Yesterday was Post-op day 9, I am in my stage 2 garment, size medium, and 4th row, I should have got a small but my legs are so swollen especially my thighs and vajayjay it made no sense to cut off circulation to my thighs. OMG my vajayjay is so swollen that it feels uncomfortable and I only bought grandma undies, I have no idea why, and what I need are super tight undies to compress my privates, so just in case this happens to you, in addition to grannie panties, also bring some panties that will fit snug in case you need compression there, my faja is open in that area. The body is amazing in its ability to heal itself, the places in my body where the drains were have closed and Yaniry had to reopen one to get the fluids out, and no, it did not hurt. I was told I'm healing "rapidto" and I had very little fluids, happy to hear. I do not want to return home and have access fluids which could possibly turn into a seroma or hematoma, which is way I set up last massage on Sunday before I depart and my first massage making it my 9th massage I have received in DR, I have m first massages on Monday in the states.
Today is post-op day 10 and my last doctor visit, all went well. I had my 8th massage and will be receiving my 9th on Sunday before I head to the airport, I feel fantastic after I receive my massages, I feels so loose almost like normal, please note, they can be a little uncomfortable, therefore, I take a pain killer 1/2 hr prior. Dr FG removed all remaining stitches in my Lipo areas, BB and areola, he also removed couple of knots stitches along my TT he also informed me the TT stitches are dissolvable, we discussed how long I need to wear the faja and bra, told me how to take care of my BB and TT scar, he said in a month time I can start with the silicone strips, finally we said our goodbyes and he asked that I keep in touch. If you're looking for a doctor who will give you his undivided attention, answers all question and not in a generic manner, is available and delivers on his promises, he's the doctor for you, Dr FG also guarantees his work.
I would recommend not to go crazy with supplies, the supply lists that are floating around are good items to have in your household anyway, but not necessary needed while you're in DR, well I my case anyway. Check with your RH and find what they will supply you with, I neglected to do this and bought a lot of unnecessary things, at JFK I was told my bag was over weight and would cost $75, but she allowed me to remove items to put I to my carry-on so my luggage could make weight. Gauze and tape was supplied by my doctor and RH, Dr FG took care of my scars so there was no need to mess with them, the dressings were changed daily. Make sure you bring your toiletries and those little items that make you feel good, like lipgloss, lipstick, I'm not talking full face but just a little something. I wish I would have bought my brow care kit, trust me when you feel better you'll want to look better, sunglasses (it's very sunny here), house coats with the pockets, which are a perfect fit for your drains and great for walking around the RH and to sleep in (RH provided theses for me) zip or button front dresses to wear to doctor visits especially when you have the drains, I purchased a couple of those bathing suit cover ups with pockets and zip front, it was so easy to get in and out of especially during those first couple of days, maxi dresses, I bought 5, but you can get by with less, I started wearing my maxi dresses when the drains were removed, they felt so comfortable without the drains. After surgery, I came home in a maxi dress and the nurse hooked the drains on my faja under the maxi, I felt constrained, no beuno. Also, bring flip flops, 2 pair, one pair to wear inside the house and the other outside, also bring shout-out wipes, they were useful for me to clean little stains on my faja, floss (I have an obsession) q-tips, Lysol for your #2. I bought 3 packages of baby wipes and flushable cleansing wipes, these flushable wipes you will use after multiple bathroom runs, as far as the baby wipes I didn't really use, Arelis wiped me down with it once and it left me feeling sticky, after she used soap, water and wash clothes. Don't be fooled, you can wash yourself daily just not your incisions, I washed daily to keep me feeling fresh, remember I had a messy cycle and I stayed fresh by washing, baby wipes was not cutting it for me, a good book, let me recommend Baby Huey by James Hendersen, it's a quick read and will have you turning pages, it's about a couple, man, wife and step son and how he became a crackhead, omg you'll be flipping pages, no it's not based on a true story. I also suggest to have a subscription to Netflix and let me recommend Luther it's a BBC series with Idris Elba he's a detective, it's filled with suspense and my final recommendation, you should become a member to some of the FB groups the ladies will keep you entertained with the questions and drama, when you start to feel better you'll have a lot more time than normal to entertain the shenanigans. Finally, my last recommendation, make sure you sort out which applications you will use to communicate with your family, I FaceTime via iPhone & iPad and Skyped for my Android family members and of course Whatsapp, I continued to Whatsapp Dr FG while at the RH, as I mentioned, I didn't want the phone it wasn't necessary for me.
Today is the first day I actually feel home sick and I'm ready to go, I wished I would have taking this into consideration and was leaving Saturday instead of Sunday, because you won't be see the Dr on Sunday and if you do see him on Saturday it will be early giving you enough time to make a late flight, damn, I know he says 14days as a precaution but I'm ready now! Wishing you all good luck with your future journey.