I'm from Perth, have 4 kids and am turning 48 in...
I'm from Perth, have 4 kids and am turning 48 in September. I'm going O/S for my surgeries. I'm having full TT with MR BL/BA (lipo to flanks) and a vaginoplasty (tmi I know) it seems we put everyone and everything else first for so long and then one day you look down and think 'who the hell is that?' That's pretty much what happened to me. I've always exercised as I'm quite vain,not in the way that I think I'm great but that I always feel like I have to look my best. I was such a stress head when my kids were small. My husband and I always worked (sometimes 4-5 jobs between us) as we didn't trust others with keeping our babies safe, but I also felt so guilty for that so I overdid it on the perfect mummy front. Everything had to be spotless before I went to bed, sometimes this was at 4am depending on the job, I had to cook good meals and I had to look my best in case someone thought I wasn't the perfect wife and mother. For goodness sakes I even used to iron every item of clothes we owned (and that was a lot) man I don't even iron now and I only work one day a week. Talk about cray cray. ;0)
I finally realised I have never been happy with my body and no amount of exercise was going to fix it. My first Baby arrived at the grand old age of 21 and I had 3 more and 1 miscarriage before I turned 30. My poor old body has a right to look like it got hit by a dump truck. It's funny when your a young mum you think, I'll do that soon, or, one day I'll get my body back not realising that what you get back looks more like the nasty used up squished toothpaste tube everyone has abused and nothing at all like that shiny plump tube you picked off the shelf.
I suffered with an eating disorder as a teen so getting pregnant unexpectedly was a huge challenge for me. To have no control over your weight when that's all you could control before that was a major heads pin for me but when I accepted it I did it with gusto. I gained 28 kilos with my first and that was on a strict diet of golden gay times and chicken twisties. Hahaha my husband (boyfriend at the time) gained just as much as I did. Lucky for me I breast fed like a champ and was back to my pr-pregnancy weight of 57 kilos due to nothing more than a big fat hungry baby.
I remember in my youthful naïveté going into the bathroom of the hospital 20 minutes after a horrible 14 hour labor and looking in the mirror...... Big mistake. I'm not sure what I expected to see but it sure wasn't the enormous flabby bellied massive stretchmark breasted thing that was looking back at me. Someone really should have stopped me. I'm pretty sure I didn't really look at myself properly for years after that traumatic experience. I went from an A-b cup to an F cup in 6 months and I don't know how big they got when my milk came in but I know I had to feed her laying on my back to avoid drowning her my boobs looked like huge striped watermelons. I think I decided that day I wasn't a woman anymore (I was barely one anyway at 21) but I was now a mother, this meant mum jeans, leggings, big t-shirts and anything that didn't cling. What an idiot! If I was 57 kilos now even with a stretched body I'd be wearing lots of lovely clothes. So I guess what I'm trying in my long winded way to say is that my 20s and pretty much my 30s were a write-off. I always thought one day.
Soooo, why not today. We've recently sold our house and my lovely hubby of 27 years was talking about upgrading our cars and maybe going on an overseas holiday and I replied with "I'd like 20 grand to fix my body" I know it's excessive, I know it's selfish, I know I should feel guilty but bottom line is I don't! I have given blood (by the bucket load) sweat (I hear you say amen sister) and tears to this family and I want to feel good before I'm too old to care. I think having my kids so young and close together has kept me young in spirit (if not antique physically) I don't feel like I'm almost 50! I feel like I'm ready to see the world and dance after midnight. I want to put on a bikini and walk from my towel to the pool, not scurry along like a rat before someone unfortunate cops an eyeful. I want to go shopping for a dress without stress!!!!
Nobody I have told understands. Even my hubby has said I'm mad. He says go for it but I think your crazy. (That crazy boy still sees me as his 20 yo catch) haha. I think he questions why I would take such a risk with my body. I tried to explain to him that it's different for a woman, we are raised knowing that at any time our bodies can be taken over and changed forever. We mothers have already been altered beyond what we think we' re capable of. The unknown danger of pregnancy and birth is such a life changer for us that a little surgery that you may need 6 months to a year to get over is nothing compared to 9 months of swell hell with years of work ahead of you.
I personally expect it to be a walk in the park. ;0) not really, you lovely ladies have given me so much information, hope and encouragement. Just reading all your stories and following your amazing journeys has been inspiring. I hope to do as well as you all have done. I also hope to give as much back to this forum as I've already received.
I'm just trying to pin down one of my daughters to get some pics taken (I asked my husband but he wanted pics of things the dr doesn't need to see,he then took some very blurry images and got distracted by all of the nudity) sometimes you just need a woman. When I have them and have definite price and date from Dr I will upload all of my shame for you to empathise over. I'm hitting the gym too as I don't want this dimply winter bottom attached to the bottom of my lovely new torso. :0) .. I hope to lose some more weight (I should be about 65kg but am sitting on 70-72 kg) I'm 165cm tall so I'm definitely overweight. (I'm 158 pounds should be 143, for all you American sisters)
Questions I have: I know I will lose weight after surgery as I don't eat when I'm in pain, how much difference would this make to later results do any of you know?
: has anyone had lymphatic drainage massage here in Australia or Perth and if so how soon after surgery and where did you go?
: anyone else had so many procedures at once? ( I know if I don't get through all the pain at one time I'd never go back for more)
: how soon before did you cut out salt and start taking supplements? (I'm hopeless at remembering to take medicines)
Did anyone else's family and friends scoff and make you feel stupid and selfish for spending money to be 'CUT UP' as they've said to me?
How different have people (hubby's) treated you afterwards?
I really don't want to ruin my lovely marriage because he's suddenly jealous and thinks I'm going to run off to share all of my goodies with someone else, his words not mine. When I asked who he thought I'd run off with he got a little bit vague, so funny from my perspective as that is the last thing on my mind. He then asked why I'm doing it as he thinks I'm sexy already. So hard to get him to understand. It's not about anybody else. For once!!! It's about ME! Even seeing that written down makes me feel bad, I don't believe in a me first attitude but really, after 26 1/2 years (first baby) I hardly think that counts as first does it?
Well enough waffle, sorry for rambling on, I just really had to get my thoughts out and also put it out there as that kind of makes it more real.
Only 3 months, not too far away.... Aaaaargghh I want it over with.
I'll pray for patience.
Cheers everyone hope your all doing well.
Before Pictures (Ugg)
Finally got around to getting my photos off to Dr so I thought I'd be brave and put them up. Not a great feeling but everyone else on here seems to be courageous so I'm joining you.
I was waiting on my house selling and settling to be able to pay for my surgeries and at last it has, so now it gets serious.
The dr I'm seeing only does aereola lifts and it seems I may have to have it done twice as my nipples aren't that big. (News to me I think they're huge lol) but as I'm hoping to avoid scars I'm ok with that, at my age I'm not expecting 20 year old boobs anyway so once might be enough for me.
I'm just in process of getting exact surgery date. This is scary/ exciting. I didn't realise how nervous I would get the more real it's becoming. As I'm travelling I also have to organise flights so once date is locked in its all go. Hopefully I'll just be so busy I won't have time to stress.
Anyhow, I'll be updating as time gets closer, hope your all taking care and looking gorgeous x
Sent my photos through and Rachel wasn't sure if it looked like I had enough skin for TT
Sent my photos through and Rachel wasn't sure if it looked like I had enough skin for a TT. HAHAHAHAHA. Ahem, sorry had to laugh, so I took some more showing just how much skin I truly had. Can't wait to get this baggage removed. It needs to G.O.
Found a lump
Soo.... Stressing out about surgery, what I should have, what size breasts, where my scars will be and wham, wake up to discover I have a marble sized lump in my right breast. Talk about sudden change in priorities. I truly panicked. Within 3 days I have had a doctors appointment, a mammogram, an ultrasound and full bloodworks and an ecg. Darn doctor also booked me in for a Pap smear, yay every girls dream. Anyway, long story short I have a few cysts but they all appear to be benign. Whew, talk about scared. So it's all looking good for November in Bangkok. Just deciding between Bangkok makeovers and Medi Makeovers. Getting excited now.
Surgery date confirmed! Here I come.
Finally got the go ahead for surgery and my date is booked. 7am 29th of November 2014. I'm flying to Bangkok and I'm so happy that Dr Preeyaphas is doing my surgery. Because I'm having the TT, MR, lipo to flanks as well as BA, BL and vaginoplasty I will be having two surgeries. The first on Tummy lipo and vaginoplasty, recover for 4 days and then BA with aereola lift. I'm going to be one sore lady. But I'm strangely excited.
I'm going with Bangkok Makeovers so I will be recovering in their apartment for 10 days after hospital and then hubby flies in to spend 4 days with me in a hotel and then home. I should be up and about by then (if all goes well.)
I'm really hoping that I don't suffer too much in the CGs when I get home, Perth can be very hot by January/ February. Hopefully I will survive. Haha. Might lose some more weight.
Anyway, hope your all doing well and that these 2 months fly by.
30 day squat challenge!!
since I have a month to go until my surgeries I thought I'd better get these legs in shape. Not only so they will match the rest of me (hopefully toned and gorgeous) ;0) but they will the only part of me I'll be able to use! Believe me they are not up to that challenge at the moment. I have been on holidays in Bali, eating and drinking and living the life aaarrrggghhh what was I thinking? No more fun and games, the party ends here. I am determined to build up my strength so I can at least go to the loo on my own. I hate relying on other people, I really don't do being helpless very well. Not sure why, but the stronger I am the better I'll feel I think. Haha I actually have no idea what to expect, I can't imagine not using my core or arms/ chest muscles. I'll be useless. If I hadn't given up drinking today I'd certainly be pouring a nice glass of red right now to stop me stressing out. Oh well best go to bed and try not to think about it. Hope your all well, take care.
Anyone else terrified?
i was wondering if it's just me or if others are as terrified as I am. I know I want this, I know I've dreamt of it for over 20 years, I know the chances are I'll be fine but I have suddenly become so scared. It's not like me, I usually just go with the flow but the closer this gets the more I want to run away!!! I feel just a little insane right now. Can't tell hubby, he'd just say cancel it. He would be so happy if I didn't do it, but he's very supportive. I just can't show any feelings of doubt, which is so hard as its all I think of. Damn I sound crazy!!! I would love to be all done and only the healing to deal with (that bit doesn't worry me because I can have some input into the outcome) but the actual surgery is out of my hands. I truly hope this is normal an I haven't finally lost the plot.
ive tried to put these photos up a few times but it keeps crashing. It's been quite a journey so far. I'm now 2 weeks PO but will wait until I get home to take more photos. I'm terrible at selfies and my hubby can't take a decent photo to save his life. My daughter took the first ones and she's now gone home so I'll wait for her. ;0) I'm so so pleased with how everything has turned out. I won't make this long as it may crash again. Feel free to ask any questions I'm very happy to help any other RS sisters out.
Couple of pictures.
Still travelling and boy does flying make you swell. 2 1/2 kilos worth (in 2days) I can't wait to get home and into a good routine. I miss my bed! Anyway, I made the mistake of not cleaning wounds yesterday and then I freaked myself out as I thought I'd gotten my left nipple infected. I think it was a false alarm (the stitched area looks white (almost Grey) in areas but I think it's healed and is just tension. These girls are heavy. I need a more supportive bra. So anyway, healing well just swell up so bad, especially after eating..... anything! Apart from that and some residual bruising I'm feeling really good. Happy holidays and healing everyone. X
5 Weeks PO
feeling good, no pain really apart from muscle soreness. Back to most normal activities, riding my bike most days. Still swelling everyday but some mornings I wake up flat and smooth so I know the day is coming. :0) scars are getting flatter, I had to remove quite a few of my stitches from areola but since then the bunching has smoothed right out. I still need compression everyday or I suffer with bad bad swelling but I'm happy to do what I have to to recover properly.