On the Flat Side! 48 Year Old Finally Going for It.

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Hello all you lovely and brave ladies! I'm new to...

Hello all you lovely and brave ladies! I'm new to this and was just looking for advise on anything that may help prepare for a rummy tuck. I've read a lot of stories looked at so many before and afters and can't wait to do it. I have a consult Aug 25 and hope to book my surgery that day. Wish me luck! Thanks in advance!! : )

About me

I thought I should tell you a little about myself, so here goes...
I'm a 48 year old single mom of two grown kids, my daughter is 23 and my son is 20. I raised them both on my own and had many struggles throughout the years as any single parent would know, actually any parent would know. Anyway, they are the absolute joy of my life and wouldn't trade in one stretch mark for them. As they have matured into adults I enjoy them more everyday and we are best of friends today.
Raising them was a struggle and a joy. To support them I had many different jobs and enjoyed most of them. But in the past 14 years I went from running an over head crane in a lumber mill to going back to school to become a graphic designer then onto a nail technician and lastly my most loved job now a mobile crane operator. Which I'll stay at until I retire (hopefully in about 7-8 years)
I have always struggled with my weight since after having my kids. I did the yoyo thing a lot. My heaviest being 198. Oh I'm 5'8". I lost that weight doing WW and kept it off for sometime. Right now I sit at 173 and and an ideal weight for me is 150-155 so I'm in the process of getting rid of that before surgery. I feel that's manageable. But as we all know having babies is hell on the ol'bod and I too have the saggy bag hanging off my gut and I'm so sick of trying to hide it!
So this is for me and only me. Of course the bf says he loves me as I am but he doesn't have to pack it around, try to hide it, squish it into spanxs or wear a one piece to the beach. But he is supportive to what I'm doing. Last night he even said he was happy for me for getting what I want, I said he will be happy with the new me. I've saved my money and am so ready for this!
Like I said in my earlier post I have yet to see the PS for my first consult but reading about him and having knowing someone who had his work done (my sister had a breast reduction) I think and hope he's the one. I go Aug 25 and can't wait!
I've been watching YouTube videos, reading reviews, looking at b&a pics, watching actual surgeries of the procedure, you name it I've been doing my research. Even the recovery doesn't scar me. I had back surgery a few years ago and that was not so bad. I was up waking that day and healing process was about 3 weeks and got the go ahead to go back to work 5 weeks out. So I'm hoping for the same with this tt.

Ok I've rambled on enough so might share my thoughts once a week as time and research goes or if something comes to mind.

Oh and I must say I admire and respect every woman on this site and wish them all the best in their personal journey.

Weight coming off.

My last post was July 19th and I was at 173, today I'm at 168 so it's coming slowly but surely. It's coming off at a healthy rate I feel, an average of 1.5 - 2lbs a week which works just fine for me and I should have shed it all by surgery time, which I'm hoping will be Oct or Nov. My consult is in 23 days and I can't wait to hear what he has to say and hope I'm a good candidate for the tt. Fingers crossed.
Happy healing everyone and have a great weekend everyone! Be back in a few weeks.

Consult change

Hi everyone. Just a quick update, my consult was changed from the 25th to the 19th of this month so that makes me happy and closer to setting a date for surgery. Yay!! I just know he will be the doctor for me, if my sister was happy from his work I'm sure I will be too.
On another note, I have all my money saved for this and then some for while I'm off work and I even paid off all my credit card debt yesterday so that's not hanging over my head. So all I have for debt is my mortgage and boy does that feel good!

Happy healing ladies and, like me, welcome all just starting this journey.

Date booked!

Well had my consult today and it went very well. I'm happy to say I booked my surgery and put down a deposit. My date is November 7th, and I'll be the first surgery of the day. I'm excited and nervous all at the same time. This is real it's going to happen. Omg!

Wrong date

I wrote the wrong date, it's actually the 6th of November.

60 Days!

Hello RS ladies!
Well today marks the 2 month pre surgery day. So far I'm not excited or nervous, maybe because it's still a ways off but I know it will be here quick and I know I'll have emotions as the day gets closer. Probably more excitement than nervous.
I've been quite busy with work so that keeps my mind off of it, just my big concern is my house. I'm in the middle of renos and for some reason I feel I need it all done before surgery, highly unlikely that will happen. Just a few things I'm wanting done before surgery are new carpet upstairs, the spare room painted and decorated (for my mom as she will come stay with me for a few days) the whole house inside repainted, my garage roof reshingled, and I need a new garage door and opener and a major cleaning! I'm the type of person who loves renovating so most of will be done by me. After I'm all healed I'll be getting a new kitchen and redone bathrooms, can't wait for that! I need a magic wand! Anyways that's were my mind is mostly.
I'm off for 4 days starting next Friday so I'm going to go and pay for my surgery that day and it will be no turning back then. WOW!
I've gotten the time off work, taking 3 weeks off, then light duty for 2 weeks. Hope that's enough time. I'm actually looking forward to the time off, even if it is just laying about. I haven't had a holiday in over 2 years so this will be good.
I've rambled enough so happy healing everyone.


Thought I'd share a few more pics. Yuck! Gross! TT day please hurry up and arrive! 50 days and counting.

40 more days!

Time is flying by! I have only 2 more shifts to work +2 days (I work 10 days then have 4 off) and then it will be my turn to be on the flat side.
Today I pick out and order carpet so the house is coming along slowly but surely. I want the carpet in and done by mid October then I can concentrate on cleaning and organizing before surgery. I'm very excited and surprising not nervous or scared.
Happy healing ladies!

Eye opener.

So last night I was on RS looking at the "Not Worth It" posts. Why? I guess just to see what could possibly happen, well not a good idea. Scared the crap out of me! Sure is an eye opener to see. There is some pretty scary stuff out there. So I promised myself not to rush my recovery and take it totally easy for 3 weeks and do all my doc says. I know it's possible complications could still arise but I'll do all I can to avoid them.
I feel so bad for the women struggling with healing and pray they recovery completely and quickly. Happy healing ladies. Xo

30 Days

Yup! Count'em ... 30 days to be exact! Wow time is just flying by. Tomorrow is my pre op appointment, I really hope he draws on me, would love to see how low my scar will possibly be.
Surprisingly I'm not nervous or scared, just getting a bit excited. I have lots to do to prepare. Oh and my carpet is being installed on the 23rd so that's exciting!
Well happy healing ladies. And take care of yourselves ????

28 Days

Only 28 days left! Woohoo!! I had my pre-op yesterday and all went well, I'm cleared to go, I have zero health issues and..... My weight is down to 162. I'm not overly worried about my weight getting down to 155, I'll get there eventually.

Unfortunately he didn't draw on me but I have total faith in my Doc. I have all my persriptions filled and so nice to see they were pretty cheap, only paid $10 for all three. Gotta love good health benefits from work.
Well that's it for now just excited for thr BIG day.
Happy healing everyone.

It's coming fast.

Wow only 20 days left til I reach the flat side. It's coming so fast!!
My new carpet is being installed as we speak, pretty excited about that. So all I have to do to be ready is make sure my house is clean and sock my fridge. That being said what is everyone eating after sx? What's a good diet to follow? Suggestions please : )
Happy healing ladies.


Well I got a call from dispatch and I'm off to a camp job tomorrow for a week or so. This will really help the time zip by. I'll be home and done work by the 3rd and then it will only be 3 more days to the flat side.
So excited to get this done and relax and heal.
Happy healing lovely ladies!

2 weeks today : )

I'm 2 weeks away from the flat side today!! Im away working for a week or so so time will fly.
As time gets closer I'm actually too busy to even think about being nervous or scared. Excited yes!
I found out the the other day my dad didn't know about me doing this. I had told my mom that I was thinking about doing this and then when I finally decided to do it she was happy, but I asked her not to tell anyone, I thought for sure she would tell dad as she tells him everything. So the other day we were all talking and I mentioned my surgery and he's like "what?! What surgery?!!" Haha I told him I was getting some big ass boobs (no offense to anyone getting ba) then I said no dad I'm having plastic surgery, a tummy tuck, his reaction was "oh ok" then he carried on watching the football game. Oh Dad. Man of not so many words but I know he's supportive. Too funny.

I am a bit bothered by the support of my boyfriend. He says he's supportive and happy for me but why when I even mention or show excitement or try to talk about my upcoming sx he clams up and looks at me like a deer in headlights. When he does that I stop talking about it. I feel very little support from him and my feelings for him has change because of it. Believe me I have asked him about his actions but he still stays he's supportive. Sure has a funny way of showing it. Anyone else's bf or husband not show the support you want? So frustrating but I tell myself I'm not doing this for him, I'm doing it for me and if you don't like it then stay out of it.
Happy healing ladies.


I'm 5 days away from my TT and guess who gets a cold?!! Just my luck. Well that being said I came home early yesterday from work and took today off. I am NOT missing this surgery for a stuffy nose. I'm resting and taking it easy and fighting this cold with all I have.

It's a great day for a TT

It's 10 to 6 in the morning here and I'm about to leave for the clinic. This is it!
Not nervous at all or scared. Must be doing the right thing I guess, it all feels good.
I'll try to check in later on if I'm feeling up to it.
Cheers ladies and see you on the flat side.


I'm on the flat side!! Yay.
Surgery was at 7am this morning, all went well. I was home by 11am and went straight to bed and have been resting comfortably. My daughter has been a God sent looking after me. love her to pieces.
Anyways just wanted to let you all know I'm doing great, just tired. So that being said another nap is right around the corner.
Happy healing everyone. Xo

Saw Doc today

Well I went for my first post op and PS said all looked great. I'm having some burning sensations around incision but he says that's all normal and will subside.
I get to have a shower today so I think I'll do that just before I retire for the night. Be all refreshed for my sleep.
IF all goes well I'll have my drains removed next Friday, fingers crossed but honestly if they have to stay in longer then so be it, don't want to rush anything.
Added a few pics. Might take more after shower but I'm very pleased with what I see so far.
Happy healing ladies.

Sore Butt!!

Yes my butt is sore from being on it for so long. I'm usually a back sleeper but being propped up is different and not liking it too much.
I had my second shower tonight, did it all on my own and sure feels good to be clean and have clean Jammie's on. I do have a question..... During my first shower I had some gauze come out of my bb, I didn't replace it with new gauze, do I need to? And should I keep bb covered up? I have been haveing minimal leakage from one of my drain incisions and after my shower a bit from my bb. All normal I'm hoping??

Day 8 Post Op

Well made it a week plus one day and feeling good. I got my drains out early this morning, I had to drive myself which was no problem. But wow what a weird feeling having the drains pulled, there was no pain just felt strange. Can't tell you how nice it is to have them gone, almost feel free.
Other than that things are good, ps took off tape and to keep CG on for 24/7 for 3 weeks then just at night for another 3 weeks. I'm good to sleep any way I'm comfortable. He even said I won't need to do light duty when I go back to work, he sees no issues with me climbing in my crane by then, which will be first of December or so. This is great, just wish I could go back to work now because I'm so bored!! Attached a few photos, sorry they are not the best. My incision is nice and low and straight, so far I'm very pleased.
Happy healing ladies

Make it stop!

Omg!! I'm so itchy it's driving me nuts. Ps took the tape off so I have nothing on my incision so that's not it. Most of the itch is internal and at the ends of my incision. I'm sure it's just the healing process but....What can I do to relieve this insanity? Was considering an allergy pill. I'll take any advise dished out to me.
Thank you in advance.

2 weeks today.

Well made it to two weeks. I'm having no issues as of yet and hope I dont. Knock on wood. LOL. I'm loving my results so far, scar is nice and low and looks like it will be nice and thin.
Happy so far.

Hi Everyone

It's been awhile, I think I'm six weeks now and doing well. Just a quick update for now.
IVe been back to work now 3 weeks and it's going well. I'm pretty swollen by the time I get home and then in the morning it looks so nice. Been busy with work and Christmas stuff mostly.
Well just wanted you all to know I'm still around and reading stories. I'll post new pics soon hopefully.
I'm very happy with my results so far.

Later ladies. Happy healing to all.
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