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Tummy Tuck 103: Recovery Part 2

Continuing with my tummy tuck blog posts!  If you’re still with me, thank you!

After the first twenty-four hours, slowly the body starts to get better.  As I said in an earlier post, I spent the first week with my sister.  This worked out perfectly.  I was able to sleep when I needed to, relax, and the walk around to visit with her and my nephews (hiding all my gross drains and stitches, of course!)

My husband left after twenty-four hours to take care of things at home, and it was up to my sweet sister to take care of me.  I never felt like the pain was out of control or that it was unbearable.  Of course I hurt, and I walked like a stooped-over old lady (you cannot fully stand up straight for at least three weeks), but I was able to binge watch Netflix (something I can rarely do with four children!) and nap on and off when I needed it. I slept a lot.  And when I wasn’t sleeping, I was watching Making a Murderer (so good!).  I made sure to stay on top of my pain pills.

One of the most uncomfortable things is when they pull your drainage tubes out.  It burns so bad.  They can pull them out once your fluid stops accumulating.  It doesn’t hurt, but it is very uncomfortable.  You may also need some of your stitches pulled out, even if they are dissolving ones.  I had quite a few that my doctor had to remove after a week.  That doesn’t feel awesome, either.

My scar has turned out very nice.  It’s fine, not puffy, and barely noticeable.  I attribute this to using SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel and 3M Silicone Tape over the incisions as soon as my doctor gave me the okay.  I used them for six weeks, and I really feel like those two things helped my skin heal much, much better.

The first week I was pretty much knocked out on pain pills.  Week 2 I was home, but mostly on bedrest.  I could get up and fix my kids their breakfast and lunches, but I couldn’t drive (I was still on pain pills).  My belly-button looked weird–the surgeon kept my original one instead of making me a new one–and I thought it might have been infected (it wasn’t).  I still walked hunched over.  Getting out of bed was a struggle, and I had to sleep on my back with pillows under my knees, back and side so I could get out without straining my abs.  Week 3 I started to feel almost human again.  I could drive (I was only taking the pain pills at night and only then as needed), walk a little straighter, and do a little more for myself.  Of course I wasn’t 100%.  And I still couldn’t work out or do anything strenuous.

I am going to post a before and after picture.  This is a bit scary for me, but I think it will help show the huge difference.

2 thoughts on “Tummy Tuck 103: Recovery Part 2

  1. I’m enjoying this ‘real’ girl talk Tricia – keep writing. Had no idea the recovery was three weeks or that the drains hurt. You are setting people up for success!


  2. I can’t thank you enough for opening up and being so vulnerable. Ive read all your blogs and have an increased admiration for you! Ive learned so much and there are parts i can relate to about your experiences with anxiety. I feel like i know you so much better, like you’re my friend or girlfriend and we’ve had lunch and just caught up on things! Keep up your wonderful blogging and thank you for having the courage to do it! And for what it’s worth, i DO think you are quite a special and amazing person. (Oh, and if it makes you feel better, i only shower once a month, lol!)


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