So I am having my consult today, my blood work...
So I am having my consult today, my blood work done, paperwork filled out and any questions that I have answered. This is one of the days towards my surgery that is making it seem so real...and thats its still happening. Its not a dream but a dream come true. I have only told a few people because so many will judge as soon as you say, "I am getting a tummy tuck!" The floodgates open so fast with opinions of why I shouldnt be doing this and there are hardly any positives. This is really hard for me because its such an exciting time for me and something that I have looked forward too for 15 years that to have my family or friend or anyone else that happens to overhear shoot it down and make it seem like a bad thing would really piss me off. This is what I am dealing with 2 weeks before I have it happen. Its a secret that I dont want to be a secret. I want to plaster it all over facebook, share it with my mom, my sister, and a few friends that I havent told yet and I cannot because of the backlash of events that will take place as soon as I do. The biggest one, "you could have used that money for something else way more important..." WTH is that?
For right now I have the best support in the world with my husband, which is more than enough for me and all that matters, and a few friends that I have chosen to share this with. I am also thrilled of all the people on this website that are encouraging and helpful and awesome and positive! I thank all of you for uplifting each other in the big decision to make our bodies awesome again!
I will update as I go along and if there are any pointers or tips or supplies that I am in need of please share, share, share!!!
I have such a funny story to tell and I have to...
I have such a funny story to tell and I have to share it with you all. I had a phone consult with the nurse and when she came to allergies for some dumb reason I told her I had an allergic reaction to latex. Its just one reaction and it wasnt any big deal to me. Well, she tells me that I have to get a Doc note that clears me for surgery because of this reaction. If I dont get this note I cant have the surgery. I have already paid them the balance in FULL! I have my plane tickets, rental car and hotel days already paid for. There is no turning back as far as I am concerned and now this nurse is telling me I might not be able to? Oh hell to the no! I start making phone calls. I dont have a primary doc here and I never thought of getting one. No one will clear me because they dont have a history on me. There isnt a history because it happened once and I never talked to a doc about it in the first place which means its not going to be documented anyway! Lets just say I am close to tears.
So I get on the phone with the nurse again and tell her whats going on. I beg her to please not do this to me and I will sign a waiver if I have to releasing all responsibility from the doc. She says to get a latex glove, put it on, leave it on for 5 minutes, take it off and then send them a picture. No problem! I will do that because I am going to show them I am ok for surgery. I get off the phone, big problem! I don’t have latex gloves. OMG! However, I do have latex condoms…
I get this pkg of latex condoms, set my ipod out, and my phone. I set the clock up on my ipod, take a condom out and put it on my right hand…my husband is tripping out! I have this condom on my right hand, ipod on the counter next to the box that says, “latex condoms” so there is no question, turn on the ipod to show the clock and I snap pictures every minute for 8 minutes…to show that’s how long I had this condom on my hand. After I take the condom off I snap pictures every minute for 5 minutes, then 10 minutes later and finally 15 minutes later to show there was no reaction. I send all these pics to the nurse as proof that everything is ok. She writes me back and thanks me for being “so thorough, the doc has looked at the pics and everything is fine. Surgery can be resumed.”
I don’t think I have ever smiled so big. =)
So I went in and had my labs done. I went on Wed...
So I went in and had my labs done. I went on Wed but couldnt find me in the system which was a bummer but they called me on Fri and told me my doc called and got everything set up for me. This made me feel better knowing my doc was already preparing the way for me. I just jumped the gun too early =) Oops. Next week I will be sending over my paperwork. I have already bought my wedge pillow, gauze pads, tylenol, MOM =/ (OMGeeee), my Palmers Vit E oil rub, my compression garment came in yesterday and I will be shopping for my granny panties soon. I am so antsy and trying to occupy my mind with other things so I dont think about it all the time. Its hopeless though because I have been thinking about it for 15 years and now that its here and getting closer I am thinking about it even more! Now its just a different level because its not the research phase....its the -OMG-its-real-and-going-to-happen phase! The next phase for me is the -OMG-I-am-having-some-of-my-body-cut-off-me-tomorrow phase...to -OMG-today-is-the-day!!! These are all great phases for me =)
I told another person today and she was so excited for me. She told me, "thats awesome to be doing something like that for you!" It meant alot to me and I felt good about telling her. Every time I am out and about and the thought comes into my head that I am able to move forward it just catches me off guard and I start smiling. I wonder how many people out there in Hilo think I am nuts for smiling and giggling to myself outloud...HAHA! I am so giddy...anyone else giddy about it? Has the giddy ever gone away after its all done?
I have a really great friend who is an RN and has...
I have a really great friend who is an RN and has been around these types of surgeries before and she has told me that she is able to come and check up on me. OMG I about fell off my chair. All of the stories that I have read everyone has been able to get to their doc straight away if there was a problem. I think the furthest I read someone had to go was a 2 hour drive...and then one was down in Mexico from CA. I am on the Big Island of Hawaii and my surgery and doc are both on Oahu! This is not something that I can just get in a car and drive to get something taken care of and so I am absolutely batty about this. I have not been sleeping good because I think about what I am going to do if something goes wrong. The other thing is I have no primary doc as I dont have insurance. I must say when my friend told me that she would be around to help me with drains, assessing for infection, making sure I was bandaged correctly, helping me measure from the drains, etc., I was thrilled! She is even able to help if there is any fluid build-up or something needs to be aspirated with a needle...she can do it! She has over 30 years experience and I feel so safe in her hands and my prayers are answered! I hope that I can sleep better now...lol.
Can everyone who has time please send me questions to ask my doc? I would love to go with a huge list of questions =)
I have been reading and rereading the posts and...
I have been reading and rereading the posts and gathering questions and supplies and as much info as I possibly can. There is so much information that I am afraid I am going to miss something =) My husband is being very supportive and came up with a really good idea. 4th of July evening we were enjoying a very quiet, wonderful steak, baked potato and veggie meal that he made, while I was watching youtube videos of how to drain and measure drain balls, tummy tuck surgeries and scar treatments. He is a retired detective and has seen all kinds of stuff while on the force so he didnt care about the graphic nature of things and I have always been interested in the medical field and surgeries and have done my own dissecting in school so I dont care...until I asked my husband if he would be willing to help me with my drains. He looked up from his plate and said, "there is a huge difference in being around body fluids and actually having my face that close and my hands actually touching it. I will if you really want me too but...." I told him I understood...lol....and his look was classic. Just the fact that he was willing was sweet!
My husband then mentioned my friend Nancy who is an RN and has experience in the field of almost 30 years in surgical, operating departments. OMG! Thats a perfect idea. So I called her up and she told me in detail without me having to say a word, on what to do with the drains, what to look for, that she knows how to aspirate or drain with a needle if need be, if I develop a seratoma she can help with that too....this is a lifesaver for me. I am on the Big Island and my doc is on Oahu and I just dont have the $200 to fly for everything that goes wrong! I wont find one on my own island and I have tried...none have the qualifications that I want. =)
Today I picked up a walker for $10 and a shower chair for $40...I am soooo glad that I have these items. I do not have a recliner but my bed is super comfy and I bought puppy pads....yep, puppy pads....to help with the leaking. I will finish with the rest of my supplies this next week. I dont want to get everything all at once because I wont have anything to keep me busy while I wait these 7 WHOLE DAYS!!! I hope the time flies by...for me and the other ladies that are on the same day...
I still have not told my mom. I see many stories where ladies have been able to tell their moms and I wish I could share something like this with mine but I just cannot. I am thinking about it alot and I might right before just because I really want too. I just dont want any negative thoughts coming my way before this huge life change happens. Its not a bad thing to wait til after right? I have told my oldest daughter, only, and she is very excited for me. I dont want to tell my other kids because she was so excited that she was the only one that knew and called it "her secret..." I almost dont want to take that away from her...lol. Oh well...as time goes on we will see.
Anybody have good results with quercetin with bromelain and arnica? I will be going to a health food store, unless GNC is cheaper, to pick these up if they are worth it. Anyone have any suggestions for meals this next week before I go in and then some ideas for after? I hear alot of stories about not being able to "potty..." or go shishi as we call it here...I already have issues in this area as I have a gluten and a lactose allergy...any suggestions will be most helpful =)
I realized I posted about my friend twice...I...
I realized I posted about my friend twice...I guess I am really, really excited that she is going to be with me to help me....lol.
I am youtubing the heck out of my laptop today and...
I am youtubing the heck out of my laptop today and I am watching tummy tuck surgeries and listening to all the documentaries out there the ladies have posted....and I am getting so emotional. I am 6 days away and I cannot believe this is actually happening to ME! After thinking about it, reading about it, watching about it, listening to others about it....ITS MY TURN! I am so excited and tearfully happy!!! I have so many questions for my doc that I was able to put together from watching all these vids. I also have some very real statements for him, from me, that I want to let him know and want him to talk to me about. My consultation is going to be taken seriously and I am going to make sure that I leave out of there with a smile and the confidence in my doc to know its going to be awesome and he is going to use me as his artistic canvas...He will know that I expect him to do his magic on me with the skills of the 30 years he has been doing this but with the care, focus and meticulous energy he had from the first time he did one on his own. I have high standards and he is gonna know it and respect it. I will not....WILL NOT....have to do a fixed TT because of a botched first one. *sigh* So many emotions going on....a huge pendulum from one extreme to the next...I feel like I am a bi-polar mess =) LOL.
I just posted a new pic of my lap buddy =) I got some shots while standing and when I was sitting here at my kitchen table watching all the vids I became increasingly aware of my lap buddy sitting on my legs. Over time one starts to ignore their lap buddy and pretty soon it becomes NORMAL! I do not want a lap buddy and I do not want to have this normalcy of dragging around this lap buddy...so, 6 days from now...its detachment time! Separation anxiety??? WHAT? Oh hell to the no....its FREEDOM!!!
This is just to share a little bit about the...
This is just to share a little bit about the surgeon I picked.
Dr. Peterson at athenaclinic.com
Our staff at Athena Clinic in Hawaii understands the sensitive nature of cosmetic surgery. Dr Peterson is well respected as a surgeon with a gentle manner who can create extraordinary improvements while maintaining a very natural look. His extensive training includes Harvard Medical School, general surgery training at the University of Hawaii, cosmetic surgery at the Texas Medical Center as well as advanced specialty training in Japan and China. Dr. Peterson has been chief of Plastic Surgery at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children for the past 10 years.
Each patient has unique needs, and Athena Clinic in Hawaii employs a cosmetic surgery staff that strives to offer individualized care to fit those needs. The goal of Dr. Peterson's staff is to make patients feel relaxed and confident by answering all questions and being as informative as possible.
Harvard Medical School (M.D.)
Williams College, Cal Tech
Institute National Polytechnique (France)
Rice University (M.S. Electrical Engineering)
University of Hawaii (General Surgery)
Baylor University (Plastic Surgery)
Shanghai Ninth People's Hospital (China) Microsurgery
Showa University (Japan) Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
I am feeling perty good about my choice =) Is it bad to brag about my doc...lol. I hope not...I am getting really anxious and nervous now that I am 5 days away.!!!! I could just be trying to calm my nerves by looking at his website every hour on the hour...lol
OMG I just had to share with everyone that I...
OMG I just had to share with everyone that I realized I have only 4 more days!!!! I am driving my husband absolutely nuts with my giddiness and hyperness about the whole thing. He just laughs and laughs at me cuz I am sooooo crazy about it! I already have my kitties taken care of for the 4 days that I will be in Oahu so I am glad I dont have to worry about them. My one concern is my Tiggerette. She loves to sleep with us, she lost her mommy when she was only 4 weeks old, was bottle fed, and still does the nursing, sucking thing with her paws and mouth (so cute), and she has a tendency to jump. I hope to GOD I am able to stop her before she does because I just cant imagine what that would feel like if she was to jump on my tummy. Oh Lord! I would shut our bedroom door but she will cry. I cant handle that very well so we will just have to manage. (And I know all this is TMI and probably boring...lol. I dont have any of my kids at home anymore as they have all grown up and so my kitties are my life). I taught my husband how to clean the litter box this morning...lol. What a riot thats going to be. I am a bit OCD with my cats so he understands very well to do it exactly the way I showed him.
I have seen several ladies on here talking about nesting before their surgery. I have officially walked into this phase. I am cleaning everything! This Sunday is the big day though where I will scrub the entire house. I dont want me, or my husband, to have to worry about anything in regards to that. I do have a question. Is a toilet riser really that helpful? I havent got one of those just yet so any advice is appreciated.
Just 4 more days....EEEEEK! *jumping up and down*
I know I already posted today but I was at my...
I know I already posted today but I was at my internship and didnt get to finish everything I wanted to share....
I have 3 more days to go. I am so nervous and excited. These two emotions seem to be the ones that hang around the most throughout the day...lol. One of the things I struggle with is drinking enough water. I really hate water and so any ideas on how to make it taste better would be awesome =) I have heard about lemon, which I am trying now, and I bought this stuff called pomegranate Miso that you can add to your water. It only takes a little and its ok. Not my fav but ok for now. I keep seeing cucumber water? If anyone knows how to make that please share =)
Another of my concerns is my surgery is on another island. I fly in Mon, surgery Tues, see the doc Wed and then again Thurs before I leave to come home to my island. I am not sure what to do with the drains and security at the airport. I am sure I can get a doc note that will explain everything for me to carry but OMG...being wheeled in a wheelchair, not being able to shower (I think but I am hoping I am wrong), having these drains sticking out of my body and being completely miserable...and then patted down by a TSA agent!!! Bloody hell! I am not looking forward to this at all....lol.
I am down to 4 days. I am trying to keep busy preparing for the surgery so the time flies by...lol. I planned my surgery so that during my downtime I can write my huge paper for my school internship. I just finished with 125 hours and now I have to take all my intern log hours and turn them into a 10 page paper. Not a big deal for me but I am worried about the pain meds. I really need to focus and not be "under the influence"...lol...so I am really hoping that I can get off the hard core stuff and switch to Tylenol straight away. I am still volunteering where I did my intern and I told them I would be gone for 2 weeks...I am wondering if this is enough. I will have to ask my PS but anyone else have an opinion on that? I walk alot there. I am up and down from my desk walking back and forth to offices, court houses, file rooms and such and I have been told they will have some work for me to do at my desk so I dont have to move all that much...this makes me more comfortable in going back at 2 weeks. I guess I will just have to see. I am really trying to get a job there and I dont want to jeapordize that in anyway. There is a position opening up, two actually, and I would love to get in one. I wont get my degree til Dec so hopefully that wont shut the door on me. *fingers are crossed and hands are folded in prayer*
I am thinking about asking my PS for lipo of the inner thigh...hmmmmmmmmmm
So my question is: what should I wear into...
So my question is: what should I wear into surgery? Is it going to be the same thing that I have to walk out of surgery with? And button-up shirts and dresses are a necessity right?
Today is finally Sunday. This means that I have...
Today is finally Sunday. This means that I have today to get all my things ready for my trip to Oahu to have the pre-op with my PS. I fly into Honolulu around 9ish, get my rental car and head over by 11. I have my questions, concerns, paperwork and goodies all ready to go. I am feeling pretty confident about my doc and his skills as a surgeon. I guess my one major concern is hoping that the stupid latex doesnt mess things up and that my blood pressure is good enough. I am rarely over 100 for my top number and rarely over 65 for my bottom number. My low BP doesnt give me problems really and I have been told by several docs thats its because I am very active. I am also hypo glycemic...hoping this doesnt cause me probs either. Grrrrr.....I dont have a regular doc because health insurance is to expensive and I dont qualify for the free stuff so I am unable to use that as a source before and after my surgery. I am free-wingin it as they say. Really praying there arent any complications.
I was reading through the paperwork and saw that he is ok with his patients taking showers. Of course he says yes or no depending on the person and the type of surgery and how things are going...so I hope that I am able to at least by the second day. God forbid I have to get on the plane to come home without being able to shower.
I just got done cleaning my house and I am thrilled that its finally done. I have my two cats all prepared for my absence complete with a babysitter. My dad will come by at least once a day to check up on them and our house. So glad I dont have to worry about them. I did finally tell my mom what I was doing. Before I told her though...I mentioned that I wanted to tell her something and that I wasnt telling her for her opinion...I know sound harsh right? But I wanted to be able to talk to her about whats going on in my life and that I want to be able to do this without the annoyance, fear, irritation or madness of her opinions or remarks. (I do love my mom and she is the best in the world. She just doesnt accept the fact that I am a 36 year old grown woman at times...and thinks she has to input her thoughts and opinions into everything and that she has to fix things). So I told her. She instantly became worried, which was expected and normal and ok, because it is a major surgery, and this is ok, and then proceeded to say that I didnt need it I was fine just the way I am...typical mom response...right ladies? LOL. Which is fine I would never be able to take the mom out of the mom....but before I could input my own thought in she said, "well, if this is what you really want to do..." That was the perfect answer and made me smile because I could tell that she was really trying to see the bigger picture my way. Alot of the responses that I have gotten from telling people, "Oh but you dont need it. You are thin enough. There is nothing wrong with your stomach...blah, blah, blah" is my own fault. I say this because I have become a MASTER of disguise. I have become SOOOOOO amazing at hiding my pouch and stretch marks that people really dont know what I am talking about. The pictures I have shared here...I share with everyone that I tell about my surgery so they can SEE that I am NOT kidding. HAHA!!!! The looks I get when they see them are classic!
It is 1pm my time here in Hawaii and I still have a few more things to do so I am off for now. I will update after my pre-op to let you all know how it goes, what my thoughts are, and all the new and exciting information that I will be getting from my up close and personal interview with the Doc himself. Boo-yeah!!! Over and out!!! Cheers ladies!!!
PS Really hoping to have some more pics that the doc took. Also taking my camera cuz I want pics of my surgery! Wonder if he will let me do video function??
I am on my way to the airport. I am very relaxed...
I am on my way to the airport. I am very relaxed and quiet...i am still wanting to make sure its real. Will let you all know how my preop goes. TTFN!
I will post more when I get home but...I am going...
17 Jul 2012
Day of treatment
I will post more when I get home but...I am going in for my surgery! I have t let everyone know that I LOVE MY PS!! I am so excited! Wish me luck!
I am going in for my surgery! I am so excited. I...
17 Jul 2012
Day of treatment
I am going in for my surgery! I am so excited. I have to let everyone know...I LOVE MY PS!! He is the bomb-diggity...i will write more when I get home... Keep me in your prayers... Speak soon!
So I am going to say thank you to my husband for...
So I am going to say thank you to my husband for getting me this wonderful gift of a TT that I have waited on for so long. It's the neatest bday. Present in the whole wide universe. God, I love you baby!
I am venturing into my 2nd day post-op. I am really, really,really sore from my liposuction sites more than the incision site. Cannot really feel the incision but I can feel where the drain comes out on my right side. Doc. Said he juiced me up inside pretty well before he closed me up. All my nurses were awesome and sweet. My tummy has been rumbling so I hope I don't have probs. In the potty area =)
I met my PS for the first time on Monday, the 16th, and I just became calm instantly. He was so attentive, he didn't interrupt me when I was asking questions or telling him my concerns, and...he was sooo funny. As we were going over my questions, and questions I didn't ask or think to ask, he would give me very specific answers as to why he would or would not do a certain procedure. I loved how he was very thorough and detail oriented just like his staff said he was.
He was also very picky and very, very,very detailed as he was drawing his blueprints on me. I spent almost an hour with him before he was finally finished. He took his time, drew, erased, drew some more, erased...lol. I was standing, sitting, turning...pics were taken again...I felt like a ballet dancer...lol. What was really awesome is he included me in the conversations. Told me step by step what he was doing and why. I mean WOW! And he let me decide what music I could have in the OR. I choose Howard Shore...composer to sone of my fav. Movies...Lord of the Rings, Braveheart, Star Wars...awesome!
The way I think and the way I am is...I have waited such a long time for this moment...that I don't care about the scar itself. He said that my pouch was more prominent on one side and that he was going to have to take the scar and make it go further back so I wouldn't have a dog ear. He wanted to make sure every angle was covered and he was thorough with every angle. I told him I didn't care. I just want my flat tummy. My only concern is I wanted my scar low enough so I could wear the pretty panties. I didn't want the high scar like so many pics I have seen. He actually went a week bit further on the other side just to even it out which was also fine by me.
Another area of concern was my tummy button. Like I mentioned before I didn't want my scar high. I wanted it low. He was very honest with me when he explained to me why that would mean and look like. He said it might be a problem because I might not have enough loose skin to do this. Meaning the hole where he cuts my button out will be down by my incision...looking kinda like a kitty face. I told him I wasn't worried or bothered by that one bit I just wanted my scar low. Turns out he did have to do a kitty face but it's so slight and far enough down by the incision that when it heals it will be barely noticeable. =) Yay! That's a bonus for me cuz he was able to go low and I got a new, pretty tummy button. He makes them look youthful he said. Cannot wait to wear the bling-bling!
Did I mention I am sore...ugh. Only discomfort is the liposuction sites....and I am taking my pain meds, half a pill, every 3-4 hours. The day before surgery my dearest, sweet husband took me shopping at Victoria's Secret and he got me some pretties! I have never owned anything from there. My pretties are so SEXY! The scar is nit a big deal because I will be sexy with a scar that took 15 years of waiting...for my flat tummy and awesome hourglass figure my doc gave to me (he even threw in some extra liposuction on my back and hips...as an extra bonus)!!! And if there are any probs he does revision work at no cost..nice!
The first time in my life I am able towards pretty tops, pants, skirts, underthings, without having to hide my bulging pouch...my lap buddy, my lopsided muffin top. Did I mention I cry every time I think about this? It's unbelievable and so amazing and it's really happened becuz my husband worked his booty off so I could have this done. I love him so much and he is taking such great care of me!!
I have to mention my nurses again. They were so wonderful...from stripping me down to my birthday suit. TO rubbing me down, front and back, with their anti-bacterial stuff, to getting me laid down, making sure I was warm and comfy with pillows and blankets...I just wasn't nervous anymore. My juicee doc...anesthesiologist, was the best. She said it would take 30 seconds for the juice to kick in...so during that time we all joked around and laughed and when I could tell it was starting to work I said, "goodbye everyone...doc gave me her juice so I am going for awhile...see you all on the flat side...peace out...zzzzzzzzzzzzz" and I was gone. I only had the local with the IV so I didn't need a catheter or to be intubated. I am thankful for that.
Next thing I remember I am waking up and the nurse is asking me if I want to see what they took off. I was like, "hell to the yeah..." with this huge smile on my face. It was amazing and weighed 10lbs!!!! That's not even counting the liposuction. The nurses even took pics of the whole surgery.
It's time for a pain med and the husband and I to chill out. I am going to try and post pics of my before and after and I hope they come out. For those that are going or have gone into their surgeries...good luck and sending prayers your way! See you all on your flat side!! Hugs!
Sorry for all the typos....so annoying that darn...
Sorry for all the typos....so annoying that darn spell check. :) will post more pics as I get them from the doctor...
I have to seriously go potty!! OMG!! This is the...
I have to seriously go potty!! OMG!! This is the worst feeling ever. My incision site doesn't hurt as bad. Help!
Today is my third day and besides the potty issue I feel a little better. I slept more last night only waking up once. I have been taking half my pain med every 3 hours instead of a whole one every 8 hours. My husband is fantastic! Really looking out for me. I am ready to get home tho. Oahu is beautiful but the big city is not for me and I want my bed, my kitties, my yard, my coquie frogs, my neighborhood...etc. It's so noisy here.
I have one more appt today before I head back home. I am getting staples removed so I am happy about that. I would love to get my drains removed but that might be possible. I am not really draining alot but the doctor wants to keep them in for at least a week. He said my RN friend could take them out...yay! He was very proud of his work and wants me to send him updated pics as I can. He wants to see my progress and wants to hear from me on a regular basis til I see him next in Aug. 3rd. My honey has outrigger state races that weekend so it works out perfectly buying plane tickets once, not twice, and I won't have to go alone. I was worried about that.
Off to see the doc and get more pics to share. Thank you all for your encouraging words, prayers and just being there with me through thus. I appreciate every one of you! =) As soon as I get home to my laptop and get settled I will write more to you all. I know there are several that I need to get in touch with as we had our surgeries the same week...hope you gals are feeling okay and healing fast! Hang in there...speak soon! Hugs and loves and prayers to all of you!
I dont think I have ever been so happy to potty as...
I dont think I have ever been so happy to potty as I was this morning....YAY!!!!
Still kinda sick to my stomach and it feels like I want to get a headache. I am taking only tylenol now becuz I am not taking anymore narcs. Not with the way they plug my body up...I am not going through that again...Tylenol is just really hard on the liver so I hope its not too much longer I can keep from taking those as well.
Today is post-op day 4! I am still swollen, especially down where the drains are sticking out of my ladyness, and my tummy button looks really, really.....icky. I am very happy I get to shower today!!! OMG can I hear an AMEN! Once I am done with that I think I will feel loads better...my tummy is still rumbling so I am going to end now just in case there is something else that needs to be done....lol. Speak soon!!!
Yesterday was a rough day for me. I just didnt...
Yesterday was a rough day for me. I just didnt feel good at all. I am swollen and my tummy protrudes out and I am really hoping it goes down. I was told not to wear a CG until my drains come out and I have to wait a week for that. When I was taped up the first couple of days I just felt more secure and safe and now without all the binding I feel like I am going to pop my seam. My doc told me I have 5 layers of stitches so thats not going to happen. I didnt have the separation of the muscles around my tummy button I actually had this down low and across my tummy below my button. This is where he bound me up the most. He did tighten my waist but really focused more on the bottom part as this is where most of the prob was. He said my muscles had very good definition and was very impressed. (Yeah, I smiled. I worked hard on my tummy muscles....all that fat got in the way...lol).
My husband set me up on the couches today. They were most uncomfortable yesterday but he found a way to make it work and so I am all snuggled up with my laptop, phone, ipod, and Lord of the Rings trilogy (my fav movie of ALL time). All set and happy. Today is much better but still feeling swollen and bloated on the inside. My drains really burn though and its annoying more than anything. Anyone else have this burning? I put iodine/betadine on my scar and tummy button 4-5x a day. It was starting to swell and be painful yesterday and my doc said to clean it. Every time I pee I clean it! LOL. I dont like my drains just hanging around lose so I use gauze and tape and secure them up so they dont move. The doc said they were getting irritated because they were moving in and out of the skin bringing bacteria in with them. OMGeee!!!! I did not want to hear that....so now I am a germaphobe. Clean, clean, clean!!! I am not moving as I think I might have overdone it the first couple of days. Not doing that again. Being set up in the living room during the day and the bedroom at night....walking with my walker to bathroom, a couple of laps around the island in the kitchen, then laying back down...will work for now. I just want to be careful. Does anyone else get these twinges around their incisions? LIke going up their stomach? Almost like a nerve twitch or spasm?
I did get an email from my supervisor and she told me not to worry about rushing back. Its a blessing for me because I am only doing my internship which gives me more freedom and flexibility so I can relax better knowing that I am being supported in my healing. She knows what I did and she is very curious to see me when I return. I will have to make sure that I wear something easy so that I can show her...lol.
My husband is mowing the lawn, very noisy, and my movie is playing so I am off to chill out and not think. I have a 10 page intern paper that I will have to start working on soon so I am going to play and enjoy my movie and time off as long as I can before I start on that. Ugh! Cheers ladies and speak soon!
Happy healing and good luck to all those that are having their surgeries soon!!!
OMGeee does it ever go down? I still cannot stand...
OMGeee does it ever go down? I still cannot stand straight, my back is killing me, and I am sooo swollen still....like, really, really tight! Is this normal??? When does it go down? When does it go away? I am going into my 6th day as I type and I want it to be over already!! I feel so icky! Someone tell me this is normal? ,,,>_
I get to leave the house today!! YAY! My husband...
I get to leave the house today!! YAY! My husband has some errands in town so I am going with him for the fresh air and to get out of the house for awhile. Walked around my yard this morning and saw I had some new blueberries coming up so that was awesome! Tiring, but awesome. Still feeling tight and hunched over but I dont feel as bloated as I have been. I hope I dont get worse from being in town today. I really want to keep getting better....not have anymore bad days...but I am thinking thats probably how it has to go.
I had a great bday weekend in spite of feeling icky. My husband spoiled me, not from the surgery, but for my bday too. My present was my tummy tuck and I could not have asked for anything better! Even with the pain, the bloating, the drains, the good and bad days...I am glad I was finally able to do it. Something all the ladies on here keep telling me....hang in there because its something I have always wanted and its worth it! Ladies....right you all are! Thanks for the encouragements! =)
I am looking at all the pics of everyone that have...
I am looking at all the pics of everyone that have had their surgeries the last 2 weeks or so...and I am a little discouraged. I am still swollen, my tummy button still has stitches and looks puffy, I am still carrying around my drains, and my tummy isnt looking as flat as I want it to be. I am just not moving in the same direction and its frustrating. I keep waiting to stand straight, walk straight, lie down straight...not happening. I keep waiting for the flat tummy every time I wake up...not there! I am still draining 25-30cc every day and I have to be down to at least 5-10 before they even think about taking them out. I am going on day 9 tomorrow and I am just not there....Is this normal? I know people heal at different levels but this is really a ginormous difference here. *sigh* I am whining, yes, because I just dont see it. My tummy button is probably the most discouraging really...I know the stitches are still in there...yes there is swelling.........stilllll........but its discouraging. I really hope my tummy button turns a corner and starts to look cute....I mean, to at least TRY and look somewhat cute...
And the headaches...Oh Lord the headaches I get later in the day...very annoying. =\ My doc said I didnt need to wear a compression garment...but I think I am going to try it. I want to see if it makes me feel better and feel more secure. I am just out there with all this swollen hanging out and its really uncomfortable...blah!
Well, today is a better day than it was yesterday....
Well, today is a better day than it was yesterday. OMG it was a horrible day. Today I feel much better, standing straighter, I get my drains out TODAY!!! YES!!! And I can start wearing my CG. I was not able to wear one until the drains came out. My stitches for my tummy button come out next Fri when I go and see my PS. I have only been able to send pics and questions and complaints by email, as he is on another island, but I finally get to go in and SEE him next Friday. He wants to take pics of how well I am doing and then wants to see me again in 3 months, 6 months, 8 months and then a year. Not a bad plan as I do love taking a skip to Oahu and hanging out!
I am actually able to walk around and stand for longer times today. I laid a little bit more flat last night and I slept pretty good. I have to do things during the day or I am really restless at night so I am trying to get walks in here and there. Today I will be heading into town for shopping. We are making a gluten-free pizza! I cannot have gluten or dairy at all so its really a pain trying to eat out...so we cook alot at home. Better for you tho =)
The pic that I uploaded is from today. My scar is not as even as most are because I had more to take off on one side than the other. I am really not happy with my tummy button and I hope that it starts to look better. I am told its because its still swollen but we will see. I am thankful I have done what I did though so I wont complain too much about that. =)
Thank you to all the ladies who posted encouragements on here for me. It really did make a difference and I was able to smile through it all. I am now over another hurdle and I have all of you, and my wonderful hubby, to thank! HUGS and
Thank you all so much for your kind words!!! I...
Thank you all so much for your kind words!!! I will never tire of telling you ladies this because you just bring so many happy thoughts my way...that I just appreciate you all.
Today I am at day 11. I had my drains taken out yesterday so I am FREE!!! OH YEAH...and I am finally able to wear a spandex garment so I feel really comfy and secure. I do not have to worry about my grenade drain anymore. I am actually wearing clothes now!!! I have been running around with nothing on but panties and a spandex tank top for the last 11 days...lol. Thank God its Hawaii right? I am going to get bold enough to try on a bikini but I am still a little swollen. My ladyhood area is really swollen since the drains came out but thats probably because it was the worst experience of my life >_< The stitches were the worst but when the nurse tugged on my left side it was stuck so she had to yank a bit and OMGeeee I thought I was going to throw up. My doc did those stitches so well that we had a hard time getting to them. In the end it was me that snipped those buggers off. Its probably a good thing that I am still a bit numb in that area. Anyway, the drains coming out felt like worms coming out of my body and I did NOT appreciate that...I hope my drain story doesnt freak anyone out...and so far everyone has had a blessed time with theirs so I am feeling a bit jealous =)
Today my hubby and I are going into town. I think I might actually get to wear something other than the same black skirt that I have had to wear because it was the only thing that wasnt tight on my drains and was perfect for hiding my tubes and grenade up under it. I might try on my new capris that I bought before my surgery....hmmmmmmm. I might actually get brave enough to try on a bikini in the next couple of days but that depends on how much my swelling is around. Hopefully with the CG I am finally able to wear this will help with that.
Hugs to you all!!!!
I am at post op day 14... 2 weeks ago, to the day,...
I am at post op day 14... 2 weeks ago, to the day, I went under the knife. I am still swollen and tight. Does anyone else feel burning, itching, pulling, tugging, annoying little pains here and there on incision sites? Wow!
Still sleeping like I am a vampire but I have almost graduated out of my shower chair.... Oh yeah! Drove into town, by myself, for errands and that was a challenge but I did it! =)
Also... Does my tummy button look OK? I get my stitches out this Friday but it sure looks weird to me. and the reason for my scare being so lopsided... Is because I had more skin on one side than I did the other... Which, I don't care... Just want to have a pretty tummy button tho. =(
How its everyone else doing? I have been reading updates and posts... So sorry I haven't responded but please know I am with you ladies still... Thinking of you all and praying for your healing! Hugs and speak soon!
Thanks guys for the reminders. You would think...
Thanks guys for the reminders. You would think that I wouldnt think like I do because of all the posts...but our minds do run away with us doesnt it? =) Today I woke up, stood up and realized that I was flat. OMGeeee it was weird. I havent been flat yet so this was the first time....of course I started to swell as soon as I started moving around.....ARGGGGGHHH!!!! but I got a glimpse. Just a glimpse but a glimpse all the same. HA!
I do have a funny story to tell. Its only funny now because its over though...I used to be deathly afraid of spiders. However, 5 years later, I have beaten this fear. I used desensitization and exposed myself little by little to the 8 legged freak-a-zoids and I can now be in the same room with them. Before I would freeze up, cry, be paralyzed, shake out of control, and have a complete melt down. Now I can actually watch them move!!!! If I am caught by surprise I just breath deep, move away slowly and then I can kill them...lol. Unless they are outside then I just move away.
I was in the bathroom one evening and happened to see something moving and right above my head hanging upside down was the biggest, ugliest, cockroach I had ever seen. Now here in Hawaii they are huge!!! But they FLY! *gag* Totally tripped me out....called my husband in to get him and before he got there the bugger disappeared into my cabinet. My husband comes in and starts looking for it...during the time he was walking to the bedroom and my noticing it...my cat sees it. Here I am with the heebie-jeebies, my cat meowing and pacing and meowing and pacing, and then my husband...all in the bathroom for one bug. My husband opens the cabinet and the roach, not exaggerating here, FLIES out and lands...somewhere! We have no idea where this bug is. I refuse to use that bathroom and for the evening and night I use the spare.
The next morning I walk back into the dreaded bathroom and I want to take a shower. I check EVERYWHERE!!! No bug. I take my shower. I grab my towel, wrap it around my back....I feel LEGS!!!! Let me just say....I turned into a kung-fu master that morning. I twisted my body and karate chopped that air and shower curtain with everything I had in me! The little bastard slammed into the wall and just sat there; looking at me. I could have sworn he was licking his lips...(do cockroaches have lips?). The only word I could get out was, "ROB!!!!" The roach disappears behind the curtain, by the door, and I hear meowing again. There goes that damn cat finishing the job she should have done the night before....my husband starts asking me if I am ok and I melt. I start to bawl like a baby. I am hurting because I twisted my body around so fast so hard in every direction humanly possible. He thinks I fell or something happened...and he is right...just not what he THINKS happened.
When he sees me standing in the shower, butt naked, bawling like a baby, holding my towel still...cannot believe I held onto that trap, he laughs. HE LAUGHS at me!!! This, of course, makes me cry more. He asks me whats wrong and I told him, "the cockroach attacked me.....*sooooob* He laughs some more...."awwwww my poor baby...." while laughing. This is not something I appreciate and command him to KILL the BUG!!! Between him and my cat they trap the bug, he squishes it in a tissue and flushes him down the toilet. He comes over, helps me out of the shower and gives me a big hug. I did hurt and it wasnt funny....I dont recommend this to anyone at all ,,,>_
So my doc thinks I have a seroma... Thats great......
So my doc thinks I have a seroma... Thats great... Thank God I am able to see him on Friday and he can drain it. I also think my tummy button is starting to get more red on the bottom. I am getting stitches taken out on Friday so it could be my tummy button is just as fed up as I am. Yes it is still worth it... And I am only just coming out of my 2nd week... Patience! =)
I am very thankful to say that my doc thoroughly...
I am very thankful to say that my doc thoroughly checked and there was NO seroma! He laughed at me too o_O He said I wasnt carrying around a waterbed and I wasnt rippling...lol. *Sigh* So glad. He took out my tummy button stitches, OMGeee that was weird and a couple of spots were so sensitive. The redness was just from the stitches bugging my body so its good there is no infection wanting to happen. My incision is starting to flatten out and he cleaned it all up and said I was good to go. I do have to wear a compression garment, except at night, and this is to keep a seroma from happening. So, I will wear it faithfully. He wants to see me in
6-8 weeks and I am planning it already. I do still swell and it sucks. Whats really cool tho is when I first wake up in the morning and I stand up I am really flat! Doc said, "thats what it is going to look like when you are fully healed..." OMGeee that makes me soooo happy cuz I AM FLAT! I cannot wait to work out my legs and my ass cuz I will tell you what...I feel them widening by the day! I hate not being able to move like I used to. UGH!
My husband had his paddling races yesterday, and they did very well, and even though it was a beautiful day at Ke Ehi Lagoon in Honolulu...it was bloody hot! All I could do was sit down on a folding chair, tank top, girdle, tank top, and my padeo...or wrap around sarong as some know, and watch from under a tent. I was so pitiful sitting there moping wanting to walk around in my bikini already with everyone else and getting in the cool water....bah-humbug! However, the doc did say I could get in a pool...just not the ocean yet. He doesnt want me getting sand, or the salt water, in my incision and wants me to wait at least 2 months. I told him no worries! =)
Lets just say the last 2 days were very, very, very long. I am glad to be home, glad I didnt have a seroma, glad that everything looks good and glad that I am still moving in a forward direction. =) Yay!!!!
I am hoping that one of these mornings, while I am flat and before I swell, I can put on my new bikini my babe got me from Honey Girl and get a pic! =} I have to do it in like....25 seconds or less tho....HA!
I am not a happy camper at all about my tummy...
I am not a happy camper at all about my tummy button. I do not like the way it looks and I am thinking if it doesnt start to look cute real fast the doc and I are going to have a sit down and a chat. It looks like a little butt, has a weird shape, and its just overall funky! And I have a bulge above my incision on my left side. If this doesnt go down either me and the doc are gonna have another sit down and he is going to start talking about fixing it. *sigh* I just want it to go smoothly and perfectly the first time. I am glad that he does revisions without cost. This makes me smile! =) Pics below...
Does the one pic look like a dog ear to you guys or just swelling?
Does anyone else have tummy issues when wearing...
Does anyone else have tummy issues when wearing the compression garment or am I just putting mine on tooooo tight? Every time I eat, walk around, sit around, my stomach gets bad cramps....and I hate it!
So, today I am finally seeing some flatness....I...
So, today I am finally seeing some flatness....I still have the "swelling" on my left side and I am gonna bet its a dog ear. Doc already said if it was he would fix it...not gonna worry about it anymore. I took pics and I just LOVE how my clothes are too big...HA! I am really glad I didnt take the string out the shorts in the pic...I would never be able to wear them anymore...I love these shorts! I am gonna have to go clothes shopping for sure. Love it! My incision is looking better. I snagged a piece of the healing scab and a little puka (hole) opened up but I went on full "freak out mode and gonna catch this early so I dont unzip" mode and its looking much better. My scar is starting to flatten out and heal up alot so now I am just waiting to hear from the doc on putting cream and oil on it...I want to massage it already!
So glad things are moving forward in a much faster way. I am going to do the ear plug trick and I hope that helps my tummy button. If not and I am really not happy with it my doc will fix it. It seems to be a little less swollen...so its going to be interesting to see what it does. I am so ready to start moving too. I want to get on my elliptical machine already. Does anyone have any suggestions for leg and butt exercises? I feel like a WIDE LOAD walking around. And does anyone else get this stretching feeling every time they wake up...like there legs just have to stretch out and then the tummy gets that weird stretching feeling? WTH is that? And my doc said, "no stretching!" Sometimes its involuntary and I cant help it when I unbend my legs...so weird!
Happy healing guys!!!
Can anyone please help me out with the ear plug...
Can anyone please help me out with the ear plug trick? Did you use silicone or the foamy kind and how in the heck did you put in? I have both kinds and right now I am using a silicone one that I had to shape myself...I washed it in hot soapy water, air dried really good, rolled it up, shaped it, and stuck it in. Was this right? Kinda weird. I feel like I can leak now....lolol
Time sure flies by when you are having fun and its...
Time sure flies by when you are having fun and its been one hell-uva-ride! I would definitely take this ride again if I had to tho. Its been challenging and I know its not over yet. I sit and ponder about this journey and its amazing that it even happened. I never thought I would see the day I no longer had my lap buddy. I get kinda sad at times thinking about it and the events that occurred to bring me the lap buddy in the first place; the birth of my 4 wonderful children. When I told my second oldest, she is 17, that I finally had it done she said, "MOM! I loved your squishy tummy!" So sweet, but not....lol. I told her there are just some things in life that we must let go of....HA! She laughed and said she was happy for me. My older daughter, she is 19, said she was really happy and that she was glad I finally got it done. She knew how much and how long I waited to have a TT.
Before getting my TT I would tell anyone and everyone that was willing to listen how BADLY I wanted a TT. I would go on and on and on about it...and I did this for years! Throwing it out there that I really hoped to get a TT someday. Of course they would throw their, "I would love to get this done, that done, blah blah blah" out there. Now that I had it done its amazing how quiet I have become about it. I sit and realize that once I was blabbing all over about getting one and now that I have had one I dont want to tell a living soul. And its because people react differently to, "I want one," to"I got one..." Amazing the difference in people. It can be jealousy. It can be shock and disbelief. It can be, "wow thats really a serious surgery you had there." It can be the opinionated person of "why would you do something like that when you didnt need it in the first place..." Its the person that says, " you could have used the money for something far more important..." There is a huge difference from talking about it...to actually doing it. Kinda like skydiving. You talk and talk about it...and everyone thinks how brave you are for wanting to do it...then when you do it...you are a crazy person and should be placed in a jacket that gives you hugs 24/7. People are different because you did something they themselves were not brave enough to do...not savvy enough with money to save for it...didnt have a strong enough desire....it was a fleeting thought...or they just dont have the motivation nor the drive to want to change for the better. Either way its really irritating me lately and so I am thinking about telling anyone when they ask. I shouldnt have to keep quiet because people might be offended, jealous or think I am selfish. I really dont give a damn really what they think or feel about the situation. I didnt do this for them....and the fact that I did it in the first place speaks volumes that I really dont care what they think because if I did I would not have done it...and Thank God I am not like that. For those that are thinking of not doing it because of what people might think....DO IT FOR YOU! If its something you truly want....then do it.
I am venting because I am fed up with people who want to burden others with their opinions of matters they know nothing about. I am venting because of people who want others to be just as miserable as them so they dont feel bad being miserable while the rest of the world is happy. I am venting because I did something that brought volumes of happiness, and not to mention health benefits, to my life and I am hiding it away like I am ashamed of it. No more! I am no longer hiding it. If someone I tell doesnt like it and they say something to the effect they dont like it....well, as outspoken and opinionated I can be myself all I can say is, "WATCH OUT cuz here I go..." Ladies....here is to NO SHAME in being able to do this for US! CHEERS!!!
Alright....so I am 47 days PO and I must say that...
Alright....so I am 47 days PO and I must say that I am feeling better than I have the last week or so. Its weird how you have your bad days and then POOF! you are having good days and you are actually able to move around. Sometimes I even forget that I had a major surgery just over a month ago. I think its finally hitting me that I no longer have this pouch thing sticking out from my body. I was rubbing my cream on my incision and just happened to look up in the mirror. I had on my very sexy tight tank, that I bought for after surgery =) and my underies...and when I looked up I was flat! I had my shirt just down to the top of my undies, saw no bulge, turned sideways, no bulge, and I just freaked out! You know those pics of the underwear models where they have those cute, tight fitting tank tops and undies and they look GOOD? I was one of them today! I never thought in a million, billion, gajillion years that I would ever look in the mirror and see FLATNESS!! I was so excited I started to giggle and my husband already thinks I am off my rocker so who knows what he thinks I fell off this time...lolol. I LOVE IT! My tummy button is not exactly what I want, and the doc is fixing that in Sept along with a small dog ear, but I dont have this growth hanging off the front of my body intruding into every pair of panties, sexy negligee, shirt, pair of pants, capris, shorts, or skirts that I wear. I dont have to raise it up to stick my undies underneath it, or push it down into granny panties to try and smoosh it so tight into my body hoping I can make it go away to wear something form fitting...only to look down and see a smooshed growth that went from somewhat round to now a square, plateau hill of some sort. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I am so excited I could pee!
I must also share that my skin is waking up more and more. I get these twinges and deep itches that drive me nuts sometimes. And the stretchy thing? Still have that too. Weirdness. My incision is healing nicely and turning a pretty pink. I do have 2 spots that want to hang on a little bit longer and are not quite healed all the way. I think it might be because of the hydrocortisone my doc told me to put on it....so will call him tomorrow and see what he says. I do use scar cream on certain spots of my incision for now as well as on some stretch marks....hoping to lighten those up a bit too Anybody else use scar cream on stretch marks with good results? I mean these babies are 19 years old so if the scar cream does something to them....I will be surprised. I
Its been 5 years
I had my tummy tuck almost 5 years to the day. Do I regret it? Absolutely not! I do have to stay on top of taking care of myself and when I'm bloated or puffy it is noticeable and I can feel it! I love that my muscles are defined and that I can wear skirts and low rise jeans and leggings and even go butt naked without having to worry about my buddy pouch hanging out!! I will post pics later cuz I need to take some recent ones. Now, I'm off to bed... rough day working in 85° weather with 100% humidity. Ugh.