With just over a week to go before my op, I...
With just over a week to go before my op, I thought I would join this site as all of your reviews helped me make my decision to go ahead with this surgery!
I'm 29, a mother of two (5 & 2) and after my darling baby girl was born, she left me with a crumpled tummy & hernia - she was worth it! But after years of exercising, tummy crunches, etc nothing has changed. Only one thing for it.
This will be my first ever operation so i'm extremely nervous - but know I'm doing the right thing as eventually my hernia would have needed repairing in anycase.
Can you guys help me with my shopping list for aftercare?? My children are going to the grandparents for a week so my hubby will be my acting nurse!
Two days left!
I've been keeping myself busy organising the children & everything for after the TT...but man I'm getting so nervous!
The hospital called to say my surgery is at 7.30 a.m. which is great - my wedged pillows arrived today so I will be nice & comfy at home after (buying a recliner bed is not so easy here in the UK!) and I've invested in a juicer so my nurse/husband can keep me healthy during recovery.
I'm sure the next two days will fly by. Ive got to take my two year old daughter on the train to my parents tomorrow (they live a few hours away, so she is going to them & my son is staying with my inlaws who live nearby & they can take him to school etc. I'm very lucky!) so I will be gone all day. I will miss her terribly but will also be glad just to be on my own with my man for a week (whilst he hopefully tends to my every need...mmmm?!)
1 day to go
infact by this time tomorrow I should (hopefully) be all done & dusted. Getting REALLY nervous, I feel like my heart is beating a lot faster then normal today. But got the kiddies all sorted so now I just have to worry about myself :)
Sitting & waiting
12 Oct 2013
Day of treatment
In my room, waiting to be called in by the surgeon. So nervous, my husband keeps trying to lighten my mood by making jokes (dad jokes, even worse!) but love him for trying to distract me! Been marked - I feel like Samantha from Sex and the City when she goes to a PS & he marks her everywhere to the point that she looks like a weirdo. I hope I won't look like that! Looking forward to later when I can hopefully re-read this & smile :)
Wish me luck!!
12 Oct 2013
Day of treatment
I'm alive! Apparently all went very well, not had the full report from my PS yet but apparently once I came to I just was like 'THANK YOU!!' Eating some toast & feeling pretty darn good on the morphine :)
Hubby & brother in law we're waiting for me all smiles :)
Last night I slept pretty well considering!
12 Oct 2013
Day of treatment
I don't know if any of you guys had the leg stockings & 'massager' things that are constantly pumping to prevent DVT? Anyways, this is what bothered me most as it's so loud! My sister brought me some earplugs so I good a pretty decent night sleep. I woke up once at around 2 because I think all my pain relief had worn off & I was dying for a wee. But the nurses are right, everytime i get up, it's a little easier. Anyways, she gave me some more morphine (love that stuff!) and off I went to sleep again!
Yesterday once I was back in my room after the surgery managed toast a couple of times then at dinner which was about 7 p.m. (My surgery was at 10.45 a.m.) I had soup, pasta (only a few mouthfuls of that) and ice cream!
My surgeon came to see me, and said 'you had a nice stomach before, but now I've made it REALLY nice' which I'm sure was meant to make me happy but as he said I thought 'that makes me feel as if there wasn't much point of having it!' But then he told me I actually had TWO hernias from the muscle separation so REALLY glad I did it!!
So the day after surgery & my CG is causing a lot of discomfort. It seems to dip in the middle of my tummy & one of the nurses said it shouldn't crease otherwise it might leave a permanent mark? Did any if you guys find that?? Now I'm constantly trying to straighten it! I haven't taken it off yet so no idea what my new tum looks like - eeek!
Slept REALLY well last night...
I woke up at 7 as I think all the pain meds had completely worn off & my tummy was growling! So my hubby went and got me a banana & some pain killers. I then fell back asleep until 9.40, it was wonderful!
Once I was up, I've been trying to move around a bit more, I can get off the sofa now without help which is a big step for me! Not been for a no2 yet which I'm nervous about, any advice??!
I'm sorry I haven't taken any pictures, I'm not allowed to take my CG off until my post op check up, which isn't until Friday (?!) so no shower until then - YUK. My husband is having to give me a sponge bath, which makes me giggle, which hurts!
Once I can stand a little taller I will take some photos although all you can see is me bursting out of my CG!!
So, day 5 now
I've ventured outside to a coffee shop down the street - wasn't a great idea as I immediately started swelling & going tingly so we came home!
Not in very much pain at all - just swollen like a sausage! I've got my post op appointment tomorrow so am looking forward to seeing my scar (and not!) as I have no idea what any of it looks like!! Plus I want to ask if it's ok to wear spanx instead of this flipping CG that keeps riding up & creasing right where my new BB is!
I've taken a photo of my waist with the CG as I'm not meant to take it off - I'm still very very swollen!
Feeling pretty good!
I had my first post op on Friday, was good - the nurse took my CG off (which was WEIRD) I felt quite breathless but was laying down - I couldn't bring myself to look at the scaring...she was really encouraging & said it looks fantastic & my husband was fascinated & said it looks great, but my stomach felt so bloated & sensitive I just couldn't face looking at it!
The nurse cleaned everything & put new dressing on etc then I had a quick peek, very smooth & no bruising & thin scar. Great. Will take a picture as soon as I can but I haven't braved taking the CG off myself yet!
I pooped about 3 days after my op, and everything has been fine :) I followed some other Real Self ladies advice & got a juicer so everyday I've been having fresh veg/fruit juice which I think has helped massively. And I'm sleeping very well - still propped up & dying to lay on my side but I don't think that will be happening for at least another week!!
Second post op, I looked & LOVE it!
I'm really really swollen, everything around my new BB & incision is puffy & horrible (so is my groin & thighs - anyone else found that?!) but other then that I can't complain at all!
My children are on half term next week which I'm dreading, I made it out & about the past few days a lot & I think that's why I'm so swollen!
I've attached pics, just had my first shower post op, WHOOP!
A turn for the worse..
So, had a set back.
I woke up the night before last with a horrible stomach ache - (my post op appointment the nurse explained I would get weird sensations due to my nerve endings repairing themselves.) so I thought nothing of it, but it got worse & worse. In the end my husband took me to A&E as I was throwing up due to the pain. My mind was starting to go into overdrive worrying about internal bleeding etc.
After blood tests & morphine for the pain (it was nearly childbirth bad) they said I have that gastro bug with causes abdominal pain & vomiting (just what you need after a TT) anyways I'm feeling better but like I've taken 10 steps back with my recovery. My stomach is so uncomfortable, I don't know if being sick so much I've pulled a muscle? After having to take no painkillers by Friday I'm now back to around the clock painkillers :( not sure what to do?!
After having gastroenteritis (it was the worst week) where I couldn't eat without being sick or feeling sick, & barely being able to move as I must have strained my new muscles :( I am now home & on the mend :)
I'm fed up of not being able to do much, especially as I was doing so well before the bug. I also had a urine infection I think just because my kidneys had flushed through so many different drugs! So I had my 2nd course of antibiotics in 3 weeks. But, on the plus side - my stomach is looking fantastic, less swelling & nice scar.
So, it's been a while but I guess I haven't updated because life has pretty much gone back to normal. I'm still wearing my CG full time, I hate not wearing it! Does that get easier? I'm able to run up & down the stairs, do the school run & normal activities (except working out, it's only been 5 weeks!) I stayed over night at a friends yesterday, & used her floor length mirror to take some pictures - sorry it's so dark!!
My scar has now healed - I'm really happy with it. It's dark (but thin) higher then I expected but I think that's the same for everyone. Once I'm not as swollen I don't think it will look as high. But I'm not really concerned about it!
First trip to the gym today!
10 Dec 2013
2 months post
Sorry I haven't updated for a while :) but I was so excited - off to the gym for the first time! I managed 40 minutes which I'm really pleased with (id given myself 20 mins!) I did 25 mins cross training then light jogging - I finished only as I felt quite out of breath which I think is just from not doing much at all these past months! I will go again in a couple of days I think.
Really happy with my progress, still wearing the CG in the day but not at night - just as I feel quite exposed without it! Not 100% happy with my belly button but I'm being picky - everything else is all good! I will put some photos up I've just taken, I had my CG on so excuse the marks!
Pain above my naval 3 months post op
10 Jan 2014
3 months post
Hi everyone, this is more of a question really - have any of you experienced a throbbing pain above your new BBs? It's happened a couple of times & both times have woken me up at night with a pain like little contractions, but the pain is above my BB. Ibuprofen seems to stop it - I'm just hoping its common?!
I'm back at the gym a lot now so I don't know whether it's just new muscles getting used to being used?
14 Jan 2014
3 months post
I've been back doing spinning & Pilates for a couple of weeks now...and it's going great! There were a few strange tugging sensations to begin with but now feeling stronger & stronger. Very happy! I have my follow up with my PS in a couple of weeks which I'm looking forward too.
Picture of the whole deal
14 Jan 2014
3 months post
Just a quickie to show the whole scar. It still looks quite aggressive but I know in a few years it will be faint & not detectable :)
Last week I was signed off by my PS (who was VERY happy with my results!) and I finally was able to have a bath - it felt SO good!!
Life is normal again, back spinning & have started Pilates to strengthen my core muscles.
Now I feel I can look back & be more objective about the whole procedure so I will give you my honest opinion.
*nicer flat tummy (obviously!!)
*stronger core stability
*less back pain
*actually don't mind if my toddler lifts my top slightly in public!
*i feel better about myself when I'm intimate with my husband ;)
*discomfort for months (not pain, unless you are unlucky enough to catch gastroenteritis like me, see my review)
*now when I get my period, the pain in my tummy seems to be worse, I don't know if anyone else found this??
* turned not only my life upside post op but my husbands also. Please don't consider this operation unless you have constant family/friend support!
So that's it. I will keep updating but I will say I'm very glad I had this done. My saggy stomach, detached muscles & hernia would have only gotten worse with age.
I'm going to post a few pictures but please excuse the bloated tum - I've just eaten a huge plate of lasagne. It's the weekend!