Ready to Be Flat Again-Scheduled for 1-12-11 - Tennessee

I am a 27 year old, 5 ft tall, weigh in the...

I am a 27 year old, 5 ft tall, weigh in the 120's(on a good day), happily married lady with a wonderful two year old son. My pregnancy was extremely painful and difficult. I had to have injections daily to stay pregnant for the first trimester and after that I got a "lovely" assortment of issues. However, I would do it all over again for my little boy. A month before I delivered via c-section, and he was almost a month early, I measured 52" around.I weighed in at a whopping 200 lbs. I carried very low and after that measurement I no longer wanted to be measured and know what it was. :) Once he was born my "belly" hung halfway to my knees. When I was able to see myself for the first time, I sobbed. I had always been athletic and never weighed more than 110 lbs until we started trying to get pregnant. So, I have been working out and trying to eat healthy to get the weight off.I also breastfed until the week before my son's second birthday. I now weigh less than I did when I got pregnant. One thing remains...(well a few things) this horrible excuse for an abdomen, atlas looking but much faded stretch marks, and the stubborn flank fat.

So, now I am about to embark on a journey to get back my self confidence and feeling like myself. My husband is very supportive and is ready for me to feel and look like myself again. I know that I probably won't look exactly like I might have in my mind of my 21 year old body, but I know it will be a vast improvement over what I look like now. My mother is a RN and will be with me for the first few days after surgery to help my hubby and little boy. My husband will be home on leave for this because he wanted to be here. Isn't that sweet? I must admit that I am looking forward to some sleep that I haven't had much of for several years.

Yesterday was my pre-op visit and I paid my surgeon's fee. The Anesthesia and facility will be separate payments. One on the 5th and one on the 12th. I am so pleased with my Dr. so far. I had consulted others, but was left with an unsure feeling. The minute I met her I liked her. She is commanding, has presence, saw exactly what I don't like and said so before I had to explain anything. I like that she is a woman and understands the female body. She is also attractive and I feel like I will receive wonderful results in her care. The entire staff from the front desk to the surgery coordinator are lovely. They are so helpful and kind. Yesterday, the nurse showed me actual examples of the drain that will be placed, the pain pump, had all my sheets and prescriptions ready to go. She went through the booklet I had received the week before and explained everything. She also had additional sheets printed out and wrote down her "helpful hints" as she called them. Then she took the before photos and Dr. Haws came in the examine me. She said that she will place only one drain that will stay in for 7-10 days, the pain pump will be in for 3 days and I will go home with a foley catheter. She said that I can shower whenever I feel like it, but to be careful and have someone in the bathroom with me. I will wear the compression garment for 4-6 weeks and I purchased an additional one so the other can be washed. I asked them about taking Arnica Montana tablets and they said to take them and start a few days before surgery. They said that they don't feel it helps much with the swelling with the TT but will help with the bruising for the flank lipo. I can remove the pain pump after day three.

I am so excited to get the ball rolling. If I remember anything else I will post and update as things progress. Best wishes and blessing for everyone.

I am a week away from my flat belly. I am so...

I am a week away from my flat belly. I am so excited, but starting to get a little nervous. I have everything cleaned up big time, so all we will need is a little pick up. All my prescriptions have been filled, extras laid out, vitamins, Sin Ecch, and all my comfy jammies and clothes are clean. The freezer has easy decent meals in it, but I am sure I will need to make another run beforehand. I got my "wedge" for the couch or bed or chair. I also purchased sterile gauze etc just in case I might need to repack the new belly button or clean anything. I have also been working out really hard since I won't be able to for several weeks. The better shape I am in will,hopefully, mean a better outcome. I am ready to get the ball rolling. I am befinning to be really happy about the pain pump. Hopefully the pain won't be too bad after it is removed. When I had my c-section I was off the meds completely by day five. Of course this is a different sort of bird. We will see and only time will tell.
Nashville Plastic Surgeon

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