Tummy Tuck - Arizona (6-5-12)

Well... I’m doing it! I can recall being an 8...

Well... I’m doing it! I can recall being an 8 year old child complaining about my stomach. I hated my pooch – blech – why couldn’t I have a flat stomach like all my friends? It wasn’t until 10 years ago after having my fourth child that I just could NOT get my body back to pre-baby shape. My biggest issue was my stomach. I often mentioned having a tummy tuck to my husband. (Honestly, I don’t think he ever took me seriously.) Last year I visited with a PS. I liked him but his prices were high and his office seemed to be pushy. They couldn’t work with the dates I had available at the time so I patiently waited until this year. I saw another PS. He seemed nice and his prices were dirt cheap but his office was so unprofessional and disorganized. I choose to see one more PS. (I actually met with his assistant.) I fell in love with her! Call me crazy but I scheduled my TT and have NOT even met with my PS yet. Yes, yes, yes I know… I’m even having a hard time believing that I did that. I absolutely love his work and I love everything the assistant has told me about him. (She also has had a TT done by him.) I have my first meeting with him at my pre-op on May 24th. :fingers crossed: It goes well! No one knows that I’m having this procedure done except my husband. So the support I have is little to none. Sometimes I just feel so overwhelmed with all the feelings I’m keeping inside. It’s nice to read about what other women are going through as well. =}

I had my pre-op today and finally met my PS. I had...

I had my pre-op today and finally met my PS. I had all of my questions answered and I am feeling much more at ease. He is a perfectionist and that is why I chose him. I will get my blood work done next week along with picking up my meds. One of which is valium and I asked if I could take one the night before surgery. Ha! I was told I could. I know there is no way on earth I am going to be able to relax and sleep that night. Hopefully that will help me. I don’t think I ever mentioned my stats? I’m 37yrs old, have had 4 children, 5’5 and 140 lbs. I will be getting a full tummy tuck with muscle repair lipo on my hips, back, flanks plus inner and outer thighs.

Let the nightmares begin. Ugh! I had a horrible...

Let the nightmares begin. Ugh! I had a horrible dream last night that I MISSED my surgery. Silly I know – but it is a fear of mine. I’m also afraid that I’m going to get sick and they will want to postpone. OMG, I have a million and one thoughts going through my brain. One minute I’m SO excited and the next I’m scared stiff. This internal war is killing me. I’ve been trying to get everything in order. But, it’s so hard to prepare for something that you have never been through. I got my blood work done, prescriptions filled, bought some loose stretchy clothes, I even took some before pictures yesterday 5-31-12. (I hope I can figure out how to post them.) I also need to tell my kids that I’m having surgery in 4 days. WHAT on earth is wrong with me? Why have I procrastinated so long? I’m desperate for support, for understanding, for compassion, yet I won’t tell anyone what I’m doing. :sigh: Ok deep breath.... EVERYTHING will be ok!

Tomorrow is the big day! I’ve went through SO...

Tomorrow is the big day! I’ve went through SO many emotions and feelings over the past few days that today I’m pretty darn calm. Who would of thought?! I am at the point right now that I just want it done so I can start to heal. So, on that note, I’m going to head to bed. See you all on the flat side! :wink:

Well, I survived! My tummy tuck was one week ago...

Well, I survived! My tummy tuck was one week ago today. I’m not really sure where the time has gone? Who am I kidding? I’ve been sleeping my days away. Lol The most pain that I have had is muscle spasms in my stomach. OMG – feels like I did a trillion sit ups. Ouch! I’m so glad I stayed the first night at the recovery center. Those women who took care of me are blessings! My days got a little jumbled up but I think it was 2 days later I began to run a fever and my lungs started filling up with fluid. NOT good. After working and working and working on my inhalation exercises I’m doing much better. This has been one of the most difficult things I have ever done. I don’t regret it one bit. But it has been very hard with the little support that I have gotten. I love my belly button and think it looks SO cute! I have a Doctor’s appointment tomorrow and hopefully I get my drains removed. The drains haven’t bothered me too much. They are just more in the way than anything. Happy healing ladies!

Day 10 post op… I had an appointment today and...

Day 10 post op… I had an appointment today and had my last drain removed. YAY! I love not having all those dangly things getting in my way. I have another appointment next week where he wants to talk about lymphatic massage. I’m all for doing anything that will help with the healing process. I just hope he can refer me to someone closer to home. His office is over an hour away from my house. Today I drove myself and it just about killed me. 3 hour round trip was WAY too much. I came home took a Percocet and took a LONG deserved nap. I don’t really have much pain per say. It’s more like muscle spasms. I wish things would loosen up a bit more because I’m ready to stand up straight. I’m close, but I still feel like a granny slightly bent over when I walk. Yesterday I caught a glimpse of my ‘new body’ in the mirror before jumping in the shower and it looked BEAUTIFUL! (I even shed a tear of delight!) I’m still bruised and swollen but I could see the amazing figure under it all. I’m hoping to take some after pictures to share in the next few days. I can’t wait to share. =}

I tried to take pics this morning but it didn't go...

I tried to take pics this morning but it didn't go so well. (Felt faint and nauseous) I only have one to add - 11 days post op.

14 days post op. I’m rather moody and emotional...

14 days post op. I’m rather moody and emotional today. Rationally I knew that this will be a long healing process. Hence the reason I had surgery in the summer to give myself 6 weeks to get back to par. But somewhere in my crazy head I thought getting to the 2 week mark I would feel marvelous – wrong! I keep trying to remind myself all of the little milestones that I have achieved and it’s not working at this point. I want to be able to stand up straight! I hate walking like a granny. My body is so achy and sore. I hate that I still need to take pain pills. What am I a wimp? Grrrr. I hate that every small little task that I do feels like I just ran a marathon and I’m exhausted. Ok, enough of my rant… This too shall pass.

Day 17 post op – I’m doing much better than...

Day 17 post op – I’m doing much better than last update. I had a check up with my doctor yesterday. He removed the stitches from my belly button and the tape from my incision. I think it all looks pretty darn good! I will begin massage on my scar with vitamin E and silicone strips once the scabbing is all gone from the incision. I’m guessing within a few weeks. It seems like the healing process has been taking its sweet time with me. Grrr! I am beginning to walk a bit straighter but unfortunately I still cannot walk completely straight and I still look like a granny. I think waking up in the morning is the WORST. My stomach still spasms awful and I’m so stiff I can’t move. I feel the look of my left hip does not match the look of my right. I’m still so bruised and swollen on the left side that I’m hoping/praying when it heals it will even out.

Day 23 PO: Wow – what a difference a few days...

Day 23 PO: Wow – what a difference a few days make! As soon as I hit the third week mark I felt like I was beginning to turn that corner everyone talks about. My PS wanted me to take it easy for the first 3 weeks and then after that to listen to my body and I could do what it would allow me. I began to FORCE myself to walk. YES it was uncomfortable but I was sick and tired of being a slave to the couch. I have begun to walk on my treadmill in the morning and take a walk around the block in the evening. As I’m walking I have been working on my posture. I’m still not straight but I’m getting close. I would have to say I’m about 90% there. Of course if I’m sitting for a long time and get up I still have the granny walk because my body gets stiff. It takes about 5-10 steps to stand up straighter again. My PS also wanted me to wear my CG for the first 3 weeks and then after that it was my choice and to just listen to my body and do what it needs. I bought a few different spanx and gave them a try. Ummmmm, there was NO WAY I could get those things on! Didn’t even get them up past my knees and I threw them back in the bag to take back to the store. So, I have been taking off my CG daily and increasing my time with it off to get used to the way it feels with nothing on. That strategy has been working well so far and I’m hoping that within the week I will be without the CG completely during the day and just wearing it at night to sleep with. My left hip is also starting to look better. What a RELIEF! I can see the swelling going down along with the bruising and it is starting to match my right hip perfectly. This has been such a long road and I know I have more healing to do; I just wanted to say that I would do this again in a heartbeat! It is amazing what a boost of confidence I have now! I tried on my old bikini yesterday and was tickled pink with how I looked. I see a bikini shopping trip in the near future!

Day 27 PO – SLOWLY but surely I’m doing better...

Day 27 PO – SLOWLY but surely I’m doing better and better each day! I am now taking off my CG as soon as I wake up and putting it back on when I go to sleep at night. That is a BIG accomplishment for me making it a full day wearing nothing with support at all. I have also increased my speed and time spent walking in the mornings and evenings. I really think walking has helped tremendously with my healing process. Although, I did walk the mall on Saturday and that kicked my butt! I sat around ALL day Sunday trying to muster up some energy to do anything

I'm not sure why my entire update did not go...

I'm not sure why my entire update did not go through yesterday? Here is the rest of it.
Day 27 PO
I began massaging my stomach, hips and lipo areas about 4 days ago (2xs day). I noticed my swelling has dramatically reduced in these areas. YAY! I still have bruising on my left side but it is continually fading. I am hoping to be bruise free within the week. :fingers crossed: I am still working on my posture and I think I’m getting close to 95% standing up straight now. My stomach still feels very tight and numb. I am also still having these darn muscle spasms (less frequently) that wake me up at night. I’m patiently waiting for all the scabs to be gone from my scar so I can begin silicone treatment. Did I mention I am NOT a patient person? :wink: All in all the past week I have improved greatly and I am very happy with how I am feeling!

Day 35 (week 5) PO – I continue to do better...

Day 35 (week 5) PO – I continue to do better each day. My posture is getting better. I’m SO close. I look as if I’m perfectly straight but I can feel that I’m not. I’m about 97% there though! I am still walking in the morning and at night. Usually after my walk I feel so good and ‘loosened’ up. Its funny how the more you move the better you feel. But it’s SO hard to get going. I still have aches and pains. The most annoying pain is the one I have in my rib cage. It feels like when you are pregnant and the baby shoves his foot into your ribs. But unlike that pain when the baby moves his foot the pain goes away. This pain won’t go away. Grrr It really hurts if I do too much (like spending the day at the mall). I’m just trying to find that happy medium of taking it easy but pushing myself to get back up to par. I have to go back to work on the 25th of July. I’m very nervous about making it through the day! I work in a school setting with middle school kids (most are as big as I am) where I often have to restrain students. I don’t think I would be so nervous to go back to a desk job. I would also like to buy a few new outfits to start the year. However, I am in this really weird stage where I don’t know what kind of clothes look good on my body. I don’t like most of my old clothes because they are big and frumpy from trying to hide my pooch. My stomach is still numb so it drives me batty having anything snug on my stomach. My scar is doing well! I will start my silicone strips tomorrow. I am CG free during the day and hoping to be CG free during the night within the week. I’ve noticed that it is hurting me more than providing comfort so I think it’s time to get rid of it. I still have bruising on my left side. SO crazy! I know it’s from the lipo. I’m very bumpy on that side as well. When I do swell it is always on that side. I haven’t experienced much of swell hell. I try to keep my diet pretty clean and guzzle water all day long. I also have taken Arnica Montana and Bromelain the entire time. I continue to massage myself morning and night. I think that has helped out tremendously. This has been a long road of recovery but I would certainly do it again!

6 weeks PO – AMAZING, I feel better and better...

6 weeks PO – AMAZING, I feel better and better each and every day! I have FINALLY loosened up enough that I am 99.9% standing up straight. What a RELIEF! I have completely gotten rid of my CG and that feels wonderful. I’ve noticed that my stomach is starting to get a little feeling back and it doesn’t drive me batty wearing clothing that is snug. I started silicone therapy on my scar 6 days ago and I already see improvement! I still have the lumpy bumpy on my left hip and it swells by the end of the day from the lipo. I keep massaging it (along with my entire stomach) nightly. It is going down BUT sooooo slowly! I’m getting excited to meet with my PS again at the end of this month. He has been on vacation and I haven’t seen him since 17 days post op. I have so many questions to ask. I want all the information about my surgery. He tried to tell me the day after my surgery but I was so loopy from the meds I didn’t care what he was saying. LOL I know he said he lipo’ed about 4lbs of fat and that he cut out about 5lbs of skin and fat. I’m curious about how much muscle repair he did. I think that’s what has hurt the most. I still get the occasional pain in my upper stomach around my ribs if I over exert myself. I’m just happy to report that I am starting to feel almost normal again – YES!
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