Starting the 40'S off with a New Body- Lower Body Lift!!! - Seattle, WA
I have had 4 csections, been up n down in weight...
I am all set cash wise for my LBL next month, 5 weeks away!!! I am very excited and I can't wait for Filbert to go awayI
I go for my annual appt tomorrow, which will include my CBC and metabolic panel blood tests. Pretty standard for pre op before a big surgery. I decided to go ahead and plan on the bed being my spot for recovery. I have several bed positioning pillows on order and I have been educating my hubby in how to position me with them. I picked up a wedge pillow, a donut ring for my tushy, and a knee separter for side lying. It will help alleviate the strain on the hips incision while side lying. I did just get over the flu and subsequent bronchitis I caught a few weeks ago. Taking lots of vit c and such to ward off anything else.
Now lets talk about the excerice routine I am doing in preparation of this surgery. I have increased my steps per day to 15K, and will steadily increase it to 20K per day, love my fitbit. I typically walk 5-7 miles per day at least 6 days a week. I am adding in a big squat challenge this month to get my booty in better shape, I am not wanting a flat post op booty. And I also have started a couch to 5 k program to add more running vs walking into my routine. More cardio, so I am at my best. I am also focusing on 3 times a week core strengthening programs and building my upper body strength so I can use my arms n legs up so I can use those while my core heals. I have to climb 13 steps to get to the bedroom post op. Not too worried about that as I have done that climb 3 times right after my csections with my boys with no issues. Just go slow n steady and have a hand to help if need be.
Pictures will be coming. I am trying to decide where I would like the back incision to be placed. I am making a list of additional questions for my PS on pre op appt on the 25th. Mainly fine tuning and clarifying the process in my mind. I am a lil concerned that I may not be able to get a pain pump. I have a sensitivity to morphine and fentyl, so hoping we can find something else to put in the pump. Both of those meds make me have intractible emesis, cant stop puking, so I may have to opt out if the anthesia doc doesnt have an alternative. I am concerned about pain managment for me. After 4 csections, and numerous other surgeries, I know I have to be on top of meds to keep my pain controlled.
My youngest is in half day kindergarten, so I will ride in with my neighbor who works at the hospital I am having my surgery at. Then hubby will collect the youngling and come fetch me post op. We have no family and our friends honestly have enough on their plates, so hubby will be my primary caretaker. My older boys are ready for me to be done so I will quit talking incessantly about it. hahaha.But I am excited and scared and more excited. I even bought some swimsuit patterns so I can make myself a pretty new suit for this summer!
Ok, next post will be a preop post with photos. Pre OP appt is 03/25. SQUEEEEE!!! Take care !
Pre- Op with my GP- Passed with flying colors!
T minus 6 days til LBL!!!
My pre-op appt with Dr. Peters was great ( seriously, I think she's just FAB-U-LOUS! ) and I am so excited to see what I will look like. 15 long yrs I have had this apron of flesh hanging off of me. I got my marena garment and its packed in my bag for day of surgery. My neighbor works at the hospital, so I am hitching a ride with him for oh dark 30, aka 5:30am, on day of surgery. Our youngest is in half day kindergarten, so hubby will prep the house and fetch him before he comes to get me. Dr. P said surgery will run about 5 hours long. They will call him once I am out of surgery. I had my pre-op phone registration/ pre op assessment by a nurse via phone on Friday. She gave me an awesome tip to have my post op nurse give me the number to call her directly, so hubby can just pull up and load me up when it's time to leave recovery and go home. So nice since our 5 yr old will be in tow. :)
I have to say as a retired nurse, I am impressed with how well organized this hospital is and so far the initial care has been superb.
I have purchased a wedge pillow, a knee seperater pillow, a butt donut pillow, and washed all my old pillows we keep on hand. Rx will be given day of surgery. And I bought the Hib soap to use the night before and day of surgery. Just gotta stock up on soups, broths, and protein shakes. Also need to pick up some post op bowel helpers :) . I will have an on-Q pump post op, so that will be nice. My first post op is the 13th.
My kids are stressing, ( we have 4 boys ) . I am keeping it positive and upbeat. Telling them how wonderful my doctor is, well trained and very good at what she does, how much more I can do with out Filbert hanging around me. Bicycling will be easier, my seat belt will sit where it should, I will be able to run better/faster and chase them all over the place! LOL.Which is funny as they are on spring break this week. They go back to school on the same day of my surgery. I am exercising every day and mediating to help control my stress.
Overall, just hurry up and wait for Monday to get here!
On the flatside!
First post op appt
16 days post op
I havent weighed myself as I know I am still swollen and the drains and all that. I did start putting a cami between my skin and the garment. Much better. Made a world of difference. I did get my period this week, so I had to go buy some panties two sizes smaller, yippee!!! My old ones were falling down hahaha. Eating lots of protein and I am still taking a pain med and muscle relaxer, flexeril, in the am and right before bed. Waking up stiff in the am and worn out n sore by bedtime. I do get up n sit for a bit and today I made it in the grocery store , walking not using the carts, and was up for about 4 hours, and did ok. Wore me out. But hubby goes back to work in a week, so I am working on building up my endurance so I can manage on my own once he isn't home.
Once the drains come out , I am hoping to make it back to bed upstairs. I have been sleeping on the couch/ottoman we have downstairs. Hubby has been sleeping next to me in case I need something.
Overall, I can say even with a long and sore recovery, I am happy with the results. No more FIlbert in my lap. Once the swelling resolves, I know its just gonna get better n better.My doctor has been so sweet and looks like my belly button will turn out super cute! I am posting a few pics of my incision the first week post op. I will get more next time I shower :)
up and about!
Filbert- All Alone.....
4 weeks Post LBL
I am doing my walks, just every other day due to fatigue and swelling. Happy with my results, just wish the swelling would go away. Still limiting sodium, protein at 100 gr per day, and loads of water. I was really flat first two days, so I am pretty sure at 6 months it will be that flat again.
5 weeks, sewing some new clothes!
4 Months Post op!
Dr. Peters did my abdominal lipo last year and she is the nicest, patient caring doctor who is also a wonderful surgeon. I am very happy so far and will update after I have the LBL. POSTOP: Dr Peters has been so supportive, informative and I know she is as invested as I am in my final outcome. I am 3 weeks out from surgery and I feel good. Still swollen, but my results looking promising. Dr. Peters says my BB is gonna be cute and she is of the opinion the end result after swelling will be great. I can not say enough good things about her and her staff. Her staff have been very sweet and considerate at my post op appts when I was very sore and tired. They made sure I was seen promptly and gently. Her PAs Ana and Margeaux are just as fab as she is. I have recommended her to all my friends and I know she has earned the top doc in seattle for some many years. She is just fabulous!!!