P.O Week 6.... Time flies! New pics...
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Hello, I am a 30 year old mother of three. My...
- 11 Nov 2012
- 24 days pre
Hello, I am a 30 year old mother of three. My story is pretty basic, with my first son, I gained around 60 pounds and lost it all again but never lost the skin. I was basically left with an apron of skin and from there, every time I had another baby the pouch got bigger and the fat didn't come off as easily. To say the least this was the hardest change I ever dealt with in my life. I felt disgusting and had people want to see my stomach like it was some sort of freak. I NEVER take my shirt off, I won't even look when I get out the shower. I just still can't believe its me. I went from the most comfortable person naked to a frumpy mom on the outside with the old me on the inside. I feel trapped in my body.
I could sit here and type all the reasons I have told everyone for getting the tummy tuck. that I would be a better mother, a better wife, happier. But what it really comes down to is that it bothers me. I just bothers me. And so, as I have been waiting for years and feeling guilty for even asking my husband for us to spend this money, I am now 3 1/2 weeks away from my tummy tuck. And thanks to all those who have written their stories my husband is now 100% on board with me and my decision. It helps so much to see why people feel the way they do, the reasons that have nothing to do with being perfect but more about being happy.
My doctor is I would say the best in Toronto, or one of the best and I fully trust this procedure. I decided not to get my breasts done even though I breastfed for 3 years in total and they probably need it but I just wasn't ready to commit mentally to having implants. And so, in the future if I feel they bother me, I will. But for now, I have to do what makes me sad, and what makes me feel like I am not me. The Tummy Tuck. So the plan for the next 3 1/2 weeks is to lose 10 pounds. I know. sounds impossible, but I am going to give it my all, at least an 8 pound loss would be perfect. My biggest concern is that I am not skinny enough to see great results and that I might regret not loosing more. I am 5'7 and 145 pounds and carry it all in my stomach and back. Does anyone feel that being skinnier makes the surgery look better? Also, any suggestions on what bedside items I should be packing? I am staying with my in laws for the first week without any other help and want to be as prepared as I can `to need the least amount of help possible. Thanks for listening and I will post pictures tomorrow!!!!
Okay, after seing all of your posts today I feel...
- 12 Nov 2012
- 24 days pre
Okay, lets talk about the pictures. DAMN it's so much worse than I thought. Looking at it I can't believe its me.
And no C-section. My skin just decided to hang like that all by itself. But at the same time super refreshing to have finally taken pictures of it and as others have said I hope I can look back and thank the lord I had the tummy tuck.
SO... now that the tummy tuck is approaching, I feel like I can't wait another minute! I just can't immagine if I hadn't booked it and wasn't going through with it how depressed I would be right now.
Thinking of all the things I want for myself I ran 5k tonite and hope to keep running. Like I said, I am worried I am not skinny enough to see the best results. Oh well, can only do my best.
After my surgery I am staying at my husbands parents. I don't know why the thought of this makes me just want to cry like my 4 year old, but I do. I just have this visual of being proped up on the couch in extreme pain with my father in law forcing me to watch hours and hour of tennis while he complains and breathes too close. His breath is going to kill me this time I know it.
No but siriously, I love them and all but when you are that sick, you don't want to me stuck somewhere other than home.
Unfortunately for me, my surgery is in Toronto but I do not live there and I have 3 young kids (7,4,2) that have to stay home with my husband.) Yup, I am going to the hospital with my mom who is going to be in Toronto for a conference, she is dropping me off and then I am on my own until the inlaws come to get me the next day. And I swear to god if they drive in Toronto the way they usually do (motherin law pulling a full stop on the highway to try and get on a missed ramp) I may lose it!
But this is the sacrifice I am making to have the tummy tuck. I keep tellikng myself, "I am a grown woman, I can do this, my mother in law cares and I will be fine."
But why is it that I keep having visuals of calling for my father in law because I am stuck on the can??!
So sorry for the typos I think my kids got juice...
- 12 Nov 2012
- 24 days pre
Okay, I just had to write how I am feeling right...
- 13 Nov 2012
- 23 days pre
As for my nerves... The more I read about how hard the first few days are the more nervous I get to be pending it at my in laws house. I am sure my mother in law will want to help but I don't neccessarily feel comfortable asking for help. That is going to be the worst. Most of that family can't even make it through a Christmas dinner there, never mind making through surgery.
Please...anyone have any suggestions for bedside items that worked to help, I need it!
Errr...blood work, not bloodworm, gross.
- 13 Nov 2012
- 23 days pre
Hi everyone! Thanks to everyone who has made me...
- 15 Nov 2012
- 21 days pre
I am now 3 weeks away from my tummy tuck and it feels like it is approaching so fast! I can't wait to get it over with. I have been running 5k at night so hopefully I can lose some more weight before the surgery.
Had a slight panic attack a couple days ago about being alone after the surgery with my 70 year old in laws and thank god my mother suggested she watch the kids for my husband to fly and be with me a couple days after surgery.
NOW, the real question... do I book a wax appointment? Do I shave before hand or just a trim? Any suggestions on what works best for post-op? Thanks!
OKay, in 2 weeks I am on that airplane on my way...
- 20 Nov 2012
- 16 days pre
Hey Everyone, happy thanksgiving to those in the...
- 22 Nov 2012
- 14 days pre
Hey everyone, okay, I am officially 10 days from...
- 26 Nov 2012
- 10 days pre
9 days away and panicking more than ever! Yet more...
- 27 Nov 2012
- 9 days pre
Okay, so I am officially dazed. I drive around in...
- 29 Nov 2012
- 7 days pre
A leap I need, and a leap my soul is ready for.. FINALLY. I have been going through my day thinking things like, this is the last time I am at my daughters Gymnastics, this is the last time I shovel outside, this is the last time I go to this starbucks. HAHA , this needs to happen so I can stop thinking about useless things!
I hope everyone who has crossed to the flat side it keeping their heads up and remembers how it felt to want it so bad. And to those looking forward to it to thank your lucky stars that you are able to look forward to something so wonderfull. Take care!
Why must I have one good day and then one bad day...
- 30 Nov 2012
- 6 days pre
Thank you everyone who is sharing their feelings before and after surgery, it helps more than you can ever know!
Okay, so the nervousness has left my body and the...
- 3 Dec 2012
- 3 days pre
Thank you to EVERYONE who sent good vibes my way as I have been in a state of panic this last month. And I am so happy to be following all of your journeys!
I may not be able to post while out of town before the surgery but will post once I leave the hospital with pictures! YAY! I can't believe it's my turn!
Take care everyone, and please keep writing me, I look forward to every single one of them!
Hey everyone! I made it. I just got to the in laws...
- 7 Dec 2012
- 1 day post
Good morning everyone! I was finally able to get...
- 8 Dec 2012
- 2 days post
Is taking such good care of me. Take care everyone. Okay, just realized I have no idea where to add new photos... Anyone?
Uurghh, so frustrating! Don't even have the option...
- 8 Dec 2012
- 2 days post
Hey everyone, so ya, ipads do not let you upload...
- 9 Dec 2012
- 3 days post
Because today I showered. And he had to help. I am much more swollen today than yesterday when the picture was taken, and it feels sooo soo weird to take the binder off. Not to all, my binder was too tight after surgery and my neck was really really sore. Like shooting pain sore until the nurse and I thought of opening it up and reajusting. What relief! Now I am careful not to put it too tight as my neck gets sore right away if it is.
So, of course I am wondering if I am much more swollen than I should be as I do not feel I can sit in old clothes or underwear yet. But I am patient and am happy and glad for the LEAPS and BOUNDS i make everyday. I couldn't even describe the scene yesterday for me, shaking and convulsing with my arms wrapped around a puke bucket and sweat pouring off of me as I got off the drugs. I would go from that to asleep .. all day! Today I have makeup on!
Anyways, I need to get up and move around. thank you to everyone who supported me and sent me wished in my surgery. I feel I have made such friends on here. Can't wait to follow all of you as I sit in bed and go over all your posts!
I'll keep you posted and put up more pictures maybe tomorrow.
Okay, hey everyone, feeling much better taday,...
- 10 Dec 2012
- 4 days post
The numbness is weird. I can feel myself touching my belly but can't feel the fingers. Creapy. I posted some pics of me this morning, I am felling happy with my results and can't wait to get better and better.
But it is officially time to go home. I want to be home. 2 more days and we will be, but all this sitting around with no commotion around me is BORING! Please feel free to keep in touch and ask questions as I have nothing really to do and love hearing from everyone. Hope everyone is well!
Hey everyone! So nice to hear all of you P.O are...
- 12 Dec 2012
- 6 days post
I had my P.O visit yesterday with my PS and he gave me the go ahead to head on home. He was so pleased with my results and we all joked about how much skin was removed. (yuck) he said it was "substantial" but I knew it would be. He showed me how to "milk" the drains, it sounds so gross and kinda grosses me out, but he showed me how to suction the blood through incase of small clots. Which came in handy today as there were a few.
I can't wait to go back the next time and show him the results!
Anyone else thinking of getting a tattoo over their scar?
Anyways, I am just sitting here kinda pouting from the fact that everyone is at my daughters FIRST christmas concert ever and I am laying here in bed. Bwahahahah, emotional mother.
Take care everyone!!
Okay, you've been asking for pics so here they...
- 16 Dec 2012
- 10 days post
Okay, I am SOOOO happy. I got my drains out yesterday. Praise the Lord, it felt weird, a bit of a burning sensation at the opening, but overall was not half as bad as I thought. I leaked yesterday for a while, but it has stopped now.
For an update... I am walking fully straight and even able to bend my back to stretch out, I sleep full stretched all night and can even turn on my side and a bit on my belly. I feel no pain except I feel a bit stiff, as though I worked out too hard or something.
My husband keeps going banana's when he sees me and he keeps saying how good it feels to see me laying with my belly out instead of hiding it. I feel like I look the same as the other pictures but I am less swollen.
We had my son's 2nd birthday yesterday and everyone wanted to see. It was great. I cheated and lifted my son a few times now, but tried my best to use my arms and back mostly.
Overall I feel amazing. I peaked at the scar under the tape and it is so tiny and smooth, can't wait to get the tape off.
Hope everyone is doing well and thank you to everyone who has followed and supported my journey. I so enjoy reading all your posts and comments! Take Care and my prayers to everyone.
Okay, to keep it short, Every pain, leak, pull, I...
- 17 Dec 2012
- 11 days post
Hey everyone! So sorry it took so long to post...
- 30 Dec 2012
- 24 days post
Hope you are all feeling great and had a merry christmas, and hope your new year brings much happiness!
Hello my old friends! How time flies after...
- 18 Jan 2013
- 1 month post
So here I am updating everyone on my progress. Everything with my surgery went so well, I have been laying on my stomach now for about a week, it feels really tight when I do it thoough, my scar is a bit crooked but I don't mind as I am going to tatoo over it anyways. I can see less and less swelling all the time and look forward to working out soon!
I havn't really changed my clohes yet as I am waiting to work out a bit to buy some new clothes for the summer.
Absolutely everyday I say to myself that it was the best decision I ever made. I never regreted it once. And I looked at my before yesterday and WOW, what reassurance!
Anyways, I have to run, sorry the pics are grainy, this damn computer camera is the $hits!
Hope everyone, is healing well, and to my old friends on here, I still keep up and love reading posts! Drop me a line ANYTIME!
After carefully having consultations with various doctors in the Toronto area, I chose Dr.Jerome Edelstein. From the first consultation to the last, he has answered all questions and concerns with attention to detail and has made me feel comfortable throughout the entire process. It feels like you have known him forever in the way he treats you. Not only has he given me amazing results with my full Tummy Tuck, but he has once again made me feel beautiful. I would go back to Dr. Edelstein in a heartbeat. Not to mention his AMAZING staff (Anita and Louise) who treat you like family and recognize you by your first name every time you call. He is a SKILLED surgeon with a great heart. Check out my posts for pictures!