It’s been a few weeks since my last update- life has gotten busy as the end of the school year approaches for the three oldest C’s but I hope to have more time for blogging through the summer! As of this Monday I am 5 weeks post-op and feeling great! The drain was removed 10 days post-op- just in time for a fun trip! We headed to Walt Disney World when I was 1.5 weeks post-op and had a blast! I was scheduled to run the 2015 Expedition Everest Challenge (the final run for this race), but due to the change in the surgical date I knew that running would not be an option. I ended up walking the race which combined with the scavenger hunt was only a 10K (5K for each part).
Yes, I did the whole thing in flip flops. I live in them so my feet are pretty used to them. By the end of the race I got pretty miffed with the number of people behind me making comments about me being in flips so at one point I actually turned around and addressed the comments with something along the lines of- “FYI, I can hear you. Yes, I am in flip flops, and just for the record I am currently moving along in front of you. And BTW I just had surgery.” That seemed to help as I neared the finish line :) C1 also participated with me along with one of my amazing agents- M. The two of them ran most of the 5K and we planned to catch up during the scavenger hunt, but somehow I ended up passing them without realizing it and crossed the finish line before them which was a bit of a bummer as I had hoped for us to all cross together.
We still got a great pic together just past the finish line:
I’m truly sad to see the end of the Expedition Everest Challenge as it was a great race! We ran through Animal Kingdom from 10pm to 2am and the scavenger hunt was a fun challenge that kept us on our toes. I truly hope that RunDisney replaces this race with something similar as it will be missed. My next run will likely be the Disney Princess Half Marathon again in 2016 and I will also be running the inagural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon in 2016! More on that later this year! I was really, really, really swollen and bloated after the race (which was expected) so I began doing double compression wraps. After a tummy tuck you have to wear compression garments for months- but they tend to stretch out over time. My post-op garment was a white abdominal binder that velcro’s around the waist. A few days later they changed me to a compression garment that reminds me of a granny girdle. At first I dreaded it, but after about 5 minutes I LOVED it- not for style (it’s hideous and creates very rough lines) but for how it secures you. Compression helps not only with swelling but also with comfort- the pressure from the binders makes you feel very supported and secure. It snaps up on two sides with hook closures (like a bra) and has a zipper on top of each row of closures. After the race I double wrapped by placing the velcro binder over it for more compression which helped a lot with swelling and comfort. I probably wouldn’t leave the house in two binders (it’s too bulky) but while at home I am almost always double wrapped- and always at night when I sleep.
We spent the first part of the day after the race at the pool and rented a cabana which gave me some down time from walking through the parks. I didn’t go in the water but I did get to rest and watch the kids have fun for the day! That night we headed into Hollywood Studios for several hours. The only bummer about the trip was that due to the surgery I couldn’t ride anything that had a height restriction. It was like being pregnant again!
For a die-hard Disney girl it was tough, but it was still worth it just to be there in the parks and not having to postpone the trip because of the surgery. Plus there is ‘drinking around the world’ in EPCOT- WIN! When I got home I had a few weeks of follow up complete with lots of questions at each visit. Most of my questions revolved around scar progress. The tummy scar changes a lot as you move through the many stages of healing. The breast scars are less visible due to their location so it seems as though a lot more of my focus fell on the abdominal scars. One side seemed very puckered than the other which really freaked me out, but I was reassured that it is part of my recovery along with the ridge that was still very prominent last month. My surgeon calls it the healing ridge and said that it is an important part of the healing process. This is where you have to place a lot of faith and trust in your surgeon. You are working through a process that can take up to a year for full healing and one that comes with various stages of change. Unsurprisingly it’s hard for a control-freak like me to surrender to a time consuming process that I don’t have a lot of control over. Overall I try to keep busy and focus on my tasks- mainly scar massage and constant compression. By week two and a half one area of my abdominal scar seemed to be weeping excessively so I started an antibiotic as a precaution. My surgeon isn’t convinced that it was an infection because any area where two incisions meet can be a difficult spot to close especially after the drain is removed. Regardless, I was glad to be on the antibiotic just in case and by the next day the area dried out and began to close. I have resumed walking most nights for at least 2 miles. By next week I hope to be able to resume running. I will try to post pics in my next update- but for now I have one that illustrates how much the reduction has changed my shape. While I have no problem showing people my actual before and after photos face to face, I won’t be posting them on the net and burning the eyes of anyone who reads this (you are so welcome) :) This pic was taken around week 3 or 4. The stretched out area of my tank top is where my breasts fell before surgery. Really.
As of today the girls are high, dry and pointing to the sky! I don’t need to wear a bra so the shape you see in this pic is where they actually are without it- but I will probably wear a sports bra day and night for the rest of my life because I never want them to sag again! In all seriousness- they are AMAZING and I feel that the breast reduction/lift was the best body-altering decision I have ever made. The scars are already beginning to fade and they look great! I’m wearing the granny style compression in this pic so you can see the zipper silhouettes if you look near my hips. Necklace styling by my beautiful daughter :) As to pain management I weaned off the Demerol a few days post-op and switched to Motrin. I had to take one Valium each night for about a week to control post-op muscle spasms. I stopped taking Motrin about 2 weeks after surgery because I no longer needed it for pain, but my nurse had me start back on it to help reduce swelling. My abdominal swelling was very uncomfortable for the first 3-4 weeks and is only now starting to be more manageable- though I still have more progress to make in that area. I would say that the overall pain I experienced was actually less than what I expected. I had absolutely no pain at all from the breast reduction/lift. All of my pain was from the tuck and I would liken it to the same feeling as a c-section. I have had several emails with surgery questions so I am going to create a list of Breast Reduction and Tummy Tuck ‘things to expect’ and I’ll link it back to this page once I finish it. In the meantime let me know if there is anything I missed that you are wondering about! Thanks for following along and for all of the kind words of support!