Good day to all Selfies! I have been stalking this...
My husband is my greatest champion, so supportive and & encouraging & will be taking care of me. Poor man...
I had 3 consults before selecting Dr. Bruce Landon. I liked speaking to his office team the best of all the appointments I made, & the individual I spoke to was extremely generous with her knowledge of what to look/ask for when I told her I was also consulting with others. I actually paid a little less than the $8,900 due to my size (less expected OR time & anesthesia) plus I got a 3% discount for paying in cash. Yay! Dr. Landon came across as very realistic with outcome & expectation, he did not feed me whatever I wanted to hear. I feel he will try to give me exactly what I want, but will make the best decisions to give me the most desirable outcome possible. He also seems to have a very gently touch, & though normally I could care less about that....I think I will appreciate it greatly post surgery.
As strange as it may sound, my belly button is what I worry about above all things. I have seen some very bad jobs out there, & quite frankly I don't want an anus for a belly button.. Very scared about that. I like to think I have reasonable outcome expectations, but then I catch myself dayworring about whether the scar will show above my bikini or not. Whaaaat? Wearing a bikini was never the goal...so I must remind myself occasionally that my expectation is to have a flatter - monster free - tummy...I cannot attain a supermodel figure. I'm not sure how the stretch marks will come into play, my skin is very damaged so I don't know how it all comes back together...guess I'll find out!
I had my pre op visit on Monday, 3 weeks prior to surgery. We basically did an ekg, had a Stretch Mark Barbie photo session in the most unflattering paper saggy panties on the planet (bletch) & went over post care instructions. She told me to start Arnica, gave me my "special" soap for night before & morning of, I got all of my scripts filled ($150-ouch!)....aaannnndddddd off we go!
P.s. the red/yellow blotchy on my tummy is the remnants of well thought out tattoo at the age of 18. Hopefully he can get at least part of that thing cut off.... ! A bonus!!
Countdown...nine nine nine nine!!
This last week & next week I have been doing all I can to eat well, maintain exercise & gather the items I think I will need. I'm trying not to go completely overboard with buying things I may not need (n.o.t. easy). I already had to buy a couple of dresses (ick) & nightgowns just in case. Thankfully with the weight loss I have about 6 sizes of clothing stored in the house, so I should be able to find something to wear to return to work.
The nurse told me to wear something comfortable that buttons up the front to surgery. I'll admit.....I'm at a complete loss. The only items I own, or have seen, are blouses or collared oxford-style button up shirts, not comfy. And nobody can expect me to ride around town in a muumuu......ever. Lol.
Still attempting to eat well, exercise & not freak out...Lol. I pick up the recliner this Saturday (thank you Gramma!). I just couldn't bring myself to rent or buy one....and I didn't want to get home only to discover I can't handle laying in my bed.....so my wonderful grandmother offered one if hers to borrow. Guess I better drop-cloth that baby so there are no accidents.... We've already decided that a few puppy pads on the car seats won't hurt either. Dignity? Something I USED to have.....Lol!
Working on my grocery list for recovery foods. I also plan to make up some green smoothies for this weekend & for recovery. I figure a little extra kale can't hurt.... Lol! The smoothies are better fresh, but they freeze pretty well too.
Who has the most nerves
Oh, & Aunt Flow is pretending she may visit. 2 days of cramps for nothing. I knew I was going to be on my cycle for surgery, but I'd rather have swollen, painful day 1 over with before Monday. Honestly I've never wished so hard for my period to start early in my entire life. Lol. Hopefully it will make up it's mind & hit me tomorrow. I already spoke to the nurse about it, as in - WHAT DO I DOOOO? She told me it happens all the time & not to worry... So, I'm not going to worry....(but we all know I will deep down inside!!!)... Dr. L cutting me from hip to hip, sucking out fat, sewing muscles, blood, stitches, naked....I'm okay with. Having my menstrual cycle in his presence...absolutely horrifying...& while he marks me up... Oh, the thought!! Welp, there goes my last tiny shred of dignity.... Oh well!
One more day of work, then I'm officially on "vacation". Woooo!
May the "vacation" begin!
So I got my wish & Aunt Flow did, as I put it so eloquently yesterday, make up her mind & "hit me" today.....uh, with a baseball bat!!! Holy migraine.... I won't be finished before Monday, but I'm just so thankful the worst of it will be behind me! One less thing to worry about!
My husband completely rearranged the bedroom today so we can fit the recliner. I can't stay out in the living room because I am confident one of my dogs will perform a flying leap of death onto me...most likely when I'm asleep. I'll hide myself in the bedroom for recovery, thanks!. Lol!
I'm SO excited!! It's soooo close now!!
12 more hours....
How am I supposed to stress eat when I'm supposed to be eating light??!! Lol! Luckily the knot in my stomach kept my eating under control! Today was mostly snacking on small things....I had an egg whites & spinach omelet, banana, natural almonds, 4oz chicken, tuna fish, coffee (my bad) & a green smoothie (kiwi, avocado, banana, spinach, kale).
Even though it technically begins in 12 hours, I feel I'll be all done in 12 hours... lol. I'm losing the time in surgery time while I "nap" anyway! Lol!
I spent all day worrying if I have everything ready &, quite honestly, the only thing I need to make sure I do is wash with my special soap, shave according to instruction, take my MRSA preventative meds & show up in time. That's it....I don't even have to "get ready". We'll probably show up ridiculously early...but you never know when there's going to be unexpected traffic. But my little bag is packed & I think I'm prepared. I have crackers, water, cough drops, puppy pads (LOL) & a few barf bags for the ride home...
Hopefully I'll get some sleep tonight, typically nothing keeps me from getting my rest so I should be good! Lol!
I probably won't post in the morning, so I'll give a shout when I'm coherent! Lol!
Thank you ladies so very much for the encouraging words & support! It makes all the difference & I truly appreciate it! :-)
p.s. - I blame the phone for all typos & words that don't belong....!!
The day after...
I've been eating snacky foods to take my meds. Yogurt, almonds, half a peanut butter sandwich, banana, smoothie. Haven't had any nausea at all. I just started my antibiotics also this morning. And I have 2 more days of mrsa treatment to go (that is fairly disgusting, rather like putting paste in your nostrils). But to avoid mrsa, I'll do it happily!!
My one drain isn't putting out very much, way less than the 25cc Mark. Bright red. Though Dr. Landon does the quilting technique to attach the skin back down. Hopefully this will eliminate seromas also.
Well, pain meds are kicking back in. They suggested in stay on top of them. They also suggested that I slouch & not hunch. Honestly, I'm moving any way that I can... Lol!
I've been sleeping in the chair, haven't even attempted the bed. I know it would be more comfy, I just can't face getting back out of it!
Still hanging in there
Good morning day 2!
My follow-up Dr appointment is in a couple hours, absolutely dreading the car ride. Oh well, there's nothing that can be done about it, hopefully it won't be too bad!
My legs are feeling a little tight this morning, lack of use & some slight swelling I think. Nothing major, I just noticed a slight change.
Nothing else to report yet! Still taking my pain meds & antibiotics every 4 hours. I have started feeling uncomfortable at hour 3 so I taken 2 Tylenol in between a few times.
Hope everyone is doing well! Have a great day!
Finally got to see!!
So, here is my first glimpse. I'm extremely pleased. I think it looks fabulous even with the crazy swollen areas. I still have my drain & have been given the okay to shower. Considering my husband washed my hair 3 hours ago, I'll wait until tomorrow.
Day 3, good morning!
I'm basically wearing a comfort bra, I placed a cotton cami underneath the cg (I bought a handful of them at Forever21, perfect & cheap), tie waist pj bottoms and a thin sleeping shirt. No panties, I just can't face them yet, lol!
The area where my tube exits (my upper leg!) is a little red, the nurse said yesterday that it looks perfectly fine and the best thing will be soap in the shower. I cleaned it with a little peroxide this morning, figured it wouldn't hurt... She said to clean out my belly button with peroxide to get the scabbies out once a day. I'm slightly fearful of removing the cg, it feels like it is holding me together. Lol! she said I could take it off to rest my skin for an hour or so as long as I was laying down, completely at rest.
I tried to sleep in my bed last night, I made it 5 minutes before returning to the recliner. I really wish I could get out of it by myself, I just simply can't manage it! If you're able to get a lift recliner, do it! :)
I should finish my antibiotics today. Not sure about the pain Meds. I noticed this morning I was a few hours over & was pretty okay...but I'm starting to get some very minor spasms in the stomach muscles. The nurse said to save the valium for the muscle spasms that will be coming....she said there would be no question that I'm having spasms when the time comes (more owies?) lol!!!
I started taking Colace yesterday morning. No action in that department, a little gas, but not feeling pain from it at this point.
So far I've only put on 2lbs of fluids. I'm expecting the swelling to start soon and truly expect to return to work in a size larger to allow for swelling. We'll see!
Have a great day and happy healing to all!
Day 4 has arrived
Day 4 arrived with a few happy little victories.
First, I slept from about 11p to 6a, the longest stretch yet. I had taken a pain pill right before I went to sleep, though that wasn't unusual. Still sleeping in the recliner (my nemesis), but I have at last mastered getting out if it. Not sure about getting back in yet...
I also haven't taken a pain pill yet, I'm not hurting any worse than a Tylenol may help with, so I'll attempt to go that route today. I started back with my multi vitamins, B12 complex & am still taking Arnica..
I also successfully had the elusive #2poo this morning. I thought I could handle the medication constipation with diet, paying close attention to fiber intake, but I realized I wasn't eating enough food in general to handle it that way so I also started taking Colace 2 days after surgery. One in the morning & one in the evening. I think I will keep up with monitoring natural consumption & continue to take 1 pill a day moving forward - considering the word "strain" has left my vocabulary...
Now that I am napping much less, I am getting bored. I can lounge with the best of them, but I'm pretty restricted to my bedroom & want to venture out. Plus this is vacation, man...it's a rather depressing thought to know I'm going to return to work deleted if all pto & exhausted! Though, fffaaarrr less depressing than a stomach monster! Wooohoo! Lol!
P.s.,.cleaning out my bb is the strangest thing...it is absolutely surface numb, but I feel it being disturbed deep down to my core. Very weird.
Day 4 post op - shower day!
Here are some more pictures, I'm still slouched over quite a bit. I definitely found my tender spots, located on my side. They're a bit yellow with bruising. I don't tend to bruise easily, so I'm not sure if it's that or if not much lipo was needed. And holy Ken Doll! My pubic area has been extremely swollen since I got home Monday, currently the drain side of my mons is more swollen than the other. I certainly don't care about the remaining stretch marks, I knew there would be plenty left over, but he did get rid of everything from above my bb. Yay! Too bad that fabulous tattoo remains.... damn! Lol
Day 5 post op
Not much to report this morning. Feeling much like I did yesterday. I think I'm officially off the pain pills, didn't take any yesterday. Guess I'll save them for emergencies. Probably for when I get stuck in the bed.....
The CG keeps riding up, I'm supposed to wear it low. Hmmm, a new nemesis???
A few things I have needed....
A decent hand soap, washing hands lots
Loose waisted pjs/yoga pants with a tie string (no elastic band).
Fitted cami for under the binder (tight enough that no material bunches up).
Bandage tape for holding the drain in place
Extra pillows & throw blankets (I have these at each seating location!)
Plastic/paper cup to empty my drain
I've seen much debate on granny panties or not....I can't even wear panties....
Something around your neck to attach your drains to when showering (lanyard, I used a new shoe string, a long strip of gauze).
I cannot stress enough about food & water. We want to heal quickly, & well. We're fighting a shock to to the system & swelling. Plus we need to do the unspoken business.... We're investing a lot of money & time into a surgery, it's worth a little extra research to investigate what foods will benefit us the most - for both before & after. Especially for those first few days when we have less of an appetite but the body needs help. Okay, off my soapbox. I'm actually not an organic, all natural, gluten free crazed foodie....considering I'm about to make myself a coffee (my bad)! I have just observed firsthand the vast difference between eating processed foods vs more natural foods. Processed foods definitely don't make me feel as good.
Well, I'm off to start my day. A trip to the kitchen, & then a rest. And that will pretty much be the theme of the day! Lol!
A great day to all Selfies!
Day 6 good morning to you!
My drain is putting out approx 40cc every 24 hours, though there are no dr visits planned until Friday. My dream of an early removal is just that....a dream! I can't say it hurts, it's just......there. Unwanted, inconvenient. Luckily it's in a place that isn't very bothered by my cg.....& also in a place where I can keep it taped down to my leg (my husband has a tendency to hold my drain like I'm a Cujo, foaming at the mouth & needing a choke collar death grip with all of his 6'2" might to keep me from attacking innocent children...). The tape has saved me more than thrice! Poor man, love him!
I read this in someone else's comments & feel it's worth mentioning as I'm experiencing the same thing. I am definitely super swollen in my mons, but I also got quite a bit if a lift (the mons was a bit saggy before, sad)...BONUS. The uplift has basically changed the trajectory of my urine path...if I don't lean forward a bit I'll pee on the seat. Too hilarious!
All of the above being said, I feel pretty great today. I think this is where I see some ladies become frustrated..... I feel pretty normal (excluding the recliner torture sessions) so I feel I should easily be able to hop in the car & go to the store or something. Then I realize I get winded pouring myself a cup of coffee... Lol!
I'll try to post some pics later!
Have a happy day! :)
Day 6 pics
One week - made it!!
All in all the experience isn't nearly as painful as I had expected. I have definitely needed my husband's help a lot - & still do. I am extremely grateful & fortunate for his support & help & that he is able to be with me while I recover.
For those of you currently considering/researching, I would just say this is a major surgery, my experience hasn't been horrible by any means, but each person is different. Preparation goes beyond just picking the right surgeon. Be prepared with help, food, supplies & try to remain focused on why you decided to have the procedure in the first place & your original goals (I just wanted to get rid of the flab gut monster - soon this turned into worrying about my stretch marks, legs, boobs & wearing a bikini that I haven't done since I was a teen! Stop! Lol).
A great day to all Selfies! :)
Day 8 - same ol'
My drain has put out 20cc in the last 24 hours. Not bad!
I would like to make honorable mention (in a completely NON bragging way) that I was able to arise from the recliner unassisted this morning. I am not completely thrilled or feel like I want to do a victory dance in any way. Nope.
A happy day to all!
Day 9 - hellllloo!
I woke up this morning feeling very dizzy. It lasted a couple of hours. Not sure what/why that happened. Showering wasn't as big of a deal this morning, actually had a little energy to spare (probably because I sat on the shower chair almost the whole time, aaahhh!)! I'm super swollen on my hips, craziness! They are extremely tender plus the swelling makes the cg dig in & swell just a little more! I'm standing a little straighter today, yaay. I've been pretty itchy yesterday & today, my husband said my lower back looked a little rashy.
I took a 1.5 hour nap in my bed for the first time yesterday...One pillow under the head, two under the knees. I'm still undecided. I think I felt okay physically, it stretched the abs a bit. It was disturbing to be in such a vulnerable position that I had absolutely no ability to help myself out of. Obviously I have leverage issues.
All in all, not bad, not bad! A great day to all!
Day 10 - good riddance drain!!!
Actually it WAS pretty horrible, I thought my appointment was tomorrow, nope....today. The office called me 45 mins after my appt to see if I needed to reschedule....AAAAHHHHH! Thankfully they waited for my husband to race car drive me through rush hour traffic in the rain (sharp turns - ow). I felt SO bad, my appt was at 5:15p & I didn't show up until 6:30p. That has never happened to me before & it makes me feel absolutely sick knowing I messed up their evenings! And to imagine how close I just came to another weekend with that drain!
I have instruction to wear whatever type of spanx-type with a bottom that I find most comfortable. Don't need to wear the binder. So he asked of I wanted to take off the binder to give myself a break, naturally I said "yes" & left without wearing any type of support...I did NOT like the car ride home - at all. I put my binder back on as soon as I got home before I fell apart. Lol! I had already purchased some Maidenform panties with the support panel up to my ribs.... Yeah, I just tried to wrestle into a pair...I gave up after 4 minutes without getting them over my hips & also realizing I'm not going to be able to pee without a very serious fight. I wear a size 2/4 & struggled with a size medium. I put the binder back on. Sigh.
I go back some time next week to have more bb stitches removed. He also gave instruction for either having professional lymphatic massage, or doing it myself. I realize now that everything will drain through the hip area (sigh). No wonder I can't get into a size medium! The tape over my sutures is still firmly in place & there is nothing for me to do. He said it's okay to stand with a stretch to the abs & warned that the spasms will probably start up soon. He said they can be pretty intense at times & to keep the valium handy.
My bikini bottoms cover the scar & I'll admit that I'm totally stoked about this! Even if I have no intention of running around in said bikini!
I'm still sleeping in the recliner, but am able to get out of it now. Haven't attempted the bed since the other day, I suppose I should give it another napping try...
I haven't been taking the Colace, everything's fine in that department.
My buttocks & lower back are starting to really ache due to the lack of activity & an over abundance of mashing. Returning to work next week is going to be a beast! It is true that it gets a little better every day & hopefully I'm close enough to standing straight that can fake it when I go back! Lol!
A great evening to all!
Day 11 - first outing
I had my first outing today, to lunch & then a walk around the mall. Not bad!! I moved slow...but made the whole round. After walking a bit I was straightened almost all the way. However if I sit down for a minute, when I stand back up it takes a bit to get my abs stretched out again. I bought a pair of spanx...just as much of a fight as the maidenform. Lol!
A happy day to all Selfies!
Day 13, holy Spanx
So with all of this excitement - two of my steri-strips got completely ripped off.. Hopefully nothing comes of that.
Okay, rant over....
I'm still sleeping in the recliner & nothing much to update. Yesterday I spent about 6 hours out & about. At 5.5 hours I hit a wall & just wanted to go home. Walking around helps build my strength but I noticed that it gives me headaches & causes a bit of swelling. I tend to get migraines in general, but being unable to walk properly puts a strain on my lower back & hips. After waking around for several hours, I'm noticeably swollen above my incision & yesterday I noticed my lower girly bits were really achy (almost like day 1 of a period). Doc told me to wear supportive panties or I'll end up with "a toad" below my incision. Teee heeee, tooooo funny coming from him because he's very well spoken & proper. And naturally, as my husband was present, calling it "the toad" has stuck! Hahaha
Have a wonderful healing day! Any support/Spanx tips & suggestions would be most appreciated!!!
Day 14, ummmmm...
Tmi, but it appears I have developed a yeast infection. If I had to do it again I would have skipped the feminine wipes. I think those combined with antibiotics & the unbreathable compression garment messed me up. Huge thanks to my gyn who called me in a script today! I simply cannot face an exam right now!
On a happier note I have had great success with the snap/hook crotch garments! Yay! The only downfall is I'm so swollen in the hips that the briefs really cut into me (makes for a very pretty picture under the clothes)!
The dress pants I wore before surgery were size 2. Now I can only get size 6 pants around my waist. The waist is loose, enough to not hurt but the rest is huge & saggy. It's a hot mess! I had to break down today & buy a few more cheap dresses to return to work. Considering I NEVER wear dresses, this is going to draw more attention when I return (nnnnoooo!!!). And let's admit it, the "cheap" dresses aren't the most attractive ones on the rack! To think of all that fun money spent on ugly dresses I don't want to use for just one month. Sigh, the things we do for beauty... Wait, let me look down....aaaaahhhhhhh, no gut monster. Totally worth it in every way!! Lol lol!
Hope everyone is having a happy healing day!
Day 15 - stitches out
I think I've had success in finding a cg that works well for me. At Target, no less - only been there once a week for my entire adult life & didn't know these were sold there... Maidenform Self Expressions. It doesn't squeeze the life out of my legs/butt which reduces the granny butt a bit. The nurse said it was perfect. It has two strips of flexible boning in the front. I think I'll save the other granny butt squeezers to sleep in & wear these for work.
I over ate at dinner tonight. Never. Again.
Have a happy healing evening!
Day 17 - Back to work!
Hope everyone is having a fabulous healing day!
Day 21. Work & feeling better
Still sleeping in the recliner. Laying in the bed puts me flat on my back & it really hurts after a couple of hours. I can't comfortably lay on my sides, they're just too tender. Hopefully soon though!
Like everyone before me, I despise my cg. My ribs are going to be permanently altered before the end.... The pants I wore today are 2 sizes larger than what I wore the day before surgery. Sad....but expected. Granted they're loose & saggy, but the only thing I could comfortably secure around my waist.
I'm not to the point that I see more swelling at the end of the day. It all seems the same to me. Being up 2 pants sizes and only 1 pound is pretty telling in the swelling department. Lol!
Using my silicone strips every day. I still have a few little scabbies on the incision, but overall it's looking good. My bb is still a tiny bit scabby as well. My tummy is incredibly dry - like sunburn peeling dry! I moisturize twice a day, but it's still crazy dry.
I'd say at this point the hardest thing is carrying my computer bags & I'm unable to twist at the waist. I can chuckle a little without crying, if I brace myself with a pillow against a counter I can cough. Not bad, not bad! Lol!
Happy healing to all!!
Week three - twinges & work!
This morning I was able to turn slightly onto my side in the recliner & rest for a few minutes... Wooooo hoooo!!!!! That was quite exciting! Too difficult right now to lay on my side in bed because it bends me at the waist, not comfy. Hopefully soon though!!
Regarding work, I meant to mention this previously for anyone wondering how much time to take off.... I have a desk job -computer work, meetings, etc... It would have been possible to return to work at day 14, however it really would have been a struggle & fairly uncomfortable. I returned at day 17 & thought the day went well in general. I was still slightly slouched & struggled to stand up without a serious slouch after sitting for an extended period of time. I was not able to successfully hide it from everyone, they could tell something was wrong with me even though I put forth the best effort to fake it...lol! I was not completely exhausted at the end of the day either. If you can get 3 weeks, I would go for it. It is amazing the difference between week 2 & 3. Again, definitely possible at 14 days, better at 17, best at 21!! :)
P.s. I despise compression garments and never want to wear anything in the general Spanx category again as long as I live.
Day 25 - Jeans!!!
Day 26 pics
Overall, I think Dr. Landon is brilliant!
A happy healing day to all! :)
I have finally noticed a swelling difference between the morning and evening. I look fairly normal in the morning, by evening I'm a hot mess!
I'm still sleeping in the recliner, tonight I will attempt the bed and see how it goes.
in general I feel pretty good, I went to the park twice this week & made about a half mile walk each time. It's ok, I just can't move very fast. I can stand up straight if I have been sitting for awhile it takes a few minutes to get stretched enough to stand straight. I love the phrase someone else used..."internal suspenders"... Too true!
Carrying my computer bag is still very uncomfortable. I had to downsize my purse also, any weight makes my abs seize up.
Still wearing my cg almost all the time. I get about a 30 break in the morning & some evenings I go a couple hours without it. Wearing it keeps the muscles from bothering me, the support helps..... It's a love/hate relationship....
Continuing to use the silicone strips. The last of the incision scabs are dried up, waiting for a few more to fall off. My bb scabs seen to be gone.
My mons is still swollen...Please tell me this will go away! Lol!
Still not even close to getting my jeans buttoned. Lol! Sigh, the dreaded dresses continue!....
I hope everyone is healing well!
Month 1 - Sleeping Arrangements & Sneezes
I kinda don't want to put this out there in the world for reasons of whammies/bad juju....but I have avoided sneezing for 32 days now. I'm not expecting a world record medal or anything....an honorable mention in Guinness would be nice though...! For anyone wondering the secret...absolutely run (gimp/hobble/limp) for a tissue if you even detect a sneeze coming and blow as hard as you can (I know, pathetically weak) & quickly tap, tap, tap, tap while blowing until it passes. It's a crazy combo of itching & expelling at the same time. Never try to suck in a sneeze...it just spawns more! Personally, I feel this little tidbit should have been part if pre-op instructions... Hopefully by the time I get whammied, I'll be healed enough to handle it without crying or wetting myself...
Happy healing to all!
P.s. I hate my compression garments...Every last one of them!
Day 40-ish frustrations
It's hard to decide what to report. I'm not back to normal, but every day improves a little in its own way. I still have tightness when I've been sitting for awhile but it stretches back out quickly. The last things I really have trouble with are walking too fast or carrying anything weighty. I WANT MY MICHAEL BACK! These downsized handbags are getting on my nerves. Lol!
I'm struggling with the joys of swelling. I don't feel the phrase "swell hell" is quite enough. It's missing something.... more....like "spawn of", "from the deepest pits of" or a few other select words considered inappropriate for this public forum. I'm fairly normal in the morning & wake up in someone else's body by noon. Don't even get me started on Mr. Unwanted Ken Doll taking up even more room in there. When put on my (one pair of...) pants in the morning, I am positive they are going to just fall down around my ankles. However, by 11a they are completely tight around my waist. And I will say they are literally around my waist, riding up high....like a granny. The silkiness of the cg lets the pants climb from my swollen hips up to smaller ground (waist) as the day goes on. It's quite an intense wedgie by noon. I'm still wearing dresses - & the unthinkable has happened...I kinda like them sometimes. Don't tell anyone I said that. Nobody at work noticed I was gimping all over the building, but everyone noticed the dresses. They're still asking why I'm wearing them. I don't recall this, but apparently in the past I made some type of public announcement declaring I would never wear one....??? I almost want to start the pregnancy rumor myself just distract them. Teeee!
I attached some morning/evening pics. I guess it doesn't look like much of a difference in the photos, but I promise you it's an entire pants size between the two. I do feel discouraged with the inability to fit ANY of my pants, some I can't even get over my hips... It's difficult to feel so much better, yet be absolutely unable to get back to normal! I have no regrets at all.....I'm just impatient to be healed.
Speaking of which, I choked on water today & realized immediately that full-on coughing still needs to be avoided at all costs. I haven't sneezed yet, but after said coughing fit have made the executive decision to continue my world record non-sneeze record for as long as possible!
I was wearing my silicone strips 24/7, switching between 2 sets every 24 hours. Then got scared because I wasn't sure if suffocating the incision is recommended. So I've been wearing the strips 12 hours, removing & then applying Bio Oil for 12 hours, then putting the strips back on. If anyone knows how to properly do it, I'd appreciate the advice!!!
My final thought of the day is that I absolutely LOVE my belly button. It was the single thing I cared about & Dr. Landon nailed it! There are a couple of stretch marks in & out of it...but that was unavoidable. And hey...if I'm unable to eventually get my pants buttoned, this belly button may be seeing quite a bit of the world. Lol!
I'm so happy! Yay!
Happy healing to all!
Week 6 - miss you wardrobe!
Sleeping in the bed is much better, I'm not waking up every time I move any more. I also realized the other day that I plopped down in a chair & didn't notice. Now that's progress!
I haven't been exercising, but feel it's time to get back to the park. If I walk too fast I get the seized muscle feeling in my abs... I'm supposed to have my follow up next week but will be out of town, so maybe the following week. I'll see what Dr. L authorizes me to do in the exercise department. I'm sure a brisk walk won't hurt anything!
Carrying anything weighty still bothers me. It doesn't hurt, it just makes my abs "seize up" from top to bottom. When I say "weighty" I mean even a 10lb bag. I feel like a huge wuss. Lol!
My scar looks great, still a little rope-like in the center as Dr. L said it should be for now.
Mr. Unwanted Ken Doll is still in full effect. I really want him to move out....
I try not to compare my recovery to others, but am feeling pretty depressed at my inability to wear ANY of my pre-surgery pants. I can get some of the looser jeans on & buttoned but the pressure of a tight waistband is...unpleasant feeling. I can't even get the majority of them buttoned. As far as dress pants, 2 sizes up don't squeeze me, but are a saggy mess everywhere else. I'm going to attempt one size up next week & see how it goes. It's still a depressing thought.
All in all I think everything is going great. I desperately miss my wardrobe, but I have been extremely lucky with a very smooth procedure & recovery.
I'll try to take some pics in the morning.
Happy healing to all! :)
Week 6 pics
Please excuse the hairs. Shaving & tight compression garment = rash. I'm too old to make myself even more uncomfortable...so I'll just have to remain as unsexy as humanly possible for awhile longer. Lol! I've decided that next summer I'm making up for all of this frump by running around in a bikini everywhere I go! Lol!
Don't know why the pics are uploading sideways....
I awake with a flat tummy, give me hour & I swell up a pant size.
Mr. Ken Doll is still hanging out - taking up space in my pants. It's pretty swollen still. Sigh...
I made it down to one size up from my original pant size. Lol! And they are the larger pants from that size range. This makes me sad. Lol. I started at a 2/4, I'm now a 4/6, depends on the cut.
I finally made it into a size small Maidenform garment. Still 115lbs.
My latest discovery.... I carefully flopped myself onto a pool raft on my back, the first time in a body of water since surgery. Soon it was too hot so - as usual - I just rolled off the raft to take the plunge. I immediately discovered that I physically cannot swim. Ow! Maybe I'm just huge wuss, but it put such a strain on my abs I about drowned! Even just trying to use my arms only. Guess next time I need to arm floaties! Lol! I see ladies talking about running 3 miles...not me. I've made it back to the park for a full speed walk around the track, but have only been doing 1 mile a day. I did jog a little - very little...just don't feel ready. Or maybe I just don't know how to handle the extreme seizing up of my abs when I do it... Or perhaps I'm just a lazy ass.
Still using silicone strips for most of the day. I think the scar looks good, though I don't see it often as it's almost always under a silicone strip.
Hope everyone is healing well! I still think it's totally worth it!
From the first call, Dr. Landon's office has been so helpful & extremely nice. Dr. Landon took the time during our consultation to talk about realistic outcomes & expectations for me & my body. He listened to my concerns & took the time to address them. I wanted to book surgery with him before I left the building, but felt it to consult with other surgeons. Nobody else even came close. Dr. Landon has a very calm & polite demeanor. He takes great effort to leave your dignity intact & has a very gentle hand. A gentle hand is what you need for both before & aftercare! I never felt uncomfortable, nervous or fearful of pain. I certainly had no doubts as to his abilities. Dr. Landon has the years of experience behind him, but listens & takes very much into account what you want. If your request can be done, he will deliver. I would wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Landon to my dearest loved ones without hesitation. The experience as a whole has been absolutely fantastic & my results are everything I hoped for & more.