Back in my normal jeans!

After losing 70 pounds and keeping it off for 8...

After losing 70 pounds and keeping it off for 8 years, I wanted and needed a tummy tuck soooo badly. I finally scheduled a consultation for last Tuesday, and they had a cancellation for surgery tomorrow. So I took it! Six days after my consult (and eight years of thinking about it) I am sooo ready!

Girls, I am doing so good! I haven't even taken...

Girls, I am doing so good! I haven't even taken Tylenol yet! My TT was around 11am today and I was home by 3:30. The only small problem is my left drain is clogged up; it's also tender where it goes into my skin. I called the surgeon and he said the other drain would suffice until I go back for my first check up tomorrow morning. I am moving around, had a light dinner, and truly the pain pump is a godsend. I am only uncomfortable when I am getting up out of the recliner. All in all the best possible surgery day I could have hoped for. I was a nervous wreck yesterday but pretty calm this morning. So very glad I finally did this. To all of you going in this month, good luck and you will be so glad you did this too! BTW I am lying in the recliner and my tummy is concave; my gut is GONE and I am so thrilled! {{{{Hugs}}}} to you all!
Congrats, u made it to the flat side. I will be there in 4 weeks. I have to get me a recliner. Happy Healing
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so glad to hear you are doing good i want to have one but just dont have the money but it is going to be a late christmas present to my self after the first of the year im going to save every dime so hopefully i will be saying the same think in a few months good luck will look for pictures and updates later
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Glad you are doing so great! I go in the morning to have my TT....nervous, excuted, nervous! lol Keep us posted.
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The good news: I slept really good all night in...

The good news: I slept really good all night in the recliner. The bad news: when I woke up I was one hurting puppy! The tylenol I took yesterday was long gone. After making it to and from the bathroom I took half a percocet. I am hoping that will be enough. I am afraid they will upset my stomach and I figure I can always take more if a half isn't a strong enough dose. Back in the recliner and feeling better. I see the surgeon this morning to take off the dressings and I will have hubby take a pic of whats underneath. Can't wait to see what I look like! I still am very glad I did this; the pain is temporary but the results are lifelong!

So apparently my CG slipped down and that's why I...

So apparently my CG slipped down and that's why I have the red track across my new tummy. Doc said to make sure I keep it pulled all the way up. The brown square is the adhesive patch that holds the cath for the pain pump. For less than 24 hours post-op I think I look pretty good!
so glad that you are doing good you really look great cant wait to see more pictures and cant wait untill i can get mine
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Day one and you look great. Rest up and get better x
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You look great... Congrats to you! :) I can't wait... I pray mine goes great to... I can't wait to lay down and not have an ugly belly looking back at me.. : )
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Day two PO and doing well! The pain was worse...

Day two PO and doing well! The pain was worse yesterday; today I am only on Tylenol. Feeling steadier on my feet and starting to feel a little bored so I guess that is a good sign! lol Tomorrow I see the PS for another followup and I think he will remove the pain pump. Will be glad to not have to navigate around that anymore! My drains are still filling but instead of blood it is a clear liquid so I assume that means I am healing. I am planning on working next Monday, 12/10 but since I can't drive yet I will have to be dropped off and picked up. I will post another pic tomorrow after the checkup.
Glad to hear your doing well, take it easy though try not to do to much. Looking good
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well abby so glad you are still doing great glad you are not having a lot of pain hope the rest of the girls are doing great also just wish it was my turn but it will be mine at some point hugs to all of you have a good nite
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wow! you look great!! cant wait for my turn my TT is on Dec. 14! can't believe it,, did u have MR also? My PS says i dont need it, just TT. Im hoping the recovery will be faster without the MR. hoping! well you look so good!
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Well, this morning the colace did its job but now...

Well, this morning the colace did its job but now I'm really shaky and light headed. Sat in the bathroom for quite a while during the process. Back in the recliner until appointment time with PS. Still not upright; tummy feels really tight and burns at times. All normal, I'm sure. I will post a new pic when I get back.

As I thought, PS pulled the pain pump out this...

As I thought, PS pulled the pain pump out this morning. I am feeling really down today, I look really puffy in today's pic. I know this is normal. It is just getting to me I guess. Pain is really not bad at all. I have a lot to be grateful for.
oh my gosh you really look great hope you have a good nite are you still sleeping in the recliner and are you still bent over cant wait to see more
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looking good
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You have just had major surgery anesthetic does funny things to you. Just rest and recover your tummy will be fantastic just give it time xxx
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I am sooo swollen today. Lots of weird sensations...

I am sooo swollen today. Lots of weird sensations in my tummy; tingles, pinches, pulls, itchies...Pain is not bad at all. I just feel so bloated. BLECH!
I will be allowed to shower tomorrow for the first time, looking forward to that so much! I will take another pic then so you can see what day 5 looks like!
Hey there, I get the tingles, pinches, pulls etc all the time at the moment - come out of nowhere! I guess it's all the nerve endings, and muscles and all that other jazz reconnecting and making itself better. It's a good sign! Glad your pain hasn't been bad since you had your pain pump pulled yesterday - I know you'd felt down after that. The puffiness and swelling thus far isn't freaking me out too much - I guess that's because I haven't had it bad yet! I'm trying to do little physical stuff today having overdone it yesterday and ended up swollen last night. I guess it's a really fine line at this part of the recovery to want to do stuff, but then pay for it with swelling or tiredness! Anyway, I just wanted to check in and say hi.
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Is it normal to feel like your belly is flaming hot? I am a little worried...
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i've heard others say that they get an intense burning around the incision too. normal.... more things to look forward to!
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Ok, so the shower was quite the ordeal. It felt...

Ok, so the shower was quite the ordeal. It felt really good, but the second CG the doc sent me home with was hard to get on afterward and those darn drains are IN THE WAY! I am back in the recliner for awhile. I don't think the swelling has gotten any worse from two days ago but I don't think it's better, either. I am hoping the sides will smooth out; looks a little like I have dog ears. I am surprised at how exhausted I am. The pain definitely peaked at day 3/4 and is very manageable now. Hopefully the drains come out on Tuesday (day 9) and then everything will be much easier. Still pretty happy with result and it's early!
You look great! Belly button looks perfect. Hang in there. Those drains are a pain!
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I am so jealous you got to shower!
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When can you shower? Soon?
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Just got back from spending three hours at my...

Just got back from spending three hours at my office trying to get a handle on what needs to be done after being out last week. I'll tell you, I am so exhausted I am literally shaking. I was planning on half days this week to ease into it but geez just the three was too much. My back is spasming because I still can't stand up straight and that is the longest stretch of time that I have been out of the recliner since my surgery. It sucks to be at work when you still feel crappy. Gonna be a long week. I guess I will have to wear these baggy sweats tomorrow as well because the drains will be in until Tuesday morning. Real professional looking! lol
ABBY IM SURE THAT WHAT EVER YOU WEAR YOU WILL LOOK BEAUTIFUL DONT WORRY JUST TRY TO HAVE A GOOD COUPLE OF HOURS THINK ABOUT THAT WONDERFUL FLAT BELLY OF YOURS AND THAT WILL BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY I WILL INCLUDE YOU IN MY PRAYERS IN THE MORNING AS I START MY DAY GOD BLESS YOU ABBY AND THANKS FOR THE UPDATES I REALLY ENJOY THEM
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Abby65, which pain pump did your doctor give you?
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I think it was called On-Q? It hung around my neck and two thin catheters went into the upper part of my abdomen. Seemed to work really well!
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I worked from 6:45 this morning until almost 11:00...

I worked from 6:45 this morning until almost 11:00 and that was plenty. My back really aches after being upright that long and my legs were getting shaky. Back in the recliner! I ended up wearing stretchy pants and a big sweater. The drains kind of stuck out on the sides so I wore a vest to hide that. Got a lot of stuff done so I feel very satisfied. I will say, though, that if I didn't have to go back after one week off, I wouldn't. I will post another pic soon.
Try and take it easy you don't want to over do it x
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abby so glad you made it thru this morning i knew you would but enjoy the rest of the day in your recliner you well deserve it lay back in your recliner and take you a nap and have some nice dreams look forward to more updates
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Thanks, Wanda, actually I just woke up! I woke myself up snoring! LMAO
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I guess I have hit the emotional part of recovery....

I guess I have hit the emotional part of recovery. My husband thinks I overdid it going back to work but I felt and still feel I have no choice. I work for a municipality and there are critical end-of-year tasks that must be done this week. Not feeling well at all; sad, achy, sore, teary, bloated, discouraged. Kind of like I am coming down with the flu or something. So overwhelmed. I felt this way last night and I hoped I would shake it by this morning but no such luck. I see the doc this morning so hopefully that will cheer me up. Sorry for the bummer of a post but I want to keep this real. I'm sure this will pass so I promise to post something more positive as soon as I feel it. Hugs to all.

PO Day 8: My PS took the drains out this morning...

PO Day 8: My PS took the drains out this morning (didn't hurt a bit) and said my incision looks "perfect" which was nice to hear. He was very reassuring about my fatigue; said my recovery is "aggressive" and I need to listen to my body; in other words, I need to slow down. I didn't go into work at all today; as a matter of fact, I slept for two hours after I got home from the appointment. Thanks to all for the encouraging comments, I do appreciate the support. Tomorrow morning I'll get up, take a nice hot shower, and head in to work again. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.....

Took a new pic and it cheered me up! I am really...

Took a new pic and it cheered me up! I am really happy with how things look so far! Definitely a roller coaster kind of day....
Wahoos.....Abby's abs!!! Looking amazing!
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you go girl you look great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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you look great...your scare is exactly what I want! hope you feel better : )
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Ladies, be very careful showering; when my binder...

Ladies, be very careful showering; when my binder comes off my blood pressure drops and I almost pass out. Has happened twice so far including this morning I am 9 days PO. I'm sure this will get better but don't try showering without someone nearby for awhile.

Thanks so much for the support, it really helps! ...

Thanks so much for the support, it really helps! Today I spent two hours at work then did a few errands, now back in my old friend the recliner! Exhausted again but not to the point i was at before where I was almost sick. This is definitely a longer recovery than I thought; part of me is disappointed in myself but I know this is a bigger surgery than I've ever had before and I need to be realistic My other surgeries were done laparoscopicly (sp?) so there is no comparison I guess. Every day feeling better, stronger, and flatter! Thanks again for listening and responding; it's amazing what caring words do for your outlook. I appreciate every one of you and hope you all are having a great day!
Keep your head up and be positive! Believe me we all having these feelings of what the heck did i do to myself! remember how you felt before the surgery and remember that the tummy you had before did not magically appear.... its a process that you will look back on and be happy you did it!!! High 5 girl
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Hang in there! We all feel that way sometimes but you have to remember how blessed you are to even be able to afford such a surgery. You are going to look back on this one day on the beach in your bathing suit and wonder why you ever worried about it! I agree with how long the recovery is, but at least we're moving forward!
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oh abby so sorry you are feeling down today but you still look great go home get in that recliner take a nap and when you wake up im sure you will feel a least a little better hope the rest of you day goes better
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Face-palm moment of this whole experience happened...

Face-palm moment of this whole experience happened last night. I realized I am 10 days post op and yet my bottle of antibiotics is a third full still. Read the label: Take one tablet 4 times per day with food. I've been taking them 3 times a day since December 3rd when I had my surgery. So this whole time I haven't had the right level in my system. Luckily, no infection, but DUH! Read your labels, girls, don't be like me!! lol Headed out to work soon, back in recliner by noon for a nap. This has become my routine. Next week I'll up my hours again and see how that goes. Hope everyone has a great day!
well abby it will be fine im sure you are not the first one to do this and you proably wont be the last if all you have to worry about is missing one antibiotic a day im sure no harm has been done so dont worry just continue on most of us only eat 2 meals a day so we would only take 2 its natural you eat 3 times you take 3 who eats 4 meals a day hope your day went fairly well today look forward to a new update the weekend is almost here so you will have 2 days to not have to worry about going in to the office so that will be extra rest for you remember that the recliner is your best friend see you soon
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Pretty swollen especially above the incision line...

Pretty swollen especially above the incision line but everything is healing beautifully. My energy level is starting to come back, too.
Your tummy looks amazing!!!
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Dude....ABs! Looking amazing mama!
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Excellent results, try and slow down a little and rest when you can xx
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Definitely getting back to my old self! Today is...

Definitely getting back to my old self! Today is two weeks post op and I worked 8.5 hours, came home and made dinner. Definitely glad to be in my jammies with my feet up at this point, but I feel like I have really turned a corner as far as feeling "off" before and now feeling amazing! I see PS tomorrow for my 2 wk check, then not again until the 27th. Feeling happy tonight!
You look great!!!!
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thanks!
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you are looking great still be careful and dont over do it!!!!!!!
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MY PS cleared me to use my hot tub again so I got...

MY PS cleared me to use my hot tub again so I got a 2 piece bathing suit and a glass of wine and rocked it! lol It's on our back deck and yes, it's snowy here. I keep the water temp at 100 so it's not so hot that it is uncomfortable; it's like a bubbly bathtub! It's only a couple steps away from the door so just a hop skip and a jump through the snow and you're in heaven!

My scar is healing well; all the tape is off and I'm doing massage twice a day with an herbal scar balm that my PS gave me. I have been super swollen lately but that is probably because I'm back to 10 hour days at work. Still wearing the CG 24/7 and glad to have the support (at this point it feels weird to NOT have it on). I am very happy with my result! I am starting to stress about not exercising but I don't want to rush things and have a setback, and honestly I'm still so exhausted that just getting through the day is enough to focus on for now. I'm in bed between 8 and 9pm most nights! Overall I would say the fatigue is the part of this surgery that has surprised me. I knew I could handle the pain, and recovery was pretty much as I expected. But this surgery really is a big shock to the system. I feel like a little old lady (with a flat sexy belly)! LOL Happy New Year everyone!
Thanks for the ego boost! I needed that tonight!
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oh my good gosh almighty you look fantastic !!!!!!!!!!you go girl
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You look great!
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I feel so swollen and uncomfortable but when i...

I feel so swollen and uncomfortable but when i take the CG off the only part of me that really looks swollen is my lower back on each side (wtf, is that from lying around for a month?) and right under my bb, above the scar. I tried on a couple work dresses and the tummy area looks flatter than before, (thank god) but i sure don't feel thinner. I was sure I had a seroma last night; we went to a movie and I felt something move in my abdomen, kind of like a rippling movement under the skin but when I checked under the CG in the bathroom there was no waterbed-like ripple. It's done it a couple more times since. Maybe a muscle spasm or something? Anyway, I feel so much thicker than before the TT. My PS is going to tell me I don't have to wear this CG anymore after one more week but god if I feel this thick now won't it be worse without the compression? I wish I knew when I would start to feel like I am sexy and not a sausage. I haven't started workouts yet because I'm sooo tired after working all day. This has truly been a rollercoaster of emotions so I guess tomorrow will be a happy day, huh? :0) Hangin in there...
well abby i think you look great sorry to hear that you feel thick i really think you look real darn good welcoming my look when i get to have mine are you drinking lots of water i was told that that was real good as it helps with washing out your system getting the drugs out so that it helps with the feeling of fatigue that might be some of the problem also i know when i had my two c sections i was told when you have a major surgery it shocks your body and that it can take up to 6 mths. to totally get over feeling that way and longer for others well i hope your sunday goes better for you look forward to more updates and pictures
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I am sure it is the normal swelling Abby...but you are right, it is a roller coaster. Stay positive, it'll pass....
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The sound was so loud even my husband heard it! ...

The sound was so loud even my husband heard it! You should have seen the look on his face! It didn't hurt but omg it was a loud kind of pop/twang sound. My PS checked me yesterday because I was a little sore afterward and I have a spot next to my BB that keeps getting a charleyhorse; the muscle either contracts into a knot or ripples which feels very weird. Anyway, he said it was a quilitng stitch that broke which he puts in to prevent seromas and since it's not permanent he's not surprised it gave out. No harm done, and I don't have to go back until March for my 3 month visit. They took my "after" pics, too. He said I'm doing great. Still swollen, and tire easily, but back to normal life for the most part. Just thought I'd share in case someone else breaks a MR stitch...
oh my gosh abby so glad that you are ok you look great keep us updated your pictures look fabulous i know that you are tickled pink
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Wow! I'm so glad your ok. I've never heard of that. I had no idea it would make a sound like that. You look fabulous by the way :).
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Holy crap thats scary! Glad it won't affect your results abby!
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Back to walking my usual routine, and I am...

Back to walking my usual routine, and I am starting pilates on Tuesday. Both my CGs were in the wash Friday morning so I went to work with nothing and damn if I didn't do just fine! 6 weeks PO in two days and I feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have some swelling I would like gone but I feel good and I can wear stuff that I couldn't since the TT so I am happy. I knew I wouldn't go down a size cuz PS didn't do lipo, just the saggy gut is gone but I look lots better and my clothes fit/hang better. VERY VERY VERY happy!
You look great!
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so lucky to put your pants again!! You are giving me hope, can't wait!
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:-D awesome news abby!
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