The overall procedure wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Day 2 was the hardest for me. I slept in a recliner and surrounded myself with pillows so I wouldn't be tempted to roll over. I was nauseated from not being able to go #2. I had a little milk of magnesia, drank a lot of water, ate lightly, non-saltine crackers, yogurt with my antibiotics, vitamin water, hot green tea, diet ginger ale (for nausea), high fiber protein foods, nothing spicey or salty to help with recovery and healing. I used antibacterial wipes as I was unable to shower until the drain came out. On day 3 & 4, I was getting my energy back & I forced myself not to walk hunched over, as it killed my lower back. I stayed comfy wearing cute shorts & baby doll top pajamas and also short sundresses to my postoperative appts. I kept a basket of wipes, crackers, crossword puzzle & magazine books, tylenol, water bottle & sugarfree candy close to me. Getting in and out of the recliner was challenging. I used a pillow against my stomach to help me. Being a very active person, it was difficult for me to rest. I got up every few hours and did little non strenuous things around my house. By day 5 I drove myself to the doctors office for a follow up visit & had my drain removed. I noticed that i had alot of bruising & swelling in my hip area. the doctor told me this was normal. The doctor took a roll of gauze & placed it in the middle of my stomach like under my breast sternum-this was to help define my new stomach muscles & to give my tummy definition. I felt really good at my appointment. Afterwards I went to Bealls Outlet & bought a few compression garments (with the eyelets in front) - they were cheap like $5.99 -$9.99 very comfortable, smooth & slimming. I am so super excited after seeing my newly sculptured stomach.
At my 7 day post op appt. my PS doctor asked how many weeks I was. I told him 1week. He was astonished at how quickly I was recovering, walking straight & moving about. I brought my new garments with me & tried them on there at the doctors office. All of my stitches were removed. i still have the tape on my incision and It is still numb. there is a blister under my incision (i think it was caused by the binder being too tight). I was told to leave it alone & when it pops to put antibiotic ointment on it. I will post pics later of the garments I bought. The doctor told me to wear them during the day when I return to work & then change to the binder that I got after surgery. I usually sleep in that one.
Everyday gets easier. My best advice to you all is to listen to your body and do what the doctor says. Allow your body to rest and heal. take one day at a time. Think of the end result. It is all worth it in the end.
I am blessed & thankful to have found this website. It has helped me immensely. The stories and open forum help relieve a lot of my worries and challenges. We're all in this together, as we experience the same surgery...we are able to relate & share our stories and tips to help others. It is an awesome self support website. Good luck to you all. My prayers go out to all of you. Take care of yourselves!!