It's been a good week! I am now able to do some things more comfortably; sitting up in bed using my stomach muscles, slight twisting motions, lifting and moving my 1 year old without pain. I am still having some issues with swelling, which I guess I should expect for an extended period yet. But it has gotten better. Before I would swell up horribly by evening regardless of how much activity I had, now I see a difference. If I try to take it easy I still swell but it's not so miserable, but if I do quite a bit and carry my son a lot I puff up like the stay puff marshmallow man. It's awful, good news is most of the time it's gone by the time I get up in the morning. If I really overdo it though I may wake up with a little residual puffiness. Either way it's progress and I try to look on the bright side. Swelling up is awful/terrible/uncomfortable/miserable, etc. etc. BUT it seems to be getting better a little bit at a time. The only area that is consistently puffy is my lower abdomen/vajayjay area. Oh well, we can't have everything right!?
I am sleeping better. I now only use my body pillow (which I have used forever) and one head pillow. I can lay flat on my back, there is a slight pulling feeling but not overly strong or painful. I sleep mostly on my side, just naturally a side sleeper, but I do wake up during the night and have to flip over. My hips are still the most tender areas so I wake up to rotate. I am only taking ibuprofen, and only at night before I go to bed as that is the time of day when I am the most uncomfortable, from some degree of swelling.
I am thrilled with my incisions! They are healed nicely with the exception of 2 areas; the t incision under my right breast still has a scab on it, and the lip hole at the end of my tt incision on my right hip. The t incision scab is healing, it's dry and not infected but taking a long time to heal. And the scab on my right hip is healing nicely, won't be long until that's gone. I am so happy with how low my tt incision is, it hides nicely underneath my undies and dare I say it.....bikini bottoms! Never thought I would even consider wearing a bikini again (I wore one once YEARS ago) but this has made me reconsider. I LOVE how my body looks now (midsection anyway), I stop to admire the view when I pass a reflection, instead of running as fast as I can past while averting my eyes. This is such a foreign yet amazing feeling, it's been so long since I have had any kind of confidence in my body. Every woman deserves to feel this way.
I had my 4 week post op appt with Dr. Vath this week. It was nice to see him, as I haven't since the surgery. (I opted to do my one week appt over the phone with a nurse) I wanted to ask him about my muscle separation, what the extent of it was. He said "ok, let's take a look at the pre op photos to which I said "no, let's not! I don't want to see!" He didn't get it...so alas, out came the horrible, never should see the light of day pictures, which I didn't even recognize. I had the weirdest feeling of mental disconnect where I didn't know who's body I was looking at in the pictures. The only thing I got that he said during that time was that the extent to which my stomach was sticking out was primarily my muscle separation. That's how he got it nice and flat with the surgery, I had no idea how bad it was. The other thing about that appointment is how excited he was about my boobs! He thought they were perfectly shaped, he said "they look like implants!" I'm beyond excited about them. I have always been large chested (as in D-DD) so to have boobs that aren't dragging on the ground or bouncing up in my face has been awesome! I ran on the treadmill a little bit this morning during my morning exercise and they didn't hurt! I couldn't walk too fast or run before because, even with a sports bra on, it would be painful. So not only are they much more attractive to look at, but it's practical as well, ha!
I asked him about scar therapy, whether I should do any of the ointments or strips. He said no, it wasn't necessary the scars would lighten up on their own with time. I may still try some things that I have read about on here, but that was his take on it. Overall, I'm healing as well as I could have hoped and he was equally as happy with the results!
I am cleared to quit wearing the compression garments, both the bra and waist. Since I still have the scab underneath my right breast I am going to wait to wear any underwires and will wear sports bras until that scab is gone. I am on the hunt for a different compression garment, something with some support but not as extensive as the surgical binder. Any recommendations? The nurse suggested spanx which I am going to look into.
I am excited to go clothes shopping, my pre op jeans are way to big now which is the best feeling! But I am trying to keep myself from going yet as I want to wait until most of the swelling has gone away. I don't know how much longer I can refrain!
This entire experience has had another positive side effect, I have major motivation for a healthier lifestyle. I am now exercising consistently, 4-5 days a week treadmill and light arm workouts. It really feels good mentally and physically. I also find myself paying quite a bit of attention to what I am eating and I don't even crave the not so great foods I used to enjoy sometimes. I don't eat chips anymore or crave any kind of junk foods. It's been the boost that I needed to get the rest of my body to match the fabulousness that is the midsection. Before I would diet and exercise but not see any changes (a few pounds) but my stomach still stuck out and I still had super saggy abdomen pooch. I would get depressed and quit trying. Round and round I went. That's why I say it's a nice positive side effect.
All in all I feel good, my body is healing nicely and I continue to be pleased with my results. I'm thinking of you all...healing from, prepping for, and waiting to experience this themselves. Take care ladies, I will update again soon!
Photos to follow!