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Sunday, August 1, 2010
Tips On Getting A Tummy Tuck
Getting a tummy tuck seems to be all I can talk about lately. If anyone asks how I am they get to hear all about my tummy tuck. Lucky for you if you don't want to read this you can just click over to something else. That's a little harder to do in person when I'm yammering on and on about drains, and swelling, and scars. Truthfully I just don't have anything else to talk about! This has consumed my whole summer!
Just a little note about the pictures - The first 2 were taken on July 23. The swelling wasn't too bad that day. You can also see the scar on my right is higher than on my left. It is really high and very annoying! The scar comes up right where my jeans sit, not only does it show it also itches!
The third picture is an hour after I worked out on the elliptical. (On July 29th.) Even though I kept my workout light, I got extremely puffy! But only right there by my scar. I don't know why it does that sometimes. It's very odd. And I haven't heard of anyone else getting so puffy. I have an appointment on August 19th for a scar revision. Hopefully my doctor can lower my scar on the right and tell me about this puffiness!
A lot of women have told me they are planning on getting a tummy tuck. They always want to know about the cost, the pain involved, and if it's worth it. Pretty much in that exact order too. The cost is pretty high, it hurts like hell, and it IS worth it!
Here are some tips on recovering - (Things I wish someone had told me!)
1. Pillows! Pillows! Pillows! Get yourself some pillows. When I first got home the only comfy position to be in was a V. And the only way to keep yourself in a V shape is with pillows. I stole everybody's pillows in this house! I had at least 8 maybe even 9 or 10. Some supporting my back, under my legs, and one across my tummy for protection at all times. (I have 4 boys and 3 cats who all like to jump on me!) So, buy a few extra.
2. Get yourself a nurse/maid for about 2 weeks. I think the doctors and nurses like to give you the best case scenario. They say after a few days you'll feel better, you'll be up and moving in no time! ppppffffttt! Ha! Don't plan on it. Do yourself a favor and plan for the worst. That way you are prepared. The first week I slept. The Percocet knocked me out! And the second week, while I was awake, I was not in the mood to get up and clean. I just laid there and watched TV. If you have small kids you'll need someone to feed them, clean them, and keep them off of you while you rest. Even if you don't have kids at home you'll need someone to help you keep track of your drain fluids and all the pills you'll have to take. Doing dishes hurt, and vacuuming was out of the question, so make sure you have someone to help with cleaning. It wasn't until about 3 1/2 weeks that I felt like I could even drive! Keep that in mind if you have to work or take kids to school. (Even if you aren't a weenie like me having the extra help will be nice!)
3. Swell Hell is real, and it will happen to you. I knew that I could be swollen for up to 3 months. But I didn't really think it would apply to me. I was small. I was active. I didn't need a lot of lipo. Getting all swollen was for other people, or so I thought. Hhhmm, yea, not so much. It's been about 6 1/2 weeks and I still swell. Like today above my belly button is swollen. And I have no idea why!
4. It's OK to feel sad or depressed!! You think you're gonna feel great after having this life changing surgery. I never even considered that I would be emotional or fall into a funk. But I did. None of my clothes fit due to the Swell Hell. So I had to wear PJ's and stretchy workout clothes. I felt fat. I was in pain. I couldn't even shower for 2 weeks!! I had to have sponge baths with my husbands help. So there I lay, in pain, with dirty hair, in pajamas that may or may not have even been clean, tired, and feeling like a swollen fat sausage. Not pretty. Not pretty at all. And completely NOT what I was expecting. If you had asked me then if the surgery was worth it, I would have said hell no! But after you can shower, and the swelling goes down a little, and you can get up and do more, you'll feel much better.
5. Take laxatives, and eat yogurt. When your doctor suggests a stool softener, take her seriously. Trust me on this. Take your softeners, and your Miralax and eat lots of fruit. Drink tons of water too! And while I'm on the subject eat a lot of yogurt. Because those super duper strength antibiotics you'll have to take will either give you a yeast infection or thrush. I got thrush. Which, in case you don't know, is like a yeast infection in your mouth!! Yuck. Believe me when I say you will want to avoid this.
Hopefully some of this helps you prepare for your big surgery day! Good luck and if you have any questions please feel free to ask!!