I am 34yrs old 5'7 and I weigh 170lbs. I have been...
Minor sore throat, congestion and ear pressure... DAYS BEFORE SURGERY.. UGH!!!
I am waiting on a call back from Dr Jimerson's office, hopefully they will say this is fine and that I can still have my surgery on Wed.
Has this happened to anyone else??
Got my call back!!!
Thank goodness!! I have waited so long for this!
I have less than a week to figure it out.. Lol
2 more days until I fly to ATL!!!!
I am staying with Terry from Gold Platinum Care since I came alone for my surgery. I was pretty nervous about being so far away from home (Seattle area) alone. But so far my stay here has been very comfortable :) I am glad I chose to stay here. She picked me up from the airport (all transportation is included in her package). She was a little late due to ATL traffic, but when she arrived she was so nice and friendly I forgot all about the wait. So I forgive her. (giggle giggle). She has been very attentive to my needs, making sure that I am comfortable (and I haven't even had my surgery yet). So I'm sure she will be on top of things during my recovery. I'll keep you posted!!!!
But anyway, I had my appointment with Rene, she verified everything that I was getting done and gave me my prescriptions. She made it a point to let me know that I was an hour late, and if I was late tomorrow there would be a $500 charge. That was a little stressful to hear especially since they said it would be OK "just be there by 3".... but anyway, signed a few documents and that was it..... but it took forever because she kept walking out (2 times) and leaving me in the little office for like 20 min the first time.. then like 10 min the second time. She said it was due to them being short 1 nurse and she was helping out.
I'm not too worried about how that appointment went because i "was" late... maybe it would have flowed better if i was there at my scheduled time. My focus is on tomorrow!!! My surgery got moved to 10am instead of 7:30. I'll keep everyone posted on how it goes!!
oh i forgot
I'm a little nervous, but I'm ready to get in there, get this done... and start recovering!
Oh and about the prescriptions that Dr Jimerson prescribed, my insurance covered everything except for the injections. The injections were $215.
Chat with you guys after surgery!!!
I made it!!!
I'm still loopy off these meds.. so I'll give a more detailed update about the whole experience a little later. Just wanted you guys to know I'm OK, I really appreciate all the support, prayers and well wishes that you ladies have been given me!!!
Oh I have not looked in a mirror, but from just feeing my sides and butt, I think it may be amazing!! I'll let you know when I get to a mirror
post op pic Day 1
I slept on my stomach and had no pain
laying on my stomach
about my appointment yesterday
Then I met the anesthesiologist. She had a few questions for me as well.
Finally Dr Jimerson came in. He went right to marking me up with his marker. He was not very talkative at all!! (Maybe he was tired or something???) I tried to make small talk and he would answer with one word answers.. kinda strange because everyone always talks about how friendly and informative he is... well he was nice.. but not what I expected.
He then told me that he may not be able to lipo my upper abdomen because he will probably reach the max on just my back. I told him I was OK with that. Then I showed him my wish pic and he said we'll see.
Then he left and I don't remember anything after that.
Today his nurse Geeta called me to check on how I was doing, I thought that was nice of her.. and she rescheduled my post-op appointment for earlier next week. She said it was supposed to have been scheduled at 1week exactly.
just a heads up regarding the garmet.
I don't have too much pain, just soreness. So far, everyday has gotten a little easier. It still hurts like heck to get in and out of bed!!
I am happy that I chose to stay here at gold platinum care. I feel very well taken care of. They provide healthy food and drinks... I don't really have to worry about anything, because everything is taken care of.
I have been laying on my stomach with a lot of pillows. I know the said to lay on my side, but that's painful and I think I might lose my hips.
I am very thankful that there is a nurse to give me my meds on time, to empty my drains, and to give my injections. I have a weak stomach..
But on about to have dinner, I'll keep you posted.
Oh and I get up and walk around about every 2 hours
I still haven't had a BM. I will probably take 2 dulculax tabs today after my massage. I'll keep you posted :)
Lots of pain and soreness
So after my massage I decided that I was tired of walking around the room, and I decided to walk downstairs and go outside on the back porch. I stayed outside only for about 5 minutes. I came back up to my room and started to not feel very well. I started to feel like I could hear my heartbeat in my head. (I suffer from migraines) so I drank some water and laid down. After a short while my body started to feel very sore. I feel like I take so many medication that I didn't want to take another pain pill. I felt that maybe I could just sleep it off.
After a couple of hours with no relief I decided to take on of my migrain pills.
I am still very sore and I will probably end up taking a pain pill and a muscle relaxer.
As of right now, if I had the option to do this surgery again, my answer would be "Hell No!!"
Too much pain...ugh.
How many days post op did the major pain go away for you ladies??
With that being said.... I'm taking my pain meds now... I'll keep you updated
post-op was rescheduled for today
I'll keep you posted on how it goes :)
my post-op appointment
But anyway, I get there, and everyone was professional and nice.
(Oh I wanted to add that I had just taken my pain med and muscle relaxer prior to finding out they wanted me to come in today)
So I was very tired and groggy feeling. I went back and was asked to put on the paper garmet (taking the garmet off and on is very tuff) so then the nurse comes back in and takes one look at my drains and says "we are not going to be able to take these out today". Then she basically says call the office when my drains are draining at a certain level.
So now I am tottaly exhausted from taking my garment off. Then I feel the urge to have a BM. (When I took my pain meds I also took 3 dulcalax stool softeners) I have not had a BM since I've had surgery. The restroom is directly outside of the reception area. At first I was going to try to wait to get back to the house... but I looked at my garmet and thought there is no-way that I can put it back on and wait to get to the house.... So I sucked up my pride and used the restroom. I was hoping not to stink up the whole office considering that I've been backed up for a week...
So I use the bathroom, and there is nothing except a few loud farts.. ugh!!!
I go back to the room to put my garmet back on... and that was it. I was soooo totally exhausted!!!
Why didn't they ask me on the phone how much my drains were draining??? That was a total waste of time and my energy!
Sorry if that was TMI.
Does he really only see his patients that fly in to have the surgery by him for the little 5 minutes he spent marking up my backside prior to surgery? Is it normal not to see him again? Have any others experienced this?
Write down questions
I am liking my results, just not too much of how the office operates.
OK, I'm done venting.. Lol
How I'm feeling
I've been taking my pain meds every 6 hrs. I also got my last injection today.
Today was the first time that I was able to take my garmet on and off without any help. I also washed myself up without any help. (The nurse was previously washing me up) I am not able to shower until my drains are removed. I feel that my overall recovery is going well!! I do have numb areas on my stomach and back (which is normal) the feeling gradually comes back. My steri strip came off my new belly button, and Dr J did a good job. I am happy with it.
I had my second massage with Tianna this morning, and she is awesome!
That's all that I can think of at the moment, I'll keep you posted if I think of anything else that would be helpful :)
Post-op Day 7
Sorry about all my venting yesterday.. Lol, (pms-ing)
My drain from my new booty is basically ready to come out, (its finished draining). My 2 drains from my tummy tuck are still draining good. I'm thinking maybe tomorrow they may be ready??? After these drains come out I'm sure it will be much easier to get in and out of this garmet.
I don't really have pain, just stiffness. Especially if I lay too long. I get tired easy, because anything I do takes extra energy :)
My only issue I have is MAJOR CONSTIPATION!! So that's what I'm working now :)
But so far so good!! I can't wait to see my Hubby's face when he see's my new body!!!
I am going to need a whole new wardrobe... 1 week until I get to fly home :)
All swelled up
I take my garmet off for 1 hr a day, but today I only kept it off for about 40 min, because I started swelling.
After putting my garment back on and laying down (and drinking water) the swelling has went down.
I'm feeling good and loving my results :)
post-op day 8
I didn't realize that the store was in a mall.... But it was nice to get out the house. It is so hot outside.
After leaving the mall and getting in the van, I realized that my legs and feet are SUPER swollen. So right now I'm in the can riding to Walgreen's, I need to buy a few things... then I'll be back in bed! I'm exhausted.
When we arrived at the new office, they were having a "office meeting". So we had to wait about 15 minutes.
The new office is beautiful! Its looks triple the size of his old office.
Well I got called back and finally got my drains removed by Dr J's nurse. While I was getting my drains removed, Dr J poked his head in the door and asked me how I was feeling, and if I had any questions about anything. He was very nice! Everyone at the office was very friendly. When I was leaving, we bumped into Dr J again, and I asked him to take a picture with me. He was happy to do so, but mentioned that he wasn't dressed for a picture.. Lol, I said "that's OK, neither am I, I'm your first patient at your new office, we gotta remember this" Lol.
I had a very good experience, and it did not hurt to have the drains removed.. so hopefully its smooth sailing until I get to go home Wednesday... I'll keep you posted on anything else :)
Dr J's post-op pictures
10 days post-op
But anyways I am all swelled up. I hate this, it feels like if I stuck a needle in my foot it would pop. It seems like if I'm laying down the swelling eases up a little, but who wants to lay down all day?? I can only stay on my knees for so long before that gets uncomfortable too. When I'm on my knees, I kinda lean forward and rest on my elbows. Being in that position for too long makes my wrists and hands go numb.
I need to find another position to get comfortable in.
At home, I purchased a folding chair that has a hole cut in it for my butt to go in. I sure wish I had that here. I am tempted to go purchase one here, but I only have a few days left here. But it might be worth it. Can you bring a folding chair on a plane? I really don't want to pay for a new chair and then have to leave it.
Anyone know any quick cures for swelling???
I finished all my antibiotics, now the only medicine I am taking is the pain pill and the muscle relaxer as needed.
I really haven't had the energy to try on a bunch of clothes... before my procedure I thought that I would be taking a lot of pictures in different outfits. That ain't happening.. Lol,maybe later.
2 week post op
The next day I took my first shower, I was kinda scared, I tried hard not to get my tummy tuck incision wet. It did kinda get wet, but everything turned out OK.
So now I'm at the 2 week point and I'm so TIRED OF NOT BEING ABLE TO SIT!!! I left a few messages with the Dr's office yesterday (now it automatically connects you to a call center that's not even in GA)I ddidn't receive a call back, I left a few messages today as well, and still no call back.
Basically what I want to know is, can I sit on my butt, if not when can I? And when I can sit normally? I want to know how long I have to wear this garmet? Right now I take it off 1 hour a day, what's the process of more hours without the garmet ?
So right now I just lay on my couch, or I'm on the floor on my knees, this sucks!!
Oh and I notice a flat area on both my butt cheeks, kinda right in the center. It feels kinda hard??? I have read about fluffing... I'm hoping that will soften up and round out
I slept horribly, I'm tired of sleeping on my stomach, for some reason, when I lay on my stomach my arms and hands feel like they go numb. Its really tuff to get comfortable.
So anyways this morning I feel very sore and tight. I don't have any pain meds left, and I still haven't received a call back from Dr Jimerson's office. (I've been waiting for a call back since Tuesday)
I called again this morning and spoke with the call center AGAIN. Supposedly they will have someone call me back today.... we'll see.....
7 days, still no call back
I know that Dr Jimerson has a 30 day guarantee.... are they trying to wait until the guarantee is over before they call??
My butt looks very round in top, but halfway down it goes kinda flat. I hope that its going to all round out.....
Last night I was feeling a little frustrated regarding not receiving a call back, so I decieded to send Shelly an email. (I'm not sure why I didn't think to do that sooner??)
So this morning around 7:30am (I'm on the west coast) I got a call from Jazmine, she said that Shelly was out of the office today, but she got my email and asked her to call me. Jazmine answered all my questions and apologized for the lback of returned calls. She said it was due to the move and they are learning a new system. But anywayss.... here are my questions & the answers I received.
When can I sit like normal? I can sit using my boppy pillow for 6-8 weeks. Not the folded under your thighs balancing act, (that was only for the first 2 weeks). She said laying the boppy pillow flat and sitting on it will NOT harm my results.
2 Garment process. Needs to be worn for 6 weeks, only removing it for 1 hr a day.
3 The triangle. Needs to be used for 6 weeks, rotating it clockwise each day.
4 Belly button ooze. Normal and to keep it clean
5 Butt roundness. Can take 6-9 months for final result
6 The taped X's on my butt (injection sites). I can remove the tape.
7 Tape on tummy tuck incision. Leave alone and let it fall off on its own.
I think that was all the questions I had, now I know to just send an email.
I am still a little nervous about sitting on my butt, I keep you posted and let you know if I am brave enough to sit, and how the experience goes.
3 week post op update
I am overall very satisfied with my results. I do have an area of flatness on the bottom part of my butt. Hopefully it will all round out, but even if it doesn't, it looks 100% better than it did.
I don't really have pain in my butt, or my tummy. I do still have a lot of pain in the areas that had lipo. My back and my sides are the places that hurt. I don't take pain meds anymore, I just kinda deal with the pain. I am currently not working, so I am able to take it easy :)
I just went down a size in my garment to a size large (I previously tried downsizing, but only lasted a couple hours because it was too tight). So far I'm in day 2 of my size large.... its pretty uncomfortable, but I can handle it.
I got on the scale for the first time since surgery, and I'm 167lbs. (down 3 lbs) I was kinda surprised, this garment makes me feel like a stuffed turkey... Lol!!
I was told that I could sit on my butt using my boppy pillow. I have sat, but only for like 5-10 min increments. While sitting, my butt feels normal, but then the pain in my back and sides kick in... so I never sit for long. Im still mostly laying on my stomach.
I don't know how women go back to work 2 weeks after having this type of surgery. I'm glad I'm able to heal without worrying about work. But for those who are working and getting the same surgery as me, I would definitely suggest to take off more than 2 weeks. I'm on week 3 and still having pain.
Well that's all I can think of now...
I ended up putting back on my XL garment. It kinda sucks going back up in size.. but o'well. At least I feel a little relief. I notice that the garments make me pretty grouchy, it sucks to still be sore and have to wear garments.
This healing process is long and not easy.
how did Dr J lipo my back????
Would I do it again????
Day 28 update
The good news is that I'm getting the feeling back on my sides and my back, the bad news is that it hurts!!!
1 month of pain is too much!! When I take my garment off for the 1 hour a day I am still very stiff and sore. I feel much better with my garment on.
Does anyone know how long pain from lipo lasts??? I just want to feel normal..
Flat area on my butt
Laying on my stomach post tummy tuck
I was told to sleep on my side using pillows, I tried that and it was painful, and I was worried about the pressure on my new hips..
I ended up sleeping/laying down on my stomach. This way I had no pain (besides, when i got up and down.. had to use a lot of arm muscles.) This has been the most comfortable position for me. I'm 4 weeks post op, and laying on my stomach has not caused me any problems... but I am no Dr.. so you should probably do what your Dr says... I'm a little hard-headed... Lol
Need garment releif!!
Is it time for a stage 2 garment?? And exactly what is a stage 2 garment??
I need some relief
I have to admit, it sure felt good to put on a half shirt and look cute in it! I got a little carried away and bought 4 half shirts... then I tried to remember I'm 35, I can't be wearing all half shirts.. Lol. I blame my daughter, she is 20yr and was helping me shop. She was trying to pressure me into getting some booty shorts... Lol, I stayed firm regarding no booty shorts. I did get some cute things though.
Now for the struggle..
Today was my first day keeping my garment off for more than an hour (actually not suppose to do that for a other 5 days) but after about 15 minutes at the store I was super sore. I was walking like an old lady. I felt like I swelled up a little in my waist area. Before I left to go shopping I took 2 800mg ibuprofen. Those seemed like they wore off pretty quick.
I am excited about going shopping again, maybe next week. A few things I tried on showed the flat area on my butt, I didn't like that.... but I knew from the start I wasn't going to get a perfect booty. And I would never put myself through this kind of recovery again, so a round 2 is not an option.
I will be taking pics on Wednesday to send to Dr Jimerson for my 6 week follow up, I will post them on here as well.
I just happened to call around 9 am on Thursday the 7th, and Shelly answered. I told her about my pain, and my concerns with my garment. (I feel like I shouldn't be having this much pain at 5 wks post op). Shelly asked me if I was local, I told her no, I live in the Seattle area.. she took my number and said she will have a nurse call me back. As we hang up she says "Don't worry sweetie, we'll get you taken care of"
So that was Thursday morning at 9 am... I received no call the rest of the day Thursday, no call Friday... and no call today.
I can't believe that I say I'm having pain and they don't care..
I think its a huge mistake to go out of state to have surgery. Unless you have the money to fly back down for follow up appointments that are further out than 2 weeks.
Actually I didn't even have a 2 week follow up appointment. They tell you to stay two weeks, but after they remove your drains, they're done with you...
But anyways about my pain... I will be 6 weeks post op in 2 more days. My lower back and sides still hurt very bad. It feels like a burning pain, like every time I get up or down it feels like my skin is ripping off. I don't feel like that is normal? I know that I don't have an infection or anything.. my skin is not hot to touch and I don't have a fever.
I have heard some ladies say the pain can last six months... that's crazy.. how can anyone go to work with this kind of pain? I know that I had a lot of fat in my lower back and my sides... I wonder if I am in more pain than normal because he took a lot out of those areas?? Hopefully I get a call back so that some of my questions can be answered by my Dr office. Oh and just in case anyone forgot... I WILL NEVER HAVE COSMETIC SURGERY AGAIN.....
I guess its really my fault, I didn't do enough research before getting surgery. The Dr should really advise patients of the real recovery process, and how painful and long the process is. Maybe other Dr's do explain this... not mine.I was basically told I would be off work for 2 weeks and couldn't sit on my butt. I was not told about this burning pain I would experience for who knows how long..... OK I'm done venting.. I will be posting my 6 WK pics on Wednesday
8 wk post op!!
I started getting massages once a week, and that seems to help a little. I still wear my garmet for the majority of the day and always at night.
When I go out during the day I don't wear my garment, but when I get home I'm usually pretty sore, so I put my garment on.
I use my arnica cream about 2-3 times a day. I'm not sure if it actually helps though.
My butt is still huge, the pics don't do it any justice. My tummy tuck seems to be healed, and its nice and low. now I need a scar cream to use on it. My belly button seems to be shrinking??
I love my new shape and I can't wait to be fully healed with no more pain :)
oh yeah and....
Sometimes after sitting for a while my butt feels a little sore.. then I'll just get off of it for a while
Oh and o did notice that one side of my hips is more round than the other side
Now the pain is not my issue, my concern now is the periodic SEVERE ITCHING!!! I notice it mostly while in the shower. I don't know if the heat or the spraying of the water from the shower is the cause.... but it is horrible! Almost makes me feel like jumping out of my skin!!
I had an extreme itching attack today while I was on a walk. It was a tuff up hill walk. It was warm outside, and I was sweating... but the itching was so intense! I could barely finish the walk. Usually that walk is pretty tuff to walk.. but this time, due to my intense itching, I barely remember the walk. All I remember is horrible itching!! I hope this phase of recovery goes by quick.
Dr Jimerson does awesome work, but the service at the office sucks! On the day of surgery he was very NON sociable, maybe because he had his work cap on. Dr Jimerson did a wonderful job on my body, I'm happy with my results. At my post-op appointment (which was with a nurse NOT Dr Jimerson, pre & post-op appointments are NOT with the Dr) he poked his head in the room and asked if everything was OK, and how I was feeling. For that quick minute that he poked his head in the door he was very friendly. Overall, total, I think I spent between 5-10 minutes (awake) with the Dr. My after care attention has been awful!! Since my post op appointment, I have left several messages with "after care" questions. No one ever called me back. Its impossible to speak with anyone at the actual office, you are always connected to a call center. The people at the call center promise that you will get a return call, and it never happens. I would only recommend Dr Jimerson to patients that live within driving distance from his office, that's the only way you will be able to speak with anyone.