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I am a mother of two girls, one is 18 and the...

I am a mother of two girls, one is 18 and the other is 12. I had my first child via c section and the second naturally. I have yearned for a tummy tuck since the birth of my first. I have been through so much in my life, but one major thing was I lost my husband and kind of lost myself. I ate to feel comfort and then gained a ton of weight. I was just about 200lbs. I finally woke up one day and said this is enough. I want to be here for my kids when they are grown and started excersizing my tail off. I am very athletic, I ride my bike and I work out weekly. it seemed like my "Gut" would not go away. No matter how many situps and crunches that I do. So I decieded to do something for me- After all I have never done anything for me. I was to busy making sure my girls had the proper care and loving to make them as strong as they can be. I go for my Pre Op Appointment today 3/11/2013, and my surgery is scheduled for 3/29/2013- This is the day I start my new life. Hopefully confident and secure in my own skin:)

P.S.- I am posting a picture, please dont gag....Lol

3/14/2013 Ok so I had my pre-op on Monday....

3/14/2013
Ok so I had my pre-op on Monday. Everything went well, he took pictures which was nerve wrecking. I also took my bikini bottoms along with me to ask him if the scar could be below them. He marked me and it will sit right below the band- I can't believe it I may actually be able to wear a bikini this year. I have not ever worn one in my entire life....eeeekkk- so happy:) I go for all of my tests and bloodwork on Monday. Pray that all goes well with that. Also have my supplies ready and just waiting on my meds to come in- the pharmacy did not have them in stock. Any tips or special items that any of you all used would be gretly appreciated.....thanks:)

3/20/2013 9 days- I cant believe it. I am having...

3/20/2013
9 days- I cant believe it. I am having mixed emotions about having it done. Spending that kind of money on myself, especially since I have kids. I know that it could be used towards them but, from what I have read from all of the tummy tuck sisters- thats normal. I think I have everything prepared for this. Just trying to get my mind totally prepared. I am a major outdoorsy girl and I know that I will not be able to do the stuff that I enjoy for a little while. I hope all that have had theirs done already are healing well and will say a few prays for those coming up. I did order my compression garment- If anyone has a favorite or a must have one Please let me know. I was at a loss at all the ones available. I ordered a Leonisa- Anyone use this brand? If so which one? Thanks ahead of time for any help:)

8 DAYS.....Holy cow- I will be on the flat side....

8 DAYS.....Holy cow- I will be on the flat side. Cant believe it, I have waited 13 years for this. I wish all the best of luck with up coming surgeries and those who have already gone through it quick recovery. I received my compression garment for after the binder. I tried it on for sh*ts and giggles- oh boy I looked like a tootsie roll shoved in it. Now I Know its supposed to be tight but dang it was very tight. I will be happy to have this done and just be at ease a little more with myself! Ok need info- How many take the arnica pills? Did you start before surgery or days after or right after? also what about Bromelain- who all takes this? Have you noticed it helping a great deal? I have purchased both of these and I am hoping to get a little feed back.

Okay so like there is two days and 20 hours before...

Okay so like there is two days and 20 hours before I have my tummy tuck and my youngest is throwing up. So now I am nervous and worried about getting sick on top of having the surgery itself. I'm going to be saying several prayers are with the next couple days for either I won't get sick and everything will go smoothly.

March 28th: ok so tomorrow is the big day, as I...

March 28th: ok so tomorrow is the big day, as I lay here in bed wanting to fall asleep and can't. I'm wide awake with anticipation and anxiety. I guess you really don't know what to expect until you go through it. Well long prayers and big hugs sent out to all that is having surgery tomorrow and happy healing ahead....:)

March 29th- I made it, I couldn't be any happier....

March 29th- I made it, I couldn't be any happier. I haven't as of yet had any pains, hardly any drainage, slept really well last night. I left the hospital last night and got home around 10:30 and had to be at the doctors main office at 5:00am this morning which is an hour away- then again this evening at his office in my town at 5:00. I'm definitely extremely happy I had it done. With that being said I know there will be days coming that I will wonder but I just need to stay focused and look at the before and after pictures. Thanks to all the girls on here that has put their story out there for us to read. I feel I had a great sense of what to expect. Happy healing to all- I can't wait to see the final results.

April 3, 2013 Ok just a quick update, I am still...

April 3, 2013
Ok just a quick update, I am still in no pain at all. I am doing really well. Having a little bit of swelling going on but, other then that it's all good. I am still in the recliner and plan to be till I get the drains out. I go in Monday for a check up so hopefully I will get them out then. I have very little draining. I am only taking my pain meds at night and am going through the day with a few Tylenol. I am walking around the house almost upright, doctor is quit pleased. I went to the store yesterday and walked around a bit, wasn't too bad. Just listened to my body and left when I felt tired.

8 days PO and I am an emotional wreck. I don't...

8 days PO and I am an emotional wreck. I don't like having the blues and being so irritable. I was hoping to be able to do more for myself by now. I'm not one to depend on someone for so long! Sorry need to vent:(

Ok so after the other day- which was bad. I can...

Ok so after the other day- which was bad. I can say I feel much better. I went outside yesterday and enjoyed the sun, I even went fishing in my ponds. Most may not enjoy that but- it was so nice to just walk around in the sun and relax. I have an appointment today, maybe the drains will come out- either way they are not bothering me. I took a picture last night after being up all day and to my surprise I didn't have a lot of swelling. Hopefully this is the turn I needed. I dread to have another day like Saturday. Happy healing Ty sisters:)

P.s. I have to share the bass picture I caught- I had to call my bf and he came and reeled it in for me;)

Yea- I did get my drains out today. The good news...

Yea- I did get my drains out today. The good news also is it didn't hurt at all. He had them out in seconds.

Sorry for a long awaited update. Things have been...

Sorry for a long awaited update. Things have been busy- started back to the gym this week. It felt great, even if all I am doing I light weights and walking. I did sneak in a few on the elliptical- but not fast. I am adding new pictures- not a lot of changing going on. Having a lot of swelling- but I think it's cause my body is adjusting to working out again. I will be glad when I can really go at. Have a great day:)
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You look great!!!! Just take it easy at the gym...kudos to you ...I am still procrastinating .....
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You look awesome!
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Nikki- You look GREAT girl:) I am swelling bad in the evening too- I will be glad when that is a thing of the past. I have had it so bad that I look three to four months pregnant. The last app. I had, he looked at me and said- I have never seen any of my patients swell like this. Well now he has....LOL Hope you stop swelling soon:)
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I was looking bloated at one point and he said it was maybe all the rice I was eating. I haven't been back to the gym yet though. Can't wait for the swelling to be gone too! I'm still sore in my back though from the lipo. Hopefully it will be gone soon.
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Oh, I see you did have a binder...did he do lipo?
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Yes, I did wear a binder. I am wearing a compression garment during the day now, and my binder during the night.(it is just comfortable to wear at night) No i had no lipo done- just the tummy tuck and muscle repair.
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Did you wear a binder? Excellent result!
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You look really good! I had my tt on the 29th of March too.
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Thank You- You look fabulous. I will be happy when this swelling stops and I can really see what I have to work with now. I am really trying not to over do it- but its so hard now that I feel good. My doctor told me I can start riding my bike at 4weeks so hopefully the weather will cooperate and I can get some miles in. I used to ride 26-30 miles at a time, hopefully I can do at least half of that starting back....LOL
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You look great! Glad you got the drains out. Love the bass picture. I love to fish.
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You look amazing! Look at that itty bitty waist! P.S. you do not look old enough to have an 18 year old daughter! :). Lucky you!
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Thank you so much you are too sweet- Right now I feel like a swollen toad at night. LOL
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Hey , you impressed me out there already fishing! You look great! Nice to see its going pretty we for you! My TT and BL is this Friday the 12th) hope you continue to heal nicely!!!
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*well for you
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My surgery is schedule for May 8th. Your story is an inspiration to me.
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Yay! Congratulations on no drains!!!
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I'm scheduled to take mine out tomorrow. How does it feel not having it in? Is it a relief?
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I really didn't mind them in but- yes it's nice not having to worry about them. I can wear my pants without worrying about them.
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How fun! I am a total girly girl, city girl but have to admit I love to fish...the kind of fishing that someone else puts a worm on the hook (poor wormie) and I throw my line in and wait quietly for a fish to bite it then I get to reel it in and my husband can take it off the hook and throw it back so it can continue to live its lil fishy life ;)....anyways what I really wanted to say is you look great and I'm so happy for you!!!!
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Love the bass pic! You look so happy! Congrats and keep on healing!
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Thank you all for the positive thoughts- I am thankful for you all!!!! Have a wonderful day:)
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Glad you seem to be doing better today! :). How long do drains stay in? And do they hurt? That's what I'm scared of!!!!!! Lol!
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Drains stay in from 3 days to 3 weeks, depending on how much fluid they are taking in. They don't hurt, but are bothersome. But, still worth doing it.
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Thanks for replying back to me! :)
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I've had 7 friends that had tummy tucks. They told me today... To be sure and take a pain pill before getting the drains out. Because they said it HURT like HECK!!! (Now, Maybe... On some people it don't hurt... But, I'm not going to chance it after I get my TT! LOL!)
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