Four Weeks Post Op

Somehow today marks four weeks since the surgery, and I honestly often forget that I had major surgery just a short time ago. It feels like it was ages ago, and the time has seriously gone so fast, especially after those first couple days post op.

The most exciting thing I have to report from the past week (which you’d already know if you follow me on facebook) is that, for the first time in my ENTIRE life, I laid out by the pool yesterday in a BIKINI. Me! In a bikini in public! Who would’ve thought!?

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It was also my first time at a DC public pool, and the day was absolutely gorgeous and perfect. It’s funny because I realized that yesterday was the first time in my 29 years that my stomach has ever gotten a glimpse of the sun. Thank god for strong SPF because somehow I barely got any color – I’m thinking my stomach just didn’t know how to respond. And just in case you’re worried, I cleared it with my surgeon, Dr. Ruff.

Since today marks 4 weeks, here are some other changes:

  • I’m now able to switch from 24/7 in the compression garment to 12 hours in it, and 12 hours in a tight Spanx garment. I am honestly going to try to wear the compression garment as much as possible and basically just wear the spanx during the day at work and then switch to compression immediately when I get home because I know the more I wear it, the better.
  • I am cleared to use the treadmill starting today. My instructions are to take it slow and listen to my body, and slowly work up from a walk to a jog to a run over the next two weeks depending on how I feel. I think it’s going to be hard for me to go slow because I feel so great, but that may change quickly when I got on the ‘mill. I’ve been really good about following my surgeon’s instructions to a T and don’t plan to stop here. Two weeks from today all activity restrictions are lifted – I have never been so excited to exercise. I’ll let you know how it goes!
  • The scabbing is completely gone from my incision, though it’s still pretty nasty. I’ve been using BioCorneum as instructed (thin layer over the entire incision twice a day after washing with antibacterial soap), and I’m just waiting for my silicone scar strip to arrive so I can start using that too. I’m noticing that the scar is starting to lighten, flatten, and fade a bit, but it’s still pretty enormous and gives me a minor panic attack every time I see it. That’s part of why I’ve been able to stay so committed to my compression garment.
  • I feel really awesome physically. Yesterday I was able to lay on my stomach for the first time since surgery (at the pool). That’s been the only position I haven’t been able to get in because my stomach is still feeling quite tight, but yesterday it wasn’t uncomfortable at all. I still can’t pull my chest off the ground while I’m on my stomach (I have to lay flat) because that stretches it too much, but that was an exciting change. Sleeping on my stomach again may be in my near future. Fingers crossed.
  • I also realized that I definitely underestimated the emotional impact this surgery would have on me. I did so much research, read soooo many people’s stories, knew that the “blue” feeling would inevitably come, but the mental stuff still has been catching me quite off guard. It’s hard to explain exactly, but I’ve just felt vulnerable and overwhelmed a lot even though I know I’m healing wonderfully and am already so happy with the results. It’s been one of the less fun parts of recovery for sure.

And now, for some updated pictures. These are from yesterday, 27 days post op.

27 Days PO

And here are some comparison pics of weeks 1, 2, 3, and 4 post op.

1 v 2 v 3 v 4 weeks

The changes are pretty subtle, but the swelling is going down and my waist is getting more defined as the weeks go by. You can see I still have plenty of stretch marks, but those will never go away and are physical reminders of how far I’ve come. And don’t worry, the pics from yesterday were taken BEFORE sun exposure, so I may be slightly less pasty now. Maybe.

11 Comments on Four Weeks Post Op

  1. Joanne
    August 26, 2013 at 9:42 am (7 years ago)

    Be patient with the scars and time will help them fade. My daughter had major surgery and 18 months later the scars are still fading. I was surprised to see how much they faded after 12 months when we thought they would always show. Time and lots of water will help heal your wounds.
    You look wonderful and are a great motivation for many people struggling with their weight or who are on a weight loss journey. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Karen P
    August 26, 2013 at 9:44 am (7 years ago)

    So glad that your recovery is going well. Take care and keep up the good work. I’ll bet clothes will fit much better now. That’s one thing I sometimes struggle with post 39% of my body weight gone. You are so young! Glad you did this at an early age.

  3. Alicia
    August 26, 2013 at 9:56 am (7 years ago)

    You look wonderful! I’m so happy you’re feeling well and are recovering so smoothly. I can only hope when I hit 4 weeks post-op I’m doing (and looking) as well as you!

  4. Misty
    August 26, 2013 at 10:16 am (7 years ago)

    You say “subtle change”, I see a remarkable difference! Looking great 🙂 Thanks for sharing your story!!

  5. Kathy
    August 26, 2013 at 11:24 pm (7 years ago)

    That “blue” feeling must be part of the healing process. It’s funny how tied our physical and emotional selves are, and we often don’t realize it until we’ve been through something major such as surgery. It’sgreat that you’ve anticipated it and understand what’s happening. You look so happy and pretty in your FB pic today, it’s hard to imagine you’re feeling any blues. Congrats on a healthy recovery!

  6. robin
    August 28, 2013 at 5:01 am (7 years ago)

    wow that’s a big change in your tummy now. Your waist looks so tiny. Isnt that body stocking thing hot, how do you stand it? I would want to yank it off!

  7. Hannah Denman
    August 28, 2013 at 8:43 am (7 years ago)

    Stretch marks happen when the skin is pulled by rapid growth or stretching and that is one of my problem since I lose weight. But reading your post make me feel confident that there still possibility that this will fade soon. thanks for sharing.

  8. Rebecca Ginn
    August 28, 2013 at 8:49 am (7 years ago)

    i know i already said it on fb (and here) a million times over but you are such an inspiration and i appreciate you sharing every step of this journey. i love your honesty about how it’s felt both physically and emotionally. every pic and post leaves me more encouraged and resolute about doing the same for myself. YOU are amazing and it’s so wonderful to witness your triumph over obesity and the mind-set that gets us there. {{smooches gorgous!}}

  9. Lexi
    September 1, 2013 at 12:07 pm (7 years ago)

    That is wonderful! I’m so happy you were able to lay out and in a bikini no less! You go girl. Thank you for sharing and spreading the inspiration.


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