I passed the 6 week post-op mark on Wednesday and have my next follow-up appointment with the doc tomorrow. I still can’t probably fairly characterize myself as 6 weeks out since I’m still a bit more limited than others at this point due to the second procedure 3 weeks ago, but I’m feeling pretty damn awesome. No setbacks at all since my last post or since the drain came back out. I can sleep on both sides or even lay on my stomach which I couldn't do before. I can walk around and reach stuff and be up and about and on my feet for major stretches of time and not want to die. I can bone (you’re welcome for that). I can eat normally. I’m back to normal at work and can do court appearances. And aside from not wearing a lot of short-sleeved stuff most of the time because I’m mostly still wearing my arm wraps, I can wear all of my normal clothes even over the binder. I remember thinking not all that long ago that I would never feel back to normal again, and yet normal just kind of snuck up on me!
I’m going to ask the doctor a bunch of random questions tomorrow about my next steps from here. Mostly I want to see if I’m cleared to start working out, though I’ll take that slow and ease into things like running and lifting, even if he gives me the go-ahead. I've been able to start putting bio oil on my arm incisions (helps the scars fade) for the past 2 weeks so hopefully I can start doing the same on my stomach now. I think I have to wear the arm wraps for another week or 2 (though they’re just to protect the incision and not for compression at this point, so sometimes I take them off when I want to rock the bare guns) and will be wearing the binder or some kind of compression garment around my stomach at least part-time for awhile still. Everyone says the binder is hard to part with because it helps control the swelling and your stomach just feels naked without it. It’s true! It feels weird to not have that tight Velcro bitch on. Even though recently I got gum all over it which is a long stupid story in itself but suffice it to say it now looks like someone died in that thing. Luckily I just have normal swelling now, usually worse at night. It will probably get bad when I start working out more intensely. But even at its worst it doesn't feel bothersome and it still looks good. And I still get excited every morning to see it looking all flat and shit.
I recorded my weight for the first time on Wednesday so that will be my new baseline weight I guess going forward. It was down 10 pounds from my last weigh-in and 9 pounds from the morning of surgery, and is 2 pounds lower than the lowest ever which I hit for 5 minutes in February 2013. So that’s coo. I’m trying to be aware of the fact that in the month leading up to surgery, I was struggling a bit with my eating and on the highest end of my usual weight fluctuations, so I don’t want to think of the surgery as a free pass or a cure-all for any poor eating I was previously having. I switched to My Fitness Pal right before surgery so that I could track my protein and sodium more effectively, but it turns out I like it so much that I think I might cancel my WW membership after 800 years. I haven’t tracked on WW since before surgery and while I think both are equally effective programs/tools, I like the layout and function of MFP better and it’s also free and doesn't have major technical issues every 5 minutes like WW does. It just feels weird to officially end my WW tenure. But, I can always go back to it and I've been a much more diligent tracker on MFP than I had been on WW for quite awhile now, so I think it’s been a good transition for the time being.
I’ll post some new pics soon and hopefully update after tomorrow’s appointment. Fingers crossed that the doctor is like, yeah girl, lookin good, do thefuq you want! Or something like that. I don't know if I should tell him I'm going to Vegas next Friday because I don't want him to yell at me. And I might just inquire gently about getting my thighs done and see what that is all about, but that’s a different story for a different year.