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I'm 32. I have a the raddest 13 year old...
- 22 Aug 2011
I'm 32. I have a the raddest 13 year old daughter a mom could ask for. She's smart, beautiful, well behaved, and a destroyer of tummies.
When I was pregnant I was 19 and put on 75 lbs. I have wanted a tummy tuck for the last 13 years but could never afford it. Over the years my stretch marks faded, but the extra skin never went away and the more weight i lost the more skin I had.
I wanted this so bad, anyone who knew me could tell you. In desperation I even joined one of those websites where guys have a fetish for paying for ladies plastic surgery. Mostly guys wanted to give ladies bigger boobs on there, didn't work out.lol
3 years ago I started dating the most amazing man I have ever met and then we got married. knowing how badly I wanted this, he made it happen.
I am now day 3 post op. So I only have before pics. I'm going to take pictures and update once a week. so there will be more to come.
The surgery went well. I stayed in the hospital for one night. The first day was painful but manageable. It was a haze of pain meds, visitors and excitement.
day 2 was hell. one my catheter came out and I had to get up to go to the bathroom. The pain so so bad I thought I was going to pass out. The car ride home hurt and getting situated at home was painful as well. My husband brought the recliner and tv up to our bedroom and recreated the living room in there for me. Every time i had to pee it was a slow painful walk, my husband has to pick me up out of the chair and walk me back and forth. I couldn't even wipe myself. I just broke down, I was crying and a mess. I didn't regret anything. I just felt so bad that i needed help to do simple tasks and I din't know how i was going to make it through the pain. but today....
OMG day 3 was such an improvement. The pain was cut in half. Totally bearable. I still need help getting up but once up I can walk and I'm wiping myself ;) I ate solid food for the first time. I didn't think it was possible to have so much of a difference in just one day. My spirits are up and I have high hopes of a speedy recovery. I'll be updating though the whole ordeal.
oh you'll notice something funny in my before pics. I got a tattoo for the surgery on the skin that was going to be removed. it says "Thank You Dr. Gimbel" My husband is a tattooer so it was easy to do. I thought it would be funny, and it was. My Doctor cracked up. He said it was a first, haha.
Day 4. I'm in the middle of it. My left drain...
- 22 Aug 2011
Day 5! things are great. I went to the doctors...
- 23 Aug 2011
Day 6. damn, what a journey. I took a shower...
- 24 Aug 2011
damn, what a journey. I took a shower today. Felt awesome. So before I get into the shower i was hit with a wave of nausea, and i get super clammy and sweat started poring off of me. my body just went crazy right before. I was like oh god, I'm gonna start vomiting. but no. I had to poop, weird huh. all that in prep to take a shit. it didn't hurt coming out. it was just a little crazy. I went out of the house to go get a coffee with my hubby and my baby daddy and the dog. I just got back and i feel exhausted. I now have to start catching up on work emails and everything that i can do from home, ugh. I took some photos and posted them! Everything looks awesome. I'm happy with the shape of the incision, I love my belly button, my tummy looks nice and flat. The only thing is that the scar is very high, no bottoms of any sort will cover it. now i don't care at all because i like scars and i was planning on tattooing over it anyhow, but if i was a normal gal and can see how this would be a big bummer. on the bright side though, the scar looks like its gonna heal up great and i like the smooth curve and shape of it. you'll see what i mean. I might even add more scars in a cool pattern instead of tattooing over it. something like this right now I'm leaning twordsmore scars, but we'll see :)
It seems as though I have reached the...
- 25 Aug 2011
Swell hell has officially started. fuck my life...
- 25 Aug 2011
anything to help swelling go down? any tips?
Day 8 things are great. I'm getting...
- 27 Aug 2011
things are great. I'm getting around more, although most of the day is still spent in this recliner. I can almost stand up straight but I'm still bent enough to make annoying and make my back hurt. I still have a lot of gas but took some gas-x and that really helped.
I'm concerned about my binder, i don't think its tight enough. it doesn't compress very much. it's stage 1 medical grade, got it in the hospital, but i just think it may be a size too big. I have a stage 2 cimpression garment that i ordered that seems smaller and tighter and i wonder if i should switch to that. I'm just worried that the stage 2 doesn't have zippers and it may be too early. the areas i had lipo are swelling the most and i think they would benefit from more compression.
I made a video yesterday for 1 week and i had a pre op video as well. they're stuck on my husbands phone though, I'll post them when he gets home from work. it will be late.
anyone have any home remedies that have worked to reduce swelling? any foods to eat or meds to take that have helped?
Still day 9, i said day 8 up there but I was a day...
- 27 Aug 2011
today ruled. I was able to do so much more. My pal asher came over and he walked me around the block to the sunflower field to pick flowers. you can check out picks here if you wish...
I went out and met friends for coffee and frozen yogurt. I did some light housework. I was all sorts of stoked, but i'm feeling it now, tired out for sure. back in the chair, haha. I texted my doctor and he called right back. I spoke with him about my binder issue and he said the tighter the better and i should switch to my 2nd stage if it fit better. I did, its tighter and it feels 110% better. what a difference. I'm loving it. i got the marena garment. i highly recommend it. I got these 2, since i'll be wearing them for a few months.
they so rule
I uploaded some videos, before and at week one....
- 27 Aug 2011
Ok so the sound does work.
- 27 Aug 2011
Day 10 cutting my pain meds way down. got...
- 28 Aug 2011
cutting my pain meds way down. got some headaches from it. and i just want to say that I AM LOVING MY RESULTS!! I couldn't be happier. My doctor is very talented. YAY TUMMY!
now i just want to stand up straight and stretch more then anything. Just be done with this whole healing thing. I want to get to the cute clothes portion of my recovery ;)
Day 12... I've been weening myself off the...
- 30 Aug 2011
Today I am med free. Well I'm still taking...
- 31 Aug 2011
Day 14... my surgery was 2 weeks tomorrow,...
- 1 Sep 2011
I did too much today, I mean its fine, but dang I'm sleepy and achy and swollen. Nothing crazy, but I'm sure not ready for normal life yet. probably another week. I'm not sure how some of you ladies go back to work in a week or two. kudos to you.
this morning I went for coffee, came home and rested and then went to the doctor. He said everything looks fabulous, and i agree. I can ALMOST stand up straight, so close. then I went home and rested some more and went for a mani pedi. it was my biggest day out so far. my reasoning for the mani pedi was just to sit in the massage chair. I was like well its just another recliner but it massages. so it won't wear me out to sit in theirs and my back has been killing me, as I'm sure most of you know. I went to a new place and they didn't have massage chairs! boo, that's the only reason I went. now I'm exhausted, but hey my nails look great. I don't need another doctors appointment for 3 months. I'm excited, things are looking good, I'll post pic tomorrow. oh and wearing the tighter garment has helped swelling dramatically. I'll post pics and a new video tomorrow.
Week 2 bitches! ok so I'm super...
- 2 Sep 2011
ok so I'm super constipated still. today was rough so I've been drinking smooth move tea and taking magnesium. it helped. I can't wait till that's all back to normal. I've stopped taking the percocet so i think it will be all good soon.
last night I slept in my bed for the first time, a bit uncomfortable but it was good to be out of that share. Also had a bit of slow, careful, quick, careful, sort of uncomfortable romance.
all an all I'm feeling much better, although I cut off all my dreads today (except a few in the back). I think I'm going batty cooped up in the house.
Ok so last night I tried sleeping in the bed again...
- 3 Sep 2011
on an exciting note, I was psyched on the day 6 photo results and I'm amazed at how much better my tummy is looking in the new 2 week photos. there is a bigger difference then I thought. It's neat having the photos to compare. if you do a side by side of before, then 6 day, then 2 weeks it's pretty nuts. In the end i think I'll photoshop the sort of torso shot from each week side by side.
This is a cool...
- 3 Sep 2011
Feeling good. doing more and more every day...
- 7 Sep 2011
here's whats bugging me, and its hard to explain. but the holes where my drains were feel not really painful, but weird. when i get up it feels like the tunnel inside of me where the drains were kind of unstick. it gives me the heebie jeebies.
I'm off of any kind of pain reliever, and i'm sore, but generally ok.
HOLY SHIT AM I SWOLLEN! not like scary go to the...
- 7 Sep 2011
tomorrow i have to go to the dentist, I think after that I'll sleep for a day. A band that I love is coming tomorrow, I want to go so bad. I feel like if I sit down in the back I'll be ok, we'll see how I feel.
Sorry it took me a few days to update. I had to go...
- 11 Sep 2011
I went back to work today, swollen and tired at the end of it, but good either way. I'm a laser tech, I had 5 clients. I seem to be able to do normal stuff, I'm just super tired all day and swollen at the end. either way, it's still getting better and better. one day soon I hope to just wake up and go, hey I feel totally normal. I'll let you know when that happens. :)
Ok so some of the feeling coming ack around my...
- 13 Sep 2011
Well I'm past the one month mark. woo! I didn';t...
- 18 Sep 2011
My Doctor: Michael Gimbel, MD
my doctor has been the absolute best. I can't say enough good things.
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