PO Day 5!!! - Plymouth, MN

I've been stalking this great site for about a...

I've been stalking this great site for about a year now. It's been super helpful to read everyone's journey through body contouring and pick up tips to help me in my decision on my tummy tuck.

I have wanted this for 25 yrs since I had my second child but just could not justify the $$. Well, this past year, I went through breast cancer with reconstruction and my last surgery was a fat transfer. Today, my PS said we need another fat transfer. We discussed a tummy tuck and that she would have ample supply of fat to use if she did the tummy tuck at the same time. Sooo, it's going to happen and I'm so jazzed up. It's like a dream come true. We're going to shoot for middle of April. I need to call tomorrow and get on her surgical schedule and work out payment. Some of the surgery will be covered by insurance, most not, of course.

It's going to be great to have a normal tummy for summer!!! Amen! The great thing is that my husband is totally on board. Just worried. I'm going to need to find a recliner to borrow or rent.

I would appreciate any suggestions from you seasoned TT's with regards to what I need to get, eat, take, etc. to help me be ready and heal the quickest.

Thanks and I'll post before pics soon. Good luck and God Bless to everyone recovering from surgery.

So, wondering what most of you ladies do to prep...

So, wondering what most of you ladies do to prep your "biscuit" area for surgery?? Do you just let the surgeon shave you or are a lot of you going in for a brazilian? I would think that would itch less coming back in. Let me know and thanks to all for your help!!

Today was pre op day with my PS! Got all my...

Today was pre op day with my PS! Got all my prescriptions, talked about the procedure at great length, especially my BB and what that is going to look like. She makes small BB's which works for me. I'm also one of those people that most likely will have a small little vertical incision just above the TT incision from my old BB if I understand it correctly. It allows her to take more skin so i'm all about that! She's also making my incision really low as I have an old incision from bladder repair and they used it for ovary removal so she's going underneath that for a starting point. I'm so excited...20 days from now and I'll have a normal tummy. To be honest, I can't imagine what its going to be like to look in the mirror and not see that kangaroo pouch. Amen. I just thank God that I have this opportunity! I think i'm going to pick up a cane as someone suggested to help with my back...found some on craigslist for $20. I think my husband is totally sick of my obsessing over this and how much I talk about it add read about it, etc. I mean, he's super supportive, but it has been all I talk about since I made my decision. Ooops! So, today I shelled out an addition $1500 for lipo on my saddlebag area. Why not, i'm in there, just do it. So now i'm all paid up with the surgeon, now I just need to pay the surgery center in the next 20 days. Unfortunately, my car died on me today :( not sure what that is going to cost to fix. May have to push up buying a new one...new body, new car?? :) Happy healing to all!!

Oye...8 more days and I get to enjoy my journey...

Oye...8 more days and I get to enjoy my journey into the Flat Side! The pain is starting to scare me! Okay, I've had my boobies removed and tissue expanders put in, then implants - but I don't think the TT is going to compare to that on the pain scale from what I'm reading. And the BM issue. I already have issues with that...I'm just going to do the MOM and Colace AND Miralax till is slides out of me!!! I've got most of my needs, recliner, a couple of wedges, one for chair, one for bed - silicone sheets for the scar to help it heal better, organic pineapple juice, fresh pineapple will be bought this week. I already have my meds - Percocet and Flexeril and an antibioctic as I am having some breast recon as well. I'm no stranger to the drain tubes - I've had five so far from my breast cancer surgeries. I know they are annoying, but they are very necessary. Really trying to keep busy - saw my baby Grandson yesterday all day. Went new car shopping on Saturday. This week will be a hard one - NEED TO STAY BUSY. I still need to pay off the surgical center which I will be doing tomorrow or Wednesday, then I will be all paid up! Ouch! Makes me feel selfish...but oh well. I'm taking minimum three weeks off work. I was approved for FMLA since I was having some breast recon and my doctor did not mention anything about the TT in the paperwork. Yeah! So, the first week I'm taking PTO, then unpaid FMLA, unless I need to take a little longer, then I hit the PTO bank again. Hoping that three weeks will be sufficient for a desk job. It's super hard to stay focused at work or really on anything. Thanks for all your great pre-op and PO stories, they have been an inspiration to me. I'll post a couple more pre-op pics then I'll be posting post-ops soon! Hope all who have just had their TT are healing wonderfully!

I'm on pins and needles!! I hope I sleep tonight....

I'm on pins and needles!! I hope I sleep tonight. I know once they put me under it's going to be like seconds - I've had enough surger this past year to remember that! It's the getting there, the meeting with the various docs, the getting prepped, the waiting...UGH. I hope they give me a valium or something. It's going to be a super long day for my husband. And, my throat is feeling bit scratchy...hopefully it was from the concert I went to last night or the fact that it feels like a meat locker in the office today and I'm wrapped up in a blanket just to stay warm. I was hoping for some really nice spring like days to recover in, but winter just won't let go up here in MN. No hope in sight yet. I guess it going to be me, the recliner, the remote and the fireplace roaring. That ain't half bad! By this time tomorrow, I will be ON THE FLAT SIDE for the first time in 35 years!! OMG! I can't believe it. To all my other April TT sisters, especially ones tomorrow and this week - God Speed and Happy Healing!!! Enjoy your new tummies!

Just got home from my 7:30 surgery. Waiting for...

Just got home from my 7:30 surgery. Waiting for pain pills to kick in. in pain. More later.

Joined the flat side on Tuesday! All in all is...

Joined the flat side on Tuesday! All in all is been pretty good. The challenges for me are getting up and down from my recliner, wanting to stand up but can't. Terrible gas pains, and being backed up. Spent 6 hours in the ER last night because I suddenly can't pee. The put me in a Foley bag until my next appt with the PS. Then today I had the worst stomach pains so sent the hubby for an enema...boy, was that nice. Felt so much better. Of course the back ache. Otherwise, what i've seen, I love. I'll post the two pics I was able to take thus far. I'll post more later. Happy healing TT Sista's!

Joined the flat side on Tuesday! All in all is...

Joined the flat side on Tuesday! All in all is been pretty good. The challenges for me are getting up and down from my recliner, wanting to stand up but can't. Terrible gas pains, and being backed up. Spent 6 hours in the ER last night because I suddenly can't pee. The put me in a Foley bag until my next appt with the PS. Then today I had the worst stomach pains so sent the hubby for an enema...boy, was that nice. Felt so much better. Of course the back ache. Otherwise, what i've seen, I love. I'll post the two pics I was able to take thus far. I'll post more later. Happy healing TT Sista's!

A couple post op pics, more to follow.

A couple post op pics, more to follow.

Today my incision has started to wake up and is...

Today my incision has started to wake up and is very sore...ouch. I took my second shower today since my TT on Tuesday, felt great. Still just doing a ton of sleeping, no complaints. I came out of the bathroom with nothing on all smiles to show hubby and he could not believe how great my tummy looks. Happy, happy, happy!

POD8 Doing good...not experiencing any of the...

POD8 Doing good...not experiencing any of the emotional lows that others have. The pain from my MR has greatly improved. Now my pain is coming from the lipo sites, especially my hips. It's a burning, stabbing pain. I an wearing two CG, one really low to cover my upper thighs, the other above it. The one around my upper hips really hurts, I mean REALLY HURTS! Thank God for perks! I updated photos with a picture of my cute belly button. I've never had a BB that cute before! Happy healing!

POD8 Doing good...not experiencing any of the...

POD8 Doing good...not experiencing any of the emotional lows that others have. The pain from my MR has greatly improved. Now my pain is coming from the lipo sites, especially my hips. It's a burning, stabbing pain. I an wearing two CG, one really low to cover my upper thighs, the other above it. The one around my upper hips really hurts, I mean REALLY HURTS! Thank God for perks! I updated photos with a picture of my cute belly button. I've never had a BB that cute before! Happy healing!

POD8 Doing good...not experiencing any of the...

POD8 Doing good...not experiencing any of the emotional lows that others have. The pain from my MR has greatly improved. Now my pain is coming from the lipo sites, especially my hips. It's a burning, stabbing pain. I an wearing two CG, one really low to cover my upper thighs, the other above it. The one around my upper hips really hurts, I mean REALLY HURTS! Thank God for perks! I updated photos with a picture of my cute belly button. I've never had a BB that cute before! Happy healing!

I'm just over two weeks and I've updated with a...

I'm just over two weeks and I've updated with a couple of pics in a new bathing suit that I ordered for the summer if it ever gets here! Still have one drain left. Saw doc today and I need it in for another five to seven days. We're hoping for Wednesday. Kind of plateaued in my healing. Felt really good, then I over did it a couple of days and boy, did I pay for it...back on pain pills nd lots of R and R. Doc put me out an additional two more weeks. Was going to try to be one of you who went back to work in three weeks, but at 56, that just isn't happening. Hope everyone is enjoying their new bods!!!!
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