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Last Updated: February 13th, 2008. Me Only Better (Process on the way...) I invite you to take a look around, make a comment if you like, or rate my profile...I would love to hear from you while I heal :D


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January 1st, 2008 - What an incedrible way to start my new year! I can't believe the time has come -- my very own make over. I am soo excited, but as the days draw closer, I sometimes (for just a second) get a bit nervous/anxious LOL

About Me - I am 34 years old, a mother of 2, really struggled to loose the weight thro exercise,diet and medication...this is my last resort, and new lease on life! Like many of you, I am thrilled to have a second chance at being a better ME!

My TT surgery is 3 days away...I wanted to do a few more procedures, like lipo flanks and love handles etc. but PS is against the idea, he doesn't want me under general anes. more than 4 hours...so that concerns me...I hope the final result will be spectacular, and not a disappointment becoz of these other troublesome areas....

...anyways, tomorrow i have final bloodwork and chest xrays done...then on Friday, I meet PS one last time, before my big day!

January 2nd, 2008 - Tests went smoothly, I registered at the hospital (because of language barriers, wanted to make sure Saturday's check in would be smooth sailing!) --- that's me :D Mrs. Organized (hee heee)

January 3rd - Will do bulk grocery shopping today to cover the next few weeks, and will prepare some soups to freeze for myself -- might even make some dinners for the family, and fill up the big deep freezer I got this summer.

January 4th - One more sleep to my Big Day! Yay Yay Yay...(i hope i can doze off tonight)- met with PS earlier...talked about the details of surgery, he addressed all my last minute questions, asked me to increase my protein intake after Monday, proteins will help with the healing of the incision he says. We will be at hospital at 7am tomorrow, surgery will start around 9am!

January 5th - 9th -- Its done!!!! I had my FTT on Saturday!

PS says it went smoothly; he removed at least 6 lbs of skin and fat! Can you believe that!

I was released from hospital yesterday, but what a few days it has been! After the surgery, off course, i was extremely drowsy and soooo tired - I slept for the rest of the day...thank goodness for the IV painkillers, antibotics, and the catheter. I thought that if I moved, even slightly, I would snap like a twig! My abdomen was tight and the pain was incredible from above my privates to under my boobs, it was hell! I think giving birth to my babies was easier LOL.

Then came Sunday, and PS came to visit. He decided it was time to walk a bit, to get the blood circulation going. With a couple of nurses, my hubby and him, they were able to lift me into an upright position, and helped me stand up! OMG, my abdomen felt as hard and inflexible as a surfboard...really, I was going to break in half...the pain can only be described as a burning pain, one like when you do too many crunches times 6 million or something :) Eventually, it seemed like a half hour later, I began dragging one foot behind the other!

The drains are another inconvenience. Amidst the pain, you have to watch out for these tubes sticking out off your pubis, trying not to sleep on them, in fear of smooshing them, hence they cannot drain into their containers. My containers are huge, they like plastic martini shakers, accept you don't want to fill these up!

I got home yesterday...its nice to be in my bed -the family has been wonderful, its strange to be taken off, when it is usually me, taking care off them :D

I continue on a course of antibiotic pills and pain relievers (to be taken as neeeded) LOL - drinking lots of water and milk (for the protein), and eating regularly now.

Drains might come off on Thursday night, depending on the readings from the log I am keeping.

Can you believe, I have not seen the results yet! I was in so much pain when my dressings were changed, I could not lift my head to take a peek, and now, all I can see is a somewhat flatter belly than before...I will let you know soon when I get a closer look. I think it should be dramatic, seeing that 6 pounds was removed, but its hard to see with this tight corset around me, and the belly button and the hip to hip incision is covered under the dressings.

January 11th -- Its Day 5 and I am in SWELL HELL!!! I'm experiencing severe cramps from the slightest movement, and my lower back hurts from wearing the corset 24/7. Had my dressings changed this evening, when PS removed 2 of the band aids over the incision some skin came off too, very painful thing to happen...taking meds, and feeling really tired, so I will write some more another time...

January 17th - Its Day 12 already. I am fed up of this corset..it's tight, I feel itchy, and haven't slept well for a few nights. The dressings were removed, no drains now, so I feel its easier to get around...however, getting out off bed is still painful. Saw the incision last night for the first time! It is so long, hip to hip, but it looks neat, which is the good part, PS says I'm healing well...keep on the high protein diet he says...i think I've had enough of chicken for a while. I can take a bath now, after applying a thick layer of some waterproofing ointment, i can get into that shower, my DH is going to help me later tonight. I haven't seen the BB in detail as yet...its covered under dressings for now...Pain is there, but is more of a dull burn, and am coping without any pain meds.

Looks like I've exhausted all the space allowed here! What I will do, is continue my journal with each picture I add on from now. Thanks for the comments and compliments, and for taking the journey with me :) I'll post pics weekly! Stay tuned :D


Comments (24)
cream123From: cream123 | 2009-10-15 15:25:39

I must say you didn't leave anything out. I love the way you logged in every few days to give people like myself,knowledge on what to except.
I am having surgery in November 2009, and I was wondering if you could post an up to date photo.
*Yusi*From: *Yusi* | 2008-06-18 14:11:40

You look great!!!
*Yusi*From: *Yusi* | 2008-06-18 14:11:02

crystal74From: crystal74 | 2008-02-24 13:46:20

Wow, I thought I was looking in the mirror! Only I haven't had the surgery, I want it soooo bad I can't stand it. The money is the only thing holding me back. You look great and your album was very helpful, I am also 34 and a mother of two. And I understand the struggle with the weight thing. Thanks for making such a great album!!! Crystal
kathiegFrom: kathieg | 2008-02-08 21:39:56

You look good I would like to see more picture went you post them and like the fact you tell us how you feel at each stage,cause I will be getting a tummy tuck w/ waist,hips, back lipo and breast reduction and lift. I think I have more rolls, but I am the same height and weight and ages. So I can see what the out come of someone in the same type body and ages range could be .I wish your recovery well.
kathiegFrom: kathieg | 2008-02-08 21:36:26

You look good I would like to see more picture went you post them and like the fact you tell us how you feel at each stage,cause I will be getting a tummy tuck w/ waist,hips, back lipo and breast reduction and lift. I think I have more rolls, but I am the same height and weight and ages. So I can see what the a out come of someone in my body and ages range.I wish your recevery well.
kathiegFrom: kathieg | 2008-02-08 21:36:06

You look good I would like to see more picture went you post them and like the fact you tell us how you feel at each stage,cause I will be getting a tummy tuck w/ waist,hips, back lipo and breast reduction and lift. I think I have more rolls, but I am the same height and weight and ages. So I can see what the a out come of someone in my body and ages range.I wish your recevery well.
Godsfavored1From: Godsfavored1 | 2008-02-06 21:12:09

You look soooooo good!!!! I could not find someone simular to me but when I seen you.... I had so much more hope on how my results would be. Thank you so much for sharing. You are a TRUE DIVA!You go girl....
DREAMCOMTRUE77From: DREAMCOMTRUE77 | 2008-01-30 13:37:55

ktummykoFrom: ktummyko | 2008-01-26 13:09:44

you look awesome! thank you for the comment. i cant wait to go in~! i hope my change is as dramatic as yours!
texasbeautyFrom: texasbeauty | 2008-01-23 20:41:59

Ouch, that's so unfortunate about the tape area that peeled away your skin! That looks so painful, but at least it does appear to be healing up nicely! Can you believe we're almost at the 3 weeks mark?? My how time flies when you're busy getting gorgeous! :) You take care and keep healing!
me.only.betterFrom: me.only.better | 2008-01-23 00:51:35

Friends, it looks like I exhausted all the space allowed in the Description to the left! I will continue my journal here in the comments log!

January 23 - Its Day 18, and its getting easier :) On Monday, all my stitches were removed. It was PAINLESS! Yay...The incision has sealed off completely. All that's left is a layer of dark scab over it. Its feel hard to the touch, and has started to fall off in patches along the incision. Its best to let that happen on it own, so that scarring is minimal. Accept for the problem area, recovery is on schedule. We also discovered I have a dog ear on my left hip! No biggie says PS, it can be rectified in his office, by making a small incision in it, and then resetting it, for a flatter smoother finish. Thank goodness!
pepperpotFrom: pepperpot | 2008-01-22 11:38:01

You look great, i've been watching you're progress because you look a lot like me. i will have my TT on
jan 28. Feelin a little bit anxious. After seeing you i am hopeful. Girl you got it going on! All the best.
tina0011From: tina0011 | 2008-01-18 20:19:43

Hey toy look great I love the way you lAyed everthing out on here I am having mine 2-12-08 is it normal to be scared to death?I am so scared I just dont want to die from this that is what I am scared of my ps is double board cerified and it will be done in a hospital over night stay and anasteaoligist is a dr. not a nurse.So I have checked every out is it normal for me to be this scared?Thanks Tina
texasbeautyFrom: texasbeauty | 2008-01-18 13:22:35

Looking great in your post op pics! For the record, those are the biggest drains I have ever seen in my life!! You're right, they are martini shakers! :) Hope you're healing well and hanging in there! Cant wait to see more pics of your progress. :)
seekingmeagainFrom: seekingmeagain | 2008-01-17 19:02:27

Thank you so much for doing this journal. You look fabulous already
seekingmeagainFrom: seekingmeagain | 2008-01-17 19:00:09

Thank you so much for doing this journal. You look fabulous already
SEXYEYESNJFrom: SEXYEYESNJ | 2008-01-17 17:56:34

You look real good!!!!. Where there is pain there is pleasure (lol) think summertime girl. Hang in there girl
texasbeautyFrom: texasbeauty | 2008-01-11 19:55:57

Thank you for the well wishes!! FYI, my tt went amazingly!! I posted post-op pics from my week one appt. I read that you've had a lot of pain - get well soon! It's SO tight right?? Such a change from the days of being mushy and floppy! Cant wait to see your pics!!!! :)
crl_From: crl_ | 2008-01-06 18:08:55

hope everything went well, looking forward to seeing post op pics
shilaraeFrom: shilarae | 2008-01-04 06:39:36

Good Luck to you!!
You will look wonderful, as I don't think I have seen anyone's photos on here that doesn't look amazing!
My SX is on the 9th, Yay!!!!
texasbeautyFrom: texasbeauty | 2008-01-02 15:46:19

Hi there! Can't wait to see your post-op pics! I go in on Friday...like you, I'm doing the crazy excited thing, mixed with brief moments of nervous anxiousness! It's only normal, right?? :) Cant wait! Goodluck!!
me.only.betterFrom: me.only.better | 2008-01-02 11:36:05

I look forward to hearing from you, i could certainly do with the company (and inspiration) while I stay in bed during recovery.
me.only.betterFrom: me.only.better | 2008-01-01 13:41:59

Note to Browsers --- in order to create this profile, i had to fill something into a few of the fields on the left -
1.Results (pretty satisfied) -- because I will be thrilled after the surgery set for Jan 5th.
2. Post-Op Dress Size (we'll have to wait and see on that one)

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Username: me.only.better
First Name: Me Only Better
Location: NY, United States
Gender: F
Age: 49
Height: 5'3"
Ethnicity: Black

Procedure Details

Date of Procedure: 01-05-2008
Results: 3 (Pretty satisfied)
Weight: 190 lbs
Doctor Name: Dr. Georgio Aran My Profile
City of Procedure: Rome
Sate of Procedure:
Country: Italy

Tummy Tuck, Abdominoplasty:
Pre-Op Dress Size: 18
Post-Op Dress Size: 16
Tummy Tuck Type: Full Tummy Tuck

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