OK ladies one month today.. Wow when they call this a Journey they are not playing. I'm still in some pain, lots of discomfort and that feeling of numbness in my abs and my sides, under my arms and my back. I'm still walking hunched over, feels like my abdominal muscles are so tight they are holding me in that position. After a while I can straighten up, my kids say I walk like I am holding myself from going to the bath room. HAHAHA
Now let me take you guys to the very beginning of my journey.
On 2/13/17 I flew to DR, made it there by late morning from the airport the RH drove me to Dra.Duran's office. It looks much bigger in pictures, her office is very tiny. Anyways ladies please, please bring extra cash. I'm an asthmatic so I had to pay extra for a breathing test. than because of my age I had to go to a cardiology office to get a stress test done just to make sure my heart was good for surgery. Now im not complaining, im absolutely glad thse percautions were taken, but knowing this ahead of time would of helped. thank god I took in extra cash. The girls in the office are very nice, one thing I di not like was that they were always on their cell phones and on facebook. ignoring you when you asked a question you had to be sure you got there attention. However very nice when they speak to you and friendly.
I had a surgery date for the 15th but they were able to push me up to the 14th when I asked.
The next morning my appointment was at 6am, office did not open until 7 and I had to wait for the clearance from DRA. Duarn. I was star struck when I saw DRA. Duran man she is stunning, smart, and so kind.. She went over my test results and did my markings assured me I was in good hands and that she will see to it that everything went well. That she knew exactly what to do to make me beautiful. Before you go upstairs the secretaries ask you for payment of surgery, they make you purchase the compression stockings $35. plus you need to pay for the blood transfusion ahead of time, and don't forget the second stage faja also needs to be paid ahead of time as well. Then they send me upstairs to the 4th floor or was it the 3rd I don't remember. There I waited for a room, once one was given I had hired a nurse from the RH to stay with me the night. Anyways I received breathing treatments and just waited I even took a nap. I think it was at about 6pm when the man walks into my room with a stretcher and tells me I can now take that famous blue pill, I do and he helps me into the stretcher. we take the elevator to the 5th floor. he wheels me into an operating room where a very pretty anesthesiologist is waiting, the guy tells me he will get the dr for me, and the anesthesiologist with a syringe in hand introduces herself and Dra. Duran walks in, she tells me she has to finish up in the next room but that she will be right in with me and that the young lady is going to give me something to make me very happy. I kid around with her and tell her I love happy meds, the anesthesiologist tells me she is now injecting the meds in the IV line and that she needs to pick up something from the other room that she will be right with me. That is all she wrote, It was lights out.
When I woke up I was in my room I was in so much pain, I was shivering uncontrollably and nauseous. The nurse came in and gave me some pain meds. I instructed the girl from the RH to give me my anti nauseas meds I brought with me and that was heavenly. Throwing up is so painful, you have no control over you abdominal muscles, I felt so not in my own body.
In the morning first thing Dra. Duran walked into my room, checked my bandages and asked me how I was feeling. She gave me instructions not to shower, not to lift anything and that water was the key to recovery. Water water water. she told me she was very happy with my results and that she was sure I was going to feel the same, but to remember that results are not true until after the three months. Shortly after that her assistant walks in to check upon me, pretty much told me the same thing the DR did. And wrote the order for them to bring me something to eat. I was brought in a cup of broth and a juice. I don't know if it was because I was so hungry but god I have never had anything so delicious in my entire life.
I was swollen from head to foot. My face was swollen, my hands my feet, it was hard to walk. I made it to the RH and I don't know how, by the grace of god. I thank the lord the girls there were gods sent. The next few days were a blur, all I remember is the pain, praying to be home in my bed with my loved ones. I had my very first appointment with Dra. Duran on Friday. That was painful and I was glad to be in and out of there, I didn't think I was going to see her again but she did see me. She liked the look of things and told me I was sitting on my butt too much. Could not help that, I had to sit at times, it was the only way to feel somewhat normal. she finally closed my faja that day and I had an extender on it she wanted me back on that Tuesday. By my second visit I was doing much better. she removed the extender and ordered me to start massages, which I had already started due to the pain and stiffness she also removed the drain on my back. She gave me another appointment for Thursday before I left on Friday morning. On my last appointment the beautiful assistant took pictures of me, she also took out my drain (I hated that thing, called it my child ) Dra. Duran came in and inspected my incisions and checked my new booty. She also gave me some advise, she told me that my results are going to be beautiful. To remember that even if I'm feeling better I'm still recuperating from major surgery. To please take it easy and not lift anything heavy. She told me never to exercise my abdomen, because that is tight and that is set for life, now with everything I have to be careful. That I can eat anything I want but in moderation. I have to keep in mind that I did this for a reason and that reason was to look good. She continued telling me that if I gained the weight back there would be no reason in doing this a second time, because I obviously don't care about the way I look and she will not be doing this on me another time. Which I agree with her 100 %..
One thing I was glad to be home, to y bed my things my atmosphere. Would I ever do this again absolutely NOT. im thank full I got the results I wanted and im not at my 3 months yet so I can just imagine what my body will look like then. Also im extremely happy with my choice in DR. Dra. Duran was professional, kind, and down to earth. I loved her....
I will continue to keep you guys posted and I have a few pictures I want to put up of my progress....