Best decision ever even with the bumps. - St. Louis, MO

At the height of 5'1", I found myself...

At the height of 5'1", I found myself weighing 272 lbs.. I ended an almost 5 year (toxic) relationship and began losing weight 9 days later.. That was September, 2010. I now weigh 163 lbs and would you believe I'm 5'3"? My spine was compressed. I'm scheduled for a medical study (hence the low cost) on May 31st. I'm excited to get to the end results but am terrified of the pain. I also need my arms done, my breasts done.. They're rather large but sag terribly.

I got my final approval and paid for my surgery,...

I got my final approval and paid for my surgery, today! I'm so very excited and nervous. Pray that all goes well! 2.5 weeks until surgery! :D

Preop appointment is Monday!! 12 days and...

Preop appointment is Monday!! 12 days and counting. :)
Praying for the best.

8 days! Holy frijoles! :D

8 days! Holy frijoles! :D

I have to ask... Is it worth it?

I have to ask... Is it worth it?

I'm just a short 4 days away. I'm so very excited....

I'm just a short 4 days away. I'm so very excited. I really hope it's worth it. Please tell me it is!! I definitely fear the recovery. I also fear waking during the procedure. Ugh! If I get near a computer, I will post more before pictures. Praying for all of us. :)

Tomorrow is my day! I'll be entering the flat...

Tomorrow is my day! I'll be entering the flat side!!!!!! :D

All I have to say is WOW! I feel so wonderful. I...

All I have to say is WOW! I feel so wonderful. I can't believe how good I feel. :)
Yay!!

I had to share.. My period started yesterday,...

I had to share.. My period started yesterday, just before leaving for the hospital. LOL. Awesome!

I am soooooo very sore today. I'm also very...

I am soooooo very sore today. I'm also very swollen. Ugh!

JUST had a drain removed! :D

JUST had a drain removed! :D

Going back to work tomorrow! It's going to be a...

Going back to work tomorrow! It's going to be a long 12 hour day. Thankfully I am a nanny and when the child takes a nap, I can too! :)
Wish me (and my one drain) luck!

Doing well 14 days PO. I actually think my drain...

Doing well 14 days PO. I actually think my drain will be removed today. Bitter sweet.

I'm having a rough day. First, my drain hole...

I'm having a rough day. First, my drain hole (that is inserted into me) began leaking. Then, when my home health nurse came to empty my drain, it was leaking again! She got 78 ml out of it and now, two and a half hous later, it's more that 75 ml full again! What the heck is gong on? Is this normal? I'm so over this drain. :(

I must say.. I have continued to lose weight...

I must say.. I have continued to lose weight after my TT. Today, I am down to 154. I am a muscular woman so my new goal is now 142 so that I have the 140's to play with in my lifelong maintenance and at 142, that'll be 130 lbs lost total. :)
I actually see that in the distant horizon!

Just popped the drain stitch. Ugh! As ready as I...

Just popped the drain stitch. Ugh! As ready as I am to lose this drain, I'm not really ready. Too much output! Omg. Waiting for my nurse to get here and for my dr. to call. Wish me luck.

My nurse is so amazing. She did something called...

My nurse is so amazing. She did something called a Chevron to keep it in place. :)

Really having a down day. If I had the ability to...

Really having a down day. If I had the ability to cry, I suppose I would. Washed my binder and as I sat down without it, I felt so fat.. Gross. Prior to that, I went to the pool (can't swim because of the drain) and proceeded to get an ugly sun burn on my back. Normally by this time of year, I have an awesome tan. My bad. :( Then someone I thought was a friend has gone off on me for no reason. Trying to put a guilt trip on me because I didn't inquire about his best friend's brother who is apparently dying.. I totally would have if he had ever told me about it! Omg! :(
That friendship is over. Tomorrow can only get better though, yes?
The power of positive thinking is truly amazing so I'll keep trying.

So today I'm exactly 4 weeks PO and still have a...

So today I'm exactly 4 weeks PO and still have a drain! Am I the only one in the "pain in the drain" club?

I AM FINALLY DRAIN FREE!

I AM FINALLY DRAIN FREE!

I'm painfully swollen today and have developed an...

I'm painfully swollen today and have developed an itchy rash all around my incision. I suppose I'm having a rough day. :(

I think I'm finally feeling better. The rash is...

I think I'm finally feeling better. The rash is slowly improving after 2 full days of a steroid. I've been taking lots of benedryl so I've been a bit out of it! My awesome seroma seems to be hanging on for dear life however, it doesn't seem to be getting worse so I'm not too concerned. My doctor doesn't seem to be either. I will see him tomorrow. I hope everyone is doing wonderfully. Sorry for my absence. :) ?

Had a great visit with my surgeon. The seroma has...

Had a great visit with my surgeon. The seroma has subsided and the steroid did it's job! I've been cleared to workout and swim so I'm a super happy camper!! :)

Had a great visit with my surgeon. The seroma has...

Had a great visit with my surgeon. The seroma has subsided and the steroid did it's job! I've been cleared to workout and swim so I'm a super happy camper!! :)
Dr.

The aftercare has been exemplary. My Dr. Is so wonderful and having a nurse come every single day has been a God send. That ends when I lose the drain so I'm thinking that'll be never! :)

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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