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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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You look great! Get lots of rest.
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Hey Suzie your pics are awesome! You got a great result! Happy healing.
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Your results are already amazing! Do you feel swollen?
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Suzie, I just came across your posts, we are so alike . I also have done the breast cancer adventure, along with tissue expanders, implants, fat grafting and tummy tuck! Hey decided I should have some fun too! Did you have chemo? You look great!
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Hi BuffyR, you are the second person with the same storey! Small world. By the way, you look fantastic! I did not need chemo, mine was caught early and was not in my lymph nodes. However, since my diagnoses I have had eight surgeries. Started with a lumpectomy and they didn't get a clear margin, at that point I decided on bi~ lateral mastectomy. Then infections, one expander had to come out for a few months, then go back in, then got my silicones. Then the fat grafting began and I decided on the TT. This has been really hard. I have never slept so much and I just don't want to do anything but stay in my recliner. The lipo on my thighs is horribly painful. Just to get up and walk around zaps my energy. I don't take any pain meds any more except maybe at night. I am scheduled to go back to work on may 8th, I hope I can. How long were you off work? Did you get your nipples tattooed, if so do you like it? I had small nipples made, but am still having tattoos done in may. So this fat grafting, they made my cancer side bigger than my non cancer side. Filling in ripples. They just can't seem to get them both the same at the same time. Hopefully it's still a bit swollen from surgery and they will even out. Congratulations on beating cancer...when diff you have it by the way? Take care.
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I was diagnosed in nov 10, had bilateral mastectomy, followed by 6 tough rounds of chemo. Had expanders followed by silicones in July 2011. I have small nips (cv flaps) and had tattoos in dec 2011. I have had several rounds if fat grafting, filling for small imperfections and to ad extra upper pole fullness, also to fill under one am where I had 17 nodes removed. I am very happy with my new beasts, went from saggy d cup to perky c cup, and no bra required!! I love my plastic surgeon. Saw my onc last week and all is well. I was out of work about 10 days after my tummy tuck, had very minimal lipo ( just a small amount for some for filling). There is swelling early, but gets better.
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By the way, love the tattoos, the help detract from scars!
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Thanks!
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Hi Suzi! Can you believe how fast it's all going? I'm going to be 6 weeks on Monday and am going to start running and building back to my 5 miles! I tested it today and I think I'll be fine and plan on taking it slow. At almost 6 weeks I no longer wear my binder or flexee, I sleep really comfy on my sides without any pain, can sneeze or cough without dying, feel like I worked out but wouldn't call it pain, just some soreness. I still swell, and that's where the patience part comes in, but mornings I'm back to normal. Just letting you know....you'll be here in no time! Of course we all are on our own healing time, but you look great! I had lipo on my sides and back, 4" MR repair and of course the famous reconstruction fix. I'm still a little sore from lipo, but no bruising and mostly I forget I had it done. Hope all's well! How's that little grandchild?
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Write, your muscle separation was 4"? I think mine was about 3", but I need to confirm with my dr. i'm amazed at the amount i'm sleeping, and this is of the pain pills! I got up around 6:30 today, pressed a cup of coffee, and no sooner drank that, I was out like a like light for a couple of hours. Same thing happens once I get up from morning nap. Then I last a little longer in the evening. I seemeths point for a few days more.
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Sorry, messed up my note! Anyway, I've plateaued at this level for s few days now. I'm hoping for an improvement soon...and to be back in my bed! So happy you are doing so fantastic!! Hope you are finding ways to enjoy you new body everyday!
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You look wonderful congrats! Can't wait to see more update pics! Happy healing!
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You look so fantastic already!!!
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Thanks Anewmesoon! I'm so happy with my results. I can't wait until I don't have to wear these CG's and can go buy some sexy clothing! Happy healing to you!!
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Thanks I'm looking forward to that too! I have my 13 day PO appt tomorrow and hope to get all the drains out. They don't hurt , just in the way& cumbersome ! And you should be very happy - awesome results you got!!!
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Hope your appt went well and you are now drain free! I'm scheduled for that next Friday. Just have the one left. They are an annoyance! I don't like swelling either. Oh well, this will all pass. Happy healing!
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Hi there! 2 removed yesterday one more left! It was so close too ( they want it less than 25 in 24 hours but I was 28, then 21 then 26 and they thought it might compensate for the taken out ones. So either Monday if I have low totals this w/e or at my appt next Thursday! I, like you, can't wait to try on clothes!!! You must be so happy with results already!' What does your family think / say?!
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Hi, I hope you can get it out on Monday. It's amazing how mouch better you start feeling once all the drains come out. I remember that from my breast cancer. Right now my lipo areas are just killing me, especially my upper thighs. Yes, I am so thrilled with my results. It's what i've dreamed it would look like, but way better. My husband calls me his bionic wife! Not sue if my soon wants to see it. He gets funny about stuff like that, however he'll see it at his pool this Dunne in my new bikini that i'm going to buy!! LOL And, I never told my daughter, she's a very self absorbed narcissist and we don't talk much. I did show a couple friends from church who brought meals over and they were blown away by it!! That made me really pleased. when do you stop sleeping do much? I've been taking long morning and afternoon naps even without the pain meds.no energy! I'm ready to be better! Thanks for your input. Have a blessed weekend.
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That's awesome that you're feeling and looking so great!!! I rented that recliner, thank goodness because I'm a side sleeper and I knew just propped pillows would annoy me. Never in my life have I been a napper. Even on a long car ride I just can't do it . But in 2 weeks I've def had a nap probably 7 of the 14 days. When I nap I find it hard to fall asleep before 2 am yuck!!! My funniest napping story is when my 10 year old came in to se me After school and she said ( later after I woke ) that I was sleeping with my iPhone in hand And on a button ( I was probably on real self) lol Hope you have a great weekend!!!
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Yea, i've been staying up later than normal too, but what kills me is i'm sound asleep usually an hour out two after I get up in the morning. Hopefully, I'll get down to just one nap a day. One time my husband had to take my phone out of my hand after I had fallen asleep!! Enjoy your weekend.
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Hi Suzie! Wow! Your results are awesome! Sorry about the pee issue, but it sounds like that will get resolved. You look so fabulous! Happy happy for you! Didn't I tell you you were going to Love Love Love your new tummy? And I can see why!! So flat, so tight, so sexy! Husbands can be the best for our egos! Hugs to you!
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Hi Talented! Thanksfor the kudos!! You were soooo right. I could not be happier with my tummy. Not only that but my thighs got a slight lift in the process too. Did you notice that yours did too? The lipo areas are killing me right now...burning, stabbing pain. And I have to wear two CG, one slightly lower over my hips, the other above it around my AB. The low CG just about kills me. The pressure on the bruised lipo areas...ouch! But, I keep telling myself that this too shall pass. I got the Foley out yesterday along with one drain. That sure felt wonderful, and everything is working fine! Also, still using the knee wedge every night in the recliner. Love it! Can't wait to go out and buy me some sexy clothes! God Bless!!
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thats great suzie ... u are looking great. wish my stomach is small are yours. suzies are your drains slowing down?
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Hi SLB, I actually had one drain removed yesterday. The other one is scheduled to come out a week from this Friday. I'm still getting about 25 to 30cc each time on the one that is still in. how about you?
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Great new Suzie55, so glad to hear that your happy. ; )
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