Tuesday, November 27, 2012

3 Weeks Post Body Lift

I want to keep updating on my weekly progress after body lift surgery so here is a run down on how I felt coming up to week three. If anyone is interested, I have collated all my body lift posts into a tab at the top of my blog so it is easy to follow my journey (I tried to think of a less annoying word than 'journey' but really couldn't come up with one, sorry!).

I have been feeling much more tender and sore on my back and sides this week, which I am guessing might be because some of the numbness is wearing off. My back and sides had most of the liposuction so they are my most swollen and sore areas. My stomach is still fairly numb and bloated and when I wash myself in the shower I can't really feel anything. It is especially weird when I wash my new little belly button, I can't believe it is my body, whose belly button is this I am washing? One funny thing about my new belly button is that it is so much higher than it used to be. I used to see girls wearing their pants below their belly button and didn't understand how it was possible because mine hung so low, but now I see where a normal belly button is supposed to be and it all makes sense...

I am sleeping a little better this week, managing to get 4-5 hours sleep a night, which has made me a bit less foggy. I am still exhausted all the time though and I almost fall asleep just from blinking by the time the afternoon rolls around. One annoying thing about the lack of sleep is that I get double vision from being so tired and it makes texting and emailing difficult, let me tell you, I have sent some pretty incomprehensible messages lately!

I am still spending most of my days relaxing in bed because when I try to do too much more I end up exhausted and very swollen. To keep myself occupied I been doing an insane amount of online shopping. It's too soon for me to know what my measurements will be when the swelling goes down so I currently have a lot of items saved in my favourites on a lot of different websites. I can't see that I will ever have the money to buy any of the clothes I am coveting, but it is fun looking! I am just worried that one day when I am browsing at 4.00 am I will be so tired and dazed that I will go crazy max out my credit card on pretty things. I don't trust myself at all so I think it is best that I stick to Pinterest right now!

On Thursday night AJ had a hair appointment at a shopping mall so I decided to be brave stupid and go along to see if I could buy a cheap maxi dress to cover my compression garments. My compression garments come down well past my knees so a maxi dress is the best option to be comfortable and not look ridiculous when I go out in public. Not wanting to spend much money, I headed to the sale rack at Target and found a cute long skirt, but dammit they only had a size 12 left. Can you sense a massive non-scale victory coming up...?

You guessed it, the size 12 fit me and I bought my first ever item of clothing in a size 12! My whole life I have wanted to fit into size 12 clothing and just feel 'normal' so this was quite a moment for me. I really don't think it has sunk in to be honest, it is just too surreal that I could be wearing a size 12, in my head I am still morbidly obese. Now unfortunately I can't say that I am a real size 12 just yet because I was massively assisted by the stretchy waist on the skirt. Also, another dress I bought was a size 14 and I still have quite a few size 14 and 16 dresses in my wardrobe that don't actually fit me yet. So, like every other woman in the world, I am about 3 different sizes, depending on the cut and elasticity...

I am exhausted, sore and hunched over in this photo, but I still had to celebrate the moment
AJ had Friday off work and he tempted me to go on a drive to see our new house being built. Right before I went into surgery the slab went down and then the frame went up and so I haven't been able to see the progress because it is an hour and a half drive away and it would have been too much for me after surgery. After waiting so long for the build to begin, I have been dying to go and see the house, so I braved the car ride to check the house out. When we got there we saw that the roof tiles had also gone on and the insulation was in so it was even more exciting. I can't wait to see the finished result! I was thoroughly exhausted by the time I got home, but in no more pain than usual, so I was glad I went.

Me and AJ at the new house, look how pasty I look in comparison to AJ!
I am definitely feeling better each week and so I need to be careful not to get ahead of myself because I actually feel so good. I know I will hamper my recovery time if I do too much too soon.nThis is not a problem, no one has to tell me twice to go back to bed, I am more than happy to put my feet up!


  1. You're looking really good Tully. Will be even better when the swelling goes down.

    Don't you hate being 3 different sizes?

    At the moment I'm mainly 18, yet I can wear a size 14 Roxy t-shirt...go figure.

  2. You look amazing! That green skirt is gorgeous. Congratulations on all your hard work - you are such an inspiration.

  3. Hi Tully

    I am so so proud of you, me myself have undergone lapband surgery and have lost 70kgs.

    I actually see Mr Richard Bloom and I think he is amazing. I have done an arm lift and breast lift with implants and are now in the stages of booking in my lower body lift.

    You are an inspiration and I can't believe I stumbled across your blog and you are in Melbourne and your surgeon is the same as mine.

    Lots of luck and look forward to seeing your posts.


    1. Hi Zanetta,

      What a small world! Were you happy with your results? Can I ask how much it costs? I am starting to get the urge to have my arms done and my breasts lifted... but it is just a thought now until I can get some money.

      Good luck with the lower body lift, you are in good hands. Keep me updated with how you go.


  4. Well done on the NSV!! So exciting! As is the house :0) Glad you've been able to see it "happening"! xo


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