Here Goes - Calgary, AB
Hey girls. Real Self has become my goodnight read...
The pain I'm worried about it the muscle repair. I have a 7cm separation all the way up to my rib cage. It has been taking a toll on my back and my vertebra has started to fuse due to the lack of core strength. It was actually my physio therapist who suggested this was the only way I was ever going to correct that. The (hopefully) yummy mummy look afterwards is the fun part!
I've weaned myself from coffee (felt like a three day hangover). I hate to admit I'm literally hooked. Well, no longer. I'd like to rid my body of things like that first.
So, I have this mega list that I've compiled, with the help of real self members, regarding items I should pickup before surgery. I spoke to my PS staff about it and they said I won't need anything on there except maybe a leg wedge that they can lend me, a binder which they already gave me and a naturalpathic stool softener (they said sometimes the real stuff cramps a person up which is not fun). Otherwise, supposedly, they stay in such close contact that they dish out stuff like nausea meds, scar tape, bruising stuff etc as I need it. I hope they are right! Big question... Is a toilet seat riser truly needed? What about a shower stool? Girls, what could you not live without??
Oil of Oregano... Here I come...
I'm self employed but very busy over the Christmas season... October on. It's good that I have control of my time but since I can't know how quickly I'll recover I feel like I am putting some of my business growth on hold. I'm looking forward to being past this part and moving forward again so a delay would be really frustrating. What will be will be.... However, that doesn't mean I can't put up a good fight!
In five minutes it will be two days!
So, I need to be at the surgical center Friday morning at 7am. My hubby is going to drive me there and get everything organized for me and then a friend is going to pick me up afterwards. The plan is for my husband to take all of our boys on a three night get away while my girlfriend stays at our place and plays nurse maid. I feel better not having the kids around for the worst of it. Hate to scare them and also... They are sooo loud! My boys never seem to stop moving ;)
I called my PS today with several questions about prepping and he said I don't need to use special soap before surgery. I can shave if I want to. No special instructions other than not eating before midnight. He is so relaxed about everything. That gives me a lot of confidence in him. His staff said I'll feel great by day three. I laughed.. "Great"? I told them I'll have to hold them to that if I can even manage get out of my recliner.
10 more hours and...
I'm hoping that my itinerary for day two includes washing my hair in the kitchen sink. Our sink is like the big farm style single tubs and it has the detachable spray nozzle. Perhaps if I rest my elbows on the side, my girlfriend can give it a wash. I know it will help make me feel more human!
Still not much of a desire to eat. I've had some apple sauce, yogurt and lots of Pinapple juice. Tried to eat a small piece of lasagna last night, because I thought I should, but it made me feel really gassy. Yuck.
Before surgery, I purchased a recliner that brings me up to full standing position. This chair was, by far, my best buy! Got it second hand off kijiji for 60 bucks! My two kitties think they are in heaven having me lounge all day. They are constantly on top of my blankets or beside me. They follow me to the bathroom and even on my little exercise walks around the house. Soooo cute! I haven't had any swelling in my legs and I haven't removed my binder so I'm not sure about my tummy swelling. It does not seem like I'm draining much though.... Maybe it's the arnica that is helping? Is there a "normal" amount that I should be draining?
My chest is about the same level if pain as tummy. Just a different type of pain. After surgery, when I woke up from my anesthetic I immediately asked my nurse if she had punched me. I don't think she thought that was funny ;)
One Week Update
He stitched up a 7 cm separation and also said I had a hernia he repaired! He said he cut off 5 lbs of tummy skin and surprised himself on that a bit too. I'm so happy I did this for myself.
Tried on some cute panties that I had purchased a long time ago but never wore and it's a world of difference. The scar is really low. Kind of hidden in the bikini line. He said that continuing to sleep with bent knees helps to keep the scar tiny. I do still have a bunch of stretch marks because they used the cover my entire belly but I'm okay with that. I just really want to feel good in my own skin and never really thought that I would again. I didn't really realize what this proceedure was about. I didn't even think about it before my physiotherapist told me how much I'd benefit from it. She was mostly referring to how the 7cm gap repair would help my back in the long run but the flat tummy is a HuGE bonus! Yay!!!
My surgeon is amazing! I found out he also specializes in micro surgery and therefore does an awesome job with details. I truly believe it is due to his skills that I have zero bruising, low pain (was off percoset after day two), very low swelling and a perfect looking, very symmetrical scar! My new boobs are also incredible... I'm just too shy to put a photo of my breasts on line right now ;). He did a complete aerola incision and I never lost any sensation due to numbness. Wow! I highly recommend doing your research on surgeons before this proceedure. I had to wait three months for my first consult and another seven months until the surgery date but I decided maybe a wait was a good sign and it totally was!! Sooooo happy :)
So far so great! I've seen his work on another person and he's a real perfectionist. I've been told he actually contours the belly so that it curves in at the belly button instead of being perfectly flat... I'll let you know if that happens! He has given me a lot of his time. Doesn't rush. I'll add to this section PO.