2016 Will Be the Year of the Tummy Tuck! Sterling, VA
I am 59 and had a breast reduction last year. It...
Almost 60 Now Looking Forward to a Flat Tummy!
Well Hello girls, Louise here! It's been almost a year since I had my breast reduction. Truly one of the best decisions I've ever made.That improved my self confidence so much that, In the dead of winter last January I decided that I was going to start saving up money for a tummy tuck!I even called up my PS and told them to put me on the schedule for August 4, 2016. Every 2 weeks since then I have faithfully stashed part of my paycheck into the " Tummy Tuck Fund". Plus when the boss gave us a bonus, that went into the fund, and anytime I got extra money, into the fund it went. Persistence pays off! I just paid the Dr fee, the plastic Surgery Associates at the surgical center, and I'm bringing my check for the anesthesiologist!! 2 weeks from today!! Can hardly wait!
The task of the tummy tuck is now complete!
I thought, have no memory of how I got down stairs and out to my car. My husband told me I was in a wheel chair accompanied by 2 ladies who helped me into the car. I do not remember any of that! I basically just slept a lot that day after I got home. I made sure I ate several crackers before taking the pain pills so I wouldnt get nauseated. The next morning my niece came to take care of me. My Dr. texted me to see how I was doing, I told him I was bleeding through my compression garment, he said thats normal the first 2 days. That evening I took the garment off so my niece could wash it and dry it. It shrunk in the dryer and was so tight when I tried to put it back on that it pinched me. It was way too tight! I changed to my snug gym capri pants which seemed to do the job quite well.
The WORST was trying to go to the bathroom. Surgery was Thursday, this was Sunday night! I had taken 2 laxatives ate 2 plums drank plenty of water and Still had to get my husband to go get me a fleet enema. That was the only way I could go!! Not good! I'll continue this story later. Whew!
Long Adventure in Healing
Ladies, In my personal opinion, in the beginning, I was trying to do WAY too much, too soon, getting ready for that party. I was doing heavy lifting, I was running around when I should have been resting. I kept hearing everyone say don't stay in bed, keep moving, but I went overboard, and caused this infection. I am 1 month post op and still wearing the wound vac and taking IV meds.
I have crossed over to the flat side!! Day of Surgery!
My husband and my son both went to work and I waited for my friend to pick me up. She texted me and said that the traffic was terrible on Route 28
She arrived and we were off to 66 but traffic was crawling! Then Dr Berman called asking how close we were to the surgical center, I told him we were still on 66 and he sounded worried . Then he texted me a half hour later and asked for a time estimate, I told him I was 5 minutes away. He was glad. I finally arrived and went to the desk to check in. Signed some papers and was quickly wisked back to the dressing room and then the anesthesiologist talked to me for a few min, then I followed the nurse to the elevator and we went upstairs and I walked into the OR and hopped up on the table . Next thing they did was start an IV and placed a green rubber mask over my nose and mouth and that's the last thing I remember until I woke up in recovery. I saw my husband standing there, he had come to pick me up. To my surprise, the nurses had dressed me completely including the compression garment, and I was all ready to go.
I was feeling very sleepy and went with Tom on the elevator and out the door.
2 months post op Tummy Tuck!
I have been on the wound vac for SO Long!! I'm feeling perfectly normal now, there's no more infection and I am ready to resume my NORMAL LIFE! Whew this has been a long time. I'm surprised that my nurse still has me wear this thing! It is draining next to nothing now and is pretty much closed up and healed.
Well finally today she removed the wound vac ! Yay Hoo ray!! I'm finally free. Well almost. Need to make an appointment to go see my PS so he can look at it! Nurse thinks Dr should put a few sutures in it to secure it and pull it closed a little tighter. I'm just so happy that it's not attached to me any more!
I'm happy with the flatness of my abdomen. The only NEGATIVE is that now my pants are all too big for me ! I guess that's a nice problem to have. I'm not complaining! I never have posted my photos on here but I will have my son show me how to do it.
When I have the procedure done, I'm sure I will go back to Dr. Berman. I totally trust him. He's very good.