Getting excited and nervous! My extended TT with...
Getting excited and nervous! My extended TT with MR and lipo is scheduled for Monday 12/9/13. I have a vertical c-section scar that I am extremely self conscious about that started this whole process. I have been reading all of the reviews for tips and suggestions. I have gotten quite a few good ideas of things to have on hand. Tomorrow is going to be a really LONG day waiting!
twas the night before TT.......
ok...night before. I have re-read all my paperwork, packed my bag, eaten lightly today, set up my recliner section area with all my supplies and tried not to freak out. I showered with my antibacterial soap and will do so again in the morning. I hope I am brave enough to take pics of the pooch. I admire everyone on here who can be so open with it. My appt is not until 12 so i will be dying of thirst by then! I am a worrier so i am obsessing about complications and swelling. I guess I will know soon enough!
Today is the day...I am brave enough for pictures
9 Dec 2013
Day of treatment
packed and ready and took some before pics. Very thirsty! it will be a long time until 6pm. I have usually already had 4 bottles of water by now. Packing up to go...wish me luck....goodbye jiggle!!!
last night was fairly peaceful. i came home with a catheter (which was a huge blessing) SCDs and a JP drain. I was wearing what looked like a bandage diaper. i slept pretty well in my recliner. It is still difficult ambulating and i look like Quasimodo but it is only tempoary. I am. drinking as much water as i can and have severe dry mouth ( i am guessing from the Percocet) so the catheter last night was great. i took it out myself around 9AM because i wanted to make sure i could void before my appt today. I was able to.
Went to the doctor and got the bandages off and ...WOW...what a difference already. He wants to wait until Monday to put me in a comprssion garment but told me i could wear my Spanx which i am. it actually makes it feel better. Also my drain may be able to come out on Monday. I am still really swollen but it has only been a day so i am trying not to get discouraged.
Today the pain is a little less. I still have trouble getting up and out of my chair. I have not taken any pain meds today because I am worried about constipation. I have been taking my stool softeners and finally had a BM about an hour ago (yay me!). I also took a shower and washed my hair which felt great but tired me out. My JP drain is draining about 30cc every 12 hours. I go back to my PS on Monday for a recheck. I am having very mixed emotions about this whole procedure, mainly I think due to being cooped up in the house and I didn't tell very many people so I don't have a lot of people to discuss it with.
Second shower, this one felt much better and I was much more comfortable! My drain put out 40cc in the last 24 hrs so I am not sure what that will mean for Monday (may be keeping my drain). Also, off the pain meds at this point and working diligently at walking upright. Things are getting better and easier. I am actually dressed today and have decided to try and reclaim my life. I am wearing Spanx type garments that I owned presurgery because my PS did not want to put me in the post surgery CG until 1 week post but said i could wear my own. I would rate my swelling as mild to slightly moderate. I am still sleeping in a recliner but I am thinking that I may try sleeping in my bed soon.
Drain is out!
So I went back to my PS 2 days ago and was fitted for my LOVELY CG. My drain output has been at 25cc for 3 days so I went back today and had it removed. I need to take some new pics but to give you an idea pre-TT I was a size 10 and today I bought a size 6 jeans. I have minimal swelling. I have been very pleased with Dr Kirbo and his staff and would recommend them to anyone. I am walking upright now, sleeping in my bed, completely off pain meds and basically back to my regular routine. I don't think anyone would be able to look at me and tell that I have had something done, I am moving normally again. I am SO glad that I did this!
One month later....
Tomorrow will be 4 weeks and I am feeling much better. I am still wearing my compression garment at home and at night but when I go out or to work I wear a Spanx like garment (actually a Maidenform Flexees shaper that comes up just under my bra). I go back to my PS next week for my 1 month follow-up. I am still swollen at my incision site under my belly button (you can see it in the photos). It is also hard right along the front of my incision line which I have read is normal for a couple of months. I have a scab on my left hip where my drain was and also a couple on the front of my incision. I am going to ask my PS about silicone strips at my visit. My scar is 34" around.
I think my scars are looking pretty good. I am really happy with my belly button. I think I may end up with a dog ear near the end of my incision but I am going to give it a little while to see how that works out. I am really happy with my scar placement. The panties I am wearing in the pics are the ones I took on my surgery day for him to mark me in. I am not sure if you can see the freckle right above the incision in the front ( above the pubic area) but that freckle used to be over my old belly button.
More before Pics...
Icantwait_xo had asked for more before pics...