Almost 6 months post op.
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I'm just like most of you- I had 2 kids (via...
- 3 Nov 2012
- 10 days pre
I'm just like most of you- I had 2 kids (via csection) and just never quite went back to normal. After my daughter was born I noticed a large gap in my abdominal muscles and a new "outtie." I'm 5'4 and 120lbs. I have been very active in yoga and triathlon for several years and after my last pregnancy even dabbled in crossfit- none of these seemed to help my belly or love handles. They were here to stay! Until I decided to take the surgical route. I went to 4 consults and found Dr. Aguiar in Westchase. I immediately felt comfortable with him- i'm an RN and it's hard to find doctors that I trust. I booked right away and my surgery is Nov 14. I will update with stories and pics asap.
So it's in a few days- a little nervous, a little...
- 10 Nov 2012
- 4 days pre
I have everything ready- a comfy recliner, button down shirt and loose pants, my compression girdle (it's actually crotchless!), all my Rxs filled, bottle of mag citrate for the night before*, an assortment of juices for my clear liquid fast on 11/13*, babysitting, protein shakes for after, and a well stocked netflix queue. And my wonderful husband to help. Now i need it to be Wednesday.
I'm taking before pics on Tuesday to post.
*my surgeon likes a liquid diet pre-op and a bowel prep- to ensure the tightest tummy. Fun fun!
My surgery was yesterday. The people at the...
- 15 Nov 2012
- 1 day post
the surgery- i'm not going to lie, i'm in a lot of pain. Right now my drain sites are hurting, and my abdomen feels so tight i'm breathing shallow. Last night I could feel a lot of pain coming from the lipo areas, like I had fallen on my hips and got badly bruised. I felt no incision pain last night but right now it's hurting a little, mostly a burning sensation. I've been taking percocet 5/325 every 4 hours, and I took tylenol PM to help me sleep. I'm going to ask Dr. Aguiar if I can take my robaxin (muscle relaxer) when I go in today because walking hunched over is excruciating! It was nice to sleep in the recliner but I can already tell this is going to get old fast because I am not someone that likes to sleep in one position, or sit for that matter. I'm not putting out a lot of drainage from my 2 had grenades- this morning I had about 10ml on each side.
So far the worst was waking up after surgery and getting into the car, and last night I had a ton of nausea and got a little dizzy. I'm just glad the surgery part is over. Anticipation gets the best of me every time. I can do the painful recovery, but it's the night before, the morning of, getting prepped, and then finally getting on the operative table where I lose it. From here on out I know it only gets better.
I have some before photos that i'll upload once I can get them off my phone. I don't know when i'll be getting afters- i'm scared to take the garment off!
Ok so- I think I slept? before I went to bed I had...
- 16 Nov 2012
- 2 days post
My post op appt went well. They took my garment down and he said it looked awesome and the final outcome will be really nice. I didn't want to look. He gave me a mirror and I peeked- my incision and belly button are taped up (which was what i was scared of seeing), there's no bruising, and I could see just the ends of my tattoo. I am going to get them lasered off eventually. I was shocked that my stomach was so hard; there is a lot of swelling there and on the flanks from my lipo. My next appt is after thanksgiving; he might be pulling one of the drains then. But if my output stays this minimal then i'm going to call the office on monday because the drains are painful and i'm only putting about 20 out each side all day.
The toughest part is getting up and going pee. I'm walking at a 90 degree angle. He said I could stand up a little more but there's so much tension at the top of my abdomen when I stand that I automatically stop there. When i'm in the recliner i'm a lot more laid out so I know I have room to stand but I can't do it yet. This morning I got a tickle in my throat and it's impossible to clear with no core! Tomorrow will be my first day by myself so i've been practicing getting to the bathroom by pushing a chair. How are you guys doing this so well? I read reviews where people said they were feeling great and the pain wasn't all that bad. The back (and front) spasms are terrible! It's not even the incision that's hurting; when I walk everything spasms at once and I can barely hold myself up. Once I sit back down it takes a couple minutes for me to stop shaking.
I'm trying to stay positive and keep telling myself the beginning is always the hardest. I'm a nurse in a cardiac surgical intensive care unit and I know how hard it is in the beginning, getting up with tubes/drains, being confused from drugs, trying to eat or pee. I know all this stuff, but it's hard to apply it to myself. I feel like i'm being a baby about everything. Ugh.
On a positive note my husband is a phenomenal nurse and I couldn't have done any of this without his support. I get to see my kids tonight and that will be wonderful (thanks Mom!). Also, I know im going to be tiny when this is all healed. When I was trying to cough I was bracing my stomach with my arms and geez i'm small and flat. Now I just need all this pain to stop!
Took a shower by myself today, which felt...
- 18 Nov 2012
- 4 days post
Overall i'm feeling a lot better. I'm able to get...
- 20 Nov 2012
- 6 days post
I went to see Dr. Aguiar yesterday hoping that I could lose a drain- my output has been less than 30ml on both sides, my skin is irritated around the sites and the left one keeps tugging and it's very uncomfortable. He gave me the rundown on the purpose of the drains and stated that it's still a little too early but maybe at my real appt on Friday. He clipped the suture on the left one (which hurt!) but made it stop pulling. I just have to be careful that I don't pull it out accidentally. He changed my belly button dressing and told me I have epidermolysis and some of the skin is sloughing off. Wound care is not my speciality and I refused to look. I was very surprised at how numb I am over the center of my stomach; I couldn't feel him doing anything except for a little pressure. Then he noticed my flanks (lipo) and was a bit concerned. They're both red. They feel a little warm. He said it doesn't really look like cellulitis but he changed my antibiotic to Bactrim. I'm nervous about taking it because sulfa allergies are very common and the side effects can be life threatening. I can't recall if i've had sulfa drugs in the past but I refused to take it until this morning when my husband was home for a little bit (in case I had breathing problems). I go back on Friday and i'm really hoping to lose these 2 hand grenades.
So at this time i'm not sure if i'm happy; truthfully i'm scared. I'm scared that my belly button will turn black and fall off (which he said may happen but it would just look like a belly button anyway). I'm also scared that I went overboard with wanting lipo and now I may have a complication because of it. The right side is a lot more red and warm than the other. He marked the borders yesterday. Left side is smaller, less red, but still warm. My goal today is to stay positive.
So yesterday I spent the morning panicking about...
- 21 Nov 2012
- 7 days post
I took solo shower #2 today with no one home; it went wonderful. Spent a lot of time in front of the mirror in the nude. I'm definitely still swollen. It looks like it's all near the scar, plus when I touch it it feels puffy and hard. I know that will take awhile to go away. When I sit I can see that nip in the waist and I really love that; I guess I have to be patient for the hourglass to fully appear. Sideways I look wide and swollen. I attempted to put jeans on and nope that's not going to work yet. I really don't want to look like a bum tomorrow at dinner!
POD 10. Feeling pretty good- the pain from the...
- 24 Nov 2012
- 10 days post
Feeling pretty good- the pain from the surgery is virtually non-existent; however, my back is a different story. I've been up and about the last 3 days and the only thing that sidelines me is the back spasms. My doctor gave me Vicodin (Percocet way too strong for me, even 1/2 dose) and that is helping. I haven't had anything for pain yet today; I usually have one in the morning from being so stiff sleeping reclined, and then one in the evening after moving around all day. I had an appointment yesterday and lost the left drain woohoo! That was the STRANGEST feeling. It hurt but it felt weird? A lot of my stomach is still numb so I felt this strong pulling sensation with little shocks of pain. I can't wait till Monday's appointment. I hope I lose the right one because I can feel it curled up inside me and its creepy. I also saw my scar and belly button for the first time and I was very shocked at their appearance. My incision looks wonderful- it isn't red or black or purple, it's just a line. He described my belly button as "cute", and it is. its just so drastically different than it looked before so my response was that it looked weird, haha. I've never seen it look so normal- no hernia, and no stretched out navel piercing. Dr Aguiar is truly an artist. Every day I get a better glimpse of the final masterpiece.
POD 13- got my right JP drain out yesterday......
- 27 Nov 2012
- 13 days post
POD 17- Well, just when I was feeling great I got...
- 1 Dec 2012
- 17 days post
Well, just when I was feeling great I got a cold, so I have spend the last 3 days coughing and sneezing. NOT FUN. Now my incision is really sore. Every time I feel a fit coming I drop down with my arms hugging my stomach and try my best to make every cough count. It's just a freaking tickle! But it spawns the most violent coughing spells. I've been living on robitussin and zicam nasal spray. I had to take a percocet the other night (only half) just to pass out so I wouldn't cough. I was getting worried my incision would blow open but of course, it's not, it just feels like that. Fun. I had to change my own BB dressing the other day because when I got out of the shower water had gotten behind the tegaderm and it swelled up like a balloon. Luckily I still had some xeroform left over from my 24 inch boxjump attempt gone awry. It looked gross and felt awkward packing my own wound. I HATE WOUND CARE. I do it all the time but it's really hard to get used to seeing people's bones sticking out and having to poke a giant q-tip down there to measure. I changed it again today just to make sure the tape I used wasn't wet underneath and it looked much better! It had this black stalk looking thing like babies do and the whole outer circumference was pink and healing nicely :) I have an appt on Monday morning. I hope I can start trying to stand up straight (and have some adult fun with my hubby).
Questions to those currently recovering:
At what timeframe could you fully stand up straight without a pulling sensation?>
When did your surgeon tell you you could start standing up straight? I see so many pics of people standing up straight at a week or so post op and i'm pulled so tight I can't even SIT up straight without pulling, let alone stand.
POD 19- got the go ahead to start standing up...
- 3 Dec 2012
- 19 days post
I can't sit still very long- so I decided to go to...
- 4 Dec 2012
- 20 days post
My question is, anyone having trouble eating? As in, eating a plateful or large amount of food? I just can't seem to eat. I have zero appetite. If I eat breakfast I have to force myself to eat something mid afternoon. And forget dinner. 1-3 bites and I'm finished. I'm wondering if this is just a post op thing or is it maybe that I'm pulled so tight I feel like I have no room to expand?
It's been about 5 months. Here is where I...
- 19 Apr 2013
- 5 months post
Best decision I ever made. I am so unbelievably happy with my body I can't stand it. Last weekend was the first time I ever went to the beach and didn't keep my stomach covered by a towel or shirt. WOW!
My scar is ehh. It's about 17 inches long and the sides are very thin; however in the middle I had had some trouble with temp stitches so there's a keloid. I've been using ScarFx tape and Kelo-care. It's very soft, but still red/purply looking.
I'm also numb. Imagine yourself with 6 pack abs, that's the entire area i'm numb, where all the squares are (that's what my son calls them.) I don't really mind it except when I have an itch that I can't scratch because I can't feel myself scratching but i'm still itching! Or when my stomach is touching something- I can feel the pressure but not on my skin so it's weird.
So.....now I want boobs. I wanted the whole package but I thought if I just get my stomach fixed maybe I won't care about saggy nursing boobies. But, low and behold, gotta get them boobies too. Geez my kids did a number on me.
I found Dr. Aguiar through my insurance company. Very meticulous and friendly, and spends a lot of time with you. Every visit i've had with him I have felt reassured that I made the right decision.