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7 weeks PO and shrinking belly button!
I'm 54 and finally got off the couch about 3...
- 19 Nov 2011
- 1 month pre
I'm 54 and finally got off the couch about 3 years ago. After raising two kids I had time for myself. I've learned to swim and scuba dive. I've competed in 3 sprint distance triathlons and 1 olympic distance. I'm in the gym 5-6 times per week, meeting with a personal trainer, spinning, running, stairmaster and lifting heavy things.
I had two pregnancies (1 was a vertical C-section). I'm happily married for 33 years and my husband loves me "just the way I am." The one thing I've always thought to change about me is my very flabby stomach. I like the rest of me, just hate the pooch and roll appearance I have no matter what I wear.
So I'm taking the plunge and getting some help fixing up the parts of me exercise can't tighten up. I hope to return to my current level of physical activity by spring so I can enjoy the next race season and lot's of swimming, biking and running. I also look forward to seeing pictures of me running and looking as fit as I feel.
Pre-tuck/lipo pictures soon.
I've been reading the Q&A's, as well as the posts...
- 22 Nov 2011
- 1 month pre
Thanksgiving feast yesterday and today I'm...
- 25 Nov 2011
- 1 month pre
Met with my internist today for pre-op EKG,...
- 13 Dec 2011
- 14 days pre
Two weeks to go. I thought celebrating Christmas just prior to surgery would give me something else to think about, but I was wrong. My husband is still incredibly supportive and that makes this all the easier.
I'm meeting with the PS next Tuesday for some final questions. He'll be marking me the morning of surgery, so this was an unnecessary visit, but I think it will help me to fell fully at ease.
Merry Christmas to all who celebrate. I'll post again after the procedure on 12/27.
I went in to see the PS today. We talked through...
- 20 Dec 2011
- 7 days pre
He took the official "before" pictures. We talked about the procedure and post-op hospital stay. I'm really pleased with this doctor and his "must stay overnight" policy. I'll have a foley catheter, IV anti-biotics, anti-nausea meds, anti-embolism leg massage, dressing change, etc while in the hospital. The procedure is scheduled for 12/27 at 7:30am and he expects to discharge me by 1:00 the next day.
I also got my prescriptions which I will fill next Monday. I was given Percocet, Valium (for muscle spasm), Compazine (for nausea), and Keflex (anti-biotic).
All in all, I'm feeling really good about my decision to proceed and choice of doctor. I'll check in again, post-op.
I'll be checking into the hospital tomorrow...
- 26 Dec 2011
- 1 day pre
Thanks to all who post on this forum and who have shared their experiences. It's been a huge help!
And feeling good. My PS requires an overnight...
- 28 Dec 2011
- 1 day post
Saw the PS this morning and had the drains removed...
- 30 Dec 2011
- 3 days post
The PS is very pleased with my progress and mobility, said I was in the top 5-10% of patients in terms of postive recovery! I've been an absolute slug since discharge on Wednesday. I'm taking 1 Percocet 5-325mg every 4 hours now, just to make sure I stay ahead of any pain. I've been taking 1/2 a 5mg Valium at night, really just to help me sleep. Lots of naps during the day, very light foods (soups, egg, toast, pasta, fresh fruit) and catching up on my DVR programs.
Yesterday the anesthesiologist called to check up on me and was very pleased to hear I had no real bouts of nausea since leaving the hospital. I was expecting a much more difficult time of things and am very happy with how I'm feeling. After today I'm going to back off on the Percocet, down to 1/2 a dose every 3-4 hours and see how that goes.
Overall, this has been a very positive experience. I'm adding my day 3 post-op pictures so you can all take a look and I'll check in again soon.
I've been feeling so wonderful that yesterday my...
- 2 Jan 2012
- 6 days post
Just came back from a visit with the PS. He...
- 6 Jan 2012
- 10 days post
Recommended I start walking at no more than 2.5/no incline on the treadmill starting at 10 mins and adding as tolerated. Better still, he recommends walking outside and taking advantage of our unseasonably warm and dry January. I'm really excited to get moving again.
I have some fluid retention, but nothing to worry about (my drains came out at 3-days PO). I have switched over to a Flexee garment and it feels so much better than the CG -- a much more even compression. And the best news? My pre-TT jeans fit! I feel like a human being again, not some slug pretending that sweats weren't the daytime substitute for pajamas.
I've added two new pictures. My husband just keeps marveling at the difference.
Best to everyone else and stay on the path, it's worth it!
Well, I've increased the amount of physical...
- 10 Jan 2012
- 14 days post
Now 17 days PO and saw the PS today. My BB has...
- 13 Jan 2012
- 17 days post
21 days post-op and saw the PS today. He tapped...
- 17 Jan 2012
- 21 days post
Also, first day back at work and managed to make it through the day just fine. So happy to have had the TT/lipo and the results are wonderful.
Hi all. I haven't updated in a while and thought...
- 3 Feb 2012
- 2 months post
I'm back to the gym 5 days a week, 3.5 walk on treadmill and cardio on the eliptical. Waiting for my 2/14 appointment for clearance on weightlifting and swimming.
I just wanted to let everyone know that I feel very lucky to have found a great PS who helped guide a great recovery. My husband has been super supportive and so happy with the result. And I'm just thrilled with the results.
If you are thinking about a TT do lots of research, find a great doctor, line up your support system and make sure you are mentally and physically ready for the recovery journey.
Best to everyone for speedy recoveries and fun summers in cute swimsuits! New picture attached.
Saw the doctor yesterday at 7 weeks post-op. ...
- 15 Feb 2012
- 2 months post
My Doctor: Join to view doctor's name
Dr. Bock is very thorough, caring and conservative. He insists on an overnight stay, well worth the $300 hospital fee. He gave me his cell phone number for a daily check-in. The office was very helpful in scheduling the procedure around my work schedule and I've never had a moment of doubt that I picked the right doctor.
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