Well, I'm at work right now. First day back. Absolute torture. Plus, I had to drive 45 mins to get here :-( Driving wasn't horrible, but I had to use my right leg to put all my weight on in oder to push my self up and not put any pressure on booty. It sucked for 45 mins, but whatever. I really don't understand how ladies use the boppy so well, because when I sit on it, it flattens completely out so my ass goes right to the seat and gets smooshed. Maybe I'm not doing it right? I face the U towards me, with the two ends wrapping around my knees, and the circular part under my thighs. Any advice is GREATLY appreciated. So, I wore those pants in my most recent pics... they are WAY too small (in the sense that it's tight on my booty with it still being in the healing process)!! OMG, my ass hurts!!! I just wanna get home and take every thing off!!! ::WHOOO SAAAA:: I'm sorry, I'm such a baby and tend to whine too much :-/ Can ya'll tell I'm whining?? LOL.
Well, we're really slow at work, so I figured I'd take the time to give my detailed review of the first few days. So if you skip everything else I've wrote READ THIS UPDATE!
First and foremost, I want to start by saying that this surgery is far worse than we could ever prepare for. Now, I realize there are some blessed women who bounce back like they didn't just have major surgery, and I am SOOO HAPPY for those lucky women, but most of us, DO NOT! Everyone is different, and we all heal and react differently to things, BUT we ALL must not just physically prepare ourselves for this, but mentally and emtionally. Ladies, I researched this precedure for TWO YEARS! I researched Doctor Salama for an entire year. I watched his prices go from $3,500 to $7,999 and counting. I just can NOT stress how much more there is to this procedure than what we prepare for. This is an extremely long road. We have NO IDEA what we're really doing to our bodies. This is def one of the toughest procedures to endure. The surgery itself is entense, and recovery is even worse. We MUST realize BEFORE we make this move that this is a LONG road. As much research as I did, but I just didnt realize that at 11 days PO, I would still not feel normal. I have read EVERY single last review on this website and MMH, and have felt the pain of my girls that went before me, but I was still not prepared for this. IDK WTH I was thinking that I'd be OK to return to work by now. I still have pain in my tummy, it's def tolerable and not intense at all, but pain is pain. My ass still hurts, I'm still stiff, I still go through sperts where I question why in the hell I did this to my body, only because I want so badly to be normal again. I DO realize that this will be all over soon enough, but I'm still in the present. Like, Wiz Khalifa is coming to concert on wednesday, and I can't go :-( so freaking sad about that! (LOL I know)! But my point is, that we just gotta realize this isn't a week or two healing proces then BAM we're back to our old selves, this is a full 6 month life-changing experience. I see girls all the time complaining about their results and they're just a few weeks or a month or two, and it drives me crazy. Our bodies will change so much over the few months following surgery and we have to realize that before going into this. Start your journey with an open mind, realizing you may not get [insert name here]'s body! But you WILL get an wonderfully improved version of you. ok, enough with my rant and rave, I just want you ladies to grasp the depth of severity of which you have chosen to do. Again, THIS IS MAJOR SURGERY!
My Surgery Experience:
My first time meeting with the staff was Monday, July 9th around 4PM. I arrived at the office to find my girl, NEVEAH filling out paperwork with her support system and no one else in the lobby. I met Nomie, Jennifer, Ruben and Nancy for the first time this day. I signed in and was given a medium sized stack of papers to fill out and sign. Afterwards, I went into the back to meet with Nancy. Now let me sidetrack for a minute and give Nancy her praise. This is the woman whom I dealt with through most of my experience. I have absolutley nothing bad to say about her. She was informative, sincere, responsive, personable, professional, and just an all-around doll. I love her!! She was there for me through it all. She did everything in her power to help me through every step of my journey. I was so ecstatic about the chance to finally meet her. Ok, so she took me into the back, went over the paper work, explained everything, gave me my boppy, and my arnica/bromelein (they are a combination of the both. Wish I would've known this so I wouldn't have bought my Bromelein pills) pills, and explained the new insurance doc requires (which is fabulous, if you ask me). I then got to speak with Ruben breifly. He just introduced himself and reassured me on everything. I think that's when everything kinda sunk in. I was like OMG, kinda drifted away as you she was talking because reality hit me. I think she could tell, because she asked me if I was OK. So, my mother, grandmother and I left the office and did some errands before returning to the hotel. I was very calm this night, surprisingly. I never really got TOO crazily nervous at any point. Like I've said before, I trusted my doctor (clearly with my life), so I was always more scared about recovery than the actual surgery.
Day of Surgery-
My surgery was at 2pm. Last surgery of the day. It was torture not being able to eat all day, but w/e. So, I got to the Surgery center with ma & gma, and my mother was literally trying to pull me out the door. She kept saying "this doesn't feel right, are you sure you want to do this?" I'm like " really, Ma???" SMH, clearly I went through with it, LOL. So after about an hour of waiting, one of his assistants came and got me. I said My goodbyes to my mommy and gma, and then I changed into my paper robe, paper panties, footies, and hair net. I then went into the office area and waited another hour. Still wasnt nervous. Alex (anesthesiologist) came in and spoke with me. He is such a doll. Then FINALLY.. the man of the hour.. DOCTOR SALAMA! At first, yes I could see the "serious demeanor" that everyone talks about, but he very quickly loosened up. He introed him self and we got down to business. I got naked (HEHE) and he got to talking. It was weird standing there with his face 6 inches away from my breasts and he's just talking away like everything is normal. Can you say AKWARD? I used to own a strip club, so I don't get bashful at all, but that was just weird, LOL. Then he got to drawling on me... I'm so ticklish and he thought it was hilarious! Ok, so everyone asks me what I told him or asked him along the lines of what I wanted. Well, after hearing he doesnt care for the wish pics anymore (which I completely understand why) I just went in there with the mind frame "let this man do what he does best." He then asked me if I wanted a BIG booty, I said yes, and then asked me what kind of shape I wanted. I told him, the Kim K hourglass shape. He asked if projection or hips were more important, i told him both equally as important. He then asked me what areas were my most hated, and I told him back fat(I'm sure ya'll understand why, hehe) and my tummy. It was so weird when he grabbed my fat. Like GROSS!! OMG!! But it's gone now ;-D But basically, i gave him the reigns. He asked me the questions he needed to know in order to give me the shape i was going for, and he succeeded magnificently. He then guided me to the operating room, where Alex to the reigns. He gave me my good tequila, and before I knew it I was OUT!
I woke up around 8:30ish. I'm sure I was in recovery for a few hours, but this is the first time I REMEMBER opening my eyes. I literally felt like they had just taken me off the table. The VERY first thing I said after hearing my name was "Is my Mommy here" LOL such a baby, I know! funny thing is, I never call her Mommy. Ma, Mom, Mother, but never Mommy. So I believe I was on my back, and I just remember trying so hard to roll over. I felt so heavy, and in so much pain. Just pain everywhere. I believe I was more terrified, and it intensified the pain, but it def wasn't an untolerable pain. So they got me in the wheelchair, and I immediately felt nauseos, and asked for something to throw up in, which I did. I then was taken out to the waiting room where mom and Gma were. I remember screaming "Mommy" and she was right there, LMFAO!! I don't remember being wheeled down, I just remember them telling me I had to help myself into the car, so I forced my self up, still heavely sedated, and fell into the backseat. We arrived at the hotel, and I was wheeled up to my room where I slept until midnight. my mother was told to let me sleep until midnight and then wake me up every hour to walk, eat and drink. Before I continue I want to say that the ladies at the surgery center were great. I believe that they get such a bad rep MAINLY because their english is horrible. When they "don't speak" to you when you first get there, that is why. They don't know how to converse because they simply can't, but other than that, they're great.
My First Night-
Pure hell. Pretty much sums it up. My mother and gma kept telling me how good I was doing, but this is only because I felt as though I had no other choice. I knew how important fluid consumption is, as well as eating. My Mother was on point with getting me up every hour, forcing me to eat and drink. Around midnight, my fist time getting up my bestie arrived. I remember walking past the mirror before she got there thinking "it's not big enough" then she got there and the first thing she says is "It's SO BIG!" I was very happy LOL! But the first night, my mother did EVERYTHING for me! Emptied my drains, wiped my ass, fed me.. everything. It was hell. I kept up with the meds, so pain wasn't too bad. She had me on a 4 hour schedule, and I finally had to get to a point where I screamed and said we are doing 3 hours. It was wearing off around 3.25 hours. I def felt the pain when the meds wore off. It's like an intense burning sensation throughout my entire abdonemen and back. Even with the pain meds my ass hurt. It literally felt like it was gna explode. Like it had been filled to the max, and was constantly throbbing. Which, in all truth, it was filled to the max!
1st day After surgery/Wednesday-
Today was my first appt. I felt OK today. Def felt like I had major surgery, but i managed. I didn't GAF what I looked like, or if I had make up on.. So I got into the room, and Nomie helped me get my garment off. She was a doll and took pics for me, and then left to get Doc. He came in, looked at me and said "You check yourself out in the mirror? That shape is looking amazing, huh?" AHH I love him!!! So then, before he was ready to leave, I started feeling sick again. no light-headedness like the girls normally feel (Which is what I was prepared for), but instead I felt sick. I told him, and he immediately grabbed the trash can. Nasty ass teal vomit. He says "blue gatorade?" haha. He asked if I wanted some Tea, and Nomie got me some. He then left :-( I got dressed, went out to the front where I purchased a second Large garment, and they gave me my Medium. Back to my cage I would go (My room felt like that after a while). The rest of the day was pretty much the same as the first night. I got up every hour and walked, ate and drank, and of course PEED!! UGHHHHHHHHH BTW Peeing was a joke to me.. Cups never worked, funnels never worked, NOTHING worked.
I started sleeping for 2 hours, then got up. I started feeling the major stiffness at this point. I attempted a bowel movement, but didn't have the strength to push. I took a shower this day. Ma & Gma left :'-(
First massage was today. Worst pain I have EVER felt. All I'm gna say is it felt like I was being skinned alive. I mentally prepared myself for this, so I knew it would be bad. I was IN TEARS, so bad Eilyn was in tears. She such a sweet woman. She helped me get through it, because at the end of the day, you really do just have to take it. It's pure torcher, though. After the massage I felt like death. This is when I started noticing my fever. It would stay around 100.4. At this point I stopped the pain meds after realizing I didn't need them ,and started taking Tylenol Extra Strength to break my fever. It would get it down to 98.9-99.9. This night was rough, becasue i just started feeling horrible. I was so happy with what I saw in the mirror, but I kept asking myself why did I do this to my body?
I had my first BM today. I rolled up two towels and put them under my thighs and let it happen. My friend had to wipe my ass, and then I took another shower. I washed my hair today, too! I felt like crap, so really nothing new to report. My other friend arrived late friday night, so I now had 2 people with me.
Waking up is the worst. Had a breakdown, needed to call my husband to calm down. Felt a lot better overall today. Had my second massage, and it was worse than the first only because I had retained a lot of fluid, and she had to push it out of me. I felt better after the massage. Eilyn put on my medium garment. I actually got out of the room and went down to the bar and pool area.
Another breakdown, called hubby, then watched Church. Had to take my medium garment off becasue it just didn't feel right. before I put on my large garment, I cut a slit in the front part to pee easier. This ultimately is what caused my major swelling of my lady parts. YOU NEED COMPRESSION, LADIES!! Felt better as the day progressed, but my drains really started to bother me. I felt like my body was rejecting them. So my two friends who were there with me left at around 3, then my other friend arrived at 10. After my freak out of elephantiasis lady parts, I texted Doc, who told me I need compression. We put my non-cut Large on, and the next day it was back to the normal swelling! He also recommended for me to put a pad on, which I think is a great idea, becasue it takes the pressure of your girl from where the hole is. A lot of women get swelling becasue of the intense pressure from where the garment ends, so try that from day one ladies!! We went to sleep early, and tonight was the first night I actually slep through and woke up ONE time(to pee, of course)!! WHOO HOOOO!!
Started feeling much better! Everything was much more tolerable, and I was actually able to eat full meals finally. My drains REALLY bothered me, though! Almost couldn't take it!!
ONE WEEK POST-OP/Tuesday-
I woke up today and did a "I'm getting my drains out" dance. Literally, for 5 mins I was dancing and singing!! So I got my self together, then we were off! We stopped by the office to pick up my board and foam. I said goodbye to everyone, and I was on my way... Next stop: Walmart. So after a week with the little buggers, of ALL places my drains decided to come undone and drain all over Walmar's floor. So embarrasing. And by this time the fluids are a yellow color, so I can only imagine what people thought. We then headed over to the surgery center to get my drains out. I met with MY LOVE PrettyFLAgirl!! idk what I would do without her!! LOVE YOU GIRL!! I then went in the back and was poked on by one of the assistants (Which hurt like hell, and continued to hurt for about 45 mins after). She went and spoke with Doc, then came back in and said "tomorrow" I refused! No ma'am, you go right back in there and tell him NO! So I had to wait for him to finish with his current surgery to come see me. I was then escorted 45 mins later into the recovery room connected to the surgery room. After about 15 more minutes (I in no way wanted to rush that man in his surgery) Doc came in, all smiles. It's like bitter sweet seeing him!! I really do love him for what he's done for me, I just can't explain it! He took a look at me, and did some (MUCH MORE GENTLE) poking, and told me I had NO fluid built up, and he took my drains out. HURT LIKE HELL! But I'm so glad I was lucky enough to have him do it! He tried to shake my hand, and I asked for a hug, which he gladly gave me! We then went into the office room, where PrettyFLAgirl was waiting in her lovely paper outfit, so that Doc could tell me how many CCs. I spoke with her a little more, and told Doc how appreciative I was before I said my goodbyes! Back to the hotel we went so that my friend could pack me up before she left me all alone for my last night. Slept well, just ready to go home.
Ok, so I explained in detail my trip home, so I think I'm pretty much done. One thing I would like to recommend; get some bra extenders for the straps. I wear them at night so I can lift my arms above my head. Without them the straps cut off circulations and they would fall asleep and hurt A LOT! I don't wear them through out the day because it doesn't pull the garment up high enough.
OMG, ladies, it's 9:30, and I've been standing since 3P.M. My feet and legs are sooo swollen!! I get off at 11, I hope I can make it!!!
Well, I hope this review has been helpful! Good luck to the ladies coming after me, and thank you to the ladies before me! I love you all!