Wow. im started to get nervous. im 5'1 with five...
im 5'1 with five kids between 5 and 24. ive always worked out and eaten well but my stomach took a beating form all the stretching.
i am scheduled at 9:30 this morning for a tt, muscle tightening, and lipo of the flanks. at my consult i was told a mini tt so at my pre op last week i was caught off guard with being told id need a full tt for the best results. squeemish at the thought of my belly button being moved around.
my dr said i will have drains but not sure for how long and to go back on day five to be fitted in my 'above the knee' compression garment. ive not read any other drs doing it this way. no garment til day 5? anyway he explained why and it made sense. he said it gives a chance for things to settle a bit first. anyways i feel like im starting to ramble. i took some pics and will check in as soon as im able.
this board has been an amazing source of information!
everything went well. very sore and a bit loopy!
i also have two drains in which i have to record the fluid amt and then empty every 8 hours. i am now at approx 15 cc since today which seems pretty good. the fluid is now less red and more pink.
i had a full tt, lipo of the flanks and muscle tightening. needless to say i am VERY sore and tight.
my dr wants me to rest on my back and peddle my legs every 20 mins or so to avoid any blood clots. i also have to walk hunch over for a two weeks. its a real pain getting in and out of bed and takes be forever even with help. im not sure what i look like let as i am pretty bandaged up.
not feeling pain per se but more tighteness and discomfort. i was also told to keep my head and legs elevated. sorry if am rambling! LOL
have been in bed dozing on and off pretty much all day. trying to drink alot of water and eat fruit.
will post pics shortly.
1 day post op pics
Tight. Cant wait to see what i look like under all this.
Day 2 Post op
Very numb but i definitely am feeling more flexible. Mostly laying with head and legs elevated. Dozing on and off. Little appetite. Drinking alot of fluids water and herb teas
day 3 post op. still no naseau
this morning was able to stand and walk fully upright and with a little more speed but my dr doesnt want me to do so for two weeks and i def dont want to mess anything up so ill remain hunched over. lol
im sooo tempted to peel away some of these bandages to see what i look like underneath but alais, must wait til my appt on mon at which point ill be fitted in my above the knee compression garment.
yesterday i ate a peach chinese fried rice countless cups of water and herb teas. today will most likely be a repeat. .
today i will take it easy again take meds stay in bed and nap. sorry for any typos or ramblings!
thx for reading
ps i now weigh 3lbs more than before surgery
less pain more pep.
took few pics and noticed bruising on my right side which is the more painful / sensitive side. im thinking from the lipo?
now a bit worried my belly button is too high or is it cause my tatt was surrounding it before?? tomorrow cant come fast enough.
i had also been dreading the drains after reading others stories about them but they actually have not been bothering me at all.
back from my 5 day follow up dr appt
the dr removed the bandage over my belly button and around the incision but not the thin strips that are holding the drains in place so i have yet to see what that scar bit looks like. my belly button is a bit scarey looking which i asked him about and he said it would sort itself out in time.
ive taken myself off the vallium and percocets as all they made me do is sleep and im not really in enough pain to justify taking them so he said just continue with the antibiotics til the drains come out on mon.
i am still VERY swollen but not as rock hard and he said that would last a couple of weeks and the numbness could be months. i managed to snap a couple of pic myself when he left the room.
can someone please assure me about my belly button???
thanks a bunch
forgot to add
im worried it might healed closed over. i read on here a dr recommended a peice of cotton or gauze be placed in it so it doesnt close over. has anyone else heard / seen / done that after having theirs moved?
any insights appreciated.
thanks so much
this time last week................
also allergies are bad today and sneezing is so super painful. omg!!
my 19 yo left to head back to school today so its just me and the 5 and 8 yo. interesting times ahead! lol
my supoer cute compression garment
yesterday was the absolute worse for me. pain and discomfort made me a real misery guts. allergies kicked in and the sneezing was like omg! hugging the pillow thing DID NOT help. i had stopped taking the valium and percs the day prior as my son was heading back to school and im a single mom of a 5 and 8 yo to take care of but dr recommended i still take the valium to relax the muscles which doesnt make me as loopy as the valium percocet combo thank goodness.
had my first post up appt on mon and was sooo sure id get these pesky drains out but a no go. between the drains AND the above the knee compression garment i had fitted at that appt........no fun. i have another follow up on mon and these drains had better come out then, i mean 12 days is an awful long time no? ive totally upped my water intake and that seems to have helped. i can also walk upright today but the dr had advised i walk hunched for two weeks. im just kinda used to doing that now. lol
ive also noticed my swelling is going down but more on the left side than the right. the numbness is also subsiding. id say im on the mend!! YAY!!
1:15 dr appt
today did not go very well at all!!
turns out i didnt realize the drains were sposed to be pressed in to work properly. i had mine looking like hand grenades. soooo i guess they were not draining as they should and im more bloated than i should be. dr gave me a lecture on how i could get an infection and i need to take this more seriously but i honestly didnt know!!! i almost had a melt down right there in his office. told him i was going to my car to have a good and proper cry.
to top it off i thought i was told to walk hunched over for 3 weeks. turns out it was five days. oh and wait........there's more. i didnt have the drain tubes hanging right on the compression garment. they were spose to loop all the way to the top then hang down over. i had the tubes coming out closer to my hips. not sure if this all even makes sense.
even though i fell as if ive set myself back ten days im ok now. glad i know how to work the drains properly and the dr said he will call me on weds and hopefully have them out by fri.
3rd po appt tomorrow..........................
managed to do the boys laundry. went thru my closet and did a throw out bag and donate bag. took out and looked at the bikini im going to try on for the first time po when i come home tomorrow without the drains. (yes im that hopeful!! lol) i actually have it laying out ready. lol
alot of my swelling seems to have gone down as the cg isnt quite as biting anymore. i still have a pouch but i can suck my stomach in a bit more without pain. only hunching if carrying someting on the heavier side. im also also more flexible as my muscles are not as tight and it doesnt hurt as much to use my core to get out of bed. that being said.......an odd sensation started this morning though. like a burning, stinging right under my skin that comes and goes.
i still have my steri strips on which the ps said to let fall off on their own or he'd remove them when he takes the drains out so i have no clue what my scar looks like.
will update with pics tomorrow after my 1:00pm appt.
take care everyone!!
the drains are out!!
told me i could take a little break from the cg and put it on when i get back home. but i felt funny without it and couldnt wait to get back home to put it on.
saw my scar for the first time and felt queasy. the line is perfectly low and very thin but the ends look ......and where the drains were.......(i have a weak stomach). lol
i go back in two weeks for a follow up and to get some sort of strip put on the scar. i forgot the name of it.
im still a bit pouchy but my ps is very pleased with my results.
thought id be turning cartwheels into trying on my bikini but i have guaze where the drains were and feel worn and tired. lol.
i can also start light exercise like walking. no jogging or zumba class til 6 weeks.
will take and post pics soon
3.5 weeks later. still pretty swollen
today i finally felt ok enough to take updated pics. this thing sure puts you on an emotional rollercoaster
still very swollen more swollen than alot other pics i see of those the same dpo as me. my hips were 3 inches more and waist also 3. as of today hips down by 2.5 and waist by 1 inch.
i can def suck in my stomach alot more now and muscles are not super tight. stomach still numb as expectedly normal.
my scar looks firghtening compared to others the same dpo as me. has been super itchy, dry and scabbing over. ps says leave it alone. dont put anything on it
walking faster. walking hunched for a bit though if ive sat for too long. takes a while and a few strides to stretch out upright and again.
1..scared of my bb. hoping something amazing happens and im not left with a dried out raisin
2. i have an indent (you can kinda see it in the facing forward pic) almost like an elongated diamond shape iin the center of my upper ab area
3. the area where my bb / tat was is now my 'pouchy' area and i noticed the stretch marks wrinkles still there.
will be asking ps these questions.
JULY 10TH - tt, lip of flanks and muscle tightening. perocets, valium, antibiotics. two drains in hips. steristrips
JULY 15TH - first follow up visit and fitted with 'above the knee' cg
JULY 22ND - follow up with ps. drains still in
JULY 26TH - steri strips removed. drains removed covered with gauze
AUG 2ND - af was due. still no sign (how messed up was everone elses cycle po?)
AUG 5TH - appt for stomach ultrasound (no clue what this is about)
AUG 12TH - appt to start scar treatmant (will be almost 5 weeks po)
slept in bed since day one. still using extra pillows to elevate head although ps said not necessary. last nite was able to lay for a bit on my right side. left side still tender from scar and / or drain hole.
i think thats it for now. all feedback welcome!!
will be 4 weeks on weds aug 7th. had ultrasound today.............
back home to log onto work and watch the clock to leave for my fasting ultrasound appt. one last bathroom trip before the longish drive and what do you know AF!!! YESSSS!!! only 3 days late. never been so happy to see her. ......... ok so maybe once in my mid 20's but thats another story! needless to say my day was going well.
the tech is scanning away. i see dark open areas on the screen. yes, i as suspected they are pockets of water. she said one is tiny and the other more sizeable. i thought these things formed in the lower belly, she said they form right below the incision area. i asked if id have to have the needle sucking out the extra fluid thing. she said she didnt know it would be up to my ps. he would have my images in hand by 3pm and to expect a call this evening or tomorrow.
its 9:21pm and i havent received a call. im thinking thats a good thing?
all in all this was a good day. i took some pics earlier and not sure im brave enough to share now or when im closer to a swan
almost 4 weeks
now that the swellin in my stomach has gone down some more i was able to get a better look. before i had to rely on feel and all i couold feel was a wide crusty scar. well it turns out to be residual steri strips. as you can see in one of the areas (blue arrow) the incision line is barely visable. im very pleased with that but my hips areas do concern me.
the ps doesnt want me putting anything on it and scar treatment begins on mon.
ive taken to wearing a girdle under my compression garment for a little extra support.
we will see...........
4 weeks 3 days..........................
so i emailed my ps and told him i think the blood has stopped running to my bb as it looks dried up and dead. i then sent him a pic asking what i should put on it, around it, in it. he told me nothing. no cream, no vitamin e, no marble, nothing!. he told me to get in the shower soap it up and use my washcloth to ease away the scab. i couldnt peel my cg off fast enough. well............what do you know........i managed to ease off the major scab. this morning i worked on the other two smaller ones. poof!! gone. now theres just a few little specs left.
i should be estatic right? i am. but..............my bb looks so tiny. too tiny. or was i just used to it looking so horrid (actually looking back at the pics i cant even see the bloody thing!) maybe it was always this small. my eldest is gonna be 25 this month. i cant remember my pre kid bod!
think the elastic waist pants i wore yesterday were too snug. woke up with super sore flanks. still very tender.
uploaded a pic
5 weeks 3 days
cleared to return to zumba class at 6 weeks which will be weds. bought a flexee girdle support thing i saw at marshalls yesterday. it feels pretty good on as i cant imagine working out in my cg!
taking the stairs at work now up and down four flights with pocket book and laptop bag, no problem. i do feel very stiff after sitting for a while at my desk in the hip area.
cant wait for my 'butt tummy' to go away. the dr said its common when you have the procedure i had where you are cut in two places. he gave told me a trick to hasten the swelling which is to apply added pressure to the area. so during the day i use a couple pieces of gauze which he gave me and when i get home i just roll up a hand towel and place it under my cg. its been five days and i def see a difference. between that and the natural healing process i spose.
lets see what else? hips still puckered. oh the scab came off my vertical scar today in one long peice. all in all i feel pretty darned good!
its my birthday its my birthday!!
i will admit i was a wee bit worried my innards would fall out and come crashing down to the zumba classroom floor but that fear proved to be unfounded! i didnt even wear my flexees boy shorts thing (wore them to work today and they must be too too small cause my flanks were super sore when i got home). just my mike shorts and a tank. i took my time and all was well. i know i went real easy cause im usually the first one breaking out in a sweat and mopping the brow but not even a sweat. looking forward to tomorrow. im baaaack!!! (unless i wake up tomorrow in severe pain...............)
7 and Zumba
8 weeks on the beach
nine weeks today!
wore my flexees boy shorts on the flight down but had to remove it mid air as the dam thing was cutting into me. bought my cg with me but it never left the suitcase. i had ZERO swelling and didnt miss the cg at all. so here i am on week nine feeling fabulous and sexy as hell!
stopped using the scar sheets last week just using bio oil and vitamin e oil twice a day. adding one pic on me on vc will take scar pics later on.
11 weeks today
ive been going to zumba maybe three times a week hoping to get back up to five. jumping jacks and kneee to elbow jumps are harsh on the ends of my incision, almost painful so i modify those movements.
still no compression garment since week 9. i did pull it out and wear it for two days on the weekend but noticed my tummy is happier without it at this point as when i removed it my stomach seemed numb all over as opposed to just the lower half it was before. also i felt stiffer. i know thats prob spose to be a good thing with the tummy contacting more but it was uncomfortable. so here i remain cg free but more comfortable.
ive beed awful with taking pics but think i'll do a 12 week pic update.
its been like forever!
Surgery will be performed by Anup Patel, Resident Physician in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and John A Persing, MD Professor of Plastic Surgery and Professor of Neurosurgery and Section Chief so far so good. will update ratings AFTER surgery today