Still Recovering, but sure now - Sacramento, CA
- updated 10 months ago
I had my extended tummy tuck abouit 3 weeks ago....
- 11 Jun 2012
I had my extended tummy tuck abouit 3 weeks ago. It has been very rough so far. I'm going through the normal depression phase where I'm wondering if it was worth it. I had a very bad reaction to Norco--which landed me in the E.R. one week after surgery. That was the worst experience of my life. I'm starting to look at my new tummy (9 pounds of skin and fat were removed). It looks completely different--in a good way. But it was not what I was expecting. However, after loosing 145 pounds, a tummy tuck was pretty much required. I had an arm lift done at the same time, which I would reccomend against doing. The tummy tuck is enough to recover from. Having an additional procedure done makes it that much worse. Good luck to everyone else though.
Ok, so I am going to try and get back to the gym...
- 13 Jun 2012
Any tips for returning to the gym?
Doc gave the OK to stop wearing the arm...
- 15 Jun 2012
Today is my 1 month post-op date, I'm back at the...
- 17 Jun 2012
Oh- and a lot of people have been wondering about prices of the tummy tuck. My surgery was through Kaiser Cosmetic (didn't even know it existed). The surgery was not covered by insurance, but all perscriptions were my normal co-pay. All follow-up visits, garments, and medical supplies were free.
Ok, I'm having issues with a drain hole. I had my...
- 19 Jun 2012
Any suggestions? Help please!
Today marks 5 weeks post-op. I had someone take a...
- 21 Jun 2012
Doing ok back at the gym. Going at a slow pace--I don't even break a sweat. Going to up it this weekend from 30 minutes to 45 minutes. I'm sure I still need to take breaks in between. But it's nice to be moving again, even if it's not the pace I was at before.
Updated pics will come this weekend.
So, after talking with my doctor, turns oout I now...
- 22 Jun 2012
5 week pics added. Finally able to stand straight...
- 23 Jun 2012
Today is my 6 weeks post-op date. I was going to...
- 28 Jun 2012
So it's day 2 of not wearing my tummy compression...
- 29 Jun 2012
I also have finally loaded a scary picture. It's the only one I have of when I first saw my stitches. Crappy quality because my mom took it of me on my phone. But this was the hell that I saw 1 week post-op.
Today marks 7 weeks post-op. I must say- I'm more...
- 5 Jul 2012
I've been feeling really down in the dumps not only because of the weight gain, but because I still feel like a Franenstein. I'm hoping that my niece will be able to take some good pictures this weekend to make my scars look less hideous.
Also, I still am filling up with tons of fluid in my tummy throughout the day when I am up and about.
Please tell me that this all gets better? Please. Someone. Anyone. :o(
Today is my 8 week post-op date. I feel like I...
- 12 Jul 2012
I have a follow-up appointment with my doctor next Tuesday. Can anyone think of good questions that I shoud be asking? I already have a list, but wanted to get "outsiders" opinions.
So I'm no at 8 weeks. It's been rough--emotionally...
- 15 Jul 2012
I rearranged the pictures. Added a WAY before picture of when I was at my heaviest weight 6 years ago. Also included some fantastic shots that my niece took for me a week ago.
Hope everyone is healing well. Hugs!
I'm at 14 weeks now. I have my next follow-up...
- 25 Aug 2012
Many people have commented that they don't see any need for a revision. So I've posted 4 new photos to show the comparision. There is the normal pose- which looks great. But then there are the bent over poses. Now, while I won't be walking around like this all day, everyday, any time I bend over to do anything, this is what I have left with. 2 large pockets of skin left on me, when they shouldn't have been. I still can't be without my CG simply because that skin giggles all over the place, and it's uncomfortable.
So we shall see what the good doctor has to say for himself on Thursday. Hopefully I will have good news to report.
So I had my 15 week post-op appointment yesterday....
- 31 Aug 2012
I asked about my revision, which he said I am far enough along that I can schedule it at any time. If I want to be put under (which I think I do), it will cost $980. Otherwise it will be free of charge. The prcedure should take 1 hour, and will only be about 1 week of "taking it wasy" as the recovery time. since it's just removing extra skin- nothing internal. But I will get another new belly button. This makes # 3, I feel like I should be triplets.
But it was cute- he agreed to take a picture with me. Seemed quite bashful--I think I'm the first person to ever ask this- which is odd, because he is quite a fine looking man.
I will llikely schedule the revision for the end of September, since I have a 5K to do on 9/22/12, and I don't want to be recovering from the revision when I do that.
More to come later.
So I finally heard back from my doctor about the...
- 18 Sep 2012
I had asked how much time I would need to take off of work. His response didn't address this. He just said I would need to "take it easy for 1-2 weeks".
I asked if I needed to stop all the vitamins and medications 2 weeks prior to the revision. This was not addressed.
Also, would I need to have a drain again and the CG. He said that I would need another 6 weeks with the CG, and a drain is possible, but he would wait and see.
I am going to try and schedule the revision on a Thursday, then take the following Friday off. Hopefully that will be enough time to recover from just having additional skin removed. So I must check the schedule of work and social events, and book the revision accordingly.
Not sure why the revision freaks me out so much. But it sure does.
So the revision surgery has been scheduled for...
- 29 Oct 2012
Any words of advise for the revision?
Anything you can think of that I should be questioning my doctor about tomorrow at my appointment?
Thanks for any help that you can send my way. :o)
Well, due to having a case off the sniffles,, my...
- 8 Nov 2012
All things happen for a reason, right?
Alright ladies, the revision is scheduled and...
- 2 Dec 2012
I posted new updated pics. I've gained a bit of weight, which I'm hoping the good Dr. Ken Doll will suck away with the revision.
Happy thoughts will be needed on Dec 6th, between 1 and 4 PM. Lets hope I'm not temping fate here.
Happy healing to all.
Surgery time has been pushed up to 7:30AM with an...
- 5 Dec 2012
Home now. This was 10,000 times better than the...
- 6 Dec 2012
I've take 1 pain pill. Might try taking a half one for my next dose. I'm in pain, but nothing like last time. I can feel all the incisions though, which is odd. I think the vertical scar goes right below my boob gap.
Oh, and it's a good thing that I got this done. I guess I had a seroma in my lower tummy (between belly button and bottom of TT scar). I didn't even realize it because I thought it was part of the weight I've gained back. Never felt any pain from it.
So the revision too 2.5 hours versus the 1 hour projected due to needing the seroma removed. I did have to get a drain this time because he didn't want to risk me getting one again. Sucks, but I'd rather get this right.
Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you all!
It's official...Swell Hell has returned. I...
- 8 Dec 2012
I'm still trying to avoid the pain pills. Last one I had was on Friday night at 8:30. I only seem to get bad pain when sitting/laying down and getting back up. Other than that, it just feels squished because of the garment.
And yes, I've tried to peek. The vertical tummy cut comes about 1 inch below the space between my boobs. That should be fun to wear bras with while healing.
Happy Healing All!
I woke up this morning with blood on one of my...
- 10 Dec 2012
I've email the doctor to also find out why my lady parts are the most sensitive part of the whole revision. If I make the mistake of leaning against the bathroom counter, I'm in instant shocking pain when my lady parts hit the counter.
Still waiting to hear back from the good doctor on those.
Had my first follow-up appointment today. Got the...
- 18 Dec 2012
I've posted a pic from the appointment today. It looks worse than it is. This is with all the bloody surgical tape still on, and the drain is still in. But according to my darling boyfriend, the scar underneath isn't pink at all, and he said it looks great. There is new tape on it now, so it will be a while until I get to see everything.
But doing WAY better than I had expected. :o)
I'm posting some 4-week revision pics today. They...
- 5 Jan 2013
Happy Healing :o)
I've finally changed this to say it was worth it....
- 27 Feb 2013
My doctor was great, but made the decision to not extend the tummy tuck vertically (he saw to avoid an additional scar) without my conscent. Now I still have a small pooch at the top. The revision surgery is scheduled for Dec 6th to correct this.