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I'm not really sure where to start. I am 31,...

I'm not really sure where to start. I am 31, 5' 2.5" and at 185 still overweight but still much improved over the 282 i weighed over 2 years ago. I have been overweight since the birth of my first child when i was 20. Apparently good skin tone does not run in the family b/c i was left with a hanging apron of skin right off( not a small one at that). Over the years i just kept packing the pounds on, finally a few years ago i decided i had to make a change. Diet, exercise and phentermine helped me drop almost a 130 pounds, i have kept off about 95 of those unwanted pounds. I don't know if i will lose what i have gained back or not but i do know that the extra skin has to go.

My first consultation was at the beginning of January. I really liked the doctor but didn't really like his plan for me. He wanted to cut me all the way around, don't get me wrong it would have improved more than just my tummy but for the cost and the added pain i decided it just wasn't worth it. Also when i called his office for an amended quote for a TT w/lipo rather than the body lift and no one ever got back with me i decided he wasn't the doctor for me. My next consultation was with a doctor located here in the town i live in and was recommended by two people i know. He wants to extend my incision as far back as he can with out flipping me over, then doing some lipo here and there. i much prefer that method. Also he has personally answered each and every email i have sent him since December, i think that is pretty awesome. Both doctors said i was a great candidate for surgery and was surprised that my upper belly was as in good condition as it is in considering i am still overweight. I tend to carry most of my weight in my hips, thighs and rear.

Surgery is scheduled for Monday March 26th. I am excited, I am nervous. At the moment is still seems very surreal. I have wanted this done for so long, but being from a paycheck to paycheck family it just never seemed possible. Thank you God for tax returns. =) Pictures to come later.

congrats on the weight loss..we have similar body styles.."bottom heavy" as my ps calls it :) im also scheduled for the 26th of march..im counting down the days and just trying to use my extra time at the gym and preparing all i will need for after my tt. hopefully the next 11 days flies by for the both of us
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I've been spending lots of time at the gym also, hoping to cut out my nervous eating habits. Days still seem to be dragging by though. Hopefully since i have a busy schedule next week it won't be so bad.
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I loved reading your story, my tt is for May 3rd. I am excited and nervous at the same time. My pre op is on April 12. I can't wait. Happy Healing!
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So as you can see I added ugly naked pics. I look...

So as you can see I added ugly naked pics. I look so much better clothed. At least dressed i may look chunky but not malformed. I will gladly transform from being wife of the Pillsbury Dough Boy (or maybe the Michelin Man) to being the Bride of Frankenstein. So 11 more days to go. I hate the flutter of nerves that i feel every time surgery crosses my mind. I will be a wreck by the middle of next week. Wish i could be knocked out until the 26th. On a brighter note i did go shopping for some simple loose cotton dresses for recovery. That way after the first difficult days are over i can get dressed in something comfy but not look/feel like a total slob. Gotta love Ross, got 3 dresses for $30.00! =)
I am built very much like you...I'll be keeping up with how you're doing. I like to follow the girls who have the same body type as me, the results always are amazing. I'm not doing a TT until Dec of 2012 so I've a ways to go but lots of time to plan. I know the $$ aspect of this seems so selfish but like everyone says, it will be worth it in the end. Please keep posting!
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I wish i could also fix my poor thighs. They may very well be the worst thing on me i some ways. Super fat, with lots of cellulite. First things first is the gross flesh on my belly. I also try to find people around my weight or body type. I'm much larger than the majority of people doing this but i figured what the hell, just do it lol. I know about the guilt. I think of all the things i could do with the money but my husband has supported me with this investment in myself. He just wants me to be happier and i never will be with this apron of skin haunting me.
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10 days left until the big day, and my tummy is...

10 days left until the big day, and my tummy is full of nervous flutters. I dread to think how i will be next week. On the best of days when a surgery isn't even looming on the horizon, i'm a bit of a nutcase so now i'm positively certifiable.
Hi K Kay, good luck w ur up coming surgery! Keep us posted!
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Thanks and i will =)
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My thighs are nasty too. I'll have to get some pics on here soon. I'm 5'4", 200 lbs and yes, I'm still overweight and hope to get down to 190 by December but I absolutely cannot wait to get this nasty apron off. Oh boy...just think, 10 more days for you!! Imagine what it will feel like just looking in the mirror or wearing regular fitting clothes. I love summer but dread bathing suits. We'll still maybe have thunder thighs but I bet the smooth tummy will make up for them!
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So last night I couldn't sleep (or should i say...

So last night I couldn't sleep (or should i say early this morning). I was just a big ball of nerves. At about 1:30 a.m. the crying started. You know, all the big what if's poking around in my brain just came to the front and let me tell you once those tears started they didn't want to stop. Not big sobs, just an endless steady stream of tears. All i could think is "what if i have a bad reaction to being put under?", "Or get a blood clot?" I would really hate to die for vanities sake. I know, i know it is more than vanity to those who have been through this, but to outsiders it isn't. I also know it is very unlikely that i will die doing this, but it is a possibility. If i'm this crazy a week pre-op how will be in another 2 or 3 days before?!!!!!! Well i hope i can get some sleep tonight. Later, people =)
I have those thoughts already and I'm still 9 months away! It's normal so just hang in there.
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I had the same thoughts as you before my tt. I was a a mess! Good luck and you'll be fine :]
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Had my pre-op appt this afternoon. Paid my balance...

Had my pre-op appt this afternoon. Paid my balance in full, which is nice to be able to do but also weird handing over that much money at once. Was given prescriptions for Tylox, Colace, Valium, and Duncef. Guess i will get them filled tonight or tomorrow and hope to God that they aren't too expensive. Surgery Monday!!!! Wow, i'm really going to do this!!!!!!

So my PS doesn't want his patients to have any...

So my PS doesn't want his patients to have any constipation problems before, during or after surgery, so he had me start my Colace today. Ummmmm i don't think i will have any trouble. My tummy doesn't like the Colace at all looks like i may drop a few pounds before surgery after all lol. In all seriousness i hope my tummy get used to it soon cause i do not want to be trying to run to the bathroom very often after surgery! So i guess that was my turn at discussing TMI moments (and i swore i wouldn't).
Congrats on your decision my TT is also scheduled for March 26th @ 1p in AZ so we have to get together and compare notes.
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Well good luck to you also. I cannot believe your TT is in the afternoon, i thank God mine is in the morning. I worry way too much to wake up and still have half a day of waiting lol.
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Good luck with your upcoming surgery. I am sure everything is going to be just fine. You won't regret it.
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I wish Monday would just get here already! BTW if...

I wish Monday would just get here already! BTW if i haven't mentioned it before, i have to be at the Outpatient Center at 6:30 a.m. Start time is 7:30 a.m. and the projected length of operation time is 3 hours (i really think it will take a bit longer). I f all goes well i should be home no later than 5 that afternoon.
Well your time is almost here! I know the nerves can hit hard but you are going to be fine. You will be so happy with your results! Great job on the weight loss too. It is so hard to post those before pics so congrats on doing that!

Good luck to you!!
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I think you're going to look great! Just try to be healthy so that you'll have a swift recovery. I'll be checking in to see how you're doing. I can't wait to see your results!
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Thanks so much, i think i will have good results. I am very realistic about the outcome i think. I do wish i could be about 20 pounds slimmer than i am going in but it is what it is =)
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Oh my goodness i guess nerves and nesting go hand...

Oh my goodness i guess nerves and nesting go hand in hand! Terrified!
Congrats on taking this plunge! You will do fine. The worst part is the waiting. Take care and God bless.
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You will do great! I am one day post-op today. I also was a bundle of nerves before. Stay calm, it will all be good. You will look fabulous when it is all done!
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Tomorrow is the big day!!!!! So very nervous, but...

Tomorrow is the big day!!!!! So very nervous, but excited too. Just trying to keep busy, hope I can sleep tonight.
Hi surgery buddy i made it. Thinking of you and hoping you are felling great. Sending love and positive thoughts your way
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Glad you made it thru ok. I an good when sitting still but man oh man do I hate moving around. I an taking 2 tylox(oxycodone) every four hours. Idk how some people just take tylenol! Keep me posted on your progress. Will be praying for speedy healing for both of us.
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Congratulations on your weight loss. Best of luck tomorrow!!!! You won't regret it, the results will be amazing!
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Went in at 6:30 yesterday, surgery started at 8:30...

Went in at 6:30 yesterday, surgery started at 8:30 and ended around 12:25. My surgeons words to my husband were "she may not be happy with me now but will thanks me later" apparently he gave me more lipo than we originally talked about lol.

Pain is ok when sitting but is horrible when moving about. my recliner tried to kill me by getting stuck, which made me wrench my incision so i really wanted to die for a few hours. To top all that off my mom came in and told me my grandfather passed away this morning. So my parents are now on their way to Oklahoma right now. Crying sucks when you've had a TT apparently. More later....
Thoughts and prayers to you on your grandfather's passing. I hope your feeling better soon.
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Thank you
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I am so very sorry to hear about your grandfather's passing...my condolences to you and your family! Glad to hear that you made it out of surgery...Happy Healing!
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Post-op day 2 I am still taking 2 tylox every 4...

Post-op day 2
I am still taking 2 tylox every 4 hours, i will start trying to wean down tomorrow i guess. My antibiotics make feel so nauseated so i guess i also need to eat more. Tomorrow i go into my DR to get a new garment they ordered for me. Apparently they don't usually use it unless it's a special case, and i'm special according to them lol. I hope it is better than the binder i currently have on, they don't want it to dig into my hips since they lipo'd them out pretty good. I feel slightly better surgery wise however my heart is still breaking about my grandfather passing away and not being able to be with my extended family during this time. A 12 hour car ride is just out of the question at this point.
Sorry abt ur loss, I no tht makes it even harder to heal properly. hope u feel better, and plz keep us posted with ur progress....u r my motivation!
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Thanks again everyone, ya'll are a bunch of sweeties. Don't know what i would do w/o you.
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Hey girl, my nausea only lasted 2 days so hang in there it will go away. Do eat a little with those meds tho.
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Have to go to my PS today to get a special binder...

Have to go to my PS today to get a special binder they ordered me, hope it is more comfortable than the one i have now. So last night i could feel gas bubbles and this morning i think the swelling has started. Feel like a sausage trying to escape my casing. Will try to post some pics tonight.

Went to my PS today. He is so happy with my...

Went to my PS today. He is so happy with my results so far. He put me in a high waisted shorts type garment with hooks and zippers. The traditional binder wanted to ride up since my ass is so big. When it would ride up it was leaving a huge crease in my left hip. He was very decisive that that would not do at all. Apparently with my hip being emptied out of fat the crease could become permanent if we didn't alleviate it. Not sure how i feel about the new garment, since my thighs are so huge the legs on to roll up, thinking about cutting that part off. I don't know about everyone else but when i try to stand straight it is my upper belly that hurts, not my incision. That took me by surprise. More later....Oh BTW he cut off 5.5 pounds of skin and suctioned around 3 pounds of fat off my hips. =)
Oh hun I am sorry to hear about your grandfather that was a hard thing to deal with going through this, you rtummy looks amazing, I can so relate to the weight loss and wanting to feel normal after that! You are going to be loving this summer season and shopping for all new clothing
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Thanks and i keep telling myself "summer clothes" everytime i feel a bit down lol.
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You look great! So glad everything turned out so well for you. My condolences to you and your family. Looking forward to hearing all about your recovery journey :-) happy healing to you! Yay you are on the flat side now!
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So yesterday was a bad day. A friend of mine who...

So yesterday was a bad day. A friend of mine who was going to take care of me while my husband was at work never showed called or anything. My tummy had lots of pressure on it and i realized i hadn't "used the bathroom" since Sunday morning. I didn't figure i would have that problem since i've been taking colace for days before the surgery. Well i hurt enough last night that i sent my hubby out for MOM, which he couldn't find and just come back with some off brand laxative. (girls i don't discuss this stuff with the hubs at all, i mean seriously he asked me when we had been married for like 6 years if i ever pooped b/c he had never known me to lol) So asking him to buy a laxative just about killed me. Anyways i went this morning and i feel so much better! I'm amazed at how much better i feel every single day. The day of surgery and the day after were so utterly painful that i thought it will take me months to feel halfway normal, boy am i glad i was wrong,

OMG pooping is the best thing ever lol.

OMG pooping is the best thing ever lol.

Holy smokes Batman! my first post op shower was...

Holy smokes Batman! my first post op shower was one of the worst experiences of my life! My tummy hurt w/o the compression garment, the shower is a new one and hadn't ever been used before and the handle had been put on wrong so only lukewarm water would come out. Had to sit cold and naked on the toilet while hubby fixed it. Finally get in and in the middle of the shower the power goes out. Tripped breaker, so i now i had to sit cold, naked and wet in the shower for my husband to flip it back on. In the confusion my garment got wet and had to thrown into the dryer. So after an hour of no support my back and stomach are killing me. Garment back on finally. I'm thinking showers are overrated......was going to take more pics but after all that i think not!
me to. hate my drains. there not even draining anymore really but don't get em out till tues. thank god for my hubby n washing my hair n sponge baths
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oh my i thought you were going to say your shower was glorious.... i was wrong! i look forward to my first shower. I see my PS tuesday at 11 and it cannot come fast enough! I want these drains out bad!
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My shower experience was very similiar not pleasant. Hopefully by next week you'll be able to do by yourself
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Been a week to day since my surgery. Had a check...

Been a week to day since my surgery. Had a check up with my PS and he is so impressed with my healing. He was able to take out both of my drains since they had only been putting out about 7.5 cc's a day for the last 2 days. I'm so glad to have them gone. It slightly hurt and felt weird when he pulled them out, i just shut my eyes and took a deep breathe. My swelling is very minimal so far. Weighed my self yesterday and am down 12 lbs. Pretty much took myself off my pain meds yesterday, my valiums are still my friends though. Getting around fairly well but still keeping myself parked in the recliner mostly, this is my mini vacay such as it is and my family's turn to wait on me and pick up the slack. I will seriously try to get some more pics takes but i hate being w/o my compression garment for even a second.
Aw hun I know the first shower is the worst but it does get better, first when you have the drains out, they are just a huge pain, I struggled with my recovery and still am, one thing that bugged me was I just didnt feel like myself I was afraid of my body, one thing that helped me was touching my tummy and like rubbing it then when I took the binder off it didnt seem so foreign, even in the shower now it is strange, I still feel like I have my head on someone else's body! But it gets better trust me, pooping, peeing, gas, food one thing off balance sets everything off whack, I notice that since surgery, even now, if you have to poop everything is bad its like there is so much less space in there or something!
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WARNING TMI: So i know i'm only a week into...

WARNING TMI:
So i know i'm only a week into recovery but last night i had sex on the brain. My poor hubby was so excited that i was interested but terrified at the same time. Finally i convinced the poor man that if he was careful that i would be ok. So he was, we did and it was AWESOME. No this was not doctor approved, but i listened to my bod and gave it what it wanted lol. The only mistake i made was trying to sleep in the bed, i woke up slightly sore and slightly swollen so i moved back to the recliner and started feeling better within minutes.
You look so good and look at you standing so straight! I am one day post op and def underestimated the back pain! How's your appetite? Mine is really off, having to make myself eat. Oh well, it's done and I'm so glad im in the recovery phase! Take care of yourself,
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thaks, i don't feel like i'm standing very straight lol. My appetite was off for about 3 days now i'm starving all the time which i hate. Heating pad has been my best friend when it comes to my back pain. Hope you have a quick recovery.
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that would be thanks lol.
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9 days PO feeling about the same as i have the...

9 days PO feeling about the same as i have the last few days. I did really mess up by trying to sleep in the bed 7 days PO since i have been slightly more sore since that night. Seen the PS today, i think he keeps expecting complications and is continually surprised at how well i'm doing. Even though my drains were hardly putting out 7 days PO i could tell he was wary about pulling them, so today when i came in he just pushed and pushed on my belly. When i asked him if anything was wrong he sounded confused and said "no not at all, there isn't any fluid build up". He says i am doing beautifully and look great, he wants me to continue to take it easy for another 3-5 days to keep the chances of fluid building up minimal. Oh by the way my second shower went much much better lol.
Wow your tummy look amazing. U must be thrilled!!!!
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I am pretty happy thanks, now if only my boobs would magically hoist themselves back into place and my thighs would thin up and smooth out lol.
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Kay i read the comment about pics. I felt same way. I would die. But if they are on this site that means they have same issue so that's when i decided it was ok
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Insomnia tonight. I guess for a bunch of different...

Insomnia tonight. I guess for a bunch of different reasons, an after dinner nap and crying jags over the loss of my papa. Funny how when you lose someone all the hurt from losing previous loved ones also pops back up. Well guess I need to try and fall asleep now, I know it is important for my healing and recovery.
u look great
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You look really good!
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Thank you!
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11 days PO So i have now had 2 days in a row of...

11 days PO
So i have now had 2 days in a row of shopping, just a few hours each day. Still can't walk upright, back is bothering me more than anything else. Only slight swelling from being so much more active and most of that swelling is in my thighs lol. Super duper tired now, think it is time for a nap.
Looking good!!
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Until today i have had minimal swelling. This...

Until today i have had minimal swelling. This afternoon i blew up like a balloon, and it is miserable. I admit the three days prior to today i did run quit a few errands. And of course i also over ate Easter dinner and dessert. Blah!
you look Gr8t!
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Insomnia tonight. Alot of things going thru my...

Insomnia tonight. Alot of things going thru my head. Missing my Papa which in turn makes me miss anyone/everyone i've ever lost. Hubby's birthday coming up on Sunday and after the awesome way he has taken care of me i want it to be perfect but lack of funds ect make that difficult. A few days after his bday will be the 1 year anniversary of his mom passing away. All these things just weighing heavily on my heart.
Healing wise most of my swelling has went back down after resting on my rear all day. Speaking of rears after this whole TT mine looks ginormous! I'm ok with that i guess since it is my husband's favorite body part of mine (eye roll) but i hate my freaking fat supersized thighs. Can't lipo the suckers cause they will just have more hangy skin, and can't afford a lift plus the scar freaks me out. Guess when i'm cleared for exercise i will just need to muscle them up a bit. Seeing the PS tomorrow for a check up, will let ya'll know how it goes. Night.
Thanks girls. Positive and supportive as usual, just what i needed =)
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I hear ya on the thighs they do go down though, I think al the fluid hangs there from the incision, I am almost 6 weeks and only now are they finally going back to normal they were 7 inches bigger from the swelling, I measured!!! LOL You are looking good, sorry you have a heavy heart right now, this journey I think makes us overly emotional as is!
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Your thighs do NOT look as big as you think. Remember that us girls always see the negative. When you walk by a mirror, where do your eyes go? To your thighs. But when you walk in a room, people don't look at your thighs, they look at your face. :)
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Went to see my PS Tuesday. He said he couldn't...

Went to see my PS Tuesday. He said he couldn't have asked for a better result and i'm healing very well. The only thing he said that upset me was how happy he is with my compression garment and how very little swelling i have. why did that upset me you might ask?! Well while i'm extremely pleased with my result i had hoped to be a bit flatter and had hoped i wasn't due to swelling. I mean i can't even wear my pre-op jeans so that must mean i have swelling right? i can get the suckers on but they are so tight they hurt my incision (don't get me wrong they were tight before surgery with my nervous eating habits kicking in) but i figured they would be a little loose now. It was chilly today so i figured my jeans would be better than my comfy spring like dresses i have been living in so i cried when i had to squeeze into them then take them off bc they hurt. Starting a strict diet, enough is enough i need to get myself under control and get back to my healthier eating. Tomorrow/today technically is my first day of being left alone with my toddler so i guess i need to head to bed so i can be on my game tomorrow. Try to add more pics soon, haven't cause nothing has really changed. Well actually in the past day or two my belly button scabbing has really started falling away, i think it is actually going to look pretty darn normal. Night everyone!
I am sure you have a lot of swelling going on there. Don't get discouraged and give it time. It is still too soon. Hang in there. Good luck with your toddler.
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Yes good for boys to be tall but I always felt like a horse, you know girls are suppose to be tiny and demure, not look like they could help their guy move a piano, LOL
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LOL i hadn't thought of it that way. Too short sux, too tall sux. =)
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I think i'm 18 days PO today Yesterday i did a...

I think i'm 18 days PO today
Yesterday i did a little laundry and didn't take a nap, boy was i exhausted by bedtime. unfortunately my insomnia kicked in, i tried sleeping in the recliner then moved to my bed....no go. finally, I fell asleep in the wee hours of the morning. Having no other choice i kept my 11 year old home today to help with her 3 year old brother, i feel like such a bad mom. I woke up swollen and my belly burns. Not the incision, the muscles. Not sure if its from the swelling, doing laundry or what. So i'm feeling a bit miserable today.

Insomnia yet again. Which leaves me too much time...

Insomnia yet again. Which leaves me too much time to think, which in turn makes me emotional. Seriously other than the first few days of recovery today was my worst. Super tight and swollen tummy, burning muscles along with those electric shocks of nerves reconnecting. Just wish i was a bit further along in my recovery . Still it is nice to look down and see boobs if standing or my actual lap if sitting, not that big blob of skin, so yes it is still worth it.
You look very good! Such a difference. Good luck with the swelling, I hope it subsides soon!
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Thanks, me too lol.
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I hope your feeling better soon. Just take it one day at a time.
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Ugh! i'm going to add new pics but instead of...

Ugh! i'm going to add new pics but instead of better than my last post op ones they are worse. I have been so swollen all week. It is so upsetting.
i agree with Armywife88..you do look awesome!!!
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Even with the swelling there is a big difference! You look awesome!!! Congrats:)
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Thanks, your a sweetie.
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3 weeks PO Had a visit with my PS today,...

3 weeks PO
Had a visit with my PS today, basically same thing as usual. He said healing great, better than he expected. I love him and his nurses but i can't help feel frustrated to the extreme. I mentioned to his nurse that i could barely even pull my jeans up over my thighs bc of swelling, she said swelling in your thighs you shouldn't have swelling there. So i'm supposed to believe that i weigh 10 pounds smaller than i did going in but my jeans wont hardly slide over my thighs bc somehow i have gained a bunch of weight there?! Not sure if i want to laugh or cry. I think i will just pray......
For me prayer always helps too:) My thighs have been very swollen so maybe the nurse just didnt really know it because we didnt know what to expect until we went through it either I had to buy bigger jeans. Swell hell is no fun for anyone involved lol. I hope you feel better soon girly. You look awesome!
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Thank you so much. I'm trying to be calm during all of this. Can't believe i'm freaking bc i lurked on this site reading as many reviews as possible for a year before i decided to go thru with it, so i knew it was coming. I think part of it is the first week and a half i had minimal swelling and could get my jeans on like normal, my incision hurting was what kept me from wearing them, then around 2 weeks i go to put them on and BAM my thighs and hips have exploded and they wont budge. Scared me a bit i guess. Thanks for your support.
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You welcome I understand even though we are all a little different with our recoveries we can all pretty much relate that is why I love this site!
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My hubby is salivating but i seriously look like a...

My hubby is salivating but i seriously look like a fat Kim Kardashion in my lower regions. Actually i think my hubby compared me to Coco from Ice Loves Coco show. Swell hell sucks, i already had a fat ass i don't even temporarily need more in that area and don't even get me started on my yucky swollen cellulite ridden thunder thighs. LOL. Laughing and praying my way thru this.
LOL whatever it takes to get i done:)
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Oh and you look like yours standing well to me you look so good!
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I can fake it for pictures for about 30 seconds lol.
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I'm more swollen today than i have ever been,...

I'm more swollen today than i have ever been, haven't been doing much. Well i take that back me and my hubby may have been a little vigorous 3 days in a row, and without my binder or compression garment....maybe not such a good idea. Oh well it will dissipate eventually.....
My thighs were totally swollen from the incision and swelling I didnt have lipo that is BS my hips, butt and thighs are huge, and I mean huge!!!!
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I'm so glad i'm not the only one lol.
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KKay I am a Kardashian too....at least according to my bigger than life ASS that I have acquired!! Now don't get me wrong and nice ROUND ass would be ok, but a swollen ass just intensifies the cellulite x 100!!
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First off i want to thank each and every one of...

First off i want to thank each and every one of you who have wrote a review, and/or commented on mine. This site has been huge in my journey both before and during my TT journey. I thought i was completely mentally prepared for all the highs and lows of this process. Hoo boy was i wrong! So anyways i thought i would list some random facts/experiences/thoughts i have had these past 28-29 days.

One of the questions i looked up the most when researching TT's was the pain level compared to c-sections. Having had 2 sections myself i was hoping it would be comparable. Thing is not only are those 2 totally different surgeries each person will have a differing opinion about their recoveries. My opinion is this...The first 3 days after my TT was worse pain wise after that i think in most ways my c-section recovery was worse. In my c-section recoveries my incision pulled and burned but TT wise the muscles right under my breasts where the muscle repair began is what has hurt, it burns like i've done 1,000 crunches when i try to stand. I could stand better after a shorter time period with the c-section. however i slept way more that first 2 weeks after the TT so each surgery has it's pros and cons.

Things i couldn't live without:
the first 3 days my borrowed walker was invaluable. Also i slept in my recliner for almost a month. The first night i slept in my bed was kinda painful between it pulling my muscles a bit and the zippers on my compression garment. I just happen to have a seat built in my shower so i would say a bath seat would be a great thing to look into if you don't have one. Of course my husband was the most invaluable but no one else can have him so....

No matter what if you are craving Chik-fil-a don't get it, you will swell up like a water balloon.

Unless you are one of the lucky few don't even try on your pre-op jeans for at LEAST 4 weeks, i'm a few days from 4 weeks myself and i cannot get them over my hips. It depresses the hell out of me, and it will you too.

Invest in some loose pretty cotton dresses, they will fit, you won't feel frumpy in them and they aren't very expensive.

Whether you believe it or not you will have "Why in the hell did i do this to myself" moments, i usually have them when i turn the wrong way, or the first few night i slept in the bed again oh or when you try those stupid jeans on that won't go over your fat swollen Kardashian ass. I told myself i would just be happy not having hanging skin, ha! i lied to myself, i have the self-doubt moments at least twice a day. Funny thing is they didn't start until week 2, so when the most intense bit of pain was over up they popped...go figure.

I'm getting sleepy so i guess that will be it for tonight, i'm sure as my recovery stretches on i will have more to ponder on but until then good night everyone!

Oh and one more thing, fixing your tummy will probably make you realize how much you hate other parts of yourself. I mean i hated my thighs before but man since my TT i have developed a true hate for those horrible cellulite ridden things.oh well can't afford to fix all of me at this point =)

PO Week 4 I woke up this morning (guess...

PO Week 4
I woke up this morning (guess technically yesterday morning lol) and was really flat and realized i had slept through the night without any pain while rolling over in bed. I did start to swell not long after i awoke but hey at least for a little while i was as flat as i was when i first came out of surgery. Also I did my measurements today, wish i would have remembered to do it right before surgery. anyways i was pleasantly surprised. When i was my smallest which was last summer and 30 pounds lighter i had recorded my measurements and now even weighing so much more my waist is the same and my hips are actually 1" smaller, unfortunately my thighs are about 5" bigger. Oh well guess i know what i need to work on. Hope to put more pics up in the next few days.

Had a doctors appt today. I am 4.5 weeks post op...

Had a doctors appt today. I am 4.5 weeks post op and things are going great. He said i only have to wear my compression garment for 8 hours a day. He recommended that i wear it if i'm going shopping or doing anything fairly active, otherwise i can pick and choose when i wear it. He took pictures so we looked at the before and afters together and i must say we are both pretty impressed. He told me the results i have are slightly better than what he thought i would turn out with since i am slightly overweight. I don't have to go back to him for a whole month!

I leave for a quick weekend trip to Mississippi tomorrow. It's only about a 4.5 hour drive but i'm going by myself so wish me luck! I will post more pics soon =)

I just tried on my pre op jeans and hurray! they...

i just tried on my pre op jeans and hurray! they finally fit! Granted i wish they were a smaller size but hey, considering they wouldn't go halfway up and over my thighs last week, i will take it. And starting next week i will have to get serious about my eating and get back to the gym. My thighs are huge my arms aren't much smaller and since i didn't have lipo on my back i do have small love handles. I know from being thinner last summer that i can greatly improve on all those areas if i just drop around 20 pounds. so i will enjoy my mini vacay this weekend and get tough on myself on Monday.
I'm sure it did feel good to get back in those jeans girl! I know it did for me! Looking good.
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I loved reading about you experience!
Very helpfull
And you look great!
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Thanks, i'm glad it is helping someone =)
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5 weeks po today. Back from my Mississippi trip...

5 weeks po today. Back from my Mississippi trip and putting up the promised pics.
Just got to work on my thunder thighs.....
You look fantastic!!!
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It's that time of the month and so i am unable to...

It's that time of the month and so i am unable to wear my compression garment. I tried wearing the traditional white horrible binder but it made my back hurt terribly! My doctor had told me i could start weaning off my garments but still needed to wear it for at least 8 hours a day for a while longer. Well it's now been about 28 hours since i've worn anything for compression and admit i'm feeling a little nervous and guilty. So far not a lot of swelling though.....
u look amazing!!!i was reading ur comments and saw how u said it was hard for u to find pants that wnt drag..wel im 4'11 and sometimes i shop at the kids section..lol theyre the perfect length..lol i really do have a hard time finding pants, sometimes even petite size is still a lil long so usually ill cut them lol...i just embrace my height though my grandmother would always say good things come in small packages..and i believe they come in all types of packages...good luck w healing!!
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You look great you are really smoothing out you can see that in your last photo, as far as the binders I think being comfortable is most beneficial, some feel compression helps some dont I think comfort is what counts
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Thanks Amber. Surprisingly i feel very comfortable with out my binders. The first few hours were iffy. I do wear my torsette when i go shopping bc i feel like it would be a huge mistake at this point to do a lot of walking without anything, but the rest of the time i've been sitting around with nothing and it feels great.
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So yesterday i was officially 6 weeks post op. No...

So yesterday i was officially 6 weeks post op. No new pics this week, but maybe in a week or two once i've been going to the gym again. Lord, have i been looking forward to the gym, hope i feel well enough to go tonight. I woke up yesterday with a mild sore throat and a slightly stuffy nose and by last night the nose thing had morphed into full on alternating runny/stuffy and lots of sneezing. When the hell is it going to quit hurting when i sneeze?! I did go on a 2 mile walk yesterday but i'm really dying to hit the weights. Oh crap, sneeze attack. I'm one of those people that can't sneeze just one time, it's more like 3-5 times or more in a row, OUCH! Guess my abs are getting a workout lol.
Honey, your tummy look so good. You must be so excited about your results.
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Thanks! I am so happy with my tummy, now i just need to work on the rest of me. Especially my love handles and legs.
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I'm working on me as well. My surgery in on June1st. I'm getting myself ready for it. Now I'm wondering if I've lost enough weight to get the results that I want. I'm just going to keep eating healthy meals and working out and see what happens.
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I've dressed up a few times in capris, camis and...

I've dressed up a few times in capris, camis and cute little cardigans/shrugs. And while I am a big girl but i feel sexy! Love my results. Scar doesn't bother me at all. Today was also the first time back at the gym and it felt great. Hopefully i can get back on track and shape up the rest of me!
You look GREAT! I am about to have my tummy tuck soon (counting down). I am having Surgery April 3, 2014 with Dr. Victor Ramirez and I am posting all my before and after pictures and details on Real Self. Follow my blog (s) for updates. *Very Excited* realself.com/review/mexicali-baja-california-mommy-makeover-abdominoplasty-full-tummy-tucks-full
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Your results are fabulous! I have surgery in three days... I hope I get the results I'm dying for.
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I just laughed my butt off at your post about the first time you took a shower after surgery! I'm sure it wasn't funny at the moment, but really made me laugh today. Thanks for that cause I was crying before I read it cause I'm so scared to have my surgery next month!! How are you doing? I know you haven't been on here for awhile since your surgery was months ago!! I hope you are well! Sorry about your loss of your papa.
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Dr. Fulks answered any and every question i had via email before i have even met with him. During our consultations he never made me feel stupid or rushed. He also never tried to "sell" me anything, he was very realistic about his thoughts on my outcome and wanted to make sure i was on the same page so there wouldn't be possible disappointments later on. His staff was always very polite and helpful. I wouldn't go to anyone else, i completely trust him with my care now and in the future.

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