Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Are you thinking about surgery?

I didn't think about it. I just did it. The surgery. I had to get that excess skin off. There was no debate in my mind. It was a matter of logistics and that was all. Am I happy I've done this? Let's hope so. I'm swollen and miserable to be honest. I look horrible. I weighed 187 pounds this morning. I will post my incision pictures even though I've been hesitant to do so. The whole thing is quite ugly. I'm actually embarrassed. Yeah, after all I've already shared.

Yesterday was my first day back at work. Today is my one week post op date. My follow up appointment was rescheduled to tomorrow, at 2pm. I will most likely get one drain out, leaving one. I'm draining about 100 ml's in 24 hours. My abdomen is full and tight with fluid. I'm on about half dose of my Percocet, but absolutely still need it.

One ray of sunshine for me... my mom called me this morning and told me that she would pay me a certain amount every day for the next couple of weeks, if I agree to stay home and relax and watch tv all day. Yes, she wants to pay me daily more than what I make in one day, to stay home and slack. Something about healing better if I'm relaxed? Anyway, I agreed. So, I've got lots to finish up today at work.

So, are you thinking about surgery after your weight loss? Have I scared you? Am I leaving anything out that you'd like to know? Or see??? I'm obviously a miserable camper right now, but I think this is going to be worth it. I've waited a very long time to be able to get this done. I know many of you have similar skin issues, and I really want to share with you. And please feel free to share with me any wisdom you may have. I'd be happy to hear it.


  1. Oh no...DRAZIL scared me...you've made me know that when it's time, I'm totally doing it! Thank you SO much for sharing all you've shared! And I think your mum is right...take it easy!

  2. You won't regret it - it'll be worth it - all in due time. And resting is very smart - lay FLAT - it helps and it's good you still have a drain in. Less chance for a seroma. But they are a pain in the butt huh? Hang in there.

  3. You haven't scared me at all, and trust me it is really easy to scare me especially about any kind of medical procedure. I love that you have showed us all the pics and told us everything! It has really helped me. I haven't even been banded yet, hopefully in August :)! I worry about skin ALL the time! It has made me feel so much better reading about how you just went for it! I don't know if I would EVER have enough courage to get this kind of surgery done, but reading about you has really made me realize that you can LIVE through it! :)

  4. I truly appreciate your honesty. It is something that I've considered over and over along with arms and some lipo and honestly my boobs. BUT hearing you has helped me understand the process. It would be great if you feel comfortable posting pictures. I do think that watching you go through this process is encouraging. I know you're in pain, but I have to believe that after all of your hard work, this will turn out wonderfully for you.

  5. Scared? No. Interesting, yes. Something to think about.

    Thank you for posting your pictures and your information.
    Get some rest and I hope you have a fast recovery.

  6. Awww.... you are going through a rough time. *hugs*

    Recovery from surgery looks tough - but you are going to be so happy with the results. I think your mum is awesome and she is right - you need some time to just relax and recover.

    Take care of yourself.

  7. I think it is great that you are going to stay home...you need to recover. Thans so much for sharing this with us...I am not sure if I will need it but I am certainly open to the idea....

  8. I truly appreciate your honesty throughout the whole thing. There are questions that persons are afraid to ask. A recovery will make all better.

  9. I'm with Gilly - Drazil scared me!!
    I hope you are feeling better soon and HUG your mom for me next time you see her. What a wonderful and caring woman. Mothers always know best. Get your rest and don't worry about anything else. The swelling WILL go away eventually and you are going to be thrilled with the results. Just like the band - it will be something you will be happy you did for yourself.
    I am SO proud of you. You've shown amazing strength and courage in facing this part of weight loss head on. I hope I can approach it the same way when the times comes.

  10. You're not scaring me. You're helping me. Thank you so much for being so open and candid about this experience. I want to know what to expect when my time comes, and you are doing just that! So, thank you!!!

    I haven't talked with my surgeon yet about the skin removal, because I think it's still much too early for me, (I still have about 80 pounds to lose) but I think I'll be starting with an arm lift.

    I am rapidly approaching 30, and my husband and I really want to start our family...like yesterday! Just as soon as I can get to a healthy BMI, I want to get pregnant. I think I will have to wait, unfortunately, until after I'm donne having babies for the tummy tuck. I don't think I can afford time-wise to delay having babies while I recover from the tummy tuck, ya know?