8 Weeks PO - photos uploaded
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I am 39, 5’2” and 55kg (121lbs) and have two...
- 4 Sep 2012
- 14 days pre
i am 39, 5’2” and 55kg (121lbs) and have two kids aged 19 & 18. I have wanted a TT since the birth of my daughter 18 years ago. Ever since I had my kids I’ve hated my body, can’t stand the pooch. I can’t explain how much this surgery means to me. I’ve read the journeys of the ladies in here and have been soo happy for them that it made me cry knowing the joy they were feeling to finally look at themselves with pride. I truly cant wait!!
I know lots of people are skeptical about having surgery overseas, but I would never be able to afford it if I had it here. I have booked my surgery through a Medical Agent and am scheduled to have a TT, BA and nipple lift in Bangkok on September 13th. I am considering having Lipo in my inner thighs and flanks, but waiting to see the PS first. I’m not nervous at all. From what I can tell the hospitals in Bangkok are superior to the ones here. My only concern I guess is the aftercare, as I only stay there for 2 weeks after the operation. Fingers crossed I don’t have any major complications after that time.
I have 9 days to go till my operation. Im flying to New Zealand tomorrow morning for a netball tournament for 5 days, then back to Melbourne, then off to Bangkok. So hopefully wont have much time to stress about the surgery.
Post op Day 3 - wow can't believe I actually did...
- 16 Sep 2012
- 3 days pre
Arrived in Bangkok the day before my surgery and did some mad shopping for my kids b4 Surgery day. Checked into our hotel in downtown Bangkok and did the hour countdown.
Surgery day- got picked up by the hospital van at 8am for a 10am appointment. The hospital is only about 30mins away but due to the unpredictable Bangkok traffic they pick up well before time. I was overwhelmed when I got there. Not only being surgery day, but being in a foreign country where everything looks different, smells different, tastes different and you can't understand anybody...for the first time I got a bit nervous. Luckily I was assigned an interpreter to stay with me through out my pre op tests. Pre ops didn't go down smoothly. Throughout my life I've never been to hospital apart from having my two kids. Have always been healthy and never go to the doctor for any ailments. So I thought I'd breeze thru the pre op tests. Well apparently the EKG test was abnormal and I had an enlarged bottom half of my heart which was causing an irregular heartbeat and the nurse said there was a probability I would not be approved for surgery. I couldn't believe it. I had spent so much money already, and just sat thru a 9hour flight to get here and then to possibly go home with nothing. I couldn't believe it, I was soo upset. I was then sent to a cardiologist to do further tests and to cut a long story short she eventually approved me for surgery. But that hour of waiting to see if she would approve me was soo nerve-wracking.
Had the consult with my PS at 3pm and by 5pm I was rolled into surgery.
Luckily the doctor told me bout the shivers and spasms when you wake up from surgery or I would have freaked out thinking something was spastically wrong with me. I was shaking like crazy when I awoke, but I just kept telling myself it was normal, I'm ok, cos I don't remember anyone around me and I was still in the operating room. But eventually someone came and I was rolled up to my room about 10.30pm. That's so freaky when you go out like that and you wake up and so many hours have passed. Anyway, I was pretty out-of-it, had a short conversation with my ex who came with me for support and told him to message my family back home to tell them I'm ok, and then I was out for the night.
Day 1 post op - woke up that morning and felt pretty good. But I was still connected to the IV and morphine. Once they came in and turned that down it felt like I had been hit by a truck, and every wheel on that truck had rolled over me. I just couldn't believe that I could recover from soo much pain. Crazy thorts going thru my head thinking "yip, I'm probably that 1% that the doctor has stuffed up and I'm feeling 100 times more pain than other women. Surely all those women on here didn't go thru this much pain". I was just feeling sorry myself. Lol. Before the surgery I was more worried about the pain of the tummy tuck, but the worst pain was from my BA. I felt like I had a heavy truck on my chest, I could hardly breath and every muscle in my chest ached when I moved. So all I kept saying to myself is "just wait for day 4, every1 says the first 3 days totally suck". I didn't fully believe it myself cos of all the pain but I needed the hope. So Day 1, I just tried to sleep the day away. I hated it when the nurses kept coming in and reducing my morphine. Lol Didnt get much sleep that nite, wasn't really in pain but was just soo uncomfortable lying in that hospital bed that long. So whenever I woke up I just did some leg exercises or just moved my bed up and down. But day 1 really sucked!,
Day 2 post op- still feeling totally crap. Not being able to move because of the pain in my chest and being in that bed now for nearly 48hrs straight. The hospital advised they wanted me to stay there for 4 nights. Although I still have to stay in Bangkok for 2 more weeks for post op checks etc.. the hospital is more like a hotel. My room was huge, with a plasma tv, kitchen, lazy boy, couple of couches and a dining table. The nurses checked in on me every hour, taking my blood pressure, temperature, I had about 3 sponge baths on day 2 cos they kept asking me and I kept on saying yes. Lol. So the service was pretty awesome. Didn't really like the food menu, but my liaison said to just order anything I wanted and they would just go get it anyway. So I usually just ordered Maccas! Lol I didn't get nauseous or feeling like I wanted to vomit. And unfortunately my appetite had not changed a bit. Lol I wish it had tho, as I had gained 5kgs in about 4weeks once I stopped my smoking and alcohol intake. But I knew I had substituted food for cigarettes, I didn't care I just had to stop smoking or I wouldn't be able to do the surgery. But hopefully when I get home I'll have to watch what I eat so I don't gain anymore. So anyway day 2, they took the IV out, my drains, and my Cathetor out. This was it, now I had to get up and move no matter how sore I was if I wanted to go to the toilet. It was a struggle and so painful, but it felt really good. And I actually felt better when I eventually walked around. So day 2 was pretty boring, just watching tv and walking around my room most of the day.
Post op Day 3 - still in quite a bit of pain when I move, but I can get up and down and go to the toilet by myself. Although the lazyboy was my most comfortable seat in my room it took me nearly 15 mins to wiggle myself into position so that I could get out of it. I'm sure if someone were watching me they would have a good laugh at me do that. But today I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and actually feel when people in here say that you recover soo much in just 1 day. Although I was supposed to stay another nite I asked my doctor if I could go back to my hotel and I promised that would not go out and I would would just rest as if I was at the hospital. So yah!! He checked me out and I'm now writing this from my hotel room. I've taken a few photos tonite, but I believe I can't upload them on here from my iPad. And all I have is my iPad so I'll have to wait til I get to Australia before I upload them. As far as I can tell I'm pretty happy with the job. My tummy is super swollen. My pants are tighter to put on than they were b4 surgery. My doctor said I was swollen, but I added the Super hoping that my tummy will go down a massive amount!! Lol one boob is more swollen than the other, so I hope those will even out in time. Haven't really seen my stitches yet, as they are still covered with waterproof dressing so I can shower. Won't get to see his work until Wednesday when he takes the stitches out. But everything seems ok for now. Will check in tomorrow
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3 week post op - So I've finally changed my rating...
- 3 Oct 2012
- 14 days post
Things I'm unhappy with at the moment:-
* My Hips Lipo:- Can't see a difference at all
* My stretch marks :- I knew I would still have them but I still have stretchmarks that go above my belly button. It looks like I still have the same amount but just pulled tighter so they are less puffy and out there.
* My boobs are still sore. They are giving me more pain than the tummy tuck.
* The ridge of the stitching of my tummy tuck. I so hope this goes down. Hopefully this is apart of Swell Hell?
* Can't fit my clothes. I've put on weight, i estimate about 5kgs,(too scared to look at the scales, don't want to depress myself further. Lol) and I can't get motivated to eat well until I know I can start exercising.
* I just want to look fantastic already!!!! I'm sick of recovering.
* SWELLING SUX!! But uncertainty that this isn't swelling and this is my actual result SUX even more.
- I'm more comfortable wearing my clothes and not fussed about if my shirt comes up and shows my belly anymore.
- I love the way my boobs look in singlets
- After all these years of wishing for a makeover, I've finally done it - a dream come true.
I'm sure there are more positives to come from this, just need to stay positive.
So I posted some pics. I can't really tell much difference. Posted one of my belly button. I think it looks a bit weird. Does anyone know if the marble thing works? It needs opening up. I didn't think I had high expectations before surgery.... Am I being too self critical??
Probably not the best idea but I'm sick of not...
- 7 Oct 2012
- 18 days post
4weeks and 3 days post op - I started work this...
- 13 Oct 2012
- 24 days post
BUT in celebration of my return to work we continued into the city. Not too sure bout the alcohol rules with surgery but i totally got smashed.. Fell over in the pub we were at, hit my head on the bar corner, and came up with blood spewin out every where. Huge gash in my head, everyone fussing all over me and bar staff wanting to call an ambulance. Massively embarrassed I just waived them off and hightailed it outta there with my work mates in tow trying to chase me down. It looked worse than it really was. Probably could have done with a stitch or two, but did a good patch up job at home. So wow, what a night. My head hurts a little today, but its not swollen or bruised or anything, it's just a straight gash. Another responsible drinking lesson learnt. Need a reminder of that now and then.
Otherwise- the little alien in my tummy seems to have disappeared this week. No abnormal rumblings in there. Tummy still feels tight and by the end of the day I start to walk around hunched over. The numbness in my tummy is really annoying, especially when I'm itchy. The boobs aren't sore anymore. I can extend my arms above my head without pain, and the sharp pains thru the boobs I hardly get anymore. They are still tender, but a little massage and they feel much better.
I don't actually think I have changed from the last pics taken. But I'll take some pics anyway.
So it's been 8 weeks. Feels like its been a lot...
- 11 Nov 2012
- 2 months post