Well, you can probably guess from that last post that I went with doc # 3 - baby bear - because his porridge is just right (Manda so nailed me on this one). He was the doc I was most comfortable with...I know how I feel when I make a good decision (calm) or when I make a bad one (frazzled). Right now, I've got that good decision vibe all around me....
My surgery is scheduled for May 1 & I'll be taking 2 whole weeks off of work. This one was a little tough to explain at work....I didn't share any details on my band surgery (tucked it between xmas & new years so no one noticed I was out) and I have no intention of sharing deets on this either. I did want to let my office now that "out" means "out" for these two weeks and I that I will be unreachable - without explaining why. So, I told my boss in private that I needed to have surgery. Instantly, he is all concerned and wants to helpful but I tell I don't want to talk about it. I'm sure he assumed its girl-parts related and no guy I've ever met wants to know gory info on that. I'm just going to let him run with that thought tho'....and then begged him not to make me travel for the entire month of May. He instantly agreed and asked no questions. Evil? perhaps. Manipulative? sure. I'm ok with that.
So, I'm only about 2 weeks from surgery. yikes! I had my pre-op appt last week. Mostly just lots of instructions from the nurse, a quick chat with the surgeon and the requirement to pay in full. I'm now $20,599 ways committed to this.
Meeting with the surgeon was good & reaffirmed that I made the right choice. There are two big open issues about the surgery right now...
1. Auto augmentation of the butt or not? I had to do a lot of Googling to find info on this one. It's where the doc folds down a flap of skin at the top of each cheek during a butt lift. Apparently during a butt lift people can end up with higher - but flatter - butts. Doc said it was up to me & I just don't know. On one hand, it seems like another thing that could go wrong or get lumpy but I want to have a beautiful booty. Really on the fence about this one. Suggestions?
2. how far should the upper body lift scar go across my back? again, I dunno. One thing I realized meeting with all the surgeons & taking a long, hard look at my body now is that I am basically a sack of skin. I asked each of the surgeons about lipo and all of them said I didn't have anything left to lipo. Shocking news!!!! All of my excess flesh it really just excess skin. I was floating in my bathtub last nite and could grab huge handfuls of loose skin all up & down my back, my belly, my ass. On this one, I'm inclined to ask the doc to be aggressive. I'm only doing this once & I might as well make it count. I know the trade-off is a longer scar but it'll be hidden under a bra.
I am still trying to come to terms with the amount of scarring I'll end up with after this whole thing. I'm afraid I'm going to look like a magician's assistant who really was cut in half. Before I get too freaked out in my head, I realize the only people that will ever these scars will be my husband and the ladies at gym who see me when I'm changing in the locker room. That doesn't sound too bad. Actually, BethAnn just posted a beautifully written post here about the mental journey to plastics.