Hello, fellow RSers! I hope you are all doing well! I cannot believe it has been four weeks since my surgery. When I think about the changes in my body that have occurred in the last four weeks, I am amazed! Even the difference between last week and this week-- it's huge! Or tiny, lol!
I will update pictures as well. As of this morning, I weigh 147!! Woo hoo! I'm celebrating every pound! And at night, when I weigh myself, there's only a couple of pounds difference, whereas two weeks ago, there was 5-7 lbs. difference by the end of the day. Yesterday I had a very active day, and I didn't feel horribly swollen at the end of it.
Per doctor's orders (and much to my husband's delight!), I have been air drying my incisions after my nightly showers. I walk around naked like it's the most natural thing in the world. I enjoy it when I catch my husband looking at me. The first thing I see when I get out of the shower is my body, and rather than immediately look away, I now take a long moment to absorb the fact that the reflection in the mirror is MINE! I am thrilled beyond belief!
Yesterday I tried on bathing suits. It was a disappointment, but not because of my shape for once. I have no idea what size I should be wearing in bathing suits, and the ones I tried on were ill-fitting. I will not be buying a bikini (that's showing way too much skin for me!), but I did try a cute one on, and it fit me and my scar was covered completely by the bottoms. Dr. FG did such a great job! I never liked trying on clothes before, but because of the way I looked no matter what I tried on. Yesterday it was more about the aggravation of taking off and putting on the cg between trips to the fitting room, trying on different sizes, looking through jumbled racks of tangled suits....I will try again when I'm not wearing my cg in a couple of weeks. We are going to the beach in July for a couple of days, so I need to find one before then, but there's no rush. I DID, however, try on a pair of size 6 boyfriend jeans, and they were LOOSE in the waist!!! It was probably just the cut, as I know boyfriend jeans are supposed to be loose, but that still means I could probably be wearing a size 6 jeans before it's over, and I am in awe of that possibility.
My incisions are healing nicely, and my T-incisions are closed up, except for one tiny hole that should be closed by the weekend at the rate it's going. I've been putting Vaseline on my incisions, but today I have graduated to silicone scar sheets!! I am excited about it, because I've moved onto the scar therapy part of my healing. My PS suggested Rose Mosqueta oil, which I purchased on Amazon, to start putting on my incisions. I also mixed up a concoction consisting of raw shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, vitamin E oil, and rose mosqueta oil, and I am using that as a moisturizer and massage oil. I apply it after my shower every night.
I am so happy to be done with medipore tape!!! I have very sensitive skin, and my poor belly looks like it has a rash from all the medipore tape I've used. But I'm done with that now. As of last night, I coiled up the gauze I put in my belly button area, then put on my tank top, and it held it in place. What a relief!
Starting today, I can wear my cg for only 12 hours. I haven't decided yet whether I will wear it at night and while I sleep, or during the day. I will try both, and see how I feel. I no longer feel....insecure not wearing my cg. I feel fine without it on. I feel a little twinge in my breast incisions when reaching for something, and phantom itches and needle-like sensations at random times in my breasts. I know it's normal, and I'm just thankful that I still have sensation in my nipples!!
My TT incision is healing nicely. It's going to look wrinkled in the pictures, because of my stretch marks and also because of my tank top and cg. But it's nice and thin, and I'm very happy with it. All the panties I have are either bikini or hip huggers, and my scar is covered by all of them. I can stretch with no problems, and last night I was aware of turning onto my side, and feeling comfortable, so I went back to sleep in that position. What bliss!
I am anxious to start working out. I tentatively tried a few hip moves yesterday (we do a lot of those in my class), and although I felt a little tugging, there was no pain, and I loved the way my stomach moved! I have to wait two more weeks before I can ease back into working out (translation: light treadmill walking--boring!!), but I do not want to overdo it, so I will obey doctor's orders. I want to go visit my class next week, though, and see everyone. And I might pick up a few new routines from the substitute! :-)
I feel more energy this week. The swelling is getting better in my lower abdomen and pubic area. When I look at pictures from the first week compared to this morning, I am amazed! I bought more dresses from Old Navy, size 8, and they're a little big on me, but they still look good, so I'm happy! That is one big change in me. I used to hate wearing dresses and shorts. Ironically, I've always had rather nice legs, but I just didn't think I looked nice in them. Now, I wear dresses especially all the time. I feel pretty and comfortable and fashionable in them-- what a great feeling!
I think I've about covered it all. Have a wonderful day!!