I am writing this up on my actual procedure day...
I am writing this up on my actual procedure day which is on the 25th Oct 2016. I am a bag of nerves right now. My appointment at harley street, EA clinic is at 2.30pm and I am super nervous. I woke up at 10am and quickly had my antibiotics. I can't eat from 8am since you cannot eat 6 hours prior to your procedure so my next bit of food since last night will be after the procedure. Goodluck to me! I didn't feel that nervous when I went into labour as much as I am today.
I have opted to be sedated because I would much rather just wake up with it all done rather than staying awake and feel nervous about it for 3 hours. I am currently 8 stone 12 pounds in weight and my height is 5ft 3inches. I have also measured myself so here are my measurements for my abdominal area post op.
1. Waist:- 28.5 inches
2. Hips:- 35.5 inches
I personally think it's a good idea to write a note on a book or your phone of all these measurements yourself so that you get a good idea of how much you have lost in measurements. I am looking for some great results with my flanks being my biggest enemy. My biggest concern of all this is the pain for the next 2 days and the fluids that will be draining out. I just don't know what to expect. I have loads of old duvet covers that I don't use so I will laying them on my bed for when I am resting and sleeping. Also the garment. I read how a lot of people had to wear a foam but with this clinic they will provide the compression garment and another type of vest as oppose to the foam which will apparently does the same thing as what the foam does. I need to get ready now and tube it to the clinic. I am praying to God that everything goes well and there is no complications.
Day 2 POST OP
So it's the end of DAY 2 POST OP. Yesterday morning at 8am was my appointment for my first MLD session. She came at 7:55am! She was an absolute star and loved her so much and it helped with her being super informative to some of the questions I asked her. I took my pain relief pills and antibiotics etc. The day seemed to have gotten worse with the pain. Now I can relate to what people mean when they say the second day is the day of pain. I have a high pain tolerance which helps because it is painful to move about. I am still able to do things on my own but it's just not easy at times with a toddler. I leaked quite a bit today especially from one of the incisions. I dealt with that well. I just can't be thankful enough that there is no foam involved in this whole thing.
It's difficult getting out of bed and standing up from sitting down but I am still able to do those things on my own. I have been out for a walk too which I took easy on. It helps walking as appose to just sitting down. When sitting down I try my hardest to sit up straight and not slouch at all because that could make a difference to the result.
I went to see Gill and Dr Anthony today and they looked at my dressing and was happy with everything so that was all good. I was aparently very tired looking because I am taking codeine so she told me to stop taking them.
Now onto the main part! I finally measured myself which I simply cannot wait to give you. These measurement are post op measurements.
1. Waist:- 28.5
2. Hips :- 33.5
I am super happy with my hip results but not so much with my waist. I was expecting at least an inch off there but it is still the same. When I am looking into the mirror my stomach does look flat but it has gone slightly wrinkly looking because I had severe stretch marks so thats all hauled together. However the over all result is looking good and I cannot wait to to see more of my stomach area with clothes on etc.
The pain had started to decrease throughout the end of the night but it was a horrible discomforting kind of pain, not unbearable at all. I simply cannot wait to get back to my normal self and just being able to walk normally without that numb feeling. I will be having my first shower tonight which I am looking forward to.
5 DAYS POST OP
Back again to tell you how things are. I saw my Dr on the 3rd day after the op and they looked at the dressing and said everything was all good but kept asking me if I was okai because apparently I was looking loopy and they said "theyr feeling sorry for me" so they told me to stop taking codeine and take arnica. Yes it was the codeine that kept making me fall asleep. From my second day I have tried to keep myself mildly active so I would go for walks etc. I have completely stopped leaking from the 3rd morning. I took my garment off for a few hours to wash and dry as they only gave one garment. So far I am happy with the result. All I am now waiting for it to take thr garment off and get back to normality. I had my second mld session yesterday and I will be having my 3rd one today. Looking forward to that.