Hi everyone ;-)
I had a tummy tuck and beltectomy done on Saturday, December 22, 2012. It all happened so fast - I went in for my consultation on 12/15/2102 and had my surgery the very next Saturday. I did not have time to get too nervous but I did as much research in the few days before my surgery.
One thing I want to share is while shopping for your procedure - get wet wipes, white wash cloths, antibiotic cream and a grabber. White wash cloths help you to see how clean you are - oh use a mirror too for areas you cannot see due to swelling - that also helps with proper washing. Antibiotic cream will help with rashes that can develop in the groin area espeically in the first few days especially since you might be sitting/resting more than usual. The grabber is a heaven sent for stuff that falls or hard to reach. Oh and get undies that are two sizes larger - they are more comfy over the garment.
Well, today is 18 days post op and my first day back at work. This morning was the first time that I saw a little reduction in my swelling but for the most part my stomach is swollen 24/7. It gets worse after meals or when I drink even though I have considerably smaller meals. I used to experience a lot of burning and stinging sensations especially on my right side but those are subsiding - now they feel like dull aches. The one thing that continuously scares me is that my belly button always feels like its going to pop out! - has anyone felt that too?
Regardless of all this, I have to admit that my stomach and back look very nice even though I look like I ate way too much. My doctor says the swelling will go down in six months and I wait with bated breath for that. He really did a fantastic job and my hubby is pleased so far.
One thing I do miss is close intimacy but I am hesitant as the twinges, stinging and soreness are a bit scary - so we are becoming creative in that department ;-). I also find that taking half a pain killer does soothe these little twinges and makes sleep easier so I am going to take one now and go to bed. Yes, bed - so glad to be out of the recliner although I am still propped with several pillows - just being able to sleep next to my hubby is healing in itself. I will post a pic once the swelling subsides more. I am really looking forward to eventually losing more weight and wear a bikini - haven't worn one since I was 19 - I am 47 years old.
Happy healing everyone and thanks so much too for sharing - your posts have been an encouragement.