella body lift and fat transfer in the spring!
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I was referred by a friend. Dr. Chiaramonte did an awesome job on my Bella Body Lift surgery. I also have two friends that had breast augmentations and one that had liposuction. Their result was awesome as well. His staff is great. They are friendly and informative and always available to answer any questions you may have. If you are thinking about having cosmetic surgery, Dr. Chiaramonte is your man. I highly recommend him.

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