My TT Journey with Necrosis, Debridement, Holes & a Wound Vac... oh my! - Temecula, CA

This has to have been the scariest surgery for me,...

This has to have been the scariest surgery for me, why.... cause I chose to have it! Thank goodness for the valium the night before, otherwise I'm sure I wouldn't have slept a wink.

My surgery was scheduled first thing in the morning, yay, so I wouldn't have all day to be scared, anxious, excited... scared some more. lol We show up to the place where the TT is to be performed & I'm taken back to change & have my IV put in. The lady doing my IV stuck me and said she hit a brick wall (ouch) so she was going to try my other hand. She stuck me in my other hand and said the same thing, wiggled the needle around inside (yah, that felt great) and said that she thinks shes got it. She put a whole bunch of tape on it cause it wasn't dripping right. Then they called my husband back. My IV stopped dripping completely so I asked him to let one of the nurses know, she came over (checked nothing) and said that it wasn't supposed to be because its turned off. Wrong! Anyhow, so then they have hubby leave cause its time to wheel me into the surgery room. As they're wheeling me back the nurse tells the anesthesiologist that we may have a problem with my IV and he says that he can't have a bad IV and that he may need to change it out. Once in the operating room and on the operating table the anesthesiologist starts wiggling my IV around to try to get it working right. He wrapped it around my ring finger and I remember looking up at it and seeing that it wasn't dripping consistently and wanting to just get up & leave. That's the last thing I remember.

I woke up in recovery, everything was great! They said they were going to call my hubby to come & pick me up. YAY! And then it happened.... I started feeling like I couldn't breathe. The nurse tried to reassure me that I couldn't breathe because I had a binder on me... wrong! Then the coughing started. At first I had them hand me tissues to spit what I was coughing up into. It was blood. By the time hubby got there I was couching and spitting the blood into the bowl & they had me on oxygen. Even with the oxygen at 10 my O2 saturation was only at 85! They gave me a breathing treatment and morphine (not sure why they gave me that). A nurse came by and asked the other nurse why I was so sleepy and she said she didn't know why. Then she asked me & I said cause she gave me morphine! The anesthesiologist came in to show me a breathing exercise to make my O2 saturation jump up. He said, now watch the screen, its crazy how much its going to go up. Every time I did it (which he had me do it like 5 times) my O2 saturation dropped.... whoops. Looks like that didn't work! After a while I was able to breathe on my own & released that Friday afternoon / evening.

Once home I couldn't eat much but I made sure I was taking all my pills and still the injections of lovenox (ouch those hurt & I was so glad when I was done with them!). The only pill giving me any issue was the gel capsule antibiotic. It kept irritating my throat and causing me to cough (btw, coughing after surgery is not only not suggested, its really painful!). We called my doc and she said that we could break open the capsule and put it in food but that didn't work, it tasted horrid! Saturday I was doing good, talking on the phone, walking around the house and sleeping in the automatic recliner. Sunday I couldn't breathe again. :( We called the doc and she wanted us to go to the emergency room at the affiliated facility of where I had my procedure done, but I really didn't want to go. I sat for a while on the toilet (just sitting there) and it seemed that sitting in a more upright position, I was actually able to breathe. Come to find out that sitting reclined back in the recliner when I had possible fluid in my lungs / chest probably wasn't a good thing! lol Never had a breathing problem after that!

Went to my first PO appointment where I almost fainted when the doc removed my binder! lol Its so weird to have it removed at first. I suggest laying down at least that first time when they remove it.

Not really sure when I actually got diagnosed with the necrosis but the doc knew pretty much at the first PO appointment that there may be an issue, it was just a matter of my body struggling and the affected area really declaring itself.

Its been a barrage of doctors appointments ever since.

I made it a personal goal of mine that I would not ask for either of my drains to be removed because my doctor told me that I would have them for 6-8 weeks due to my TT being such a large one (almost 12 pounds removed). On July 15th one drain was removed, the doctor also removed the tape (I wasn't allowed to shower so it wasn't coming off on its own) and after consulting with her peer, she did some debridement which is when my first hole appeared.

After more debridement that hole became much bigger on July 26th and we found out why my other drain wouldn't hold suction... it was exposed within the hole so it had to be removed. After that debridement I was told (doing wet to dry gauze, which we bought in bulk because we needed so much!) that I am going to be amazed at how much better this is going to look in 2 weeks.

Just a few days later (Aug. 2nd) I went into the doctors office and left with two huge holes. Not the amazing results I was expecting in the least!

So of course, now I'm starting to doubt my PS. I think she's in over her head. I did some more research on necrosis & debridement because at this point I just didn't want to be cut any more! Come to find out... that is not the answer at all. The debridement actually helps to speed the process up even though it seems like you're going backwards and not healing, all this bad tissue needs to be removed so that the good tissue down under it can multiply and fill it all in. During my research I discovered wound vacs and I brought it up to my PS who agreed that we should look into that. We went to a wound clinic on Aug. 8th. Not actually having the wound vac yet, Edith, at the wound clinic took measurements and packed my wounds (the two holes & where my belly button was supposed to be) with Hydrophera Blue. The very next day my hubby was laid off. :(

Time for the wound vac! On Monday Aug. 12 the wound vac came in and off to the wound clinic we went to have it put in. For the most part it's not painful but there is this one part that hurts so bad! It feels like I'm being stabbed in my open wound with a hot soldering iron! Lately the sponges have been getting stuck in my wounds because my body is healing that fast! The results from the wound vac are amazing! I've had it on for almost 3 weeks and everybody can tell that there's a huge difference in the size of the holes. We do sponge changes on Mon, Wed & Fri and those are the days that I get to shower... yay! Much better than the 52 some odd days I went without a shower before getting the wound vac!

Not sure how much longer I will need it (Sara from KCI, the maker of the wound vac, thinks mid to end of September but Edith at the wound clinic thinks end of October or November!) but I'm hoping to be healed by Halloween, my favorite holiday and my birthday is the next day. I am drinking my greens daily where I get 24 servings of fruits & vegetables and trying to keep my protein at 90 grams a day to help healing. The protein proves difficult at times due to it taking up so many of my allotted calories each day but I've recently found a protein powder that will give me 30 grams of protein for 125 calories... not bad! Oh, and its supposed to taste good too, looking forward to trying it.

Oh, and even though hubby getting laid off was a bad thing, it couldn't have happened at a better time. Dorothy at KCI said that we qualify for 100% of the wound vac charges to be free! This could have cost us $50 a day even with our blue cross blue shield insurance!

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Glad to hear you are on the road to recovery. This is the first story I have read with the necrosis. Was this just from the large amount of skin removed!? So glad u are back on the healing side an hope the results become better for you
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From the research I've done about necrosis, I think it was a combination of things. The amount taken and my history of smoking. While I only smoke once a week (when we go out for drinks) you can't help but notice that every time necrosis is brought up, so is smoking. I don't think that the PS took too much skin / excess, I just think that because it was such a vast area, that I just didn't have good blood flow in the area that was left. Thank you for reading my review... sorry about it being so long. lol

3 weeks with the wound vac / just over 11 weeks PO

Everything is going well, wound vac is kicking butt! I'd be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to the day that I would become cordless though! lol

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Hi honey, I'm sooo very sorry that you have had such a hard time. I can honestly say I understand your pain. My surgery was July 9th & I'm still on my journey to my 2 weeks of awesome results. I have been hospitalized twice. I know it's hard but your headed towards the home stretch. Stay positive & speak positive results over your life. I had to start seeing the glass as half full instead of half empty. It takes special people to endure hardships & setbacks & girl I think we are it!!! I'm glad you shared your story often people don't share the bad only the good. Best wishes for a great recovery & a awesome figure. You look really really good inspite of your issues!!!!!
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Thank you so much. I hoped that by telling my story I could reach people, if there is a way to help prevent the necrosis or just to inform them that this is a possibility. Its kind of like when my son was born 5 weeks early & in the NICU. I was discharged from the hospital & had to leave him there... nobody expects to have a baby & leave it at the hospital! Nothing can really prepare you for that or this healing, but maybe knowing that it is possible and that others have made it through can be a comfort. I'm sorry you're having issues and have been hospitalized. Have you done a review, I'd love to hear your story. And thank you so much!
So glad to see you're well on your way to recovery! I'll keep my fingers crossed that you're cordless by Halloween!
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PS -

Just wanted to add that this surgery was actually a reward for me. At my highest weigh (pregnant with my son) I was 309 at 5'1.5" and 2 years after he was born I was 279. I had chest pains and was so scared that I was having a heart attack. That's when I decided to lose weight.

I was a tomboy growing up and played sports my whole life. AYSO soccer from age 5 all the way through my sophomore or junior year of high school. Played a couple of years of indoor soccer during the outdoor off season and then my freshman year in high school I lettered in Tennis, Soccer & Softball. Sophmore & junior year it was just Tennis & Soccer but I rode my bike to & from school and lived in my parents pool in the summer. After high school I played some roller hockey but shortly thereafter I became pregnant with my daughter. I had pre-eclampsia so I gained a lot of weight and never saw below 200 until she was about 16 years old!

Through diet & exercise I lost nearly 100 lbs, so this surgery was my reward for all that hard work.

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Hey girl I'm happy to know your doing much better... Take care, love to see what the outcome is...
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Thanks. I did a search on here and I'm not seeing any reviews on here of anybody with necrosis after TT and a wound vac. I would be nice to see pics of how other have healed, how long it took them and whatnot.
Hi Cali have you checked the review of '50 is about me'. She had a severe case..pls don't get scared by reading her review...but pointing u since u enquired. Have a great day!

4 weeks with wound vac - just over 12 weeks PO

We did our sponge change out today (we do it mon, wed & fri). I've been putting up pics every Monday so that anybody interested can see the healing week by week.

I don't know if its not quite as painful on my left or the fact that I've been the one taking off the tape & sponges on that side. It does seem to hurt a bit more while the wound vac is actually on though, but just every so often.

We used up the last of the white stuff we put in the holes (I call it Permagrin cause I couldn't understand what the wound clinic girl was calling it) before the sponges today. :( We're supposed to go to the wound clinic this Friday but I'm not sure whats going on with that. Last I heard from them they were calling because our insurance didn't go through... duh, hubby got laid off. We told them that. So they mentioned doing a cash in advance thing for visits... that's not gonna happen with how much we shelled out for the surgery, prescriptions, gauze and supplies for all this recovering after the surgery that we didn't anticipate!

So we shall see. The PS doesn't seem worried that we won't be going back to the wound clinic but I'd like to continue to see them. I think that a lot of my healing success is due to them. They're just more experienced with healing big wounds like mine than my PS is. We're doing all the sponge changes but we don't know what to do as it get shallower & shallower. At what point do we stop the wound vac?

So I'm hoping to see them a couple more times.

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Just trying to figure out what happened...

Researching necrosis you can't help but notice that over & over again being a smoker puts you at greater risk. Heres the problem that I have with accepting that. I only smoked when I drank and we only went out drinking once a week. So a pack of cigarettes would last me 2+ weeks!

Also, when looking up necrosis it always says midline below belly button is the place that it occurs, yet mine wounds are on either side of that.

I'm wondering if this could be a complication from my drains?

The left side (which was removed last at just over 6 weeks) was removed because my drain wouldn't hold suction because it was exposed in the hole. My right side was supposed to be ok and the PS had said that the area that was struggling was just skin deap, no holes. That drain was removed first at 4.5 weeks.

Maybe my body rejected the drains? I know many sutures had to be cut out due to them being exposed in the holes. Could my body have been rejecting the foreign objects? I dunno

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That wound vac is a damn miracle!!! That is amazing. You are getting better and better every week girl!!
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I know, its crazy! Wish I had known about it sooner. Kinda shocked that I was the one to mention it to my PS. She said she thought that would probably be a good route, but I think she should have been the one to take the lead on getting me all healed up.
Yes but I think that would have meant that there was a greater issue she probably did not want to admit to or a lot of them do not know about wound care since they rarely have issues that need it most of the time.

5 weeks with wound vac - just over 13 weeks PO

Here is my newest pic. Seems like its not progressing as fast as it was but maybe its just the camera angle or my perception. I don't know.

Found out that it would cost at least $655 plus doctors fees to go to the wound clinic without insurance... wow, right! So that's not gonna happen. Sucks but I guess my care is in the hands of my PS now. :(

Still hoping to be healed by Halloween of this year. *crosses fingers*

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Hi, Yes, yours is far worse! Necrosis is very annoying. Luckily it has not been painful for me, just itches now. I too wondered why I had it. Not a smoker at all. I'm at 6 months and so happy I did it. I know the wound will be fixed at some point and I'll be ecstatic!
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Wow!!! U are healing so well an so glad u are :-). I am hoping by 10-19 that I can go to a Halloween party but we will see my surgery is the 25 --- 7 days away!!! Hope you continue to recover well an able to go to the party!!!!
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Tomorrow is your big day! I hope the excited part is over powering the nervous part. Looking forward to reading your review.

6 weeks with wound vac - just over 14 weeks PO

This weeks it seems that my skin is growing in more. What I call "the bridge" is getting wider and on the triangle hole the top is coming down. Wonder if the skin is going to cover up the shallow parts and then my body will focus on the deeper areas closer to my incision area.

This Wednesday we go back to the PS and the KCI rep will be there so we can get her take on how my body is progressing. Last week my doctor mentioned skin graft again but said that we're not there yet. Skin graft just sounds so horrific, like I've been in some terrible accident, ugh!

We also have our family pictures on Wednesday. I'm thinking of turning off the wound vac for the pics (I was going to wait until I didn't have the wound vac anymore but we need to also get my daughters senior pictures done and my Groupon is going to expire), but I have to figure out what to do with the tubing attached to me, it can't just hang down out of my dress! lol

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I know it sounds bad but the skin Graff deal might not be a bad idea. It is healing really well. I am just really impatient I guess.
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Omg, I don't even know what to say. Your wounds seem to look a lot better since the surgery. I'm glad it's getting better, and you doing the research seems to be the key! Good luck, I'm praying for you!!!
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Yes, the wound vac is performing miracles really. I really haven't seen a case as bad as my own, it would be nice to see how others have made it through this. Oh well... hopefully my review has been helpful for some. Thank you for the prayers & luck! ;)

7 weeks with wound vac - just over 15 weeks PO

Well it seems to be getting smaller & smaller. When we went to my doctors appointment last Wednesday the other doctor in the office wanted to see it. When I showed him he was shocked at how much smaller it had gotten. He hadn't seen it since before the wound vac. He estimates it to be healed by the end of Oct or Nov but probably closer to November. :(

I also found out that my PS read my review and was none too happy about it. It was never meant as an attack on her but it is my honest feelings & take on the situation.

I'm just going to keep on focusing my energy on healing.

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Well im sure she means well, but I still honestly feel like she should have noticed the discoloration under skin way before the holes opened up. Hang in there, I know it sucks but you will heal and this will all be over soon.
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Who cares what your ps thinks.shes not the one who's had her life turned upside down in fact she may be responsible. Reviews are supposed to be factual, not whitewashed .
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Another week down

Here we are at 8 weeks with the wound vac and just over 16 weeks PO. I'm continuing with drinking my greens and keeping my protein at 90 or above. The scar tissue seems to be closing in which its looking like I'm going to have a couple of indentations from where the holes were and my belly button indentation is flattening out, so I think I'm just going to be left with a scar there as well.

We had a bad seal from the change out on Friday (10/4) so we ended up doing a change out on Sunday (10/6) which leaves us with changes on Tue/Thur/Sat this week. Nice to kinda change it up a bit and it works out for me taking a shower on Saturday when I have plans that day. yay

My PS wouldn't discuss what was covered as far as scar revision or skin graft, saying that we're not there yet. Sure would be nice to have a game plan. But would I really want / allow that anyhow... who knows.

UGH!!!!! I just want to be healed already! No more complications.... just healed! I don't think I'm being impatient. Look at how long my life has been turned upside down!

On the plus side, we have plans for the whole month of October and they even take us into the first weekend of November! Yay. I love this time of year. (sucks to wear a jacket with the wound vac though, hope I'm healed before it gets too cold)

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You are so brave. I hope it all works out soon and you finish up thrilled with your new tummy.
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Your looking good girlie!!!!! Stay strong your almost there!!!!! Keep smiling your beautiful smile!!!
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Your a strong women Just continue to be positive... You will soon fully recover and this will all be behind you.. Your results will be amazing...
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Another week closer to being done???

9 weeks with the wound vac and just over 17 weeks PO. The holes are getting smaller and smaller thanks to the wound vac. I'm a little worried though as it sounds like KCI might not be sending us out any more supplies. We only have 2 more sponge packs and when we called to order more they said that they have to sort out the "bill to" but we're supposed to be getting this for 100% free. UGH!

As much as I hate lugging this machine around everywhere... I'm not ready to get rid of it... I'm not healed yet! We're trying to come up with ways to make my packs last longer. We don't use all the sponge or tape and the canister is lasting me over a week so really its just the tubing that attaches to the sponge and to the machine. Hope this gets sorted out.

When we went to the PS today it was looking kind of yellow-y (which it had the last change out as well) so I asked her about it. She said its not an infection or anything. She scuffed it up to stimulate granulation, so that's why its bloody in the pic. Hopefully we'll see a boost in it filling in now.

Only a few weeks until Halloween so now my goal is November 12th, only because then it will have been 3 months with the wound vac (assuming that we get more supplies).

I have been sliding the wound vac machine around to the backside of me so it is more out of the way. I like it (and then its not banging against my tummy) but the wider part of the shoulder strap is then on my chest... oh well. lol I ran on my treadmill the other day when it was raining, it was nice to run without having all that extra skin & fat in my way. I'm trying to take it easy with my exercise though until I can start lifting. So really right now I'm more maintaining my weight at around 168 which is down 18 pounds since surgery. I track my calories on myfitnesspal but I'm finding it hard to track on the weekends. I try not to beat myself up about it as that wouldn't be constructive with all the stuff that I'm having to go through.

I just want to be healed.

I got a living social deal for zombie shooting so my hubby, myself & a couple of friends went over the weekend. I'll put up some pics.

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wow you have been thru a lot, praying you continue to get better, and I think I was feeling bad after surgery, bless you, I do have to say you have an awesome look now and they did good job on removing so much skin, so sorry this happened to you, I had heard it can happen but never saw it before, you are brave and kind to share your story and I am sure you will help so many out there who may have had same problem, best of luck to you, things do seem to be looking better so hope you can enjoy the holidays !
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Enjoyed your journey!I have sx on Oct.25..LIPO/BBL...So excited and scared at the same time.You look AMAZING!
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Im so glad i found your review. I go tomorrow to get my vac. I have so many questions. I do see an improvement with ur wounds so thats hopeful. Good luck to you!
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Only 10 days until Halloween

So I'm not going to make the healed by Halloween goal but I'm still hopeful that I'll be healed by our Thanksgiving camping trip. Its been nice having all these Halloween events to keep me busy. On some level it keeps my mind off of the fact that I a STILL healing from a surgery that I had over 4 months ago but on another level (like when my bag swings out of place when I bend over or when I can't just put a jacket on or off or when my wound vac wakes me up at midnight sounding like a racing motorcycle) it makes it more apparent and makes me mad.

This weekend we had the Oktoberfest and Rob Zombie haunted house mazes on Friday. Saturday we had my sons soccer game, the trunk or treat and then a friends b-day party. This coming weekend we have tickets to another haunted house and then it will be Halloween, Knotts scary farm on my b-day (nov. 1st) and the Halloween poker party here on nov. 2nd.

I love this time of year!

I finally did a side by side by side photo. I put it as my profile pic but not sure how well it can be seen. I will attach it here. I was 279 lbs, about 215 & 169, in the pics.

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Oh my, Im soo sorry your going through all of this! Your side by side pics are awesome! You came a long way! Soon you'll have your body back! Good job staying positive!
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You certainly are coming along. Congratulations on your weight loss success, you look wonderful!
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Thank you... slow & steady wins the race. lol

Time for my weekly update :)

So they're not nearly as closed as I'd like them to be... honestly the seem to have kind of stalled out to me. Or maybe its just my patience is wearing thin at this point. lol

We've been keeping really busy and having lots of fun. Halloween is our favorite holiday afterall. So Friday we went to Slaters 50/50 for the first time... YUM!! then we went to Scandia for their haunted house mazes (we had a groupon so it was only $15 for the both of us!) and I gotta say, they were awesome! Saturday we had my sons next to last soccer game (we had half time snack & after game treats) and then that night we went out for a costume contest and won for best couples costume! Looking forward to scaring the kiddies on Halloween and then dressing up in our couples costume again and hopefully wining. Then Friday November 1st is my birthday and Knotts scary farm and then Saturday is our Halloween poker party!

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as a fellow big girl who used to be bigger....lol   still losing.... for my surgery.  do you think that the fact that you had so much skin to remove is a factor in the necroses i noticed on this web site that seems to be a factor.
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I do think that was probably a contributing factor.  I really wish I had known that it was a possibility though.  I'm sure I would have still gone through with the surgery but at least I would have known what to expect, 6 months of healing!
thank you for being honest.. if i do not reach atleast 200 by 3/10i will cancel.  and lose my deposts ,  but hopefully i can move the dates....

Seems to be slowing as its getting closer to closing

This week we're on the sunday, Tuesday, Thursday change out so I'll put up a pic from sunday and from today (Tuesday).

I haven't been drinking my protein in the hopes that I will start drinking it again and I will have a boost of growth / closure / healing. I am also planning on not drinking when we go out for our weekly night out in the hopes that not only will it help the healing but also I won't want fast food when we come in at 2 or 3 am! lol

Talked to the friend of the family that also had apron surgery and ended up with a wound vac but her case seems completely different. She had about 16 lbs removed so not too far off from my 12 lbs but she had the wound vac because her incision opened up and she only had it for 6 weeks. She lost her belly button but is not worried about it as she's 67 and nobody would be seeing it anyhow. I'm not too worried about a revision on my belly button but I think my other scars and indentations are going to need something. Call me crazy but I'm thinking of asking how much lipo to my back fat / roll would be if / when I have to go under for scar revision. Of course I would want to know what any possible complications could be from it. I've just noticed that now that I'm into a size 10 jeans that it pushes this roll of fat up and with a clingy top you can really see the back fat. ugh!

Last weekend was absolutely awesome, draining but awesome! Now for some weekends of just chill time before we go out camping for Thanksgiving. Possibly going up to my in laws cabin for the long veterans day weekend.

Not sure that I'll be healed by the end of this month with the way it seems to be slowing down.... come on body, you can do this! :)

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Pics

They wouldn't post with my last update so here they are. :)

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Ur wounds are getting really small. So how long have u had to vac now? Im thankful for u sharing ur story because it made me feel less of a freak and have some hope! Im vacless this weekend. I needed more canisters so im just doing the wet dressings. do u ever go back to the wet dressings in between? I cant wait to be done w both (vac and wet dressings)!
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November 12th it will have been 3 months on the wound vac. Awwww, we're not freaks just because we didn't have the same experience as everyone else. ;) It's nice to not feel alone. I've never gone back to the wet to dry since I've had the vac. I did shut it off to take our family pics and I've shut it off temporarily when its been super loud and anoying.
Did u read what happened to me when i shut mines off? Maybe i had it off too long? But the smell and liquids that oozed out... Yuk! That noise is annoying at times. Its like a clicking sound.

Not much change so....

Doesn't seem like there was much change so I did a side by side for each month.

I saw my PS on Monday, she suggested that I keep the wound vac on for a couple more weeks and then switch to the wet to dry gauze. She said that with how small my holes are now, most people wouldn't even have a wound vac. She also compared my holes to scrapping your knee. I personally think its a bit more than a knee scrape, my right one is still definitely a hole, the left one is super small but it still has some filling in to do. I like having the option to get off the vac but I'm just not sure that would be the best thing to do right now.

Next appointment, Dec. 9th, I hope to be fully closed and to be able to talk about a scar revision and trying to get rid of this roll on my back.

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Omg poor u, uve been through the mill chick:-( keep ur head up hopefully second time round will be a lot betters 4u keep ur chin up it won't be no time at all till ur doing it all over again (hugs) x
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you have been through a challenging time. GOD Bless your continuing progress
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Thank you Cinnamon. This has really been a test for me. I would never consider myself a patient woman but really I've got no choice in this matter. lol Sometimes it is frustrating just wishing that it would heal up faster but I guess theres a reason that its slowed down. I'd rather have it heal up right, without infection than to rush it and end up having it take a few steps backwards.

Now cordless!

That's right, today I am cordless! When we went to do the wound vac change out I noticed that there was a blood blister right along the side of my right hole. We called Sara the KCI rep, sent her a pic and not only was she concerned about the yellow (which we've already asked the ps about and she said it was fine) but she also suggested to go off the wound vac for a while. She said not only would it allow the blood blister time to go away but that it would also help jumpstart the wound vacs progress because if you have it on for a long time (which I think we can all agree that I have! Lol) it can stall out. So we're doing wet to dry gauze with the gauze dipped in vinegar & saline. Cross your fingers everyone, I don't want to get an infection or regress but it sure is nice being cordless!

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You are such an inspiration to me! You have been so patient with the wound vac...seems like vac has done its job. I have only done the wet dressing. My dr gives me a solution called "dakins solution", described as bleach and saline water. Best wishes! Somehow..some way. One day this will all be history.
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My wound vac sista! We are both vacless now and both smell like Summers Eve! Lol! Im doing the vinegar saline wet dressing too. I think some time off the vac will help you too. I feel like i notice a difference. This too shall pass and im praying for ya cuz ur making such great progress and ur my inspiration so u have to no question about it!
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Hi Cali, your so close to the end! I hope the rep was right and the once you put the vac back on it will finish closing! So what caused the blood blister? My skin is starting to get very irritated around the edge of the plastic dressing, i hope it doesnt get any worst. Im going back to see my original surgeon next month to set a date to close mine. So hopefully it will be soon! Im a little worried since he wants to pull more skin down, like a mini tuck which seems aweful! But it will leave me with no scar, but im worried he will have to redo my belly button. My swelling is so bad that it made my belly button look like a flat line rather then a circle :(
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I made it!

First time showering with open wounds since the jaws incident where I started bleeding like crazy and screaming for hubby!

Last night when we changed out the wet / dry gauze hubby actually said that it looked like the floor of the hole had actually come up... and that was just from this morning! Really loving being without the wound vac, I feel so much more like my normal self, just able to jump up and do things without lugging the bag along.

It dawned on me this morning... I haven't named my holes yet, so here's what I've come up with: tweedle dee & tweedle dum, Tom & Jerry, Thing I & Thing II, Wylie Coyote & The Roadrunner. Any suggestions?

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i have been on the vac pack for a week now, my wound is not painful but the skin around it is extremely painful, I can't stand up straight, its as if the plastic drape is so tight, it keeps me awake at night and really restricts what I can do, did any of you have the same problem?
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You such a brave amazing person who through all this has a positive attitude and such wit! Thank you so much for sharing your story and my suggestions are Bonnie and Clyde, wonder twins, cagney and lacey, laverne and shirley...:)
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Awesome names! So hard to choose! I'm thinking Bonnie & Clyde. :) Bonnie being the smaller one cause its ladies first! :P

Introducing... Bonnie & Clyde!

Thanks for your help in identifying these two bandits! Bonnie is of course the smaller one (on my left) because its ladies first (for closing) and Clyde is the bigger one (on my right).

My husband says that its really filling in using the wet to dry gauze with vinegar. I am concerned about the yellow, especially when we're going out camping but my ps had said that it was fine when she saw it in October.

Anyhow, take a look a the pics... big difference, right!

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Hi caticat what is ur email address
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I sent you a PM with my email address.
Hello CaliKat. I'm so glad I found your post. I am 3 weeks post op and I'm afraid I may have Necrosis. My pics are very similar to yours where it began as a small red/black circle and now I have a large 1x3" hole forming. Doc says there is no infection and suggest giving it 10-15 days before he decides on treatment. I'm really scared. Reading that there is someone out there that has experienced it as well, plus your positivity, helps so much. I will try to post some pics soon. :(
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Yellow every where!

So camping was great, felt like my old self... less a bunch of skin & fat though. Had to take in my buggy seatbelt a lot!

Didn't use the wound vac at all, still not. Thinking about seeing if I can get in to the ps this week because the yellow is every where now. She had said that it wasn't an infection but that it was my body finishing up. I hope that's still true. I have actually felt it when washing in the shower (and oh how I love being able to take a shower every day now!) and it feels kind of rough, like fried egg yolk. Its definitely not liquid-y or oozing.

In October when I set my monthly appointment for November I though I could be healed by then but that didn't happen. I thought for sure in November when I set my appointment for December that I would definitely be healed... looks like wrong again! I don't know whats going on with my healing... its been almost 6 months since my surgery! I'm wondering also, why do we have to wait for this to completely close??? Isn't this all going to be cut away during a revision?

I'm ready to start really working out and lifting weights so hopefully my ps will give me the thumbs up on that.

Hope everybody had a great T-day... now its time to get ready for Christmas! :)

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you are so strong for going thru this, maybe they want it to completely heal so no problems for when they do the revision? anyway you have had a tough go of it, I know you are glad to be rid of belly but wow you have been thru a lot, thinking of you
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Cali, So glad you could get away and think of something other than your wound. It really helps to take my mind off for a little while at least. What an ordeal you have been through and how exciting to be so close to the end. I have a feeling my bout with necrosis is just beginning. I have to admit though I'm a little worried. My PS said no wound vac or wet/dry vinegar treatment. He did the debridement and said to keep sanitized with spray and ointment and bandaged up. Never to pack the hole. Then he wants to see me about closing it up. I'm so worried that my wound is too new to do that and I might end up with necrosis again. Can someone look at my pics on my profile and give me your take as far as what you did at this stage? My doc is being so accommodating, I want to trust him and his treatment. I'm just second guessing everything. Today I cried for the first time. I'm just not sure if this is all worth it. :(
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Luvmy3.... I checked out ur pics... That does look like necrosis. U will definitely benefit from a debridement. Im not a dr so i only know what methods have worked for me and the debridement, wet/dry dressings and the wound vac.

Bye bye yellow

So I went to the PS today and she cut away the yellow. She thinks that Bonnie will close up and is hoping that Clyde will come together some more from the edges which are granulating. Apparently the yellow was a protective layer that my body put down but she said she didn't want it on there. She would also like me to go back to the wound vac, even if just only at night, on Clyde only... Bonnie is too small for that. Oh and no more wet to dry and definitely no more vinegar, vinegar is an antibacterial but its also a drying agent and open wounds need to be somewhat wet. So now we're using antibacterial ointment (like Neosporin) and possibly the wound vac at night.

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I know you will be so glad to get rid of Bonnie and Clyde, lol, do Bonnie and Clyde gets Christmas presents this year or possibly a lump of coal, on serious note so glad you are doing so much better, I know I freaked out when I was healing and didn't even have complications so cant imagine what you have been thru ! again best wishes to you
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Thanks for the support. I'm just hoping that Bonnie and Clyde won't be joining us for Christmas. lol
Looks like you are making so much progress! I'm so happy for you it been such a rollercoaster. I have learned so much from your post... I believe I am truly prepared now....smooches!
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Bonnie & Clyde go their seperate ways

So its time for Bonnie & Clyde to go their separate ways. Clyde with the wound vac and Bonnie with ointment & a bandaid. It should be interesting to see how they progress using different treatments.

The PS had asked if I could use the wound vac at night so that it wouldn't bother me too much but I'm not one to do things half assed so I'm using it day & night. We put it back on Tuesday night, changed it out Thursday morning and I will take it off either Friday night or Saturday morning. Depending on the progress that Clyde has made, I may or may not put it back on, on Sunday.

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you are a trooper...going through all of this, taking the time to share your experience and maintaining a real positive attitude. NO ONE should complain after seeing what you have gone through! Hang in there!
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Thanks Jen... I think the end is in sight! YAY
me too !

Question

Anybody else experience a bit of leakage when you run (not really jog, but more of a run) or do jumping jacks?

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Hey chica! Hows the progress w the 2 types of wound care?
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Well I can sure tell a difference when I use the wound vac. I was off of it all weekend due to a santa pub crawl that I went on. I was planning on not ordering any more supplies but Clyde isn't to where Bonnie was before we stopped the wound vac so we got one last box of small sponges. I don't plan on being on the wound vac after Christmas eve. :)
you mean leak, like your bladder? I do also when on trampoline
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Sorry its been a while....

Just been trying to get back into the swing of things with working out.

I was unable to continue with the wound vac since last week because the supplies were back ordered but they said they would be here on Thursday. They didn't come until Monday! I had told myself that I was only going to use the vac until Thursday 12/19 but Clyde wasn't as small as I was wanting him to be so I had planned to continue until Christmas morning and then the gift to myself for Christmas was no more vac. Which might have worked if the supplies weren't delayed... ugh! Soooooo.... last night we put the vac on, then took it off in the morning so I could work out and go about my day. We just put it back on about an hour ago. Not sure how much longer I'm going to be able to hang with it so that's why I'm just trying to have it on when its not inconvenient for me or my life.

Still trying to get back the $2300 dollars that we overpaid by because our insurance has a set rate for in network providers and Dr. Kim is an in network provider. Been working on that for 3+ months now!

Ready to start talking revision and get this hole business behind me! My surgery was over 6 months ago and I've been healing from it ever since. WOW!

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Have you ever heard of Medihoney???? I hear it cures wounds from the inside out and I have read about sever people that used its on infected holes. truly worth looking into. It comes in paste and bandages
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PLEASE check this out http://www.amazon.com/MEDIHONEY-WOUND-PASTE-Size-1-5/dp/B002GO73CQ/ref=cm_rdp_product
good to hear from you, wow 6 months of healing, I would probably be nuts by now, but you don't have a choice and things are moving in the right direction, I know you cant wait to get this all behind you ! best wishes as always
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Bringing back the vac

So I saw the doc today, she scrapped away the layer of yellow skin crust and suggested putting the vac back on for as long as I could stand it. So hubby and I put it on when we got home and I'm going to see how / if I can just detach it for my workout.

Clyde is getting smaller, Bonnie is almost gone. So that's good but it just seems so slow going.

Doc said that she like that the scar tissue isn't as hard as it used to be. I've been massaging it in the shower so that must be helping. She also said that I may have my belly button underneath the skin. Still no talk of revision. We were going to talk with Lisa about the $2300 but she was serving on jury duty. Guess we'll have to call about that next week.

Next appointment is about 3 weeks from now. Ordered what I hope to be the last wound vac supplies that I'll need. *fingers crossed*

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Hey girl! Coming to check u out and i see ur soooooo close!! My wound vac is completely gone. I wish i knew u needed extra supplies cuz i had a bunch of the sterile foam inserts but u turned them in. Almost there!!
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Not "u" but "i"
You are so close cat!
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What to do, what to do???

Saying that I am OVER having the wound vac would be an understatement at this point. Lol It has been 5 months on the vac, I think I've pretty much given it my all. So my plan was to put it on tuesday morning after my workout and keep it on until Thursday morning (i dont usually workout on wednesdays) when I would take it off for my workout and leave it off for good. But here's the dilema. Its being super loud. Last night I tried putting it under my bed. I tried sleeping at the other end of the bed, finally I put ear plugs in. Ugh! So obviously it's not gonna make it until tomorrow morning. I have errands to run today and I really don't want to bring along my machine that kinda makes it sound like I'm passing gas. Lol So its gotta come off. Not sure if / when I'll be putting it back on though. Here's the latest pic of Bonnie & Clyde, may they soon either ride off into the sunset or be sent to their eternal resting place!

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Hi! I am having the same problem. I am 2 months post op and have a huge open wound that I am treating with wet to dry dressings using Dakins solution. My dr said I need the wound vac but I don't have insurance and can't afford the cash payment ($1650 a month). This is so depressing as my dr told me it will take me 3 times as long to heal without the vac. It's so depressing.
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We couldn't afford it either and then we lost our insurance when my husband was laid off but KCI had us fill out a form and we qualified for it to be fully covered through a donation from some company. I'm planning on finding out what company so that I can write them a letter of appreciation. Try contacting KCI and tell them what's going on.
Wow! That is awesome that it worked out for you. I probably will contact them and see if I can at least get some fort of cash discount. Thanks got the tip!!! One more thing; are you able remove the vac when needed yourself and put it back on? I ask bc I have a family event coming up in march and don't want to attend it not being able to conseal the vac.

Lets see where we're at tomorrow.

So tomorrow I have an appointment with my PS to scrape away any yellow. Last week she did that and also cut the hole bigger to freshen up the edges. Well the circumference hasn't shrunk back down so I don't think we'll be doing that again. Hubby says it has gotten shallower though. After my appointment with her we are going to meet with Dr. W to discuss how much we over paid by and how this is going to be fixed. We've been trying to get that settled since September! But I guess that's not as bad as healing from a surgery for 8 months and still not being closed! Lol Hopefully there will be some resolution tomorrow but at least this hole is no longer holding me back (except from submerging in water).

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Oh sweetie I hope it will be over soon. Been through so much. Your a very strong woman. Only gets better from here!!!
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I hope everything goes well for you tomorrow...will keep you in my prayers and wish Bonnie and Clyde well.... :)
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Wow. What a journey it has been. I know what you mean about the scraping away and the feeling that you are going the wrong direction. Ughugh. What do you mean about overpaying? Do you mean because of the whole mess of recovery? I was naive and thought drs did revisions for no charge. More ugh. You have been through so much and seem to have such a a sweet hubby. I wish you all the best from here out. You have been stronger than anyone should have to be.
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Bad appointment....

So I won't be going back to Dr. Kim and I don't suggest that anybody else go there either. She is now lying saying that she told me not to smoke 6 weeks before & 6 weeks after the surgery. This is a blatant lie! I have done everything I could possibly do to make sure that I would get the best results possible from this surgery. Why would I sabotage it all by smoking when I was told not to. That makes no sense, especially given that I only smoked once a week and it wasn't hard to switch over to a no nicotine e-cigarette.

So I was told today that not only did we pay the exact amount that we should have whether this procedure went through insurance (like we requested repeatedly) or we paid cash like we did but also that she would not be doing a revision because she can't operate on somebody who doesn't trust her. So I'm left with a hole, massive scars going from where my belly button should be all the way down to my incision line, no belly button and that's totally fine with A1 Cosmetic Surgery. WOW! How terrible! Where is the pride in their work, where are their ethics?!?1?

I'm gonna go cry now.

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Wow...your doc isn't doing a revision? I'm so sorry you've been thru so much! I pray you get it fixed so you can feel good about your tummy! You still look beautiful and should be proud!
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I hope bonnie and clyde finally took their leave??
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Bonnie is doing well, she's closed and the indent doesn't seem quite as deep but Clyde is a stubborn old coot that just doesn't seem to be making any changes. UGH! I have a mud run coming up in a couple of weeks. Guess I'll just have to tape down some tegaderm and cross my fingers. lol

Sorry I haven't posted

But theres really no change. I'm still not closed! Almost a year later. :( I actually had a dream about not being closed and that a lawyer was going to fight for me because I shouldn't have been left like this. I get so tired of having to take care of Clyde, clean him out in the shower, gauze & cover him everyday. It would be so nice to just be able to be normal by now. And now summer is coming and I won't be able to go in a pool or lake or ocean... again! ugh!

All I can hold on to is that Karma is a mother *@%$&. I've been done wrong and those that have done me wrong will get theirs... 10 times over!

On a more pleasant note, it the Temecula Balloon & Wine Festival this weekend. We volunteer at the mainstage beer booth every year, so I'm really looking forward to that. My shirt size is different this year and I don't have to worry about the sweating & heat rash under my apron. YAY! Oh... and I'm down to a size 6. :) Pre-op I was a 16/18.

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size 6???? wow well done, show us some pics :-)
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I'm so sorry you've been through all this, it must have been stressful and scary. I'm glad you had your lovely husband to support you though. One thing I don't get and that's why the eff the hospital gave you morphine when you had blood oxygen problems!! Morphine acts as a sedative, in this case it depresses your breathing. No wonder your sat was so low. Did they ever find out where the blood came from? I wonder if they injured you with the intubation? No way of knowing now :(
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Yah, I didn't get that either. I was just so glad that the bleeding stopped, I was able to breathe and I was out of there! lol Thats why when my plastic surgeon suggested that I go back, I was so reluctant. I felt like I had barely made it out of there with my life, why would I ever go back? lol I think it was from the intubation also. Scares me to ever go under the knife again.

Pics

Here are some pics. They range in size from probably size 10-6. Usually its just selfie pics so not full body and it seems that I don't have many full body pics. lol Although I've been told that my pics don't do me justice at all. lol

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Wow! What a journey, I'm so sorry your PS has let you down so badly. But you are looking fab in your after pictures, I hope you eventually get it all sorted. Thanks for sharing your story xx
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Oh My you look fantastic what a difference and although you have gone through hell And been let down by your PS, you will heal, And looking at you in The last pic your smile says it all, it was so worth it!!!!!!
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Update... why yes, I'd love to buuuuuttttt

I so want to update on here but knowing that my previous PS has access to this, I'm just not sure if that would be the wisest thing to do.

Clyde is still with me and actually he looks bigger than the last pic I saw of him in a previous review from the end of february. So here's another summer without being able to go in a pool, lake or to the beach!

Went from a 16/18 pre op to a 6/8 post op... I wonder if there's enough tissue to fix this scarring. (I know the answer to this as I'm sure Dr. Kim does as well)

Wish I could share more.

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So sorry you have had to go through so much. I hope you get it resolved to your satisfaction and not settle for less. You look gorgeous and have come so far.
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Seriously???

Did realself just lose my update. :(

Short version. $18,000 to fix me. My scar tissue has attached to my muscle causing pain. :( My hole is about the size of a quarter but under the unattached skin it's about the size of a silver dollar. This doc seems to think it will take one month to heal but after that quote i doubt we'll be seeing him again. Sad that I suffer and my doctor doesn't even care.

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Oh I feel for you! You seem a strong woman. I just hope for you that everything is resolved.
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I hope things get better for you and sorry you had to go through all that too.
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You are such a brave, strong, phenomenal woman who deserves only the best! Hopefully, you will find a great PS who can help you heal. Until then keep a watchful eye on Clyde. Chin up beautiful!!!
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Amazing

It's amazing the results I'm getting now that I'm no longer doing the hydrogen peroxide and neosporin that Dr. Kim had me doing.

I will never tire of being called the incredible shrinking woman!

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Cross your fingers RealSelf!!!!

I emailed "Botched"! I'm really hoping that they see my case as one that they'd like to feature on their show.

My daughter graduated this year and turned 18. She was planning to go in the Navy after graduation but that idea seems to have stalled out now.

I will be coaching my sons AYSO soccer team this year so of course I had to get a pic with the Budweiser box soccer guy. :)

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I will have you in my prayers that things work out for you and they take your case on the show.
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Botched on camera audition!!!

Botched called me back yesterday, I have an on camera interview on Monday 8/4!! I'm so excited! Please wish me luck, I'm sure that they have hundreds of people to choose from and it looks like about only 12 make it on the show each season. :]

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I hope they take on your case and give you back a body you deserve xx
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Thank you so much! I would really like to just be able to get back to my normal life. I see everybody with these amazing results and moving on with their lives and I'm just kinda stuck here in limbo-land.
Thank you Tessa! How fun would it be to see somebody from realself on the show!

Botched outfit

This is the outfit that I'm planning on wearing for the on camera audition on Monday. I put in a call to get my hair done. I don't mind my roots (in fact I like a little bit of root showing) but I'm sure it wouldn't look good for the show.

My friend said they're going to think I had breast augmentation and they went too big. lol

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Wow. You had me sucked in your entire journey. I really hope you get on the show and get what you deserve.
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Thank you marah, I hope so too! It's times like this that make me so glad that I shared my story. Realself has given me so much useful information and I'm glad that I can give back. :)
I hope you get on the show, and shame on your PS to desert you like that,good luck.
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Surprised at what they're surprised about...

I'm amazed that what people who see my current pics are most shocked about is, not my scarring, not my alien belly without a belly button, but my Ken doll FUPA! Once they work up the courage, thats what they always comment on and ask me why its like that. I honestly don't know... botched much?!?!? I look forward to the day when I can look in the mirror and see a normal looking womans body.

Tonight is my twenty year high school reunion. The contrast between my beautiful cocktail dress and what lies underneath is crazy. Good thing I didn't go to some crazy california nudist school! lol

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Have you heard anything back Abt being on Botched? I sure hope they accept you and get you to where you should have been to begin with.
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I haven't heard anything yet. I think i should hear back from them in September if I'm chosen. Thank you so much for the well wishes. :)
You look really awesome in your outfit! I hope your audition goes well and have a wonderful night tonight!!! Hugs!!!!
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Headed to the reunion

Hubby and I were headed to my 20 year reunion. This is also the dress that I wore for the Botched audition.

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I meant "I hope u get a call back".
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Well, I just read your whole story and I have been touched in a way that has changed my way of thinking about Ps. I also emailed botched a few weeks ago and didn't hear back because I'm not happy and I'm in need of scar revision, however after reading your story I hope u get picked and eventually I will pay for a revision. You deserve it more. I hope I get a call back.
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Aww... thank you so much for taking the time to read my enormously long story. lol I don't realize how long of a story it is and all the little things I've gone through until I go back and take a look at it. It means so much to me to have wonderful people like yourself routing for me. I hope that you end up with the results you were looking for and deserve. I'm off to read your story now. :)

Working out too hard???

I'm thinking that I might be depleting my body of too many calories & protein needed to heal. For the past couple of months I was working out everyday and netting about 1000 calories a day (I used myfitnesspal but imput my food calories and cardio (not the lifting of weights that I do), so I'm not sure how accurate my net calories are). I just started back on protein shakes to try to increase my protein but I'm thinking that I might need to cut back on my workouts. I also just started back with drinking my greens that get me something like 22 servings of fruits and vegetables.

My husband thinks that I shouldn't be trying to lose weight while my body is trying to heal but I was really wanting to get into the 140's. But if that's what is making my body lag on healing... well then I'll just maintain at the 153-155 that I'm at. It's still over 30 down since my surgery. :)

Still waiting for a referral to go through so that I can be seen at a wound care clinic because wouldn't these all be great questions for a doctor actually trained in this field instead of Dr. Google! lol

Thanks for the support everyone! Hope you're all healing well or healed and loving your results! :)

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Updated pic

It seems Clyde isn't changing at all to me but I guess the proof is in the pics so I took this last night.

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what a journey Iam so sorry about all the rocks on your way, but you are strong and positive woman, I will pray for you fast recovery, you loosed so much weight and after all the bump on the road look happy, hey still alive, drink a lot of vitamin C (strongest dose on the market I think is 1000mg) to help your tissue recover fast and build more healthy tissue. went this is all over do you planned to have a revision surgery, keep us posed about your progress and thank you for sharing your story with us. God Bless You
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Thank you so much for the prayers and kind words. I do plan to get a revision, hoping that will be done through the awesome E! channel show named Botched. I will definitely keep you posted. :)
Wow! I just read your story and I feel so bad that you've had to go through all of this. I must say that it doesn't surprise me that your PS has turned on you and for that alone there would be no way in hell I would let her touch me for anything else. Sad thing is though, now you would basically have to pay full price to get her "botched" job fixed. And who has that kinda $ laying around after all the 'extra' expenses you've had to endure because of all the problems you've had? Anyway, I hope your healing is still coming along. And I agree with your husband, get your protein in and worry about the weight loss later. Even though its easier said than done. I will join in with the others here and pray for you daily. I'm not sure if a lawyer is the answer, but it might not hurt to check into that. Stay strong and keep being positive
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New pics

I actually feel like Clyde is closing up, which is amazing since I still haven't seen a doctor because I'm still waiting on my referral!

I do have to admit that it hurt quite a bit, over this labor day weekend, to see my family and friends swimming and playing in the pool while I had to sit on the sidelines. At one point I came out of my friends house to see all the ladies bonding together by jumping in the pool together so I went back in her house and had a couple of oreo's. :( Not something I would usually eat but it helped fill the void for the moment.

I shared my story with everybody there and showed them my pics and scars. They all just sat there in awe. Everybody always says that I should get a lawyer, wish it was that easy.

So it's September now... hoping to get that million dollar, you've just won the lottery, call from Botched saying that I've been chosen to be on the show! :)

Happy planning, healing or living life everyone! :)

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OMG!! It is, you are so close!!
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I feel like the little engine that could... I think I can, I think I can. lol
Good things happend to people that pray and believe in God, he is listening to you desperate heart and people around you that pray for your recovery. Hey you go your prayer have an answer. Thank you Lord.
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Got my referral... yay!

Finally got my referral and an appointment to actually have my wound treated. I go in tomorrow 9/9/14 to the rehabilitation center / wound clinic. Hopefully they will have answers to my questions of how to get this wound to heal up... finally!

I'm continuing to have my protein at 105+ daily and only worked out tuesday & thursday of last week but did get in a hike yesterday. I'm taking Skin, Hair, Nails and Orac Greens from the Vitamin Shoppe and have just added 500mg of L-Arginine. I clean my wound in the shower with dial gold and then clean it with a q-tip and wound wash when I get out of the shower. Sometimes I put Eucerine on it, sometimes I put the brown perscription and sometimes I use the white perscription. So it will be nice to finally be under the care of a wound care specialist who can tell me exactly what I need to be doing and what I need to be avoiding. YAY! :)

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Glad to hear you got your referral! Any calls from Botched yet? :) I take L-Arginine as well. I stop it for two weeks though after taking it a month so my body doesn't get used to it. If your body gets used to it, you will have to keep upping your dose. :)
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Thanks Amy, I didn't know about my body building up a tolerance to it. Hoping to be healed up before it has the chance to though. Lol No word from Botched yet, hoping that no news is good news. I have seen that a lot of people have submitted their stories and have not heard back at all so I'm glad that made it to the interview. :)

Wound care clinic... oh how I've missed you

Why is it sideways???
So glad that the wound care clinic at Riverside Regional Medical Center was able to get me in so quickly. As expected they said the wound is very clean and fairly superficial, then I showed them what it used to look like and how slowly its been progressing lately. I told them how it's been 15 months since my surgery and about 14 months since Bonnie & Clyde came to visit and I'm really ready for Clyde to be on his way now! lol

They were so great! The doctor checked and it doesn't seem that my wound goes under my skin anymore... yay! He set up to see me in a month and says that I should be healed by then. If not, then there are other products that we can look at to help me heal. He also mentioned using a type of skin graft that doesn't come from me but said that would be a last resort.

He said that working out should be fine, just don't do anything that would stress / strain that area. I also found out that I shouldn't have been cleaning it so much or leaving it open. They said each time that you clean it or leave it open, it takes about 2 hours for the wound bed to get back to the temperature that its supposed to be at which delays healing. Who would have known! lol So they gave me a care package of supplies and told me to leave the wound covered as much as possible (2-3 days at a time if possible). Guess I'm back to no showers again... but not as extreme as when I first had the surgery (53 without a shower). I think I'll wash my hair every other day and in between I'll either sponge bathe or shower but keep my abdomin away from the shower water.

I've been piecing together my mermaid costume for Halloween. I mentioned it last year that Halloween is our favorite holiday and we start planning our costumes the day after Halloween. lol We had wanted to have me be a mermaid and my husband be a fisherman (I would be his catch), last year but with the wound vac, open wounds and no belly button... that wasn't happening. lol Hoping to be able to fulfill that this year.

Hope you're all healing well or having fun planning!

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Girl you are a trooper! Holy crap what a transition and healing journey. That would be awesome if you got on Botched, I love that show lol I'll keep reading your post, it's helpful as a Fellow Wound-Opening person lol :D
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OMG really???? cannot Wait to hear on Botched!!!!
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Great news!!! So happy they chose you. Will be looking forward to seeing your episode.
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Bye bye Clyde!

Clyde is finally riding off into the sunset and isn't it about time! I mean I know a guy doesn't like to ask for directions but heck, Bonnie has been gone for about 9 months!
Thank you all for your support... I'm so glad that this journey is almost over. :)

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I just read your journey and i wish you nothing but the best of luck!! It's so upsetting when your PS is not willing to take ownership for their own work. Regardless of what the issue can be, a doc should always be there to help their patients, not who is to blame!!
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Thank you for the luck and kind words. It has been a very frustrating road but I'm hopeful that something good will come out of it.
Wow, I just read your journey and you still manage to keep your head up. I was upset for you as I read your whole ordeal. I'm glad your finally on your way to getting much better. Keep your positive mindset! And thanks for keeping us informed on your post op journey.
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Journey coming to an end...

Thrill seekers / brave readers... please keep your hands and feet in the vehicle at all times while this journey slowly comes to an end. We hope you've enjoyed the reading and graphic pics here at Kat's journey coaster and be sure to tell all your friends. lol

Just having some fun. Looks like Clyde might not end up as clean and pretty (if you can call a scar pretty) as Bonnie but nevertheless, I'm glad to see him go.

I still have not soaked in a bath, gone swimming in a pool, jacuzzi, lake or the ocean because I would kick my own butt if it were open just enough to get an infection and cause a set back. But with fall now here, it's less of a temptation.

Halloween is coming and I'm sure I will be healed up in time for that. Come to think of it.... last year when I was hoping, wishing and praying to be healed by Halloween... did I specify which year?!?!?! lol Oh well... live and learn.

I pretty much consider, mission heal my holes, a success. :)

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You look beautiful and scars are not who you are. You are amazing!
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Good job keeping your head up. I can only imagine you are in over the moon happy this is coming to an end. Keep the updates coming I love seeing how you are progressing!
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Thank you. If I could say just one thing that I've learned, it would be to take pics. When you see a wound often you're less likely to see the changes it's making but the proof is truely in the pics, you will see the progression there.

Wound care clinic appt

Went to the wound care clinic today. My appointment was at 11 am but check in was at 10:30 so I had to leave work early, at 10 instead of my regular time, 11:30. Turns out I could have just worked my regular hours because they didn't even take me back until after 12! A couple of people looked at my wound (one was the nice lady from my last appointment and she actually remembered me!) and said that they believe it's healed. They got a swab to see if it was tunneling but said that it looks fine and the color is great. The lady asked if I had any drainage with it, which I don't and she said that I don't need to dress it any more, just put moisturizer on it! YAY! The guy left and came back with the camera to get pics. I cracked a couple of jokes and he said that the doc would be in shortly. I ended up leaving at 12:45 without seeing the doctor. That was the latest that I could stay and still be able to eat lunch before picking up my son from school. I told them that I had to go and they said they would call if there was a need. Not how I ideally would have liked for it to have gone down, but what can you do... right.

Not sure how comfortable I am with swimming in the pool at the cub scout family camp weekend in a few days. Would hate to possibly jeopardize my health so close to my revision. Speaking of revision... I've started a revision review so I think it's finally time to not be on this journey anymore but to start a fresh new one with hopefully a better outcome than I ever could have received from my original surgeon. :) Hope to see you lovely ladies over there. :)

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Hooray!!!! Out with old on with the new!!! I'm so happy for you.
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Don't miss out on my revision journey

Here is the link to my revision journey which is just getting started and hopefully will go smoothly (crosses fingers). http://www.realself.com/review/newport-beach-ca-tummy-tuck-revision-revision-needed-after-my-tummy-tuck-left?utm_source=umnotification&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=crev&utm_content=review#/comment-2225614

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Hi Hun, Thank you soooo much for providing us with all the information. Thank God your safe : )
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Thank you. I figured that putting my story out there might help somebody else along the way.
Just read your entire review with great interest! I can't imagine going through all that you've been through! Good luck with your revision. I hope you'll get the results you were hoping for!
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Temecula Plastic Surgeon

I chose Dr. Kim because I really liked her, I thought that she was a very skilled & thorough surgeon, honest & caring. I do however feel that she was in over her head with my necrosis and that maybe there was a way that this could have been handled before it became this large of a wound. I see now that she is trying to completely blame this wound on me and smoking but find it hard to believe when smoking was not an issue to her or myself prior to surgery or thereafter. I only smoked once a week and when the lady at the wound care clinic told me after surgery that I shouldn't smoke, I easily switched over to a no nicotine e-cigarette because its the hand to mouth motion, not the nicotine that I needed. Due to the tightness I am thinking that maybe too much was taken. If you look at my before & after pics you will see that there was quite a lot removed. I think that Dr. Kim and her office should willing to fix the terrible scarring and lack of belly button as it reflects poorly on her.

1 out of 5 stars Overall rating
1 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
2 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
1 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
2 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
1 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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