Today was an awesome day! I met with the doctor for my 2 weeks appointment and got my last drain taken out. I am - by far - exceeding all his expectations on my recovery. He is actually amazed at how well I am doing. The tape was all peeled off my incision and I am so pleased with how it looks. I've been on many sites and have seen the butcher job that some plastic surgeons do on people - jagged, uneven cuts - this looks amazing. I am covered back up with tape for another week but will take some pics of the incision when the tape comes off.
Because I am doing so well, he said that I can begin exercising again in 2 weeks. That includes running and even weight lifting. I can't do any core/ab work - so no crunches, yoga or any weights that use the core (like deadlifts) but normal exercise. That is 2-4 weeks ahead of schedule! He did say that even though I'll be free of the compression garment by then that he recommends that I use it when exercising. It's just an added layer of precaution. Also, he must have told me "don't overdo it!" about 10 times. I guess he continues to worry that I'm going to do too much because I feel so good.
I have to see him again 1 month from now and he expects to completely release me to do anything I did pre-surgery, but we'll see how I'm doing 1 month from now!
Here he is - Dr. Dean DeRoberts, who I am SO, SO, SO happy I chose for this surgery. I asked if I could take his picture and he seemed a little weirded out by that at first, but then was fine with it. Per his suggestion we took the pic in his operating room because that's where I was "re-born". Probably though, he just wants to show it off!! Oh, and did I ever mention - he is exactly 1 day younger then me!!!
Afterwards, we hit the mall and some other stores and I bought a few things. I am now in a size SMALL, yes, I said small, for almost everything. My pants size appears to be a 4. It is just unreal for me.
Before and after pics tomorrow - I promise!!