Dreams Can Come True - TT/MR/Hernia - Ohio

I can't believe the day is finally almost...

I can't believe the day is finally almost here! I am 38 years old with 4 children and a wonderful husband. I am 5'4" and weigh 133 pounds.

I had a lot of loose skin after baby number 3, but after baby #4 I had pretty bad muscle separation. I can actually stick my fingers in between the muscles (or lack of)! In fact, my stomach sticks out so much from the separation that I look like I am pregnant all the time even though my friends say they can't even see it. Yeah right! I also have had an umbilical hernia since baby #3 (9 years old).

I have been dreaming of a TT since I had the stretched out skin and didn't think I would really do it, but here I am...going tomorrow to get my new, flat belly! Woohoo! I am so excited!

I can't believe I am actually going to show pictures. :( I'm so embarrassed.


I did it! My surgery was Friday morning. Fell...

I did it! My surgery was Friday morning. Fell right to sleep and next thing I know, I'm in recovery.

I felt really good on Friday and Saturday. Sunday was a different story and I pretty much felt pain the whole day. I kept feeling this stinging/burning feeling on my right side. PS says it is the nerves reattaching.

Until today I wasn't able to eat more than a few bites of anything before I felt full. Today, I was able to eat a whole piece of fruit! Hooray!

I had an appointment with my PS this morning to change dressings, etc so I got to see my belly. Oh my! It looks incredible! Bikini body, here I come! My husband said he couldn't believe how awesome it looked already!

So I guess it has been a few days since I have...

So I guess it has been a few days since I have posted. The last few days weren't that great for me.

On Tuesday, (4 days post)I felt a little better and missed my family, so I spent some time downstairs, ate dinner down there, watched kids playing in the backyard, etc. It was only a few hours and all I really did was sit! I had felt chills all day and attributed it to the cool temperatures (upper 70s instead of mid 90s we've had lately). Turns out I had a low fever. Took some Tylenol and went to bed.

Yesterday, I felt kind of depressed. I think I am missing the hustle and bustle of my regular life. I am not one to stay home and lay around all the time so this has taken a toll on me. It did help to talk to some of my friends yesterday on the phone, so I recommend that highly!

I did get to finally take a shower! Oh my gosh, it felt incredible. I wanted to stay in there all day! Truly amazing and the best part of my day!

I continued to have the fever yesterday, so I called my ps and he had me come in. They ended up pulling out one of my drains which didn't hurt at all even though I thought I was going to pass out from being so nervous about it! Ha! They also took the stitches out of my belly button. The other drain will come out on Monday.

I had to start wearing my "pantie girdle" last night. I swear, that thing is SO tight! Anyway, until Monday, I am supposed to wear the pantie girdle (kind of like a spanx but supposedly "hospital grade") and then wear my binder over top of that! I swear, I feel so claustrophobic! I was practically crying trying to put it all on last night and falling asleep was a whole different story! I swear, these compression garments are going to be the death of me!

Today is Thursday so 6 days post op. I need to get a picture of my belly to show you guys. I can't believe how flat it is despite the swelling. I can't even get on my pre-op shorts that were too big for me before. I don't really look that swollen, but apparently I am.

Anyway, may try to get some pics today so I can update. I know people love seeing the pictures!

Sharing some new photos - 6 days po I...

Sharing some new photos - 6 days po

I can't wait until the swelling goes down. Also, I have been assured that the shiny area you see above my incision will heal perfectly. I can't believe the difference from less than a week ago!

One week post op today and I felt like I could do...

One week post op today and I felt like I could do tons! I still stayed in the house all day, but was up and around and was able to do the stairs many times instead of only once daily. I almost felt like me again....well....as much as I can feel like myself with a drain stuck out of my side. Ha!

I seem to be paying for it tonight with all the swelling. Yuck. I could never see it in the photos when people would say they were swollen, but WOW, you certainly can feel it!

Well, today is 11 dpo and I feel so great! I was...

Well, today is 11 dpo and I feel so great! I was pretty swollen last night after such a busy day, but today has been really good and I'm not really swollen at all.

I did several loads of laundry, unloaded and loaded the dishwasher, made breakfast, lunch and dinner for all of us, changed the sheets on the bed, put the laundry all away, played with the kids, etc. I feel so great!

My husband can't believe how well I am doing already. He is totally amazed and proud of me!

As for the physical, my incision isn't hurting *at all*. My bruising is almost not visible anymore. My belly button is still healing up, but looks cute.

Today is 12 days po and I slept great last night....

Today is 12 days po and I slept great last night. Best night of sleep I have had in weeks.

Feeling good again today and got the chance to take some pictures to update so these are from this morning.

So, it has been a few days...or maybe a week?...

So, it has been a few days...or maybe a week? I've been feeling better and better every day. I STILL am not standing completely straight up and today is 18 days po. I do ok for the first half of the day but is worse after I eat. Guess my ps made me tight!

I had another post op appt. yesterday. My incision was a little swollen so he used this HUGE needle and poked it in my incision to make sure there wasn't too much fluid underneath. Fortunately, he found none, but I don't do well with needles and literally almost passed out. I was seeing spots and all so had to lay down. They said it's normal and happens all the time. :)

PS told me that I can start doing more but not doing anything that gets my heart rate up too high. I've probably been over-doing it already though.

Last week, I went shopping at the mall, met friends for lunch/dinner/movies. I swear I thought my incision would bust while watching Bridesmaids. SO, so funny! My birthday was last week too so it was a busy, fun time.

Anyway, I will try to get new pics up soon even though I don't feel I look too different. Not really swelling much the last couple days so that is good.

It has been forever since I have been on here! I...

It has been forever since I have been on here! I really need to take some new pics, but I did at least want to get on here and tell you all that I am about 3 1/2 months po and this money is the best money I have ever spent.

I love trying on clothes now, I love wearing tops that fit close to my tummy, and every time I look at my stomach in the mirror, I smile. I LOVE how everything turned out. Just thrilled with my results.

Oh, and btw, my ps gave me copies of my before...

Oh, and btw, my ps gave me copies of my before pics and said they will definitely be using my pics in their albums and online! Made me feel good for sure!
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You are looking great!!! I'm now 11 PO and still have 1 drain, but hoping to have out by end of week. How are you feeling?
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Squishy, I am so glad you found my review! I am telling you, this is the best thing I have ever done for myself. I still think that every single day and it's been almost 4 months now. I will try to check in on you after your surgery tomorrow! Best of luck!
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I am so happy I finally found body on here that is like mine!!! I have the hernia as well and I go in on Friday. I'm so nervous! Thank you for sharing your story and pics. :-)
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You look fantastic!
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Hey there! I just checked your posts and **WOW!!!**
It's incredible what Plastic Surgeons can do! You look fantastic! How are you feeling these days? Are you about 5-6 weeks out by now? I hope all has continued to go well for you! Congratulations on an amazing transformation! :-)
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You look amazing and your confidence should be soaring!!!
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How are you doing? Haven't heard from you in while! Hopefully things are going great and you are back to your normal life!
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Your before tummy reminds me of my before tummy. You look AWSUME! Looks like your recovery is doing great. My b'day was on the 17th and the wine I drank made me slightly swell but its all good LOL! I am I think 3 months now.
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You must feel like a new woman! What a difference!
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looking great!!
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Ooohhh! You look so awesome! Congrats!
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Wow, that's amazing! You are doing so great! I hope and pray my recovery will be like yours!!! So what does it feel like to have a tight stomach? Does it feel weird to have everything pulled in and not have to feel like you have to suck in your belly all the time? I'm getting so nervous now!!
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WOW HUN LOOK AT YOU, YOU LOOK GREAT :) CONGRATS ON UR NEW TUMMY
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Wow isn't it awsome to have it just GONE! And to be able to say "the way my tummy used to be" :) you look great and I'm glad the fever is gone. I'm swollen everyday and I feel like it's not going to matter until I start feeling really good then I'll start looking for it. I can tell when it's really bad because even with my binder on I feel like I'm going to burst out from my breastbone down.I can't even tryto suck it in like I used to. Then I just sit and ice and usually pass out. lol
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I am feeling so good! I've been doing laundry and cleaning and cooking and spending time with my kids. I know what you mean about the swelling and how the binder makes you feel like you will bust! It actually almost "hurts" with the binder on when I am swollen. I bet you know what I am talking about.

Anyway, my husband can't believe how quickly I have been healing. He is impressed. :)
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I sure do know what you mean. We had to go out today and I felt like the whole world knew I was going to explode. I think I'll be really happy when I start looking like Kimmers lol. I go for my second post op tomorrow and PLEASE please take this drain out. I feel like I'll be brand new then. I do hope you rest too, it feels good to be able to do these things so soon after such a big thing but we still have to be careful not to over do it.
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I got my 2nd drain out yesterday and it has truly made a difference. I feel like I can go out in public now and people won't notice.

You're right. I do need to rest too. I'm known to take on too much. :)

Hope your drain gets to come out tomorrow!
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Yes, he did a little. I can't really tell the difference there (yet?) though. He obviously did it since I had the bruising there.
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Did you have lipo too? I'm just wondering about the bruising on your sides in your pictures?
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You are looking good! Wow, our tummies (before) look very similar! Is your fever gone now? Each day will get better!!!
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Thank you! I have been feeling a little down about my results today due to the swelling. I keep telling myself "patience my dear, patience", though being patient is not something I am very good at!

Yes, the fever seems to be gone for now, thankfully.

Do you have pics up? I'll have to go check since it is rare for me to find anyone that has a tummy similar to the way mine used to be.
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Great job and looking good. I was monday and I'm still hurting pretty bad but seem to be healing good. I had no idea my doc would do lipo but he said he did some which explains my back hurting so bad.
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Yes, my back seems a bit swollen on one side where he did a little lipo. It isn't near as bad as I was expecting after seeing some of the bruise photos on this site though.

My back actually felt better today, so there is hope for you too! :)
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Fantastic results! You look fabulous.
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Thanks!
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