33 Year Old Mom 2 Kids - Fayetteville, AR
I am one week out from my surgery. I am having a...
3.5 days until the big day
I am fighting the urge to go bra shopping. Kolhs has racks of discontinued bras for like $16. Ugh. Lol
Hope everyone that's had surgery is well and those that have it coming up all the luck in the world.
Pre op appt
Good luck to all those having surgery soon and speedy recovery!
Second day post op
Post op day 3?
6 days post op
Go tomorrow to get some drains out. Kinda nervous for that. I think I have some feeling in my left nipple. I get the needle like pain.
Had my first bm last night. Man! Hubby had to help so I'm kinda embarrassed he had to help me like that.
If I was to have a do over I may not do the tummy tuck again. Do I regret it? Yes and no! Breast reduction I would do again most definitely. Been pretty easy going except for the drains.
Hubby keeps telling me I'll really be happy once this is all over with.
1week post op
11 post op
2 weeks post op tomorrow
Sport bra shopping
Happy Fourth of July weekend!
Update: zingers in my breasts are crazy painful! Luckily they only last seconds. I went to kohls and picked up a LARGE sports/stretchy type bra! It's amazing how small it is compared to what I had before. My ace bandages don't hold up too well anymore. The glue is coming off and I am leaky lymph fluid. Gross but I guess it's part of the heal thing process. My nipples are super sensitive and one is not completely covered with the glue and when it's cold they try to stand up and say hi. Very uncomfortable. Lol. My bruising is going down thanks to the use of arnecia! I started it I believe 2 weeks prior to surgery. Made a heck of a difference in the bruising. I also take vit d and vit c as well as my multi. I'm just kinda achy nothing that some Tylenol can't take care of.
Tummy tuck: well I have more swelling on one side. It's the side that didn't have the drain coming out so its a bit higher looking that the other. My scar is weird. It goes higher on one hip and it's in a roll of skin/fat. I don't think I had lipo since it doesn't appear that I had much flank fat to make a difference. It's just really weird. Haha. The incision seems to be healed for the most part from running my fingers over the glue. The glue over my belly button is starting to pull up. I get stinging pains from that and the incision directly below it too. I get a sharp pain in the actual muscles and sometimes I feel like I have a knot. I'm sure it's just stress from the occasional sneeze. It's not cry worthy but it tells you that you should limit sneezing. I don't get as sore in the evening as before so that's nice.
3 weeks post op
I am 3 weeks post! It's amazing how far away my surgery was but in days it wasn't really that far away. I will probably take pics tonight of my naked self... I have some in clothes minus the binder. I go Thursday for glue removal. So I may wait until that night. We shall see.
3weeks 2 days post op
Got the glue removed. Wasn't too bad. Mostly closed. Had a stitch in the ab incisions so that will heal. I'm extremely swollen on the left breast. The right is swollen but not as much. Got ones to wear soft supportive bras. Got scar treatment and can begin that. I go back in 6 weeks. I seen the pic of my belly flaps. Wow. He said it was 12 lbs and about 2 lbs of breast tissue. I had about a 5 inch gap in my ab muscles that he repaired! He said I can start to do more activities.
Happy 4 weeks to me!
Wow! 4 weeks already. Surgery week seems so far away. It's a blur and I can remember bits and pieces. My emotions are pretty good. I'm getting around pretty good. Pain is mostly gone. The zingers are fewer. I have full feeling in my nipples. Breasts still very swollen. Scar treatment is going. How well that remains to be seen. Silicon sheets that I got from the PS wasn't enough to make strips widen enough to actually stay on. So we picked up some from cvs. I'm going to try to wear it at night to see if it'll stay put. I use the gel twice a day and the lotion twice a day.
Belly is coming along. I think I have fat let on the lower portion because it doesn't feel like swelling. I'm hoping diet will take care of it if that is what it is. I have soreness if I stand too long. It's directly in the middle. Bedroom activities: slow and no big movements. I have an soreness kinda like ab workout afterwards. I was able to lay on hubby for a bit just for some closeness. Tried to hover but tummy wasn't happy. It's weird that my breast didn't touch him when I was just hovering over him. I think he likes my new body evening with the bruised swollen weirdness. I'm coming to terms with this way that they look. I'm sure in another week they'll be different. Body confidence is going up quite rapidly.
Let's see, what else?! I haven't measured my chest in about a week. Prob should do that today. I'm comfortable with the size now. I know the sides will go down so they will be smaller. I'm ok with that. I'm uncomfortable for the most part sleeping. I slept on my right side last night and then got up to pee. Go before you lay down!!! Lol it's a chore to get out of bed since I sleep flat with a pillow under my knee. I went to bed with a sports bra on and when I got up put a tank with the binder back on. That binder is terrible! So I'm currently looking for alternatives...
I'm rambling. Not sure how many people actually read this. After I had my children, my bladder took a hit. Sneezing would cause me to pee so I came to crossing my legs to keep that from happening. Guess what y'all?!? It doesn't happen anymore! Or at least I hope it's fixed with the TT!
5 weeks post op
I don't wear my binder as often. Still looking for a compression garment that is comfortable to wear.
Bras... I found these super soft lounge type bra at JCP. I'll find a picture with the brand and post. I tried on XL and it was too big. So I bought the L. I'm still super swollen on the left side and tender on the sides.
Overall notes: tried sleeping on my right side (I'm a left side sleeper) hurts the girls to roll over. It also hurts my groin area so I have to figure out the best leg placement. I'm extremely tired of back sleeping. I still get exhausted doing little things. I have started clean more intensely around the house. I'm goin. To start 21 day fix Monday. Major modifications I bet with that.
Hope everyone else is great and healing well...
Going to the Drs today
My breasts on the other hand. Well I'm just worried. The right has these holes. They aren't black but it's gross. And the left has some stuff I'm worried about. The swelling.
Here's pics of my holes. Sorry if this grosses y'all out. Will post what dr days later.
6 weeks post today
Breast reduction: my holes are slowly closing up. The smaller one more so. I have been doing the Dakins solution after shower before bed. Let me tell you! The smell burns the nose. Ha. I measured for my workout and my bust is still 43.5inches around. Depressing. The nurse said I was still pretty swollen. I fit into my 40DDD bra. I was hoping for at least a D cup. I have major side boob. Especially on my left side. I feel like they are the size I would have been without the sagging of my boobs before. Maybe I just had a lift instead. I don't know. So I'm just going to take it day by day and focus on my eating right and exercise and the wound I have and see where things go.
6 week progress pics!
I'm 7 weeks post op
Well I hurt myself last week cleaning. I had to take about 5 days to get where it didn't hurt to move. I had to do Tylenol and muscle relaxer at night. I really think that my skin was pulled down toward my left side. There
Is more left over fat and my stretch marks go that way too. I will have to take care in gaining weight cause I think it will all go there. My incision looks good and I didn't spit that staple that had rose to the surface above it. I thought there for a bit it was going to come out. I'm still numb under my belly button. I went to kohls and bought a waist cincher. I got a size 2x but I was able to get the xl on but it kinda flared out at the top in the back. I don't like anything on my ribs tight. I like this one because it does roll up. It does have boning in it. I was trying to stay away from it but I had to cave.
Other than that I am pretty good. Still get tired and the heat really causes me to get tired and swollen.
Hope everyone is well.
A little motivation
I have read some of you are on the fence about getting either a breast reduction or a tummy tuck or maybe both.
I'm here to tell you that it isn't as bad as it seems. My worst part was the muscle repair. That is the part that hurt the most. The pain from the breast or tummy incisions haven't been that bad. I was off the hard pain pills by like 4 days post. I took one every now and then when I had a more productive day. Other wise I took Tylenol or Motrin. The drains are a drag. When they are pulled it hurts. The draining them is a pain. When they came out only one hurt but that was because it got bent or something and had built up fluid.
Nerve pain hurts. Enough to knock the wind out of you. But it goes away. The itchiness is worse than the nerve pain. But there are lotions, body washes, and Benadryl.
Once the drains are out, you feel like a new person, then the glue/tape stuff comes off and you deal with the support issue breast mostly. But you figure it out.
You get tired easily and have to take it easy for a while. But it doesn't matter! Because your self esteem and confidence will out weigh all the pain and other issues that you have. I have swelling and weirdness in my breasts as well as 2 holes under one. But guess what?! They are healing and the weirdness is going away. I look a million times better. And I know if I work hard I can make the results even better. Take the chance. Grab your support and go for it. There are ups and downs. But 3 months from June 14th, I'll be happier with myself than I was June 13th! I'm hear if you want to talk. I don't sugar coat anything, I'm not a baker. ;)
Sores are healing.
Swelling still there. On breasts and on tummy. Evening is worse that anything.
Waist cincher sucks so bad but I haven't found anything better yet.
I think I have fat as well in the tummy area and I'll have to diet down to get rid of it. Going to try sweetsweat once I get to walking and doing more exercise.
To celebrate I'm going bra shopping. Going to finally bite the bullet and get no wire bras. Not a lot since I do have swelling still. But I need something more supportive than what I have been wearing but not sports bras.
Will post pics later. :)
9 week post
The bras I just bought have a band that is ridiculously annoying so they will do for now. They seem to be a bit big. So I might go back and pick up a cup size smaller.
I started walking since I walk the girls to school now. Slowly increasing my exercise and once it gets cooler I'll get out more.
I wear a medium t shirt now. My old size 16 capris and getting to where I have to pull them up all the time. I think it's because they are worn out. I bought a pair of size 16 jeans but they are low cut and aren't nice to my incision when I button them. I got booty and thighs for days. Hopefully once I get to moving more I'll slim that down a bit. Ha!
I go to the dr tomorrow. Hoping that I'm still swelling in the boob area and it's not my final result because to me they look sad. Haha.
Post pics tomorrow I think.
Post op appt and pics
I think 12 weeks tomorrow?
I met with him 2 times. The first time I thought I would get it shortly after we got our taxes back in 2014. Well that didn't happen. Then I met with him again last August. He's really nice. The nurse and the patient coordinator both are really nice. There is one lady there that isn't very nice. She always grumpy and off putting. But since I really don't have to deal with her when it comes to my care I decided that all the research about PS in my area, Dr. Stacey was the best choice. I met with the nurse for my preop and received my info/prescriptions. She was very friendly.