My tummy tuck journey day by day... Day 12. *there are graphic pics in this post*
I GOT AN ERROR FOR MY POST BEING TOO LONG SO I HAVE TO MAKE ANOTHER POST. HERE IS THE LINK TO THE NEW POST
Oops, I missed a day lol. Still hanging in there, I am SO ready for this drain to come out so I can wear some different clothing. My output is still too high, but hoping by Tues or Thurs I can go and get it out. I am really sore today and woke up not feeling the best so I think its a combo of feeling kind of crappy and trying to heal. I am starting to be able to stand a little straighter and I can get up and down much easier then last week. I can see that I am making progress, but am itching to get back to my old routine!
Today was the best day that I have had by far. Part of it was that I felt pretty good and part of it was because some really great friends came to visit and take care of me and my kiddos. I did have a bad night last night. For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to sleep on my side instead of on my back. I have been sleeping with my head at and incline and pillows under my knees. I woke up feeling terrible at about 2am, so lesson learned on that! Guess I will have to be a back sleeper for a while longer, I sure miss laying on my side though. I had over 50ccs of drainage today so if I cant get that lower then the drain will be staying. The more I do, the more drainage I will get, so I really need to not do anything this weekend after my husband gets home tomorrow. Slowing down is my biggest struggle out of all of this, I am a very active person but I know that Im putting myself further and further behind by trying to do too much too soon.
I had my first post op appointment today. I was hoping to get the drain out, but no such luck. I need to be having less then 30ccs of drainage per day (ideally under 20cc) for them to take it out. Hopefully by Tuesday or Thursday next week. The reason why I have a lot of drainage still is because I am not resting as much as I should be. I'm trying to get as much rest as I can, but it's hard with two young kids and my husband being back to work. He said that I am healing really well and it looks good. I found out that the reason the incision is so dark is because the glue that they used to put together the top layer of skin is a dark purple, so that will lighten up as the glue wears off. There are no stitches that are visible. There are two layers of stitches beneath the skin that stich up the different layers of my skin and then the glue is on the surface. The other change was that since it's been a week, I need to start applying vaseline to the scar daily to keep it moisturized.
Also, some of you have commented on the incision not being perfectly symetrical... There are two cameras on my phone. Tthe main camera which is the one I use to take my zoomed out pics in the mirror and then my secondary camera which is on the front of my phone (so when you take a pic you can see yourself on the screen taking it) which I use for the close ups. The camera on the front of my phone is weird because it takes the picture in mirror image of what it is in real life and it distorts/bends it a little. It makes it look super crooked especially since the swelling is much worse on the side with the drain (which is normal). So what it looks like in real life it what you see in the zoomed out photos, not the ones close up. Anyways... I talked to him about it today and the reason it is a little lower on the right is because they cut out my 4 inch scar from my appendectomy. I dont know why it never crossed my mind or why I didnt notice that it was no longer there..but thats the reason its a little lower on one side then the other. It won't matter because the whole incision will be covered by the underwear/bikini bottom once it is healed enough for me to wear them normally.
Look! My ribs are starting to come back lol
I have been able to rest much more today then yesterday and it shows in the pictures. I am feeling good and my pain is minimul as long as I rest. I have my post op apt tomorrow afternoon and I hope to get the drain out! I think that I will feel much better when that is gone and I will also have more of a choice in clothing since I wont have to worry about the bulb. Here are my pics today :)
Getting better! Starting to get more excited about what it is going to look like when its all healed up!
Close up of me standing.
This isn't my update for today, but I wanted to brag up my hubby quick. I had written this note to myself yesterday morning to remind myself to slow down and I taped it to the wall. I wrote the "Sit down and heal, the rest can wait". Last night or this morning my husband added his note to it. I am so thankful for how much he has filled my shoes and not complained one bit since my surgery. Ill update some pics of me later.
DAY SEVEN: Man o man am I one hurting unit after today! Just the extra getting up and down, cooking, etc kicked my butt. I tried to do the bare minimum to get my kids through the day happy and healthy, but it was still too much. I think that tomorrow will be better because my husband did come home today during his lunch for 3 hours and normally I would have taken a nap, but today we had our son's IEP meeting so we had to go to his school. I think that was what really got me hurting, the walking and sitting for so long in an uncomfortable position. I am swollen and sore, but staying positive that tomorrow will be much easier!
Lots of swelling by the end of the day.
very hunched over from the pain
DAY SIX: I am doing pretty good today, just trying to soak up as much rest as I can before my husband goes back to work tomorrow. Im hoping that my first day with the kids will go well and am kind of nervous. Pain wise I feel good, except where the drain goes in is still really sore and I tire out easy when I move around.
I still get a small amount of drainage from the hole the drain is in so I have to put guaze around it.
Close up of me when I stand
Close up of me when I sit. The right sit is much more swollen then my left side today.. not sure why?
DAY FIVE: I took these next pics tonight after my shower. I made a mistake and decided to try to shave my legs, well it took way too long and I was in so much pain by time I got out of the shower. Also I was much more swollen then before I showered. Oh well, lesson learned. It's starting to sink in that this is going to be a long healing process.. I mean the drs told warned me of this, but Im struggling with my brain wanting to get things done vs my body not being healed enough to do those things. Just need to learn to slow down a little.
wishing I would have taken the pics before I showered, I am swelling up again in these pics.
This is what it will look like when Im healed enough to wear my underwear in the right spot again.
My lower abdomen really puffed up after showering.
DAY FOUR: I am surprised at how much the swelling has gone down in one day! I am still sore and taking my pain meds every four hours. I was able to get up and spend some time with the kids today as well as make my own sandwich. The part that hurts when I am up and moving is my back, not my stomach. I still have no feeling when I touch my stomach. My large incision never drained after my shower, so I was able to put on a cami under my compression band to keep it from itching me. All in all, Im feeling pretty good, getting a lot of sleep and just trying to relax as much as I can.I notice that my lower back/upper butt is still holding a lot of fluid probably due to the way I lay, so to me it looks funny in pictures because there is no curve in the small of my back lol.
I asked the dr to put the incision as low as they could and he def did that which I am very thankful for!
My drain opening.. this part hurts the most.. way more then the long incision, hoping to get it out on Thursday.
Sitting down.. getting better!
This is the straightest I can stand up, feel like a hunch back
Still a lot of swelling, but my hanging skin is GONE!
DAY THREE: I am sore this morning, I overslept and was late on taking my pain pills and I can definitely tell. I was able to take a shower this morning and took some pics. I am very glad that my dr prepared me for seeing myself for the first time. He was very clear that what I see now is not the way it will look in 6 months. There is a ton of swelling, bruising etc. I must say that so far, I am very impressed with the results and am thinking that if it looks this good after two days, its going to look awesome when all is said and done. He ended up not needing to cut around my belly button, which is nice because I wont have the diamond scar around it.
The shower went well, I dont have much feeling when I touch my skin (which they told me may happen). The gauze was easy to remove, and I was thankful to get the compression band back on for support. Here are the pics.
^^my drainage tube
This is the straightest I can stand
^^a lot of swelling and fluid under the skin. You can see where the fluid is pooling under my skin. All of that will go away with time.
^^^I used one of those large bands that hold your hair back to hold my bulb while I showered. My thighs are very swollen too.
DAY TWO: I am still very sore, and my butt is starting to hurt from sitting in a reclining position for so long lol. I can see a lot of swelling in my upper thighs and butt. There is also a lot of bruising starting to show especially on my pubic area. I would assume the blood is collecting there. The night went well and the meds knocked me out enough to get some sleep. I did wake up on my own right before I was due for more pain meds due to the pain. I need to wait 36 hours from my surgery to shower, so if I feel up to it, I will shower tonight and update pics of my stomach uncovered. Otherwise I will shower in the morning and update with pics. I wanted to add that when we have to "strip" the drainage tube, I can feel a lot of pressure. The dr called today to check on me and I asked about it and I guess that is normal. To strip the tube means you need to start at the top fo the tube, sqeeze it between your fingers and pull down on it to remove the blood from the actual tube. That is about all I can think of to update on until I take a shower. Thanks for all the well wishes.
DAY ONE: The surgery went well. I got home about two hours ago and the numbing meds and pain meds are wearing off. The pain is significant, it is especially painful when getting up and down. I am going to take their advice and just try to stay on top of my pain meds to prevent it from getting out of control. I will be able to shower on Friday. I can not stand or lay straight up due to the skin being stretched so tight. That will get better as time goes on and the skin loosens up.. Here is a pic.
^^ The white thing is a support band that I woke up from surgery with. It helps hold everything together as well as helping prevent bleeding and swelling. On the right you can see my drain tube. The ball fills up with fluid/blood. My husband had just emptied it before this pic and that was our second time emptying it about 20cc s both times. The line on my stomach is from when they marked it before the operation.
I know there was a lot of interest for me to do a day by day post. My surgery is on the 23rd and figured I'd post my before pics today to have time to answer questions before the surgery. Please no bashing.. this is embarassing to show the before pics lol. Here are some basic answers...
Im 5'7" 135lbs. I work out 5-7 times/week
The cost was $6500
My biggest reason for getting it done is due to the muscle seperation
My tummy tuck will consist of them lacing my stomach muscles together like a corset all the way to my sternum. This will take care of the seperation and those stitches are permanent. They seperate the skin and fat all the way up, they cut out your belly button, pull the skin down as tight as they can get it (to do this they have you sit up when they suture you back together) then they cut a new hole for your belly button to be placed and cut off the extra skin. They do lipo on your flanks to even everything out and make it all blend nicely.
I will have to wear a compression band for several weeks after the surgery and will come home with a drain (looks like a balloon) that needs to be emptied. That will be in for a week or two.
^^^this is what happens when I do a push up
^^^side view of hanging skin
When I sit down
^^^this picture is me doing a sit up, my hand is in the gap between my muscles.