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12 weeks po, finally starting to feel like my old self again
- posted 5 months ago
- updated 2 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $6,297
- David C. Watts, MD (Vineland, NJ)
I have been reading all your reviews and I have to...
- 15 Dec 2012
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...
- 15 Dec 2012
Yay! Got some pics up. Had to use the laptop. So I...
- 15 Dec 2012
Post op day 2 So I took my meds before bed last...
- 16 Dec 2012
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.
Post op day 3. Was a Good morning. I slept a whole...
- 17 Dec 2012
Post op day 5 Slept a few hours last night, then...
- 19 Dec 2012
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...
- 20 Dec 2012
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.
Post op day8 Yesterday morning my left Drain had...
- 22 Dec 2012
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...
- 22 Dec 2012
Post op day 9 I feel great! I woke up this...
- 23 Dec 2012
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 ...
- 23 Dec 2012
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.
2 weeks post op: Hoping everyone had a wonderful...
- 28 Dec 2012
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...
- 28 Dec 2012
3 weeks post op: Well the good news is my belly...
- 4 Jan 2013
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.
Post op day 31: Good news is I am standing alot...
- 14 Jan 2013
Hello everyone, its been a while. I was 12 weeks...
- 9 Mar 2013
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...
- 9 Mar 2013
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.
My Doctor: David C. Watts, MD