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!

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

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

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.

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....

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!

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!

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.

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!

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!

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...

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...

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!
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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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Well Done. I haven't gone down a size either as I didn't have lipo but my old clothes look awesome now with out the gut. Congrats on reaching the 6 week PO milestone. Are you going to wean yourself off your binder/cg? I read some ladies still have there's on 3-4 month PO and I think Oh Crap I hope I don't have to so that!!! Im10 days behind you. X
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I've done pretty well the last couple days with just a torset, it's not nearly as tight as the cg but gives me a little support. I think I'll just wear it at work or when I work out. Right this second I'm in just jammies and it really feels nice to have nothing squeezing my middle!
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Yeh I lie in bed at night and have a break from the binder it's awesome! I have an exercise binder I blight from curves for when I start to exercise. I'm counting the days down till I can ditch this binder!
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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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I think the stitch just held the muscle to my skin to hold things together until I healed; doc didn't think there was any permanent damage. But, yeah, it was def scary! Hope you are feeling better tonight, shellerz...
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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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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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Loving that bikini, you look AMAZING. I cant wait to wear one too..I never have been able to all my life~
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Thanks Jennifer! You will be able to have bikinis in every color of the rainbow!!
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oh my gosh abby you look great glad to hear you are doing so good you got the best christmas and new years present a girl could im am so jealous but oh well maybe i can get my soon
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thanks wanda!
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You are looking fabulous! Congrats on the bikini. Rock it, girlfriend!!! I'm looking forward to one, too. :) Continue to feel well and sexy!
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Thanks! I was a fat kid so literally never had a 2 piece before. AND I noticed in the hot tub, my belly doesn't "float" anymore. That used to drive me nuts when I took a bath, all that extra skin just kind of floated and wobbled around. Now I am TIGHT!
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Mine does that in the bath...I never had a stomach till my second child was born..first one gave me lost of stretch marks ...but I love my babies ....so another thing for me to look forward too...
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How is the sensations? Do you have any numb spots still?
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Yep, numb right under my bellybutton, an area probably the size of the palm of my hand. Also, when I do the scar massage it sends these weird electric shocks up to the top of my abdomen; I guess it's where it used to be attached? Very strange sensation!
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The nerves do not know they have relocated..that is one thing my friend told me about when she had hers...She said ..It will subside...
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