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21 days post op and returning to work tomorrow

Hello world!!!!! I am a proud mother of three...

Hello world!!!!! I am a proud mother of three beautiful children, but unfortunately my body took a toll after all the pregnancies. I am a very confident person but when it comes to my stomach my confidence goes out the window. I have considered getting a tummy tuck for four years now but I allowed my fears to get the best of me. It is now time for me to get over this fear and just do it now. I meet with two surgeons a male and female surgeon and I loved them both but I ended up picking the surgeon who I was most comfortable with of which is the female surgeon we made a great connection and now I am a week away from getting my TT. I am very excited and nervous at the same time, because I am a nurse working on the floor and is afraid that two weeks is not sufficient enough time to recover before returning to work but I am a very determined women and at this point will not allow anything to stop me from getting this surgery done.

My surgery is in four days and I am becoming very...

My surgery is in four days and I am becoming very nervous. I been on YouTube all day watching post-op videos hoping to get some reassurance, but my excitement is overcoming my fears so the only thing left for me to do is wait until Friday morning. I also went to the store and picked up the Whey protein because that is excellent for wound healing and muscles so wish me luck and I will keep everyone updated on my progress.

It is approximately two days and 10 hours until I...

It is approximately two days and 10 hours until I have my surgery and the time seems like it is going in slow motion, but I guess patience is always the key to any successful story, so from here on out I am going to be patient ( I hope)....have a good day everyone.

I am currently at work and the only thing on my...

I am currently at work and the only thing on my mind right now is OMG!!!! I'm having a tummy tuck in 12 hours and I am also anticipating the amount of pain I may be in. I had three C-sections and I recovered really fast and never even used my pain medication but I'm not sure if a tummy tuck is more painful then having a c- section. I guess I will find out soon. Pictures coming soon probably Mondat afternoon when they take the bandages off.

I meant to put Monday

I meant to put Monday

I am officially on my way to have my tummy tuck....

I am officially on my way to have my tummy tuck. Wish me luck!!!!

I am officially done with my tummy tuck as of four...

I am officially done with my tummy tuck as of four hours ago and is still drowsy. I spent a total of $4500 for my procedure which included the binder but unfortunately I am not able to see my new tummy until Monday morning at 11, so I will most defiantly post pictures then.

Hello I woke up in a little pain but I feel really...

Hello I woke up in a little pain but I feel really good though. Unfortunately my PS does not want me to take the wrap off until Monday so I promise to post op pics Monday afternoon.

I am officially 48 hours post-op and I feel great....

I am officially 48 hours post-op and I feel great. I woke up this morning and my pain level was a 3 on a 0-10 pain scale. Since I am a nurse I have been taking the Whey protein and vitamin C to help with my wound healing because that is all the doctors and dieticians order when my patients are fresh post-op surgery to optimize their wound healing. I also talked to my PS and she is totally ok with me taking them both. I will most definitely try to put up my pictures tomorrow once I see my PS at 11am.

I would be lying if I told you I feel horrible but...

I would be lying if I told you I feel horrible but I actually feel like I'm worth a million bucks today even with my back pain from being slumped over for the past three days.. I'm up and getting ready to go see my PS and I promise there will be pictures posted as soon as I get home later. Even though I have not slept in my bed the last three night, I actually have been getting a good nights sleep on this couch. I'm a little over excited because today is the first day I will see my tummy.

Just left Dr. Elias office and I was able to see...

Just left Dr. Elias office and I was able to see my tummy for the first time since I had my surgery. I like the new tummy but it is so swollen so my ps told me to just lye down and relax for the next few days. My pain level is ok so far I only used one pain pill today and thats when I first woke up this morning. Unfortunately I still have both drains in until next Tuesday which is probably going to go by really slow. My appetite is a little off because I love to eat but for some reason I have not been eating as much as I would usually do, but hey maybe that's a good thing. Hope all is well with everyone and more pics will come as soon as the swelling go down in the next two or three days hopefully.

I woke up this morning in absolutely no pain...

I woke up this morning in absolutely no pain beside the tugging of the JP drains on my sides. I am really happy with my results and is patiently waiting for my end result. I was actually looking at one tummy and massaging it this morning but unfortunately there is no feeling there. I also noticed when I take my binder off I become really nauseated I don' t know why or if anyone else is going through the same problem, but besides that I feel great I did not take any pain medications today so far which is a good thing on my behalf, but good luck to anyone out there having a tummy tuck today and happy healing to everyone else I'm about to do what I do best and that shopping online that is.

I am officially 5 days post op and is felling...

I am officially 5 days post op and is felling kinda good with the exception of the back pain , but I tried explaining to my four year that I had surgery to help mommy tummy look better but he is going around telling everyone who will listen to him that "My mommy got shot she has blood coming from her stomach (the drains) so not only is people calling my phone asking me what's going on but now my son looks at me totally different now he always says "Mom can you show everyone your blood and please don't leave me I don't want you to die" so I explained to him the best way about the surgery again and I think he understands now (Hopefully) I love my children.

Today makes my 7th day post op and I was worried...

Today makes my 7th day post op and I was worried about returning to work on the 16th because I was not standing up straight but today when I woke up not only am I walking faster but I am standing up straight without the muscle pain, There is still the tightness there but hopefully over the weekend it will go away but I can honestly say I am 80% myself again. Hope everyone else is doing well and healing good.

Ok, so my doctor will so disapprove of my...

Ok, so my doctor will so disapprove of my activities today I am only 7 days post op and I'm in here dancing with my daughter; and it feels so good but I hope this does not kick me in the butt later. My kids actually stop dancing with me because they got sick of my drains flopping everywhere so now its time for me to take it easy before I regret it later. While in the midst of dancing I was also snapping pictures too so here I go post op day 7.

Today makes post-op day 10 and I feel really good....

Today makes post-op day 10 and I feel really good. I go see my PS tomorrow so hopefully she take these aggravating drains out they are really not attractive. I go back to work next tuesday so I have to go and get glammed up because I look rough which is kind of an understatement. I know my hair sylist, and nail technician miss me its been three weeks since I last seen them, I hope everyone enjoy their day and HAPPY HEALING to everyone!!!!! Oh and I posted new pics up!

My goosh time is flying by really fast it is so...

My goosh time is flying by really fast it is so hard to believe that it has already been 15 days since I had my surgery, but I feel really good though. About two days ago I overdid it I was out all day and by 11pm my entire stomach was swollen and of course I slept it off. I go back to work on Saturday so I am looking forward to that (I think). I still have these drains in due to the fact my PS thinks I am returning to work so soon and she don't want me to get a seroma so they will be removed on Monday (hopefully).

Tomorrow is going to be a excellent day because...

Tomorrow is going to be a excellent day because not only is it my birthday but these ugly drains are coming out!!!!!! Its been 16 days with these things on my side and it will make my day once they are gone. My son wanted to buy me a gift but of course my heart wouldn't Allow it. I couldnt imagine my son spending his allowance on me I would feel so selfish, but I did tell him how much I love him and I only want him to make me a card from his heart and I would love that more than anything in the world. Well enough of the birthday talk I hope everyone is having a Happy Sunday.

Well today is my birthday!!!!! And I'm excited...

Well today is my birthday!!!!! And I'm excited because I am currently on my way to get these drains removed...I hope everyone have a good day and Happy healing...

Today makes post op day 21 and I feel great, I...

Today makes post op day 21 and I feel great, I actually go back to work tomorrow and I think I am bitting off more than I can chew because not only am I returning to work tomorrow but I agreed to do a double which is a 16 hour shift and I regret agreeing to it now. I went to the mall yesterday and I did really good, but I became tired really fast but I continued to walk the mall because I know in order for me to get over the tiredness is to continue to exert myself. I will post new pictures up later today.
Boca Raton Dermatologic Surgeon

I choose Dr. Diana Elias because she is the one I made a connection with, I am a huge fan of good customer service and her staff is very courteous.

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
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I hope your return to work wasn't too bad for you!
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Awesome pics!! I am waiting for confirmation on the date for my TT with Diana Elias. Looks like she did an amazing job!!!
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She really did do an amazing job good luck and keep me posted.
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WTH?! How did I miss this?! Well Happy Belated Birthday and Happy Drain Removal Day! good for you-speeding right along I see. I hope to be able to do the same.
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Thanks you msrubi and trust me once you get past the first week every week after that will be a breeze...good luck
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Happy Birthday!!
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Thank you oogiemoo
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Happy Bday girl. You look great :)
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Thank you Jsmom
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Happy birthday to ya! Congrats on the drain removal and happy healing b day girl!
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Thank you Cherrybabi
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Happy Birthday Proudmommy2012 Your pictures look very nice. Happy healing
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Thank you Wanda47!!!!
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happy birthday!!!! Make sure you go find you a rockin outfit lol
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Thank you tjuana and I will.
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Happy Birthday! What a great present to finally get your drains out and YOUR GORGEOUS NEW TUMMY!!! Hope you have a beautiful day! x
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Thank you Kitten44
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Hope you have a wonderful "drain-free" birthday and a fantastically flat-tummy year! Enjoy it!
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Thank you DnAmommy
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Happy early birthday. I bet you will be so happy when the drains come out lol.. :o) Keep positive :o)
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Thank you MissFashionista!!!!
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What a great gift to give urself for ur bday! You Look great!
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Thank you and yes that is a excellent gift...
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Hi, Quick question: When you had your procedure done was it at a Hospital or plastic surgery only facility? My doctor has a great reputation in Boston, MA I have read but he is NOT at a hospital. He is affliated with one. I worry if there was a complication and only plastic surgeon's were the doctors available. Maybe I'm worrying needlessly, I wondered where you had it done and anyone else that has had plastic surgery?
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I had it done in a facility....and please don't worry you are in good hands and it goes by so quickly....Once you wake up you will be flatter and happier
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