Happy Early 40th - 31 days PO - new pics
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I'm 39 yrs old, 5'5, weight is between 135-140. I...
- 10 Jan 2013
- 1 month pre
I'm 39 yrs old, 5'5, weight is between 135-140. I work out at least 5 times a week (heavy cardio), and I just want to look like I'm not 3 months pregnant. I am a mother of 3 children! Had my first at age 19 and got my body back to pretty much what it used to be (plus about 5 million stretch marks). Got divorced and met my current husband and was married and pregnant very quick! Had my son and before I could loose the 40+ lbs, got pregnant again! That was over 12 yrs ago and my weight has been a roller coaster. I got down to 130 lbs five yrs ago and went for a TT consult and at the time, couldn't justify parting with $$$. I was told "You are beautiful just the way you are!"
I've been a stay at home mom for the past 15yrs and have sacrificed everything for my kids and husband. I just recently went back to the "work field", and it's nice to get out of my house and among people again! My husband of 15yrs also just had an affair on me last summer & we are slowly trying to work things out. But psychologically it has done a number to me. I wish 5 yrs ago I had been more selfish and had the MM done, I could have gotten more years/enjoyment out of it, but I'm hoping I still have some years left in me!
I met with my PS on January 7th, & we decided on the lipoabdominoplasty, Mentor Silicone implants (350cc range) under the muscle, & lipo to the flanks & thighs. He's 3 hrs away and he comes recommended by my Mom, who he has done work on as well. He's also in the same city where my parents live & where I will be recouping for 2-3 weeks. (I know, I know - but there's nothing like your Mom when your are hurting or sick). I'm scared to death to leave my husband in charge of the house and kids (and my 2/3 of my dogs), but I know if I'm home, I won't be able to rest (Slightly OCD). So, Chase (my German Shepherd) and I will have a nice 2-3 week mommy makeover adventure!
I am so thankful I stumbled onto this site! Being able to read the posts of others has helped me prepare! It's amazing to see everyone's transformations, and I cannot wait!
I've waited to post my story and pics until everything was official and set in stone, and today I booked my MM for 2/15/13 - Let the countdown begin!!!!
1 month and counting!! A friend of mine (and I've...
- 15 Jan 2013
- 1 month pre
I will admit I'm scared about the pain meds. I had Vicodin once about 17yrs ago, and I have never vomited so violently in my life. It was horrible. Besides epiderals (which made the lower half of my body itch like crazy), I've only taken Motrin for pain. I will have the pain pump for the first couple of days, but I'm not sure what they will give me.
I have found a rental place for a electric reclining chair for 27.00 per week, and my mom already has a toilet seat riser. She also has a walk in shower with a built in bench for showering. (That will kill me too - not being able to shower/shave for a couple days!). I've ordered some sports bras, compression garments, and flannel button down shirts so I don't have to lift my arms to put a shirt on (never would of thought of that one on my own). Already have compression capri pants, yoga pants, tons of comfy sweats, warm fuzzy socks, favorite pillows, blankets, my iPad (never leave home without), heating pads, ice packs, nightlight, and dog food!
Okay, I purposely scheduled my MM for the middle...
- 19 Jan 2013
- 27 days pre
I ordered a VitaMedica kit (any feedback???), and wondering which spanx to order? Please give me feedback (style # and store). I'm just getting a BA no lift, and am wondering if I will lose nipple sensation?
Well I am one week out!!! I'm writing this from...
- 8 Feb 2013
- 7 days pre
Had my Mammogram last week and everything came back normal, and have been taking the vitakit for a week now. I have the recliner being delivered to my parents house next Thursday, and my pre-op on Wed. I'm sooooooooo ready for this!!!
I read a post last week by Annoftwo, and I swear she somehow got inside my whacky brain and read it! Here are her words: This has been a very interesting process. I don't know if anyone else feels this way and perhaps I overanalyze it all- but throughout this process (thinking about surgery, waiting, telling friends and family, asking for help, paying for it, etc.) I have changed. It may sound ridiculous but I like myself more now than I did 3 months ago. Not because I am having a surgery- but because I have had to really think about why I wanted a surgery to change my body. I also had to grow a pair (LOL) I have always been a people pleaser and I was terrified to tell people what I was doing for fear of them judging me for it. Well, for once in my life I don't really care. Ha! I am doing what I want. If someone doesn't approve, I respect their opinion and concern, but quite frankly, I don't give a damn. It feels good to finally be like this. It has changed me. Also, I realized how much I do like myself. I really did have to think on this one. I am scared to death of surgery and it is a lot of money for our family to spend- so why am I doing this. I realized that I am doing it because I do like myself but these are enhancements and I think its going to make me more fun in the bedroom ,Lol ;) I also realized that there are risks in life- you just choose which ones you want to take. You have to choose to live- not just exist. Thats what I feel like I am doing. I am living- I am going to have a rockin body, better sex life, buy my first bikini, look forward to vacations that involve water, and for once I am going through with something that pleases me, not everyone else.
The past 7 months have been hell for me and my marriage and the one thing I have learned through counseling (besides the fact that I am married to a cheating, narcissist) is that I need to make myself happy. I've put my husband and kids first for so many years and dug myself in a rut, and NO MORE! It's my turn!
It's almost funny - my husband said to me just the other day, "You are going to get your body back and go find a new guy!" My response "I could never do that to you or to my kids, and I'm not like you!" I knew he was kidding, but I couldn't help getting that "jab" in there!
That's all for now - will post again on Wed after my Pre-Op! Well wishes to all!!
Okay I'm a dork - posted my update to my comments...
- 14 Feb 2013
- 1 day pre
Well it's about 10hrs before my surgery and I'm just getting ready for bed! Chase and I are at my parents house. We came up yesterday and I had my pre-op with my PS and at the hospital. The recliner was delivered today and got all the shopping done for food and everything I think I will need for the next 3 weeks!!! Right now my Dad is making me watch some stupid show called Mudcats - where these idiots dive down into murky water and stick the hands into holes to catch these enormous ugly fish! I told my Dad that you would NEVER catch me in murky waters doing anything like that (come to think of it after watching this I'm going to have a hard time even getting in our local lake and not remembering this show) and he started laughing at me saying that he would be a Mud-catter before he would consider having half his stomach cut out! I had to laugh. Then he said there's no way I could ever do that after my surgery because my new boobs would act as buoys making it impossible for me to dive down!
Here is my pre-surgery stats
Thank you to everyone who has posted their stories, I feel so prepared for this. I have learned so much from all of you! I will post again as version JayLu29 version 2.0 or as most refer to it - on the flat side!!!!
PODay 1 - well I made it. Me - Version 2.0! Was...
- 16 Feb 2013
- 1 day post
I haven't seen my tummy yet, and right now I have ace bandages around my buoy's (as my Dad now refers to my new boobs)! I've sneaked peeks at them, but it's to early to tell anything. They are very swollen, and riding high. I was scared about the pain meds, but so far so good. No puking!! I have a patch behind my ear, and he gave me ondansetron for nausea. He also gave me Carisoprodol for muscle relaxer, and oxycodone for the pain. I also have the pain pump, and a catheter in.
Normally I wear a size 6, and a couple weeks ago I bought a size 4 for post surgery. The day before surgery I tried them on just for shits and giggles, and low and behold they fit. I could have been wearing 4's the past couple months. The reason I've been in a 6, is because of my awkward stomach, so hopefully when I'm fully healed I will be a size 2!
My husband and I got into a huge fight last night, and the beautiful thing is I don't have to deal with him for 3 weeks. And along with laughing and coughing, crying hurts too.
Well until next time, take care and happy healing!
PO day 2! I got to see my tummy today! PS also...
- 17 Feb 2013
- 2 days post
PO Day3 - the pain hasn't been too bad. I've been...
- 18 Feb 2013
- 3 days post
PODay 4 - today I woke up extremely sore! I only...
- 19 Feb 2013
- 4 days post
I do have to tell about the coolest thing. My Mom had a bidet (sp?) installed on her toilet in the master bathroom, & holy moly is that not the most ingenious thing ever invented! The actual seat is heated & when you are ready you just hit a remote control & warm water washes you, & then warm air even dries you! I will be looking into one of those when I go home!!! I posted a pic early this am of the belly & scar! Very happy with how low it is! Just wish time would hurry up & heal it. I honestly don't think I could do this if I was at home. As it is - my phone is constantly ringing from 3:00 on with questions. So for any of you reading this who is just the slightest bit OCD - go somewhere else for your recovery!!!
Take care & happy healing!!!!
PODay 6 - I had a Post Op today and got my drain,...
- 21 Feb 2013
- 6 days post
The day I left home (2-13-13) my son and my husband were sick, and now a week later, both my parents are sick. Knock on wood, it is an absolute miracle that I haven't caught this cold/cough flu! My poor Dad was coughing all night last night, and I knew this because I could not sleep and was watching the HGTV channel, and Internet shopping. I have my wish list ready to go!
I hope everyone else is doing well!
PO Day 8 - Today was definitely a no-energy day. ...
- 23 Feb 2013
- 8 days post
My back is killing me from walking hunched over, and I'm NOT liking the pouch above my belly button. PS said something about that being where my MR was. I wasn't really paying attention as he was explaining it the other day because I was more concerned about whether the drain he was pulling out being painful or not. I will see him tomorrow and I will ask again. The spot where my drain was has already scabbed over, as well as the incisions under my breasts, and my scar is sealing good too! I've taken some pics and love the look from the front, but side pics get me depressed because I'm not seeing the results I want (which is supposed to be similar to a victorias secret model) I know its my impatience, but it just feels like I have waited forever to have my body back, and I know, I know, it's only been 8 days, but I WANT IT NOW! My Mom keeps trying to get me to get on the scale, and at least I know better than to do that! I will take a much needed shower tomorrow, and will do my first post op measurements, hopefully that will put a big smile on my face!
PODay 9 Officially depressed!! How is it...
- 24 Feb 2013
- 9 days post
Officially depressed!! How is it possible to cut out 2lbs out of my stomach and not look any different???
My bust has obviously increased, and I've only lost 1 inch in my thighs????? WTF!!!!
Just saw my PS and he promises me it's just...
- 24 Feb 2013
- 9 days post
PODay 13 - had my 2 week post op today and got my...
- 28 Feb 2013
- 13 days post
PO Day 22 - Well I'm home!! :-) My house is still...
- 9 Mar 2013
- 22 days post
My last post op appointment, my PS gave me the clearance to work out, limiting me to non-bouncing activities. So....elliptical machine, here I come! I feel like a big blob of jelly! I'm still sooooooooooo swollen in my lower abdomen. I can fit into size 4 jeans, but my stomach still looks like I'm 3 months prego. I do notice a big difference in the lipo'd areas, and to be honest, I think that is still the sorest part of me. The bruising is just now starting to disappear. My boobs - I absolutely LOVE! (And so does the hubby). PS said to keep the strap on for just a bit longer, he would like to see them drop just a little bit more, and then I'm clear to start wearing an underwire bra. I still have the pouch above my belly button that has to be fixed at a later date, and PS said the longer I wait, the better the result will be. Which means = prob no bikini this summer, and I'm fine with that. (Shocking, considering I've waited so long to be able to do so, and my patience is basically non existent). The way I figure, is I can hopefully lose another 10lbs and tone my body back into shape, and what doesn't tone, gets to get lipo'd out when I do my revision.
I've posted a couple pics and you can see my scar line, pouch, swelling, and new "hooters" (lol). Hope everyone is healing well!
Today I hit the gym! Did 20 min on the eliptical...
- 11 Mar 2013
- 23 days post
PO Day 31 - It's been awhile since I've updated. ...
- 18 Mar 2013
- 30 days post
I chose Dr Wong based on his credentials & the fact that he has done procedures on my Mom. He has 21 years of experience providing cosmetic and aesthetic medical services, and is a member of American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).