TT, 2" muscle repair and umbilical hernia - new pics!!!

I have an umbilical hernia, and lots of loose skin...

I have an umbilical hernia, and lots of loose skin after back to back pregnancies. I feel very guilty about spending all this money on myself. However, my husband is very supportive and understands how self-conscious I am about my "pooch."

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Thanks so much for the info. VERY USEFUL STUFF!! However, I'm so scared right now I can barely function. Glad to see how well you're doing!
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Excited for you! A couple key items to get before your surgery. Rent a hospital bed - semi automatic. After day 5, I still use it to move up/down to get in/out of bed. I borrowed one of those toilet seats that has arm rest and you just place over your toilet. Its great so I dont have to sit down so low when I have to go. A walker is nice. I started using it after day 3 when I wanted to get around more by myself. My husband stayed home from work for the first 3 days. I did need him for many things. Especially to brase me so I could get up/down and get me things. The anesthesia will most likely make your naseated - make sure your doctor prescribes ZOFRAN or something like it to calm your stomach. They even added anti nausea stuff into my IV at the hospital - probably protocol. You will be just fine. I was so scared and worried. Because I knew I had such a wonderful surgeon, I put all my trust in him and God. Right now my two biggest worries are ... my first sneeze and if I have to cough really bad. My thoughts and prayers will be with you!
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Well I totally understand what you are saying right now I am more secure in my decsion I made I have days where I am like for get about it and other where I am scared lol! I am going to do it feb 1st! Right now it is just me and my 4 kids so I am going to wait for income tax and then do it so the money wont take from any thing! Glad you are holding up!
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Well, here I am 5 days away from surgery and...

Well, here I am 5 days away from surgery and getting really nervous!! If I didn't have a friend flying in from out of town to take care of my kids I think I may have cancelled surgery by now. However, I know if I don't do this now I will never do it. My husband took some "before" pictures to help me keep my resolve, he knows how much I really want this. Sleeping is becoming more and more difficult - I had to take a valium at 3am so I could catch at least a few hours sleep this morning.

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I am currently 45 years old 5'4" and 142lbs. I...

I am currently 45 years old 5'4" and 142lbs. I workout 3-4 times a week and eat low-carb but, since having children I can't seem to get my weight to stay below 140. I'm really hoping that this flat tummy (to be) and it's maintenance will give me the boost I need to lose those last 10 lbs!

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It's okay to be scared. You are getting ready to go through an amazing life transformation. You are going to be so happy that you did this.
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Thank you so deserving. If my tummy ends up looking as gorgeous as yours this will all be worth it!! Thanks for the kind words and the inspiration.
SWEETIE i WANT TO SAY THAT IS PERFECTLY NORMAL TO BE SCARED AT LEAST FROM WHAT I HAVE BEEN READING! EVERYONE HAS MIXED EMOTIONS ALL THE STORIES i HAVE READ THEY ARE SO HAPPY THEY DID IT!
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My surgery was yesterday morning. It went very...

My surgery was yesterday morning. It went very well. I'm resting comfortably at home and feeling much better than I ever expected! Getting in and out of bed can be a little painful but it's temporary and a small price to pay for a flat tummy!

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Thank you for the update.  Now just rest.

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Glad to hear your surgery went well! Rest rest and rest :-)
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Hello nhjayne, was thinking of you on Monday, glad to hear that everything went well! Stay hydrated as much as possible, and keep us posted!
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Today is day 6. Feeling so good it's hard to not...

Today is day 6. Feeling so good it's hard to not start cleaning and tidying up today! However, I have learned from all those wonderful ladies who have gone before me that I will regret it if i overdo. Went for Post Op appointment yesterday and PS is very happy that my dressings are staying dry and that my drain output is so low (25CC per day). He moved my Thursday appointment to Tuesday next week so I could have the drain removed YAY!! I'm a little nervous because both my kids have developed a barking cough this week - I'm terrified that I'll catch it! I've only coughed twice so far but still remember the pain! Unfortunatly this means that I really have to isolate myself from the rest of the family for now ):

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If you're worried about nausea ask for a nausea patch right before surgery -I throw up at the drop of a hat and Dr. assured me it would prevent anesthesia related sickness - it worked like a charm. Trust me you do not want to retch during your recovery!! Good Luck!
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I will talk to my PS about a patch...thanks for the advice!
Ouch! Hopefully all the brusing will clear up soon...I was just wondering what to expect from the anesthesia because I've been reading that some people have experienced itching and have been nauseated so I was just kinda dreading that part but I feel a little bit better now..thanks...happy healing!
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Today I am 11 days post-op. All is well except...

Today I am 11 days post-op. All is well except I'm feeling very sore and tired. Getting sick of being sick. I can't wait until I have energy again and can play with my kids. We played monopoly today and every two hours I had to go lie down because I was exhausted!! Who in the heck gets tired from monopoly?!!

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17 days post op and I'm feeling great! I went...

17 days post op and I'm feeling great! I went back to work for a few hours yesterday and carried on with my normal daily routine. No lifting or exercise, but made dinner for the family, did laundry and picked up around the house etc. By around 8pm I was exhausted but so happy to be back to my old self again yay!! Mondays PS appointment went well, belly button stitches removed, wound cleaned and re-dressed with paper tape. Dr. emphasised not doing too much and keeping wound dry. Next appointment in two weeks!

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Thanks for the info nhjane. My first consult will be at DHMC in Lebanon and I'll go from there, but Concord would work for me too.
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Thank u honey i appreciate that 24 hours to go wow i am so thrilled and yay u must kit with me
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pretty lady dont disappear on me!!!!!
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