Tomorrow is 3 weeks out from surgery. I think I'm doing pretty good. I've been seeing this guy that specializes in post-op massage & he declared me "healed & sealed" on Friday. Basically, my incisions have all closed up & the scabs have now fallen off. Now I'm just left with new, tender, raised red scars. Luckily, I've had no issues to this point - none of the stitches popped open or anything like that. whew!
I'm still sore & tight, my belly is really numb & hard, my right nipple randomly starts tingling at odd times and I'm still swollen around my mid-section & in my low back (but its going getting a little better everyday). My doc & the masseuse were all impressed with how quickly I've healed. Here's what I think the keys to success have been (so far)
1. waiting to reach goal weight. I know a lot of people stall out & want to get surgery when they are 20, 30 or 40 lbs out from goal. Don't. Wait til you reach the end. I'm so glad I did. Those last 10lbs made a huge difference. Seriously - stay on track, power through the plateau, maintain goal for a few months AND then go in for plastics.
2. healthy going in = healthy coming out. I'm so glad I was in great shape before surgery. this thing takes soooo long to recover from & you need to be strong to do it.
3. eating right. Post PS eating is a lot like WLS eating. Lots of protein, minimal carbs, minimal sodium & take your supplements
4. drink lots of water. stay hydrated. seems to be the answer for so many things! :)
I survived going back to work last week. No lie - Monday was tough. I hit a wall about 4pm & then I was done. DONE! Everyday got a little bit better but I totally crashed when I got home and was beyond pooped when Friday rolled around. Honestly, kinda glad that I can't go to the gym right now - doubt I'd have the energy for a typical 2-hour workout. However, I can already tell that I am losing muscle tone & that I'm starting to get soft. ugh!!! Still banned from any serious sweating for another 3 weeks but I am walking everyday. its better than nothing.
Before going back to work, I trolled through my closet to see if anything would fit over the compression garment & the swelling. Happy to report that everything fit. yeah!!! I can see a major difference in how things fit - especially in the bum. I have no ass now. yippee!
Now that I am healed & sealed, I started scar therapy over the weekend. I bought a bunch of silicone sheets at the drugstore but its not going that great. The ones across my back keep peeling off everything time I pull my panties down to go to the bathroom. The ones under my bra band seem to be doing a little better. My doc gave me some fancy new gel to try out which seems ok. Honestly, the scars really gross me out & I don't even like touching them. blech. The post-op massage guy said the product itself doesn't matter as much as just rubbing them a couple times a day (blech). Lets see if I can get over my squeamishness.