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Bon Voyage Everyone
- So Deserving
- posted 1 year ago
- updated 1 year ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $9,400
- Dr. French (Centreville, VA)
I am 46 years old and I have been wanting to do...
- 31 Jul 2011
I am 46 years old and I have been wanting to do this for about 18 years now. I had to have surgery twice when I was in my early 20's to have ovarian cyst removed. I started noticing after that surgery that a little pouch had formed across my low belly above the incision. I figured in time it would go away, it didn't. In fact, over the years it has gotten bigger.
Six years ago I went through a tough divorce and I picked up a lot of weight. On January 8, that all changed. I finally made up my mind to get the weight off. I promised myself when I got within 10 pounds of my goal, I was going to get a tummy tuck to get rid of that roll that I hated.
I have lost 40 pounds and I feel great, except I still can't stand that jelly roll. Well, now it's time for my prize. I met with my PS and I think I'm ready to go for it.
I've been reading a lot about tummy tucks because I wanted to educate myself as much as possible. I stumbled across this site and I'm so glad I did. It has been extremely helpful. It has made me scared and nervous and has also given me hope, strength and encouragement.
I do have a question for you other tummy tuckers. I was not able to have children so I never had a baby. Do you think this procedure might be a little easier on me since I've never had kids. I'm getting a full tummy tuck with some lipo to belly (aka - my jelly roll) and flanks and probably some minimal repairs to my abdominal wall.
I would love to hear from someone who had a tummy tuck with lipo and never had kids.
Great, I went to my family doctor today to have a...
- 9 Aug 2011
Needless to say, when I got home I called somebody I know who had a TT and Lipo done 3 years ago and talked this out with her. Feeling much better now. Uggg, this process is mentally draining.
Will post pictures soon.
I have had allergy problems with pain meds in the...
- 19 Aug 2011
Woo Hoo...I did good with the Percocet I took last...
- 20 Aug 2011
One week from tomorrow, at this time, I will be in...
- 22 Aug 2011
Today I had my last pre-op appointment. I really like my PS and feel so comfortable with him and his staff. I was told that the hospital I am having my surgery at is top notch and very nice. I will be in a private room and my nurse will only be taking care of me and maybe one other person. I will only be there for one night.
I am going to have two drains and they showed me today how to "milk" them. I also got a chart I need to fill in every time I empty them. This part of the recovery is going to be interesting. Got my binder too.
Let the countdown begin!!
So today I was standing in line at the pot-belly...
- 23 Aug 2011
Wow, I can't believe I only have 5 more days, and...
- 24 Aug 2011
I got the nicest letter from my PS's office today. They have been fantastic. They sent me something to give to my "caretaker." It talks about what they should expect and how they can help me. It also provides information on how they can get in touch with the doctor 24 hours a day. This is really helpful and good information. I just keep feeling better and better about my upcoming procedure.
Uggg, I only have three more days and I have been...
- 27 Aug 2011
Right now I'm doing laundry so that will be done. I have brought all the outdoor deck furniture in so the wind doesn't blow it away. I am going to pack up everything I need for the night tonight at work. Then I'm going to get everything packed that I need to take to my Mom and Dads which is where I'm staying the week after surgery. On my way to work tonight, I will drop my dog off at their house along with everything I'll need next week (my clothes, meds, etc). When I get off work tomorrow evening I will go back to their house and pick up my dog (who is my baby by the way), come home and get all my bills paid for September. My sister and niece will be taking care of my dog while I'm recovering because I can't take a chance of her jumping up on me because she weighs 50 lbs. Packing up the stuff the dog will need shouldn't take me too long.
I am soooooo stressed but trying to look at the bright side. Next week while I'm recovering, the weather is supposed to be wonderful. My parents have a beautiful backyard so maybe I can spend a little time outside getting some fresh air and even though I will be very sore and uncomfortable, I will be able to relax, I hope.
Hurricane Irene, this is very bad timing on your part.
Getting ready to go to bed. Tomorrow is my big day...
- 29 Aug 2011
I can't believe I'm 5 days post-op. Have been at...
- 4 Sep 2011
I hope everyone else is doing well. I will post more later. Feeling tired so going to take a little nap.
Had my one week appointment today and every thing...
- 6 Sep 2011
I am now sporting the next phase of garment wear and I must say on a scale of 1-10, 10 being very sexy, it's a one, LOL.
I continue to do well and I'm very pleased with my progress. I have been very lucky and have not experienced much pain with this at all. This has not been nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Hang in there my fellow tummy tuckers!
Will post new pictures soon.
I have a question for everyone. I noticed while...
- 9 Sep 2011
I just posted pictures I took 8 days post-op. Had...
- 9 Sep 2011
I had my two week follow-up appt today with my PS....
- 12 Sep 2011
PS has cleared me to go back to work but because of my job, I will have to be on light duty. I'm okay with it because I honestly can't imagine getting into a foot pursuit and chasing a bad guy right now.
Hope everyone else is doing well.
I am all smiles this morning. I feel like a little...
- 15 Sep 2011
I am 3 weeks and 2 days post-op today. This is my...
- 22 Sep 2011
My first couple of weeks went pleasantly well and I didn't have any problems. The pain was minimal and after the 3rd day, I was able to control it with Tylenol (most of the time).
This week I have been really uncomfortable. I hope I didn't screw something up. On Sunday (19 days post-op), I was feeling good and my grass needed cut. I live alone and really didn't want to bother anyone so I decided to try and do it myself. I was very careful starting the lawn mower and was mostly able to do it with arm strength. I stopped the lawn mower to empty the bag and then had trouble starting the mower again. After trying a few times, I finally called my neighbor who came over and finished the yard for me. I was really hurting that night and was so mad at myself for doing what I did.
I'm trying to figure out if the pain I'm experiencing now is because of the lawn mower or if it's because I may have entered a new phase of recovery/healing. I think if I had really damaged something I would have felt some kind of instant pull or pain when starting the mower/cutting grass/emptying bag, but I didn't. The pain got worse as the day went on.
I've had some burning going on in my flank area (had lipo done there) and the internal area behind my BB has really been hurting. The swelling is not fun either. As the day goes on, the swelling gets worse. My tummy also feels really hard. I hate these little jabs of pain that get you when your least expecting it.
Is it possible that as the numbness starts to decrease a little, you just start to feel more aches and pains? I hope it wasn't the lawn mower, Ugggg!
I decided to take off from work today because I've...
- 23 Sep 2011
I had my 4 week follow-up with my PS today and I'm...
- 26 Sep 2011
I'm going on a cruise in two weeks. I really didn't think I'd be ready and was prepared to cancel it (I got travel insurance) but it looks like we are going. I can only wear a one piece bathing suit (and still have to cover my tummy with sunscreen) per my PS. Otherwise he told me to have a great time. Woo Hoo!!
I just posted 4 week post-op pictures I took this...
- 29 Sep 2011
My new body and I are leaving on a 7-night cruise...
- 8 Oct 2011
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