Thrilled About Getting my Body Back! - Orlando, FL
So excited and nervous for the mommy makeover! I...
It is getting closer..
I purchased a ton of Gatorade for recovery and have been chugging coconut water to keep my body nice and hydrated prior to surgery. I have stopped drinking alcohol for the last week and have been doing extra cardio and strength training. Also sleeping on my stomach every night because that is my favorite position and I will surely miss it for a while. Maybe it would be a good idea to prepare myself now for NOT sleeping on my stomach ha!
My sweet son LOVES to jump all over me and cuddle. I have no idea how I'm going to explain to him that he should not touch me. I hope that he isn't going to feel hurt. I love him SO much. Getting my body all stretched out was absolutely worth it for my sweet little man and I would do it again in a heartbeat! I love him so much.
Trying not to Google and read horror stories before this procedure. Am I the only one who feels it necessary to read about the most awful things that can happen? Probably am...
I will keep you updated on anything else and let you know how I am feeling before surgery. ALL SUPPORT IS WELCOME :-D
I've waiting four years for this week!
Tylenol extra strength
Front closing dress
Breast ice packs (same ones I used when I started breastfeeding)
What could I be missing? I do not want to overload my bag with unnecessary items.
That's all for now. Will update as we get closer..
New pic and first problem.
One extreme to the next..
Here is what NOT to do when you're feeling great during the FIRST week post-op:
-Start cleaning the house.
-Start doing laundry
-Cook, specifically a fancy dinner to thank hubby for taking such great care of you while you sat around and feeling useless, also baking special cookies from scratch to try and thank the four year old who watched you lay around feeling useless while he wanted to play with you.
-DO NOT play with the four year old.
I have been off of the pain medication for a day and today I felt marvelous. How is this possible, right? So, I woke up and went about life as if I had not just been cut open all over a few days ago. WHAT WAS I THINKING!? After all the warnings from others not to do these things, I did anyway. The result? Misery.
The day ended and I felt like I had been hit by a double-decker bus then the bus stopped and reversed on me, then continued driving over me again. That's how I felt. The pain kicked in nice and hard. So much for not taking those pain pills...
Then one of my drains became severely clogged. I sat down trying to calm myself from the pain of the new swelling and incision pain, to try and unclog this drain. Only to make things worse, the drain shot back inside of me creating a pain that I cannot even put into words. It left me on the floor in the fetal position, crying like a baby.
That's what I get for trying to be Superwoman when it was completely unnecessary and totally irrational.
I did sort out the drain situation by dealing with the horrible pain and taking my time with the clog but it became unclogged. I have been draining very small amounts and I am almost positive the drains will be taken out tomorrow. We shall see. However, the doctor will think I am out of my mind if I mention all that I did today before even seeing him for my post-op.
Moral of this story is please take care of yourself. No matter how great you are feeling shortly after surgery, there is nothing that cannot wait. I ended up disappointing myself and my husband for almost ruining all the hard work that we've put into trying to make my body look good again. Save it for when you truly are WELL. Nothing will ever get done if you don't allow yourself to heal properly.
Sorry for this crazy rant but I just had to let it out as I sit comfortably in my bed after taking a xanax and a percocet. This is how I should have been sitting all day today (minus the drugs).
Hope all you ladies are healing well and feeling great! I'll post a quick pic.
How to change procedure date?
Bye Bye Drains
The lovely nurse gave me a new compression garment and a strap to wear to tame the girls. I also learned that I can start sleeping on my side so very excited to try that out!
First thing I did when I got home was take a lonnnnng shower! Went to shave my armpits and I could hardly reach in there to shave. Has anyone else had this happen? I couldn't see a thing in there lol.
Hope everyone is feeling great! :-)
Feeling great but..
I am awaiting a relief med to get called into my pharmacy. Nothing worth anything is easy in life is it?
Today I'm wearing a new sports bra with no gauze or pads! I slept with spanx and compression garment together last night which was overkill! Today I'll just wear the garment with a tank top underneath to help with the itchy rash. Everything is healing quite nicely otherwise :)
Well just wanted to tell you quickly not to get rid of anything. Maybe you all thought of this already, not sure why it never crossed my mind before.
My swelling is starting to settle a bit and I am feeling great. Still taking it easy and doing light house work when I feel up to it. Have a great great day ladies!
A Get Well Card I Forgot to Share
Please forgive me
First, I would like to discuss how, before I had the procedure, I would look at these mommy makeover profiles and see complaints about bloating and weight gain and then I'd see their pics and think "wow, they look amazing and clearly they don't know how good they have it..anything is better than this!" Haha.. I mean pictures don't show how you feel inside. It was so easy to think that before finally experiencing these feelings for myself. It's exactly as my PS laid it out for me in a pretty straight forward diagram. Anyway..
Thanksgiving was on its way and so was the junk food that is typically a breeze for me to pass on the last few years. Well I don't know where the heck my self control ran off to this year because I've been doing some serious indulging. At the end of it all I'm left thinking "hmm.. Is this swell hell of just because of this horrible thanksgiving diet??" It's probably both! Well tomorrow is Monday and I just finished throwing away every left over pie and gross food that was left behind. I want to start this week clean and end the year clean as well. I am a vegetarian so this should not be too hard..just really wondering where the heck my self control went with sweets this year..
Sorry for blabbering. Here are some pics.
Got the permission to start scar therapy yesterday at my one month appointment. My post was something along the lines of how weird it is to look at myself without the tape on and how much I love my dr and my new body-scars and all!
Started using skin medica from my dr's office and also purchase slme scar away sheets. Excited to see the results of these products. Posting a pic of my body freshly untaped.
Hope you're all healing well and feeling great!
Oh no..what is this??
No real update yet
Everything is good !
6 weeks post-op and bleeding :(
No more bleeding
7.5 weeks have gone by
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