My experience/Advice/Bowel movements?
- 6 months ago
I am post op day 8 on my TT, BL/BA, and lipo. I was mentally, physically, and emotionally prepared for this. Thank god for my husband and mother's support. The last week, I literally depended on them to do everything, wipe my butt, brush my teeth, brush my hair, bring me food/drink, lift me up and out of a chair/bed multiple times a daily/nightly to go to the bathroom and to sleep. Amazingly, I was off hydrocodone in 3 days post op. I hate that stuff, cause it made me so constipated. My pain is still there, but not unbearable, I still take an occasional anti-inflammatory, but it gets better every day gradually. I think the lipo was the worse, honestly, it literally looked like I had been beaten with a baseball back on my hips, flanks, and buttocks. I had to warn my husband to not touch those area, all the while, he's trying his best to be gentle, and physically lifting me up on the bed, etc...and if he touched those area's I could really cringe. So day 1-4 my major issue was the corset, I felt like it was digging in my ribs, which made me not want to breath and overall just not feel well. When I went to my postop Day 4 follow up appt, I finally got the corset off, got a spit bath and my hubby got instructions on how to take it off, wash, and put it back on. The results were amazing, and I'm so happy with my physician. I told my husband to not make me laugh during the appt cause it really hurt my belly, but when he saw my boobs he started smiling and I was like "STOP", it's hurts my belly to laugh or giggle! I could tell he was happy with the results. You absolutely don't want to cough, or sneeze, cause it will smart! I had cough drops on hand, in case I got a tickle in my throat, and drank "throat coat" tea which really helped. I haven't had good sleep the entire time, like only 3-5 hours/day, just cause I can't get comfy. I literally go to the recline, couch, bed, and just circle around. Day 7, I started having itching under my corset, it was way worse today (Day 8). The itching was actually numbness/tingling feeling that was coming back of my nerves. I can pretty much do anything physically, like lift my arms above my head (but I don't), yet I can't use my trunk at all, meaning no sitting up from a laying down position, so still dependent on my hubs for that. I can get off the toilet and recliner by myself as long as I am sitting upright. My worse complain is my bowels....I had a BM day 2 & 3 post op (thank you lord!), but I was taking stool softeners with each pain pill. I have been off pain pills since Day 3, and Day 4-6 was hell. Reflux from hell (couldn't lay down), bubblying, gas, bloated, but no BM's. I finally gave in and took a laxative and a wonderful tea called "smooth move" and had 7 diarrhea BM's Day 6 evening. I felt so much better after that! I have been drinking a ton of water, walking daily, and really feel good, but now it's day 8, and I still am constipated or just haven't had a BM (so that makes 2 days--kinda getting worried again). I realize my appetite sucks, like no more than 2-3 bites per meal (3 meals /day), and I've already lost 5 lbs, that was weighing with my new boobs, corset, and drains being full. I get my drains out day #14 or maybe sooner if they stop draining, which they have slowed down significantly. Either way, I will tell you, I had 2 c-sections in the past, and this entire mommy makeover is not for the faint of heart. And I agree with everyone's post that you must have a good support at home, or else you will be miserable, I mean miserable. I don't think anyone could do this alone. Either way, wish you the best of luck with your health and make sure you have the best support at home (mentally prepare them, too, my hubs has gotten frustrated just cause he is exhausted, but good friends and parent's really came through).