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Granny Makeover - Shoulder is Mending

After losing 70 pounds, I had a number of issues...

After losing 70 pounds, I had a number of issues to deal with. My big old flappy arms bothered me the most, so on July 6 I had an arm lift, along with a breast lift without augmentation(my husband's idea!). Did great and scheduled my tummy tuck at my last post-op visit. Although I am almost 64, I don't feel it-especially after the last surgery. I haven't quite reached my original goal weight, but liked the way I looked in size 12s & didn't want to lose so much weight I'd have a face full of wrinkles.

Today was my pre-op appointment and I'm so excited, I can hardly wait the week until my surgery. My Dr. will also be repairing a hernia he discovered & removing some skintags around my previous scars. I learned yesterday that I'm going to need a reverse shoulder replacement and hope my abs will be strong enough for that in mid- to late December.

My husband, who for years thought elective plastic surgery was "ridiculous", has been a great supporter and wonderful nurse, so we are getting the recliner ready for next week. I'll try to regularly journal what's going on. I'll try to post pix next time.

Thanks, Peaches!
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Pottery Granny I love your positivity! 
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thanks both of you. You are so right, Kim. My husband goes around telling everyone he got his side of the bed back! Now I'd like my side back! Just kidding - I like him chasing me around the bedroom. Even though the breast lift reduced me just from a DD to a D, I have had to adjust to the "smallness" (perky!) of them. Hubby has been great, reassuring me every day how much better these are than those old things! Really - I couldn't ask for better. Well, of course he could pay for the "work",lol!
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Three days until my TT, I have neglected this site...

Three days until my TT, I have neglected this site while communing with the November TTers.I'm still excited and think I have made all the preparations I can. Of course, my kid is 41 and my husband is not only totally self-sufficient, but a great caregiver. Since he does all the grocery shopping and never allows me to cook, I can just lay in the recliner, ring my bell and whine!It's going to be very hard to eat sensibly - he loves to spoil me with edible treats.

I have bought compression camis at Target & Walmart, laid in balms & meds, waxed the lady garden & spent far too much timereading what you great ladies have had to say. I am lucky both DH & I are retired,so no worry about meeting any schedules.

Bought my first ever bikini panty, black of course, & posed for husband's "before" shots. He did this before(July) with my arm lift/breast lift and every week thereafter for weeks. He must be kinda nervous this time, 'cause when I tried to download them, they were black. Either he left on the lens cover, or put his hand over the flash. Do-over was today, with success.

Speaking of pictures, my sister emailed me a family picture taken lasat Sunday at my Dad's 98th Birthday party & I was aghast at that spare tire around my middle.Of course she got to stand up & hide her fat behind Dad, while I was sitting down. Lordy, lordy, I thought I looked much better than I do. Since she had 500 photos to choose from, this was surely not an accident. Now I really can't wait 'til Wednesday!

thanks to you all. I can't even imagine not telling any(every?) one- The reaction I get most is,"You go,girl!" Appreciate all the support. This is a great site!
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I am so happy you found this site. it has been very helpful for me and know it will be for you also..

Wed. the 2nd will be here before you know it and I am so glad you are giving yourself this wonderful gift.

Will be thinking of you and sending good thoughts your way.

Jennifer.
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I will be happy in a 12 too! not looking for perfection just to feel comfortable with myself. I'll be keeping up with your story. Good luck with your surgery.
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If I can figure out how to do it I will post...

If I can figure out how to do it I will post pre-op pictures.

Only 35 hours left, and my husband is a basket...

Only 35 hours left, and my husband is a basket case. I still can't wait, nor can I think of one thing I need to do before surgery. Got a pedicure this afternoon & washed my new granny panties. Got Dad's bills paid for a couple of weeks. Guess I could clean out my bedside table drawer tomorrow.
ok Granny! You have a couple days to go... you ready??
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Granny Makover Almost Here Doctor's...

Granny Makover Almost Here

Doctor's office called an hour ago & asked if I could come in hour early, at 6 am. I would have come at 6 tonight if I could have, lol! So now it's only 13 hoursnaway & I'm psyched. They said they'd look after nervous nelly hubby! Thanks for all the prayers & good wishes - I, too, am so glad I found this site and all the support. It has now gotten to the point where DH says, "Have you told your new friends this?" or what do they say about that? Kimmers IS the MAN - er, WOMAN!!!

LOL..you are too funny!   I am the WOMAN!!    I may have looked like I had a man package after my surgery but I am 100% girlie...LOL

I am thinking about you and sending prayers and happy healing thoughts your way.  You are going to do just fine Hot Mama:)

Check in as soon as you can.  And if your hubby needs support have him log on and we will help him through.

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Hot grannies!
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Pottery granny, I can't wait to see what you look like afterwards! I'm sure you'll look beautiful. I'm 61, so we're in the same boat - grannies that are doing a tummy makeover. Please let us know how it goes! I know you'll do well.
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Lost an update after getting most of it said. Try...

Lost an update after getting most of it said. Try again. Arrived at 6 surgery at 7. Done 9:30.slept til 11. chattering like a magpie to nrse from 11 to 11:30. then Dr came in with report & instrutions.dressed& home by 12:30, Wi th a stop @DQ for cup of vanilla cream. Sure helped Sore throat from tube & allergies. Taking 2 Percocets every 4 hours. Potato soup

For supPer. Water water water. Feel great. Stay in recliner & walk 10 min every hour. Not bent.over much yet. Dr called around 5 & seemed surprised when I a.swered&wasdoing so well. Had lipo & TT no hernia found after all. Came home with catheter to be removed tomorrow. 2 drains.time.to walk again!

I am so glad to hear from you:)  It sounds like you are doing fantastic!  Check in with us tomorrow.

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Granny, I'm so glad you're back! Wow, 7 to 9:30! The surgery went quickly! You seem to be doing quite well. Can't wait to read all your updates as time passes.
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Hope all went well this morning and that you are resting and as comfortable as you can be!
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1 day post op, I just cannot stay awake. Switching...

1 day post op, I just cannot stay awake. Switching from percocet to tylenol to see if that helps. Still feel good, though. Walking regularly & finding lots of spider webs. Wearing hubby out - he says when you live in the woods, expect spiders! Yuk. Still made him get the webs out. Only major challenge so far is the leaking catheter bag - we tried shipping tape, electrical tape, towels under bag, then a big bucket. Pretty much kept us busy every 2 hours all night.Finally evolved into cutting the tube off at the bag. Now I carry around a cranberry juice bottle. Can't wait to get to Dr in an hour & get this thing pulled!!
Dmdobbins- won't be long for you now. I know you' re getting excited. I know everyone is different but so far this has been easier than expected. Finishing up post-op day 3 & had no meds since tylenol at midnight. Feeling pretty good and I know you'll do great.
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Granny, did you have muscle repair? Did the doctor do any lipo in addition? I wonder if I'll need muscle repair. The doctor said that if it's needed, he will do it. I am quite nervous about the muscle repair, and I have a nagging suspicion that he will end up doing it.
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I did have muscle repair, liposuction of flanks & he removed some skin tags on previous scarline. Also seems to have revisedthe ends of breast lift scars, as evidencedby many, many spot bandaids, lol. I remember him holding up 2 fingers about 3" apart when discussing MR.
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2 days post-op & ok-Granny is officially a...

2 days post-op & ok-Granny is officially a Stoner! I'm deep in the percocet fog. Sleep every time I hit the recliner. Told hubby no more meds til I post. Dianelynne- I hope you are doing well today. Can't wait to hear from you. I'm pulling for the rest of you. I just cant keep everybody straight at this moment! No major problems other than having to pee into a cranberry juice jar due to defective cath bag and bleeding from where the drain tubes exit body (annoying). Feel just like a sausage. loved my first shower & switched to MY compression garment to wash theirs. much better. i can occasionally breathe, lol. good luck to those going next week

3rd Day post-op I haven't found it to be...

3rd Day post-op

I haven't found it to be too bad-about the same as arm lift/breast lift. Suggest folks stay in the drug fog for 2-3 days, drink lots of water & walk a little every hour or 2. That first shower was like heaven! Trying to ice every hour. Taking a couple of gas-x pills can help relieve the tightness. Also, after reading all the poopy distress on here, & not being real regular myself, I took 2 colace the night before, 2 the night of, 2 post-op 1, 3 po 2 & tonight (po 3), it only took a couple of prunes (they make orange ones) to solve that problem before it really was one. Considered it big progress to be able to lift & lower recliner lever unassisted, lol. This tight binder is certainly helping control my appetite. Must be how a lap-band feels. Speaking of binder, reminds me of when I had my daughter 42 years ago next month. My grandmother-in-law came over & asked where my binder was, after seeing my still pouchy tummy. Maybe those old doctors knew what they were doing!!

Day 4 Post-Op Seemed to have turned a corner....

Day 4 Post-Op

Seemed to have turned a corner. Took no meds yesterday, but now taking single Tylenols for back pain. Other than some abdominal tightness and soreness when getting up, the back is the worst of it. Hard to get comfy in any position. Left the recliner around 4 this am & climbed into my Sleep Number bed – oh my gosh it felt great. Broke the rules again & had a mimosa for breakfast - didn’t want that pre-op champagne going to waste, ha ha...Had to use hubby’s bathroom (guest) during the night due to proximity to kitchen drain dumping activity YUK. What a yucky toilet seat. Had to send him to Home Depot this morning for a replacement. I wasn’t putting my bruised & incised bottom down on that nasty thing again, lol. Anyway, I find it helpful to send him on little errands during the day; allows him to get away guilt free ?
Thanks for all your good wishes. So far, I'm pleasantly surprised. You gals going tomorrow - its not so bad!
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Granny, Thanks for your sharing & your humor. Glad things are going good for you during recovery! :)
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You look terrific Granny!!!! Rest up!
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Day 5 post-op has been pretty quiet. Kept on...

Day 5 post-op has been pretty quiet. Kept on resting, but I did put on real clothes after shower. Trial run for trip to dr tomorrow. I noticed from the posts that many get both drains in the pubic area, while mine are on the flanks. Don't know if one is easier to hide than the other way, but it's hard to hide under regular clothes. Should clarify "regular clothes"consisted of stretch jogging pants (although these have never ever been jogged in!) & a tunic top! Does seem like swelling is increasing tonight. Still feeling good though.
Granny, your pics are gone!
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Pottery Granny, You look great! I'm glad to see you're doing so well!
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6 Days Post-Op Yea Yea Yea Went to Dr. today...

6 Days Post-Op

Yea Yea Yea Went to Dr. today & lost 1 of my little friends (drains). I'll have the other one for another week. Went out to dinner tonight & it was great to be out for awhile. Now I can use a rest. Learned how to hide my remaining drain between the boobies - you lose some definition, but WTH!!
OK - About that swelling. I know I'm swollen because my scale is up & I feel like a stuffed sausage, especially in the compression garment. Also, My already oversized thighs look like the trunks of old oak trees. Have I been uncomfortable from the swelling, up to this point - No. Of course, I drink water all day long, try to minimize my salt intake and don't eat any processed foods(high sodium). I also haven't been dressing daily in street clothes, so I have been comfortable in loose gowns & robes. When sitting, my feet are up & I'm really being sedentery. I am noticing folks commenting on getting both (or all) drains out within a week of surgery. Mine (now 1) is continuing to drain a significant amount of fluid.So I don't know what effect any of these things have on my not having what I would consider a swelling problem . . . yet! Of course, my expectations may be different than others'. With my earlier surgery, I had to add a link back to my watchband. It may have been 2 months before that link came back out.

Having said all that, I ate Chinese last night, walked around the mall for an hour or so, and drank less water because I wasn't at home. Tomorrow I may look like "Little Lotta" (and you're old enough to know who she is!). I'll keep you posted.

You know, I love RealSelf, but I'm kind of glad I didn't find it before my first procedure or my expectations, and possibly results, may have been very different. There is so much support here, but all the unfortunate outcomes/experiences are here, too. If you will read the input just from those of us already this month, I think you'll see a lot to be positive about. I guess I'm just saying, don't find too much to worry about. Now, my next epistle will be on the subject of compression garments!
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Sounds like you're doing reall well, Granny! I thought people our age might be feeling horrendously bad after a tt, so that’s one thing I found out on RealSelf, that age might be a consideration, but that it’s certainly not the only consideration. Some older people have an easier time than some younger people and vice versa. I think the key lies with the individual. Your journey has helped me a lot because we are so close in age.

I do know what you mean, though, about 'everything' being on RealSelf. Some of it can be hair-raising! On the other hand, I prefer to know in advance what I will, might, or could encounter. If I hadn’t read all these posts and were to go into the tt daydreaming that I'd come out with a sunken, high-fashion model tummy the day after the operation, and then wound up with a basketball for 5 months, I would be out of my mind thinking I'm the only one on the planet this happened to. Now I think I'm more realistic and on the lookout for the odd things, but I won’t be thinking I’m the only one suffering them. (Still working on my hysteria about GA and infections tho lol).

Having been a Little Lotta myself for a long, long while (yup, I certainly do know who she is lol omg) I would not feel that depressed if I ended up suffering a big belly for a few months. Good grief, I already have a big belly! Besides, the big belly from the tt eventually does go down, and that’s what matters. Now, if it never went down and I ended up looking like Santa Claus, that’d be a cause for concern lol I’d need a new career plan and a red suit with white fur trim. :)

Okay, now, about those compression garments...
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Kathe, Kathe, Kathe - they're CUTE!!! Just saying . . .
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Day 8 Post-op Doing great today, just not...

Day 8 Post-op

Doing great today, just not doing great things!! Had a little swelling today,but expected it after walking around the mall for an hour yesterday, not getting as much water, and eating Chinese the night before. I'm so glad I still have a drain!!.I keep Besides, mine is still draining 175-200 cc/day. I have been paying attention to those who felt they overextended and really pacing myself. That means a lot of sitting around, kinda like my usual retired self! New 1 week pictures are posted.
I'll have to post-pone reading your updates because as my daughter was reading them out loud to me, I couldn't stop laughing -no good!! :)
Thanks for the updates and for being a positive role model!
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Kathe-thanks for the compliments. Finally figured out how to post a picture there, big duh. Got my white hair from my mom, who apologized for my getting it. I told her my sisters probably have it , too. We just don't know! Scared mum-don't be scared. Can't help you with the mini-facelift - need 1 now , but that's a ways down my priority list. I'm not sure hubby will ever support that. You'll do great. I'll be recovering from a shoulder replacement same time as you. We'll stay in touch.
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Granny, you have inspired me. My TT with full MR and mini facelift is due on the 20th December and I am scared out of my wits. After reading about your journey I feel much more at ease. Thank-you for posting such an honest and humorous story. I couldn't stop laughing at some of your comments and I must say you are looking great.
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Day 10 post-op, Yesterday was a big day: I...

Day 10 post-op,

Yesterday was a big day: I drove for the first time, had a lymphatic massage, went out to lunch with hubby, then quick trips to Best Buy&Target. Then came home and crashed. Today I have mostly just slept and that's ok. Dont feel bad and nothing hurts. Just seem to need a lot of quiet time. The most exciting thing to happened all day is that all my steri-strips fell off!! It was the strangest thing- I was JUST massaging my belly with antibiotic ointment, and those buggers just FELL OFF. My floor was littered with brown paper! And that self -massage felt lovely. It's been a long time since I've had so much fun playingWww with myself,lol. Hoping to walk myself around the mall a bit tomorrow. Little incentive to shop for clothes since a. I'm swollen; b. I have a closet full of new clothes I hope will still fit when it all settles out, and c. I gotta save up for phase 3 of my granny makeover (thighs). I'm a little doubtful i'll get my drain out Monday since I'm still putting out 50-60 ccs of fluid every 12 hours.
Lookin good granny!
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LOL! You're funny Kathe! Now I have to go look and see if my boobs are even lower than they were before! LOL!! Do you know how many people would be pissed off if that were the case? LOL!
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Hey, I worry about everything! :)
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OK, Ladies - I'm busted! Went to the doctor...

OK, Ladies - I'm busted! Went to the doctor yesterday & the first thing he said was, "well, now I know who Pottery Granny is." That's what I get for posting my face picture, I guess, but who'd have thought their doc actually read these things?! So, my mind was quickly running through what embarassing things I had posted. Of course, all of you know I have only had the most positive things to say about my doctor: His professionalism, personality, sense of humor and obvious expertise!

With the steri-strips gone, the dr. took one look at my scar & guessed I was about 3 weeks out. That was great, since I was 12 days out! Everything was looking good except my remaining drain is still putting out 90-100 cc every day. You know, I'm really getting attached to my little buddy (and vice versa). I really wanted it out since we were going to a dinner party last night and our social life is pretty barren. The good news is that I managed to curl the drainage tube & hide the reservoir in my crotch between my pantyhose and Spanx (don't laugh). Then I slipped my newly flat tummy into a little black dress & partied on. Other partygoers were amazed I had surgery 12 days before. It was great to get & wine & dine for a few hours. Today...I slept. Go back on Friday-maybe my little buddy will be ready to leave me. 2 week pix tomorrow.
You are cracking me up, kathe. I would burn those grannies but I might need them for phase 3! Let me know when you get your bikini & I might reconsider.
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Granny, don't tell me you're going to wear those big old granny panties after the tt! That great looking tt deserves some bikinis, particularly after all the work you've done for it (using commercial-sized cranberry juice bottles as drainage, hiding drainage bulbs in your crotch, learning new ways of standing up from the sitting position using hydraulics techniques, etc). :)
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How are you doing? I saw your pics they are great.
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So, Thursday night late I started with the chills....

So, Thursday night late I started with the chills. Friday morning my temp was 99.9. At 10am temp up to 100.1. Hubby insisted we couldn't wait til 2:45 appt & called ps office. Dr was at their other location,back at 1 & would see me then. Told to pick up & start antibiotic. After my shower, dr called & told me not to eat or drink "in case we have to do something." So I didn't use creams or make-up or put on any jewelry. By 1 pm, temp was up to 101. Soon after doc gave me 2 options: Double up antibiotics & see how the weekend goes, with the risk of going to the hospital if it didn't work; or go in now & clean up. I went with his recommendation to not take chances. Operating room wasn't available until after 3, so we waited & signed more consent forms. Think we finally got into OR around 3:30-figured I was screwing up more than 1 weekend. Surgery took about an hour & we left recovery around 6:30. Even though I prepared for possible surgery, I didn't think to bring my pain meds so the 30 min drive home was kind of uncomfortable. Took percocet Friday night & part of Saturday, occasional tylenols since. Back to dr tomorrow.

To summarize, I was just starting a staph infection;a bag of antibiotics ran during surgery; incision (that beautiful & quickly healing one,lol)was re-opened;4 liters of saline in, 4 liters out; closed this time with non-dissolving sutures & ,oh yes, 2 new drains! Taking augmenten & bactrim antibiotics. And boy are these stitches tight-guess all the excess skin went away last time.Yesterday & today I have rested hard, mostly sleeping all day. Hope to begin a new uneventful recovery real soon now! I really lucked up in my doctor selection. (It really was luck- I went for botox when they were running a special last winter. Then went to a seminar & sat next to a girl with year-old twins. She had a mommy makeover 6 weeks before. She also showed me her before & after pix on her phone & said the pain wasn't bad. Enough said-it was on!) But I digress. My doctor couldn't have been more attentive & concerned,calling on a regular basis to check on my condition & being unwilling to compromise my health. Really, I couldn't have asked for better! And I would say this even if he wasn't going to read this at some point!!!
Pottery Granny ~ So what did I miss? Did you have other symptoms besides the fever? I'm so sorry you had to go back in to surgery since you were recovering so well. Your doctor sounds great too.Nothing like a surgeon who cares and shows it. Glad you are resting.
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How are you feeling Granny? I hope you are feeling better.
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Did u have Ur surgery in a hospital or surgery center?
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Turned a corner today. 3 days after surgery, I am...

Turned a corner today. 3 days after surgery, I am feeling myself again. The infection was staph, but not MRSA so that is a great thing and I can discontinue one of my antibiotics. Back to 2 drains since Friday, but they have new openings and aren't putting out much fluid. Don't go back until next Monday, so these new friends will take me almost up to the 4 week post-op mark. A little sore from those tight, tight stitches,although dr. said he scrubbed pretty hard in there! How's that for a visual. If the skin over my mons gets stretched any higher, I'll be peeing up! I hope my scar will heal as nicely as the original, despite having to have non-dissolvable (Frankenstein)sutures that will have to be removed. I know that my little setback has frightened some folks who haven't had the procedure yet, and maybe even some who are recently post-op. I just want to reassure everyone that YES, I WOULD HAVE THE TUMMY TUCK AGAIN, even after all this. I sort of had a suspicion something was going on when my drain fluid began to stink, but it was not cloudy to indicate infection. All's well that ends well; somebody said that, lol. By the way, those awful bruises are gone. New pictures when this 10 pounds of new fluid goes away! Thanks for all the support I have received here, especially the past few days.
Love you guys, scared mum & kathe!I will definitely be messaging you both while recuperating. Ps scared mum, my 2nd marriage didn't last 12 months after the 4 years it took me to finish grad school, but not because he was threatened as he already had a masters degree. I think a lot of marriages dont survive the stresses of graduate study!
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Oh Granny. Thank you so much for your post. I really appreciate you speaking to your surgeon about me. Wow, I can't believe you are having another operation in 2 weeks. You are one amazing women Granny. I have seen patients in hospital recovering from shoulder surgery and they do very well. My best friends dad is an orthopaedic surgeon so if you have any questions I can definitely find out answers for you although you would have your own surgeon for that. In regards to my medical degree I have followed a similar path to you. I started my biomedical science degree, finished that met a man and moved away. I then fell pregnant with my daughter. It wasn't until I was at home with her that I decided i couldn't let the idea of being a doctor go. My husband was mortified at the time and made things as difficult for me has he could. I was accepted for both pharmacy and med and he kept telling me to pick pharmacy. He is a paramedic and was extremely threatened by the fact that I was going to be a doctor. Anyway, to cut a long story short I chose med and our marriage ended 12 months later. I have absolutely no regrets over my decision and I love love love medicine. I would not be able to do this without my dad (he lives with us) and he so wants me to reach my goal. I laughed when you said you got bored with nursing. Getting a glimpse of your personality through your posts I can certainly see why and yes med would have been good for you. Your determination would definitely have been tested. LOL. Good luck with your surgery Granny, I will keep reading your posts. We will recover together.
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Scared mum, I'm also glad you're postponing the tt. I admire the fact that you decided to study medicine despite the road blocks. I definitely wouldn't let anything in the world jeopardize that. That would come first, then the tt whenever that could be done. Your determination to stick with your goal is remarkable.

And yes, Granny simply rocks, as always!
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So, I went back to the dr. Friday and heard the...

So, I went back to the dr. Friday and heard the dreaded words, "You know what I'm going to say, don't you?". Translation, oh my drainless friends, I've still got the drain!Good news is that I don't have to go back for a month, but as soon as my drain gets down to 20 cc/day I can pull that bad boy out!! Hope it happens soon, since I'm going back to the OR a week from Wednesday for reverse shoulder replacemant. (Had to reassure hubby that no, one arm will not be facing the other way, lol.) I'm getting more & more creative in hiding my little friend. Thanks to privacy cups, I was able to tuck my little reservoir, right inside my bra. I am able to do whatever I want - even walked around the mall for 6 hours today. I was a little tired tonight, but I didn't wear a compression garment, to ease trying on new ones that won't require a lot of shoulder antics to get into & out of after surgery. Looks like most of my fellow tummy tuckers are getting along well; I hope the others soon will be. I have appreciated all the support and positive feedback.
Pottery~ Hoping the drains stay low and you can take them out. That would freak me out to do it but I think you'll be fine w/ it. Sorry to hear you have to have surgery again so soon on any part of your body. You are one strong, determined lady! We'll be watching for updates that you are healing well from that surgery too.
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Thanks,puggymom. Removed drain last night when it became clogged, at least I think that's why I couldn't get it to stay deflated & able to pull out fluids through suction. Now I finally feel done! Best nights sleep in a month!
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@granny wow you are still the drain queen. I love that you learned to hide it under your clothes. I did the same same thing with mine. Life must go on drains and all.
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Yesterday was my first day without a drain since...

Yesterday was my first day without a drain since November 2! Getting those things out really does feel like you are ready to to move on. Waited the requisite 24 hours, and returned today to my water aerobics class, although I really paced myself. It feels so good to be moving again & getting some exercise. Hoping to get back to the pool tomorrow, but I know I'm having a bubble bath tonight-1st bath in 5 weeks! I'm definitely not a shower girl!!Best part of my day was probably walking into the women's locker room at the Y and all the ladies oohing & aahing & pointing to.my tummy. Aaaahhhhhhh! Quite comfortable without a compression garment,although I'll probably wear one as needed. I had begun to drink some iced tea (Southern girl, you know), but have quit that & gone back to just water. Sure feel better & swelling getting better. Will post new pictures as soon as I convince the photographer to take them, but I have my ways of convincing him, lol.
Chris- I have noticed some very.good reviews for a dr. Michael Law on Ridge Rd in Raleigh. Look under Find a Dr tab on this site. Good luck &thanks for the compliments.
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I really wanted to get my tt from him but his office staff was so rude. I took my daughter in to use the bathroom and they said she had to leave no children. Thankfully my husband was w me and waited outside w her during my 1st appt. When I called to schedule 2nd appt. w Dr.Law they said we need a credit card I said ok my husband is coming up the steps right now and she said ok i will cancel that. What? I called and spoke w/ office mgr. even worse! I went to a consult at Dr. Au office today and bad experience there. After my consult he walked out and told the nurse where my husband and kids could hear that I needed to lose weight and had alot of strech marks but thought I was still do-able! I need to find a good Dr. I'm so discouraged! I am a people person and easy to get along with . I'm not complaining just to be you know.
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There's definitely a no-kids environment in certain places, and I think plastic surgeons are like that. I don't think I've ever seen a child in them, and I've been to a total of 5? They don't have a kids' section with toys, or anything, as they do in a pediatrician or GP's office. Kinda like the adult section of a library or a nightclub. That's odd about the credit card!
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Ok-The drainless Drain Queen is suffering all...

Ok-The drainless Drain Queen is suffering all kinds of atrocities at Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital & need to be rescued asap. First, I had To arrive 3 (yes, three) hours early, so I could wait longer. My surgery lasted 90 minutes,ending at 1:30. Dr. told hubby I'd be in recovery for 45 minutes. I was fully awake at 2:20. Was finally transported to room at 3:55. Asked for ginger ale before leaving recovery-got ice chips. In fact, got ooddles of ice chips & was told nothing but clear liquids untilbowel sounds are heard. God knows how I survived my 3 surgeries since July without TED stockings, oxygen and no food! At 6 I asked where my supper & was Told it was up to the nurse. Nurse said NO DINNER FOR ME-NO ORDERS FOR DINNER. At 7 nurse brought in nurse for evening shift to introduce & report. I said "Patricia, I hope You will be more cooperative than Sandra, who won't let me walk, eat or drink, necessitating oxygen to breathe, iv to eat, compression stockings to prevent the blood clots walking could prevent." Sandra said,"It'S MY FAULT. I HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCEVTO LOOK AT HER CHART, YET!!!!!" Well, aren't I ridiculous thinking she Would look at my chart in 3&1/2 hours. I resisted the impulse to ask who ordered all this crap I was sporting!?!. I did say that perhaps Patricia would get to my chart. By the way, this whole interaction took place while I, sat on the edge of the bed breathing deeply & moving my legs! I finally got some nasty broth at 9. Lucky for me hubby shared,half his ham sandwich from home & a crispy Butterfinger bar! You want bowel sounds-we'll get them. It is now 10:20, & I've removed (one by one) the oxygen, the elastic strap attached To nothing except my thigh where it was cutting off my circulation, and those hot plastic legging thingIes that blOw up a& compress when attached to a machine that's not here! I'm now dancing in my bed. Poor Patricia- when she brought the mom (since I'm not eating, ironically!), I said no thanks & said "Other than being a beatch, I'm really a model patient" I am glad hubby brought my Welbutrin-Patricia would be grateful if she knew. Left hand typing is tiring, but must say I'm in no pain (continuous pump in shoulder),Dr said it was about the Worst he'd seen, even worse than the mri showed, I had virtually NO rotator cuff . . .,& yeah I have a high Pain threshold to live with it this way for almost a year. He also toLd hubby he'll discharge me tomorrow-will be here at 7:30. Wonder how long 'til pt shows up?!?!?

Ok-The drainless Drain Queen is suffering all...

Ok-The drainless Drain Queen is suffering all kinds of atrocities at Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital & need to be rescued asap. First, I had To arrive 3 (yes, three) hours early, so I could wait longer. My surgery lasted 90 minutes,ending at 1:30. Dr. told hubby I'd be in recovery for 45 minutes. I was fully awake at 2:20. Was finally transported to room at 3:55. Asked for ginger ale before leaving recovery-got ice chips. In fact, got ooddles of ice chips & was told nothing but clear liquids untilbowel sounds are heard. God knows how I survived my 3 surgeries since July without TED stockings, oxygen and no food! At 6 I asked where my supper & was Told it was up to the nurse. Nurse said NO DINNER FOR ME-NO ORDERS FOR DINNER. At 7 nurse brought in nurse for evening shift to introduce & report. I said "Patricia, I hope You will be more cooperative than Sandra, who won't let me walk, eat or drink, necessitating oxygen to breathe, iv to eat, compression stockings to prevent the blood clots walking could prevent." Sandra said,"It'S MY FAULT. I HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCEVTO LOOK AT HER CHART, YET!!!!!" Well, aren't I ridiculous thinking she Would look at my chart in 3&1/2 hours. I resisted the impulse to ask who ordered all this crap I was sporting!?!. I did say that perhaps Patricia would get to my chart. By the way, this whole interaction took place while I, sat on the edge of the bed breathing deeply & moving my legs! I finally got some nasty broth at 9. Lucky for me hubby shared,half his ham sandwich from home & a crispy Butterfinger bar! You want bowel sounds-we'll get them. It is now 10:20, & I've removed (one by one) the oxygen, the elastic strap attached To nothing except my thigh where it was cutting off my circulation, and those hot plastic legging thingIes that blOw up a& compress when attached to a machine that's not here! I'm now dancing in my bed. Poor Patricia- when she brought the mom (since I'm not eating, ironically!), I said no thanks & said "Other than being a beatch, I'm really a model patient" I am glad hubby brought my Welbutrin-Patricia would be grateful if she knew. Left hand typing is tiring, but must say I'm in no pain (continuous pump in shoulder),Dr said it was about the Worst he'd seen, even worse than the mri showed, I had virtually NO rotator cuff . . .,& yeah I have a high Pain threshold to live with it this way for almost a year. He also toLd hubby he'll discharge me tomorrow-will be here at 7:30. Wonder how long 'til pt shows up?!?!?
Oh my goodness, Granny! Are you sure you're at a hospital and not a torture chamber? No food? No ginger ale? No walking? Sheesh. You sure need to get out of there fast and get some food!

I'm glad you came through well!
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Oh Pottery Granny I am so glad you made it through all of that ~ and with a sense of humor too! You are one tough cookie to have made it through 3 surgeries in such a short period of time. Sounds like your shoulder was in terrible shape!! Glad you are all repaired and on your way to healing. My good friend had that done a few months ago and is going backwards for overdoing it. So please no overdoing it for you! Take care and get all healed. You deserve it!
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What are they doing to you at that hospital Granny? Wish I was close enough to come rescue you!
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EXTRA, EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT! Doctor's been...

EXTRA, EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT! Doctor's been in -I'm outta here. Waiting for pt so I can go home dressed! See there-MODEL PATIENT!

EXTRA, EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT! Doctor's been...

EXTRA, EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT! Doctor's been in -I'm outta here. Waiting for pt so I can go home dressed! See there-MODEL PATIENT!
Wow Pottery Granny-- Whats that saying?? If it isnt one thing its another! Whew---youve been through ALOT.
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wow i just read all your posts and i have to say you are awesome! i wish you were my mom, grandma, or even my friend! you sound stronger then most , including myself! and your husband sounds like a total sweetie too! you are a strong women and should be so very proud of yourself!oh and i love that you sent him out for a new toilet seat! totally something i would do!! i have full tt and boobies done in august and my mom has had a couple things done to.. most recent lipo and she is going to be 60 in july ...anyway you sound like my kinda person! hope you have happy holidays! especially with your hot bod!!!
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Almost home,23 hours after surgery. No drains, no catheters. Keep you posted. Fixin' to enter the fog!
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Best I've felt in a week! First follow-up with...

Best I've felt in a week! First follow-up with orthopedic surgeon today & my first time out of the house in a week. Sutures in shoulder were clipped & will dissolve; steri-strips applied. Dr. pleased with progress & range of motion so far. YEA!!!!! Start real physical therapy tomorrow-orders are for 12 weeks, but we'll just see if we can't accelerate that schedule! I don't have to wear that awful immobilizer sling at home unless I am sleeping, which is bad enough, by the way. If you think drains are annoying, picture having a 5 pound sack of flour strapped to the inside of your lower arm, which is bent at a 90° angle. The whole business is strapped over your opposite shoulder as well as around your waist & your mostly numb or tingling fingers/thumb are confined in this cloth cylinder 24/7! Now try to sleep with this get-up on. Yep, this is Granny whining. I haven't felt this claustrophobic since those hot flashes that make you want to throw off the covers & rip off all your clothes.(Some of you will get this; the rest of you will!) The best news is that I can water walk in pool tomorrow if I keep incision dry. Next week-water aerobics with caution! I'm getting to be a happy camper. Sorry to pester my tt buddies with my shoulder replacement journey, but, alas, no forum on topic!(swyping is much easier with my un-immobilized right hand.)

Best I've felt in a week! First follow-up with...

Best I've felt in a week! First follow-up with orthopedic surgeon today & my first time out of the house in a week. Sutures in shoulder were clipped & will dissolve; steri-strips applied. Dr. pleased with progress & range of motion so far. YEA!!!!! Start real physical therapy tomorrow-orders are for 12 weeks, but we'll just see if we can't accelerate that schedule! I don't have to wear that awful immobilizer sling at home unless I am sleeping, which is bad enough, by the way. If you think drains are annoying, picture having a 5 pound sack of flour strapped to the inside of your lower arm, which is bent at a 90° angle. The whole business is strapped over your opposite shoulder as well as around your waist & your mostly numb or tingling fingers/thumb are confined in this cloth cylinder 24/7! Now try to sleep with this get-up on. Yep, this is Granny whining. I haven't felt this claustrophobic since those hot flashes that make you want to throw off the covers & rip off all your clothes.(Some of you will get this; the rest of you will!) The best news is that I can water walk in pool tomorrow if I keep incision dry. Next week-water aerobics with caution! I'm getting to be a happy camper. Sorry to pester my tt buddies with my shoulder replacement journey, but, alas, no forum on topic!(swyping is much easier with my un-immobilized right hand.)

Best I've felt in a week! First follow-up with...

Best I've felt in a week! First follow-up with orthopedic surgeon today & my first time out of the house in a week. Sutures in shoulder were clipped & will dissolve; steri-strips applied. Dr. pleased with progress & range of motion so far. YEA!!!!! Start real physical therapy tomorrow-orders are for 12 weeks, but we'll just see if we can't accelerate that schedule! I don't have to wear that awful immobilizer sling at home unless I am sleeping, which is bad enough, by the way. If you think drains are annoying, picture having a 5 pound sack of flour strapped to the inside of your lower arm, which is bent at a 90° angle. The whole business is strapped over your opposite shoulder as well as around your waist & your mostly numb or tingling fingers/thumb are confined in this cloth cylinder 24/7! Now try to sleep with this get-up on. Yep, this is Granny whining. I haven't felt this claustrophobic since those hot flashes that make you want to throw off the covers & rip off all your clothes.(Some of you will get this; the rest of you will!) The best news is that I can water walk in pool tomorrow if I keep incision dry. Next week-water aerobics with caution! I'm getting to be a happy camper. Sorry to pester my tt buddies with my shoulder replacement journey, but, alas, no forum on topic!(swyping is much easier with my un-immobilized right hand.)

Best I've felt in a week! First follow-up with...

Best I've felt in a week! First follow-up with orthopedic surgeon today & my first time out of the house in a week. Sutures in shoulder were clipped & will dissolve; steri-strips applied. Dr. pleased with progress & range of motion so far. YEA!!!!! Start real physical therapy tomorrow-orders are for 12 weeks, but we'll just see if we can't accelerate that schedule! I don't have to wear that awful immobilizer sling at home unless I am sleeping, which is bad enough, by the way. If you think drains are annoying, picture having a 5 pound sack of flour strapped to the inside of your lower arm, which is bent at a 90° angle. The whole business is strapped over your opposite shoulder as well as around your waist & your mostly numb or tingling fingers/thumb are confined in this cloth cylinder 24/7! Now try to sleep with this get-up on. Yep, this is Granny whining. I haven't felt this claustrophobic since those hot flashes that make you want to throw off the covers & rip off all your clothes.(Some of you will get this; the rest of you will!) The best news is that I can water walk in pool tomorrow if I keep incision dry. Next week-water aerobics with caution! I'm getting to be a happy camper. Sorry to pester my tt buddies with my shoulder replacement journey, but, alas, no forum on topic!(swyping is much easier with my un-immobilized right hand.)

Thanks, zizi. Good luck & just try to stay relaxed. I'm going to go read your story.
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Hello hello. I laugh so hard reading some of your posts but I prefer to read the entire story while i will rest from my TT. I love your energy and sense of humor and I'm sure that will help me while recovering :)). You are so adorable and sweet. I'm glad I found you here.
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Well, I would definitely wait till cool weather. Nothining ickier than a sweaty incision! I admire your courage to even consider anything else. I am guessing that I need some kind of revision to the bl...still having tearing pulling pain on the right underarm and nipple area. :-(. I'm not sure I have the stomach for any more new pain. I just want my active life back!! I might have looked gross but at least I wasn't always in some new kind of pain. I'll re-evaluate after the cancer treatment/acid peel next Monday...not looking forward to that at all.
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