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Sorry it has taken me so long to share this. My blog went down last week and it has taken me a while to catch up. Anyway, I wanted to share my week 1 tummy tuck experience with you because I know you are dying to see some pictures.
I have to say that week one was not what I expected at all. I figured I would be in extreme pain, and that I wouldn’t be moving around much, but that wasn’t the case. I was actually in very little pain (after the first day) and was moving around every day. I did laundry, cooked, and even drove on day 4 (though I don’t recommend it).
What caught me a little of guard was the emotional “funk” I was in. I didn’t really know what to expect after the surgery and when I removed my bandage what I saw scared me and discouraged me a little. While the upper half of my stomach looked much better, the lower half looked worse. It was swollen, shiny, red, and of course had a huge scar on it. I knew there would be a scar but the swelling is what shocked me. I wasn’t sure if it was normal because I couldn’t really find any pictures online that looked exactly like mine. I did however call Dr. Davis to make sure everything that was going on was normal and it was. I’m not sure if it was a mix of the pain meds, and just not knowing what to expect but I did get a little depressed. Nothing major I just felt foggy all the time and kind of sad.
I was able to remove the bandages after 48 hours and take a shower, which felt amazing! My abs were still numb so I didn’t feel any pain, but the incision area was a little sore. That was the only thing that hurt the entire first week. I made it bleed once when I was trying to get off the couch (by myself) but don’t think that would have happened if I would have had someone to help me. As far as pain goes that was the only time I felt pain, when I would move in a way that bothered the incision, and oddly enough it was only on the right side.
Another thing that may have contributed to that pain was the way I took my pain medication. I didn’t realize that I should have been taking both the pain pills and the anti-nausea meds to help me sleep, so I think I would have had an even better experience if I would have followed the medication instructions more closely.
TIP: If you are recovering or planning to have this procedure one thing I found really helpful during the first week was standing as straight as possible by backing up to the wall. I would walk over to the wall and stand with my back to it, trying to straighten up as much as I possibly could. I did this every time I got up. It helped a lot with the back pain because your back gets stressed because it’s doing the work your abs normally do.
I am thrilled with my results and will try to get week 2′s picture up soon (assuming I don’t lose my blog again or get struck by lightening ).