Ready for my Body to Match my Mind - HAPPY N HEALTHY - San Antonio, TX
- updated 2 days ago
Well all my Real Self pals, I'm FINALLY gonna post...
- 11 Oct 2013
- 2 days pre
I have dropped 22 lbs, and continue to work on it.
So now the makeover begins...
I will be having the first of two procedures, this coming Monday, 14 Oct, the Breast Reduction! I think this will help me getting moving more, get the next chunk of weight off, and get my legs and back stronger. Have read from all my RS pals that THIS is important, so LISTEN I have!
I will spend the time I need to heal completely and then I plan to continue the journey with a "trip to the flat side"!
I must take the time to thank Mrs Determined and LiveLoveBelieve, for all your "shares" and helpful words. You both have helped me in my mental journey, and eased my nerves. Much love and healing to you both.
I have posted (nervously) my before pics (TATA's and mommy flap)...warning, it's not pretty, LOL, but it is ME....and I LOVE me!
Night before jitters...
- 13 Oct 2013
- 1 day pre
I've been busy all day doing my fall decorating (I host Thanksgiving for about 24 people each year). So I figured it'd be good to stay busy, keep my mind off tomorrow and have the decorating done so I can rest up all the way til Turkey Day.
I'll post some pics of my fall decs, just for fun.
Post op 5 hours
- 14 Oct 2013
- Day of treatment
Went in to surgery at 9 am,
it took 2 1/2 hours, and I spent about an hour in recovery.
Got home at 1, been resting and napping in my select comfort adjustable bed, AWESOME!
Hubby waiting on me hand n foot. Pain not too bad so far. They gave me a pill before I left, haven't needed one again yet.
That's all for now. Love n hugs to all my RS buddies ;-)
So far, doing real well
- 15 Oct 2013
- 1 day post
I did just great the rest of the day yesterday ( must have been ALL those prayers and good wishes from my family, friends and you guys here on Real Self).
Pain is not too bad, I only had to take 2 pain pills, one at supper time and one at bed time, mainly to let myself rest. I have not had ANY nausea so far. Have been drinking LOTS of water. Was able to eat some homemade, organic stew the hubby made! He is a ROCK and oh so sweet.
I look down and see a "small" chest, WOO HOO! Won't get to actually see "the girls" until tomorrow, lol. But I ALREADY LOVE THEM!!!
I feel LOTS of love, health and healing pouring into me and am BEYOND grateful.
(((HUGS))) and healing to all who are out there recovering with me :-)
Day 2 post op, STILL progressing well
- 16 Oct 2013
- 2 days post
Not draining too much, 36ml yesterday. Have to be below 30ml in 24 hour period before drains can come out. Maybe tomorrow, just hoping before weekend.
I go back for check up on Monday .
Will take a spongy bath today, SOOOO I'll get to see the girls...NERVOUS.
Will try and post a pic later.
In good spirits, hubby says "I rock" and am doing well. Hugs and healing to all!
Day 3 Post op/hanging in there
- 17 Oct 2013
- 3 days post
Yesterday went real well. Got pooped out by end of day. Drainage ok (33.5ml), so prob will keep drains in til Monday, my follow up appt. (my doc doesn't like to take drains out on Fridays).
Mostly regular Tylenol for pain yesterday, and one pain pill to go to sleep last nite. Slept from 11 til 6:30, with one wake-up.
Feeling kinda fuzzy today...to be expected they say.
Hubby looked at "the girls" for the first time last nite. Didn't freak out, lol. Was worried they looked like they hurt, but they don't really. Soreness is mainly along the incisions and at the drain exits. Have some, what feels like, muscle soreness in the mid back. Not used to sleeping on my back. But thank goodness for my Select Comfort Adjustable bed...it's like having a hospital bed, but WAY MORE comfy. We got this bed about three years ago...each of us have our own (2 twin beds side by side), so we can sleep EXACTLY how we need.
I am SOOOO THANKFUL! I'm sure it's why I have been able to sleep at all.
Anyway....doing okay, just kinda tired today. Keep reminding myself that I had surgery, and to take it easy.
Much love and (((hugs))) to all you gals out there healing. ;-)
Day 4/Shower day!!!
- 18 Oct 2013
- 4 days post
My AWESOME sister (who is a nurse), came over today and helped me get a shower and wash my hair. I needed help cause I still have the drains, they should come out Monday at my first post-op appt, as I'm not draining too much.
Feel much better now that I'm all the way clean.
Sis says I'm doing and looking good ;-)
Gonna take it easy and try and nap this afternoon.
Hugs n healing everybody ;-)
7 Days/Post Op
- 21 Oct 2013
- 7 days post
The drainage was pretty much non-existent by Friday, but my doc doesn't like them coming out right before a weekend. They had started working themselves out by yesterday.
Anyhoo, better safe than sorry.
They also removed a couple of stitches and the surgical tape from the nipples today as well. Sensitivity returned to the nipples on day two, so tape/stitch removal was a little sting-y.
My range of motion is good, and soreness is mostly concentrated on the sides, at the drainage sites. Little waves of stinging occur regularly along the incision lines, but nothing too bad. I basically have been on regular Tylenol during the day, and a pain pill at nite since day 2 post-op.
"The girls" are kinda funny shaped and still firm/swollen, and there is a fair amount of bruising on the under side. The bruising is already yellow, so that means it's fading fast...GOOD SIGN. All of this is well within the normal range, and my pre/post-op nurse Bonnie says I'm doing great,
I'm scheduled to go back in a week, and they will likely remove the few, other external stitches along the incision lines.
Gonna wait til next weeks post-op visit to take more pics...
But in the mean time, keep healing out there girls. And if you are on the fence about whether or not to do this...all I can say is
DO IT !!!
- 25 Oct 2013
- 11 days post
I go back to doc on Monday to get more/rest of external stitches removed. Hoping by then we'll see that all incisions are closed.
I am SOOO GLAD I did this!
I am extremely motivated now to get my weight down and get ready for PHASE 2 of my makeover, my Tummy Tuck.
Have a great weekend all and continued HUGS and HEALING :-)
2 Week follow-up
- 28 Oct 2013
- 14 days post
All is well with my "new girls". Had my 2 week follow-up this morning. ALL incision lines are closing up nicely. Left vertical incision is the "angriest" looking, but nurse Bonnie says nothing to worry about. Absolutely NO oozing or puss anywhere so far! THIS was my worst fear in all this....that the incisions wouldn't close up quickly/well.
Though the girls continue to take shape and "drop", I am happy with how they look so far.
It's probably a little too early to tell for sure, but it looks like I will/may have some "side boobage" when all is said and done, but not to worry. I will likely have my PS target any problem areas with lipo at the same time he does my tummy tuck.
I feel great. Had some MAJOR zinging/stinging in both breasts over the weekend with all the nerve regeneration. Kept me up a fair amount Saturday nite, had to take two pain pills that nite. Otherwise, doing very well. Trying to make myself take it easy and not overdo. I do feel the need to nap a little each day, in the afternoon. Am VERY grateful I am able to do that!
Will post a few pics
- 29 Oct 2013
- 15 days post
New day/New me
- 30 Oct 2013
- 16 days post
SOOOO, to make myself plug back into reality all the way, I got back in the kitchen to cook. Making homemade meat sauce and spaghetti squash for dinner. It's one of my favs and the family too. Doing this makes me feel "normal", lol.
Any hoo...I'll be fine and so will ALL OF YOU out there in "Real Self land"!
Love you all, thanks for checking in on me ;-)
- 1 Nov 2013
- 18 days post
I realized when I woke up this morning that, in all the emotional turmoil, I have not yet shared something REALLY important...my OVERWHELMING gratitude for my AMAZING hubby and everything he has done to support this "makeover journey".
To say he is supportive just does NOT begin to cover it. He has been taking care of anything I want/need/ask for. He also has started/ended each and EVERY day with "You're doing great hunny, and you look terrific"....and HE MEANS IT!
FYI, he is NOT prone to over-embellishing or overstating, he is a realist. He keeps reminding me that this procedure (as well as the next/TT), is NOT just a cosmetic...it is a "restart for my long-term health". He really gets how important this is to me, both physically and emotionally. How's that for being in my corner?!
In any case, I simply want to express how grateful I am that I have him and that I KNOW I could NOT have done this without him.
I hope all of you out there has someone you can count on as you go thru your "health journeys".
Take care, happy healing and have a great weekend!
- 4 Nov 2013
- 21 days post
Love n hugs all of you out there ;-)
4 Week Check Up and Pics
- 12 Nov 2013
- 29 days post
Doing good and feeling good. Not getting tired out so easily. Saw my doc today for the 4 week post op check. The girls are healing nicely and taking pretty good shape. As you can see in pics, I have three , very small spots that are still closing up, but otherwise the incisions are healing nicely. I think they will be nice and smooth. Have started using Bio Oil on the closed incisions, and it really helps.
I do/will have some residual side boobies, cause I didn't get lipo, but no prob, will take care of that when I do my tummy tuck. Overall, my recovery from this surgery has gone VERY well and I feel good. I'm okay start cardio and work out careful upper body workout.
QUESTION: I asked my doc how soon I would be ready for the TT/muscle repair/lipo and he said as soon as the girls are closed up/healed (about a month from now), and as soon as I felt up to it. I was thinking I should be at least 3 months post op from the reduction. Feedback? Any thoughts?
More Week 4 Update
- 13 Nov 2013
- 1 month post
600 from left breast
800 from right breast (cause it was bigger)
I forgot, is that grams or CCs?
Bottom line, the girls are 3 cup sizes down...half their size
PHASE TWO of my "health/mommy makeover"... It's ON!
- 15 Nov 2013
- 1 month post
SOOOO, I have an appointment with my PS on 26 Nov and we will discuss the Tummy Tuck, Muscle Repair and areas for Liposuction. I have rather moderate goals/expectations for this surgery. I primarily want to remove the "mommy flap", tighten the tummy muscles that got stretched out from my c-section/delivery of my beautiful 8lb6oz son (27 years ago), and lightly contour my hips and the sides of my lovely new breasts (we didn't do that at the time of the reduction). These goals are what factored in to my PS saying it would be fine to do this next procedure sooner than later. Though I do plan to work on losing more weight, both before this TT/MR and after, I think BOTH of these procedures will aide this endeavor...so does my PS. I am already moving around much better, just with the BR!
Thanks to ALL who have followed my progress, shared their experiences, and provided MUCH APPRECIATED input! Hugs to you ALL ;-)
6 Weeks Post Op Update
- 24 Nov 2013
- 1 month post
Other than that, I am feeling pretty good. Energy level is nearly completely normal....which is a good thing cause I have 22 people coming for Thanksgiving ;-O.
Keep healing and taking good care of yourselves out there girls. Big Texas size hugs to you ALL !
6 week check up at PS - PLUS, I scheduled my TT/MR w/lipo on Hips -YIKES
- 26 Nov 2013
- 1 month post
Once he was done checking the girls, we talked about my TT/MR. He said the girls should be totally healed and that there shouldn't be any reason I can't do the tummy in January. I asked him about my weight and possible complications. He said that the weight can sometimes affect the healing, but that he does lots of TT's like mine with good success. My PRIMARY goal is removal of the flap and a little tightening of muscle. The largest part of my tummy is in the lower area, so that helps. We also talked about doing some lipo on my hips, to contour me a little, and he said he could def do that.
SOOO, I met with the surgery coordinator, and I'm sked for 6 Jan 2014!
Now I'm SCARED - YIKES. Tell me, am I crazy or what?!
7 Weeks Post Breast Reduction/8 Weeks Pre Tummy Tuck
- 2 Dec 2013
- 2 months post
Tummy Tuck: originally sked for 6 Jan, moved to 27 Jan. Some sked conflicts with the hubbies work, needed to make sure he is freed up for two weeks. Plus, it doesn't hurt to wait a few more weeks I think, given that "the girls" are healing a little slower than anticipated. It also puts me closer to 4 months between surgeries, which is also probably not a bad idea.
All in all, feeling good. Energy level gets better every day. Don't feel like I have any residual effects from first surgery. Working on losing some more weight before surgery...hoping for 10 lbs, 15 would be better. I was careful over Thanksgiving, didn't gain any. Now just need to get thru Christmas as well.
Wishing all my BR, TT pals out there the very best as you go thru your surgeries. Stay strong and be well, (((HUGS)))
TT/MR w/lipo of Hips questions
- 8 Dec 2013
- 2 months post
1. I have seen/read here on RS, that several gals have gotten a walker and toilet riser to aide in moving around for the first week or two...is this a good idea?
2. I don't have a recliner, electric or otherwise. I do have a sleep number bed that is adjustable - head and feet move up and down, like a hospital bed. I think the bed will do, am I right?
3. Any other pointers for post surgery "MUST HAVES" ?
Appreciate any feedback/ideas, thanks a bunch ;-)
Dr Young and staff have been great. VERY professional environment, pre-op preparations and meetings/consultations went very well. Dr Young was just great on surgery day. It took 2 1/2 hours just like he said. My anesthesiologist, Dr Melish was outstanding too, he called the evening of my procedure to check on me. My OR and prep nurses were absolutely WONDERFUL. All the way around, surgery day went smooth as silk. Post-op bruising and swelling not too bad. Drainage normal to light. Breasts started to take shape quickly which surprised me. Dr Young and team have done a very good job. See my profile on Real Self for before and after pics, I will be posting pics as the breasts heal. I am so happy with the reduction, that I plan to go back to Dr Young for my tummy tuck, so check my profile for my TT treatment/results as well. One of the things that impressed me most is Dr Young's pre/post surgery protocol. He supplies 4 weeks of morning/evening vitamins and 2 supplements which reduce and minimize bruising and swelling. Additionally, he prescribes an anti nausea med for the morning of surgery, and for me it worked beautifully, as I had absolutely NO nausea afterward. I did LOTS of research prior to surgery, and VERY FEW doctors follow a protocol like this. I believe this protocol is a big part of the reason I have done so well recovering, and one of the reasons I trust this doctor. Bottom line, I am VERY pleased with all treatment from Dr Young and his staff. I can confidently recommend him/them to those looking for a plastic surgeon in the San Antonio area.