Need to Get my GROOVE Back!! Columbus, GA
Hello All! I've been on this site reading and...
Initial consult with Dr Cochran
38 days till surgery
I'm on a diet and hoping to drop 20 lbs before surgery.. we'll see! I'll add another update a week before my surgery.
28 Days to surgery!!
Surgery is in less than 24 hours!!
It's been a long road to this point. I've followed all my pre-op instructions including starting my antibiotics today. My son is my driver and nurse for this week....God Bless him! I've also included a pic of some items I have ready at home. I didn't include in the pic:
Zip up robe/gown (easy on clothes)
Frozen peas (ice packs)
Elevated wedges (for back and legs)
Thanks for all the prayers....see you on the flat side!!
Today is the day!!
At any rate, thanks for all the support gals and I will see you all on the flat side!!!!
Day after surgery
So at 7:20am yesterday, I went to pre-op where I removed my clothes and put on a hospital gown. They told me I didn't need to wear underwear or bra (so don't bring those items). They placed my belongings in a bag and gave me copies of my receipts (I paid over the phone 2 weeks ago). Next, they took my weight, measured my stomach, took pics, and placed the compression hoses on my legs.
At about 7:45am Dr Cochran came in and drew on my body. I remember him saying "we gonna get you taken care of real good." After that I was placed on the table and an IV started in me. I was talking to the nurse because she grew up in the town I live in now.
Next thing I know, they were waking me up and I said that was quick cuz I felt like I was just talking to you guys. They sit me up slightly and had me take deep breaths.
Next thing I knew, they were waking me up again. They said I was talking and then stop talking and my blood pressure started to bottom out. They put something (ammonia??) under my nose to wake me up. Dr Cochran had left for a few minutes so another doc with an accent was helping and talking to me. Then Dr Cochran came in and said I gave them all a scare. I was seeing black spots in front of me and was dizzy so they let me sit there awhile longer to monitor me, gave me ice water, and kept me talking. I felt like I was in the twilight zone. I'm not sure how long all this took but at some point, I was able to get off the table in to a wheelchair and get in my sons car.
I was in and out of it the whole car ride home. The trip lasted 1 hour 20 minutes from the surgery center to my house. So my son pulls into the garage and starts helping me out. The nurses told me to wait a couple minutes when I sit up so my blood pressure can adjust. I thought I did, but the next thing I know, I'm on the garage floor and my son screaming my name.....SCARY!! So I waited in the car 30 minutes, taking deep breaths, and sips of water till I was sure I didn't feel dizzy at all. We made it to the sofa where I had my wedges and tons of pillows waiting. I ate some banana and couple pretzels before taking my meds and I then I was out. I got up to pee last night around 9pm and take a couple bites of food and I was back sleep.
Felt better this morning. Son helped me to the bathroom and I got a little dizzy but I just sit there and took my deep breaths. Been sleep most of the day and eating bites of food with my meds. Son and I are going to attempt to change some dressings later this evening. I'll try to get pics. So far just recovering and it's no joke.
Bandage change day
Everyday I'm getting better and better. But still this surgery ain't no joke!!
Had a nice warm shower and bowel movement today....woo hoo!!
After all of this I took a nap cuz I was worn the heck out.
Took a shower on my own!
I stop taking the pain meds as of Tuesday and feel so much better. No constipation and no dizziness/lightheaded. I take the Tylenol each day and no pain so far. I have a hard time sleeping at night not sure if it's because I'm not taking pain meds or tired of sleeping on my back. Anyway, just wanted to update you guys. My next update will probably be when I get my drain removed next week. TTYL
Labor Day Events
I called the office and got the on call center and they put me right through to Dr Pagadala. He asked me why I took it out and I was like "I didn't take it out on purpose!" He said to leave it out and cover the site and see Dr Cochran on Tuesday.
On a better note, I drove to the store and brought some more bandages and hot dog buns. By the time I got home I was so worn out I had to pop two Tylenol lol! But it was exciting to join the real world.
1 week follow up with Dr Cochran....& new drain :(
Dr Cochran came in the exam room within 5 minutes and looked me over. He said I was healing up very well and my incisions look great. Even the right side that was partially open. He said there are three layers of stitches and the ones on the outside are the 3rd layer, so technically its not open.
He did notice a lot of fluid in the lower abdomen/pubic area. So he said he will have to install another drain. He laid me on the exam table and did it right there in less than a minute. And boy did that sucker drain. 5 towels later the drain/spout slowed down. So they gave me lots of dressing and sent me home. Dr Cochran said come back when the drain slows down which should be in 3-5 days. I had to change the dressings by the time I got home so it's still going.
SWELL HELL....One month post-op
I saw Dr Cochran yesterday (Fri 9/30) and he said I'm looking great and the swelling could last up to 2 months. He wants to see me in 6 months (March 2017). He cleared me for swimming (my water aerobics class) and working out (as much as I can handle).
I still take a couple Tylenol at night when the work day has been rough and I'm in pain.
Otherwise, I'm very satisfied with my results thus far and happy with my decision to go with Dr Cochran. My next post will be at my 3 month post-op (late November 2016).....take take and stay on the flat side!!
3 month post op!
I wear my compression wrap or garment each day even at bedtime. I feel weird without it.
My next visit to Dr Cochran will be in March 2017; my 6 month follow up. Overall, I'm still very satisfied!
I had a consult with Dr Cochran Jr in Columbus, GA. He is very sweet, professional, and I felt great around him. His staff was warm and friendly as well. I like the work I've seen him do on several women. His office is 1.5 hours away from my home.