Well, it's been 4 weeks today since the big day. I have been back to work now for 10 days and everything has been pretty easy so far. The first couple days I was in moderate pain and stopped taking the percocet around day 5. After that just extra strength tylenol. I have been so fortunate- no hunchback and was standing almost straight at 4 days and standing completely straight a little bit over a week.
I was not constipated thanks to prunes, stool softener and Amitiza. If you can get your PS to prescribe, it's great!
No real swelling besides my incision and no seromas (yet...) I'm praying it stays this way. Today I had the most swelling ever and I think it's because I didn't drink enough. Drains came out at about day 11 which I was so excited about. I could finally see the results and loved what I saw! No real exercise yet so trying to eat clean and little carbs so I don't gain weight. Apparently the PS took off 9 lbs!! I told myself I would not weigh until week 8 but got on the scale at week 3 and weighed exactly the same as what I did when I went in. The good news is that there must be a gob of fluid retention so I'm hoping to see a bit of a loss soon. No more scale for me for awhile. I get too depressed over it. Being a curvy woman, it's not my friend :).
By the way, I consulted with 4 PS in the area and they were all fine doing the procedure eventhough I am about 30 lbs overweight. I lost about 20 lbs this past year and just hit a plateau!!
I can't say I'm really excited to get back to the gym since I am not into it too much but I'm sure once I'm released and back there, it will be motivating. Right now I generally try to get my feet up after working all day. Trying to walk a bit during the day. I hope to get released next week. I hope this swelling goes down. I don't understand how I have had virtually no swelling in the abs until 4 weeks later. Oh well, I'm not too worried.
Anyway, this journey has been long and once must be patient but it's so worth it! Last thing, the lipo on my legs really didn't hurt. However, the last couple days I'm noticing some tingling in my legs. Blood Clots have been my biggest concern and anxiety over them so I put a call into my regular dr today and he didn't think it sounded like anything to worry about it but we would watch it for a few days. I'm thinking it's just the nerves walking up after surgery. Hopefully it will subside soon. This site has been really wonderful during my recovery and I love to check in with the Oct Tummy Tuckers every day. Good luck for those still waiting! It will be great!