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Almost 61 and Nervous !!! - New Jersey

I'm 61 as of May 5th. I've never had a...

I'm 61 as of May 5th. I've never had a flat belly, even at my thinest. I had a face lift done 2 years ago, and really liked my ps. Ever since then, I've been dreaming of having a TT (with lipo). I've been working a 2nd job and saving, and I finally have enough $$, and my husband's blessing to proceed. I'm so nervous ! I work in a school setting, and I'm scheduled for 6/26. I'm taking the summer off to recuperate, and have told no one but my 29 year old daughter that I'm doing this...

I'm a month away and I'm excited and nervous. What...

I'm a month away and I'm excited and nervous. What are people doing about comfortable clothing post op? I'm a jeans kinda person, and I can't imagine that being comfortable. Do I need to buy a whole new temporary wardrobe? Would stretchy yoga or leggings do the trick? I want to be prepared. What kinds of clothing is best ? I guess I sound a little strange worrying about such a trivial thing... I know and trust my ps, so I'm not too worried about the surgery (yet)... Anyone else fretting about post op clothing ?

Is it true that you need to be on a liquid diet...

Is it true that you need to be on a liquid diet before surgery? My doc just told me to "eat lite " the several days before surgery... I'm getting so nervous about what to do and when to do it...! Wish I had a list of exactly what to eat and when.
Three more weeks exactly to go! Tuesday the 26th is my big day.. Yikes!

I'm getting very excited and of course nervous. I...

I'm getting very excited and of course nervous. I just bought a really soft nightgown at Macy's (on sale), that could double as a sun dress. Maybe I can wear it home from the hospital. Hey, all you post op's what kinds of foods do you recommend right before/ and after surgery ? Yogurt, smoothies? Chicken, meat, what should I have in the house?

All right, my day is TOMORROW morning ! Have to...

All right, my day is TOMORROW morning ! Have to be at the hospital by 10:00 am ! Yikes, I'm excited and nervous all rolled into one. I think I'm ready. This site has been so helpful with all kinds of advice. Got my little overnite bag packed. Got all my Rx's ready, just have to make it through today, and then I'll be (as everyone says) "on the flat side"... Decided to wear some light weight sweat pants home with a tee shirt. that should be comfortable, I hope. To all my good friends who are going in the next few days... good luck, G_d speed, and talk to you soon !

Ok, I think I'm day 10 p.o. (June 26 was my...

Ok, I think I'm day 10 p.o. (June 26 was my surgery). I'm doing pretty well. My drains came out last Monday, day 6 p.o. I consider that pretty lucky because from what I read, a lot of folks have to deal with them for much longer. Getting them out wasn't bad. The one on the left was more uncomfortable than the one on the right. Now those spots are scabbed over and a little itchy. Went to my p.s. yesterday and he removed most of my belly button stitches, just told me to put a little triple antibiotic ointment on it, and that's it. He also told me my cg wasn't tight enough !!! I'll try harder. I'm off the narcotic pain killers since Tuesday, which means I used them for one week. Last night I did take an oxy before bed, as I was hurting. The discomfort definitely is the worst in the evening. After dinner (no matter what I eat) I feel bloated. My tummy looks flat and that is amazing to me! I am so thankful for this web site. People are so supportive and caring and share so much information that helps me cope.

Today is day 13 post op. I finally figured out how...

Today is day 13 post op. I finally figured out how to put a photo on my profile (I think)... It's not great, I took it with my iPad, and had a hard time figuring out . Let me know someone if you can see it. Still kinda swollen. I'm feeling better, but I still get tired easily, and I'm not doing a whole lot...reading, watching TV, quick trips to the grocery store, napping, resting, and more resting.

Went for a Dr. visit today 16 days p.o. ...

Went for a Dr. visit today 16 days p.o. Everything looks good. Dr. took my last couple of stitches out of my bb. Didn't feel a thing. No gauze, no more antibiotic cream, nothing. He put some new steri-strips strips on my incision (which I think looks really good) and said when they fall off, that's it. At 1 month p.o. we'll start with the silicone strips, which he said are reusable ????? Anyone know anything about that? I asked if I could go in the pool (my daughter is visiting tomorrow) and got the green light to get wet, but he said to rinse off in a shower when I get out to get the chlorine off. So far so good... Forgot to ask about these daily headaches. Maybe I'll call. Next appt. is in 2 weeks.

It's 20 days p.o. today. Things are coming a long...

It's 20 days p.o. today. Things are coming a long nicely. My tummy is looking good, still a little swollen, but not too bad. Had an emergency with my 94 year old mother yesterday, and today I'm wiped out ! I'll be taking a nap today, for sure. Discomfort is minimal, and of course still wearing my binder 24/7.

Today was my (almost) 4 week p.o. check up....

Today was my (almost) 4 week p.o. check up. Everything is coming along well. Of course there is some swelling. I've posted some before and 4 wk. p.o. pictures... I guess for 61 it's not too bad. The Dr. told me to try to reduce my salt intake. I love salty things, but I will try.
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Dr B just did my TT. I am 10 day PO. Feeling good. And looking good. He is such a great doctor to work with. He did my BR a couple years ago. Happy with results.
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Did you find out what those headaches were about? I get them over the very top of my head. I'm 13 days pat op fro a granny takeover.
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you are lookin good how u be iam goin oct1 for tt/lipo mr
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Hi Doylestown,

How are you doing? Saw your pics at 4 wks looking good:)
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Good for you, Lindaft ! You will have no regrets! Your surgery will be here before you know it. Keep me posted on your progress. You're a tiny woman and should have great results. I'm 5'1" and 124lbs, so I'm not as thin as you. You will be so pleased!
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Nice to see someone just a little younger than my 68 having TT. Having mine on July 31st and pre-op testing yesterday. Told to stop vitamins but not alcohol as I told them I have a drink every evening. I'm just over 4"11" and 106 lbs but after 2 C-sections (vertical scar) I look like I have 2 backsides and hate trying to buy a bathing suit and find all blouses to tight on midriff . Looking forward to not looking pregnant in bathing suit and wearing a dress without my stomach jutting out. My PS was recommended by 3 of my doctors, primary, dermatologist, and gynecologist and had great web reviews.
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Doyle.....you look AMAZING! I too am almost 4weeks po on this Thursday. I also have swelling. But so glad I don't have that hanging apron....good luck,.and keep posting so we can keep in touch.
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u look great good luck on the salt lol
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Thanks, my friends. Happy healing !
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4 week po..you look good !
--I am sure the swelling will subside with time...from what I've read...its the bodys way of healing....drink lots of water with lemon :O)...thanks for sharing!!
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Looking good Doylestown :)
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I decided to wait until Monday, when I have an appointment... I don't think it's infected(at least I hope not) .
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Sorry to hear about your mother.. hope all is well now?
Was your PS able to get you in today about your BB?
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waitin for hembgolhim to go up right now its 9.9 i go back on 14 next month for labs
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When are you having your surgery, Saint Joseph ?
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well u look good wish my turn will hurry up
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Stupid me, I didn't take any before pic's. When I go to my next appointment I'm going to ask my p.s. if he can email my before pictures...!
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u look good did u have any before pictures how your headack
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She's in some pain, but considering she's 94, she's doing pretty well ! Thanks, Jhowell! It's a relief for me. I'm exhausted today. I think it took more out of me than I realized.
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Thanks, Mollyata !
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What a day/night!!! I got a call last night, my 94 year old mother fell and was taken to the ER. It's about an hour away. She's got 3 broken ribs and a broken nose ;-(
I know it has nothing to do with TT's but I had to share...
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Sorry...prayers for her! (and you:O)
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Oh Doyle...so sorry to hear that. How is she doing today?
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Thankyou! Your blog has been a help to me because I am 60 and needed to find someone who I could really relate to. Hope I do as well as you have done.
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Hi there Mollyata - I just turned 51 so yes you can do it and deserve it! do it for you : )
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