I have been searching this site for quite sometime...
I am a 41 yr old mother of 5 ages; 21, 11, 7, 7 and 6. The last child being 13 lbs (she was larger than the set of twins together) left me battling with my weight. Especially in the stomach area. No matter how much I worked out the stomach would not respond. I was stuck with a kangaroo pouch that would hang between my thighs depending on my weight. A few months ago I began to experience abdominal pain and noticed lumps in the ab area. When I consulted my doctor I was taken through the normal tests and then referred to a surgeon. The surgeon advised that the lumps were fatty necrosis but because when I lay down they can not be felt she could not guarantee she could get them out should she perform surgery to remove them. The surgeon suggested either waiting for them to get larger or consult with a PS who would be sure to remove them. Since my mother suffers from Liposarcoma (cancer of the fatty tissue) this was not an option for me.
Well after reading so many of the stories on this site and the continued pain I was experiencing, I decided to become more aggressive with my weight loss and research surgeons. As of March I have gone from 212 lbs to 187 lbs and pushing. The weight loss has caused my stomach to hang and I have noticed that the abdominal pain that I was experiencing has increased. After consulting with a few PS's, I chose a PS that was referred to me by a family friend that had a TT done by the PS a few years back and looks wonderful.
So, here we go. The count down begins. I am scheduled for July 15.
I been fighting really hard to lose this weight but now I'm wondering if I should hold on a while longer and bare the pain in my stomach until I can get down further. Uncertain and frustrated ....
Kangaroo Pouch photos
Surgery Date Postponed
Had my pre-op appt today, unfortunately my surgery date had to be postponed until July 26th. :( I know a little disappointing but not really it gives me a bit more time to shed some more weight before the big cross over day.
Can I tell you I LOVE my PS. She is the BEST.com if there ever was ever she is.
So I took hubby with me so that he could hear first hand what he was in store for. Let me tell you; she and her staff welcomed him with open arms. They all were very patient with us and explained what he and I were in store for. She addressed all my concerns even those repetitive ones and the whole while kept her warmth and compassion the whole time.
In the process of my weight loss I have lost my breast. They have gone from a D to one a B and the other C. Holy COW!! What happened. We talked about implants but I am not certain. Hubby seems to think that a reduction in one and a lift will be fine making me hopefully a solid B. But then again if I continue to lose I am thinking they might shrink even more.
Still trying to think about that one.
I let you know what I decide.
Struggling with eating issues...
So as of this morning I am back on my wagon pushing.... Even wrote little note on the fridge and hand ( I'm sure people that look at my hand think I a bit off my rocker but hey I gotta set some reminders in place).
I am trying to not to be so obsessive with this weight thing but I keep having nightmares about having a TT and still having a huge stomach.
Lately, I have been reading more of the success stories of you fellow TT for extra reassurance that it will be all okay. Every once in awhile you'll come across someones nightmare TT and I just pray that will not be me. I keep telling myself it gotta be better than what it is now.
Well, my little people are calling for food. Gotta get dinner started. Goodness to Betsy help me. I feel like I am surrounded by food. LOL!!
Anxiety Kicking in
Made it to the flat side 2 days post op
13 Days Post Op
Still in swell hell can't tell how I feel about everything. My bb looks low to me but due to the swelling can't be certain. PS says that bb is fine and once swelling has gone down bb will look normal. On a positive note I'm down 14 lbs from the day of surgery. Photos coming soon.
4 wish post op
On the plus the TT scar looks good and weight has dropped an additional 10 total 20 since TT surgery date.
PS says that I still very swollen so can't wait to see the results without the swelling.
Moving around pretty good these days but every once in while I find myself bending over. I think it's out of habit.
Aside from the breast issue I've notice some stinging pains in my pubic area where's there's stitching and at the upper stomach area (no stitching there). Despite all of these little issues I love the results.
Fortunately we were able to move around and the lady who caused the accident seemed to make it out the car but don't know her medical condition.
The sad part is that due to impact of the car my stomach rammed into the steering wheel and the seat belt snapping me back, the PS thinks I may have muscle separation. Right now I am back in swell hell and pain all over. Boobs are constantly throbbing and stoping is swollen with a burning sensation.
So upset right now. I was cleared to drive last and made it a point to wait a week and look what happens. Oh well what can we do but wait and see once some of the swelling a passed. See the PS next Thursday.
Car Accident Cont'd
My boobs are constantly throbbing and my stomach is swollen, lumpy with a burning sensation.
So upset right now. I was cleared to drive last week and made it a point to wait a week and look what happens. Oh well, what can we do? Not a thing just wait and see once the swelling has passed. Scheduled to see PS next Thursday.
This is why it pays to proof read before saving. Can catch the errors before they post. LOL!!!
18 week update
Saw my PS this week and confirmed that the accident did cause muscle separation. Looks like my left abdominal wall is enlarged and some hematoma is present. At this point we are waiting for my swelling reduce some more but additional surgery is needed. Looks like sometime in Feb. possibly depending on how the swelling goes.
So, I am in back to square 1 so to speak. PS says that the procedure won't be as bad as the first and down time shouldn't be as long.
In the meantime from what I can see I am noticing my curves (haven't seen them in years) yeahhhh:) . Tummy is somewhat flat but left side is clearly enlarged and lopsided.
I do love love my bb. PS did an awesome job.
I think had I not had an accident my results would have been fantastic.
I will update with pictures later.
Wonderful, made me feel comfortable, addressed my concerns. Dr. Bryan is fantastic!! I was not an easy patient, yet she made me feel as if I was here only patient. My procedure was a bit complicated, (nothing Dr. Bryan did) and I ended up staying in the hospital a week. Dr. Bryan was at the hospital everyday of my stay. She made certain all was well with me; not just the procedure performed by her but my complete health. She answered all my questions and when she didn't know would let me know and find out for me. Even after my hospital stay, Dr. Bryan was easily accessible. I could always reach her with my concerns and when needed she would come into the office after hours or on the weekends to evaluate me. Love this Doctor...