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I'm 33 years old and have 2 beautiful boys. My...

I'm 33 years old and have 2 beautiful boys. My body has paid the price and now it's time to pay the price for my body! My heaviest weight was right before having my first son via c-section at 227. Ouch! I vowed then to never be that weight ever again! It was aweful and uncomfortable! 7 years later I had my second son and right before my c-section with him was 199. April was one year since I had my second son and I am now at 161...still working on that last subborn ten pounds but decided to schedule this mommy makeover and get the ball rolling! I'm 5'5" and weight 161....Ideally I want to be 150. I have my pre op appt on May 23rd and I am so excited! A bit nervous because I really pray that everything goes well. I hope I wake up (most important thing) and I don't get any infections! Both of my c-sections got infected afterwards and that was aweful! I'm staying really positive and doing everything in my power to ensure that this is one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life! My husband and I love the river and I want my old bikini body back!!! So excited for tomorrow's pre op! Hope you all are healing well and can't wait to be on the other side healing with you all! :)

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Will do, I am trying to get my husband to take some pictures.
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This is very exciting! Fingers and toes crossed for no infections. Please do keep us posted!

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Good luck!!! Can't wait to hear how it goes
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Well I had my pre-op and now I'm just trying to...

Well I had my pre-op and now I'm just trying to get everything done that I need to before this coming Friday! Wow....I can't believe I'm really doing this and it's only 6 more days away! YEA!!!! I started taking my Arnica Montana and Bromalein last Tuesday. I really hope that helps out with the swelling since I'm a sweller anyways! Now I need to get the house ready and spend these last few days of mobility playing and holding my boys! I hope you all are having a great day! Life is good ...enjoy every bit of it! :)

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I feel the same way. Especially not being able to tend to the needs of my 1 year old. He is always wanting to be held right now and I always love holding him. I keep telling myself that it'll only be a few weeks!

Okay, so 3 days left. I've been running around...

Okay, so 3 days left. I've been running around trying to get all the last minute stuff done. Trying to get the house clean and pantry filled with food for the hubby and kids. I got my a walker yesterday from my mom. I'm still wondering where I will set up camp once I get home? My bed is where I would like to be but it might be too high to get in and out of easily. I don't have a recliner but I have a couch with a chaise...maybe I will stay there for the first few nights? Any suggestions on the easiest place to stay? I'm going to take all my before pictures, weight and measurements Thursday night. Still deciding weather to post them or not???? I really love looking at everyone's before and after pics so I'll try to get the courage up to post them! Hope you all are healing well! Can't wait to be healing with you!!! :)

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Okay, so just over 24 hours to go. Just got done...

Okay, so just over 24 hours to go. Just got done cleaning the house and doing the laundry. Got to do a bunch of stuff tomorrow-pick up meds, take kids stuff to grandmas, take before pics, and workout one last time for awhile! I'm really going to miss my cardio and my elliptical! I LOVE THAT MACHINE!!! So has anyone tried to stay in their bed? Or is the counch more comfy? I'm wishing I would have bought a recliner but I'm thinking I will try to stay in my bed with a bunch of pillows to help prop me up...any ideas? I still have to get my bed area ready tomorrow night as well. I'll try to post some before pics tomorrow night before I go to bed. Hope you all have a great night. Happy healing and thank you so much for all the comments! Good luck and many prayers for all of us June 1st MM's!!!! :)

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You must be getting so exited!!
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11 more hours till I join the flat tummy crew! ...

11 more hours till I join the flat tummy crew! Yeah! I think I have everything ready and taken care of. I packed the car and got my bed ready for when I get home. Took my before pictures tonight and I think I threw up in my mouth when I looked at them! Ugh...gross! Sorry for the graphic description but WOW....pictures don't lie that's for sure! I'm going to post some of them tonight. I took my measurements and I will weight myself one last time tomorrow morning after I get ready. I'm super excited and really not nervous. I'm sure I will be once I get there and the Doc starts drawing on me! I hope he has a brand new marker to use! He'll need it with all the marking he got to do! LOL.....Anyhow, I'm going to try and post my pics now. To everyone having their surgery tomorrow...Good luck and best wishes for our big day! :)

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Tomorrow is your day!!!
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Thanks Blonde...I'm very excited and not nervous. Please keep me in your prayers. I'll post as soon as I can after surgery :)

I did it!!!!! Yeah! The worst is over and it...

I did it!!!!! Yeah! The worst is over and it wasn't too bad! My surgery was at 9am this morning. I went in signed the paperwork, then the nurse took me back and got my vitals and started my IV. I waited for about 45 minutes then the nurse said we were ready! I kissed and hugged my hubby and went and laid on the surgery table. I laid there for a minute looking at the surgerical lights above me and prayed one last time to please let me wake up! Next thing I new I was waking up. The ride home was about an hour and 15 mintues so that was uncomfortable. Then walking to my room from the garage was not happening! I felt really nocious and weak. My husband went and got the walker (which has a seat on it) and I sat on that while he pushed me to the room....LIFESAVER! I've been relaxing in my chair and ottoman since then and feeling pretty good. Went pee for the first time and that wasn't that bad. Took a couple of laps around the house with the walker to! I'm really not feeling as bad as I thought I would be so that's great! My boobs are more sore then anything else. Trying to stay on top of taking my vicodins so that the pain doesn't sneak up on me. A little blood bleed thru my CG on my left breast side. No biggie just put a thin panty liner in there. Looked like that gauze slipped done a little and that's why it bleed through. I'm getting tired so I'm post again tomorrow. Thanks for everyones thoughts and prayers! Happy healing...and have a restful night:)

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I am glad all went well, happy healing.
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Thinking of you, can't wait to hear from you!!
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Thinking of you DesertRat...sending positive healing thoughts your way! You are going to look beautiful!
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Hello ladies. Had my post op appt this morning...

Hello ladies. Had my post op appt this morning and everything looks good. I was so excited to see what my tummy looked like. Felt pretty strange when she took my binder off but good at the same time. My binder was bunched up and digging into my side on the right. Felt lots better after she rewrapped me all up. Managed to have my hubby take a couple pics of the new me while I was out. I LOVE MY NEW BOOBIES AND BELLY!!!!! Can't believe I can call this my new tummy....it's been a long time coming. So happy with my decision to do this for myself and my hubby. He's happy too! Hope everyone is healig well and having a pain free day! :)

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Lookin good!!!!
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looking good happy healing
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Thank you Island girl! Super sore right now and bruising from the lipo is kickin in. Looking forward to tomorrow and having another day of healing. Thnks for your comment :)

Well, I slept pretty good last night and didn't...

Well, I slept pretty good last night and didn't have to get up to pee as many times as the night before! Thank God! This morning, I felt that my CG need to be adjusted because it was starting to bunch up. So I took my walker in the bathroom and my husband undid my CG's. OMG....I got super hot, had to sit on the seat of my walker, ask my hubby for some water and a fan.....next thing I know my hubby was saying" Babe, Babe?" I woke up. I totally passed out! Not sure what that was from, maybe unleashing the girls and the support off my tummy but that was the worst feeling. Anyhow, I came to and then he gave me a spunge bath and put my CG's and sports bra back on. I can't shower until Thursday...UGH! I love my husband. He is the best! He has been totally helpful this entire time and hasn't complained once. He is very supportive and tells me " I can't wait to take you out Babe, you look great!" I'm so excited that my hsband wants to show me off again! Thank you Babey! Ur the best! Anyhow, I'm feeling pretty good today. The drain on my right side is a little bothersome and uncomfortable. Can't wait to get those things outta there but I'm still draining quit a bit so good thing that they will be in until friday. My husband is going to go pick up our 2 boys in a bit fro grandmas house so I'm excited to see them. Thanks mom for watching them...like my walker..your a lifesaver! Hope everyone is healing well and I'll post back again tomorrow! :)

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Hey Blonde, I'm feeling pretty good today. Better and less sore then yesterday. I think the lipo of the flanks and lower back has caused the most soreness. But so glad that I had it done! Thanks for checking in on me! :) Hope your doing well too?
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I am getting lipo in my flanks and flanks along with a tt, breast augmentation and lift. How is your lower back feeling I am worried about the lipo in the back and being able to get comfortable
I didn't mean to put flanks 2 times I meant and back:-)

Hello everyone! Okay, it's PO day 3. These days...

Hello everyone! Okay, it's PO day 3. These days are going by alot faster then I thought they would. At this point all I really want is a nice warm shower!!! I stink and my hair is yuckie! My hair is long down to my waist and it's so greasy you could rub tortillas on my head and then fry them! LOL....I feel really good today. Got up this morning with my hubby and packed the boys their lunches and kissed them goodbye. I have to start massaging my boobs today. I'm suppose to do it 6 times every 3 hours....so looks like I'll be playing with my boobies all day for the next few days! LOL...I'm not that swollen, just a bit around my waist, mainly where the drains are at my hips. The only real discomfort I have is from my right drain. It feels like it "pinches" me when I sit down. Just uncomfortable but not unbearable. I've been staying up on my Vicodin every 5 hours. Probably take it for another day or two and then switch to Extra Strength Tylenol. My belly button has a "burning" feeling to it since last night. Anyone know what that's all about? Anyhow, I have to go and play with my boobs now....ttys :) Hope all of you are healing well! :)

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DesertRat, I'm feeling your pain about your hair! That is one of my worries. I have put a handheld shower head in the bath on the first floor where I plan to camp out. So you recommend the Arnica & Bromelain? Trying to figure out what to take before/after, what to avoid ... are they considered to be supplements? Hopefully you've been able to get your hair washed or can soon!
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DesertRat, I know exactly about the belly button burning. That was one of my main complaints. I finally pinpointed that it was a stitch that was causing burning and a zapping pain--it was terrible. My PS snipped the stitch on day 5. It still hurt for the rest of the day, but after that it hasn't bothered me a bit. Who would think one tiny stitch could send me thru the roof, but it just about did. I'm at day 10po today and feeling somewhat myself again. I even walked on my treadmill today, and went for a walk outside. So, just think how close you are to that now. I'm amazed at how every day is a little better than the day before. You have a beautiful bod to look forward to now!
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Thanks so much for the info Ruby. I really appreciate it. It seems to really bother me when I try to sit in more of the 80-90 degree angle. Which I try not to do to often but have to in order to pee and do a few other things...lol. I don't know what my BB looks like right now...They still have it covered and I won't see it until Friday at my next appt. I can't believe your doing so well and walking on the treadmill. Good for you! I'm really sore this evening from all the lipo on my flanks and lower back. The time is going by pretty fast though and I look forward to each day because I want to feel better and keep on recovering! I'm really looking forward to Thursday so I can shower! I'm stinky! Sponge bathes only go so far! Thanks for all your insight. Happy healing! :)

Good morning Ladies! Okay so yesterday I think I...

Good morning Ladies! Okay so yesterday I think I may have over done it a little bit because I was really sore last night. Mainly on my sides where my drains go in. That area seems to get swollen and hurt. I don't seem to be draining much so I really hope that they take these drains out on friday. Okay, so I have been taking MOM to try and have a BM and nothing. What's up with that? How many days after surgery did it take you ladies to have a BM? And what did you take? I have been taking 2 tablespoons of MOM everyday for the last 4 days now and nothing! I've been eating a soft diet still..bananas, jello, yogurt, cottage cheese, crackers, etc. I weighted myself this morning also and I was 162.5. The morning of surgery I was 162 so that's not too bad. I'm not really swollen right now so I think that the lipo and skins flaps probably weighted about the same as the implants they put in? I looked up online how much 1 liter of lipo weighs and they said 2.2 lbs....gross huh? So I had 1.5 liters sucked out of me....that's 3.3 pounds in lipo right there. They didn't get the weight of my skin flaps...really wish I would have had them take a picture of them! How much did your skin flaps weigh? Anyhow, I'm feeling good this morning. Still taking my antis and pain killers on schedule along with my arnica and bromelain. I can't wait till friday's post op appt....I'll post more pics after my appt. Happy healing to everyone...have a wonderful day and remember...LIFE IS GOOD! :)

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Hey honey27, I went to Dr Smaili (pronounced Smile-E). He has an office in Upland and Brea. I went to the one in Upland. He does great work and he is sout after for his great tummy tuck and BB's. Haven't seen my BB yet....I will on friday though and keep everyone updated. Are you looking to have a MM? What all are you looking to do?
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hello , happy healing. i wanted to know where you went because that sounds like a good place and the price seems really good. thamks.
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Hey girl! Happy healing! I had the same surgery date as you, june 1 at 8.30 am. We are recovering the same time. Im 34 years old, have had3 c sections. Im 5'2" and weighed 114 lbs, not sure what i weight now. I haven't weighed myself since the surgery on friday. I've been reading your post, and kinda comparing the recovery process. Today is the first day that i am by myself. My husband went back to work and boys went back to day care. My daughter was home, but im sending her to play with the neighbor's kid for a while because she gets really bored. i love your positive attitude and you seem like having more energy than me. I]m still on my pain pills every 4 hours. Still feeling week and no energy. I haven't unwrap any of my bandages, have no energy or interest to do that right now. Hopefully my tummy looks fine. I had my first bm yesterday. Have you been taking stool softener once a day
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Good morning Ladies! So....3 HUGE glasses of...

Good morning Ladies! So....3 HUGE glasses of prune juice and half a bottle of MOM later and I finally had my first BM this morning! WhooooHoooo! I feel like a million bucks! My tummy is still a little grumbly so I now the show isn't over yet! I'm just happy it started! lol... It was super mild too...nothing like my Dulcolax story....if you've read about that! lol....I feel really good today. I sat outback with the hubby this morning before he left for work. Felt wonderful being in the sun and having the warmth of it on me! I love being outside. Don't have much esle to report. I will stop taking my Vicodins tonight and switch to Extra Strength Tylenol. Hopefully that goes well. I'm continueing to do my boobie massages. I noticed that they start to feel really hard and "full'" as if I'm "engorged"...then I go and massage them and they feel so much better. Haven't weighted myself today...I will do that again tomorrow morning. Speaking of tomorrow...I GET TO SHOWER TOMORROW....one more day! YEAH! I am super excited about taking my shower. My hair really needs it. Seriously, I think I'm going to take before/after pictures of my hair so you all can see that transformation! lol....Well Happy Healing to you all...I hope you all feel beautiful and have a wonderful day! :)

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Thanks for the compliment newmesoon! :)
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project BM completed...very funny!!! you look great!
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I know, who would have thought that having BM would be such great news? lol...Life is totally good! Thanks!
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Good morning everyone....I'm super stoked today...

Good morning everyone....I'm super stoked today because I finally get to take a shower and maybe start to feel like a woman again! I do have to wait until my hubby gets home just in case I decide to have another fainting episode but that's okay. By 5:30pm I will smell good, my hair will be washed and beautiful again and I will be clean shaven OMG...I need to shave. I can't take these hairy legs any more! They feel like I'm sleeping with King crab legs....lol...all these little spikes on them! I think these next 2 days are going to be a huge turning point for me. Getting to shower today and tomorrow I go see the PS and get my drains out and into a stage 2 CG. I can't wait. I'm so ready to be in the next phase of recovery. I weighed myself this morning and I'm 161.5...yeah...that's 1/2 a pound less then surgery morning! I'll take it! I know once I wash all the grease outta my hair I'm going to loose another pound! lol... Oh yeah, I switched from Vicodin to Extra Stregth Tylenol yesterday and it wasn't that bad. I did alot last night since the hubby had to work late and I was pretty sore this morning but once I got up and walked it out a little I'm okay. Mainly the lipo areas- lower back and flanks. Well, that's all I got for now...maybe I'll post again after my shower tonight if I have any energy left! Have a great day ladies and heal well...LIFE IS GOOD! :) WHOOP WHOOP!!!!!!

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WooHoo! Shower today, drain-free tomorrow :):) Try not to overdo your happy dance! I will do one for you!
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LOL...thanks showme! Do a really silly one...my kids love that! :)
Yay for shower! It seems like all of the ladies here get to shower before 1 week postop, my dr said absolutely not to get them wet. So today I got really curious of how it really looked under the binders, I laid down flat on my back and open the binders all the way, still felt weird, I could feel my tummy immediately expanding and made growling noice like air bubbles moving inside. And what's worse is i found that the incision and bb were covered by only gauges . And they were stuck! Omg the guey skin was stuck on the gauges !I don't know how they're going to remove the gauges without hurting me:( I'm such a coward... I'm sorry if I'm grossing you out, ... Anyway other than that the drainage is still bright red and I'm draining 25cc still over the 24h :( I hope I can still be qualified for removal tomorrow. I think you're where you should be if you're color is yellowish clear . Do you know how to massage the girls? I think I want to try to massage the girls, they hurt and like you said feel like engorge . I'm wishing you drains free tomorrow ! Updates your status after your postop, I'd like to know how you're doing, you are a though cookie!

Happy Friday!!!! Good morning ladies....And I do...

Happy Friday!!!! Good morning ladies....And I do mean it's a goooooodddd morning! I smell sooooo good! That shower felt awesome! I washed my hair 3 times with shampoo and then finally conditioned it. I scrubbed my arms and legs with dial soap and was able to shave my legs! And armpits! No more King crab legs here! lol...I'm halfway to feeling like a women again. I blow dryed my hair and styled it, put makeup on and found a cute little summer dress to put on for my post op appt today. I'm really hoping they take out both of my drains. Over the last 24hours the left on put out 12cc's and the right one put out 7cc's. The color was yellowish/light pinkish. I have still been massaging my boobies and they feel like they are starting to "loosen up" a bit. When I wake up in the morning they still feel sore and "engorged" feeling. But once I do a little tata massage I'm fine. After my shower I felt one stitch from under my left nipple kind of poking out. Going to ask the PS today about that. I'm hoping that at my appt today I can get the following things accomplished:
#1) TAKE MY DRAINS OUT!!!!
#2) Get rid out my binder and into a comfortable CG
#3) See and hopefully love my BB
#4) Take out sticthes around my nipples (The rest are all dissolveable)
If these can be accomplished today at my appointment I will be a really happy girl. Then I will feel about 3/4 of the normal again. Just have to work on standing up and my mid to lower back pain from that lipo. I will take some more pics today at the appt and post them later. I'm am starting to get my appitite back now. I have been really hungry this morning. I had a bowl of oatmeal around 7:30 and I'm hungry again already. Anyhow, I will try to post again later today, if not in the morning. Hope all of you are healing well. Have a wonderful Friday! :)

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Hey june,I know...what's up with us having to stay all stinky longer then everyone else? That's so not fair. I have to tell you that shower felt sooooo good. Have you been able to completely shower yet? My BB is covered up too. Not sure if I have the gross stuff attached to my gauze or not but I will let you know after my appt today. Do you have an appt today too? I'm a little nervous about having them remove the drains even though I really want them out. It's funny b/c I was an EMT for 10 years and I saw some really bad stuff during that time but when gross stuff like removing a drain happens to me, I usually can't watch! I get so grossed out! lol...lame huh? I hope you get your drain out for the weekend too. It will make us so much more comfortable. The paper the PS gave me for massaging the girls shows to use the opposite hand and cup it around the opposite boob from under the nipple, lift up using a firm hand and hold for 15 seconds. Then put your hand above your nipple and push down firmly for 15 sec, then put your hand in the center of your chest with the index finger and thumb above the nipple and all the other fingers below it, press the boob into your breast bone and then out to the side (toward the armpit)- hold 15 sec, then last put your thumb on the outside of your boob facing up to your shoulder, then press in towards its sister (making cleavage). That's it. Do each boob 6 times every 3 hours. My PS is suppose to show me how to more aggressive way to massage the implant today at my appt. I will let you know what he says. I have added doing little circular massage around the outter part of my breast (where the implant meets the muscle) in a clockwise direction. This feels so good to me and really helps to loosen them up. I'm thinking that may be the more aggressive way he may show me today. I hope your having a great day of recovery and are feeling better and stronger each day! Happy Friday!

Hello ladies! Well yesterdays 1 week post op appt...

Hello ladies! Well yesterdays 1 week post op appt went awesome! (Except for having to wait 45 minutes before I got called back...ugh!) I saw the PS and he was very pleased with the way I am healing. He revealed to me my BB and it's awesome! Once it completely heals it's going to look so good He had the nurse take out the sutures around my nipple area, lipo spots on my back and one from my BB. Then she took out the drains...the right one just slightly burned when she took it out but it was quick. The left one hurt like a b!t@h!!!!!! After she pulled the second drain out, she shoved my a$$ into a size medium stage 2 CG. When I asked her what size it was and she told me it was a medium, I was like "What?" Me a medium? I haven't been in a medium since high school!" Whoop whoop.....then she said if I stay in this for 6 weeks pretty much 24/7 that when I come back for my 6 week PO she will shove my a$$ into a small!!!! A small? Double whoop whoop!!! So they gave me an extra sports bra (at no cost, thanks Alex) and some Bio-Corneum scar cream that I have to apply to all my scars 2 times a day. My PS also showed me how to start doing a deeper massage on my boobies. Which was pretty much what I was doing on my right breast anyways because that one was feeling really "engorged" for awhile....but not so much anymore. I was so happy with being able to see my BB, having them take out my drains and sutures and shoving my a$$ into a medium CG that I totally forgot to have my hubby snap a few pics...lol...sorry. I will get some tonight after I shower. Promise! Although my hubby did say after we left that he was starting to get a little turned on by seeing my new tummy and boobs....lol...I was happy to hear him say that because it kinda made me feel sexy again! Even though I'm still bruised and slightly hutched over! ....lol...super sexy huh? Oh yeah, one last thing, I slept halfway on my side last night and in my bed! YEAH! I missed my bed so much! My butt couldn't take the chair and ottoman one more night!! This CG is SUPER tight though...so I woke up a couple of times almost feeling a little "smothered" from it. I had to adjust the top of it a little and take a deep breathe.....then I went back to sleep. I'll get used to it...it will just take a little time. Oh yeah, one more thing...I weighed myself this morning. Remind you, I always weigh myself first thing in the morning and usually completely naked...not even a sock. The day of surgery I was 162....today I was 160!!!! And that was with my CG on, a pair of cotton shorts over to CG so my a$$ doesn't hang out, two socks for protecting my boobies from rubbing my CG and three panty liners for over my TT incision.!! That's awesome! I was going to try and do it naked but that was just way to much work to get outta all of this that early in the morning! lol...I'm still not drinking coffee you know! Okay, I think that is finally all I have to say for now. I hope everyone is having a great healing day and a beautiful weekend! Many hugs to everyone who has supported me and encouraged me along the way! Your wonderful! :)

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Just got done with my shower and taking some pics....

Just got done with my shower and taking some pics. Wanted to share. I'm still really swollen and have some brusing but super happy with the results! Hope you all have a comfortable night. Heal well! :)

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Glad to hear things are going well!
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Thank you so much Showme for all the kind words. I'm feeling so good today. I even did some laundry, vacuumed up the living room and cleaned the kitchen! I have my feet up now but that felt great to tidy up. These stage 2 garments are great. They make you stand up straighter so your lower back isn't as sore. I can't wait to read about your adventure in the MM world. I'm so excited for you!! Have a beautiful weekend too! :)
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What great news from BB reveal to drain freedom (ouch) to to Cg & hubby comment was just icing on the cake :) Had to do a supersize silly dance for ya this time lol! Happy healing - hard to believe this time next month I'll be a work in progress, literally! Have a wonderful weekend!
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Well Happy Sunday to everyone! I dont have much...

Well Happy Sunday to everyone! I dont have much to report today. It's been kind of uneventful which is good. I did notice they forgot to take out one suture under my right boob that itsn't dissolvable so I will have to call them and see if I can go in this week and have them take it out. Other then that, just been putting my Bio-Corneum on 2x a day. My incisions are all looking really good and starting to ich a bit. I'm still massaging my boobs 5-6 times a day as well. Last night I slept so good in my bed and was able to lay on my right side. I did wake up a couple times last night with an upset tummy. I thnk this CG is literally squeezing the crap outta me! lol...sorry I know...TMI! Of course, when I woke up this morning I put my cream on and stepped on the scale. Once again I wasn't about to take off my get-up so I weighed myself with my CG and sports bra, two socks and three panty liners...lol...guess what? 156 babey! Oh yeah! That's 6 pounds down from surgery day! Whoop whoop! My hubby even told me this morning that he likes that my waist is getting small and my boobs are huge! lol...typical man!! He can't wait until we can go out on the boat! June 30th is our next boating trip. I will be exactly 4 weeks that day so I will be able to get in the water! YEA! I'm so looking forward to it. Hope you all have a great Sunday with the family! Happy healing...and smile..LIFE IS GOOD! :)

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Thanks KSF128, I'm very happy with my results and would do it all again in a heart beat! Have a great day! :)
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You scar is so low!!! It looks great :) Hope you heal well and are happy with your new bod ;)
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Thanks Blonde! :)
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Good afternoon Ladies. Well today is my 10th day...

Good afternoon Ladies. Well today is my 10th day PO and so far it's been great. I kissed my boys off to daycare, kissed the hubby off to work, ate some oatmeal and got ready for my first outting since my surgery. I put on a pair of my jeans and I loved the fact that I had a waist...No muffin top babey! YEAH! I started out having to go to my oldest son's school. He was getting an award today and I didn't want to miss it. So after watching my son get his award, I headed into town(about a 25 min drive) and hit the dollar store for some odds and ends and then off to tackle Costco. OMG, was that place busy! And of course I needed to get a ton of stuff since I haven't hit a grocery store since a day before my surgery! My awesome hubby took his lunch a little early so that he could meet me there and help. That way I didn't have to lift the heavy waters! I love my hubby, he's the best! Then after we checked out I saw the parents of an old high school friend. Haven't seen these people in about 6-7 years. The first thing out of her mouth was "OMG, you look fabulous!" That right there made all the soreness in my lower back go away instantly! lol....of course she had no idea I just had a MM! She told me that my old friend had just gotten engaged and that I needed to plan on being at the wedding next June. What? Next June? I'm going to be lookin' HOT at that wedding! Whoop Whoop! Twelve more months equals no more swelling equals FInal RESULTS babey! Can you say High Desert Hottie! I can! :) Anyhow, I'm back home now, groceries put away and I'm back in my comfy clothes. Not bad for my first little outting. Next outting is driving back to the PS on Wednesday so they can take out one suture they forgot, then to get my toes done! Hope you all are having a great day of healing. ttys :)

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LOL...HDH! I like that! :) It definitely was a great feeling for her to say what she did. I could hear complments like that all the time and not get sick of it! lol....Usually I'm the one giving out all the compliments! Feels great to have them reversed! :)
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Ok, DesertRat, aka HDH :D Costco will never be the same! That is fantastic - what a great feeling that must've been. Have to say, you'd better get used to being a hottie!
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Thanks Blonde, it'll be here before you know it! :)
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Hey Ladies! PO day 11. Not much to talk about...

Hey Ladies! PO day 11. Not much to talk about today. Just wondering when this numb feeling below my BB and above my incision is going to go away. When did yours go away? Also, I've read a couple of the ladies blogs that said that they have had sex at 15 days PO. I'm so excited b/c my 15 days is coming up and my hubby and I can't wait! Any good tips on what position may be best? LOL.....sorry just thought I would ask. I don't want it to be like when I was pregnant with my second son and it just wasn't worth the effort! lol...When I was pregnant with my first we were like bunny rabbits. When I got pregnant with my second my hubby and I were all stoked thinking I was going to be in the mood all the time again....nope... not so much! I just couldn't get comfy...anyhow sorry if that was TMI...lol. Just really excited to be able to make love to the hubby again! Not much going on today. Just going to clean the house, do some laundry, etc. Today is my son's last day of school. YEAH! I'm excited that he will be out. Maybe we can do some fun stuff the rest of the week to start off his summer! Hope you all are healig beautifully. Have a wonderful day! :)

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Thanks for the info Kathryn. I really hope the feeling does come back. It's tinglely right now, all I can feel is pressure. Kind of a weird feeling. Thanks again! Have a great day!
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It depends, It could be 3 months or sometimes never. I am 46 days Po and I have feeling to my upper abs now, however my lower some days I feeling and sometimes I dont. When I swell I have no feeling. Hope this helps.. You look great.
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Thanks Island...looking forward to it! :)
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Okay so today is PO day 12 and I had my busiest...

Okay so today is PO day 12 and I had my busiest day yet! First, I went to my PS office (an hour and ten minutes away) this morning and had them take out one suture that they had forgot to take out last friday. Good news is that I unexpectantly saw my PS too. He came in and asked how I was doing. I told him I was there to get a suture removed that was mistakenly left in last friday. He asked me if I had any concerns and I said well yes actually I do. So I asked him about my drain incisions, mainly on my left side. It looks a little white and hard inside the incision. I have been putting peroxide on it 2 times a day and it doesn't fizzle up. He looked at it and told me to not use peroxide and to start using an antibiotic ontinment on it 3 times a day until it closes up. I also asked him about my BB since it's starting to look a little red. He told me to use the antibiotic ontinment there as well and that the seam on my CG goes right down the center of my BB and that is what is probably causing it to be red. I then told him that right under my TT incision feels kinda of hard and that it's a little tender on the left side. I reminded him that I had 2 c-sections both of which got infected, he went on to tell me that it is just from the tension of the TT and the scar being so low and that over the next couple of weeks it should subside. So, after I brought up all my concerns, he said my breasts look beautiful and that they are healing really well. That made me happy;) After that he shook my hand and had his nurse cut my suture and I was outta there!
Next, I went shopping at Ross, Marshalls and Target. I bought myself this super cute bikini that I will take pics in after I can stand all the way straight! I tried it on when I got home and I LOVE IT! I still have alot of swelling right above and below my incision....can't wait for that to go away and then I will be rockin that bikini!!! whoop whoop! I also bought some really cute panties and some lingerie! Can't wait for date night! :)
After my lil' shopping spree, I went and had a pedicure which I needed really bad. Haven't had one for over a month! Yikes! That felt wonderful! I love those massage chairs! It felt so good on my lower back where I had my lipo done! I think I may have been in heaven for about 45 minutes! lol
After my pedi, I came home unloaded that car, changed and took the golf cart over to my moms house to pick her and my boys up. A big thanks to my mom for watching the boys all day for me! Thanks Mom!!!! Anyhow, we came back to the house and I made us all a nice dinner and then sat and talked for a bit before taking her back home.
I have to say, I just got the boys to bed, feed the hubby (he had to work late tonight), took my shower and I'm pooped! Good thing I have nothing going on tomorrow because I'm going to have to take a nap. This is the first day that I haven't taken my afternoon nap and boy does my body know it! I really need to enjoy these last 4 days before I have to go back to work. Naps everyday till then that's for sure! Hope you all are having a great day of healing. I'm super tired and going to go catch some zzzzzzzzzzzz! Nighty night! :)

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Thanks Sexymomma. I'm really happy with my results. Wishing the swelling around my incision would subside but I know it's just a matter of time. Don't worry, you'll be out and about in no time....it goes by fast! :)
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What a difference from your before and after pics! You're looking good! Cant wait to be out and about too ;o)
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Sounds like a busy busy day! You look great by the way!
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Well today is 2 weeks PO. I'm feeling really...

Well today is 2 weeks PO. I'm feeling really really good. I have alot of my energy back and have practically no pain what so ever! I haven't even taken a Tylenol since PO day 7! Yeah for me! My hooters are healing really well. Almost all the scabbing is gone and the scars are barely visable. My BB is still a little tender and red with a bit of scabbing but I love the shape of it. And my TT incision is looking great as well. About half of the scabbing has came off and the scar is going to be so thin and light once it's all healed. I have just a small amount of bruising on my back from the lipo. All in all, I'm really happy with my results. I would do this whole surgery again in a heartbeat! I am healing better and quicker then I expected which is great! I still can't stand straight up yet. I can stand alot straighter when I'm wearing my CG then when I'm naked and taking a shower. I really wish I could work out....I feel that good! I've already vacuumed the house 2 times and have been doing the laundry for that last 6 days. I so badly want to get back on my elliptical though...I miss it so much. But I don't want to over due that much so I will be patient and wait a bit longer! lol....Hope you all are healing well! Have a really great Friday! :)

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Hey momwboys, My PS didn't say anything about the tanning to me. I was going to ask him about it at my 6 week PO appt in July. I actually read about it on the internet while I was researching "How to treat TT scars?" On the website, it said to wait till 6 months afterwards to tan. I tanned up till 2 days before my surgery. After I had my second son, I tanned liked 2 months later....I had him April 5th and then starting tanning in June. My incision looked fine and actually disappeared really nicely. Hope this helps. Have a great weekend! :)
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Hey Desert! I read on one of your posts some place that you said something about tanning...did your PS tell you that you had to stop tanning so many weeks before and how long you should wait after? I really think that tanning faded my stretch marks.... Sounds like you are doing wonderful, so awesome!!
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Hey Showme, Thanks so much for the nice words. I'm very surprised that things are going so well. I hope that I continue to heal well. Yes, all the dirty hair and stinky armpits and hairy legs is totatlly worth it! As of right now, yes the boating trip is still a go! LOL....I'm sure he is...and so am I! Have a great weekend!
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17 days PO and today I had to go back to work. It...

17 days PO and today I had to go back to work. It wasn't too bad. I think the hardest part was waking up at 4am again! lol...I feel pretty good today but now that the day is winding down....I'm really swollen! I can definitely tell that my tummy is super swollen. I did have to go hide in the bathroom at work a couple of times today to rub my boobies...lol. As one lady on here said it...it felt like I had morning boobie! lol....Other then that I had a really good day. Hopefully the rest of the week goes well too. Hope you all are healing well. Have a great week! :)

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Oh no I was really hoping by now you would be able to walk straight! I'm 11 days PO and I can't wait to be able to walk straight. I just want to feel normal and be able to go out without drawing attention on myself because Of the way i walk.... Soon. Glad to hear u are feeling so good!
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Hi Hottiemomma! How was your weekend before going back to work ? And how do you feel today? I remembered you mentioned that you had infections with both c sections? Did you call your doctor? I think my left breast(the one with the crescent lift) is having an infection. All around the areola is red, the areola looks red and swollen, yesterday both breast looked kinda red, so I put neosporin ointment on all the incisions on the breast , that made them worst, the left one turned more red and also itchy. My TT is looking good, the breast and the arms from the lipo still feel sore. How about you? Do you still feel any pains from your breast?
Hey June. My weekend was great. Went to the movies with my older son and watched Madagascar 3 in 3D...it was really funny! Then did a little shopping and had a little lunch. Sunday we got out the slip n slide for the kids and BBQ'd. It was really nice! How was your weekend? Sorry to hear that you think you might be getting an infection on your right breast...Did you call you PS? What could be making it like that? Is it a seroma? Is the red area warm to the touch? I haven't been having any problems with infection...knock on wood! My TT incision is still really swollen around the tops and bottom of it. From the side profile it looks like I have belly but I know it's all swelling since it doesn't look like that first thing in the morning. My TT incision is really rigid feeling around it...mainy under it. I'm keeping an eye on that because I don't want it to be a seroma. My breasts are actually healing the best. My left breast just lost it's last little scab after my shower tonight. Gross I know but YEAH! My right one only has one scab left under my nipple where it went into the lollipop. My BB is looking pretty good too, the redness went away. I've been putting that scar cream on 2 times a day and the neosporin on where my drains were and my BB. How are your arms turning out? Are you happy with the results? I have always had bigger arms. My upper body is the bigger part of me...I don't have a problem with my legs and I don't have much of a butt! lol...probably why my PS asked me if I wanted a brazilian butt lift! lol....Hope things get better for you and let me know what your PS says. Best of luck...Have a great week...ttys! :)

Hello Ladies! Well just when I thought everything...

Hello Ladies! Well just when I thought everything was going well, I get out of the shower today and go to put my scar cream on when I notice a little fluid right at my TT incision line. I wiped it away and then pushed on my tummy around the area and it came up again. I'm not talking alot of fluid but it was about half the size of a pencil eraser. I have been watching my TT incision super closely because it has been really swollen and rigid above and below it. In the crease of my leg right under my incision is hard feeling and I have the numbing tingling sensation from below my incision to just below my BB and from side to side. The fluid that I wiped away was kind of light pinkish/yellowish....kind of like the color of the fluid that was in my drains. My questions is...What should I do about this? I have an appt tomorrow at 3pm to see my PS. I really want him to check it out and do something about it. I don't want him to say we will just watch it. I have had 2 c-sections and both got infected and re-opened. I DO NOT WANT THAT TO HAPPEN WITH THIS!!!!! Has anyone had this problem before? What did they do about it? What can I say to them to ensure they drain it or take it seriously? Please help....I'm kinda worried about it because of my past experiences...they were awful. I have posted a few new pics showing my swollen tummy. Thank you for your time and knowledge. Happy healing to you all! :)

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what did your PS say it was? You ok?
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I hope it goes well!!
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I hope everything is ok, it's always better to check with ur dr. I had similar problem 2 days ago. I noticed pinkish/ yellow / color of rust stain a size of diameter of a pencil on my CG right in the middle of my TT incision. It looks like that area has the most tension. I didn't push my tummy though. I think it did open a little, yesterday the stain was smaller and today is almost gone. I'll be thinking of you, hoping is not something serious..
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3 weeks PO...Well it's been 3 weeks now and things...

3 weeks PO...Well it's been 3 weeks now and things are going great. I went to see my PS last wednesday for what I thought might be a seroma. Turns out it wasn't! Whew! He said that it was just alot of swelling that started since I have gone back to work and increased my activity level. He said that it is normal to have a little of fluid come out of your incision area if the swelling gets too bad. He said that I do have a little fluid still in the tissue layers but that is was not a seroma. He told me to put neosporin on any part of my incision that leaks any fluid. However, since last Tuesdays episode of fluid, luckily I haven't had another episode. He did say that I needed to start wearing both my stage 2 CG and my binder to work to help with my swelling. That did seem to work alot better. Thursday and Friday's swelling was not nearly as bad as the begining of the week. I'm so happy that I didn't have a seroma and that it wasn't an infection! What a huge relief. He actually said my scars are looking great and that I am healing really fast. I'm super happy about that too. However, lately I have been feeling a bit frustrated with my current stage of recovery. I am past the initial can't get around well and being in a bit of pain, but not yet ready to start working out and getting back into my normal rountine. Not being able to use my daily workout time as my stress reliever is really starting to get to me. When did you ladies get the okay to start working out again? I don't see my PS again until I am 6 weeks PO....I don't want to wait that long!!! I am looking forward to next weekend. Our community is having a fireworks show on Saturday night and we always put our boat on the lake out here and have friends out. We float and party all day until the fireworks go off. This is going to be the first time since surgery that I get to swim in the lake and the first time my friends are going to see the new me! I'm excited about it. I hope I rock that new bikini! Anyhow, I hope you all are healing well. Take care and have a great weekend! :)

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Hey there, Desert Hottie! You are looking good! Gonna set off some fireworks for sure ;) Glad you found out what was up w/the swelling & not a seroma. I'm sure it has to be hard when you're feeling good & wanting to do more ... Patience is such a tough part of all this healing business. It's all such a waiting game. I hope you get the go-ahead soon to start working out some. Have fun in the meantime planning to rock that bikini. :):):)
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Hey Showme! Thank you. I'm so glad it turned out to be nothing as well. I just have flashbacks to both of my c-section incisions and I may be a little overly cautious with this one! Good for me, probably bad for my PS who sees more of me then he wants too! lol...I will be patient, however, I don't have much! lol....I'll post pics of my bikini body next weekend! Have a great day! :)
Hey June, Happy 3 weeks PO! YEAH!!!!! How have you been? How is your right beast doing? I went to the PS and everything with my TT incision turned out to be nothing to worry about. :) I have been doubling up on my CG's and that has taken care of most of the swelling. I guess I was just being a little too active..lol. Have you had any more fluid come out of your TT incision? My PS said that is a normal part of recovery when you overdo. I can't wait to start working out. I love having that hour a day to myself and relieving my stress. I've been really missing that part of my routine. Have you started doing any excerise? Anyhow, I hope your having a great weekend! Hope to hear from you soon! Take care :)

Hello everyone! Well I'm almost at 4 weeks out. ...

Hello everyone! Well I'm almost at 4 weeks out. I wasn't going to post again until saturday since that is my offical 4 weeks but I just had to share how excited I am. Since before I went off work for my surgery my size 13/15 slacks for work have been kinda baggy. Needless to say, after I went back to work last week, they looked horrible because they were way to baggy. Yet, I didn't want to go clothes shopping since I knew I would be getting even smaller. Well, yesterday morning was the breaking point for me. I have a pair of size 8 slacks my friend gave me a few months ago when I had lost about 20 pounds. I took them from her then but knew that I wasn't even going to try them on because I would just get disgusted with myself for them not fitting and seeing my love handles hang over the side. Yuck! However, feeling super uncomfortable in my rediculously baggy slacks, I tried them on yesterday and guess what? They fit....not only did they fit, I had a little extra room! Whoop whoop! I wore them to work and felt great about myself and felt very comfortable in them. I called my friend up and told her that I was wearing them and she said she had another pair of 8's and a pair of 6's that I could have. She dropped them off to me tonight and I tried the 6's on....They fit! Double whoop whoop! I can't believe it...seriously, I haven't been in a size 8 since high school and a size 6? I can't even remember when! I'm am so excited about this and I really am super happy with my decision with having the MM. It has been the best thing in my life (other then my husband and 2 handsome boys!!). I'm starting to feel like the person I left behind years ago and I love it! I'm definitely going clothes shopping this weekend and I'm so looking forward to it....and that's something I haven't looked forward to for years! Hope you all are healing well. Take care and I will post bikini pics this weekend! Oh, PS...I started back on the elliptical on Tuesday...I have been going easy. I've been doing level 4~5 for 35 mins every night....It feels so good to sweat again! Happy helaing and have a great night!

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that is great! Congrats!!
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That is awesome!
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Wow, that is awesome!. I am so happy for you. I just looked at a video from one of the doctors in my surgeon's practice and he did say that most of his patience"s lose between 2 and 6 dress sizes after a tummy tuck because of the tightening of the stomach muscle. He said patients say that they can not eat as much as just feel fuller quicker. Again congrats, and happy healing.
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30 DAYS PO: Hello Ladies! Well this weekend was...

30 DAYS PO: Hello Ladies! Well this weekend was so much fun! I went out on the boat and I wore my new bikini for the first time! On Saturday our community had a big festival for the 4th of July and had fireworks Saturday night over the lake. We invited some friends out to join us on the boat. It was so nice to get in the water and float in our sit-n-chills and have a few (too many) beverages! lol....This was the first time since I had my2 boys that I actually felt comfortable and confident in a bikini! It was awesome to be able to swim in the lake too. Not being able to go to the lake and swim or to the pool and swim for the last 4 weeks has been torture! It's been so hot here and that's what my family and I do for fun! After being out on the water for 10 hours, we came home. The first thing I did was go straight to the bathroom and check out all my incisions. I wanted to make sure they we all good, no openings, etc. Yep, everything was a okay! Yeah!!! I'm so glad that this weekend went so well. I wasn't even that swollen after being out in the sun and out of my CG all day. I did bring my binder on the boat with me and put it on after the sun went down. We have plans to go to Newport Beach next weekend and then to the river for 3 days the weekend after that! Yeah, let the summer begin! :)
As for my weight...I have been pretty much staying around 157.5. I took my measurements on June 27th and they were:
Bust: 38.5" Waist: 32" Hips: 37.25". I only worked out out on the elliptcal 2 days last week (Tuesday and Wednesday). I plan on getting back into my normal workout routine this week and start working out 4-5 days a week. I want to start adding my leg and arm workout back into my routine along with my ellipitcal as well. I can definietly tell my arms and legs have lost some definition in them these last 4 weeks of not working out! Overall, I feel great! I am so thankful that I have recovered this well in this short amount of time. I know that I still have a long ways to go to see my final results but I am super happy with what they are so far! I have added a few new pics....they were taken this evening after a day of wallking and shopping for some new clothes, so I am a bit swollen. I hope you all are healing well and wish everyone a safe and happy 4th of July! A huge thank you to everyone who has served in our Armed forces and the families of our brave soldiers. It is because of all of you we have our freedom and can say.....Happy Birthday America!!!!!!!! :)

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Love your story, love your sense of humor too! You look great!
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Outstanding!
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I want to wear a bikini! My DR said CG 24/7 except showers for 6 weeks. I might say F it and do it this weekend for a beach day. I will be 4 weeks PO. How was your swelling after being out on the boat all day and swell hell. And are you still wearing a CG and binder?
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Dr. Tarick Smaili

I love the work my PS does. He is awesome. Very direct and professional. Wait times are starting to seem a bit too long. One gal in the office really needs some customer service skills but I love Alex the nurse...she's Awesome!

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