Hi Real self fam, sorry I've been away....
Since my last post, there have been a few new developments:
1.My swelling has certainly lessened in my abdomen and back. Unfortunately, that now means it is collecting in my feet and ankles, and I look like I have Elephantitis! My ankles and feet are so big, I've been wearing crocs only because I can't fit my feet in my shoes! They are not painful, but certainly are tight! The compression socks are no longer doing ANYTHING for me!!!! In all honesty though, the swelling was exacerbated Saturday night, after I spent the whole afternoon walking around in NYC w hubby for his b-day. It just hasn't really gone away since! I also neglected my pineapples/pineapple juice for two days (I just couldn't make it to the store!). Needless to say, it got BAD, to get it so that I could wear some slip ons for work, I had to wrap my feet with crushed cabbage leaves with an ace wrap and compression socks over it. TRUST ME, IT WORKS! Woke up the next morning with relatively normal looking feet. The bad thing is by the end of the day, they do swell up again, so I spend most of my evenings (when I can) with my feet up. I'm taking my pineapple juice now and that's helping. One of my RH surgery buddies suggested Wobanzym (she got it from her physician in Canada, but I found iron Amazon here in the states. I'll try it and update later), she says is awesome for the swelling and she no longer has any.
2. I went back to work on Monday the 9th. New Job, but it wasn't that bad. I didn't tell anyone about my procedure, and my stiffness has subsided enough that I don't necessarily move around like a robot or a granny anymore. No one has said anything or asked me if I was ok, so I guess it's not that obvious from the outside looking in. I spend most of my time seated anyway since I work for a software company. I don't use a boppy or anything like that, as I find that I am much more comfortable and limber without it (plus it might be interesting to explain).
3. My stiffness has FINALLY come to a point where I can put on my own shoes and pants! I know it sounds silly, but this is a major accomplishment because I felt so handicapped and dependent for the longest time. I don't know if any of the other ladies before me experienced or described the same level of stiffness as I did, but I'll say it, say it and say it again IT WAS NO JOKE! You will be stiff as a board post op. your abdomen, back, and any other lipo-Ed areas will be TIGHT and HARD, with huge LUMPS that may or may not be painful, but will certainly feel, even if they don't look, weird. It will take WEEKS before you start to slightly feel normal again. I didn't really need to take pain meds post of, but MASSAGES ARE THE TRUTH for your stiffness. Even if you think it will hurt, the relief you get afterwards is incomparable. My massage lady is the only reason I think I got to where I am, and I am only three massages in as of today. She works out my whole body and I always leave a new woman!
3. If you ladies have (probably) noticed, I neglected to post measurements,sizes, or wish pictures in my blog. I did that deliberately, bc for me, this surgery was never about being a certain size or looking like anyone else. I just wanted to look like a better version of ME, in a way that diet and exercise could never accomplish. That being said, I am EXTREMELY pleased with my results so far, and even though I have my "why did I did this?" moments, I definitely think this procedure was worth it. I know I have a long way to go in my recovery, but I'm looking forward to the end results. Heck, I'm THRILLED w my results now, And I know its only going to get better. I did some retail therapy this afternoon ???? and THE WAY MY CLOTHES FIT???!!! ??????....like I said before, #SheMeHer is baaaaadddddd! I've gone down 3 pants sizes (though I do have to find styles that have more butt room) and two top sizes (unfortunately, these boobies have gone no where lol! And I'm still swollen! I don't know if I've actually lost any weight, but I don't care enough about the numbers to check the scale. I'm not even sure how much I went in for surgery at. I'm just happy with my figure! Lipo is a lifestyle change anyway, not a quick fix for weight loss, and I've been pretty good at eating well and staying hydrated. I do light stretches daily (tip courtesy of the one and only ZULU PRINCESS), walk frequently, and am really looking forward to getting in the gym and working out these abs.
I don't have any more draining from my lower back since 8/8. I change my dressings daily (waterproof dressings to back and butt, I leave the others open to air), and they've been pretty dry and healing cleanly.
Oh, I've also introduced lipo foam to my garment. It works wonders for me in terms of smoothing out my skin and making my garment more comfortable. I had to get it taken in and it is really tight around the waist (yay) so the foam acts as a buffer and prevents Faja burns. Lipo foam in the back of my garment helped with my stiffness and sore back too.
That's all for now. I will be posting more pics, but will wait to closer to the one month post mark, as there aren't too many changes from week to week now (plus I'm not a pic person, sorry :(.
As always, stay blessed. Good luck to all those who are taking the plunge soon!!