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Bittersweet nothings...

Friday, May 10, 2013

So I had my surgery on Monday - right during lunchtime.

I'm about to be BRUTALLY honest. If you are considering laser lipo - please make sure you have a high tolerance for pain. The experience WAS NOT FUN. It's all in "how bad you want it" - and I wanted this badly, very badly.

To sum it up quickly - it felt like someone separated my skin from my fat cells, liquefied the fat, and sucked it all out - which was essentially what was done.

I did drop a tear or two during the surgery. It HURT. HURT LIKE HELL. I'd say take the pain of getting a tattoo and multiply it by five.

The good part - after my surgery was complete - I could immediately tell the difference. It was only temporary though, because by the time I got home the swelling had set in.

Day 1 - felt like my stomach had gotten run over by a Megabus.
Day 2 - felt like my stomach had gotten run over by a hummer.
Day 3 - felt like my stomach had gotten run over by a Toyota Corrolla.
Day 4 (today) - feels like I had a personal trainer make me do 1000 crunches/situps/leglifts. So I guess you can probably see the good progression. :)

Day 1 experience - Before I went home, they made me wear this compression garment, which basically looks like a onesie with a huge pee hole. This contraption had the nerve to have a bow at the top - because yeah, that makes it sexier. emoticon Here's a pic of my new best friend for the next 6 weeks: Wearing it doesn't really bother me, because I've recognized the importance of wearing a good girdle years ago. Unfortunately, though, I now look like an overcooked smoked sausage when I'm in this thing. I'm sure as time progresses, I'll look better when the swelling subsides.

Anyway, I got home and stayed drugged up a good part of the day. A number of friends and family called, and they were surprised how upbeat and alive I sounded on the phone. I finally took a nap, and I did wake up about 6pm and manage to cook myself a light dinner and fold a load of laundry. So far the bleeding has been minimal. I sat up in the bed and watched a little TV. Got up to go take my meds and the bed looked like a crime scene - I had started leaking. I leaked all over the bed and onto my pillows. Ugh. I leaked ALL NIGHT. So glad I didn't use my good sheets or I woulda been pissed...

Days 2, 3, and 4 - I learned a few tricks to help me out.

Getting in and out of bed or chairs sucks major ass - therefore, I only did it when absolutely necessary.

Bending over hurts - therefore - don't drop stuff! Keep everything if possible at waist level.

So to add more bittersweetness to this whole experience - my mom came into town two days ago. I love my mom dearly, but she's severely disabled - so now it's like I have a child to take care of in this condition. I'm glad she's here (I almost lost her in January - long story - car accident - glad she's okay) - but it's stressful dealing with her in my condition and dealing with myself in my condition.

Much character building going on over this way...I would so love a blueberry martini right now...but I will not....I will not...I will not...

The good news - I am down to 244 today :)

Thank ALL OF YOU for your words of encouragement during my surgery. Once I don't look like I need to be covered in barbecue sauce, cheese, and onions, I'll post a few pictures on my blog.
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    Lexie, how are you doing? and what did your comment mean about being able to breath in two days? Was the bodystocking coming off? I had to live in mine for just over 30 days. Please give us an update!
    1737 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your story! I wonder how you are now doing?
    It has been another week since we have heard from you. How are you?
    1741 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/18/2013 10:31:42 AM
    Wow, so glad to hear the truth about it! Without going through it you would think "No big deal, right?". Well I guess it IS a big deal, and I'm so glad you shared your story! I hope you snap back to normal again quickly!
    1748 days ago
    Thank you so much for sharing! I am considering a breast reduction ( currently 34HH) and I am praying about it. Please rest and recuperate. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1748 days ago
    Wow, interesting to hear your experience. I think I'd rather be fat than have lippo although other surgeries won't scare me as much. I'm really happy that the operation was a success and I don't think you took the easy way out. If it works for you fantastic.
    1748 days ago
    Lexie! It sounds horrible. I guess I am glad I went the way I did. Was this laser lipo a cheaper way to go? I actually had the excess skin removed and of course I was under so I didn't feel a thing at the time. The only real pain I had was some of the stitches. I had my sister to help me through my rough spots and she waited on me right and left! Bless her soul.
    Make sure you do a lot of deep breathing to help you get through these rough spots while mom is visiting. You go girl!
    1748 days ago
    Sounds verrrrrrrrrrry painful!
    Speedy recovery, my friend.
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    1749 days ago
    You are stronger than I am!

    Think of how fabulous you will look soon.

    Can't wait to see pics.

    Hope you heal quickly!!!
    1749 days ago


    I missed that you were doing this! I wondered what the stuffed sausage comments were about!

    Definitely NOT the easy way out. I had NO idea it was that painful. And taking care of your mom too (glad she is okay after the accident). I remeber taking care of my son after my c-section and I thought that was brutal.

    I hope you continue to heal and feel back to yourself very soon! Can't wait to see pictures.
    1749 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your experience and for your honesty. You say you are now at 244 - what were you at before the surgery?

    I am sending positive energy and thoughts your way for a speedy recovery my friend.

    PS - if you want to answer someone's question from their blog comment, you have to go to their sparkpage to put it or they won't see it unless they come back to read your blog again :)

    Have a great weekend!!
    1749 days ago
    Praying for you a speedy recovery! emoticon Sounds painful and couldn't imagine. I hope you continue to move closer to your goal!
    1749 days ago
    I decided to do the surgery because after years of running/crunches/killing myself in the gym, my stomach is not going anywhere. Sometimes people seem to think it's the "easy way out" but it's definitely not - and not a decision to be made lightly.
    1749 days ago
    Wow. Sounds painful! Why did you decide to do laser lipo surgery? Is this in place of exercise or in addition to?
    1749 days ago
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