Made it through surgery!

Oy, I gotta tell you friends, this surgery, compared to the surgery I had in November, has been so much easier so far! {knock on wood!} I don’t know why, but I feel guilty saying that. All went well for my surgery – it was 2 hours in surgery and 1 hour in recovery that flew by. Carlos and I got home around 3:30pm on Friday and I was wide awake. I didn’t feel groggy or tired at all, and wasn’t feeling any pain since I was pumped full of pain medicine from the surgery.

We watched t.v. until about 9:00pm and then, I went to bed. IN MY BED! You know why that is in all caps? Because I slept IN MY BED! I was beyond excited to not have to sleep in the chair this time. I slept in the chair for what felt like weeks last time. I was nervous this time because the incision is on my back but I can still lay on it, I don’t feel anything. I just sleep slightly elevated and all is well. I didn’t take any Vicodin Friday night, just some Tylenol PM and I was good.

I got up all by myself on Saturday, took my medicine and cozied up on the couch with Iggy until Carlos woke up.

I got slightly antsy Saturday afternoon but then remembered when the doctor had to stab me to drain the fluid last time so I sat down and didn’t move for the rest of the night until I went to sleep. I slept again with just the Tylenol PM, no Vicodin. Sunday, I was very good – I sat all day long and only got up to go to the bathroom.

Both Saturday and Sunday, I drank a lot of water and feel very hydrated. I haven’t been very hungry but Carlos is doing a really good job taking care of me and bringing me food. A couple of my sisters came over on Saturday but I decided not to have anyone over on Sunday or Monday. No specific reason, I wasn’t feeling horrible, just didn’t feel like having people over.

I don’t need as much help as I did last time. I can stand up by myself, go to the bathroom by myself, and do almost everything myself. The only thing I can’t do is lift anything. I have full range of motion with my arms but am trying not to move them too much since every time I do, I stretch my back slightly.

All in all, I feel amazing. I don’t feel like I just had surgery at all. My back feels like I got a sunburn but that’s it. I can’t feel anything under my arms and haven’t seen the incision itself, outside of pictures. The doctor told me to keep my compression garment on until Tuesday so I won’t see anything until then.

For those of you who want to see pictures, click HERE and use the password “graphic”. There aren’t as many pictures as last time but just as graphic so I didn’t want to post them in case some of you get squeamish.

I’m not sure I’ll update tomorrow because all I’m doing is just sitting here… nothing very exciting to report 🙂 We’ll see if anything fun happens but the view from the chair isn’t very entertaining!

Thank you again for all the prayers and well wishes – I’m on the road to recovery and doing well!

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Surgery Day

I cannot believe I agreed AND PAID to do this again. Another surgery. In scared out of my mind. The first surgery, I had no clue what was in store for me. Now? Freakin’ scared.

I’m actually more nervous about the moments right before surgery. I’m suppose to arrive at 10:30 this morning where they’ll take before pictures, I’ll change into a robe and then Dr. Gervias will have me stand up so he can use a permanent marker to draw where the incisions will be. It’s that moment where last time, I almost fainted twice because if the smell of the permanent marker combined with my nerves and empty stomach. It sounds silly but I’m most nervous about that.

All the incisions and feeling post-surgery? Eh, they give good pain medication. I really didn’t have that much pain from the last surgery. I know it sounds backward.

I haven’t eaten since dinner last night. My last meal? Crackers & tuna plus a bowl of soup. I told Carlos my eating for the weekend & next week will need to be extremely low sodium so as not to bloat to as much as I did last time.

I took today off from work as well as Monday and Tuesday. I plan on going back to work on Wednesday although I won’t be running around work like crazy.

I will be meeting a friend for a run this morning to help distract myself. I’ll come home, shower and will take Iggy for a walk. I want to vacuum and then, off to the doctor!

I’ll update maybe on Sunday but we’ll see. Until then, feel free to check in in me via twitter

Thank you for all the well wishes & prayers. Have a great weekend!

16 Weeks Post Skin Removal Surgery

Can you believe it’s been 16 weeks since my November surgery? Time has gone so quickly!

I feel about 99% back to normal. I still feel a tug when I move the wrong way in bed but for the most part, I don’t even think of my incisions anymore. Here are the scars:

The scar on my arm is starting to lighten up a bit. It feels like a small rope so I keep massaging it really hard to break up the scar tissue. It might not help much but at least I’m doing something. My stomach scar is very flat, some areas you can’t even feel the scar. The color is much more red than the arm but it’s covered up 99% of the time so that isn’t bothersome.

You want to know the best thing in the entire world? My clothes fit so well! My arms fit into shirts and my stomach doesn’t hang over my pants anymore. In fact, the weather has been so nice as of late, I wore a tank top out to dinner with Carlos last night and didn’t even care about showing off my arms! People will probably always be able to see a little bit of my arm scar from behind but it doesn’t bother me. It’s actually much easier to deal with that than the skin.

I still can’t believe I had the surgery and it’s surreal that I’m going back in for another surgery tomorrow. I’ll be glad when this is all over and I can just wedding plan!