Had my first visit since the surgery and I'm delighted to report good news. Dr. DeRoberts described my 1 week progress as "amazing". He is extremely happy both at my rate of healing and how his work turned out. He was shocked that he was able to remove 3 of the 4 drains because things are going so well. 2 that were removed were the ones on the side that were irritated and painful. The one in front that is left is merely an annoyance. I was extremely swollen, and found out that I have been wearing my compression garment WAYYYY too loose. Now that I know how tight it is supposed to be, that should help the swelling.
I confessed my "sin" of walking on the treadmill twice. He was not upset, just said that people like me really "worry" him because we tend to over-do it because we are feeling so good. I have complete clearance to walk outside and on the treadmill as much as I want as long as I am WALKING and going SLOW. Which I was and will.
I am going to sleep well tonight because I can now sleep on my side instead of my back! Yay me!
I go back next Tuesday provided I'm not draining too much and will have the last drain removed. The it's time to shop for a bathing suit!!!
I was going to post before and after pics tomorrow, but since there is still a drain in, and because my belly is still swollen I am going to be vain and wait until next week. I will also be doing measurements to see how many inches I lost in my hips and waist.
Oh, and the doc confirmed that he stuffed some fat from my back and sides into my butt area while I was cut open. This keeps me from having the really flat ass look that a lot of people that get the full circumferential get. My new belly button is a little bit infected and gross looking so I don't have a true picture of that yet. They re-covered my incision sites with a different kind of tape, but they said and I could see that the incision looks really great - it's healing well.
I am a very happy "skinny bitch" today!!