3 C-Sections and Lost 110 lbs in 1 Year - Ontario, CA
I just had a tummy tuck done on 5/5/16. After...
2 days out, OMG this hurts!
Supplies before Tummu Tuck
1)Borrowed a walker
2)Borrowed a wheelchair (so happy about this one! I was not stuck in 1 place in the house)
4)Tons of feminine wipes to keep me smelling like flowers since I can't shower for a few days
5) Water bottle to splash water on my private after peeing. Made me feel clean
6) hospital gloves for people to use when helping with drains
7) Cough drops. You DO NOT want to cough after surgery
8) Gas relief pills
9) Stool softner pills
10) Silicone sheets for scarring
11) Wash all confortable lose clothes
12) Tons of water and meals already prepared
13)Confortable cotton underwear
14) Long pads for wound area instead of gauze.
Day 4 post Op TT
On a positive note, I love my new legs. I had this hanging skin in my upper thigh area and I asked the surgeon if shw could pull it up when doing mh tummy tick and I noticed How smooth that area is now. I will attach pics to show you. Overall I doing my best to stay positive and remembering this is only temporary and I am a warrior so stop whinning ha! I am beautiful and a bad ass chic! Haha this helps me get thru the painful parts.
When can I get a full night sleep?
Day 4 TT Post Op
7 days post op. Had 2 BMs yay! Pain free now
Trying to stay away from sodium as much as possible. Taking vitamin C, multi, probiotics, stool softener, and gas relief pills. I finally had my 1st BM on day 5. It was hard. Nurse told to eat prunes, pears, and do a fleet enema if I don't get a nice long BM. Apologies for TMI. Just sharing my experience.
Day 8 An amazing BM
On another note my drains fluid is darker and I also noticed tissue in the tubes. I emailed the doctor to check if that is any concern.
I slept in my bed with a bunch of pillows. I missed being close to my hubby so Inslelt here to be next to him.
Pain has been tolerable. I am still swollen and my tummy feels very tight.
Taking it day by day.
13 Days PO - Drains Out - Arnica - Manuka Honey - Sex
Okay back to my doctor's appointment, it went well Dr. Francis was a bit concern about my belly button. Something about the blood supply. I should of been paying attention, but I was still in shock that she just took these super long tubes out of my body. It did not hurt, but the opening did sting a bit. Before I could cry, it was over. She seem happy with the incision. I am still very swollen and was disappointed that my waist measured bigger than before my surgery. Before my surgery it was 24.5 and now is 28! I was like WTH? I should be smaller, not bigger! Urgh! She gave me the okay to start wearing another type of compression garment. The ugly velcro binder I had was not working anymore. I purchased a Columbian after surgery girdle and it does not fit at all. It's an extra small. I purchased it based on my body measurements before surgery, thinking I would be smaller. I had to settle wearing these wannabe Spanxs I already had in my wardrobe. Even those are very tight. Still trying to get used to them. I think I am going to return the other girdle. It was almost $100 and I can't wear it. I hope the swelling goes down.
I asked about when I could be intimate with my husband again and she said 6 weeks! OMG? !!! What? Excuse me? Why I did not just give birth? My VJ is all good to go? That did not get a tuck? Why are we depriving me of my hubby? I need to email her and ask again because I am confused as to why. I miss being with my husband. I actually miss his smell. haha!
Today, I put on Manuka Honey Adhesive pads on my incision on top of the tape. After doing tons of research I read it's like a miracle healer for incisions and cuts. I am hoping it will heal my incision quick. They were pricey. I paid $13 for 3 pads. The 3 pads were used to cover my entire incision. I hope it works.
Since my swelling is concerning me, I also purchased Arnica at the Vitamin Shoppe. I read a lot of good things about this too. I will let everyone know how it works for my swelling.
I think overall I am doing well, I just didn't realize the swelling was this bad and took a while before you see your full results. In my opinion the recovery is not easy.
I took 3 weeks off, but asked the doctor for another week today. I will be off a total of 4 weeks. I want to make sure I can walk straight up before going back to work. I have a stressful job and I was just not ready to go back so soon and deal with all the political drama. I am also concerned I won't fit into my clothes. OMG I want to cry now. Okay this too shall pass.
Anyway, I attached pictures of the honey pads, the arnica i started taking, my spanxs, and the bikini I tried on today. I know maybe it was too soon, but I just wanted to see what I looked like in a 2 piece.
Hope everyone is doing well. Happy healing everyone!
Staying clean during Non Shower Days - Update on Arnica and Bromelain - Constipation Solution
This is what helped me stay clean and fresh during those non shower days. As you can tell I love to smell good. I am a little OCD about it, but my mother was a beauty queen and her standards on looking good and smelling great were a little on the crazy side. I know she screwed it up a bit. That is probably why I did my Tummy Tuck because I am still chasing perfection. Haha!
Before I finish, I started taking Arnica and Bromelain and let me tell you ladies. Wow! I feel amazing! I am back to my charming old self. My body needs to catch up. My swelling has gone down a bit, but not completely flat yet. I don't know if the Arnica and Bromelain helped or just time, but my stomach is softer, not as tight and full like it was last week. I hope my swelling goes down! Urgh. I want my flat beautiful stomach! Wah Wah! I did weight myself and I am down a bit from surgery. I went up like 5lbs and now I am back down 3lbs. I need to lose 2 more pounds to be the weight I was on surgery date. I hope is due to the swelling.
Oh before i forget, I started drinking my green smoothies again. I purchased a Vitamix about a year ago or so and OMG it is the best blender ever! It blends EVERYTHING. I love it. pricey, but it does do what it claims. Anyway, as you all know constipation is bad after surgery and the doctors kept telling me to buy Milk of Magnesia, stool softeners, laxatives, etc... I was like I am not shoving nothing up my rectum or squeezing no darn solution on my "only exit" hole! So I remembered that I used to drink green smoothies on a daily basis and it totally regulated me. I went to the local farmer's market and bought broccoli, kale, spinach, mint, lemons, celery, pears, and apples and started making them on a daily basis. OMG, I have been having nice Dr. Oz approved BMs on a daily basis. Yes I am still a bit constipated, but they come out! You must try this before you do all that other junk laxatives, enemas, etc..
Okay, well I hope everyone is doing well and feel amazing. I am attaching the supplements I am taking on a daily basis and my "Vjayjay cleaning kit"
5/5/16 I decided to go with Dr. Francis after meeting with her for a second opinion. I really like her bed side manner. She genuinely seems concern and listens to your expectations. Prior to surgery, I was very anxious about the pain. She emailed me, encouraging me and interested in meeting again to calm my nerves and respond to all my final questions. I really like her. She also has a very gentle demeanor. She followed up with me after surgery and responded to all my emails. I had so many questions after surgery and even one of her nurses called me several times to ensure I was doing better. I am beyond pleased with her services. I am so happy she tolerated my OCD. Haha! Dr. Francis is amazing! 5/18/16 Went for my follow up appointment today and met with Dr. Francis. Again, she is so amazing. I am so happy I chose her for my surgery. She is really great and really went out of her way to give me the results I expected. Thank you Dr. Francis. Hands of magic :)