I want to apologize ahead of time to what seems to be 90% of the moms out there, who have suffered after childbirth, with their ripped and ruined bodies! Nature is SO cruel in the havoc it wreaks, even on young, healthy bodies, all to bear a beautiful child. And that is why I am sorry! I was one of the unusual, rare, oh so lucky ladies who came through it pretty much unscathed. Returned to pre pregnancy weight right away, no loose skin, no stretch marks and totally flat tummy. SO lucky! I had both kids before I was 20, was genetically super skinny and without the internet I just never knew my good fortune!! I am currently 5'4", 118 lbs and though I have struggled occasionally, like anyone else, I have never weighed more than 127 lbs. I exercised faithfully through my 20s, 30s & 40s. Any weight I gained was butt & gut but in my home the sun rose and set on my scale. Though, please believe me, I NEVER had an eating disorder. At first I watched to keep the weight ON. I know, I know- big deal, right? It's hard for me to relate to now, okay? Just saying... Anyway, the am/pm weigh in is my habit and ritual and when I see a couple of pounds trying to sneak aboard I put the dang cashews in the back of the pantry!!
So when my early 50s approached, I had started a job where I traveled (car) at least 10 hours a week and often worked 10 hour days. With menopause looming I was exhausted and exercise was tossed out the window. I became aware of how often I seemed bloated and started looking for a culprit in my diet. To no avail. I continued to look for answers as the years rolled on and menopause brought me to my knees. I got ALL the usual symptoms, vicious hot flashes, poor sleep, formication, migraines- you name it. By my early 60s I was trying to come to terms with this gosh awful gut that now never seemed to ebb. I didn't think it was viceral (inside fat) because it went flat when I laid on my back and I could still 'suck it in' but only with monumental effort! And my weight was the same, too. WTH?
And so I began to consider a tummy tuck. I got grief from my fitness guru daughter who assumed I just needed to get back to the gym. Really? Huh- wonder why I never thought of that? Yes, I tried the gym- complete with fitness trainers. (Cute guys! Teehee!) But my core & balance were strong. I actually didn't mention my desire very often because it always drew the same response. My friends & coworkers, used to seeing my perpetually skinny body, would first roll their eyes. Then the same "you don't need THAT!" Sigh. So I finally gave up the charade and lifted my over sized tee for them to see. Oh yeah- that shut 'em up mid sentence with a shocked "OH!!!". Like I was saying- need a tuck!
I need to mention my husband was the one who suggested we dig into retirement funds and get it done. Very sweet and not like him at all- lol! His biggest concern was "what if you go through all that suffering & money & then you get all blown up on the inside and it gets ripped out?" Ouch. Well, I am just going to deal with that another time, perhaps in the near future!
Okay, so I had my surgery Aug 25 and am writing this starting 11 days post op. Again, I apologize, because (so far) I have been incredibly lucky! No swell hell to speak of (cept maybe my poor miss muffy), haven't coughed or sneezed, had any leaking, wet my pants, no issues of any kind! I will post the pre op photos with this part of my review followed by others as I put in notes from the days following surgery. I know this has been long winded but I always write this way. If face to face I barely speak- but thats a different story! ;) Will add more later today if I manage to get this one to post.