Sunday, January 3, 2010

It's been a busy few weeks

We had a really nice Christmas. The snow and ice kept us from going to Snyder and while we missed seeing Brian's dad it was nice to be at home. The girls played in the snow and we just relaxed.

I am now in Mexico recovering from an abdominoplasty. After losing 90 pounds my skin was a mess. I have battled skin infections all year and basically spent hundreds of dollars trying to find something that would keep the infections at bay. It made running and exercise hard. The sound of your skin flapping against you is intensely embarrassing in a gym environment.

I have become a fairly transparent person in 2009 but I really struggled with talking about this as I do look good in clothes - after I found 6 pounds of skin into spanx everyday. But it got to the point where the skin infections were intense. So Brian and I prayed about it and found an excellent plastic surgeon and I began the process of reconstructing my skin.

I actually have had a few looks from people so I can tell people must think it's for vanity's sake. And exercise won't return the elastically to my skin. I am almost 42. I've fluctuated from 190-262 for 7 years and had 2 pregnancies and 2 csections. The elasticity was gone. And I worked out hard in 2009. I consulted with 2 plastic surgeons and talked to trainers - that kind of skin doesn't retract.

Anyway - I've thought about posting a picture and I am not sure I want to do that. But if anyone wants to see the before and after pic they can email. My surgery was last Wednesday and they took off 6 pounds of skin and 2 liters of fat. The average tummy tuck removes about 2 pounds of skin. So I had a lot. I am recovering well and will be home on Thursday. If you pray please pray that I will heal well and that the girls are doing well. They are with their beloved daddy but its hard to be away from home.


Whitney said...

I think you've worked soooo hard and you deserve it! Not that it matters what I think, but that's what I do! Ha! :)

Trish said...

While I'm sure it's really hard to be away from your family, I think it's great that you are able to get through the first few days of healing without having to take care of other people.

My mom had that surgery a couple of years after having gastric bypass surgery, and she was so glad she did it even though it hurt like crazy.

I pray that you will have a quick recovery and feel healthy and happy with the outcome.

Nicole Lyons said...

I completely understand your reasoning and think it is great that you went through with the procedure. But remember that it's not about what others think as long as you know you are doing what's best for you. I pray you heal quickly and are as happy as one can be with the results.
God Bless <3

Robyn said...

Yay for you!!! Praying for a speedy recovery!

Janine said...

So glad that you did this for yourself! You deserve to have complete pay off for all the hard work you have put into getting healthy, both physicaly and mentally! and if people think you are doing this for vanity then they must not know you too well so don't mind them one bit!