Friday, January 29, 2010

Shocker! 6 month update...

...ok so it's been 7, but who's really counting right? First and foremost let me apologize profusely for not posting an update sooner. I won't lie. I have no valid excuses, other than "life took over" which is pretty weak, I know. It's been so long that I actually forgot my Blogger password and had to have it resent to me today. I just realized that it's entirely possible that none of you even noticed (or gave a rat's arse) since unlike the last few times I didn't blog, I never got any emails requesting a new update. Hmmmm, I guess maybe the world doesn't revolve around me after all? No, impossible...I'm positively sure it IS all about me :)

Where. To. Start. I guess a whole freaking lot has happened so I better just pick something general to write about or we will be here for hours and you will think I am a ranting and raving crazy person by the end of it. Do you like how I say this as if you didn't already have that impression? LOL

Summer was great, I rocked the beach in a bikini (or bikinis as the case may be) for the majority of it since we had crazy heat waves and went on a 10 day holiday to the Okanagan in August. And can I just say, it felt fantastic. And I mean fanfuckingtastic! Seriously. I never once felt uncomfortable, not even around the skinny childless bitches whose bodies haven't seen a stretch mark or piece of cottage cheesy cellulite yet. It was, for lack of a better word, awesome. I have truly never felt better about myself.

The healing process itself is coming along nicely. I am still rebuilding my core strength (yes, still!) so that has been the biggest hurdle for me in all of this. Ok, maybe not the biggest hurdle. I just finished reading my entire blog as a reminder of what I went through and let me just say...OMFG I can't believe it! I had *almost* forgotten what the pain was like (you know how the mind tends to block out traumatic experiences? yeah, like that) but the hunchback walking, sleepless nights, tears of pain and regret, gut busting constipation, girdle wearing, and general gore quickly came flooding back once I started reading. Ok, I'm not going to that dark place, back to healing. The core strength issue has been the loooongest part of the process. I was doing P90X Ab RipperX last night and I can barely bang out 15 of the 25 reps of each exercise and I am a wheezing, panting, sweaty, flat on the floor MESS literally yelling "what the hell?!" by the end of it. And for those of you not familiar with it, it's only 15 mins long, albeit super intense. lol. But, I am hoping to be sporting a six pack this summer, or at very least a 2 pack dammit! This could be wishful thinking (or just plain delusional) on my part, but a girl can dream can't she?

As for my incision, the scar is still pretty ugly, although nowhere near as bad as it was last I posted. It is more pinkish than red, but as my surgeon keeps reminding me, this can take up to 2 YEARS to fade so we're hardly there yet. It is fairly flat now, more flush with the skin, which is good. The belly button scar is sort of brownish in color. And...drumroll please...I got it pierced 2 weeks ago! This is something I had wanted to do for years, but who in their right mind would pierce the wrinkled prune of skin that was my previous bb? There was some concern about piercing a surgically created belly button, but my piercer had prior experience with it and in his exact words upon examining me were "pardon my language, but your belly button is fucking perfect for piercing", so there you have it. It hardly hurt at all, possibly because it is still semi-numb since the surgery which was a good thing in this case. It started to scab up a few days ago and I was in a panic and went flying down to his shop to see him and he said it was all a normal part of healing. Thank god, can you imagine messing with a navel that cost $6,000+ to attain? That would be "add valium to your cereal" stressful, to say the least.

Side note: I'm starting to rethink this blogging idea tonight, as I'm not entirely 'with it' after the week I have had and my boys are behaving like hooligans behind me right now. I'm not sure a couch cushion to the head is helping my creative writing skills much. I could stop now and try again but I probably won't have/make the time this weekend to finish so bear with me. So I guess what I'm saying is that if I'm not as witty as usual, I'm putting the blame onto everyone else...

As promised as the reason behind why I got the TT when I did, I have returned back to work. I'm not full time, but 4-6hrs a day 5 days a week is plenty when you have 4 kids and a husband (read: 5 kids) so I'm pretty happy with it. Although as mentioned above, this week was a complete gong show and I actually came home from work and whacked back some Ativan on Wednesday. But that's a whole other blog post for another day. Quite possibly on a different blog site, one where profanity and threats of violence are not against the rules :P

I know many of you are going to want pictures inserted here, so I'm just going to be honest about why I'm not posting any today. Mother Nature reared her ugly red head this morning and I feel like a giant bloated cow, plus my piercing is still a bit scabby. I absolutely super duper pinky swear promise to post one next week though. Even if I don't have time to blog, I'll post a picture to go with this entry. Deal? Actually, come to think of it I do have some bikini pics from late summer I could post for the time being. Many of you who are my 3 dimensional friends will have seen them. Look again. Or, don't. Whatev.

I guess, all in all, I believe that there is a happy ending to my story. Any minor hiccups along the way were just that and I can say with a billion percent certainty that all the pain and torture (both emotional and physical) and pure, utter Hell I went through is finally worth it. I can recall a blog post early on in my recovery where I was (not so patiently) waiting for the day to come. I'm thrilled to say...it has arrived.










19 comments:

  1. So glad your blogging again, i have to admit tho I was hoping it was domestic dive blogging! Hope she comes out again :) I do have a question for you, and am asking for some advice too.... Knowing my situation, I am planning a TT and BA, preferably at the same time. Having just had a baby, well 10 days ago and an 19 month old, I am thinking I should wait till the youngest is at least 2. My concern is for caring for my kids after. How soon are you allowed to pick up your kids etc? Is it like the C-section I had? 6 weeks?

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  2. You bet, 6 weeks for lifting anything...and even then it's with ease!! As for being "like" the c-section, that's about the ONLY similiarity. I thought for sure it would be the same-ish level of pain but there's just no comparison. Not even close.

    I would DEFINITELY recommend doing the TT/BA at the same time, without doubt. There's no reason to put yourself through recovery x 2 for total of 12 weeks separately.

    I think 2 would be a good number of years to wait. It will give you a good solid year to lose the baby weight, as your surgeon will likely want you at a stable weight for at least a year before they will operate. SO all in all that would be good timing. He will be more independent at that stage too and you can get creative with caring for him. BUT, you will absolutely NEED "full-time" help for the first 2 weeks. After that you would/should be fine with a modified routine.

    I actually read through my other blog last night and was (pleasantly) surprised at how much better life is 2 years later. I may post there one day again, who knows. Stay tuned :)

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  3. You look amazing, congratulations!!! I laughed through most your blog LOL you're a riot! I've been trying to research as many personal experiences as possible before jumping in to my own surgery, and yours helped a lot. Thanks for being honest, even grotesquely so LOL I have a circumferential body lift and breast lift scheduled for May 13... yes, Friday the 13th =/ I'm terrified but doing it no matter what haha It took me 2 years to lose the weight, then got pregnant and have maintained for another 2 years so I think I'm good to go =) Anyway, just wanted to tell you that your story is amazing and very entertaining... thanks for sharing it!

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  5. finally a real blog!! I've been looking for a real day to day experience on TT and you have gone beyond excceeding it. love how gruesome and true you are, no sugar coating here! this is of course 2 years later from you last post so im not expecting a reply but look forward to one anyways. i would love to see any new pics of your scars since thats the main thing holding me back. no one has posted 1yr+ pics.. you look amazing your surgeon did an amazing job and i wish i get great results like you!

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  6. So how did your finsl result turn out? How does the scar look now after all this time? I'm dying to find out! Please update, pretty please?
    I'm scared to get a TT but i think seeing your result will put my mind at ease.
    Thanks!

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  7. Wow this ended up looking great I have been considering a tummy tuck in Utah for a while now. But the scar is a little concerning. Thanks for the blog.

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  8. I plan on getting a tummy tuck in the near future because of extra skin i developed from being pregnant with my son but I'd like to hear some stories of anyone who's had a tummy tuck done. Give me details of how the whole procedure/experience went. How was the outcome of it? What was the consultation like? Any advice or stories would be great!
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  9. Just wanted to say I appreciated you sick sense of humor and sarcasm that is much like my own! I had a TT 6 days ago and have to admit it has been a hellish emotional rollercoaster. The best part being today I came upon you blog. EVERYTHING I had been feeling, guilt, pain, fear, happy, everything was right here. I also am an athletic girl, had 2 kids one at 39 one at 41 and at 45 decided this was for me. Almost cancelled the day of. I had my drains pulled at day 4 (hellish experience) and was standing upright day 4 as well. Still am not sold on the procedure though my results I am sure will be fantastic. Just blown away by the invasiveness of it all... huge scar , the way my belly feels now, etc. I wanted to just say that your blog will really help me as I go through the next 6 months, including getting back to working out and etc. I have my third Tough Mudder the end of May (will be 5 1/2 months out) and hope I can do it physically, rocked the previous two with old belly (and look better doing it) you really helped put it all in perspective and honestly I may have fallen into some deep dark hole psychologically if I hadn't fallen across you blog, thanks again and I hope all is still well with you!

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  11. Hi There, I am not sure if you check this blog anymore but I am looking to talk to someone about it. I am also Canadian, having it done the same timing as you and am very active. I have two small kids as well. I wondered if I could e-mail you a few questions privately. EG: I have a work even 3 weeks post - what kind of items can I wear with the binder? I am planning on hiking the Grand Canyon 4 months after (ok??), did the kids see you for the first week? What did you say to them? So many questions I know. I just dont' know anyone first hand that has had it done. Much appreciated if you could lend advice.

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