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Beauty is Pain(TT). Loving the flat side!! **New Pics**-San Antonio, Texas

Hello, I'm a mom of two, boy & girl, one CSec...

Hello, I'm a mom of two, boy & girl, one CSec one Vag. 9lb babies with bed rest at early stage & lots & lots of fast food. I thought the 75lbs I gained was all baby, but when the doctor said he was 9 lbs I was shocked. I thought I had a 60 lb baby in there. I had my second & was at about 235 lbs. I got down to about 190 & went & had lipo to bad & hips & a BA. I was 30 then & it hurt but it was worth it. My hubby says he saw such a change in me after that. I was more confident & happy. He is a doll. Well, I got the weight off, now I hover at 170 but I have tons of muscle. I love lifting heavy things but that's another story. So after two years of old fashioned hardcore exercise & power lifting, I still have my "Buda belly". Sure, you can rub me for luck, but it's not what I want. Ha ha! It's funny because it is all muscle, jacked up muscle, but it's all muscle. So I am now 43 & my kids are 17 & 14 & they can help me. I have scheduled for July 9, 2012. I have two weeks off work & my hubby is ready to help me reach my goals once again. (we are a good team). He has also been doing the same exercises so I know he can lift me as needed after I pass out from the pain. Ha ha! So my loan went through & I will make the payment to the PS tomorrow. He is the same one who did my surgery 12 years ago so I have all the confidence in the world in him. I hope I can inspire some of you guys. You have already helped me "justify my feelings of feeling selfish or vain". That is just silly. This is for me & me alone. I can't wait to be done.

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OK, paid the PS today. It's a done deal. Preop...

OK, paid the PS today. It's a done deal. Preop is Monday afternoon. So excited & ready. Will post pics.

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You are 4 days ahead of me. I'm scheduled for the 13th. I'm getting anxious :) I'm also in SA.
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OMG I love your weight lifting picture!!  But my back hurts looking at that..LOL   

I am strong but you have me beat by 10 miles there.  You go girl!

You are going to love having this done and totally deserve it.  So drop the guilt, keep your chin up and know you are almost there.  I am very excited for you and look forward to reading your posts as you go through your process.  

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Per-op tomorrow afternoon! Then just two more...

Per-op tomorrow afternoon! Then just two more weeks & it's my turn! Yikes! I am ready.

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Yes, preop tomorrow! I'm going into work early to make sure I can make it to the PS on time. Then it is just 2 more weeks.
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Have you got a list of questions? You've had some work before. Are you nervous? I am - it's a different mix of feelings that is strange & unique. I don't quite know what to do about it except keep moving fwd! I haven't seen my PS since last Sept. so I have a lot of questions. Hope everything goes smoothly for you & let us know how it was!
How excited are you? Pre op Monday! Mine is Tuesday :) & my MM is July 9th too!
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Here at my PS office for pre-op. filled out tons...

Here at my PS office for pre-op. filled out tons of papers, consents, medical history, etc... Just waiting to go in.

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My pre-op went well. Unfortunately I felt rushed...

My pre-op went well. Unfortunately I felt rushed trying to fit it in between work & a meeting. The PS office didn't rush me I just didn't have the time to really absorb it all. They were very informative. I was given vitamins for before & after, told to stop my own vitamins & stop my motrin. I can do that no problem. I was also given prescriptions for Emend(for nausea, take before & after surgery), Keflex to start the day before surgery(antibiotics to prevent skin infections), Flexeril for muscle spasms after surgery, Phenergan for nausea just in case, & of course, Hydrocodone 10mg/Acetaminophen325mg for pain. I have never heard of the Emend, it is a new med for nausea that is preop. Lots of instructions & what to be ready for. I will have two drains that will come out below my belly button under my incision for 7-10 days. If the output goes down they pull them out. My husband will be taking me there & bringing me home & my kids will be helping too. I will a binder for one month. OK, I think I need to go get the regular Tylenol, stool softners, gas pills, etc... I don't know if I will get a shower chair & raised toilet seat or not. Hmmmmm..... I am debating that. I have heard they help alot. I do have a recliner if needed, it is giant! I don't think I can get in & out of it without help. I am planning on spending some time in my room with lots of pillows & stuff. I have to climb stairs so that is good for me & I plan on walking alot by day 3ish. I have to be able to walk from my car to my work in 14 days.(it's about 1/3 mile uphill ending with two stair cases to get into the building). Funny that this is what is worrying me the most. Once I am in my office I will be fine. Plus, I am a nurse in a hospital so I suppose if I am gonna get tired & collapse to the ground all my friends will come get me when they call a code. Ha Ha Ha Ha! That would NOT be good. Ha Ha Ha! I will be fine, I will be fine, I will be fine. It will be ok. You guys have given me strength up to now & I am just going to keep reading these posts to keep me going.

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They also drew a CBC & took my before pics.

They also drew a CBC & took my before pics.

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Did my pre-op. Read my update above. It went well. I also took my pre-pictures.
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Thanks Kimmers25 & thanks for being so sweet.

Ordered a shower bench, raised toilet seat &...

Ordered a shower bench, raised toilet seat & grabber/reacher off Amazon.com today. $52.00 total with free shipping, not bad. I will hopefully use them & they will help with moving around more after the surgery. 13 days & counting. Tick tock tick tock tick tock!

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Inspired by STexas I went to Amazon & got a raised toilet seat, grabber, & shower bench all for $52.00 w/free super saver shipping. Yippee, I'm gonna shower sitting down! Ha ha ha! So cool!
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Good job, I was just looking on eBay too. Walgreens raised seat costs 44.95 & walkers are $90. You did great. We get those for lots of our patients, I just can't bring myself to use a walker. Hee Hee, but you did great. I am leaning towards the raised toilet seat & shower chair(bench). When I had the Lipo years ago I wanted to pass out every time I stood up for the first few days.(when my hubby took the garment off was the worst). All my fluids would drop & my blood pressure would drop & heart would beat fast & I would freak out. It was an awful feeling, but he would wash me, dry me & lay me on the bed. Then he would help me back into my garment & I would feel better. I drank tons of fluids & my body got used to it. He lipo'd 18 lbs off. That was a lot. I didn't even notice the boobs for a few days. Ha ha ha! I took my 18 mos old & 4 year old with me to my follow up a week later & the office nurses were shocked that I was doing so well. I was determined to feel better. The more I moved the better. You are gonna do great, great preparation & planning. Oh, I work at University Hospital by the way, I'm a nurse.
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Glad your pre-op went well. I decided to buy the toilet seat lifter. It was $18 on Ebay (yes new in box) . During my pre-op they said a walker would be helpful. I also decided to pick one up on Ebay this morning. It was $35. Both items free shipping. My PS makes it sound like recovery isn't so bad. I'm quite leery. I've been picking up what they do recommend though.
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Picked up all my meds at the Pharmacy today. It's...

Picked up all my meds at the Pharmacy today. It's getting more & more real & closer & closer. 12 more days!

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Picked up my meds yesterday too! Thatsa lotsa drugs :0 My "beer drinkin buddy" is making fun of me bc I'm such a lightweight. She can't wait to text me when I'm post op! What are friends for? lol
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I'm not seeing my posts so I will try once again. Glad you got all that stuff for a great price. I hope I don't need a shower bench since I cannot shower for 2 weeks anyway.
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8 days to go, I'm on a cleaning frenzy, don't know...

8 days to go, I'm on a cleaning frenzy, don't know why? I don't clean that much on a regular day but I guess if I'm gonna be home for two weeks it will be nice to be in a clean home. My kids usually do the cleaning but the window sills & edges get missed, you know the drill. They don't wipe the microwave, etc... Luckily my husband does most of the cooking around here, I'm really lucky. He took me to Ross today & I found a couple of cute dresses.(sundresses). I saw a pretty lady who was at her follow up wearing one, it was loose so she could have her binder on with the drains hooked on & it was disguised under the dress. I figure that will be comfy at home too. They were like $35 each at at old Navy & Dressbarn so I went to Ross and got 4 of them for $10 each. Can't beat that. Just counting the days.
I was told I was "Freakin Crazy" by a coworker yesterday. It was kind of funny because I didn't react the way she thought I would.
I just smiled at her. She then said, "well, I just don't think that you NEED it.". I said, "you already said what you felt & it's ok, this is something I'm doing for me, I don't expect you to understand.".She kind of stammered a little trying to take it back but it was too late. "it was already out there"(Harry Met Sally). Thanks to all of the stories I'm reading here on this sight it really didn't bother me at all. My hubby, kids, & sister know, they are the most important people in my life, & they support me. ;o) Oh, & you guys.
Time to sleep, gotta little party tomorrow, think I'll wear one of my little dresses. It will be nice when I don't have to "suck it in" all the time. Happy healing to all the pretty ladies that are fresh post op. may your night be pain free.

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Hard to believe that this time next week it will...

Hard to believe that this time next week it will be all over. It's getting closer. I'm soooo ready! I talked to one of my coaches today expecting to get "torn a new one" & told "you don't need that!". But instead he said, "well, if you feel it will help you feel better then we will just take it slow to get you back in shape afterwards.". I was shocked, & happy. He asked if I was scared & said he will pray for a quick & healthy recovery. The Crossfitters have been my biggest surprise supporters. I love those people.

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Lovin, Yes! We will be on the "flat side" this time next week!! Gotta love those that can get past their own issues & show genuine caring and, well, scr3w the others! Even tho most of us have kept this to ourselves, it really seems to become a sort of acid test to see who really cares & who will be there when we need support, emotional & physical both. I will see how my kids do next week! Let's hope they pass with flying colors ;)
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Clean away girl!!!   I even cleaned my garage the week before surgery.  Oh yes and painted four rooms in my house!  

Just do whatever makes you feel better.

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So it was a real nice 4th with family today. I...

So it was a real nice 4th with family today. I have posted a picture of a prime example of my "buda belly" still sticking out even though I try to hide it. Two more days of work & then two weekend days & it's time for the "buda" to be placed into the incinerator. Yipee! Then I can get on with my life & back to my great exercise regimen(when cleared of course). Hope everyone had a good 4th of July. Happy healing to all that have had their surgeries!!

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Counting down. 2 more days of work & 2 weekend days then it's time. Yipee! I am ready so so ready. I know you are too STexas!
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5 days from today. How exciting :)
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Lots of family in town so I have lots of...

Lots of family in town so I have lots of distraction today to keep me busy. I love it! My daughter has been a little jewel, she is excited for me. She can't wait to see how flat it might be. She works out with me & knows how important exercise is. 3 more days! Yippee! My hubby is ready as well, my son, well, he is 17, a sweet heart, he will be around. I'm so proud of my sweet kids. I have one day of work then it's almost time. I am planning a workout Saturday & Sunday. My last ones for a while. That makes me sad. But I will be back. I will be a lean mean NURSE-ing machine!

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Thank you Doyles, lots of family in town so I have lots of distraction today to keep me busy. I love it! My daughter has been a little jewel, she is excited for me. She can't wait to see how flat it might be. She works out with me & knows how important exercise is. 3 more days! Yippee!
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Good luck to you, Lovin...
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It's only 48 hours away now. My mind is racing, I...

It's only 48 hours away now. My mind is racing, I am going to go to Crossfit to work off the nervous energy & then go to this huge pool with my sister, brother & nieces. It will get my mind off of it & hopefully make me tired so I can sleep tonight. I go in at 10AM on Monday. I'm ready. They aren't prepping me with laxatives or anything like that(I've seen some of you ladies have to do that), just nothing to eat or drink after midnight Sunday. Think I'll stick to my regular routine to not through my body into shock. I eat Paleo. The Emend 3 hours before surgery only. I keep thinking, "why am I going to mess up a perfectly good abdomen". I see so much stuff at the hospital, gunshot wounds, stabbings, car wrecks, etc... These people are JACKED UP! But they are internal bowel injuries & I just have to keep telling myself, he isn't touching the bowel, not even coming close to the bowel, just the outer parts, muscle & skin only. I'm scared of hernias, colostomies & fistulas you have no idea what I see. It's just awful. Mines gonna be beautiful, mines gonna be beautiful, mines gonna be beautiful! I start my antibiotics tomorrow along with the Bromoline & Arnica. 48 hours! YES! Fist bump!

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Good luck to you too, ewozobski ! See you on the flat side !
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Will be thinking about you tomorrow. Everything will turn out beautifully! My PS doesn't have me prepping with laxatives or anything either, he did request that I stick to a "mostly liquid" diet on Monday and to stay away from anything that takes a long time to digest. I eat mostly Paleo style, too, so I already follow a pretty healthy diet. I will probably just do protein shakes on Monday (I go in on Tuesday).
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24 hours to go and counting. Gonna do my laundry,...

24 hours to go and counting. Gonna do my laundry, sheets etc.. I am starting my antibiotics today along with the Arnica & Bromelain. Can't wait to get done & start the healing process. I'm even excited not to have to thnk about work for a while. I'm gonna watch a bunch of "chick flicks". Ha ha ha! Yesterday I went with the family to a giant spring fed pool in New Braunfels, Tx. It's amazing, but there was all walks of life there. I have to say, I felt pretty good about myself out there, even before the TT. Ha ha ha! Talk about obesity being out of hand! Yikes! Well, we swam all around & it was fun, the kids really enjoyed it. Slept pretty good too. Let's get this day starred so it can end. My sis in law wanted pizza last night so we did have some. It was delish. (it is NOT Paleo) ha ha ha! I will take it easy on the food today, lots of fruits and veggies.

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Is it a bad sign when you cut your hand opening a...

Is it a bad sign when you cut your hand opening a bottle of Arnica? Ha Ha Ha! Well, at least my hand will heal up quickly. Ha Ha Ha!

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Best of luck today!
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I need some opinions.... I am so swollen tonite. Could it possibly be from sitting outside in the heat this afternoon ? Trying to figure out where this swell hell came from, so I can avoid this !
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Swelling will come and go because your body just endured a huge, major surgery. Your body does not take these things lightly and will do what it needs to do to heal. Drink lots of water....LOTS! One would think the more they are swelling the less water we should be drinking but its the complete opposite...Are you using Arnica? I heard this is a miracle for TT'ers. So many of the ladies on here highly recommend it as some docs do. Are you drinking caffeine? Alcohol? Too much salt? Not walking enough? And a compression garment really helps. Some ladies didnt have to wear it that much, others had to wear it for weeks, some werent given instructions on wearing one at all, etc. What did your doc say about yours? ICE packs are a huge help....I think I saw a post of yours before where you mentioned ice packs on your belly. =) Be patient...the swelling will go up and down and as long as you treat yourself kindly and pay attention to what its doing it will also tell you what it needs. You are rockin it! Hang in there girl!

I am sitting here in bed watching the morning...

I am sitting here in bed watching the morning news, there is rain here in San Antonio, wrecks everywhere. I'm so glad I'm not driving to work this morning. We will leave here at about 9:15AM. I check in at 10AM. I am ready, spent the day yesterday washing sheets, clothes & just cleaning my bedroom. I needed to make sure that I don't have my usual tennis shoes, gym bag, sweat towels, foam roller & pressure balls laying all over the place.(that's all I need to do is trip on my own stuff).
My weight today is 174 lbs. I will take the Emend at about 7:30.
I put all my meds in one box with the over the counter extras.(I labled each bottle top with a sharpy so they are easy to grab). I have some dressing supplies, gloves & medicine cups too.(to measure drain output).
I even picked out some of my favorite movies to keep in the bedroom so I can watch what I want.
Here we go!

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PO Day 1: I made it to the flat side! It went so...

PO Day 1:
I made it to the flat side! It went so smoothly. Checked into the surgery center, felt like I was the only patient there. Got changed, IV started. Met with my doctor(he drew on my belly), shocked me as to how much he would be removing but he is amazing. Met the Anesthesiologist & discussed medical history. Then the RN came in, turns out she is my husband's cousin. That was so comforting to know that she would be there. She hit me with an antibiotic & some Versed & then I don't remember anything else. I woke up, already extubated & no nausea. There was some pain, tightness in the upper abdomen. They gave me several doses of Morphine & then the Anesthesiologist gave me a Hydrocodone, Valium & something for nausea just in case. He said it was for the ride home. I then stood up, walked to the bathroom & pee'd. I then had my IV d/c'd & got dressed. The nurse put me in a wheelchair & my hubby magically appeared. A tech took me to my car & helped me in. They were all so kind. My hubby took the "smoothest route home" & we were there in no time. He helped me in the house. Put me on the couch propped with pillows & legs up on the ottoman. He made me some tuna salad with apples. I ate in between falling asleep off & on. I then drank a bunch of water & slept for about two hours. It was very restful. I woke up at about 6pm. The pain is just aching, tightness, not horrible by any means. I cannot stand up straight(PS said that I will not be able to for about one week, he made it really tight). The Hydrocodone 10mg(with food) is working very well. I just ate some dinner & took another pain pill.

My Raised Toilet seat, shower bench & grabber arrived to the house while we were gone this morning. Perfect timing. The Raised toilet seat is sooooo helpful. If you are going to get anything to help you, that would be the thing to get.

The Anesthesiologist just called to check on me & said to keep pushing fluids & walking. I told him I was very pleased & comfortable.

I am to remove the binder & dressings on Wednesday on my own and can shower. (The drains will be hooked to a lanyard around my neck while I shower) I will continue to rest for the rest of the week & have a f/u appt on Monday. PS said I didn't have hardly any fat in the abdomen, it was just skin & muscle so I shouldn't have too much drainage. Yay, I won't get my hopes up though. They are below the bellybutton below the incision.

The best part of the whole thing is that the Crossfit games are on this weekend on ESPN3. I can watch my friend compete! We are so proud of him. It is something to look forward to.

Well, passing out now. Hope all of today's surgeries went well. Happy Healing!

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Your update is so darn coherent it's hard to believe you had surgery this morning! I'm glad everything went well and hope that your recovery remains uneventful. Look forward to seeing your pics!
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Whoo Hoo!!! Good Luck girl!
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I finally posted a photo of me on my profile, 13 days p.o. I had such a hard time, but I did it!
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PO day 2: I just woke up, my hubby is leaving...

PO day 2:
I just woke up, my hubby is leaving for work. He is going to wake up my daughter & have her come to my bed just in case I need anything. I'm getting in & out of bed on my own, surprisingly. I climbed the stairs last night with no problem. Maybe I worked myself up expecting horrible pain but it is tolerable at this point so that is good. it is 6AM but I had to Pee. I also slept most of yesterday & for about 5 hours straight in my bed. I'm gonna empty these drains & relax.

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Congratulations and welcome to the flatside! I am so happy to hear that your recovery is going well. Being in great physical shape before surgery really helps tremendously after surgery. I know you are going to have fabulous results! I can't wait to see your after pics. Happy healing!
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I thought that my surgery day was the hardest and have been getting better and better every day since. I've been surprised at what I've been able to do as well. Be patient with yourself and enjoy this time to rest and catch up on some reading, shows or movies. Glad to hear you are doing well.
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Happy Healing ! Everyday gets better and better !
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PO day 3 I am sleeping in my bed with 3 pillows...

PO day 3
I am sleeping in my bed with 3 pillows under my head & 3 under my knees. I only slept about 1-2 hours at a time but that is ok. I get up by myself to the bathroom & pee with no problems. This morning was the morning to take down the dressings & shower.(per my PS) My daughter was still asleep & the hubby at work so I did it myself. Wow! Too cool! I stood in front of the mirror after taking off the dressings & I don't recognize my belly at all. I then became light headed & feeling faint so I put the binder on & a robe & got back in bed for about an hour. I then ventured out again with my daughter's help. I have a wonderful shower bench that is my best friend in the bathroom right now. I can sit on it to take a "bird bath" in front of the sink & it is so light I can put it in the shower with me which is what I did. I was able to sit, wash my hair, wash my body & let the soapy water just run over my incisions. My daughter then assisted me to dry off, get dressed & put on the binder. Success! I blow dried my hair & now am relaxing on the couch with my feet up listening to the rain & thunder.(a rare thing in south Texas) I ate some lunch made by my daughter & we are just "chillin" now. I took a pain pill at about 6 AM. It is now 1:30pm. It is getting longer & longer apart that I need them & my tummy is completely numb now. It might be time to just try Tylenol & my vitamins. I am still on antibiotics, which will be done today. I have some quick pics I snapped in the bathroom. I am still amazed that this is my tummy. My Left drain is putting out more than the Right but that is the side that appears more swollen. I am going up & down the stairs with no problem. My low back is the worst pain right now. Hopefully it will subside when I start to stand up straight. I feel that I am doing way better then I expected at this point. I am very pleased. I hope my fellow TT-ers are having some improvements. Thank you all for all your stories, I knew what to expect because of you guys. I really appreciate it! (((Hugs all around)))

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Thanks Katt! Hello SASister, I did apply through Carenet which was recommended by the PS office, I was approved in minutes but the financing was 26% interest & that was too much. (if you pay it off in 14 mos there was no interest but the payment was almost $400/mos) so I got a signature loan from a credit union which was only 12% interest with a lower payment of $140/mos. I think I can swing that. It is much more "do-able" for me. I just said it was for medical expenses & they were fine with that.
Hope that helps. I figure, I will probably never be able to retire so I might as well be happy with myself while I'm working, Ha Ha!
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WOW girl!!!! You are already look awesome! Whoo Hoo!!! You are rockin!!
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This is such a great site - so glad I stumbled upon it and you are so awesome to post all about your experience. Very insightful and helpful.

I'm in SA too and I have a first consultation with a PS next week about a TT. I'm afraid my biggest hurdle is going to be getting it paid for. You mentioned you had a loan. Did the PS office assist you with the financing at all or did you secure a loan independently? I've seen online that some offices do offer financing options.

Hope you don't mind answering this question. I just turned 40 this year and I also have a 17 year old son about to be a senior in high school and a 12 year old daughter in middle school. I've lived with unhappiness over my saggy middle since the birth of my first child and would love to be able to finally have a TT.

Thanks again for being so thorough and up front in your posts - looking forward to reading more as you progress each day.
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PO day 4 Yesterday I only took regular tylenol...

PO day 4
Yesterday I only took regular tylenol all day. Pretty cool. I took one Hydrocodone & a muscle relaxer last night & slept really good all night. Got up twice to pee only. This morning my hubby brought me an apple & some water on his way out the door to work & my daughter came into my room to sleep with me just in case I need anything. I ate the apple & slept for about 2 more hours. I finally woke up at 9:30, my son brought me some tuna at 10:30 & then I tackled the shower again. I took a nice long shower using my favorite thing, the shower bench. I used a stretchy headband around my neck to hook my drains to. I even shaved my legs. I then dried off, sitting on the shower bench off & on, it is so light I can just take it with me to the sink where I finished drying off & put some gauze pads on my incision & around the drains & put my binder back on. I then got dressed, dried my hair & did my "Mary Kay routine". Girls, we cannot neglect our skin. Ha Ha! We must moisturize. Plus my skin is so clear from the antibiotics. Just a little perk. I am walking more straight up today. It is so much better on my back. Just watching some movies. Enjoying the quiet time in the house. My kids are pretty quiet. I am so glad that this is not permanent. I keep telling myself, this is just temporary, I will get better every day. The girls at work are very proud of me. My coach too. I will keep walking around during the day to prevent blood clots & deep breathing to prevent pneumonia. Coughing is definitely a challenge, so far I haven't had to sneeze. (that is a blessing) Can't wait to get the drains out. I might try to drive tomorrow if I feel like it, my son might want to run an errand. So far so good. I am chugging along. The drains are getting lighter in color & less in amount, that is definitely a good sign.

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Congrats to you! so excited to hear that its done and you are doing great! you will be overhead pressing again in no time!
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Hey ladies, I had my tt yesterday, and one of my drains wasnt draining at all, this morning my Ps just took it out. Now I only have one and it drains but very little, anyone else have this happen? I called his office and the nurse said its fine but I'm a little worried... Do you guys think I'll be ok?
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It should be fine, you may just get a little more swelling in the area then others. Some docs don't use drains at all. I'm sure he did the right thing.

PO day 5 Nice day today, feeling good, got up,...

PO day 5
Nice day today, feeling good, got up, took a shower(long one again), able to bend over & dry my hair(that is new). Went with my son to run errands today, talked to some people at work & updated them. Less swelling today. I am sleeping really good. I think the sleep & rest has been terrific for me. It was nice to see the sun today. I just wore sweat pants over my binder with the drains tucked in with a big T-shirt. (my son was afraid I would get accused of shoplifting) But no one even seemed to notice, plus, I know it is just temporary. It will be awesome soon enough.
I posted new pics from this morning. I am concerned about the Left side swelling but I won't do too much worrying because it is still so early & swelling happens. My tummy is flatter today & softer(it was so hard & swollen at first) Drains still draining. No pain meds during the day at all. I take one at night to make sure I rest & sleep.
Hope everyone is doing well. Happy healing.

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Thanks you guys! I promise to rest.;o)
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As I read your experience I could relate to a lot of what you went through. I had my surgery almost 3 wks ago. The swelling is horrible. But, if that's the worst I think I can deal. You are soooo tiny now. You had a really great PS. Hope you are able to heal and try best to stay off your feet. (Coming from a woman who was walking around the house 3 hours post op. Haha!) Happy healing!
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you look amazing!!! so happy for you.
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POD 6 OMG I think I slept for about 12 hours last...

POD 6
OMG I think I slept for about 12 hours last night.(I took my pain meds & muscle relaxer too) Holy cow. I guess my body really needed it. I took a shower, cleaned myself up & am wearing the binder with the drains pinned to it.(I DO NOT want one to fall off) I have a sun dress over that. My hubby, son & I are going to go to a movie in a little while. Adventuring out again. Awesome for me. The most I will have to do is walk from the car to the theater. It should be nice. Tummy looks pretty much the same as yesterday for the most part but now my mind is saying, "you can move around more, your incisions are 6 days old today". Pain is very tolerable. Still tightness at the top of the tummy but that is to be expected.
Happy Healing ladies!

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Wow San Antonio you are kicking butt, im so happy for you. Today is my day 4 and youre right every day is a little better. You are such an inspiration to me seeing how strong you are can't wait to keep heating how you're doing.
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POD 7 Great day, slept good, got a shower, hubby...

POD 7
Great day, slept good, got a shower, hubby made bacon(that's always good). I wore some sweat pants & a sports bra where I tucked the two drains between my boobs.(hid them pretty good). Wore a baggy TShirt & my binder of course, & off to the grocery store my hubby & I went. We walked around for about an hour, checked out, ran into a friend who did not even notice the drains or anything, went home, emptied the car. I let my hubby put it all away, I rested. Then I drove for the first time to pick up my son from work. Not too bad. I did experience "SWELL HELL". My belly bloated out & felt really tight. I put my feet up for about two hours & it went down a little. Now I have showered & am in bed, it goes down overnight. I see my PS tomorrow. Praying I will be drain less after that. Fingers crossed. I am being very patient, I know it will be a long healing process, I will be a big girl if he leaves a drain in.(I won't cry in front of him). Ha ha ha!

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Good to know. Ha ha ha!
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Good luck with your drains! Farm girl that I am, I checked the almanac & the moon was in the right sign for us not to have too much bleeding. That is probably why we are not draining a lot!
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So your son has a new appreciation for boobies! Ha ha ha! Great Kids! Hopefully mine will be pulled tomorrow. Crossing my fingers!
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PO Day 7 Saw my PS this AM, cleaned out my belly...

PO Day 7
Saw my PS this AM, cleaned out my belly button pulled a few stitches around it. Apparently mine was an extremely tight pull, so my Belly Button is vertical instead of horizontal. OK? I didn't think anything of it but he did say that it was tight & there was only skin & muscle, not much fat. So anyhoo,.. I had my Left drain pulled(Yay!) My Right drain never bothered me as much as the Left anyway. They were crossed as well, the Right is actually on the Left side of my belly & the Left is on the Right side of my belly. I felt the pull all the way up to the top, it didn't hurt, only at the entry sight. She was very sweet, pulled the stitch & yank! I go back on Wednesday for the other drain to be pulled. (hopefully, if the drainage is less this time)

On another note, I wore a sundress with the drains pinned to my binder at the bottom, then tucked into my panties. Afterwards my son wanted to go to the bookstore so we did. I ran into another friend there & she hugged me & said I looked wonderful. She had no idea that I had had surgery or was wearing a binder or had a drain. Cool huh? Very cool. Those sundresses rock!

Welp, gonna chill out & relax the rest of the day.

Happy healing ladies!

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your pictures look great! hapt that you are havinga nice recoveryIm post op day 1 right now and I cant believe how tolerablethis is! yippe. Im slighty hunched over now but and up and down out the chair to the kitchen make myself some breakfast.No sickly fee;ing, no dizziness just som tightness I though the drains would a pain but there not any big deal Im doin the sam you pinning the to the binder and putting the tube down the legs of mysweat pants. Congrats again!
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I just wanted to compliment you and tell you how wonderful you're already looking! Woo just imagine till you get back into workking out!
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Oh the dreaded Swell Hell!!   Activity will do that to you at this point.  But you have this system down!!  Kick those feet up when needed and just listen to your body.  It's walking a fine line at this point in the process.  You need to be up and moving around for some activity but then your body kicks you good.  You will get there so hang on.

Your doing great and look wonderful!

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POD 13 Sorry I haven't updated in a few days. I...

POD 13
Sorry I haven't updated in a few days. I went back to the PS on Wednesday POD 9, the PS was busy so I got to meet with a wonderful nurse who pulled my 2nd drain & free'd me! Ha Ha! I am cleaning my Belly Button every day or every other day with Hydrogen Peroxide. Everything else is looking fine. I get my stitches out on 7/23/12, which incidentally is my 1st day back at work. So after work I will go there. I have been feeling really good. I have been to several movies with my kids, out to lunch, to the mall, to the dentist etc... Of course by the end of everyday I have a swollen upper belly that makes it hard to breath but after a good night's sleep it is down again. I am ok with the swelling because thanks to all of you wonderful blogging women I expected it. This has been a wonderful experience because of reading all of these stories. There is always someone you can relate to & I learned so much from this. I will also share this with one of my co-workers who has decided to do a TT in October. I was ready, I was prepared & the pain was not as bad as I expected. It was sooooo worth it. I am being patient because I know it gets better a little every day.

I went on a "girdle" hunt with my daughter. I got a one piece "waist cinch-er" at Walmart for $12 & some change & then a girdle with hooks in the front from JCPenney's for $25(thinking surely the Walmart one would not work) I since hated the JCPenney one & LOVE the one piece one from Walmart. It is hard to pull it up to where you need it but it is so comfortable compared to the other one. So funny. Anyhoo... I'm sure a Spanks it even more comfy but I want to make sure I have enough compression. The more the better for me, I don't swell as much.

So I am up & around with no problem, I took a peek under the tape covering my sutures in the incision, it is healed over & nice & pink. Looking good. I am pleased.

Keep up the great blogging ladies & keep us posted on your progress. Oh, & I DO NOT recommend reading "50 Shades of Grey" during your recovery. It can be frustrating when you read a book like that & you can't do anything about it. Ha Ha Ha!

Happy Saturday & Happy Healing!!! Good luck to all who have your up-coming surgeries!

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POD 14 Well today I went to look at Spanx because...

POD 14
Well today I went to look at Spanx because they are supposed to be the best & I felt like walking. So I am standing there in Dillards & a lady walks in the door & sees that I am looking at Spanx, she says to me, "Honey, you don't need that!" smiles & walks away. OMG! How sweet was she?!? Made my day! So anyways, looking at all of the nice stuff & the Wacoal brand as well, they did not fit as well as the cheep one I bought at Walmart. So there it is. I did the research. Ha Ha! I also cut the front metal wires out of the garment because they kept poking me in the groin. It's much more comfortable now. (I have no belly roll to keep folding it up anymore) I have to adjust the front of the bottom once in a while but it is not a problem.

I go to work tomorrow. :( Oh well, back to reality.
I feel absolutely great today. The fog is gone, I am back on my regular Advocare Regimen & will be going to the track this evening to get a light workout in. Let's see what I can do. I will not push it to hard. It will feel good. We are waiting because it is 101 right now & this garment will make me sweat even more.

Good luck to all the ladies going in for their surgeries tomorrow! Hope it goes smoothly! Happy Healing.

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I am sooo jealous!!! I want to start moving my body so bad. I am an active person myself doing swimming and outrigging and all kinds. This sitting still makes me feel like my butt gets wider while my tummy is getting flatter...not at all what I want...lol
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He said I could do light walking at 2 weeks, some light lifting at 4 weeks, heavier stuff at 6 weeks, & progress from there. I lift really heavy normally so I will just listen to my body & take it slow. I am not allowed to do ANY abdominal/core exercises for 3 months. Don't worry, I am really taking it slow, I was tempted to run last night but I did not(I resisted). ;)
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How many weeks are u? And your Dr said u can workout a lil already? Cuz mine don't let me and I'm 6 weeks? But I want to already? U think I can?
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Almost 3 weeks post op. Going to work daily...

Almost 3 weeks post op.
Going to work daily without a problem, wearing my store bought girdle. I do get very tired by the end of the day so I am making sure I go to bed on time. It's been good. I am sore around the hips because of sitting at my desk where the girdle kind of bends. I also developed a little fluid around my belly button & down the left side. Drew off about 45cc yesterday, it looks better but there is more for today. Apparently it's a really common thing. I will try not to worry. My friends at work looked at the incision yesterday(they are both going to do TT's in the next month)& they are impressed & say it looks great. It will be fun to compare. I am happy for both of them, just a coincidence that they are planning theirs now. I told them both about this site. I wish all women could do what they want to do when they want to do it. So many of them have told me, "I'm so jealous, I want one so bad.". Poor babies, it's not fair that they can't do it for whatever reason. $$$, time off, kids, no support, etc...
I hope all my Realself buddies are doing good!
Happy healing!

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You look great!! Great results!
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You look great...I'm also in SA, I've consulted w/ Dr Decherd & Diana. I have one more consultation and I'm so confused. Who was your PS? Thanks
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4 weeks Post Op So I am extremely happy with my...

4 weeks Post Op
So I am extremely happy with my results thus far. I have been very careful not to overdo it on a daily basis. It is funny how when you wake in the morning your tummy is flat & pretty soft & by the evening time it is swollen, harder & even the incision feels swollen. It isn't horrible, just different. But it is noticeable.
I go to the PS on Tuesday, hopefully he will release me to start harder workouts. I miss my Crossfit buddies something aweful.
My waist looks smaller everyday. My belly button has improved, my incisions are pink but closed.
Here are some pics.

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Oh and by the way, I LOVE San Antonio. I've been there twice and not sure why but just really like it there. I sometimes crave food from Mi Tierra in the Market Square!
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Enjoyed reading about your progress especially regarding working out. At 17 days out I am really getting bored with just walking and doing light housework. I swear I can feel my muscles turning to mush! Please keep updating about your workout progress. I don't do CrossFit, but lots of HIIT workouts and teach group fitness and am trying to plan out how to return to it all but also not compromise my TT. Happy healing and working out!
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You have come a long way from the baby weight over the years... In the before pics I can see some ab definition and in the after pics your waist line looks really tiny. I know you miss your lifting but hang in there. I understand we are at about 90% at 6 weeks. I'm still a couple of weeks out before the tuck but I know I will miss the weights especially.
Let us know when you are released for your heavier routines. I know once the swelling subsides the abs will shine!!! Good job!!!!
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Sorry I've been MIA ladies. I am now 11 weeks...

Sorry I've been MIA ladies. I am now 11 weeks post op. I started back at Crossfit at 4 weeks. My coaches & friends knew & we modified everything so as not to use my abs. It was ok, as long as I was moving I felt better. I have been wearing my girdle for support the whole time, day & night. My first 4 weeks of exercise had lots & lots of rest breaks but I was there & I need it like air. I was using the "girl 35 lb bar" at first then gradually added weights to it the more confident i became. If I felt any type of pull I would stop & do something else. The last three weeks I have increased my lifts. I am ready to be given the "release" by my Dr. Next week is my 12 week follow up appt. I have had swelling to enjoy, at first it was high under my diaphragm & the last two weeks it has shifted down around my belly button. It is more at the end of the week, then one 8-9 hour good night's sleep & it is soft again. It is kind of funny. I also bought one pair of new jeans. That is all I've bought thus far. I know that if I apply myself it will be next summer when I really see the results. I am so glad I did it. I have been doing fine, started putting Maderma cream on the scar & my hubby is very impressed. Hope all is well, good luck ladies, happy healing!

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i haven't been on here for a while either but i just got on to check on a few people and you were one. ❤ glad you're looking great and feeling great!
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Looking great girl! Can't believe your doing crossfit already. You're hardcore!
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Revision time. :o(

Well, all went well till about month number 4 when the swelling was actually muscles pooching out right in the center of my abd. The PS said it is because my muscles are so big, they relaxed & pooched right out. He is going to do a revision for $1500. I am ok with that. It healed up great but the BB scar is kind of big & so is the low scar. It was so tight at the beginning(as tight as he could make it) so it really pulled & made big scars. So he is going to fix that as well. I went ahead & added lipo to the hips too. Might as well. ($3500 more) I am scheduled for 1/29/14. My pre-op is done & I am all set. I know what to expect & I have my Rx's filled & some dressings ready to go. My husband will be with me for 5 glorious days. Yay me! He is most likely going to place a drain or two but that is how it goes & I want a good outcome so I will not whine. Well, maybe I will a little. Or a lot. We will see. I still have my raised toilet seat & I have an electric recliner now so I am all set. I need to get it over with so I can get back to my exercise routine. I sure love it & I will miss my friends at the gym.

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Why did I wait so long? My doc wanted me to do it about 6 months after the first one.

I waited to do this because I just wasn't ready yet. I wanted to make sure that there wasn't a lot of internal scar tissue, it is softer now so I hope it will go well. I has been 1 year 7 months since my first TT.

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You look awesome and your story is extremely uplifting. I love your positivity!!
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Thank you very much.

Pics Before revision 1/23/14

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Despite needing a revision, your result has been dramatic! Good luck with your revision and recovery. Are you nervous?
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I am nervous only because I think he is going to have to lift the skin all the way up again. I don't think the pain was unbearable last time but I didn't have lipo the last time. I am really glad my husband will be home with me the first 5 days. That helps a lot. He is really supportive. I just want to get it over with. ;o)
Good luck to you!!! Keep us posted
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