I'm 5 Days Post Op and Bored

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Had my tummy tuck last Thursday. I'm 5'6" and 155...

Had my tummy tuck last Thursday. I'm 5'6" and 155 lbs. I already had lost a ton of weight, but couldn't get rid of the Mommy pouch. Anyways, surgery was great and now I'm in recovery. The day of surgery was mostly spent sleeping, enjoy that!! The second day, I was so full of energy!! But I was limited to movement due to drains. Speaking of the drains...mine never really drained much, but the doc said that's normal. They never drained over 30 in a twelve hour period and by Sunday, I was only draining the bulbs once per day. I hated the drains and couldn't wait for them to go! First drain came out Monday and the second drain is due to come out today. It's so liberating! I can't wait to shower and wash my hair!! I'm relatively pain free except when I sneeze or cough oh! and drain removal didn't hurt. It just felt weird!!! Slimy and warm...gross.

Anyways, I'm strangely craving salt today. Maybe because I've been on a fruit/veggie/fish/whole grain diet? I read online that those aid in the healing process so I've been trying to be good. Doesn't mean I haven't cheated!! Had a Dairy Queen Blizzard on Sunday and chips and salsa today. I haven't moved properly in days so I fear the scale. Maybe I'll visit that next week. Hope you are all having a fabulous day!

8 days PO

Now officially 8 days PO and I'm not seeing too much change. My back is still unbelievably sore, but Tylenol helps. Also, my scar/stitches lay right on my hip bones so that gets kind of irritating. And Lord, I just want to walk standing up straight!! I'm almost there, but my protective instincts kick in and I hunch over to guard my tummy.

Other than that, I love being on the flat side! I love sitting down and not adjusting the rollof fat, its all gone!

After Pic...have to find a Before Pic

Okay, here is an after photo (day after to be exact). I'm trying to find a before...I'm going to shower and then I'll post some more recent.

8 days PO pics...

Here are some updated pics. Yes, I still have the marker on my tummy because I'm too afraid to scrub it off, but showering has been great! I do get a bit tired after, but who wants to be stinky??

Eat Properly Ladies!!

Ok ladies, I wanted to share with you my "after surgery diet". I truly believe it helped me recover faster. Also, it prevented me from having ANY constipation. NONE!! So here's what I recommend: only chicken or fish (no red meat), lots of vegetables and lots of fruits (bananas help repair muscle) and only whole grain bread. You probably aren't starving and you certainly aren't moving around so don't pack in the proceesed foods or those high in salt. Lastly, drink water and plenty of it. Water flushes out the body and it also keeps you hydrated which is crucial when healing and taking pain medicine.

I hope this helps some of you and good luck with your new tummies!!

I'm going to party like a rockstar today...

I'm going to party like a rockstar today, but not really. Just going to a kid birthday party which includes: bounce house and swimming. Guess I won't be participating. :( I have told only a very few about my TT so hopefully no one said anything. I didn't want the negative response that sometimes comes with self-improvement. "Why would you spend that kind of money?!" "You didn't need it, you were fine!" "Can I see your scar?!"

Some peoplle just have no mouth filters! I pray that I walk normally today and no one asks me how I'm doing. Oh, and I want to eat cake!! :)

Other than that, Day 9 PO has been interesting. I slept on my side last night, that was great! And it was awesome, I mean AWESOME not having my gut flopped in front of me. My husband even made the comment, there's less of you to hug...darn right there is!! Sleeping on my side required a body pillow and a few adjustments, but I had a more restful night's sleep. Yay! Did have some weird bits of pain in my belly button, not sure where that came from. Possibly from stitches being removed yesterday? Which reminds me! I get my tape off next Wednesday and I'll begin scar treatment. Right now my incision feels like a giant rope under my skin which the doctor says is normal and in about 1year will blend with my skin. Hello!! Just in time for Summer 2014!! I'm excited!

Okay lovely ladies, time to get ready for a party. I better start now since showering exhausts me and so does drying my hair!

I wish my husband could do it all for me! :)

10 Days PO

Took a couple pics today. Love my new tummy!!

Photos at 10 days PO

Photos at 10 days PO

11 Days PO...Back to work!

Today I am officially 11 days PO and I am going back to work! Feeling pretty good this
morning and hoping that continues all day! I'm noticing more itchiness around my incision, does that mean it's healing? I hope!

3 1/2 weeks post op!

Wow, its been a while since I updated! All is well and all I can say is I'm so happy!! I'm standing up straight and my ugly incision is starting to look more and more normal everyday! I still have swelling on one side of incision, doc says a couple more weeks and that will be gone. I've graduated to a fat trimming belt instead of the binder, but I don't yet know where to get one. :) I know there are some of you that may be at start of recovery or just before surgery and all I can say is hang in there! I thought I'd never be able to sleep on my side, but after two weeks, I was! And the pain/back aches will go away, I promise!

Stick with a healthy diet, that was the key to my success. Clean eating and lots of water!!

I'm thinking positive for all of you!!


Hey all! I was wondering if any of you experienced any infections or issues with your incision. I have a spot (size of a dime) that won't heal and I think it might be infected. Calling doctor tomorrow.

3 months flew!

Hello all!! Just wanted to update everyone and say I'm doing great! Completed a half marathon and 10k over the holiday weekend and look forward to more next month! Today I'm taking pics at the doctor's for their "show off book" and I'm a bit nervous about that. I think I've put on about 5 lbs since surgery so I really need to get my butt to the gym.

Hope all is well with my fellow TT gals!
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