I am terrified of being put under and I'm not looking forward to the recovery. I've had three c-sections so maybe that gives me a peek of what this will be like.
I am so nervous! I can't focus on much.
My pre op is tomorrow
Updated on 5 Dec 2011:
I want to thank everyone so much for sharing your stories! They make me feel so much better and I spend a lot of time on this site. I am looking forward to being a few days post op!
Updated on 6 Dec 2011:
I had my pre op appts today. I love my surgeon! I was terrified but her nurses are wonderful! They made me feel so much better. Also, the admitting lady at the hospital said she's heard nothing but good things about my surgeon. That was nice to hear. I'm thrilled I went with her.Updated on 7 Dec 2011:I forgot to add that my kids are 11, 9, 7, and amost 2. It's going to be hard telling my almost two year old that I can't hold or snuggle him but thankfully my mom will be here for two weeks since my husband can't take off work. My oldest three are a big help.
Time is going fast! I have trouble going back to sleep at night when I wake up because I get nervous thinking about surgery!Updated on 11 Dec 2011:Oh my goodness, tomorrow is the day! I am so nervous! I am also excited and wouldn't back out no matter how scared I am. I am thankful that I get to have this done. My surgery isn't until noon. I have to be there at 10am. We live 1.5 hours away so we will be staying in a hotel for one night.
I'll keep you posted!Updated on 12 Dec 2011:Today was the day. I had to be at the hospital at 10am, changed, blood draw, and got marked up. I was in surgery from about noon till 2. I woke up in pain and coming out of such a deep sleep was hard.
I've had quite a bit of pain so I'm keeping up on my pain medicine and muscle relaxers. I keep telling myself that it's all worth it.Updated on 13 Dec 2011:I am one day post op. Still needing the pain medicine. The muscle relaxer has helped me rest. I can get up on my own but it's slow going. I know this will totally be worth it but I'm ready to be over the first few days.
I've been very happy with everyone at my plastic surgeons office. She has a wonderful staff. They are so great and always wanting to answer questions.Updated on 14 Dec 2011:I have a couple before pictures but can't figure out how to upload. I'm on my iPhone now, maybe that's why I can't add them?Updated on 15 Dec 2011:Surgery was Monday and today is Thursday. Last night I didn't take my pain pills every four hours. I slept pretty good. I mostly feel very sore. It looks like my pain pump is close to empty. I think it'll need to come out either tonight or tomorrow. I don't know if it helped, it probably helped with my insision. I am very sore, still hunched over pretty good when I walk. I hate that I can't shower until my drains are out so today my mom is going to help me clean up. I go to the surgeon on Tuesday to hopefully get one drain out. They never take both out the same day. I'm still thankful I got to have this surgery and my mom and husband are taking wonderful care of me.Updated on 16 Dec 2011:Still doing okay. I think last night was one of my roughest but not because of the tummy tuck, it's the lipo that is very, very sore. I'm getting tired of not being able to sleep on my side. My garment feels very tight. I am going to order a different one that does not have a flap in the front.
I'm draining a lot less so I think healing is going well.Updated on 17 Dec 2011:I keep reminding myself that recovery takes quite a while. I think since my c-sections were no big deal, I almost expected this to be similar. Wrong! I am still pretty sore, still feel like I've been hit by a bus at times and that doesn't include my back pain. If I had advice for someone going into this, it would be to get a walker. That would help take pressure off your back a ton. I think I'll really feel good when the drains are out and I can shower and feel close to normal. I have an appt on Tuesday and I'm looking forward to it. I am hardly draining anything at all anymore. I know I'll be so happy I got this done. I can't wait to see the results! If anyone can tell me how to add photos, I'll upload my befores.Updated on 19 Dec 2011:This time last week I was on the way to the hospital and was scared out of my mind. I'm so glad that's all over. I'm doing okay. I am still hardly draining anything. I have an appt tomorrow. Yesterday the drainage tubes were leaking a little bit so I had to have my mom take my binder off and get cleaned up. I hated the feeling of my binder off so I guess I won't complain about wearing it anymore. I can tell that I'll love my results though! This is all so worth it! I still have to take my pain medicine here and there which surprised me. I thought I'd be off of it by now. My PS doesn't want me taking any blood thinner medicines so if I don't take my norco, the only other thing I can take is Tylenol which doesn't do much. All is going well otherwise, still looking forward to getting these drains out but there not too much of a bother.Updated on 22 Dec 2011:I got both drains out on the 20th. It hurt but was quick. My first real shower was yesterday, it was so great! No more sponge baths!
I put on a shirt that I would not have worn before surgery because of my skin but now it looks great! I am SO thankful I got to have this surgery and wish I knew how to post pictures. I would do it all over again, no regrets.