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  1. Haha, I was full of good intentions, but the day got away from me... Ive been helping my boyfriend erect a new roller door, so ive been using muscles I didnt know I had!! probably the best exercise
  2. Hi Heather, sounds like your going to have a great recovery, but take it easy even though your body may be telling you its ok. Us girls are hopeless at resting up and letting others take over for a while - but make the most of it. Im 4 months in and couldnt be happier, ive sent you a friend request so you can see my photos. take care
  3. Hi miz lisa, yes we are allowed to do ab excersises - I was encouraged to do them after about week 3 but I decided not to as I still had an area that wasnt healed properly. They said usually by week 6 you should be back to normal - but Ive never had very good abs anyway. Ive been jogging with my dog, and I can feel that tension afterwards. Ive never been able to do sit ups on the floor either so thats why ive just bought a fit ball. Still waiting to blow that up haha, but the intention is there. Been busy recently so timing isnt very good, note to self - MAKE TIME Lets start doing abs together - we'll start on Thursday.... let me know how you go
  4. My abs are still sore after 4 months when I cough and sneeze, Mousey has suggested I call my PS which I will tomorrow. I am sooo over the pain bought a fit ball the other day to do some ab excersises with - havent blown it up yet haha but I never could do sit ups on the floor before and thought this may be a better option to get my tum working
  5. All the best Heather, It will be worth the wait Newbeginnings
  6. Hi there, sorry it took a while, 4 weeks in now and pretty much back to normal. still wearing compression garment, still have a small area in the middle not healed properly, taking antibiotics xx
  7. Hi Julie Ann, You're doing great with your weight loss, well done. I feel pretty much back to normal now, can drive and shop woohoo! Still don't carry much though. Tried sleeping without my roll of carpet last night and think I'll keep it on for a while longer, tummy was sore when turning over. Wear it through the day no problem. Was going to try sit-ups today but I'll wait now after last night...
  8. Hi tinkles, The drains don't actually hurt coming out, it's a strange feeling, just uncomfortable. Imagine that from where the drain comes out of the skin, the rest of it is lying across your stomach, so both sides will be the length of your tummy, it's a tugging sensation as the plastic tube slides across the inside of your tummy until it comes out. Panadol won't go amiss it your feeling a little doubtful My mum was shocked by the length of my scar when I emailed her my pics, but luckily my partner is fine with it. My partner though - bless him, is avoiding giving me cuddles etc cos he doesn't want to hurt me.... Does anyone have advice on sex after a TT?! We have a great sex life but when it comes close to orgasm I have to stop cos it hurts my abs too much!!
  9. Hi tinkles, The worst is over, once you see the results your head space changes from "what the heck have I done - to cool, look at that"! And all your positive thoughts then help you recover. How's things now? I'll be 4weeks on thurs so I'll take and post some more pics. Take care x
  10. Hi there, I'm doing great, had a check up last Monday as the middle of my scar was sore and red, there was a stitch there that was aggravating the healing process so that was snipped. Also my PS said I can start doing some exercises! He wants me to start pulling my belly button in as far as I can every hour, whether I'm sitting, standing or lying down, to get my abs working again. That was really hard to start with, they were very stiff, but ok now - don't remember every hour though think that's a little unachievable!!! From this week I can start doing sit ups so when I get to 6 weeks I'll be back to normal! Sounds good in theory haha have never been good at sit-ups. I'm 4 weeks on Thursday so will take some more pics
  11. Hi miz Lisa, Congratulations, so glad your happy and you didn't need the vertical incision. My back hurt for the 3 days I was bent over, can't imagine doing that for 3 weeks, but I guess if your results depend on it you've got to do it. Great that your not in any pain too. My son has been off school all week with a cold, he's coughing and I've banished him to his room cos I don't want to get it - awe poor kid Be patient look forward to your pics x
  12. Hi mousey77, Sounds like you're on holiday, not that you've just had surgery! Your surgeon sounds very keen to please -not sure you would have got all that back home, good for you for asking for exactly what you wanted. I asked for a low scar and I have got one any further down and it would be in my hip, pubic crease, probably not good for healing, but I wear small g's that don't come up very far to cover the scar, not to worry, cos I got what I asked for too. Been feeling a bit bloated and concerned I may be putting on weight since my activity level has gone from super mum to couch potato - pushed myself to get on the scales this morning in order to curb my eating if that's what is required - but surprisingly I have lost 4kg's! That in it's self is concerning too so I'll have to keep a watchful eye on that. Tried driving over the weekend and all good - so met a friend for coffee today and had a little shopping time - bought a pair of boots (3" heels!)oops but they look ssssoooooo goooooood, bring on those sexy clothes )))))
  13. Hi mousey 77, So glad the worst is over, just take it easy now and rest up, you had twice removed what I did, 580g of "meat" I had removed -I was going to say lost - but I didn't lose it -that implies I want it back hahaha, sorry don't laugh! Positive thoughts coming your way x take care
  14. Hi girls, Day 14 yesterday and took another side and front pic, have uploaded them and re uploaded my other post op pics with the advise of Chacha, thank you getting less itchy now which is great, I have my jeans on today, fed up of wearing tracky pants - not very glam haha. still darent cough of sneeze, but other than that i feel great xx
  15. Hi mousey77, I'm so excited for you From others posting on here, he seems likes very good choice of surgeon. Nerves are good, but just concentrate on how good you are going to look even before your journey home. Good that you have everything booked early into the trip - less chance of eating something that doesn't agree with you, the last thing you need is to have to go to the loo more than you need too! Don't run around too much today, don't stress about things you don't get time to do, I'm sure your hubby will cope. My partner took me out for dinner the night before, just the two of us, and we had a lovely relaxed evening, that would otherwise have been me packing, unpacking and repacking a bag, stressing over things I should be doing I'll be thinking of you, what's the time difference at the moment for hong kong? X
  16. Hi Mousey77, had mine done in Adelaide by Dr Nicholas Marshall, he was so nice at the consult, made me feel at ease, gave me reassurance he would do a good job when I asked him straight out hahaha. Found him on the Internet and picked Jim over others because of his surgical history and interests. I would definitely recommend him. While I was at my check up on Monday, I asked why it hurt more up under my ribs ( im talking when i laugh, sneeze, cough) than down where my scar was, he said it was because he used instruments to prize my skin away from my muscle right up to there, and started sewing my abs together from up there down to the bottom - my partner jokingly said that if he was going that far up he could have just shoved in a couple of implants!! Cheeky buggar I don't remember my breast reduction hurting much at all, it's just that you use your abs when you don't even realise. I'll be thinking of you over the next few days, all the best, look forward to seeing your pics too. X
  17. Hi girls, Thanks for your feedback, I'm very happy. And I know my scar is probably as low as he could go, im just wearing very low cut knickers haha Hi New Me - I think I just accepted your friend request -that's how you view people's pics. There are 2 albums, one pre op and one from today post op you're very brave getting both done at the same time. If you read back the postings for 1st and 2nd day post op are mine and then I've posted in wobbleguts post op thread if you want to see how I went. I can take off my compression garment at night at the end of the week, no motocross riding for six weeks post op though awe well it's cool to just watch my guys too. Xx
  18. Hi All, Sorry they arnt in order, took me 45 minutes fighting with sizes and stuff to get them up! let me know what you think im over the moon, so glad i did it, worth every cent xx
  19. Hi wobbleguts, My swelling increases as the day goes on, by night time its quite noticeable, but in the morning after lying down probably its not too bad. I have my post op check up this arvo, I'm guessing he's going to want to take my dressing off to inspect my scar -not looking forward to that, I'm quite attached to it and it's definitely very attached to me hahaha I'm finding I can stretch out in bed now too which is great, I think I'm holding my shoulders in and forward, to compensate for not wanting to stretch my belly too much - my shoulders are starting to ache. We can't get my pics uploaded much to my disappointment - I'll try the library tomorrow..... My partner is over my -hessian sack - that's what he's calling my compression garment - very unsexy Your pics look awesome, such a radical change in shape already
  20. Hi Shirl, I had my TT done on the 10th of may, and I have my follow up appt tomorrow with my PS so I'll need to ask him about what I can claim back from Medicare - I'd forgotten about that and was just going to wait until tax time to claim 20% back! So thanks for reminding me I went private with no insurance and I've paid about $8200 worth every cent June isn't far off, best wishes xx
  21. Hi all, I'm day 8 post op now and feeling awesome, when I initially got out of bed, the day after surgery, I was surprised how upright I was! Expected to be doubled over but amazingly I just had a slight stoop haha. Been walking upright since Sunday (day 3), went for a walk yesterday and today, to get some fresh air and try to loosen up a bit, when I got back yesterday the middle of my belly was hot and burning, so I didn't go as far today. Want to get my mobility back but don't want to undo what my PS has done. Still wearing my compression garment day and night, seems to be helping with giving support and swelling (although the swelling has moved further south ; ) getting itchy areas though so taking an anti histamine. Have taken pics 2days post op and yesterday, but my computer is out of action at the moment and my iPad won't do it, I'll have to ask my partner if I can borrow his laptop tonight, otherwise it's a trip to the library, hhmm probably not haha You're doing so well wobbleguts, just about to check out your pictures... Mousey77 looking forward to following your progress
  22. Hi girls, Well I'm 4 days post op and The kids have gone to school. And my partner has gone to work since im coping really well. He has left me Wrapped up in my quilt in bed, I have a tv/DVD at hand, my phone, my iPad, a drink some choccies and pain killers if I need them awe bless him. He'll be back to make me lunch You'll all be pleased to know I managed my first poop last night! My support splint is comfortable and helps heaps, you can really tell the difference when you take it off. I'm walking fairly straight, thought I'd be doubled up since I thought I didn't have much skin to pull down, I'm having to support my lower back though as it's starting to ache a little. Not feeling very sexy yet Julie Ann, I have some swelling but no bruising that I can see which is great. Definitely no laughing post op, when my partner made me laugh the other night, after the initial giggle, the pain was so intense I burst into tears and that hurt too, when he saw I was crying he suggested he go home because he felt so bad he didn't though, but now tries very hard not to say funny things, which is proving to be difficult for him as we laugh all the time... Showering is fun, he wraps my belly in glad wrap, washes me, dries me and peels it off again, to delicately do my tummy separately. Have to apply betadine to my belly button as ordered by my PS Only had panadol yesterday for day 3, and had 1 endone twice through the night, haven't had any panadol yet this morning, just aches rather than sore. Skyped my mum last night so she could see I was ok, she feels better now its over. Going to have a snooze now, thanks again for your support xx
  23. Hi miz Lisa, The drains were just 2 plastic tubes with a suction ball and a small bag on the end, they had some blood in but not much, the tubes were positioned in my leg crease not in the suture line which I was pleased about. Had to carry them when I went to the toilet. I didn't have a catheter either, and if you don't, accept the bedpan during the first night cos getting out of bed will hurt! I had my hair done the day before my op too those little girly things help you get back on track sooner Your time will soon be here too, stay away from people who have colds
  24. Hi there, miz Lisa - my PS said there would be a 2 or 3 night stat post op, 5-7 seems a lot. I guess if I'd have private health insurance I may have stayed for the 3rd night, but my pain was under control, I was mobile, my drains were out, I was just waiting to poop! I was self funding in a private hospital anyway so the care wouldn't have been any different, I was getting board on my own, so decided to come home. Left about 3pm with a script for endone, my partner picked me up, to 30 min drive home was a little uncomfortable but was lovely to sleep in my own bed. It's 3pm now and still haven't pooped! Glad I didn't waste my money staying another night. When the nurse took my drain out she said I could shower so I did, was good to wash my hair and freshen up properly, painting my nails makes me feel better too Don't get me wrong the pain when I fainted post op was the worst I've ever felt! Much worse than getting up after a c section, but iv been stitched all the way up my abs as I found I had diastasis recti - worse than he first thought. And last night in bed my partner made me laugh - very unintentionally - but I was the same pain - like someone was rubbing a cheese grater up and down my belly. I have steristrips across my wound covered in hyperfix and no dressing on my belly button, just need to clean it once a day with betadine. Walking quite straight also, not as bent as I expected to be. Had a nice lie in this morning til 10:30 then lazed around in bed and got up for lunch about 1pm, taking it easy, only day 3 post op and happy already ))))
  25. Hi all, Had a better night, managed 2 hours on each side before waking and changing position. Keeping meds regular, chacha - don't think it's the endone, haven't felt nauseous since yesterday lunch. PS saw me this morning, pealed my dressing off to inspect, looks great, my last drain can come out and when I've had a poop I can go home! I said "with all due respect if I haven't pooped by early evening I'll be going home anyway, I'm not going to pay another $530 just to poop in their toilet"! He laughed, being self funded he knows I want to go home. So I've asked the nurse for something to help me "go" and we'll see, don't want to be constipated though, don't want to strain and pop my stitches. He wants to see me a week on Monday, just a check up - no stitches to remove! They are dissolvable. I've taken a pic of my wound with my iPhone, no idea if I can upload it to here so you may have to wait for that. Had a shower after drain came out which was lovely, so I've washed my hair and I've painted my toe and finger nails feel heaps better Oh - I nearly forgot. I asked him if I did have a hernia ( my gp thought I did) he said no but found that my lower abdominals were gaping open! No wonder exercise wasn't helping, and I had no core strength. I feel much better about knowing that too, makes the op less for cosmetic reasons and more for medical reasons as that could have caused me some ongoing problems as I get older. So I'm happy Thanks girls for your support and well wishes x
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