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I am home and doing well. 4 weeks PO and went shopping. San Bernardino, CA

I am 35 with one child. I am 5' and i was 141 lbs...

I am 35 with one child. I am 5' and i was 141 lbs when I first went in to see my doc. I got down to 134 at the time of surgery. My stomach was always looking like i was 5 mos pregnant. And i had about 7 cm of over hang. He removed about 4 lbs off of my belly. That's one big chunk of skin and fat. I went in for my first post op today. I dont have a lot of fluid draining but the color is still very red. So he will remove the tubes next week. I still cant walk straight. The worst part of the whole thing is I have a 2 yr old. My husband had to leave for school a few days ago. I have been asking random ppl from work to help. It is rough.

10 days PO today. Thank you YuYa and Kimmers25....

10 days PO today. Thank you YuYa and Kimmers25. I'm swelling as expected. My tube is suppose to come out at my 2 weeks F/U next week. But it is still draining red and not yellow as my Dr wanted. Please turn yellow! lol I am itching like crazy I can't stand it. I'd love some Benadryl but I'm not so sure how safe it'd be with Demarol. You know my discharge paper said I shouldn't lift more than 25 lbs for 4 weeks. But 25 lbs seems like a lot. Many of you ladies on here mentioned no lifting more than a few lbs. So I've not been lifting my toddler because he is 23 lbs. I wonder when I can lift him again. Oh and I still cannot walk straight. When I try to push it my whole tummy goes numb. I guess my body is telling me I'm not ready. I just need to heal fast so I can take care of my kid. Happy Healing my ladies.

I just added new pics. I'm a little concern about...

I just added new pics. I'm a little concern about my belly button. My skin is very sensitive. I reacted to the dressing, the binder and the pain ball tube, just everything. So I have a lot of marks and even bed sore. I got that bed sore just from laying around the first day.

Coughing is just horrible but sneezing is kicking...

Coughing is just horrible but sneezing is kicking coughing's butt and mine. Ouchhhhhh. I recommend everyone to get cough drops and stay away from perfume! I am dying to walk straight. Is it because i can't or am i sabotaging myself? I would love to sleep straight on my bed. Anyone healing slowly like me? I see so many beautiful new tummies on here. I just want to get there.

I put on a long shirt and went to the store today....

I put on a long shirt and went to the store today. My tummy was looking great inside the shirt. I didnt have my binder on. My back was hurting a bit by the time i got home. And driving was a tad uncomfortable but not bad. I had to get some gold bond anti itch cream. That was the only anti itch cream i can find there. It seems to be working so i am happy.

My belly button is looking like something out of a...

My belly button is looking like something out of a horror movie. But people said that is normal. I still cant walk fully straight so my back hurts a bit. I had to ask my sitter to come over to take my 2 yr old out on his bike and bath him. Bathing him is one thing i cant do. My sweet sitter didnt even charge me today. See, you know who your real friends are at a time like this. You get to see people's true color. Only one friend came to help me. And she couldnt even do it more than a few days. I have 2 backed out. One offered if anything at all she can do. When i ask for 1 day of dinner since i couldnt stand straight to cook she told me to go get frozen food. I surely miss my husband. And finally realizing it sucks when you don't have any support system. And at the end of the day you are all you got.

I will have my 2 weeks f/u tuesday and the drains...

I will have my 2 weeks f/u tuesday and the drains will come out. I have a feeling It will hurt like heck and My wimpy butt will probably faint. But i am so excited about the drains coming out. Anywho, I have noticed something many of us have in common. We are hiding our TT from most ppl. One of my main reasons is judgement. It is not fair for someone to say just try diet and exercise. Really? A few friends couldnt believe I needed it until I lift up my shirt. Then I always hear "wow you hide it so well". I dont mind that im keeping it a secret but it is annoying that I should have to do that.

I had a bad feeling my Dr will not take out my...

I had a bad feeling my Dr will not take out my drains today. Unfortunately, I was right. I was still draining very red and my doc didnt want to take them out. I see his point but man it freaking sucks. And my suture was desolving too fast on my bb so he gave me a local and stitched me up. Dang that needle was painful. But hey at least my bb won't collapse right?! Everything else is good. One more week of these drains. Grrrrrr! Not sure how long I can keep up the sympathy point from my 2 yr old. He is going to get sick of the "sick mama".

Last night I slept without my CG and boy did it...

Last night I slept without my CG and boy did it feel good. The Dr said I can start sleeping without it. Also, he took off the suture that was holding my tubes in place. I guess that is what was hurting me because it doesnt hurt as much anymore. My bb still looks scary and hurt a bit with the new stitches. Certainly is better than yesterday. Y'all are right, it gets better. Hey anyone have any loss of appetite since the surgery? And also continuous weight loss?

Tomorrow will be my 3 weeks PO. If these drains...

Tomorrow will be my 3 weeks PO. If these drains don't come out I will have Cherrybabi come yank them out. My skin reacted pretty bad to all the tapes, will post some crazy pics tomorrow. Have anyone been having mood swing? I have been battling with depression and anger issue for weeks. WTH? I am normally pretty relaxed and positive.And I over did it today with running errands and baking. Cookies and brownies kicked my butt. Really!?! Thanks you all so much for your support.

Oh on a positive note. The swelling doesnt bother...

Oh on a positive note. The swelling doesnt bother me and I am so grateful to have a flat tummy now.

Went in to my 3 weeks PO. The drains came out....

Went in to my 3 weeks PO. The drains came out. Yeahhhh. He had to restitch my bb again. This time with nylon after he numb me with lidocain. Hell broke loose. Our hospital ER admitted me and sent me out to a better facility. There was obvious sign of unknown infection. But it was a cardiologist that admitted me due to palpitations. Will update when i find out more. Happy healing.

How did your drain sites heal? Mine have discharge...

How did your drain sites heal? Mine have discharge coming out. How did your PS deal with them after the tubes are pulled? We are trying to pin point where my infection is coming from. My white blood cell count was 33000. Life threatening level.

Nobody seems to know where the infection is coming...

Nobody seems to know where the infection is coming from. My cardiologist blames it on my bb but i disagree. Another Dr. shook his head when he saw i had TT and said, the things women do. So they blame it on the TT but no solid proof. Anywho, I'm getting better and should be home to see my 2 yr old Monday. Happy healing.

Thank you everyone for checking in on me. 5 days...

Thank you everyone for checking in on me. 5 days in the hospital for Sepsis. I guess TT was to blamed. But really shit happens ya know. I think it was treated much more serious than what it was. I have no regret. I bought 10 new outfits today. That would never happen a month ago. Because shopping was depressing. Nothing would look good and I had to make sure my clothes would hide my body. Well, that is OVER. Yes i am still sweeling but I look darn good in these cute dresses now. Yall doing well?
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hey miss hope you are ok x x x
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Hi MS.PM...just stopping by to see how you're feeling...hoping you're okay and doing well..happy healing!!
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I'm so glad you're feeling better!
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so happy iam gettin scared i go this monday 1 at 530 hope and pray ill be ok
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Hi Ms PM, So pleased to hear your home and doing better. Have fun with your new wardrobe!
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Woo hoo glad ur better girl! And glad u went shopping and felt good!
I'm a size down. Would of thought it woulda been more but hey, maybe it will get better
As swelling goes away! You need more pics chic!! Show us the new u in ur new cute dresses!
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Hey NewMe how you doing? I really should post pics. I wonder when the swelling will actually stop?!
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The lower part of my stomach above and below incision is so swollen it looks like if I didn't get squat done (tummy tuck). It's pissin' me off lol. And it's like that 24/7...not just in the morning as some say. Doc says it's swelling...but I'm not sure about that!

So...you went to see your PS and he never figured out you had an infection? SMH. See that's why I dunno to trust my surgeon about that puffiness in my tummy...thinking seroma. :(
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glad to hear your doing better!
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Glad to hear you are okay! Sepsis is serious business.....lots of IV antibiotics. No regrets!
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Oh good...you are getting better:)

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oh good you are alright :) i am doing very well .. i am on my 3 week mark so i am standing up straight and moving around faster 3 more days at home and then back to make up and fun clients at my hair salon :) bye bye
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Take it easy when you go back to work. It is going to be hard on you standing for a long period of time.
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i hope you are doing alright now ..... did they find out were the infection was coming from ....well ..thinking of you and get a quick recovery :)
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hope u doing well and better soon ..
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Praying for u to have a speedy recovery! Hope they figure out what's causing your infection soon.
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Miss PM! Oh i do hope you are feeling a little better? sorry to hear about your infection. I have just said a prayer for you. really sending you best wishes for recovery (from manchester in england which is where i am. sending love and hugs xxx
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Sorry to hear about the infection and hope you will get better very soon. Who was your surgeon?
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Oooooo girl! That doc better be glad that he is clear across the country cuz I think I'd have to let him know exactly what women do. Women are the ones that work hard at giving birth to unappreciative arse holes like him. Apparently there was too much influence of another arse hole in his life or else he may be more understanding to the women of world.
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I am responding to course of very strong anti biotics. I didn't feel sick until they put me on these meds. Nausea and diarrhea all week. I can do without the judgement. Thanks everyone for your concern.
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"The things women do" you mean like curse out stupid doctors?

SORRY! I'm calm now

I am so sorry that you are going through so much and I am praying that they find the cause of this infection and get rid of it. Is it responding to the medication or it's lingering because no one can agree on the root cause?
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well said babe x
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Hope you are feeling better soon and home!
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Ouch. Well maybe its an infection in
bb AND drain sites from what it sounds like. So rude for doctor to judge! I remember once when I was having heart palpitations from an antidepressant I just started taking the nurse scolded me and told me "why would you take this, you need to learn how to handle your depression problems on your own without this". I was so hurt. Stay strong and prayers your way. Eat healthy and stay on your meds doll. Keep us posted.
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Ms. PM sorry to hear that your in the hospital with an infection. I was scared that would happen to me since I have Diabetes. My drain before they took it out was starting to turn green. Get well soon!
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