12 weeks po, finally starting to feel like my old self again

I have been reading all your reviews and I have to...

I have been reading all your reviews and I have to say this website is awesome. I am 41 years old. I'm 4'11" and Weigh 105lbs. I have wanted a tummy tuck for 20 years since I had my first baby and my belly was never the same again. I had my second baby 9 years later and it just stretched some more. No matter how much exercise I did nothing helped my jelly belly. I have always felt that it would be selfish to spend so much money on myself for something like this but this belly has always bothered me so I saved my money for a year and talked myself out of it and back repeatedly and I am so glad I found this website and all your stories.

I finally had my surgery yesterday and I am so happy. The Doctor and his staff were great. I was so nervous before the surgery and they reassured me and were so comforting and very professional. I am taking all my meds and as long as I don't move I feel ok. Getting up is hard and my back hurts just making it to the bathroom to pee. I am taking short naps and i feel like I did a million crunches. My husband is great. He is taking such good care of me. He took a week off from work to care for me. My little one has been hanging out with me in my room. We are relaxing and watching the disney channel...o and it hurts to laugh.

I get to take a shower today. I am so excited and super nervous to see what my belly looks like. I have 2 drains in. I drained about 50cc last night and 50 cc this morning. The right drain is getting a little more than the left. The nurse just told me to record the amounts but did not say how much is normal. Is this amount normal? I can feel a little swelling on my belly above the top of the binder.
I will try to post some pics. Good luck to all you who are recovering and to those of you getting ready for your surgery you won't regret it. If you are feeling guilty...don't. We have to take care of ourselves. We mommies are always taking care of everyone else. It's our turn. I didn't tell any of my friends or coworkers because people don't understand and everyone's a critic. I told my coworkers that I just needed a few weeks off. I did it for me and I am so glad. I will be happier when I can stand up straight instead of like a 90 year old. :)

I don't know why, but my iPad won't let me upload...

I don't know why, but my iPad won't let me upload picture. Does any have any suggestions?

Yay! Got some pics up. Had to use the laptop. So I...

Yay! Got some pics up. Had to use the laptop. So I got in the shower and nearly passed out. I broke out in a sweat and almost threw up. Couldn't even wash my hair. Not to mention I ripped a chunk of skin off my side removing the tape attached to my bandage. Needless to say I didn't have time to take a pic of my new belly with all that going on. I felt better once I got the binder back on and got back in the recliner. one day at a time.
Congrats and take it easy I am on day 4 and today am moving a bit more but no shower yet ps won't allow it yet till next week. It gets better everyday.
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Thanks.I will wait a few days before I try another shower. Doc told me I could shower today but that was a Big mistake. I felt horrible. I feel really bloated now. Have you had any nausea? That was the worst feeling. How much drainage are you getting in your jp drains? I am wondering how much is normal.
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So normal drainage is different for everyone and depends on how much fluid needs to come out the more the better. I was draining about 50 ml twice a day on left for the first 3 days and one time 50 ml on the right . My ps t.ook the right one out yesterday and the left one will come out on Wednesday. I was really bad right after surgery and the second day it's because of the anesthesia you feel nauseated and possibly the pain meds or a combination. It goes away but day 2 I thought my belly was on fire.... It gets worse before it gets better just plan on resting. Plus my hunch is really bad I am still at 45 degrees. Happy healing ....
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Post op day 2 So I took my meds before bed last...

Post op day 2
So I took my meds before bed last night at around 11pm and slept until 5 am when I awoke to sharp waves of pain across my entire belly, like labor contractions. My belly felt like it was on fire and was going to explode. My husband helped me to the bathroom and I noticed one of my drains had popped open and did not drain all night. I sat on the toilet for about 10 minutes crying my eyes out. I washed my face and brushed my teeth and got back in my recliner kind of sideways and drank a little bit of ginger ale. I could only manage to take my antibiotic and some more laxative and took deep breaths until I fell asleep again. I held off on the muscle relaxer and the pain pill cause of the nausea. I slept for 3 hours and drank more ginger ale and ginger candy. It's making me burp which feels better but I only drained 10 cc from the right drain( that's the one that popped open) and 25 cc from the left. I am trying to hold off on the percocet and muscle relaxer in hopes this laxative will kick in.
I am day 3 and sitting in the recliner is so comfy for me
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Thank goodness for the recliner. I don't know what I would do without it.
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Post op day 3. Was a Good morning. I slept a whole...

Post op day 3. Was a Good morning. I slept a whole 8 hours last night. That's amazing cause I never get that much sleep in my normal life. I did not feel bloated this morning and " I pooped...twice!" What a relief. I spoke with my ps office about my horrible experience with the shower the other day. They said that happens sometimes and to try again and take it easy. My husband bought me a bath chair and we gave it another try. Success! I even washed my hair. My skin is so itchy. I can see the drains under my skin, looks like snakes in there. Weird, but at least it shows the skin is nice and tight. No new pics yet. That was a real work out.
Iam glad everything went good for you, I am also looking forward to see you update pictures, Im sure you look great!
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Thanks. It will go great for you too. It's totally worth it.
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Hang in there, it gets better. Can't wait to see you post op pictures!
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Post op day 5 Slept a few hours last night, then...

Post op day 5
Slept a few hours last night, then was very uncomfortable for 3 hours and somehow managed to sleep a bit more. I woke up this morning with really achy knees and hip. I think my muscles are wasting away from laying in the recliner. When I stand up I feel like I have jelly legs. Pain is subsiding, so is the bloating but these drains are driving me crazy. My skin is so tight I can really feel the drains under my skin and once in a while I get muscle spasms where the drains are sitting on the muscle. Also I noticed the drain hole on the left was really bloody when I got up this am. I was able to stand slot straighter for a few minutes until my back felt like it was going to snap in half. My drainage has changed over the last few days from red to orange to yellowish orange back to red again this morning. I put neosporin and gauze pads on the drain holes and it stopped bleeding. The jp drainage has stayed red today but the amount is less so I guess that's good. My post op appt. Is Saturday morning and I really hope these drains are removed. I took some pics today. I will post them soon and I took a break from the binder so my husband could wash it. It got yucky from the bleeding. Still taking my laxatives and antibiotic daily, Tylenol twice a day and muscle relaxer at night to help me sleep. Another thing that's really weird is how sweaty I get at night. All in all it's getting better every day. My skin is soooo itchy! Happy healing! 6 more days til Xmas. I hope the next few days are good to me. I still have lots of gift wrapping to do. I have had plenty of time for online shopping. That's always good.

Post op day 6 This morning I woke up determined...

Post op day 6
This morning I woke up determined to go to my little girls Xmas concert. My knees and my back were killing me, so I got my nice hot shower after breakfast,put a heating wrap on my back under my cg, rubbed my knees with icy hot and aspercreme,got back in my recliner and took Tylenol every 4 hours and took my muscle relaxer and just laid there until I fell asleep again. I am happy to say I went to the concert with 2 pillows , cough drops and a bottle of water, it was so nice to be out of my bedroom. My daughter was so happy. When I got downstairs she said "now I can give you a hug" and she gave me the best hug. The concert was great. By the time we got back home I was so glad to get back in my recliner. My back was killing me but it was so worth it. It was a good day.
Looking good, the itchiness finally stopped for me about day 15! After drains were removed I had no pain basically, but I did not have MR. You will be surprised how fast you will recover from day 7-14.
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Hang in there girlie!!   It's all up hill from here.

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Post op day8 Yesterday morning my left Drain had...

Post op day8
Yesterday morning my left Drain had 1 cc of thick dark red drainage, right had 15cc lighter,kinda orange drainage. I called the ps office and spoke to the nurse and she said the color doesn't matter so much as the amount decreasing and I should be fine for my appointment tomorrow. Last night when I went to empty my drains I got 1cc of thick dark red from the left and 15cc orangy from the right and my daughter said the left tube looks like it's clogged. So I sat there and snaked and squeezed that left drain tubing for what seemed like forever and I got about 5cc of worth of clotted blood. After that I got in bed and started feeling pressure on the left side of my belly. This morning I have about 10 cc of red but more liquidy in the left drain. (The tubing has clear drainage in it) and about 5 cc lighter on the left. I am not going to empty my drains this morning as my appointment is at 10 am today and I want to show my ps. Has anyone else experienced a clogged drain?

So I went to see my ps today. I had my drains...

So I went to see my ps today. I had my drains removed? Yuck, so weird. Have been having burning and stinging sensations all day. My belly button has been bleeding. That started yesterday. Ps said it was normal. He also told me to go home and take all my steri strips off and gave me a scar cream. So I have been picking at the steri strips on my belly button and rubbing them with petroleum jelly with no luck. These things are on there like crazy glue. Any suggestions?

Oh yes clogged with all sorts of nasty crap.  All you need to do is bleed the lines gently.  This happens but nothing to be alarmed about.

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Post op day 9 I feel great! I woke up this...

Post op day 9
I feel great! I woke up this morning and I feel great for the first time in 9 days. Those drains were killing me. I was able to go downstairs and let my doggies out and feed them. I have 3 doggies that I have been missing for the week I was held prisoner in my room. They were so happy to see me. I made my breakfast and took my meds and I didnt have to wake my husband up. He can finally sleep in. I sat on the couch in the living room to watch a movie,Music and Lyrics.I love Drew Barrymore. I am a happy lady.
But Anyway, about last night and my steri strip ordeal. After rubbing them with petroleum jelly for EVER and no luck, I just got in the shower,sat in my bath chair and soaped my belly up and slowly but surely after a long grueling hour and a lot of soap and water, Success. When I finally got done my belly button felt numb and the ends of my incision felt hard and actually weird and burning. When I looked in the mirror I was not prepared to see that scar. I don't know how to explain it, it was a scary sight. It was just not what I expected. Maybe cause it was late and I was tired but I kept thinking "what if my incision pops open and it gets infected?" Am I over reacting?? My husband reassures me that I have to give it time. So I put the scar cream and bacitracin on my incision and my bb and covered it all with a light gauze pad . Oh and my drain site area was hard and swollen. I put my binder back on and went to sleep and prayed it would feel better in the morning. The lord heard my prayer. Today is a good day. I haven't looked at my belly today, but when I work up the nerve I will post some new pics.

Po day 9: I worked up the nerve to take a pic of ...

po day 9:
I worked up the nerve to take a pic of my incision. I took my binder off long enough to wash and dry it and take a shower. Then right back on. I hate the feeling of no binder. It feels like my incision is going to pop open and my belly button feels numb and i just cant relax my muscles until i put my lovely binder back on. My daughter says the incision looks good, but to me its horrible. Maybe all the weird sensations I feel make me feel that way, and the fact that I have been moving around the house more today than I have. I just need to take it easy.
Your incision looks great. I am 6 weeks out and still love binder and CG.
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2 weeks post op: Hoping everyone had a wonderful...

2 weeks post op:
Hoping everyone had a wonderful christmas. Today has been my best day yet. I got a shower this morning without any assistance. That felt good. My major issue these last few days has been belly button pain and extreme belly itchyness. I have been taking benadryl for the itchyness and that helps. The belly button pain is in part due to a big cough and a sneeze on two seperate occasions that brought me to tears. The pain gets worst at night, so much that I can not tolerate taking my binder off for a shower. So now I am taking morning showers instead. I feel like I have a stitch sticking out of

My belly button. I am wondering if its a...

my belly button. I am wondering if its a dissolvable stitch or not. I had a dissolvable stitch give me an abcess in my incision when I had my tubes tied. The dr. had to cut it out and I had to take antibiotics. I think I will call my ps tomorrow. I am paranoid about this. Can anyone relate?. My incision is not bothering me except for the ends which are thick and itchy. I am still slouching when I stand but I dont go back to work for another two weeks. So I am taking it one day at a time. I think the next two weeks will fly by. SSorry for the broken message. my computer has a mind of its own.
Hey you look great...most internal stitches are dissolveable. i had one come through my incision line that was bothersome so i just use my nail to scrap over top of it and it came right off. The stitches kinda feel waxy...Its always best to ask PS! I also had some that hurt that didn't break through the skin after incision was healed. I massaged them with vitamin E oil and they finally went away. Happy healing!
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Thanks. I read your profile and saw your pics. You look amazing!! Your journey is a great inspiration to me. How much did the dog ear procedure cost you? My incision is very thick and pleated on the ends and I know I am only 16 days po, but I think this procedure is something I will need in the future.
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Thank you! The dog ear procedure should be free of charge. Its included in your procedure cost, so dnt worry abt that. My incision was pleated too, eventually it will smooth out. you can see the pleating in my pics in the very beginning, not sure when it began to smooth out. Good luck and happy healing!!
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3 weeks post op: Well the good news is my belly...

3 weeks post op:
Well the good news is my belly button is not hurting anymore.Thank God for that. Its still a bit red but I am using scar cream and bacitracin religiously. My belly feels bruised to the touch, but everything is feeling better than last week. I just started using scar away silicone sheets on my incision and I like the way they feel. I also started using a slip in torsette under my binder and it helps with the itching and it feels more evenly compressed. It even helps me walk a little straighter. I am still a bit hunched over. I hope I can stand up straight within the next ten days. Thats when I go back to work and I dont want to look like Quazimoto.My binder is loosing some of its elasticity. I hope it makes it another 3 weeks. I dont want to have to buy another one of those ugly things. I see my ps next friday for my 4 week po visit. I will try and see if he will give me a new one. He will probably sell it to me. I also bought some Dr.Rey girdle panties and i love them but they are still a little too tight. i will start using them once I go back to work to try and keep the swelling down when I cant put my feet up. A few days ago I did too much around the house and didn't put my feet up all day and I swelled up like a tick. I was so upset , but now I know better and put my feet up every few hours. I posted a few more pictures and I am feeling good. I cant get my jeans up past my thighs and I bought some bathing suits that just made me sad so I am returning them and giving it time, but I did get a nice one from victoria secret that just might work. The bottom comes up right to my incision but since I am not standing up straight I dont know where my incision is going to end up. So I am keeping that one and keeping my fingers crossed that it will work out.
Hey, what kind of bra is that in the day 21 pics? It looks really comfy! I need to find a few comfy ones.
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I think it's a barely there sports bra. I got it at kohls and yes it is super comfy.
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You look great (even in you garments). It took me weeks to stand straight, still get up a little stiff late in the day. I am short and shorted waisted, ps mentioned that he had to pull very tight to get my scar low. I am working on my tall posture now,lol.
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Post op day 31: Good news is I am standing alot...

post op day 31: Good news is I am standing alot straighter than last week.Just my shoulders hurt because i am a little hunched at the shoulders. Belly button does not hurt and the itchiness is much better. Saw my PS on friday and he cut out a stitch that spit out of my incision. Didn't feel a thing, and he was tugging away at it. It was around the belly button area which is still numb, but no longer feels weird, just numb. I tried to sleep in my bed last night for the first time instead of my recliner and I had the worst night sleep in my life. I could not turn to get comfortable. Had to get up every few hours to switch my pillows to the foot of the bed then the head of the bed and ended up back in the recliner when I had finally had enough of that. My ears were hurting from laying on them too long, my back, hips and knees were killing me, but my trusty recliner was there to rescue me. When i woke up this morning my butt hurt from the recliner. Its raining outside today added to the rough night sleep and the fact that I go back to work tomorrow has got me in a mood today. I thought I would feel happier at this stage. I just want to feel normal again. I weighed myself the other day and i lost almost 5lbs, but I dont feel great. I feel tight and sore still and cant wait to feel light and energetic. I cant wait to exercise but am afraid to hurt myself. PS said I only need to wear my binder at night for two more weeks but I have this strange attachment to it. Kind of like when i went into labor and instantly wanted to just stay pregnant. Is that weird? I am wearing my spanks under my binder and sometimes i wear my girdle panty with them cause I love the huggy feeling they give me. Maybe once I get back to work and around people I will feel better.My husband is starting to get on my nerves. All he does is eat. Its time to go back to work. I posted some more pics and I am starting to see some improvement in the look of my incision. Its hard to see the difference from day to day, but pictures dont lie,right? Still have alot of pleating on the sides but I will give it 5 months and see. PS says it will flatten out. Time will tell.
Hey, saw you stopped by my page figured it would be easier to respond to you on your page. I understand what you are saying about the "side shot" For me... even though the belly is flat.. I look "thicker" than usual. I think part of it is because we can not currently "curve" our spine to its natural position. So, the dip that should be in the bottom of my back isn't completely back yet... so the "small of the back" is sort of hidden. Hard to explain.. but its hard to stand straight and tall due to skin shortage... I know I will thank my PS in a couple more months when the skin stretches and settles.. but right now its a bit of a pain in the butt.. lol
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Thanks girl, you are looking AMAZING as well!
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Looking great- I see your ab muscle definition starting to poke through :) Worst day back to work is the worst... it gets better after that!
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Hello everyone, its been a while. I was 12 weeks...

Hello everyone, its been a while. I was 12 weeks po yesterday . It's been a long road but I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I went back to work 5 weeks po and I wanted to go home as soon as I got there. Weeks 5 to 11 were rough because I have to do quite a bit of heavy lifting and was not ready for that. Luckily my coworkers were nice enough to help me out but I didn't tell anyone I had surgery. This past week I have been working at 100% and they were all surprised and someone asked "are you all better?"I was like yup and that was that. I must have looked pretty pitiful for those few weeks but they didn't ask and I didn't tell.
About exercise, week 5 I started with yoga and stretching. Anything that has to do with plank, up dog or down dog was excruciating. So week 6 I tried some p90x Kempo and that was tolerable but would just tire me out just too much by the end of the day. Week 7 and 8 I tried some insanity every other day and it was making me feel exhausted and my belly was just cramping at night. I couldn't even stretch in bed. My belly muscles were just spa among. So I just took a few weeks off from any exercise and just started feeling sorry for myself. Then I decided that starting on march1st I was going to start just running on the treadmill every day for the entire month and see how I feel by the 31st which is my birthday. Well I have to say its working. I get up every morning at 445am and head to my treadmill with 2 binders on my belly and do what I can. Usually it's 4 or 6 miles but this morning I did 10 miles and I am so happy with myself right now. This recovery is slow but we just have to make the best of it and just keep on trucking . This surgery was so worth it. I can't wait until summertime. My scar has flattened out a lot in the last 2 months. The itchiness and horrible back pain is gone. The 5 lbs I had lost I gained back which totally means my muscles were wasting away just sitting around and I feel great. I still can't do any a work and I am not even going to try until I can get back to all my other exercise without draining my energy like I have been. So here are some new pics. Happy healing everyone. Spring is around the corner. I can't wait.

Hello everyone, its been a while. I was 12 weeks...

Hello everyone, its been a while. I was 12 weeks po yesterday . It's been a long road but I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I went back to work 5 weeks po and I wanted to go home as soon as I got there. Weeks 5 to 11 were rough because I have to do quite a bit of heavy lifting and was not ready for that. Luckily my coworkers were nice enough to help me out but I didn't tell anyone I had surgery. This past week I have been working at 100% and they were all surprised and someone asked "are you all better?"I was like yup and that was that. I must have looked pretty pitiful for those few weeks but they didn't ask and I didn't tell.
About exercise, week 5 I started with yoga and stretching. Anything that has to do with plank, up dog or down dog was excruciating. So week 6 I tried some p90x Kempo and that was tolerable but would just tire me out just too much by the end of the day. Week 7 and 8 I tried some insanity every other day and it was making me feel exhausted and my belly was just cramping at night. I couldn't even stretch in bed. My belly muscles were just spasming. So I just took a few weeks off from any exercise and just started feeling sorry for myself. Then I decided that starting on march1st I was going to start just running on the treadmill every day for the entire month and see how I feel by the 31st which is my birthday. Well I have to say its working. I get up every morning at 445am and head to my treadmill with 2 binders on my belly and do what I can. Usually it's 4 or 6 miles but this morning I did 10 miles and I am so happy with myself right now. This recovery is slow but we just have to make the best of it and just keep on trucking . This surgery was so worth it. I can't wait until summertime. My scar has flattened out a lot in the last 2 months. The itchiness and horrible back pain is gone. The 5 lbs I had lost I gained back which totally means my muscles were wasting away just sitting around and I feel great. I still can't do any a work and I am not even going to try until I can get back to all my other exercise without draining my energy like I have been. So here are some new pics. Happy healing everyone. Spring is around the corner. I can't wait.

9 months post op: new pics

Well it's been 9 months and it all seems like a distant memory. My scar doesn't disturb me anymore. Finally I look the way I feel. It feels so great to not drag around my old belly butt. For all you new tummy Tuckers, stay positive and know that everyday gets a little better. :)
You look fantastic!!
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Oh, and thanks for the update! It really helps those of us still in the beginning stages!
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You look amazing! I'm 13 days post op and I'm feeling really good. I've been so lucky with my swelling. I was up 7lbs by day 4 then it vanished ! I'm losing weight but I know I'm losing my muscles! It makes me sad but I know it won't be long til I can get back to working out again. .it'll all be worth it for sure! Your scar healed perfectly! Your abs are beautiful! I can't wait til I have mine :)
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