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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.

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!

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.

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!!!

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!

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!!

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 ?

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.

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!!

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.

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.

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.

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!!!

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.

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.

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.

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?!?!?

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!

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.)

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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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I was wondering if your underarm issue might be something fixable under local in the office. My biggest issue with summer leg surgery is how hot the compression garments must be! Let me know how yourtreatments
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thought of you today...hope all is well.
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Doing well, mothera8. Wishing I could proceed with thigh lift, butt need to lose some extra pounds I've picked up since shoulder surgery. Also have some beach time planned & I'm wondering if that recovery Would be easier in cooler weather.
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P.granny,
Just saw your pics and story...hubba, hubba. Looking very nice
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Thanks mia. Just found your message. Wish I still looked the way I did after surgery. I'm afraid my sedentary time after 3 surgeries in 6 weeks has not been good for my figure-or scale. Trying to go back to 1200 calories/day tomorrow, with no bread, potatoes or pasta. Don't want my dr to fire me when I go back in a month!!
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Aussy- TT scar still looks pretty red to me, but not puckered & really nice and low. Think it will be almost hidden by pubic hair when it finally grows back! Not a real problem for me since the only bikini I'll be sporting will consist of bra & panties at home with hubby. Charleston is about 3 hours south & east from my home on the NC/SC line just outside Charlotte,NC. It is a fun & beautiful place to visit. My stepdaughter graduated from the College of Charleston last May & stayed down there to work in the hospitality industry.. What a great job your daughter has! Hope you'll get to dine ashore-Charleston has some terrific seafood restaurants.
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I live just the other side of Charlotte in Salisbury. We should meet up someday!!!
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Just found your message. Yes we should meet up. You are looking very hot since your surgery!
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Hi Granny, just saw this message thank you for the reply, yes she has a great job, she is very talented, but realises she is near the end of her dancing career, hard to give up, I'm afraid, hope your well, sounds like the recovery has been huge, guess your looking forward to no more ! Hate hate hate my scar, but love the flat tummy, don't know how you are, but now I find i see my fat back and my boobs look huge, hate that!What is your back like, did you get any lipo done.
Will definitely try the seafood restaurants, we leave i 9 days, can't wait, for the rest. lots of luck with everything
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I had lipo on my flanks, so my thighs come out farther than my hips. In addition, I've gained weight in my thighs & tummy, & like you, I've really started to notice the back fat. Have a wonderful vacation!
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Hi Potterygranny,
not heard from you for a while, just interested in your tt scar, mine is still swollen,and puckered , particularly on the right side, I am very happy with the results , I am just very very stretched on the right side also, think its a matter of time, which is why Im asking you??
We are in your area in May, also, Charleston, south Carolina on the 6th May, we are on the Serenity Crystal cruise liner, My daughter is a dancer on the ship and we are visiting, do you see the cruise ships, in the harbour at all.
Thanks for your time, hope your feeling great, because you truly look amazing, well done you
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somehow knowing that I am not alone with the post bl underarm pain and bra dysfunction makes it better...misery loves company?
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About the Zumba. The *older* ladies (my contemporaries!) In my water aerobic classes have been talking about this new "Don's Gold" class for months. So silly me, I thought it might be a little slower & geared to older folks. Noooooooo- "gold" refers to the music-wShania Twain & the likes, which it's a big improvement. I never cared for that loud squawking music typical of Zumba. Fortunately, I learned the moves when Zumba first got popular & they come back. Don't know how new folks pick up the steps at normal speed. 2nd class# yesterday & going back Monday. ' Bbout them bras-i am also a collector.under the arms is the worst. Find myself wearing a lot of compression camis
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Granny, I'm so glad you're back to Zumba. I've never heard of Zumba to Shania Twain, and I had to laugh. :)

I certainly work up a sweat at Zumba, though I only go once a week. Can't handle more than that. After being there for a while, I'm ready to lie down lol

What's the name of that bra area under the arms that looks like it belongs on the Pillbury Doughboy? I have one of those!
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WAIT . . . You're not SUPPOSED to lie down after Zumba????? Mike was telling my grandchildren tonight that I come home from Zumba drenched & limping. Now that's what I'm talking about! I needed to do something fast to build up some stamina before the Gypsy Meltdown (contra-dance weekend) on the 17th! Hoping to try contra again tomorrow night, but last week all my good intentions didn't get me there! Now about that Doughboy-didn't know it had a name. Thought they were an extra pair of mini-boobs.. Maybe implants would suck all that stuff toward the front? Said before a I'll say it again, feels like ropes under my armpits. Are you getting excited?
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haha! Ah, so those are a spare pair of boobs? Never knew! :)

Excited? NO! I'm going through a period of dwelling on, "Man, I'm just going to hate this for the next 6 months." I don't know if I should bother to lift up my mood, or if it's better to keep myself there just in case things really are that bummy.
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Now you know about self-fulfilling prophecies. This surgery is really not that bad,& I've become something of an expert, with 4 in 5 months,lol! After reading Bejewelme's story, I think I would be terrified, but you know that's the exception. Can't help but think there is a connection with her iv sedation. I'm sure my doctor used some form of local pain killer in addition to the general, but quoting my sister, you have to stay ahead of the pain. It never occurred to me to discuss what pain meds would be given post-op. As Mike said, I was going to do do this regardless of what would happen after,so why ask!?! Guess I was just lucky because I was prescribed oxycodone (percocet) and tolerate it well. I now know that hydrocodone doesn't agree with me-makes me itch. Just saying, discuss your meds with your doc at pre-op, make sure you are getting something strong enough, take it as prescribed as soon after surgery as possible-WITH FOOD! Don't try to be brave and skimp on your meds. Just eat, sleep, drink water & walk around frequently for a short time. I walked every hour for 10 minutes. Stay in the drug fog for a couple of days And call me prn! Most importantly, dont expect the worst or you'll probably get it!
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I know what you mean. It's not even the post-surgery, big-time pain that scares me, since that only lasts, what, like 2 days or so? It's the not being able to zumba for X months, being tired at work even after 2 weeks, any unexpected thing that might lengthen the recovery period, Swell Hell for months, and stuff like that. The long-lasting stuff, you know?

On the other hand, if I hadn't known about all that long-lasting stuff, and I went and had it, I'd be at the doctor's office every minute, hysterical, thinking I'm the only one on the planet going through all that. :)
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thought of you today! Hope you are doing well?
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Thanks for thinking of me. Doing pretty good-actually just today went to my first zumba class in almost 3 years! I LOVE ZUMBA, but quit because my knees hurt. Hoping that weighing less will allow me to do it again. Also hope it will help me weigh less, lol. Having limited activity and not exercising much dietary control has taken a toll. Felt like I got a good cardiac workout and good shoulder strengthening. Your.pictures look great. I just noticed my " afters" look like the"befores" for most of these gals. Then I remind myself I AM 64!
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Hey, your "afters" look great, what are you talking about? I love zumba too...watching that is! I went to one class and though I could do it physically, it just went too fast mentally for me to keep up with all the slim, trim 30 year olds in there...They were all pretty nice about it but I left feeling pretty dumb! I am a treadmill girl lately. I still do it daily but am up to 3 mph at a fairly steep incline. I am actually sweating when I walk now :0) I am pretty frustrated at my weight fluctuations/swelling lately. AND my breasts still bug me constantly. The PS just said it will take time to heal but I am really second guessing what I have done to myself here. I bet I have purchased 20 different kinds of bras in the last month and none of them are comfortable for longer than an hour or so. shooty, tooty
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3rd husband-HE does everything, lol!!! And . . . He LOVES the New Granny. I've said it before, but I'll say it again, very few days go by that he doesn't look admiringly at me & say, "That Dr. Eric is an ARTIST!!!"
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