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12 weeks later, I'm so happy, I don't even remember the pain!!!
Hello RealSelf Peeps! I am a mother of 3, ages 16,...
- 13 Mar 2012
Hello RealSelf Peeps! I am a mother of 3, ages 16, 11 and 3, all delivered naturally....the most that I weighed during pregnancy was 254! I am 5'8, approximately 185 lbs. I have always been on the thick side but regardless of how much I weigh, give or take 5 on either side, I can never hide my stomach without looking like I'm hiding my stomach if that makes any sense! LOL! I am married to my high school sweetheart who has no problem with my stomach (well that's what he says) and can't understand why I am willing to put myself through the pain...anyways, he is FINALLY accepting it and willing to support me!
Anywho, I go to my second consultation tomorrow....I have to get 3 estimates before I accept any and then I have to check reviews/references! So, are there any questions that are a must during the consultation?! I have a few that maybe you all can give me the REAL answers for! 1. How many days will I need 24 hour care? 2. How soon after the surgery will I be able to drive? 3. Is it realistic to think that I can start a new job about 3 weeks after the surgery (a desk job)? 4. Those with small children, how were you able to interact with them after surgery, how many day post surgery will it take to be able to? 5. Is it realistic to think that I can go to a dance competition 2.5 weeks after surgery (not to dance, I'm a "dance mom"?
I am so excited, I called today to pay my deposit...
- 16 Mar 2012
I'm taking pics in a few minutes and will post them shortly!!!
So, during my initial consultation the dr stated...
- 17 Mar 2012
Is there anyone out there that had this same experience? If so, how did that work out for you?????
The hubby and I went shopping for a few things...
- 18 Mar 2012
On another note, my husband doesn't cook AT ALL! He rarely even goes in the kitchen except when walking in from the garage area! LBVS! Did any of you try to prepare meals for the family ahead of time and freeze them at least for the first week or did everyone tend to eat out? I'm a stay at home mom, so everything that is done around here is basically done by yours truly...ME! Any advice here????
Oh, and I'm getting scared at HELL! 8 days left!!!!
So, I'm officially a week out....I really darn...
- 19 Mar 2012
Thank GOD for one of my really good friends that I met when I moved to TX 6 years ago, she is going to stay with me during the day for the first 3-4 days while the hubby is at work! She is a really good caregiver and the kids love her so that is a huge plus! I plan on going out this week and put her a thank you basket together to show her how grateful I truly am!
So I just got off the phone with one of my friends...
- 19 Mar 2012
The only people that know are my husband, children and 3 friends (including her)...this is the reason why I didn't want to share this with people because NO one will understand how I feel when I look in the mirror at this stomach that I have! Then she also said that it was a bad idea not to tell my mom, who was fine with it until I told her that I was going to schedule it! I figured that I would call her after the surgery (we talk everyday all day)...
Have any of you dealt with similar feedback from people that don't agree?
I went today to have my pre-op done! Gave me 3...
- 20 Mar 2012
On another note, a job that I am REALLY REALLY interested in, called me today for a second interview...go figure!
I couldn't take it, I actually broke down this...
- 21 Mar 2012
I do feel better now because hiding it from her was tearing me up on the inside...but I did tell her to not say a word to my daddy (I'm also a daddy's girl) or my sister or brothers and she promised me that she wouldn't (which I know that she will probably leak it to my sister if anyone).
So now I'm really ready to get this show on the road!!!!!!! 5 more days!!!
After reading the reviews and the majority of you...
- 22 Mar 2012
I think that I am all shopped out, whatever I don't have now, I just won't have! lol
On another note, I have a job interview in the morning, so this focus is somewhat taking away for the stress/excitement/nervousness/pure craziness that I have been feeling about my TT! Pray that I get the job....so at least I can replace the 7K that I took from our savings!!!
I cannot believe that the big day is approaching...
- 25 Mar 2012
Anywho, it's Sunday so I am going to get ready to go to church, come home and wash clothes and try to find things that are going to wear me completely out so that I can get a good nights sleep!
My anesthesiologist just called me to introduce...
- 25 Mar 2012
It's done! I'm in sitting here in pain, not severe...
- 26 Mar 2012
PO day 2....I'm very uncomfortable, it hurts...
- 27 Mar 2012
PO 3...Doing as well as to be expected I guess! I...
- 28 Mar 2012
PO day 4 - this road to recovery is really hard...
- 29 Mar 2012
Thanks for all of the well wishes etc, I don't want to scare anyone, it's obvious that I'm just a darn wimp!
On another note, how the heck are you PO ladies able to get such good pics 1-5 days PO, I can't even stand straight long enough to take a pic!
Today seemed to be a better day! My BFF/Nurse ...
- 30 Mar 2012
Well that's it for tonight! Good night dolls! Maybe tomorrow will bring more pics!
PO Day #6...Today has been a really good day, I...
- 31 Mar 2012
I do wonder what most people do all day! I sleep only because I can't really do anything else! My kids have been a huge help since the BFF left, the house is pretty spotless so I'm happy! I go in for my post op with my PS on Monday so I'm really looking forward to that! I didn't have to deal with any drains so thank God for that, other than these few lines, all is well with Donsgirl!
Today makes 10 days since my surgery and I feel...
- 4 Apr 2012
I went to my first PO with my PS, this past Monday (exactly a week from the date of surgery) and he said that everything looked well! They took the tape off of my incision site and put collodian on it. They clipped the stitches from my belly button, told me that I should be lying in the bed now (no longer the recliner) and I have to really push myself to stand up straight!
I have been off of pain killers (not even tylenol) for a while now...I do get drained somewhat quicker than the norm for me, but I am still able to get a lot accomplished before I get to that point. I'm still not lifting heavy objects (including my 3 year old) but for the most part, I feel very comfortable when I'm home alone, showering and other normal daily activities!
I saw some old friends today that knew nothing about the TT and they were very curious to how I lost the weight since they saw me 6 weeks ago...and of course I told them that working out has done my body well;)
Today is PO #12, I am still feeling very good! I...
- 6 Apr 2012
I posted some pics that I took this morning...I know that a lot of you ladies had drains and my doctor (whose VERY seasoned) doesn't use them...I was somewhat nervous about that, but I'm thinking this is the reason why I bounced back so quick!
I forgot to add, I DID NOT have lipo, only a tummy...
- 6 Apr 2012
16 Days PO and still doing well! I have posted...
- 11 Apr 2012
On another note, it's funny how the hubby said that nothing was wrong with my tummy before, and all of a sudden, he is sending me texts asking for pics in his favorites undies, we are both very pleased with this investment! LOL
Hey RealSelfer's! As of today, I am 3 weeks and 4...
- 20 Apr 2012
1. Burning sensation right under breast...This is from the stitches holding my muscles together.
2. Pulling in chest when standing up straight...this is normal, I have to continue to push myself to stand up straight, which as of today is no issue.
3. When can I sleep on my side and stomach? I can sleep on my sides now, but it will be a while before I can sleep on my stomach and no massages either:(
4. When can I take a bath? Starting today
5. When can I get back on the elliptical? In another 3 weeks
6. When am I cleared to have sex? As of today, but be very careful, no rough housing! lol
7. When can I lift heavy things like my kid? Use the muscles in my legs to pull her up, holding her close to me...not the muscles in my stomach (I have just chose not to pick her up yet).
8. When can I resume vacuuming, sweeping etc? I can sweep now, slowing move back into vacuuming and my NORMAL household chores.
9. Is my 2 hour drive to Tyler on Sunday okay? He approved it, I attended a dance competition with my daughter and I actually felt fine...until later that night when I got back home...so it was actually 4 hours total in the car.
Remember, these were the answers to my questions on Friday! As of today, I'm feeling great and sexy as ever! I'm a stay at home mom, so I can't quite say that working all day is wearing me out....I do make sure to get me a nap in daily tho...in the recliner of course:)
I hope that everyone is healing well and getting ready to strut our flat bikini belly's this summer (P.S. I have already purchased 2)! LOL. I will post pics tomorrow or Sunday.
Oh, I forgot to add that my PS said that he...
- 20 Apr 2012
I have made it past the 12 week mark and I feel...
- 24 Jun 2012
I can wear my bikinis, little shorts, fitted maxi dresses...the whole nine yards!!! When I went back for my 12 week appointment, my PS gave me a $150 gift card to the spa, now how awesome is that!!!
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So far, during the consultation Dr. Nakamura made me feel very comfortable and answered every question that I had written down before I could even get to them! Everytime that I have had any type of interaction with the doctor and his staff, they have been nothing but caring and very on top of things. Whenever I have called with questions PO, they get me a nurse IMMEDIATELY! They are a great team, and not the mention he owns his surgical facility and it very nice as well. Without a doubt, I would recommend him, hands down!!!!
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