I Now Realize I've Used and Abused my Body, So I'm Fixing It! - Bakersfield, CA

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I'm 37 years old, 153 pounds, 5'7 height, 32DDD or...

I'm 37 years old, 153 pounds, 5'7 height, 32DDD or 34DD (but very flat and deflated, hourglass type figure. At 18 years old I gave birth to my first child, then had 2 more all 1 1/2 apart approximately, all three breastfeed. As a teen I was never slender always curvy, thus given the nick name "soft and fluffy", but after 3 children, and being one those that I didn't really bounce back to my normal weight quickly, my curves got curvier :-( After my 3rd I never really lost my pregnancy weight, and then slowly gained more. 12 years ago @ 260 lbs, I had gastric bypass surgery, lost 100lbs, gained 10 lb, and seemed settled... But then became self employed, sat, worked, sat, snacked, and slowly gained 40lbs, topping out at 210! This past March 2012, I woke up to reality after seeing an awful picture of me, and realized I needed to make a major change! So diet, exercise, complete permanent change of lifestyle! I feel good, I have energy, I feel stronger, and..... I have a TON OF FLABBY STUFF!!! I had my consultation for a MM 11/07/12, and I'm going in on 12/18/12.

Today is the day, the before pictures they took...

Today is the day, the before pictures they took are awful, seeing those makes me more confident this is a good decision for me.... Oddly I'm more concerned about the destruction of my house (husband and kids), then I am about having surgery!! Maybe it's my way of distracting myself :-)

I've avoiding reading people's experiences the last 2 weeks to hopefully minimize my obsessing!

I will try to remember to post about my recovery though....

I completely concur with many others that the...

I completely concur with many others that the first 3 days are the worse!

I'm on day 5 of post surgery, and I'm feeling restless!
Day 1: I made it upstairs to my room.... Lots of oozing on my right side, I guess from the lipo... My hubby gave me my meds. Enough said on that day!

Day 2: slept a lot. Randomly closing my eyes and then poof! I'm asleep! I'm so glad I have my recliner with electric controls, it stays stopped in whatever position I pick :-)
I totally recommend building muscle by doing squats, I attribute my ability to get up and down from the toilet to that!

Day 3: very similar to my previous day. i took a shower that evening with hubby's help, technically I was allowed to take a shower after 36 hours, but I didn't really need one, and I was supper nervous to see the incisions. Good news they don't look as scary as I expected (tonight I will shower again and take a picture).

Day 4: I stayed awake nearly all day yesterday, walked to the mailbox 2 times, baked cookies (house full of happy kids), and up & down the stairs a several times. By the end of this day I am able to get out of the recliner without help, uncomfortable but totally able.

Day 5 (today): I woke up at 2:15 am :-( Being that I was wide awake, I went down stairs... Washed a few dishes, decided to put a slow cooker meal together for this evening, baked some cupcakes, at 5:45 am woke up my husband and ventured off to the bagel shop (being early there will be an excellent selection). Kids were totally happy to have fresh bagels for breakfast:) Then I went upstairs to my room, locked the door and napped for a couple of hours.

So that's my recap of post op days... Now I have a question (maybe someone will read this and have similar experience... I hope!!!)

I have GAINED 10 pounds! Seriously!?!? WTF? Could be swelling? If it was would an excessive amount of fluid come out of my drain? My daily drain amount has been averaging 50 cc the last couple of days. I know I shouldn't of even gotten on the scale, but now I've become obsessed with this! I'm not going to look much better if I gained 10 pounds:-(

I've posted last nights picture, I think I was too...

I've posted last nights picture, I think I was too active yesterday. Probably should have skipped going to SAMs club. I underestimated the amount of walking that would take. Standing and walking around the kitchen had me thinking I was more ready then what was actually true. I will be taking it VERY easy today.
Also my fluid output into my drain doubled, is that because of over doing it? Or just the process of healing?

At my 3 week PO appt, (Jan 8) I had my drain...

At my 3 week PO appt, (Jan 8) I had my drain removed (didn't feel anything:), its nice not having it, experimented wearing real pants. The ones that were always slightly bigger fit fine over my compression garment :)
Today I wore a pair of my skinny jeans, and they fit fine w/o the CG. I bought a slimming type one for my torso that does really nicely on keeping firm pressure from below my TT incision to the under bust area, getting it on is a pain, but once on it seems to be good.
The spanks does not work well for me:-( once a successfully get the spanks over my ass, the waist area does not give me much support at all, and to top it off potty time is a real pain! I am pretty sure it's due to my extra hourglass type figure.
I wonder how important compression to my hips (the lipo area) is?? I figured maybe I can go back and forth maybe, so sometimes I can wear regular clothing.

And today was the first day I wore a regular bra :-)

I forgot to mention that I'm back down to my pre...

I forgot to mention that I'm back down to my pre surgery weight, also at my post op appt I was told I still have quite a bit of swelling, and the 3 month time is a good indication of seeing what is to come. So interpret that to mean it will get better then what I see today:)
I can be patient...

I am 5 weeks PO. Swelling is down a bit, I took...

I am 5 weeks PO. Swelling is down a bit, I took pics.
Thank you for the compliments, they definitely put a smile on my face!
I survived our Disneyland trip! Actually I felt pretty decent, just swelling,but not too uncomfy, so I was ok. I did take it very easy.

But seriously, after eating good, no junk, in an attempted to minimize any excuse for swelling, I gained a couple of pounds.... Really??? Maybe I'm just "off"!
I seem to have difficulty getting comfortable to be able to fall asleep, after tossing and turning for a coupe hours I take a pain pill (ultraset), then zonk out in minutes. I'm not really happy with what seems to help, I need to sleep, but I'm not a "pill" popper type in any way. Maybe it's because my normal busy life is whacked out... I'm going to start mild exercise tomorrow and see how that feels.

I'm trying out the Gold Gym exercise binding a couple of gals felt it worked awesome, I bought the $5 & the $10 one. I like that it kind of sticks to me, it doesn't shift or roll up. My swelling appears better, but that also may be because I have been taking it very easy the last two days.
My incision seems very lopsided, but that may be the swelling.... I've seen pics of gals where the scar seemed lopsided, but over several months seemed to even out. I'm keeping my fingers crossed the same will happen for me.
My breasts are still lumpy, haven't finished dropping, more time...

On a separate note, I am very happy with the PS offices willingness to talk to me, and see me, even over minor concerns, and not make me feel like an idiot. For some reason my surgeon is unavailable for what appears to be 5-6 weeks, maybe vacationing??? So when I went in yesterday to verify my concern was with in the normal healing process (swelling on my right side, as well as in the same spot I have a little spot on my incision that hasn't healed completely), my RN nurse looked and felt it was normal, but to be safe had the other surgeon double check.

I swear when I upload these pictures they are...

I swear when I upload these pictures they are facing in the correct direction, It seems once they get on the site, they get turned around. I'll try to fix it :(

It's been a while since I posted anything.... I...

It's been a while since I posted anything.... I kept hoping to have awesome wonderful things to say!

But alas, life is pretty much as it is...
The good:
I'm feeling very well, I don't have pain anymore, some tightness here and there, but not a big deal. I get swollen and bloated at times, but nothing excessive.
The bad:
I decided that this extra 5 lbs I've been battling is going to the lose the battle! I got myself on track, eat good and clean, portion control, and start up exercise!
WTF!!! My new found determination starting mid week last week, has found an extra 5 pounds! And ridiculous bloating (as seen in my new pictures). What is wrong with me??? I'm actually feeling quite a bit down about it. It's not very motivating. I'm telling myself to give it a solid month of doing everything right, results will happen....

I have a follow up appt tomorrow with my PS, I'm truly embarrassed in regards to this. I would reschedule for a week or two, in hopes that whatever is going on is in better control, but I already confirmed that I would be there. As well as I want to express my concern of my scar line, and where I have consistently have " pudge" that has never diminished. My areoles seems a bit mis shaped, maybe there will be more improvement in time. And my right breast hasn't dropped.

It will be better. I lost 60 pounds last year. I can lose 10. I know I can. I just have to put my head back in the right place.

So I had my obgyn appointment this morning.......

So I had my obgyn appointment this morning.... Yeah fun stuff in my life happening...
The obgyn said that she has seen a lot, she thinks my PS did very good work, my muscle are nice and tight, did a very nice job on lift and my incisions are healing really nice. She asked me who and where, she's been thinking about doing a TT. Nice confirmation of making a tough decision. Especially since she sees a bunch of women with "work" done.
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