Actually Did It!!
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I have had three kids since Nov 07. My youngest is...
- 8 May 2011
I have had three kids since Nov 07. My youngest is 11 weeks old. I have lost 50lbs and have 10 more to go. My body has been stretched out and I am so excited to get it back! We are done having kids and I am hoping for surgery the first week in September.
I would like to get a BA and a full TT, however, I will find out more at my first consultation this week. I have scheduled four consults; my first this week (10th), my second on the 16th, my third June 6th and my fourth on June 8th.
I am hoping for no lipo, but I have alot of belly fat that never seems to go away between kids, so we will see. I am 5'2" 136.5 currently and like to be right around 125.
So I went to my first consult last night. It was...
- 11 May 2011
Looks like I need a lift to go along with my augmentation. My breasts have always been slightly different in size but after 3 kids in 3 years with a 60 lbs weight gain and loss each time (not to mention breast-feeding, they are substantially different. I need a major lift on the left side and a slight lift on the right side. I decided on saline over silicone and we will go under the muscle. Not quite sure on size yet...
As for my tummy, I will need a full instead of a mini, which I completely agree with, as I have alot to remove and I have "severe separation" He talked to me about lipo but said he didn't think it was necessary. (yay!)
My sister went with me to piggy back : ) as she was considering a MM herself. She hasn't seen me "exposed" so she must have been a little surprised at my damage. On the way home she said no way in hell she's doing it. She said she doesn't hate what she sees in the mirror as much as I do and then added, " I can totally see why you want to do it...no offense but you look pretty bad." Gotta love sisters, brutal honesty:)
Next consult: 5 days away.
OK. I went to my second consultation (different...
- 17 May 2011
After a lot of going back and forth, I finally...
- 6 Jul 2011
I'm 129 lbs now and hoping to lose 4 or 5 more by...
- 11 Jul 2011
I am getting really excited, but am so overwhelmed...
- 26 Jul 2011
OMG 5 weeks from today, holy @#$%!!
- 28 Jul 2011
I am looking at so many people's before and after...
- 31 Jul 2011
Ok here I go..photos of the belly. These are at...
- 1 Aug 2011
Yikes! Four weeks and counting. I am starting to...
- 4 Aug 2011
Ok ladies I need some help. I have about 3 weeks...
- 8 Aug 2011
I had the opportunity to get a lift /reclining chair (for free)a couple months ago and now I am kicking myself that I didn't jump on the chance. I was planning on staying in my bedroom but now I am thinking I won't be able to get onto my bed...
Also, planning on get a toilet seat riser and a shower seat. Basically I am getting really nervous..can you tell?
Well, it's official. I had my pre-op appointment...
- 19 Aug 2011
As for the top half, we are still doing a lift and saline implants under the muscle. I am doing 250cc, instead of 200, not too much of a difference but I don't want to wish I went bigger. I got all my prescriptions and just need to get them filled. I am so excited, I can't believe this is actually happening!!
So now I wait. And frantically try to get it together! My PS will supply all my binders, strips and they said I don't have to buy anything in advance. As for the lift chair, I haven't gotten one yet, but am still trying. Other than that, I've bought enough diapers and wipes to run a daycare over here and my husband is going to gain 10 lbs with all the food I've made and frozen. Two weeks to go.
I showed my husband the receipt I got from my PS...
- 21 Aug 2011
I got my lift chair, yay!
- 23 Aug 2011
In exactly 1 week from now I will have had my...
- 26 Aug 2011
Tomorrow I run my first 10K and that will be the end of race season for me. Then I will just hang out with my hubby and kids and wait for Thursday night to come so I can take a Xanax. : )
My PS office called today and said there was a...
- 30 Aug 2011
Well, this will be my last post before I go in...
- 31 Aug 2011
I am trying to look at the big picture and think positively. This will, in the long run, make me a better mom and wife. This will actually encourage me to stay on track as far as diet and exercise, and most importantly, my recovery may give me the rest I have needed for some time now. I mean, it's scary to be under for 6 hours but when was the last time I slept for 6 hours straight?? So there might be a little pain when I wake up..you take the good with the bad, right? Plus, when I wake up my boobs will be pretty, the same size, and where they belong.
And the best part is, people will (hopefully) stop saying, "Are you pregnant AGAIN!?! Boy you guys don't waste any time, do you?"
Wish me luck gals! : )
Well ladies, I made it!! Sorry for the delay but...
- 2 Sep 2011
OK, I not as woozy as I was so I thought I'd post...
- 2 Sep 2011
Last night I think my boobs hurt a little, but this morning I am very comfortable. My lift chair might be one of the best purchases I ever made. I've been able to get up and go to the bathroom myself. Haven't pooped, but have been taking colace and dulcolax so hopefully I won't have issues there.
That's about it for now, I think I'm gonna take a quick nap.
Have a great day guys! And thanks again for all your kind wishes.
Day 1: I feel great! So far no nausea at all....
- 2 Sep 2011
I've been eating with my pills; low sodium soup, broth, pudding, a couple salt free low sodium crackers. Haven't felt sick at all.
I am soooooo curious about what is under these garments! I can shower Sunday so I guess I will see it all then.
I am crossing my fingers that my recovery stays this smooth. I have such a long way to go, but honestly my boobs hurt 10 times worse when I was engorged with breast milk after child birth. I really am so grateful that I am feeling this good.
My PS called last night and again this morning. He is so kind. He told my husband that I had very severe muscle separation, and he had to use giant sutures to get them repaired. My PS said my abdominal muscles are "as strong as an ox" but would never had gone back to being flat on their own.
Hope you all are feeling well and thanks again for all your comments. It is very encouraging and all the advice helps so much!
More tomorrow.... : )
Oh also, sorry I forgot to mention, I am standing...
- 2 Sep 2011
Well, I musta got too cocky thinking I was feeln...
- 3 Sep 2011
I am standing up straight, once I actually get up. Still hunched when I'm getting out of my chair or going to the bathroom. Took a peek today at my results and I really like my boobs but my tummy looks strange to me. Can't wait til I can see some actual results.
Until next time! : )
Hi Ladies, I need to read and catch up on how...
- 4 Sep 2011
I need to read and catch up on how everyone is doing. Hope you all are doing well, healing well if your post op, and having a good day.
I am doing just fine and am in very little pain at all. I stopped taking my pain pills and only took tylenol once today. My two main problems are it seems I get nauseaus at midnight every night. I'm not sure what this has to do with, as I thought it was the pain pills but obviously not because I stopped taking them. I seem to get really gassy and bloated at night which I think is what is bringing on the nausea. Which brings me to my second problem and that is that I can't have a bowel movement. I have taken everything under the sun and finally brought out the big guns and took MOM twice (I hate MOM). Finally this afternoon I had a tiny result, but still not enough to make me feel better.
As for my results.... please be honest. when you saw yourself for the first time did you not like what you saw? My breasts look nice but my belly seems strange. I am sure it is just bloating and swelling but it is not what I expected. I'm trying to think positively and just wait until some swelling goes down, but.. you know, you want to be all excited when you first see it right?
My drains are manageable, and not as much of a pain as I thought they would be. Hopefully they will come out thursday.
I took a shower today, it was so nice. My husband washed and conditioned my hair for me and it felt so nice. I have some bruising but it is not terrible, I am sure it will be gone in a week or two.
My husband is doing a wonderful job juggling me, the kids and the house. He is amazing! My kids think my lift chair is some kind of carnival ride, so they are pretty excited about that. My husband got me some beautiful flowers and my kids keep drawing me pictures to make me feel better. They are so sweet!
Hope you all are doing well! Someone please tell me their stomach looked strange at first glance and got much better over time....
More next time! : )
Hello ladies, I am on day 4 of recovery. Still...
- 5 Sep 2011
I think my recovery is going really well. I am rarely in pain at all. I haven't taken any pain meds since day 2 and day 3 I took tylenol. Haven't taken anything yet today, but I'm sure I will towards the evening.
Took another look at my belly and am feeling a bit better. Two things: Because I had a float and not a regular TT, I did not get a new BB; my original one was moved down. It seems very low now, but I think once everything is back to normal you won't be able to tell the difference. Secondly, I have a scar from my BB peircing. If I would have gone with the regular, the scar would have been removed. But since I went with the float, it is still there, so perhaps that is another reason why it is throwing me off.
FOr the most part I think my scar will be in a nice spot. It is really low in my pubic area but a lil high on the hips. I tried on some swimsuit bottoms and it looks good, but I guess I won't really know til the drains come out.
So far I have been in really good spirits, except today I have been a lil down. I miss playing with my kids and chasing them and hugging them. In a way my recovery is going by quickly, but in another way I feel like it is dragging. All in all though, I am happy I did this. I can't wait to try on clothes and see what my boobs look like in a cute bra.
Here is a pic of my belly that I took today. It is 4 days post-op. Not sure if my hips are really swollen from the bruising, or if they just look bigger because my stomach is smaller..
Day 5: Today is my first day on my own. My kids...
- 6 Sep 2011
Yesterday I had my first outing, we took the kids to lunch then went to the park and then hit the store (I stayed in the car with the kids)while hubby ran in to get steaks for him and I after bedtime. Things have been going so smoothly I'm afraid to say it out loud.
I am not in pain at all and have stopped taking even tylenol. Might start on an anti-inflammatory at night as that is when I seem to feel the most swollen.
For anyone who might be close to their surgery date, here are a couple things that have made my recovery thus far very managable:
1.Lift recliner, I got mine on craigslist for $85 and I LOVE it.
2.Toilet seat riser, mine is 5 1/2 inches and is soooo helpful. $21 at walmart.
3. Helping Hand Reach n Grab. It is a device that you can grab stuff or pick stuff up off the ground. $10 at walmart. LOVE this as I can walk around the house and pick up toys and the rest of the messes without bending over at all.
4. Milk of Mag. Yuck...but Thank God for it.
I am walking straight up and, as soon as these drains are out will be able to function pretty well. Can't wait til I can snuggle my kiddos and love on my hubby! Oh, and if you happen to still have a Boppy laying around, its nice to put it around your belly so you can at least sit with your little ones and snuggle them before bedtime. Just as a little bit of protection so you don't get an elbow to the hip or something like that.
Gonna go and try to shower by myself. If I can at least get rinsed off I will be happy.
Until next time! Hope you all are healing well and enjoying the rest of your summer. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!
Hopefully a Helpful Tip: If you are not sure if...
- 7 Sep 2011
Yesterday I was gonna shower while I was home alone. I decided not to. Later, when my husband was home, I took off my binder (like I've done many times) and my blood pressure dropped and I thought I was going to pass out. I have read that some women feel that way after taking off their binder but so far I have been fine, until yesterday. That is a scary feeling. Please be careful ladies, and listen to your bodies.
Hoping to get my drains out tomorrow and then I'll post another pic. Boobs are nice, I really like them. Tummy is very flat, but BB still looks weird. I knew there was a risk of that with the float, but even if it stays that way I still think it was worth it. I can't wait to try on clothes!
Hoping you all are having a good day!
Got a new swimsuit in the mail!! I have not worn a...
- 7 Sep 2011
One week post-op!! Went to see my PS today and...
- 8 Sep 2011
Went to see my PS today and (boooo) drains can't come out yet. No big deal, but man that would have been nice. They removed some of my stiches; around my aereolas (sp?) and all the ones in my TT incision. A small 'ouchie' here and there but nothing terrible. Will have to get my drains out next week...
Feeling good, no pain, taking advil if necessary. Still taking it very easy but can help out with the kids with some things. I'm able to get them snacks/juice and make small meals. I can change diapers and get kids dressed. I am reading stories, watching Dora and can let one kid at a time sit on my legs. Gave my 2 year old a mani/pedi this morning (Thank God because she was wayy overdo :) so I am feeling alot better about taking care of my kids. I swear I used to just want one day by myself to sit and do nothing but then I got those days and I was lonesome for them! Today is their last day at daycare and I am looking forward to having them home.
That's about it for me. Hoping you all are healing well as my prayers are with all of you!
8 Days Post-Op: Feeling good! Getting around...
- 9 Sep 2011
Feeling good! Getting around great, can take care of my kids (at home, not like out and about) for the most part. My doc said I can lift my 6 month old (20 lbs) so I can get her out of her crib, but I don't carry her around. Can play with my 3 and 2 year old and they know they still can't jump on me so it is going well.
I'm starting to like my belly!! I mean I've liked it, but it seems to be looking more human, or smoothing out or something...it kind of scared me at first.
Hope you all are doing well, resting and recovering. I think about you all and hope you are having a good day!
11 Days Post-Op Hey gals, Hope everyone is...
- 12 Sep 2011
Hey gals, Hope everyone is doing well and had a good weekend. My weekend was a little rough, as I was on my own alot with my kiddos. I didn't overdo it, but I definitely did more than I have been used to, so I was very tired friday, saturday and sunday night.
I'm had a pity party for myself this weekend and I was the only one invited. I started getting pissed because nearly all of my friends have flaked out on me. All this talk of visiting me after surgery and cooking for my family and helping me with my kids during recovery; it's all I heard for a month leading up to surgery. I have seen 3 friends in the last 11 days. They are moms and get it. One of my single friends was going to come spend the day with me yesterday but she instead had a long workout and then took a long nap.
I know my recovery had been very very smooth and I do feel very very blessed each day. But I could still use some company, and I have three kids here that could use some visitors too. I guess all I am trying to say to people is: "Don't say you are going to do something unless you are 100% sure you are going to do your best to follow through, or don't make promises that someone might take seriously if you are just talking out of your ass."
Ok. There. Party is over, I will go back to being normal again. Sorry about that.
Hugs to all you RS ladies, you are all such great people.
12 days post-op: I am still draining 30 ccs...
- 13 Sep 2011
I am still draining 30 ccs every 12 hours (both drains total) and honestly do not think I will get my drains out on thursday. Anyone else have drains for more than 2 weeks???
Hey Girls, I am having a hard time catching up on...
- 15 Sep 2011
I am doing great; went to my appointment this morning and got some more stitches removed and ONE DRAIN REMOVED! Yay! Hopefully the other one can come out by Monday or so.
My boobs seem to be settling down, and my belly is about the same. I am so happy with my results! I can't believe I actually did it and that it is actually done. I am so happy withthe way everything has gone.
I am 2 weeks out today and will post another pic here shortly.
Hope you all are well! Have a great day and a great weekend!
Hi Ladies, hope you all are doing well. I need to...
- 18 Sep 2011
I am 2 weeks 2 days today and doing pretty much everything I did before, just a little bit slower. I take frequent breaks, but I can do all my housework, lift my kids, run errands; I feel pretty much like I did before surgery, except I'm not a fast as I was and I sit down alot more.
My swelling went down, but comes back for frequent visits. I am trying to drink alot of water to keep it at bay.
Hope everyone is doing well! It is such a dreary day here, I may have to take a nap this afternoon.
More next time!
Hello ladies, Went to my PS office today to get...
- 19 Sep 2011
Went to my PS office today to get my second drain removed. Turns out I had fluid in my lower right abdomen that needed to be drained with a needle. I did not do very well with that, as I nearly passed out. Luckily, I did not with the help of some cold wash cloths, water and a cookie. I have to go back this week to have it done again, so I'm not looking forward to that at all. But at least I am drain free, and have a compression garment to arrive anyday from LipoInABox.com, so hopefully that will help. Also going to pick up some spanx later today.
Hope you all are well and recovering nicely!!
I am shopping for compression garments and some...
- 20 Sep 2011
Help! Please, any advice/experience would be greatly appreciated. I can not keep getting this fluid drained every other day, it is not pleasant.
I went back to get drained today and there was not...
- 21 Sep 2011
I am wearing my LipoInABox and then I am wearing my binder down low, because that is where my swelling is. Today I bought some "un-de-tectable" Spanx, so hopefully I will like that.
I posted a pic of my belly 20 days post op. The swelling area is on my right abdomen and the tiny band aid is where the needle goes in. If you look at all my pics closely, that swelling has been there since at least day 4 post op. Hopefully it will go away soon and not be a chronic problem : /
Hope you all are well. I have not caught up on all your updates but I will, and I hope you all are doing well.
I went back to PS office yesterday to be drained...
- 24 Sep 2011
Well, whatever that pain was is gone and I am back...
- 25 Sep 2011
Hope you all are doing well. I feel much better and was advised that I can start doing some light exercising and lifting some light upper body weight, so I will start on that this week. Hope you all have a great week, whether you are recovering or waiting.
Tomorrow will mark 5 weeks since my surgery. I...
- 5 Oct 2011
My PS office gives 5 free sessions of Endermologie, which is a type of machine that massages the tummy after surgery, to help with swelling, circulation and so forth. It really feels quite nice and I think it is helping my muscles settle in. I have done 2 sessions, and have 3 more weeks left.
I have begun some light exercising, so that is nice. My 2 year old asked me what happened to my jelly belly. I told her it disappeared like a magic trick and she thought that was pretty funny. : )
The incisions on my breast are practically non existent and my belly incision is very thin and kind of a purplish brown. I just recently started with Mederma so we will see what happens over the winter.
I have posted a 4 week photo. Not too much of a change at all but just wanted to update in hopes to help someone with questions about recovery.
Hope everyone is doing well! : )
Hello! I am sorry I have not updated in a long...
- 10 Jan 2012
When Tara posted that she got a revision date booked, I decided it was time for me to call my PS and have him look at my BB. I have kind of the same issue as Tara: my BB is in the right spot, but it is more like a slit instead of a hole. It has been like this since surgery and I kept waiting waiting as everone says it takes months for your permanent result. Well, I think it is getting worse actually ( I posted a 4 month post op pic) and you can see that it is more slanty than it was.
Thank you Tara for posting your update because I went to see my PS yesterday and there are stitches and scar tissue stuck where I had a small seroma. It is pulling my BB over.
He would need to open up my scar and get in there to remove all the stuff that's in there, then pull my BB back over to make it round. He also would do some lipo on my upper abs where it is kinda lumpy still. PS fee is waived but I would have to pay for anestesia (sp? I never spell that word correctly : ) and the use of the OR.
Talked to hubby about it and of course he wants me to do whatever I want. Recovery would only be about a week so it wouldn't be a big deal. (Fingers crossed).
I posted a 4 mo post op pic so you can see what the problem is. Hope you all are well and enjoying your beautiful results! You all look so awesome!
Ok, its booked. February 16th I will have a...
- 12 Jan 2012
I'm a little worried about my scar because I love love love the way my scar healed so hopefully he doesn't have to open the entire thing up.
I should be able to lift my kids (at least my baby) after 5 days. My hubby will only have to take 1 1/2 days off so that is good. Looking forward to seeing the results!
Please pray for me that this does the trick because after this there is no more surgery for me! Also pray that I don't throw up because I think that is what popped the stitches to begin with.
Hope all is well with everyone!
Have a great day!
Well ladies, tomorrow is my big day...again. ...
- 15 Feb 2012
Everything went great! Haven't seen it yet but...
- 16 Feb 2012
I am day 2 post revision operation. I feel great,...
- 18 Feb 2012
Hi Ladies, It has been 10 days since my...
- 26 Feb 2012
It has been 10 days since my revision. I am still rather swollen and a couple pounds up from my regular weight.
My belly button looks much better and some of my lumps were smoothed out. He actually removed another inch and a half of skin from above my incision.
He reopened my incision from hip to hip so that has to heal up again, but it is pencil thin so hopefully it will heal nicely like it did last time.
I still have a drain in and an scheduled to get it out tomorrow, however I am still draining 20 ccs every 12 hours so I may just wait til later this week. Don't want to get another seroma like last time.
I added another photo. Will add another once I get my drain out!