It has been 6 days since my surgery and I wanted to post a little update for everyone.
First, I cannot thank everyone enough for the kind words, prayers and words of encouragement. I feel truly honored to be surrounded by such wonderful, loving and supportive people in my life. Even if we speak every day or we speak in passing once in a while. Please know that your support is cherished and is what keeps me motivated and inspired every single day.
On Friday, after a 6 hour long surgery the doctor let my mom and brother know that it was an incredibly successful surgery. They removed 5 pounds of skin. I was in the hospital overnight but was up walking as soon as they moved me from recovery to a hospital room. I rented a lift / recliner chair before surgery and that thing has been AMAZING! YES I have to sleep sitting up like the Elephant Man.
I have 4 drain tubes coming out of me. Two on the right, two on the left. They look like grenades! haha and mom and I have even named them! #1 is Fredrico, #2 is Ricardo, #3 is Consuelo and #4 is Pedro… my amigos! They have to be drained every 12 hours and safety pinned to my panties so they don’t swing around.
Showering has been an interesting experience… my poor mom has to help shower me since I can’t lift my hands over my head due to the boobies and there isn’t an extra rack to hold the amigos while I shower.
Since there are still open wounds I do have to have gauze handy and Neosporin to put over the drain tube sites and the blister that has formed at the front of my tummy from the skin being pulled.
It is still so weird to look down and not see a giant apron hanging over my thighs. It just goes straight down. I have full, round boobs instead of saggy old tube socks. EVERYTHING is still incredibly swollen and I’m hunched over like an old lady because standing straight up is still not an option. I also walk with a little shuffle because of the tubes and they lifted my booty so long strides is a bit painful! I have been up walking A LOT! The doctor doesn’t want me walking long distances but wants me walking every hour. Yesterday I walked around Woodfield and am paying for it today.
Diet is a bit limited at the moment. I don’t have much of an appetite and when I do eat I get full pretty quickly. I need to get my protein requirements in for the day so I have been eating chicken and fish when I can and drinking protein shakes in between. I also munch on almonds and try to get at LEAST a gallon of water in a day. I am drinking double doses of Glutamine and BCAA’s as well as taking extra vitamins to ensure my body is working as best as it can.
Yesterday and today my legs, calves, ankles and feet have been REALLY swollen and it has been a bit concerning. I will be going in for an ultrasound tomorrow morning with my doctor just to make sure there is nothing going on inside my body that is concerning. He said it is pretty common.
I am HOPING to have the drain tubes taken out Monday or Tuesday. I have been fitted for a onesie / binder number that will look ULTRA sexy haha. I have been wearing just a tummy binder since surgery. I will have to wear the binder for the next 4 weeks, hopefully I will be able to sleep in my bed by Monday.
The hardest thing of course has been not being able to go to the gym. Honestly, with the amount of pain and the awkward hunch of my body I don’t really have the craving to go to the gym. I do make it a point to walk and move as much as possible but do miss lifting. I know that in a few months time when things are healed and I can slowly get back into it that it will all be worth it. I just keep telling myself that!
Sunday is my birthday! WHEE!!! Happy 25th to mee! I wanted to do just a simple family / friend gathering at my house but of course since it’s a cheat meal we are going to have the ONE thing I’ve had a craving for for over a month…. oh yeah ready for this one? PIZZA HUT EXTRA CHEESY STUFFED CRUST PIZZA! *food gasm* sick right? haha
All in all even with the pain and the inconvenience of the tubes, hunching over and sleeping sitting up… I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I am SO excited to see what my body looks like when the swelling goes down.