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7 Weeks PO, New Pictures, TT, MR, Lipo, Hernia Repair - Tacoma, WA

I am 47 years old and this June will celebrate our...

I am 47 years old and this June will celebrate our kids 20th and 24th birthdays as well as our 27th wedding anniversary. A few months ago, I visited a PS about lipo for my muffin top and was told that my skin was too damaged from pregnancies and that a TT was my best option. My husband was very supportive and said life is too short, go for it. So I am. I am 5' 8 1/2" and weigh 170lbs. I carry most of my extra weight in my mid section. I am working on eating healthier and walking every day. I would love to drop 10 pounds before my surgery but that probably will not happen. Maybe the thought of posting pre op pictures will motivate me. I enjoy reading and learning from everyones stories. My husband thinks I am crazy because I spend hours on this site.

Caution--Before picture postings.

Caution--Before picture postings.

Got my final instructions from the surgery center...

Got my final instructions from the surgery center today. Show up 7 am June 21st to get prepped for 8 am surgery. I am almost ready. Did the big Costco run for the family today. Shampoo carpets tomorrow. I have to start washing my surgery area with a medical soap starting tomorrow up to the surgery day. Not nervous but very anxious. Cannot focus. I am a cleaning machine. House has never been cleaner. Finding it hard to sit and relax. Looking forward to the flatside.

Last day to get everything in order. Started...

Last day to get everything in order. Started taking antibiotics this morning. Did not reach my goal to drop 10 pounds. I lost two. Could have been more but have been nervous eating. Plan to eat light today. Breakfast--yogurt, Lunch--caramel frappuccino loaded, dinner frozen Greek yogurt and fresh berries. Very anxious. It seems like it is going to be crazy putting together a schedule for my normal meds plus antibiotics, pain meds, empty drains. So hear I am: 5' 8.5" 168lbs, waist 39" hips 41", flanks to get lipo 41". See you on the flat side.

PO day 1. Had my surgery yesterday all went fine....

PO day 1. Had my surgery yesterday all went fine. Don't remember much of the 21st except my husband was great. Feeling better today. Just have to pee all the time. I have no idea how I look. Back to sleep,

PO day 4. Had my first appt. after surgery with...

PO day 4. Had my first appt. after surgery with my nurse. Will see PS on Friday. She showed my husband how to remove pain pump later at home because it was still working. PS sets it up for 4 to 5 days. Said things looked good; however did not like how the CG they put me in fitted me. Instructed me to change into mine as soon as I felt comfortable. Nurse said that I would smooth out as the days go on. Feeling pretty good. Lower back feels like it will give out if standing too long. Before bed, we took out pump, I showered,sort of. First I cried because I was afraid to take my cg off. My husband helped me. Washed my hair, daughter burshed and dried it for me.

PO day 5. First day taking tylenol only. Feeling...

PO day 5. First day taking tylenol only. Feeling good but taking it easy. Felt comfortable enough today to move cg around to look and take pictures. I planned on seeing swelling, bruises, and ripples in my skin. Did not expect to see a vertical indent or crease about and below my belly button. Will ask the PS on Friday. Hopefully it will stretch out.

Friday 6/29 was first follow up with PS on PO day...

Friday 6/29 was first follow up with PS on PO day 8. He was very happy with our results. I asked him about the vertical crease above and below my belly button and he told me that was his signature detail. He uses disolving stitches to give definition to the area. Will see. Sure made me feel better that it was intended. Told him I switched to ES Tylenol on day 5. He was concerned that I was over medicating with the tylenol and told me to go to advil instead and to not exceed the dosage on the bottle. He would rather have me taking the narcs than over take tylenol or advil. I think I was afraid anytime I started to have any feeling in the surgery area that I was taking the tylenol every 4 to 5 hours. Cut back and am taking Advil every 7 hours with no problems. I have lost 5 pounds, but that is pretty much what was taken off me. Monday will lose one drain and another on Tuesday or Thursday. Saturday was up and moving all day. I am in no pain but really tired today.

PO day 11. One drain removed; hopefully second...

PO day 11. One drain removed; hopefully second tomorrow. Did not feel it coming out, but had some strange feelings afterwards. I have been feeling great, no pain, just tired.

PO day 12 had second drain removed. Was feeling...

PO day 12 had second drain removed. Was feeling great and getting around well. Day 13 I think I over did it. Was swollen, tight, and bent over by the end of night. No pain just uncomfortable. PO day 14 will be a pajama day. Dont feel like doing anything or going anywhere. I have read all the comments about being patient because everyday is different. I thought maybe I beat the odds and each day would be better. I have to regroup myself and realize each day will be different. Thanks to everyone's reviews. It really helps with recovery because you know what to expect.

PO 14 Added new pictures. Happy with the location...

PO 14 Added new pictures. Happy with the location of my scar. It is very low and thin. Seeing more swelling and rippling around my scar line. It is better in the morning.

PO Day 21. Doing really well. Very glad that I...

PO Day 21. Doing really well. Very glad that I do not have to go back to work until September. I have been dealing with the swelling OK. Swelling is around the incision line. Cannot wait to fit into my clothes.

Week 7 PO. This has been a crazy journey. I have...

Week 7 PO. This has been a crazy journey. I have not updated my profile since the end of week 3. Weeks 4-6 were filled with much swelling and tiredness. I was not comfortable, clothes did not fit well, and did not feel like leaving the house for more than an hour or two. Mom thought I was depressed, but I really was just physically tired and tired of not feeling like myself. I was also a little disappointed because I felt others could not see a difference in my appearance. I believe that we do not see ourselves as others see ourselves. At my 6 weeks visit, I was cleared for all activity but to start slowly. I do not have to wear my cg garment and have started wearing a silcone gel strip on my scar. I asked my dr. if I would get flatter and he seemed stunned. He said I had a little swelling that would go down. He asked if I remembered what I looked like prior and then showed me the before pictures. Since that moment I have decided to embrace my changes. I have not lost weight but my clothes fit so much better. I have always hid my mid section with flowy tops and sweaters. Now I am wearing fitted clothes and really feel good about myself. I am even excited to exercises. I have lots of remaining stretch marks on my front and sides. I am a little bumpy on my sides from my lipo. The right top side of my belly button beneath the skin has been a little sore, especially if a bend a certain way; however, today it seems to be getting better. I know that I will still have some bad days, but it is all worth it. Reading everyones posts lets me know that I am not alone on this strange journey. Happy healing.
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