Just at the beginning of my journey. Haven't even...
Procedure Date - Oct 1
Campos' office really needs to get it together.
What kinda setup IS this? Anyway, It was a bank check so if they cash it, Ill be able to track it.
I was also told today that the only consultation before surgery is actually the day of... an hr before you go in. :-/
UGH...Campos' work is amazing though so Im going to get putting up with it lol
I sooooo wish I could push my date forward. I want my new booty already!!! Im over here obsessing over "wish pics" I hope Im able to find enough photos to show him what I REALLY want.
Updates Updates Updates
So! We have decided to hire a caregiver to help us for the week while we are there. MULTIPLE times I emailed Angie asking for the information of their nurse who goes out to the hotel. Either I didn't get a reply or it was some answer about going to a recovery house. ANGIEEEEEEE if I wanted to go to a recovery house I would make THAT call. I know the office gets a kick back from the Lilas place but stop trying to stuff it down my throat please geez lol
So the hunt is on for a caregiver! Ive posted an ad and was worried for a little bit because it took a couple days to get any replies, but it's actually worked out ok. Hopefully we will nail down a condo now.
Pain meds... Will someone PLEASE tell me how to get some REAL damn pain meds down there? Im scared. Tramadol ..thats it? For real? Im reallyyyyy nervous about recovery. But beyond all that ...YAYYYYYYYYY 2 weeks away!! I'm so excited!!!
I think I may lipo my upper back also. Having everything else in shape with a chubby upper back? Not a good look I don't think :)
K Ladies and Gents, thats all for now!!!
My Costs Breakdown:
Hotel: $400 ($80/nt split)
Food: $120 (hopefully less, but gotta be prepared)
I don't even know how much all this cost me:
-Arnica Tablets and gel
-Disposable wash cloths (Assurance brand from Walmart **THE BUSINESS**)
-Wound care supplies
-Enema... you can try and be cute... but if I need it Im using it!! lol
-Boppy Pillow (Found it at Goodwill for $3, SAME DAY I decided I was going to do the procedure...couldn't back out after that, I had my Boppy ;-)
-Forever Lazy (Look this up!! It will change your world!! I have the original not the cheap ones they through out in the store...I digress lol)
-Rubbing alcohol/ Hydrogen Peroxide
-Maxi Pads/ Tampons
-My OWN sheet to go over the hotel bed.
-Gopher (grabber thing)
grammatical error ;-)
Oh Boy....it's getting real now. 2 days away.
God Bless them :)
Anyhow, I'm tired of looking at myself like this in the mirror. I'm ready to roll. I sent in all my money except 125 for the meds. That sounds kind of outrageous to me, so I'm just going to have him write the prescription and I'll go to the pharmacy myself with my caregiver.
I'm packed!!... will been packed for a while now. Didn't take pictures of everything but I damn near brought my whole house. Im still a little concerned about the pain meds. I would like to be pretty numb or at least knocked out sleep the first few days lol
I certainly wish they were willing to leave the foley catheter in for the first night so I wouldn't have to get up to pee constantly. I am going to TRYYYYY and get everyone updated. But who knows how that pain is going to have me feeling. But I'm sure you guys stalk the postings just like I do. lol
Today is the day
Was planning on writing more but just looked at the time. Gotta go!! Pray for me guys, the girl I came with had to stay over night because they said she lost too much blood and didn't snap out of anesthesia as fast as they'd liked. Talked to her...shes good. Just hope I get to come straight back to the hotel. ANYWAY here are some parting photos of my (old) body!
Day 2 post op
Anyway got there at 0720 and was let in through a side door because the front was not open. I went to go and check on GetMeRight who had to stay overnight. To my SURPRISE she was standing up and talking to our caregiver with a slight smile on her face. WHAT A RELIEF.
Angie was up front and summoned me up there so I could get my paperwork started. What I WILL repeat that most people say is...have ALL your paperwork with you (Receipts, Quote, Labs EKG...ALLLLL that) for some reason, Its almost seen as your responsible on the day of to have all that together for them the day of even though you've already sent that to them. Im like wth?!? IFFFF she had checked her emails like she was supposed to she would have seen all the payments that had been made to her....I digress.
Anyway, Campos walks in (sporting a new beard, looks good on him) :p
We go over my problem areas, he flirts a lil..not too much ...not in some creepy way lol but maybe Im not as cute as the other girl on here that was claiming he was doing too much. lol He adds on the upper bra line at no charge THANK GOD. But she NOTTTTT mention what you really want worked on until you talk to her. That woman is as money hungry as she can be...or just doing her job TOO well lol
IV was started, from a glass bottle...strange, but whatever. Had the epidural placed....really not as bad I was expecting it to be and then I was given some meds and was out for the count. Woke up with my girdle on and was ready to head out. First day consisted of sleeping mainly. Slept for 2-3 hrs at a time at night. Sucked having to get up constantly for pee and drain the JP drain. Today we are in the condo we rented by the ocean. HIGHLY recommend it. Try to get some photos up later.
Full of errors
Going home with the drain.
But Im just not happy. Im so sore. Feel like my pain meds aren't working at all...hoping I'm not taking too many pain meds. Got my garment on and off for the first time by myself today with someone on standby. That sucked but was doable with patience. I think what people tend not to focus enough on when deciding to do this is the shitty shitty recovery. Im not at the point where I'll say "it was sooooo worth it Id do it ALL over again!" But I do think I will get there so I'm trying not to complain. But seriously this recovery will mess with you physically and mentally. I don't recognize that body in he mirror and it's freaking me out! There is no comfortable position. Some just hurt less then others. There is a constant pain. But I'm good, just need to take some more meds and go back to sleep lol .
My hips are going down which I am happy about. I really hope my butt rounds out though, because even though from the front I'm happy with how I look, I was really hoping for a round backside. Right now it just looks wide. I would like to put up photos, but right now the room with the mirror is a mess because I can't really bend over and said screw it on the cleaning for now.
Patience is Everything!
Here is what life is like 2 weeks after your liposuction. The area thats been lipo'd is STIFF, you literally have to fight with your own body to move around. It is MANDATORY that you give yourself daily massages to break up the scar tissue. Sometimes, I have to do it multiple times during the day. I am still sore and achy every morning. Only using pain medication periodically though. There are little "pea size" beads of death fat under your skin that you have to find and massage out. I have to tape cotton balls in my belly button because the compression garment deforms it without it. We trying to prevent "Lipo Tummy" over here!!!
Over all though I have to say that I'm pleased with my results. My butt doesn't seem NEARLY as big anymore, thankfully. My waistline is super small. Trying on my clothes feels like I bought a whole new wardrobe. But I just didn't want to get on here talking about how great everything is now that I have this new shape. Recovery SUCKS!! I have no idea how I would be able to do it if I had children or a job that had very strict hours. And this is coming from someone with no complications! My friend is having infection issues! ...she looks great though...Would I do it again? Man...I dunno, but now that I THINK the worst is over, except the daily care I have to do, I am glad I did it. But please don't take the decision to do it lightly. This is not an easy procedure to go through alone.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience with Campos. There is only one staff member that was messing with his score, everyone else was wonderful. Especially Ruby. Unfortunately, the staff member that is causing all the issues, you have to deal with the most. Would have the procedure with them again. He does great work.