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5 Weeks after surgery

Monday, January 11, 2010

I would say that my recovery from the abdominoplasty has been going perfectly. The skin was cut off, the scar is in an anatomically correct place, not too high or low. My belly button is a bit off to the left, and there are dog ears on both sides that might need revisions. The incision is closed up except for a 1/2 cm spot where there was a stitch sticking out for a while and I didn't know I could pull it. I am still very swollen; my waist is 5 inches bigger than it was before surgery. This makes clothing a challenge, as not only is it large, but tender and wrapped up in a surgical binder. Fortunately, I have a supply of big clothing from my weight loss! It sucks to be wearing a size 16-18 when I was previously wearing 12-14s, but I know the swelling will go down someday. (Someday couldn't come fast enough! They say that now's about the time when it starts to go down for most people, but some people have swelling even a year after the surgery.)

The first week was the worst, in relation to pain. Really wasn't able to do much; getting up and going to the bathroom was challenging. Had drains sticking out in the groin area which were tender and kinda pinchy, and moving them at all wasn't good. Percocet controls surgical pain really well, took that until day 5, when I bravely switched to ibuprofin and acetominophen. The pain isn't constant, only when you are moving... so sitting guaranteed respite for me, which was enough to not need the heavy pain meds. As to the quality of the pain, sometimes it was burning, sometimes it was tearing, sometimes it was itching, at the drain sites, it felt like something was being pinched if you pulled at it. For the record, the surgeon took off 5 pounds of skin and did a bit of lipo, but not much because he couldn't find much fat on my flanks to suck. Lipo hurts, by the way; the lipo areas were the most tender by far, for weeks after!

Week 2 started with drains coming out, a marvelous thing which was cause for much celebration. On day 10ish I took a very long drive almost to Canada and it was OK. I was able to cook somewhat, but not really in the mood for serious academic pursuits of the sort that I was hoping to be doing. By the end of week 2 I could walk 3 miles, but was very tired at the end of it.

Week 3 I felt much like myself but was still not quite able to stand up straight. Really was hoping to do some work, but all I felt like doing was baking. So I baked. It was good. Then I went to NYC for the holidays, 4 hour train ride was just fine.

Week 4 was spent mostly in NYC. I tried the silicon sheeting on my scar, and found that a few places weren't quite closed. I wore the sheeting during the day because its non-slip support, when combined with the surgical binder, allowed me to go out and do a bit of sightseeing. Got tired pretty easily. After 3 days of that, I caught a cold, and had to slow down. Also stopped using the sheeting because the open parts looked more open.

Week 5 was when I went back to work. I've been feeling kinda out of it in relation to my normal activities... hanging around at home and making food is OK, but when it comes to precise science, I found myself making more mistakes than usual. The surgeon picked out a stitch that was stopping the open part from closing, and by the end of week 5 it is almost closed. (From 1 cm to 0.5cm). I haven't been working quite full time yet, and I've gotten very little done compared to what I usually can do, but it's a start! I started going to the gym, and walking 3 miles total to/back from work. I also started eating a bit less, and a bit more deliberately. It was hard to control eating at first because I wanted to make sure my body wasn't lacking in nutrition.

And here I am starting week 6.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LAYERS_OF_ME 5/16/2010 4:18PM

    Haven't seen an update from you in awhile. How ya doin?

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MIRBAH 1/13/2010 12:45PM

    Congratulations...hope you are great in no time

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VEGGIEHEATHER 1/13/2010 9:12AM

    Wow, I was out of the loop. You did it! Congratulations and speedy healing :)

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TATTOOEDLOU 1/11/2010 3:02PM

    What a coincidence, I have just made your Hummus recipe! (Great by the way).
Hope you continue to have a healthy recovery and many congrats on your weight loss.

Take care you, TattooedLou x


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DAWNOFCHANGE 1/11/2010 1:50PM

    emoticon on your weight loss and your surgery! Although you are still having to deal with the effects of the surgery, I'm sure you will be ecstatic once the healing process is done. (How exciting to be able to wear sexy panties!)

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FURBALLDTH 1/11/2010 11:26AM

    hope you feel 100% soon. emoticon emoticon

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Abdominoplasty, here I come!

Friday, November 20, 2009

I'm having the extra skin on my stomach removed on December 7th! I write a lot more about it on my weight loss blog on livejournal, so if you want to read about the journey, it's all posted there!

I'm nervous and excited about it, but I'll finally be able to wear sexy panties, bikinis, and most pants rather than maybe one very very high cut pair that I find occasionally. And also to be able to look at my stomach and see what most people see and not folds of extra skin! And then there's the back pain and the annoying bouncing that the skin does when I run... it's bigger than my boobs and needs a support garment to keep it stable.

I hope everything goes well!

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POSTMODERNME 1/11/2010 12:33AM

    Hope your surgery went well. I will probably have to have a similar procedure done if I don't lose my "post pregnancy pooch" after getting to my goal weight...

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EMACFAR 1/10/2010 8:21PM

    Hope everything worked out! Thanks for sharing your story :)

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AGARNTO0216 1/10/2010 10:59AM

    You are truly an inspiration. I hope all is well since your surgery. Congrats!

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HIPPICHICK1 1/10/2010 8:27AM

    I'd love to hear how it went. I was contemplating the same thing if I should ever need it. I'll know when I get closer to my goal weight.

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SLCOLMAN 11/21/2009 10:23AM

    Good for you!! I hope that the surgery and recovery go well!

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MERLINANDME 11/20/2009 5:15PM

    Keep us posted. I wish you only the best. I understand completely all the problems with that loose belly skin.

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GLENDAJ5 11/20/2009 11:23AM

    Good for you!!! Hope everything turns out just the way you want it to. You deserve it!!!

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Tonight's episode of Vegan Iron Chef!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Can I manage to turn the random assortment of veggies left over from the end of my farm share into a tasty dinner? This is what I had:
-1 stalk Brussels sprouts
-Dark green long skinny kale
-Curly kale
-Broccoli raab that is starting to change colors for the fall
-Orange peppers
(and all the standard things in my kitchen)

I ended up making a variation on Beans 'n Greens, sauteed the onion and leeks, added the greens and some white wine and cooked until they wilted. Then added the orange pepper. And a can of pinto beans and a can black beans. And the secret ingredient: singapore seasoning from Penzeys!

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FURBALLDTH 1/11/2010 11:32AM

    sounds interesting using spices generally reserved for meats I'll have to try it thanks

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MERLINANDME 8/27/2009 12:25PM

    Did it taste as good as it looks? Yummmmmmm!

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MEGABOMB 11/18/2008 2:10PM

    I saw the title of your post and got super excited that someone was smart enough to start an alternative (veg*n) cooking competition. But no, it isn't yet meant to be. Still, your dinner is very impressive and makes me hungry!

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CAREYO 11/16/2008 10:46PM

    It looks very pretty! How was it?

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Another Race Report: first 4.2 miler!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Ran my first 4.2 mile Charles River Run last night! I was rather nervous about it because I had to bike to the race site (6-7 miles) and then bike home after the race (5-6 miles) .

I biked there, it was a little windy but ok. Milled around nervously before the race, then lined up and ran. It was kinda funny how they had a little fence with a 4-5 person wide opening that everyone had to go through... and we ended up going around it and running on the lawn that the fences were obviously intended to protect. I love the start of a race... the surge of people going "woohoo!" and starting to run. It's really quite the rush. I think I started fast then settled into my 12 minute mile pace and maintained it for the whole course. I didn't walk one step of the race, not even going up the bridges or going past the water stops. Water stops are a challenge! It's really hard to drink and run, usually end up getting more water on me than in me.

At the three mile mark, someone was announcing the distance, and I thought they said we had 2 miles left, so I was prepared to run more. I got to thinking "Hey, why stop at the finish line, I'm going to run home." It kept me going. Finish line, time on clock 48:00, time on Ipod (hit start right when I passed the gate) was 47 minutes.

The day was gorgeous, bright sun, sparkly water, clear clear blue sky. It was a pleasure to run! I suspect the next few races are going to be too warm, but this one was just right!

The bike ride home was very peaceful, since the route I took is "closed" at night. I thought my legs would be too tired to pedal, but it was fine. Had a nice (low fat) ice cream with hot dark chocolate sauce and fresh raspberry puree. For some reason ice cream is what I want most after running. The peas/carrots/corn/beans and few bites of chicken they had at the race party were OK, but cold and creamy is what I really want.

Today my legs feel tired. I suspect vitamin I deficiency, which has been rectified by taking some Motrin.


Someone quoted this today...

Thursday, May 08, 2008

And I had to share because it's so true!

"Life is an all-you-can-eat buffet. Get your money's worth."

That's how I learned to live in med school, when free time snuck up on you, and if you wanted to enjoy life, you had to be ready to make the most of the moment.

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MUCH_TO_DO 8/3/2008 11:33PM


I also love -

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'WOW What a Ride!'"

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DIZZYMISSLIZZY4 5/15/2008 1:33AM

    That's true in nursing school too haha.

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DIZZYMISSLIZZY4 5/15/2008 1:33AM

    That's true in nursing school too haha.

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    I like that philosophy! Congrats on all your success!!!!!

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TREEBELLA 5/8/2008 12:28AM

    Thats cool :-)

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