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I did it! I am officially on the flat side..

I am so happy to have found this site!! I am...

I am so happy to have found this site!! I am scheduled to have my tummy tuck w/ lipo of my flanks on 4/6/12! I am excited but sooo nervous! I am truly thankful for all of the insight that I have been able to gain from this site!

So..I am the 39 year old mother of 2 beautiful boys! I will be 40 years old in April and decided that I finally wanted to do something for myself! Getting rid of this gut of mine was top on my list! Happy 40th birthday to me!! Both of my boys were born via c-section and I have had an abdominal hysterectomy & I did rather well with all of those surgeries.

I can only pray that this one will go as smoothly as the others did. I am sooo looking forward to the day that I can tuck my shirt in my pants while showing my belt buckle! Sooo looking forward to the day that I can wear a form fitting dress without that extra bulge! Sooo looking forward to not seeing my belly sitting in my lap! Lol.. I have been trying to put together a list of the before and after things that I will need to do and get to prepare myself for my surgery. Please help. Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!


So..My PS has started me on some Multigen Plus...

So..My PS has started me on some Multigen Plus caplets that I am absolutely loving and he has provided me with a pre-op binder that I am to wear 6 to 8 hours a day until my surgery. He says that the pre-op binder is so that I get used to how tight I am going to feel after the surgery. Ohhh boyyy... This thing has me sitting up straight and I can barely breathe! So ready for April 6th to come and go though. Excited..

I make my last payment today! Ouch! 3 more weeks...

I make my last payment today! Ouch! 3 more weeks until my day! I am soooo ready though. Nervous, but ready.

Wow! Where has the time gone?! Surgery is next...

Wow! Where has the time gone?! Surgery is next week and the nerves are really kicking in. I'm excited but at the same time I'm wondering what I have gotten myself into!!! My emotions are all over the place as well. I am a single mother of 2 wonderful boys and I am freaking out about the thought of parting with them for the surgery. Ugh! But, I stay overnight & then it's back to my babies the next day. Now, don't get me wrong & it maybe crazy, but I am looking forward to the down time. I'd prefer the down time not be with pain but I go & move around so much that I am actually looking forward to having to be still. Praying for wonderful results, a smooth healing process & maybe a little time for some soul searching in hopes of dropping some emotional baggage along with this gut of mine! Nervous but oh so ready for this change!!

So thankful for and encouraged by this site!!

Got my reminder call for my pre-op appt today!! My...

Got my reminder call for my pre-op appt today!! My pre-op is sceduled for April 2nd at 2! Surgery is April 6th. Really getting excited! Can't wait to get rid of this belly!!

Had my pre-op today & oooohhhhh boy... I am so...

Had my pre-op today & oooohhhhh boy... I am so nervous! My surgery is scheduled for Friday, April 6th at 9am! Can't believe that this is really happening and that I am really doing this! Dropped my prescriptions off at the pharmacy today. Picking them up tomorrow. Got meds for nausea, pain, swelling & bruising, constipation, an antibiotic, a steroid, & got my lovely body wash (yeah, right..) that I am to start using before the surgery! Also got a prescription for levenox injections that I will give myself for 2 weeks! Oh, what fun.. I will have a pain pump that will come out the following Monday at my first post-op appt. My doctor did absolutely NO sugar coating about anything & I think that that is where the reality check kicked in! I appreciate it but it has freaked me out. On the flip side, I am sooo looking forward to what is to come. Praying that this is the best 40th bday gift ever!!!

Picked up my precriptions today. Thank God for...

Picked up my precriptions today. Thank God for insurance! Not as bad on the pockets as I expected! Got the rest of my post-op supplies as well. I am off the rest of the week & plan to spend this time working in my yard & cleaning my house. Will hit the grocery store as well. Feeling a lil bit better today. The excitement is starting to kick back in. I am so ready to join the side of the flat tummies!! Anxious to see what I am gonna look like!

Oh boy..12am..Hello April 5th...Truly feeling some...

Oh boy..12am..Hello April 5th...Truly feeling some kinda way! My surgery is tomorrow! Geesh! Well.. More pre-op meds today & today also starts my semi-liquid diet & cleanse! Needless to say, I will be hanging out at the house today..lol.. Left some housework for today in hopes that I will be tired by the end of the day so that I can sleep. My babies are leaving me today so I know that I will be a mess with that. So many "what ifs" going through my head but I know that my God has His hands on me!

More nervous than excited right now!!

Sooo... Tomorrow is my day!! Show time at 9a!...

Sooo... Tomorrow is my day!! Show time at 9a! Excited! Not much nervousness today but I kept myself busy. I have been moving since I dropped my kids off at school this morning! So, needless to say, I am exhausted! About to shower, wash my hair & call it a night. Up at 5am to take my meds before surgery & to apply my patch.

Good night!!

So, my surgery was yesterday! All went well, Thank...

So, my surgery was yesterday! All went well, Thank God! I gave birth to a 7lb ball of fat! Yaayy! I am so thrilled by that!

So, I got to my doctors office a lil before 9am & they were ready for me. I went straight back, got changed, spoke with the doctors & nurses while my IV was started & that's all that I remember before hearing the doctor calling my name & telling me that I was done. I was in & out yesterday so the day was a bit of a blur. Then later that night, the nurses got me up to dangle my legs over the bed. A few hours after that, they removed my catheter & moved me from the bed to a recliner. Wasn't too bad. I stayed in the recliner until it was time for me to leave. I did pee twice before I left without a problem.

So, now I am home on my recliner. Not too much pain at all just sore. My stomach muscles are no joke. I can feel soreness from my lipo areas as well but it's not bad at all. I've been having to cough & that is no joke! Throat was hurting a lot from the tube but is getting better. I have been peeing like crazy. The worst part of that is that my back kills me on my way back from the bathroom. I did have a bowel movement today as well.

Well, I'm getting sleepy so I am signing off! Good Luck & happy healing!!

6 days post-op... This has definitely been an...

6 days post-op... This has definitely been an interesting journey. The last 2 days have been the best days since having my surgery. I was never in much pain but because I feared the pain, I took the prescribed pain meds which made me feel "awful"!! Before yesterday a lot of my time was spent asking myself what the hell I had done to myself!! Thankfully though, that is changing & I am feeling better as each day passes. I haven't taken any pain meds since Monday, day 3. Had my first post-op appt on Monday as well. All went & looked well. Had my 2nd post-op appt today. My doc removed one of my drains and encouraged me to work on standing up even straighter. He also advised me that I had been wearing my binder too tightly. Still have some brusing & soreness in my lipo'd areas but it isn't bad. All in all, it's all coming together & I am pleased. The first few days were just hard. My belly is looking good & I am happy with my results. My doc said that it will only get better from here. So, I'm excited about seeing what else is to come. My doc gave me a new binder that is a lot more comfortable & softer. Also prescribed another antibiotic, a muscle relaxer & some creme to help with the healing of my incision. Also has me spraying my incision with a mixture of peroxide & water after every shower. I have to let it air dry before I bind back up.

Needless to say, this will be the last cosmetic/elective surgery for me!! Lol.. They rest of it will get worked on the old fashion way! Nonetheless, I am pleased & glad that I did it.

5 weeks Post Op.. Still a work in progress..Lol.. ...

5 weeks Post Op.. Still a work in progress..Lol.. Again, this has definitely been an interesting journey. I am truly thankful that I haven't had any complications though! I am not 100% yet, but it continues to get better everyday. I still have some swelling, but it is getting better. I am back in my pre-op clothes and I am loving the room in the waist and the bagginess. Not buying any new clothes until I am closer to the end of this journey though. My only complaints right now would be the swelling and the fact that I sometimes feel that my stomach muscles have curled up into this big ball of knots which is very uncomfortable! I have another follow up appt with my PS on Monday, so I will be sure to ask about these things then. Nonetheless, I am loving the new tummy!

Happy Healing!!
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Gotta love granny panties!!! HAHA! Your list looks like everything I sent my family out for for days afterwards!!! I see you have mederma on there..my surgeon said it works no better than petroleum jelly..he even gave me some literature about studies and recommeded Scar Away strips to minimize my scar. They were a godsend for my scar and especially for protecting the scar from my "granny panties" and clothes. 1 day at a time ladies!
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I am still sporting my granny panties!! Lol.. I slap my cremes/ointments on and throw on the granny panties!!

I actually haven't even tried the mederma yet. My doctor prescribed me an ointment called triamcinolone acetonide cream that he says works better than merderma in his opinion. I have been researching some other scar treatment options and I did read about Scar Away. I have been considering trying that or Dr Blaine's scar care. You'll have to let me know how the Scar Away works for you though.
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Just checking in on ya :) How are you feeling?
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Hi Hun! I am feeling so much better these days! Yesterday & today have been my best days. I spent the other days asking myself what the hell I had done to myself! Lol.. I was soooo miserable. Didn't think that I would go through the depression stage but I did. Ugh!

How are you?
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Aww I know... But it will only get easier from here. I feel ok and not much pain but sometimes the pains kick in or I cough and tell everyone im.so.stupid for doing this lol just think, a week ago we were so scared. Its almost over. Im glad you are feeling better. :)
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Thanks!
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I am so happy for you. I cant wait to see pics. I cant wait to upload mine too lol. My ab uscles are sore too. I had to pee like every 10 mins at first. I am able to stand straight and the doc said it would be ok to stand straight. I didnt get a pump but the vicodin is helping. Seems like today (day 3) my abs are a little less sore. I get this weird tingling though... and itchy ugh! I know it hurts to cough. I hope you arent coughing anymore i did too yesterday it was terrible. I cheated and peaked in my binder. I seen my bely button!!! I havent seen it in 5 years lol cingrats again girl i hope you are feeling much better today and happy easter!!!!!
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I saw it briefly when my doctor was changing my dressings this morning before I came home. From what I can see it looks good. My apron is definitely gone & that makes it all worth it on its own! Looks like he got most of my stretch marks too. Yay! He took 7lbs! I am thrilled about that!! I go back to my doctor on Monday to have my pain pump removed so I'm hoping that I will get a better look at things then.
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Good to hear you are home safe! We are brave and did it yay!!!! Im so excited to see my belly I wont see it till wednesday. Did you see yours yet? I did cheat and peaked at my belly button. I havent aeen that thing in 5 years lol
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Hey girl, I hope you are feeling ok and doing ok. We did it!!!! I cant wait to see pics and share mine :)
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Hey Hun! We did it!! All is well. I just got home from the surgery center. My muscles are sore as heck!!!! Glad that all is well with you too!
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how are you feeling now??? Better I hope :)
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Hi! I am feeling better these days. No real issues. Still a bit swollen but the most aggravating thing for me is that my stomach muscles seem to curl up in a huge ball from time to time. It doesn't hurt but it is uncomfortable. All in all, I am happy though. Thanks for your support!!

How are you?
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Good luck tomorrow! You'll do great and look even better!
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Thanks!
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Will be thinking of you tomorrow, you're almost there!!
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Thanks!
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Yea I certainly am! Thanks for all the information. I'm going to call tomorrow and ask them why they haven't given me anything yet.

They told me to use dial soap. What bodywash are you using?
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It is that antibacterial wash/soap that surgeons cleanse with. It's suppose to aid in killing bacteria & microorganisms.. I used it tonight & I have to use it again tomorrow night.
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oh wow, i'm really nervous now. I only met with my surgeon one time at my consult and then did bloodwork at a local affiliated hospital. They didn't give me any prescriptions to fill or anything! I don't know how they expect me to go to walgreens after surgery!!
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Really! I have all prescriptions filled & I have to take them with me when I go in on Friday morning. I have the antibiotic which I started today. I also start with my wonderful body wash tonight too. Then I have other meds & the patch for nausea that I take/put on 4 hrs before the surgery. Maybe you should check with them tomorrow. You need to have your feel good meds before your surgery so that you can go straight home & get as comfy as possible.
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Good luck! Thinking of you! Love this site, great to share with you ladies..I have not told alot of my friends..so nice to share here with you..
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Thank you!! I haven't told many either & I agree that this site is wonderful!! When was your surgery? Any pointers/suggestions?
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Thank you! I made my last payment today & felt some kinda way!! Lol.. It all felt so real after making that payment. I was like "Oh, oh.." I am so ready and excited though!! Thanks, again..
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Your date is fast approaching! So excited for you!
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