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Tummy Tuck and Lipo - A Retrospective Volume II

Friday, June 21, 2013

On Surgery + 2 days things were pretty much the same. Getting up and down alone during the night was nearly impossible, but I did it. Getting up and going to the bathroom, taking my meds and laying back down took about 45 minutes. It's not the tummy tuck or muscle repair that was killing me, it was the lipo. It felt like a truck had run over me. My son helped me get up that morning, fixed me breakfast and set me up in the recliner. My day was taking paid meds every four hours and sleeping. Besides the pain of getting up and down, it really wasn't too bad. What you end up having to do each day is as follows:

a. Milk your drain tubes every 12 hours and measure the output
b. Give yourself your shot (forgot the name already) in the leg to avoid blood clots
c. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
d. Take your pain meds every 4 hours
e. Stool softener twice a day as the pain meds make you constipated (this turned out to be useless. . .will share in another post)
f. Eat plenty of protein and as little salt as possible

By surgery + 3 days I knew I couldn't keep up the continual pain meds and had to stop being such a slug. Rather than take two pain pills every four hours, I dropped it down to one every four hours. That was I was at least coherent part of the time. My day once again consisted of hanging out on the recliner, having my son fix me protein shakes for breakfast and lunch and sleeping.

Let me tell you what the most irritating part of this ordeal has been. It was the stupid drain tubes and having that bag around your neck. That was the biggest hassle. My paranoia about pulling on those tubes was excruciating (and unnecessary, but I didn't know that). You have to milk the tubes and measure the output from the drains every 12 hours. I thought that this would freak me out, but it turned out not to be a big deal at all. Just having them in was a hassle. Everyone I checked with said that they would be in four to five days. They were leaving mine in for seven. WHAT THE HECK?!?! It was annoying, to say the least.

So at night, my son situates me back in the bed, I have my bag with all of my tubes arranged in and around me and off the lala land I go.

Let me reiterate. . .the pain from the tummy tuck and muscle repair is minimal. The lipo hurts like a mother. Nausea was only in the hospital, my protein shakes keep me going. I get up and walk a bit every time I go to the bathroom, but up to this point, I'm pretty much a slug and just hang out and watch television (when I manage to say awake).

Stay tuned for Surgery + day 4, etc.
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