Life changing :)
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8/30/12: I just turned 40 this year and my oldest...
- 30 Aug 2012
- 18 days pre
8/30/12: I just turned 40 this year and my oldest daughter (22) is about to get engaged! My youngest two (13 & 14) were born 10 months apart and I gained 70lbs total that I have just never lost. Well, I decided with this the year of milestones, I would finally take charge of my health and emotional well being and do something about it! I started eating healthy (Not a big change) and exercising regularly (Huge change...desk job!) and I decided that I was going to finally get a tummy tuck next year. I've had my saggy-baggy belly due to 3 c-sections for over half of my life now!! I avoid being undressed in front of a mirror at all costs!
I went in to see my ps just to get an idea of where I needed to be and what costs, etc. would be. To my surprise, he told me that actually I carry most of my weight in my legs, so that I am an immediate candidate for a TT ! He said I was wasting efforts with diet and exercise on an area that he could take care of for me. He said it would make me look better, feel better, and my goals of weight loss would be easier achieved. He was so very nice, I really felt at ease with him and didn't feel like he was pressuring me at all.
Sooo....I'm now booked for surgery on September 18th! :) My pre-op blood work is next Wednesday, the 5th. I could actually have scheduled earlier, but in able to get the time off work, I had to move days around (I don't want to take vacation pay) and work extra.
My personal goals are not weight loss...I would just like to NOT have this embarrassing hang-over. I would like to be able to wear regular panties instead of briefs stuffed full of tummy...See, it doesn't even sound sexy! It's not! I once tried a bikini wax, but couldn't keep up with it at home because a razor in one hand while the other is trying to lift away belly just made me look like a Cirque de Soliel contortionist. I'd like to not have to keep diaper rash cream and powder on hand for rashes.
I'm nervous because I'm squeamish...But the funny thing is, I'm mostly anxious about the IV. I have teeny little veins and always have trouble with nurses finding them. Other than that, I've been through 3 C-Sections and a gall bladder surgery. I can do this :)
Sep. 4th: Night before Pre-Op: I am a nervous...
- 4 Sep 2012
- 14 days pre
I also make my payment in full tomorrow and get all my prescriptions and instructions. It's finally going to be real! I'm sure tomorrow I will be much more relaxed.
Pre-Op = DONE :) I have a whole booklet...
- 5 Sep 2012
- 13 days pre
I have a whole booklet filled with papers: Prescription list & when to take them, pre-surgery instructions & post-surgery instructions. I saw a drain and got information on how to work it. (Oh, and now I keep wondering what if it gets bumped or squished...will it pump all that fluid back IN?! But, I digress...). I had bloodwork done at the lab and they took my before pictures (That sucked). All in all it was nice to have all the information from my doctor instead of just guessing what I would need. Surgery is in 12 days...
6 days until surgery: Tonight I start washing...
- 12 Sep 2012
- 6 days pre
But, I find myself doing the weirdest thing: Suddenly I'm defending my stomach!? I keep looking at it in the mirror and thinking that "It's not that bad" "It doesn't look that bad" Don't get me wrong, I still am 100% excited and wanting the surgery...I think maybe it's a little bit of guilt over having this big procedure done. I will post my pics back up today, I took them down because I was embarrassed to see them. Maybe it will help get those "It's not that bad" thoughts out of my head!
Day 1 post op. Doing pretty good today, coughed...
- 19 Sep 2012
- 1 day post
Saw PS today he said everything looks great and cleared me stand up straighter, lie down straight and can shower tomorrow. Will have drains for 9-10 days he said.
Have 3 drains, he removed 7 lbs of skin! He said I have about 50 stitches on my abdominal muscles and 300 on the outside. Wow!
Days 2 and 3 post op: Day 2 I slept most of the...
- 21 Sep 2012
- 3 days post
Day 2 I slept most of the time, pain was at incision line but totally manageable with meds. But I coughed again and I can't describe how terrifying it is! It hurts, but it feels like you just tore stitches open so there is the panic too. I'm hoping not to do that again!! sleeping in the recliner still even though ps cleared me to start sleeping straight. I just find the recliner with pillows under my knees to be extreme sly comfortable.
Day 3: Uh oh...gas pains. Spent the better part of the day moaning and whining. Feels like really bad period cramps. But my aunt is a nurse who did her thesis on cramps after abdominal surgery and here is the key: ROCK. If you have a rocking chair to recliner, sit and rock as much as you can. It helps move the gas through your system. Rock while sitting on the toilet and it will help you pass gas. By the afternoon I felt well enough for visitors.
Oh coughed again, still hurt but noy quite as bad. And my favorite treat: pineapple smoothie with protein powder. Happy healing!!
I've heard the first 4 days are the worst, do I think I'm almost out of the woods :)
Day 4 post op: BM! No pain or problems, so much...
- 21 Sep 2012
- 3 days post
Hope everyone is healing fine
Day 5 post op: went out to breakfast with my...
- 22 Sep 2012
- 4 days post
5 days PO: 2nd BM today with no problem at all!...
- 22 Sep 2012
- 4 days post
I'm generally just sore and tired, no real pain to speak of except some stinging at drain sites. I feel lucky that recovery seems to be going well. I'm still shocked I went through with it, I'm such a chicken normally :). I love my results so far, I'm so very thankful. Only 1 person has given me a little bit of a hard time about it, and really it's just a sour grapes old friend..also who cares!
6 days post op: PS said everything looks great...
- 24 Sep 2012
- 6 days post
Last drain comes out tomorrow morning :). Today is...
- 28 Sep 2012
- 10 days post
I am still swollen which will make my tummy feel sore overall, also itchy and tingly from healing.
So, hang in there girls, it's really not that bad overall!
Well....Thursday night I went to the fair and...
- 30 Sep 2012
- 12 days post
She then tole me no twisting and to move like a robot for the next week so I don't develop seroma. She also basically put me on bed rest over the weekend and I go back tomorrow at 8am to see how I am doing.
And, I felt like I had been doing so well :(. I read that seroma is common, and she said they'd just remove it with a syringe...but that just seems terrifying to me!! I've been so emotional about it I have been crying all weekend. Today is day 12 post op, so I know it's still early in recovery but I just want to feel okay to move without fear. I was on top of the world Thursday and now I'm down in the dumps. Oh the emotional roller coaster!
Went back to the PS on Monday and I didn't have...
- 4 Oct 2012
- 16 days post
I've been doing well yesterday and today at work but at about 3pm I realize how swollen I am. And swelling = sore. Hoping that stops soon. Otherwise I'm feeling really good.
3 weeks post op: For the most part I'm feeling...
- 12 Oct 2012
- 24 days post
The PS saw me a few days ago and said everything looks great and gave me the OK to start on scar cream (Which by the way is $70/tube) and my next appointment isn't until November. I'm so happy that I was able to get through everything with no complications *Knock on wood*
Let's talk about shopping! I have no idea what size I am anymore, my jeans literally fall off of me so I wear a lot of sweats lately, but even some of those are much too big on me (Yay!) But because I'm still healing/swollen/losing weight I have vowed not to shop yet. But, with that said, it's fun to try on clothes!! I'm at least 2 sizes down which means I've moved back down to the regular misses clothes instead of having to shop in the woman's section. My self esteem is through the roof!! I'm including a picture of a pretty little nighty I tried on. ;)
Week 4 Post OP: I'm moving around so much better....
- 17 Oct 2012
- 29 days post
Tomorrow is 6 weeks post op! I did it! :) I am...
- 29 Oct 2012
- 1 month post
12/19/12: 3 Months post op and I feel fantastic! ...
- 19 Dec 2012
- 3 months post
I heard about him on the radio (KFrog).