Tummy Tuck & Lipo - Done and Done! Dallas, Texas
I'm having a full tummy tuck with lipo of my...
Can't wait for the flubber to be gone. :)
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3 Weeks From Tomorrow...!
And here's another thing. I feed stray and feral cats in a couple locations. Who's going to take care of them while I can't? Frankly, this is one of my biggest concerns. I'm just going to pray about it and know that God will have it all under control. He always does! :)
Happy Monday ladies - be blessed today!
Dear Flabby Flanks -
"When is your cosmetic enhancement vanity procedure to occur? Will you be able to bring yourself to speak to me and my behemoth blubbery body after you are flattened, smooth and free of unsightly cellulite? Will I be able to bring you homemade restorative healing soup even though I am still fat? If so, how shall I go about that?"
She makes me laugh so hard - love her! And she's a great cook, too, so I'll be looking forward to that soup! :)
'Twas The Night Before ...
My hubby will pick up the recliner tomorrow. I have a drawer full of supplies and my house is mostly clean. Say a prayer for me in the morning if you think about it. See you on the flat side! :-)
I made it to the flat side, y'all! :-)
I woke up quickly from anesthesia and was wide awake for an hour or two. The gave me Valium and Morphine and that knocked me out. I got the Exparel injection so pain is minimal. I keep clearing my throat though. Phlegm be gone, lol! I will stay the night in the surgery center and go home tomorrow. Thank you for the invaluable information you ladies have shared. I know it's going to so hrlpful!
Liposomal Vit C (fat, not water soluble)
Juven (for tissue repair; citrus flavor)
Quest Protein bars
My PS only gave me two prescriptions; antibiotic and hydrocodone.
A huge thank you to everyone who shared their supply list, I gleaned lots of good info from them.
Happy healing everyone!! :D
Binder & Drains
Oh yeah, the drains.
Praise and Gratitude
Sexy4life, you were right about my cats being fine. A dear friend of mine and her significant other surprised me by planning to feed in both locations for up to 4 weeks. Who does that?!?!? True friends. :-)
Another good friend brought over the most creamy, delicious homemade chicken soup, cheddar dill scones and chocolate chip cookies today. Soooooo good!
And finally, I'm sograteful to all of you for taking the time to reassure, pray, encourage and just be there - you can put a price on how huge that is. xoxoxo!!!
Able to be up for longer periods without feeling like in going to pass out. No shower until my drains come out - hopefully on Wednesday!!
PO Day 6
Last Night and PO Day 7
Not sure why, but I was up really early yesterday morning, not able to sleep all day even after talking Tylenol PM at around 11 pm. After around 1am I was able to doze off briefly but was jolted awake by my oscillating fan hitting the floor (I have concrete floors) TWICE! I sat bolt upright, very quickly both times. ????. I was so scared that I'd done some damage but this morning I'm okay, just a bit more sore than usual. I finally but the bullet took a hydrocodone as much as I wanted to be done with them and was able to get some much needed rest!! So much for laying off the narcotics but it sure did help.
I'm going to have a good day today and pray that all of you do, too!
I may even venture outside if I get brave enough. Haha! I live in a high rise so don't want to encounter neighbors and their questions. Not yet anyway. :)
Day 8 Post Op AND 1st Post Op Dr. Visit
I pray you are all doing well. :) I had my first post op visit with my PS today and my drains were removed!!! I was so happy and NO, they didn't hurt a bit when she took them out - both at the same time in one fell swoop! :) My incision is healing beautifully and the stitches on the backs of my legs (didn't even know I had any there!) and bb stitches were removed. I have dissovable ones on my inner thighs (didn't know those were there, either! they were covered with tape) and those will go away on their own soon. My next visit is in two weeks.
My sweet husband and I made a quick stop to Wal-Greens for more Juven (tissue repair) before the dr. appt. After the appt we went to our favorite Mexican food restaurant in Dallas. It was SOOOO good to get out of the house. This was my first time in 8 days! We did it up right, too, lol! After eating we went to the mall to find Spanx. There is a Spanx store in this mall, but geez they're expensive. I mean we've already spent so much - and still spending, lol! I just got one garment there and went to Macy's after that to see what they had. They have a Spanx selection, too (yes, cheaper AND you can use coupons there!) but I bought another brand that I though looked good. Don't remember the name now, though. I'll let you know how these work out.
We got home and my hubby tucked me into my recliner ( I love this man so much!! He treats me like a princess!!) and then my son and his fiance came over. We had such a fun visit with them. :)
So a very eventful day after the past 7, ha! Feeling awesome about having those drains out - WOOOHOOOOO!
I hope everyone is healing well and feeling great!!!
PO Day 10
PO Day 9 was good - my hubby and I went to breakfast then did a little shopping. It was nice getting out again and feeling a semblance of normalcy. My only complaint right now is how hard it is to get to sleep. What in the WORLD???! I have always been one to go to sleep at the drop of a hat, but since this surgery, I have to take something to knock me out. Even with that it doesn't come easy. I guess if that's all I have to complain about, I'm very blessed! :)
PO Day 10 - today - breakfast out again with my honey and now we're at his office. I felt a bit more tired this morning, but still moving around well (albeit hunched over) and feeling good!!
I am having some swelling in the region beneath my incision (read: Ken Doll, haha!) and on my hips. But it's not a big deal - par for the course. Oh yes! I had my first sneezes today! Honestly when first started reading about how the felt I was scared!! But really, they weren't bad at all. That muscle repair has been the easiest part for me, I think. Thank you, Jesus!!!
Okay, time to exit the premises, lol. Y'all have a wonderful day!!
PO Day 12
Hope everyone is feeling well and those of you that are going in soon, my prayers are with you. You will do great!
PO Day 15
Sleeping in my bed full-time now. That feels so good and my hubby is happy about it, too. But I slept wrong and now it hurts to move my head/neck. Lol! Again, I'm too blessed to be stressed, so I'm just gonna thank God for where I am today. Without HIM, I am nothing. So grateful!! xoxoxox
PO Day 20
1 Month Post Op!
One month ago today I was in the operating room being transformed. :)
I love my results! Here is what I can and can't do and what's going on so far:
*Sleeping in bed on either side - basically however I want
*Walking back to normal (I'm a speed walker and right back at it!) I can feel myself starting to hunch toward the end of the day, however. BUT, it's getting better all the time.
*I did some heavy lifting last weekend and felt it later in my abdomen, so no more of that until at least 6 weeks
*Still dealing with the seromas, but only had 55ccs aspirated the last time (last week). I was supposed to go yesterday, but had to reschedule due to an unexpected event I had to attend.
*Feeding my strays/ferals at both locations. There are several juveniles that need to be TNR'd (trap, neuter, release where you found them) but I will give it a couple more weeks before I try that since it involves lifting heavy cages. And since I'm on this subject, if you are able, please look into doing this in your community. All it takes is a little time, effort and maybe a few bucks (my local SPCA does it for free for ferals). But the end result (no unwanted litters/homeless and hungry kitties) far outweighs the miniscule cost.
*Still have surgical glue on my incision, but I will post a photo once I get that cleaned off. My doc recommended Vaseline but I don't have any at the moment.
All in all, I feel great! My energy levels are back to normal. I'm still taking the bromelain, probiotics, and lipospheric Vitamin C. If you are just starting out on this journey, my recommendations are to take 2 probiotics and 2 bromelain every time you take an antibiotic. This worked very well for me.
I hope you're all doing great, healing well and are happy with your results. :)
5 Weeks, 2 Days Post Op
I asked him about scar treatment. His recommendation? BAG BALM!! Hahaha! He said there are many very expensive treatments out there (as we all know) and he started naming a few and how elaborate they can be but he simply recommends this one. So I ordered it! :) For a 10 ounce can it cost me $11 and change. You can get it at most stores, too, but I love me some Amazon so I got it there. :)
He also told me I can go without my compression garments now, unless I'm working out or doing something strenuous. So I wore jeans to work yesterday without my garment and I didn't like it! I felt very precarious and like I was hunching over again. Not to mention the fact that I started swelling up! Good thing I brought it to work with me. I put it on at about 10am and decided I'm gonna keep wearing it for a while.
I started wearing my 5# weights on my legs for my walk yesterday. Felt great, but also very tiring. Just 10#s added to my walk made a huge difference.
I keep meaning to post the types of compression garments I use, but keep forgetting. I think two of them are Maidenform. I really like them both (one black, one tan) because they're really tight. Makes me feel secure. The one I got from my PS still my favorite, though. I'm coming up blank trying to remember the name of it. Duh.
I had one stitch poking out the very end of my incision but it's gone now - and good riddance! :)
For all of you out there wondering if it will ever get better - IT DOES! :)
Have an awesome Thursday and weekend!!
Question - Most Swelling Ever at almost 6 Weeks PO! Normal?
4 Months PO and Pictures
I'm 4 months out and doing great! I skipped my last appointment so had one today. Everything looks great and he will see me again in 3 months. I'm doing everything I did before I had the surgery and have been for quite some time. I'm very pleased with the results but do want to lose about another 20 pounds.
Happy New Year to you ALL! :)
Dr. Lester and his office staff (ESPECIALLY Kendra - she is such a kind, caring and lovely person!!) are wonderful! I was referred to him by lady that actually works with him as a nurse administrator. She said he is a Christian man which means a lot to me. So I only had the one consultation with him and no one else. Very no nonsense and right to the point, but gentle and kind at the same time. He didn't spend a lot of time hem-hawing or trying to convince me of anything; was just straight up about everything! I didn't even have a pre-op visit. Just saw him at my one consultation and then on the day of surgery! He and his office staff told me on more than one occasion that I was welcome to come in or call any time so that was good enough for me. I must say, he did a marvelous job and I am very pleased with my results. I would highly recommend him to anyone and have recommended him to a friend who is planning on having a tummy tuck.