I have lost weight (approx 10kg) since the birth of my second daughter but have another 8 to get to my goal weight (52kg). I'm just shy of 5 foot tall.
Despite plenty of heavy weight training and cardio (and diet!), the scale and my appearance stays the same. I hate putting on even loose pants and having that horrible bulge above and below the waistband. I also have the classic c-section pudge sitting above the scar.
I had a consult at a clinic here and instantly felt at ease. I'd already done my research but it cemented by desire to be selfish for once and get things moving. I'm not expecting miracles. I just want to get rid of lumps i never had a problem with before, and to look better in clothes.
i have stretch marks around my belly button so i know i will be left with a bit of sag after the procedure but if i can rock a pair of skinny jeans, who cares!?
i booked in 15/10/14 which was 4 weeks ahead. Plenty of time to read up on google and various forums, scaring myself stupid. I should have stuck to medical journals etc because i seriously spent the last 4 weeks in a constant state of anxiety and guilt. Guilt because i was choosing to undergo an unnecessary procedure in turn risking my life while i have 2 beautiful young children.
My husband did his best by constantly telling me that i deserved to do this for myself.
Yesterday (the day before the surgery), i was in a constant state of anxiety while i googled complications and convinced myself i would drop dead from a DVT-PE or a fat embolism.
Today was the day. I nervously showered, then my husband and babies dropped me off at the private clinic where i had another consult with the doctor where he answered my new questions and concerns. He then gave me oral lorazepam, took some photos and marked up my body.
The plan was to only to the arms if the rest went well, i was feeling ok and the doc had plenty of wiggle room with the tumescent fluid.
He placed an IV canula and injected a small dose of midazolam. I felt relaxed but full aware. I was given a nitrous oxide mouthpiece to use if needed for painful points. I used it when incisions were made and fluid pumped into the sites. Otherwise it was relatively painless.
The time went quickly even though i was conscious. I was moved about a lot but never felt uncomfortable.
When everything was complete (about 3.5hrs) my doctor told me too look down and for the first time in 3 years i saw a flat tummy which merged seamlessly with my c section scar. My knees no longer had that ugly ump on the inside.
i walked into recovery and was being sent home 2 hours later with pain meds and antibiotics.
Once home I forced myself to drink some apple juice and a piece of chicken then went for a 2hr nap. I'm sore - my legs and arms feel like I've done a heavy workout, my stomach feels similar to after my c sections.
I'm getting up and moving around when i remember but am looking forward to bed time! My compression garment is covered in blood stained fluid, and the more j move around, the more comes out.
i will update tomorrow. I have a recheck appointment and first lymphatic drainage massage. I can't wait to be able to shower!