Right before the surgery I started having doubts about whether I had made the right decision or not. Had I lost enough weight? What if something happened during surgery or after? My husband was extremely supportive. My friends and extended family as well.
I had my surgery on February 6th and everything went well. I woke and threw up but 4 minutes later I was up and trying to go to the bathroom. The nurse in recovery was amazing. Very supportive and helpful. I left recovery a couple of hours later, getting into the car was by far the worst part! I spent the next few days in bed, sleeping in my V position and taking my drugs religiously. My husband took care of the kids and me, cooked, cleaned and went above and beyond. I couldn't have done this without his support. I wore my compression stockings that went up to my thighs for 5 days, that and the drains were probably the worst. I had my drains removed on 5 days later, and while high as kite from the Oxycoden that day they didn't hurt at all to have removed, but boy did I feel better afterward!
I went back to work on day 13 PO, still a little sore and feeling as though I couldn't quite stand up 100% straight. Now on week 3, I'm feeling much better, not doing everything 100% but getting there.
Emotionally, it has been a roller coaster. Someday's I'm so happy that I did it, other days I wonder if it was worth it. The results are fantastic, my friends and sister are impressed with my results. My Husband still tells me he loved me either way, but I can tell he's impressed. Putting on a t-shirt and now worrying about my belly (WITHOUT SPANXs) was by far the best feeling.
I know that I'm still getting there, and am looking forward to seeing what my tummy looks like in a couple of months when all the swelling is gone. The scar is looking good, I've been using the silicone strip for the last week and it seems to be working. I do have a bit of a ledge above my right hip by my incision which I believe is from the swelling still because it looks better in the morning but will see what the doctor says at my 6 week follow up appointment.
Overall, I'd do it all over again. The pain wasn't as bad as I thought it would be and just feeling better about my body was worth every penny.
Note that the cost is in CND.