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17 Days PO...Getting Better Each Day!!

Hi All, I'm new to this site but have recently...

Hi All, I'm new to this site but have recently decided to go ahead with a TT...I've been wanting to do this ever since I lost all my weight from my second pregnancy...I thank god my daughter was healthy but my body was a train wreck.. Gained 90 pounds. As quickly as I gained the weight - I lost it under a year leaving my stomach - as my children would say..."it feels like dough mommy".

We laugh about it but I've always told them not to get used to it. I'm not overweight - I weigh 135 lbs and am 5"4'. I'm just tired of looking down at all the rolls and after you hit 40, it's all downhill from here ladies!

Anyhow, Aug 1st will be my big day and feel very comfortable with the physician I've finally decided to go with. I'll be staying overnight at a hospital after the surgery and have prepped my husband and family with the upcoming surgery. I'm scared and elated at the same time. Can't wait!

Tomorrow is the pre-op! I've been really going...

Tomorrow is the pre-op! I've been really going back and forth with really going through with this.....until I looked down at my rolls! I am so ready!!! Weds will be the surgery. When I get to my computer, I'll upload the before pics. I hope the other ladies going through the same - has a quick and almost painless process.

Went to pre-op and visit with the doctor to go...

Went to pre-op and visit with the doctor to go over the final details before the big day. Although it was initially scheduled for weds, we rescheduled it for Friday. The doctor went out of his way to accommodate the surgery date. Anyhow, he said that he would see me on saturday at the hospital just to make sure everything is healing properly. Just a few more days! I have to say that the staff and dr at the office were wonderful. They took their time answered all my questions, gave me the prescriptions that need to be filled before surgery AND they gave me multi-vitamins to start taking before, during and after surgery - just to expedite the healing process. Can't wait!!!

After reading so many posts, I'm going to have a...

After reading so many posts, I'm going to have a hospital bed delivered to my house on Friday! Not a bad price, 165.00 for the month. I'm just debating on where to place it...Everyone has been joking around at the house and will wheel me around so I don't miss out on any action. If anyone has any suggestions on where I should have the hospital bed, please feel free to share!

Picked up my prescriptions and have started on a new prescription vitamin today. 3 more days!!!

After reading so many posts, I'm going to have a...

After reading so many posts, I'm going to have a hospital bed delivered to my house on Friday! Not a bad price, 165.00 for the month. I'm just debating on where to place it...Everyone has been joking around at the house and will wheel me around so I don't miss out on any action. If anyone has any suggestions on where I should have the hospital bed, please feel free to share!

Picked up my prescriptions and have started on a new prescription vitamin today. 3 more days!!!

Well tomorrow is the big day! I have my bags...

Well tomorrow is the big day! I have my bags packed, had the hospital bed delivered to the house and everything organized. I took the hospital bed for a test drive...it is so comfortable....glad I made that call.

My husband is very worried but after the surgery is over, he'll be okay. The kids started tearing up when the hospital bed arrived to the house today....they are so sweet. They told me that they liked my tummy smooshy and tried to talk me out of it. They felt better when I told them that I would call right after surgery. I think I'm more worried about the kids being upset than I am over this surgery. It soon will be over!! See you on the other side :-)

Surgery was a success! I've not seen my new tummy...

Surgery was a success! I've not seen my new tummy yet but will post pics! What a relief , I'm glad the surgery is behind me and can focus on feeling better.

The hospital gave me a morphin drip but hardly used it. YAY!!!!!!

2 days post op... Everything was running so...

2 days post op... Everything was running so smooth, It was bordering -too good to be true-status until 2am. My pain meds were worn off and out of the blue - I started coughing. I now know what pain is!!!! Man did that hurt. So I have been taking it easy all day.

Tomorrow I have a follow up with the PS. I've been draining very little, so I'm hoping he takes out both drains.

I went for my checkup with my PS. He was able to...

I went for my checkup with my PS. He was able to take one of the drains out today. He asked that I come back tomorrow afternoon and he will take out the other.(YAY!!) It has been less than a week since the surgery and everything is clicking right along. The only concern that I had was the swelling and the PS said it would take a couple months - which I am completely ok with.

It has been less than a week since the surgery and I feel better each day! Everyone has been saying they can already see a difference even with the binder/drains on...I'm very happy with the decision of going through with this. My family has been so supportive with all of this. I've been staying at my parents house and have been pampered. Next week will be going back to NC and I should be strong enough to care for my husband/children without any issues.

For all the ladies that are hesitant in going through with this type procedure, make sure you find the right PS (I can't stress this enough), stay overnight in the hospital, take vitamins (no vitamin E), rent a hospital bed, expect to be down for at least 6 weeks and finally to know you will have some emotional ups and downs - It's just part of the process. Happy Healing :-)

Went to PS 3 days ago and I am officially drain...

Went to PS 3 days ago and I am officially drain and staple free!! I was not able to take a shower until this morning and was able to get out of the house with my husband. We went to SAM's club and was sporting one of those nifty scooters. I laughed to myself because I was feeling REALLY cool especially when my husband pointed out some Hollywood rock star and his "niece" were staring at me. I thought to myself...... "scooter envy".

Anyhow, everything is going really well. The only thing that kind of got under my skin was my husband looking at me with disgust on his face as I was getting ready to walk in the shower. I approached him about it afterwards and he was trying to dance around it. I told him that the incision will go away. He has told everyone including my PS that he did not support me with this whole deal. I just thank god for my family and children being supportive. Maybe one day he will understand or better yet is reincarnated to female and gains 80+ pounds with pregnancy.

I just posted my 12 day post op pics. Out of the...

I just posted my 12 day post op pics. Out of the blue, I started getting some bruising on my left side of my stomach but it was to be expected. I just can't beleive it hasn't been 2 weeks and I can already tell the swelling is slowly dissapating. I'm still very happy with the results.

Went to my 2 week post op and the little bruising...

Went to my 2 week post op and the little bruising that started on my belly is called Hematoma. I think it was from my coughing episode early on because it hurt REALLY bad. I didn't think it was an issue at the time of the visit but the PS gave me Arnica and asked that I take it twice a day and massage the area daily. I hope it goes away soon!! other than that, all is well. I feel great but I have to remind myself not to push it.

I just started using the Scar Away cream that my...

I just started using the Scar Away cream that my PS gave me at my last appointment and I also found it at walmart for $10. It's only been a couple days since I started using it and I can already tell a difference. The bruising is starting to go away too!! Everyday is getting better. I just posted a before/after pic at po day 16 and a pic of my incision area. Big Difference!!
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How are you doing girlie?
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Wow! What a transformation!!! You look fabulous.
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Thanks MM TT - I appreciate the supportive words! :)
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Your's TT looks amazing, your surgeon did such a nice job with the scar. I am having mine in 30 days (counting down!). Must admit I am getting nervous, particularly because I have seen so many different pictures with such different results.. but your's sets my mind at ease :)
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Thanks npkd. I interviewed and researched many PS's before making my final decision and was ok with paying a little more to get the right one. When I sat down with my PS, I told him what my major concerns were...the incision and muscle repair. I also brought up lipo and he flat out said I didn't need it. Anyone of the PS's could have said sure thing and try to get extra $$. He wasn't that way at all. Anyhow, you will do great with the surgery. It's not easy but is so well worth it. I have more confidence now than I ever had. My husband also admitted afterwards that he was happy I went through with it and he was against it the whole time!! Pls keep me posted and if u have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me. Hugs!
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Your looking great! Glad to hear the hematoma is getting better!
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Bummer on the hematoba - you're still looking good though! =)
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Hi SoontoBFlat. Thank you! the hematoma is getting much better, thank goodness. I really think it happened when I had that coughing episode in the beginning and am really happy it's going away. How are you doing?
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u are looking good and it only gets better everyday ;)keep us posted
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Thank you! I just posted a new one with a before/after pic. It does keep getting better. I feel like a new person :-)
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Yes please go slow and really baby yourself for the first month:)

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I will :-) I'm taking it real slow until the bruising goes away.. thank you!
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Good deal:)

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Your results look great! Are u doing any scar therapy yet? I'm po day 23 & just started today
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Thank you! I've not starting using scar therapy yet. Do you have any recommendations? I'm very much interested in learning more about this.
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I've read that the silicon sheeting is the best. You can order it online from places like makemeheal.com Also mederma is suppose to be really good. I started massaging mine today with biooil & also got (I'll use before bed) which you paint on. It's suppose to have the benefits on scar cream but it also contains silicon & works like the strips. I brought everything at CVS for like $60.
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Thank you! I'll be going to CVS today :-)
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Welcome Excuse my typo in the other post. I got Scar Guard from CVS & Scar Away silicon sheeting too. I decided to go with the silicone sheeting. It comes in little strips & u put them side by side(but you can use micropore tape over it to make it all one piece). You use them for 2 wks at least 12 hrs/day then replace with new ones(take them off daily & wash & dry them). One box will probably last like 6 wks & only costs $20. Hope this helps:)
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I was planning on going to CVS today and pick up the scar guard and scar away silicon sheeting but my doctor gave me "scar zone cream". Have you heard of this??
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Ooh no I haven't heard of that one. I bet it's awesome if it come from your PS. I took the scar guard back & am just doing the sheeting(when I take it off before I shower & wash the strips I massage biooil on my scar). I can already tell a slight difference:) I think you'll get great results from any of these products though!
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My PS swears by Queen Helene cocoa butter sticks (like big chap stick) you can buy it in ethnic hair care section of Family Dollar type stores. Smells wonderful
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Hi Beautychick, I started the "scar away" yesterday and will post a pic soon but I think it's starting to work. I went to my local cvs store today and they didn't have the silicone sheets. I think I'll wait a couple weeks before using them. Btw. I saw your pics. You look GREAT! Congrats :-)
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Thanks for the recommendation! How long did it take before the results started to show?
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Thanks for the tip!
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That was to BBGalini =) and Beautychick! =)
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