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Six days post-op Cosmetic surgery

Monday, August 20, 2012

Hi everyone! It's been about six days since my cosmetic surgery. I had a tummy tuck (abdominalplasty), body contouring of the flanks and lower back (liposuction), breast lift and breast augmentation.

I am doing well. Today I am tube free so I feel like a new woman! Tube free means the catheter (removed second time two days after surgery), drains (total of two; one removed three days after and the second one six days after) and the GLORIOUS pain pump aka medicine baby and lifesaver 9removed six days after).

All in all, this experience has not been bad. Yes, at times, I have had bad times but totally not bad. Not awesome either mind you. I attribute the OK time to my health. My biggest attribute has been my legs. Since I had all those procedures done, I have not been able to use my abs, chest or upper body strength. I have had to solely be dependant on my leg strength. Good thing I have a ton from running and biking. This strength has made the recovery OK.

Two days after recovery, I was able to view my breasts completely. I had a chance to look at everything the next day after surgery BUT still so groggy and unable to see past my chest made it difficult. Woah, was my first reaction. What in the heck! I look like Dolly Pardon! Well, I quickly was told that I am real swollen and will be for quite some time. What I did like was that my breasts were not sitting on my stomach naturally. I can see skin that I normally do not see out of a bra. Happy time.

I was told two days after recovery that I can take a sponge bath. Oh, awesome! I have not bathed in 2 1/2 days. Well, that was not what happened. I undressed and saw my tummy for the first time. WOAH! OMG! Where is my gobbler (second stomach) and where did these curves come from? Holy moly. I was stunned and nauseous. Standing proved to be a tough task. It was everything I could do from staying conscious. My husband escorted me to bed and put Humpty Dumpty together again. What I mean by that is all the gauze and tape on the incisions, front clasping bra, binder/girdle, attaching the drains to the binder and putting the pain pump back over my shoulder which was conveniently put in a sling type bag. Very helpful.

My incisions are plenty. The major incision for the tummy tuck runs hip to hip underneath the bikini line, in anticipation that I would wear a bikini. OK? Wait a minute, me in a bikini. LOL. Guess I'll have to report on that one much much later. I have one "hole" on each hip area from the liposuction. The lipo is what has caused me the most pain. I am bruised and very swollen from my lower back around and throughout my hips. The Dr. had liposuctioned my hips, love handles and part of my lower back. I can happily report I have no love handles. But, I am so swollen in the hips that I spill out in a chair. You guys know what I mean. I have not spilled out of a chair in quite some time, kinda new for me and upsetting at times. The other major incisions are on my breasts. The incisions look like anchors. The breast lift removed my nipple and placed it where it should be. The aerola was reduced by stripping away the extra hence I have stitches around my nipple/aerola area. The incision runs vertically from my areola and underneath my breast, hence the anchor referral. The implants were "stuffed" in the anchor incision underneath the pectoral muscle. Let's just say my "pecs" are very angry at me hence all the swelling. All incisions have a covering kinda similar to super glue. This super glue has aloe and many healing ingredients to help minimize scars and promote healing. This glue should start to peel off in about four weeks. Until then, I have to cover all incisions with gauze and tape.

I do not remember anything related to the surgery. The dr gave me I don't care medicine. He said kiss your husband and said I will be right back as we were going to start very soon. I just kinda chuckled. I did kiss my husband then all of a sudden the room went weird. I felt like a chameleon meaning my eyes were going in different directions. The dr and a nurse walked in and I said the same thing to him. The next thing I remember was asking everyone when the surgery was going to start. Everyone chuckled and said I was done. It already happened. HUH? What are you talking about. I am sitting at my computer working. When is it going to start? I kept talking about work. Probably because I was on call the week before. I worked from 8a the previous Monday morning through the following Monday until 5pm. It's a rotating schedule that my group in on so I work this schedule every 5-6 weeks. The next thing I remember is seeing my husband, sleeping on and off then asking him what time it was. He replied that it was 8:30PM! The last time I remember is 10:30AM! I said woah and you better get home to the kiddos. I'm good as I have my own nurse. I stayed that evening of surgery in the surgery portion of the cosmetic surgery office. I slept most of it. I finally got out of bed at 1:45a. I remember this vividly as it took everything I had to make it 30 steps to the bathroom. The journey felt like a marathon. It hurt, I was so nauseated and just wanted to go back to bed. I made it to the bathroom where I did use the toilet. The nurse had removed my catheter before our journey. I was happy to pee since this task is very difficult after surgery. I was very ill so I received some anti-nausea medicine. After sometime, headed back to bed. The next few hours were spent sleeping off/on and drinking water and Diet 7-Up. Boy did that soda taste good. I finally had to use the restroom again. This time, walking wasn't SO bad. I sat on the toilet and tried to pee without any luck. Two different times I tried for a total of an hour. The nurse tried all the tricks to get me to "go". I had to go but just could not, how agonizing and upsetting. The nurse had to place another catheter. Great, all I needed was another tube. At least I had relief. Later that morning, I went home with the catheter. Actually, I was happy to go home with it looking back. I didn't have to get up several several times which I could not do without assistance. The catheter made the first day home "easier". That night, I slept on the couch/recliner. Thinking about trying to sleep in bed just was nauseating. That night was rough, real rough. Back spasms were happening all the time. The Oxycodone, one every four hours, was not cutting it. I just suffered through it. The next day, back to the dr to get the catheter removed. I informed him of the back spasms. He said I should have doubled the Oxy dose, geez who knew? He prescribed Soma, muscle relaxer, each night since has been so so so much better. I actually slept in the bed the very next night. YEAH!

Recovery has been good. I have the most amazing caregiver, my husband. His work allowed him to work from home so he could be with me. He was seriously at my every beck and call. The hardest thing has been eating. All the different medication created acid reflux and loss of appetite. I am finally starting to eat again. I'm not up to 1200 calories yet. I hope to be there today as I have to eat to heal.

I'll give another update in a week or so. I am working from home today and tomorrow with the plan to return to work on Wednesday (8 days post-op).

  
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REMEMBER_THIS 8/27/2013 7:29AM

    I will repeat what everyone else has said. Thank you for your frankness and honesty. Though I must add I know it was much worse than those words can convey!!!
You have done amazing!
You have left me encouraged
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Beni

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TAICHIDANCER 8/25/2013 3:14PM

    I agree with the comments about frankness. So many of us with more than 100 pounds to lose have wondered about this issue and your honesty and openness is a real gift to us. Wishing you all the best. emoticon

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NANCYANNE55 8/23/2012 7:56PM

    Thanks for your frankness. I have a feeling this will be something you are able to refer people about to go through a "Mommy makeover" to in upcoming years.

Have you heard of MakeMeHeal.com? If not, you can post before/after pics and your story there, too. It's a plastic surgery site that I used before my breast lift that really helped me to not be so in the dark.

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TINAJANE76 8/23/2012 5:04PM

    Thanks so much for sharing your story with us. Hope you feel better soon and that your results will be everything you're hoping for!
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NELLJONES 8/23/2012 4:59PM

    There is a website called, I think, makemeheal.com that was extremely helpful to me after my surgeries. Give them a peek.

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NEWSTART127 8/22/2012 1:41AM

    Wow... you are a trooper! That's soooo much stuff to have happen all at once! And YAY for a super hubby/nurse!

I totally know what you mean about leg strength... after my gallbladder surgery, that was the only thing that made it possible to move those first few days...

Here's to a tube-free speedy recovery!

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MRSRACHELS 8/20/2012 6:21PM

    here is to a quick recovery!!

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2 1/2 years after weight loss

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Hi everyone. It's been awhile since I've blogged.

Today is Tuesday August 7th 2012. This morning I weighed in at 172 pounds which is 15 pounds more than my all-time low of 157. 157 was a pretty low weight for me, I look best at 165ish so let's just say in the past 2 1/2 years I've maintained my weight loss.

Let me tell you what a struggle it has been. Maintaining is tough. The first year was just figuring out what life is again. The second year was spent filling up my life with all sorts of races including two half marathons and a 12 mile muddy, grueling obstacle course. All was awesome and SO worth it.

This last half year has been spent in honestly, misery. I've forgotten how far I've come and where I was. That 323 pound girl is long gone and won't return physically but I CAN NOT LET GO MENTALLY.

Losing more than 150 pounds has left my body battered and scarred. No matter how many weights I lift, miles I run or different foods I eat, this skin will not go back to normal. I look in the mirror in disgust and see ugly. (yeah, harsh, I know, but it's the truth). I always told myself that I would give my body and mind time to heal. Well, 2 1/2 is more than enough time for both.

Solution - Cosmetic surgery. I pondered this idea for quite some time. Looked into several different options. Spoke with several different people. I came to to the conclusion that what I need is to look on the outside how I feel on the inside. Yes, I know I said I was ugly earlier. But, I feel extremely healthy and could do anything, almost. This saggy skin and battered body has messed with my mind; stopping that voice inside me that is healthy and strong to continue on with pushing my body to the limits.

I felt for a long time that cosmetic surgery is very vain and it is. I should be happy where I am. I should be amazed and excited from where I was. That flame has extinguished unfortunately. It's affected all parts of my life and it has to stop.

Decision - On Tuesday August 14th (one week from today), I will have extensive cosmetic surgery. This surgery will have me under for at least 6 hours. I will have a tummy tuck with some lipo to my flanks for contouring, breast lift with an augmentation.

I COULDN'T BE MORE EXCITED AND HAPPY.

That healthy and empowering voice is back cheering me on for what will be after recovery. My flame has been ignited and it's a burning inferno.

  
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DSRTBRAT 12/27/2012 2:44AM

  Thank you for your honesty. I have contemplated this myself. I do think that the sagging skin affects me continuing to be successful in my struggles, so am leaning towards that myself. Congratulations to you!

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NANCYANNE55 8/23/2012 8:00PM

    I had a breast lift and augmentation. Interestingly, after I had the surgery I was able to lose the last 20 pounds or so I had not lost before. I think because in the back of my head I was thinking "So I lose the rest of the weight and still look bad naked. What's the point?"

I guess after the surgery I lost my last excuse and finally got the job done. So it wound up being good for my health, too. I've never regretted it.

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NELLJONES 8/23/2012 4:56PM

    Congrats to you, both for the loss and the recovery you want! Why is it that vanity for clothing is OK but surgery isn't? I say both are personal choices and good for you!! I have had a couple of procedures myself and am thrilled with the results. Recovery can be a rough month or two, but after that, better every day. Wait until the 6 month limit when you can wear underwire bras again, then have at it!! THAT was my favorite part!

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NEWSTART127 8/8/2012 1:13AM

    I'm sooooo happy for your Lindsay! You deserve to feel great about yourself! Buena Suerte!

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EMMANYC 8/7/2012 8:28PM

    Thank you for sharing this with us. I wish you the best with respect to the surgery itself and the ultimate goal of aligning your outside with your inside!

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MYSTERY-LADY1 8/7/2012 6:24PM

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SLENDERELLA61 8/7/2012 2:26PM

    Oh, you deserve this!! Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I know it is going to pay off. I "only" lost 86 pounds, but if I was your age I would do the surgery. Congrats on how far you've come -- and now your look will match!! -Marsha

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Size 6!!!!

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Holy cow!!!! I just can't believe my eyes. A co-worker and friend gave me a few pants yesterday. I couldn't take them home as my husband and I were biking home. Today, I changed into my work clothes at work (because we biked into work) and discovered my panty hose had a run in them. I had an extra pair, fortunately. I thought, I have to change again anyways so why not see if one of my new pants even fit. To my complete surprise, I slipped them on with ease and have some extra room in the tummy. I'm so elated, excited, joyful, pleased..... What a cool day.


  
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VIANA1 3/2/2012 7:04AM

    You look great! emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 2/3/2012 9:04AM

    emoticon doesn't that make you feel great?

Mary

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BEAUTIFLDZSTR 2/3/2012 2:02AM

    WOO HOO Great job lady....looking great

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MONTY68 2/2/2012 9:58PM

   
Thank you for sharing this. It is a wonderful feeling when we can fit into something smaller. That is a beautiful picture of you.

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MADDIEMOM27 2/2/2012 6:36PM

    Great job!!! emoticon

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MOUSTER 2/2/2012 6:00PM

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SHARONGADD 2/2/2012 3:31PM

    well done you, you look fantastic emoticon

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JUDITH316 2/2/2012 3:24PM

    emoticon emoticon you look great, keep up the great work!

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Tough Mudder January 15th 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

Wow! What an amazing four years it's been since this weight loss journey started on January 23rd 2008.

On January 15th 2012, my husband and I participated in a 12.5 mile obstacle course entitled tough mudder. If you are curious what this is, I included the you tube link to Arizona's course.

This event has shown me what I've become and what I never want to be again. Yes, the event is tough, even more tough than I can explain. You just have to watch the video to understand.

I conquered an icy bath, mud galore, electric shock therapy and being freezing COLD! It was such a cool experience. I'm proud of me and what I can do now.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo_StnQVG
S0&list=UUg79vIcf0XmsoFm2IJz6aMg&index
=1&feature=plcp

  
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BECKYLIVES 1/31/2012 12:59PM

    Lindsay,
You continue to inspire me and I'm sooo excited for your progress and dedication to the lifestyle change!

Yay you!!!
Becky

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MOUSTER 1/27/2012 3:09PM

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323 pounds to half marathon!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010



On January 28th 2008, I weighed 323 pounds. Today, I weigh 161. There is quite the story between those dates. Lots of tears, emotion and triumphs.

On Saturday October 23rd 2010, I ran my first half marathon. This race symbolized the end to a long and well-traveled journey but more importantly the beginning of the rest of my life. I've waited for that moment since the beginning. It came, I conquered. I'm mentally and physically stronger now than I've ever been.

What's even more symbolic was the race itself. What I thought was going to be a nice flat course turned out to be 13.1 miles of rolling and some steep hills. I was actually scared and intimidated at first just like we all are when we start to lose weight. Then, it dawned on me. The answer is to take it step by step at a steady pace. Keep calm and my wits about myself. Each step was a reflection of my journey since January 2008. At the halfway point (6.5 miles), I had the most chilling and awesome moment. I was on the downward towards the finish. I had just ran half of a half! Each step afterwards is closer to the finish. I knew at that point I would finish what I started.

Here I stand today a much happier and healthier person. My life is finally in the palm of my hands. I'm in control. What a grand life it will be!

  
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LIBELULITA 9/29/2011 7:27AM

    thankyou for sharing....truely inspiring emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 6/22/2011 11:54AM

    What a fantastic short story. I love your fight!

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BBGYRL4 6/22/2011 11:43AM

    Wow, you've come a long way! Congratulations on your half marathon!! Thank you for sharing!

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TESSA321 6/22/2011 10:17AM

    I applaud you, your blog brought me to tears. Never have I wanted my goal as bad, and you helped. I just wish there were more pics and blog words. Awesome!

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WOLFKITTY 3/18/2011 12:06PM

    Wow!
Jocelyn

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TRACIE52 1/11/2011 12:00PM

    That is literally so awesome. I am in absolute awe over how far you have come and how ready you are to go on.

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MOUSTER 1/11/2011 10:45AM

    you are an inspiration!

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KATT1972 11/3/2010 12:18AM

    Good for you! That is so Awesome!!

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KATT1972 11/3/2010 12:18AM

    Good for you! That is so Awesome!!

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KATT1972 11/3/2010 12:18AM

    Good for you! That is so Awesome!!

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KATT1972 11/3/2010 12:18AM

    Good for you! That is so Awesome!!

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KATT1972 11/3/2010 12:18AM

    Good for you! That is so Awesome!!

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RAFASBABE 11/1/2010 12:04AM

    That is amazing, you are such an inspiration emoticon

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KELLYC_14FAN 10/27/2010 9:54PM

    That is amazing and so inspiring!!! What a great blog to read!! Congrats on your weight loss!! That is amazing!!

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LCHADBOURNE 10/27/2010 3:38PM

    What an amazing blog! This is exactly what I needed to read today! This is (amazingly almost exactly) my goal, too! To reach 160 and run a half this spring, down from 305 and to read your story and see your pictures makes it so much more realistic in my head and heart. Thank you for sharing!

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DAVISMDAWN 10/27/2010 3:28PM

    What an awesome feeling that must have been for you when you crossed the finish line! I'm feeling a 1/2 marathon in my future. You are truly an inspiration and motivation. emoticon

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RUNNER4LIFE08 10/27/2010 2:34PM

    You brought a tear to my eye... beautifully written!

You are truly an inspiration! Congrats on all your accomplishments. Just prove that anything is possible with a little determination.

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PAGONA 10/27/2010 1:11AM

    Your are Awesome but you already know that. you have done what so many only dream of and you have done it twice. lost almost 170 lbs and ran a 1/2 marathon, I've ran a 1/2 marathon and I know what it takes.

Way to go,

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BEAUTIFLDZSTR 10/26/2010 10:55PM

    You so totally rock girl, I have tears of joy running down my face lol...

WOO HOO YOU

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 10/26/2010 7:49PM

    I am grinning from ear to ear reading this! You are awesome. Congratulations on all of your amazing accomplishments! Just take it one step at a time - we can do anything we set our minds to. Great job!!!

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SHADOW38 10/26/2010 7:01PM

    WOW! Congratulations!

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JAMIEJOYNER 10/26/2010 6:36PM

    That is so amazing! Congrats and thanks for sharing your experience with us! It makes me feel like eventually I can get to the point you are!

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DAV128 10/26/2010 6:35PM

    A very big congratulations, especially on the weight loss. However, I might add, the marathon is impressive. I loss 140 lbs (342 - 202) and now run 5-6 miles a day. Haven't missed a run in almost 4 months, but I don't know about a marathon. Your story inspires, however, and I'm thinking about it.

Continued Success

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MONTY68 10/26/2010 6:34PM

    Hi Lindsay
What a awesome blog, I want to tell you that it is one that brings out the emotions. This is an example of what one can do in their life, The tremendous amount of weight you have released and then, this, a half marathon !!!!!. I love the way you described it and isn't it true that on your journey, it is now down hill? I really feel that this blog must be an inspiration for those out there who have just started their journey. A simple congratulations isn't really enough for what you accomplished. Thank you so much for sharing this and I am checking off the I liked this.

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SDSHIW 10/26/2010 6:31PM

    Thanks for sharing this with us!

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