Well, I had abdominal surgery Wednesday (4/21/2010) to remove the excess skin at the bottom of my stomach. Polly and I have been talking about this for a while. With all of the other things going on with family, we probably would not have done it now, but we had it scheduled and paid for before things unraveled …………again. There are a few things you should know about this surgery.
First, it helps tremendously to be in good physical shape. We did not even discuss this surgery until I got to my goal weight and had dramatically improved my overall health. I am recovering fairly fast because of my good health. My weight jumped by about 8 pounds (around220) because of the swelling and fluid retention. I am back around 212 this morning and walked 2 1/2 miles on the bridge. I did not do the full bridge but did do enough to challenge myself without causing injury or problems with the incision/scarring. Bottom line is being in shape has lead to a very quick recovery to this point, quicker than I would have guessed.
Second, Polly wanted to do this for me. She had made a statement several years ago that if I ever lost 150 pounds she would buy me a motorcycle! During my journey, after I decided to set a goal of losing 150 pounds, Polly came to me and said I know why you picked 150 pounds as your goal. I couldn’t figure this statement out, so she went on to tell me I picked the goal to get a motorcycle. I had no idea what she was talking about until she refreshed my memory. Anyway, as I reached the goal I happened to talk to my primary care physician about the skin at the bottom of my abdomen. She recommended a very good Plastic Surgeon, Dr. O’Neil, to just take a look at the area and Polly decided I should get the surgery rather than the motorcycle!! I have had Polly’s support and encouragement for this procedure from the start. She is great!
Third, I hesitated to get the surgery at first because I did not want people to think that is how I got into shape! Probably a little silly on my part. When I talked to Dr. O’Neil about this procedure and the options, he told me I was the perfect candidate for the surgery because of all of the work I had done to get to this point. Because of all of the weight loss, training, and core work I had done there was no need to do any deep manipulation of muscle. He mainly removed a large section of abdominal skin. I want to make sure that everyone knows this is all part of the journey and not a quick fix!
Lastly, I started not to publish this part of my journey then I realized it was important to my core belief in HAW (Honesty, Attitude, Water) each day. I needed to let people know about this because it is part of my journey and something that I have worked hard to accomplish. I needed to be honest with you and more importantly honest with me!
A motorcycle or abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)? I think Polly helped me make the right choice and I thank her for her love and encouragement!
Note to You: When it comes to major life decisions be honest with yourself and try to have someone in your life that will help you make the right decisions when needed!
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