Wednesday, May 27, 2015

8 Days until Panniulectomy AKA Lipo Abdominalplasty

It's 6 days we until we leave to Georgia for my 6th and close to last surgery and I cannot wait to get it over and done with! I will be excited when the recovery process is over and I have less skin to carry around everywhere!  I have had a stomach apron since I was about 13 years old I gained a BUNCH of weight in a very short amount of time at 12 years old after my step father passed away, then I believe is when Lipedema kicked in with me right after I began puberty. It's been a long time coming, the pan-nus has grown to touch the top of my upper thigh and has inhibited my walking and running for so long.  It has caused me chronic infections in which I don't speak of publicly often but have had to go to the DR often for oral antibiotics and creams to put on, it takes me over an hour to shower and dry everything off, then cream and powder again. I am so thankful insurance decided to approve my appeal and found it to be medically necessary for me to have this. My insurance has a specific clause that prohibits this type of surgery after the gastric bypass, but I was able to prove that I had had this for over 20 years, and that it wasn't the result of a huge weight loss but I am sure that didn't help matters much either since I lost over 290 pounds in a year after the gastric bypass.  So I am excited for this journey to begin, I know it is going to be painful :( Eeek I cannot imagine the pain although I have had 3 c-sections and 5 abdominal surgeries in 8 years I am not sure this pain will compare, but I trust my surgeon and will do as she deems necessary for me to recover fast and be able to come home 10 days after surgery. It will be a bittersweet end for my little baby as I am weaning and ending our breastfeeding journey so that I may have reconstructive surgery on the bewbs, I have something called hypoplasia or insufficient glandluar tissue which has not helped with self esteem, clothing that fits etc! It is now time for me, time to give concentrate on myself and my health, and have spent my entire life worried about everyone else this is MY time to shine!