I put a lot of thought into getting my tummy tuck. I thought mostly about when would it be convenient to get it done, who would watch the boys while we were out of town, and stocking up on easy meals and lots of PB & J.
I was not really thinking about the recovery as a process. I tried not to think about the pain too much. I really thought that I'd be fine. I've had 2 C-Sections. I'm tough...... I'm in shape. I'd be fine! Ha! Famous last words...
During my pre-op appointment the nurse and doctor went over everything.
While visions of Victoria Secret bikini's danced in my head, they talked about drains, and antibiotics, and swelling.
I heard them say that I could be swollen for 3 months, I heard them say there would be drains and fluids, I heard them say compression garment, I heard it all. But I didn't really get it. All I could think about was that I was gonna have a flat tummy! I was gonna get to wear a bikini!! Whoo hooo!
Tomorrow it will be exactly 5 weeks since my surgery. I am just now in the last few days starting to feel somewhat normal. My energy is slowly returning. My stomach isn't hurting as much. I am actually able to vacuum! You would not believe how painful it is to vacuum, or load the dishes in the dishwasher. Mopping was totally out of the question! I still think I'll wait another week to attempt mopping. Hey, I'll use whatever excuse is handy.
Now on to the pictures! Cause I'm sure you're dying to see my new belly button, right??
Ok - this is a drain. I had 2 of these attached to me for about 2 weeks. The other end that you can not see is sorta stitched into these little slits in the groin area. And, yes, it is sorta creepy to see plastic coming out of your body... And, yes, it is SOOOO gross to dump your fluids. Hahaha! It was probably even grosser for my mom and my husband when they had to do it.
Oh! And it HURTS when they remove these drains. I did not realize that the drains were actually so long that they go all the way up to the top of your stomach. Right there under your skin, on top of your muscles. And it itches!! So, it's great to get them out, but it hurts too.
It's like a really tight, top less, granny style swimsuit. It's always trying to go up my butt, it has the ugliest impossible to hide straps, and it is awful to wear in this summer heat! It makes me all sweaty and itchy. I have to wear it for 6 weeks.
I could not have lived without it. It is comforting. Without it I feel like a turtle without a shell.
I am actually nervous that after next week I'm supposed to be able to stop wearing it.
This is my stomach on July 2nd. When it finally occurred to my drugged up brain that I should be taking pictures! Duh! (My surgery was on June 16th.)
The black sharpie lines are where she did the "sculpting lipo". I wish I had gotten pics of the bruises!!
My belly button is healing nicely. And while I'm happy that my scar is thin, and seems to be healing very well... I am not happy with the way it is puckered on the sides.
It seems to be more so on my left. I'm hoping that as the swelling goes down more the puckers will go away.
Also, see that puffy skin down by the scar? It should be flatter. I'm still kinda swollen (and could remain swollen for about 3 months, UGH!) so I am hoping that it too goes away eventually.
If the puffiness and the puckers don't go away on their own then my doctor is going to fix that. In her office. Which freaks me out! But she assures me it isn't that bad.
If you would like to see my before pictures click here.
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