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My New Journey (Tummy Tuck)

I had my consultation this week with Dr....

I had my consultation this week with Dr. Tattlebaum and I am ready to schedule my surgery. He was very nice and patient. Took his time in discussing and going over EACH & EVERY question I asked. I am now waiting to receive my consent letter and I will have a date very soon.... I can't wait. I will post some before pictures soon.

My date has been MOVED UP....March 13....I was...

My date has been MOVED UP....March 13....I was actually doing the 22nd count down....getting tensed now. The 13th will be here in NO TIME....

8 more days to go.....The closer I get the more I...

8 more days to go.....The closer I get the more I think about being scared....I've picked up all my supplies I'll need except my shower chair and toilet seat riser. I plan on ordering that online today since Walmart didn't have them. Can somebody tell me how was the surgery center in Rockville? We're the staff nice? Did anyone need to purchase a compression garment? I would like to have at least 3 garments but I don't know what size I would need or what kind...HELP!!!!

I am almosttttttttttttttttttttttt there.....two...

I am almosttttttttttttttttttttttt there.....two more days to go. I dont even know what time I am suppose to be there, haven't gotten a phone call yet. I sure hope my surgery is EARLY and not too late. I guess someone will call me from the surgery center tomorrow. Sooooo, let me post these grrrrrrrrrrrrr pictures. I am 42, 2 kids 21 and 23, 5"6, 155lbs. How do I flip the pictures?

Less than 24 hours.. My surgery is not until 12:30...

Less than 24 hours.. My surgery is not until 12:30 grrrrr... Don't know what to think about until then. I'm getting scared. HELP SOMEBODY!!!

6 days PO a d I'm feeling a lot better. I'm still...

6 days PO a d I'm feeling a lot better. I'm still in pan and may e to
Morrow will be better i post pic threw soon.

Whew time going by so fast. I'm moving around a...

Whew time going by so fast. I'm moving around a little but not too much. One thing I can say everyone was right about that back OMGoodness my back feels like its going to just break apart. I will upload a few pictures although my belly is still swollen but I LOVE IT!!! B

Well I've kinda been out of mission for the last...

Well I've kinda been out of mission for the last week. I don't deal with pain well so getting online and stuff was not on my mind.... I still have one last tube and I'm praying it comes out on Tuesday, doing EXTRA prayer. I feel great though and a little working out and scar cream I feel I'm gonna loveeeeee my experience. Here's a picture I just took tonight.

I've been really depress today. I feel so useless....

I've been really depress today. I feel so useless. This BINDER sucks!!!!! Scabs just staring to come off scar so of course it looks horrible but I just stared using Bio Oil yesterday and Silicone scar strip at night. Someone PLEASE CHEER ME UP!! (3 week picture today)

I didn't know I was changing my TITLE when I was...

I didn't know I was changing my TITLE when I was updating, guess I don't know what I'm doing...

Today was the first day I felt the pain in the...

Today was the first day I felt the pain in the pubic area OMGoodness whew, couldn't wait until it went away. Another appointment tomorrow I'm going to ask can i take some vitamins I stay tired....

This swelling is DRIVING ME CRAZY!!!!! What can I...

This swelling is DRIVING ME CRAZY!!!!! What can I do.... So frustrating!!
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After two weeks you should be transitioning to a medical grade compression garment or spanx. Before then I would keep the binder in 24/7 to ward off seroma! The garments help improve your final results.
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isn't it cool watching how your body changes each week?! you're looking great...and I'm with you on the swelling-I can feel it and it makes me crazy! I'm glad I can at least fit in my clothes...wonder how they'll look on me when this swelling goes down...
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Yesssss...I wonder do we have to sleep in the binder and how long? I'm going to ask Dr. T next Tuesday..
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I'm going this Friday to Annapolis-my 3 week...I'll ask, but I thought it was like 4-6 weeks. Your not in the original Velcro one are you? I bought several different kinds at the store.
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Yes.....from GNC some multi vitamins but still tired. This swelling is driving me in sane!!!
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Did you get some vitamins?
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He told me I could get some at gnu store the multi vitamins so i plan on going tomorrow. Also I can do LIGHT walking on treadmill then in two weeks regular workout!! Can't wait..
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How did your appointment go?
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I am with you on hating this binder! and I was told not to take anything off until I go for my one week checkup which is this Thursday. I feel SOOO bloated and uncomfortable. I slid my hand down from the top to feel my stomach and it feels so weird, like rubber. I'm hating this over full feeling, like I'm gonna pop! Did you feel that way....and the gurgling sounds?
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How do you make a tissue dance? Put a little boogie in it :D Now how's that for cheer?! Seriously though, keep your head up because you know it will get better. Just look at all these beautiful bodies around here that were sculpted at the hands of Dr. T. Did you like the surgery center? Right now the two things driving me nuts are this binder and my itchy cleavage. Go figure. Anyhow when this is all over we should get together somewhere for Tattelbaum happy hour!
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Yessssss this BINDER is the worse!!! Also why am I hot then cold hot then cold. Dr. Tattelbaum happy hour sounds good, lol....
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I love the happy hour idea!
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I love the happy hour idea!
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Well I go in with Dr T tomorrow-so we will finally be able to complain together! I hope you are feeling better...and chin up, things WILL get better (remember to tell me that too-I'm sure I'll need it-lol)!! Any last minute pointers for me??
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You've really been through alot and I sure feel for you. You're looking amazing though! Hang in there :) Just think... you're timing is so good, you'll be well into your full recovery when the warm weather finally (ha, if ever) gets here... and all those pretty summer tops and shorts and bathing suits are going to look amazing on you.. :) :) :)
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You can wear a thin stretchy t-shirt under your binder. This is nice b/c when your binder rides up you can easily pull it down without rubbing on your scabs. Also, provides a clean layer of fabric against your body that you can change daily without having to wash the binder all the time. Hang in there! 3 weeks was rough for me too. It's like enough already!!! But you're getting there and you're doing great. Stay strong. ;-)
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Hi! I've got a consult with Dr. T tomorrow and can't wait.. so glad to hear you all's input and looking forward to joining in on sharing our journeys!
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thanks for sharing n happy healing
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looking great !! keep your head up
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We had it the same day!! I feel the same way.. Back hurts more than anything. Keep up the good work!
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So glad to see your post. Give us details and pics when you feel like it!
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Never too late one minute I'm excited and the next I'm scared....
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Thinking of you and prayers your way ... keep us updated!! :)
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how exciting
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I am counting down the days, YES!!!!! Wednesday will be here in a few more days... I'm soooooo ready to get on the flat tummy side. I don't even know what time I go. I hope it's in the morning, wanna get it done and get to the recovery stage....
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