37 yo, two sets of twins and 80 pounds lost - Boise, ID
OK, I made my consult appointment yesterday! I've...
Adding some photos. :)
...apparently I hit refresh. Oops!
I do have PCOS, so I've always struggled. Friends can do the same things I can and drop weight in a heartbeat, while I'm killing myself for almost no losses. I'm really feeling defeated right now. :(
Dropped a bunch of weight--getting ready to go back in for another consult!
Anyway, then some stuff happened that totally stressed me out, and I basically stopped eating for a while. My weight dropped about 10 more pounds, though my measurements haven't changed at all from those pics. So I managed to lose about 15, and make a huge dent in the physical weight. The thing that kills me is that the major change in body fat, which is what he wanted to see, equaled no difference at all on the scale.
I'm scheduled! Pre-op appointment in 10 days!
Anyway. I'll get all my surgery-day questions answered in a week or so, and then this skin will be GONE in just a couple more. I can't wait to do yoga without having to look at it. :D
One day post op and doing great!
Dr. Griffiths ended up taking "a lot more than he'd anticipated," and did take a section of the skin over my pubic area, which we'd discussed as a possibility. I was stretched out and riddled with stretch marks there. Also, after my second c-section, my scar that was creating kind of a lumpy roll I didn't have after my first CS. I'm not sure why it looked that way, but because Dr. Griffiths took an inverted triangle of skin from me rather than the usual "smile" shape, that weird problem is gone, too. It does mean I have a T-shaped scar--the usual smile scar, with a short vertical scar down to my pubic bone--but I knew that was a possibility and don't mind. I just wanted the best and tightest result!
I'm feeling much better than I'd anticipated, really. I'm quite comfortable as long as I'm sitting or lying down, and even walking isn't so bad. Actually *getting* up and down is kind of a beast, but it's manageable pain. I did give up on pants completely, though, since trying to balance my weight while I pulled them up after using the bathroom was more work for my abs than I wanted. I'm running around commando in a nightshirt. :)
Pics aren't much to see, yet, with the binder on, but when I looked in the mirror from the side I about cried! Even with the binder and swelling, I'm as flat right now as I realistically hoped to be. And when all that goes away, it should be better! I cannot WAIT to see the finished product!
Bandages off tomorrow!
1 week post op. Drains still in.
Short story: feeling pretty good, but still in some pain. Dr. Griffiths said he wants my drains to stay in--they're still producing, and my surgery was pretty extensive. I guess he was surprised by how much skin was really there once he got going. I asked him how much, and while he didn't have my chart to give me a weight, he showed me dimensions with his hands: about 8" tall by 2' wide. My incision is very long, and considering how much that skin had stretched with pregnancies and weight I used to carry, I can see how it might drape that wide. So crazy.
I'm still swollen a fair amount and can't quite stand up straight, but the difference is amazing to me, especially in clothes. I'm so flat! Can't wait to see what it all looks like when everything calms down!
Pics from week 2
4 wks - binder off and back to normal activity
Dr. Griffiths is *amazing.* He can seem very clinical (almost to the point of being a little standoffish) on office visits pre-surgery, but having used him for a surgery for my son, I knew how fabulous his work was and how absolutely I wanted him to do my surgery. He clearly loves the surgical part of his practice, and the closer it gets to surgery day, the warmer and more excited he gets. He's been amazingly supportive through aftercare, and accessible for all my questions via text message/cell. I'm always able to walk right back for my appointments, and I feel like he's really listening to me and answering any questions I might have. But most importantly, my surgery went smoothly and my results are beautiful. I could not recommend him more highly!