The Tummy Tuck Adventures Part 1

I hate the name ‘tummy tuck’. Just looking at it screams ‘self-absorbed’, ‘self-centered’, ‘shallow’. The name abdominoplasty just sounds better to my ears. I think it has to do with the guilt I feel for wanting this procedure done when it is not absolutely necessary. It’s elective. I wonder if other mothers who have had this procedure done or those that have just danced the idea around in their heads have had similar thoughts. Well I am shoving those thoughts down the garbage disposal and am going thru with it. For 2yrs (Well actually longer than that as when I was pregnant with the twins I could physically feel my stomach muscles be ripped apart and see the stretching of the skin with my eyes.) I have dreamed of having my stomach put back together again. I’m not concerned with my weight. I believe weight comes off with proper diet and exercise… period. I’m 5’3 and weigh between 120-126lbs…yes I could stand to lose another 10lbs but that just comes down to my lack of consistency in exercise… no excuses there! However, exercise cannot repair my stomach or take off the extra skin sagging above my pubic bone area.

After the twins were born via C-section (No choice there due to Kate being breech!)—- my abdominal region was literally destroyed. Diastasis recti, where the muscle of the abdominal region separate was moderate to severe, and the lose skin was definitely there. At this point I need to add my husband always, to my annoyance, says ‘Be proud! You carried twins–4 kids in there! How could you think that gross?’ Um… this makes me want to scream and or cry. Ok, maybe I shouldn’t think it gross or be so self conscious about it, but I. AM. If that makes me shallow and a bad person so be it! I can’t help it. I wish I could put him in my head, he just doesn’t understand. Do men understand? Can they understand?

So, where am I at in the process of having my long awaited abdominoplasty? I am at the very beginning. I just had my consultation yesterday. Talk about feeling embarrassed, try having a Dr. view your most self conscious area of your body— studying, prodding, measuring, pushing. Ugh. I kept reminding myself ‘he does it all the time–breathe’…’ he has seen much worse–breathe’. After that was done, I received the consultation quote for the procedure, including hospital fees. $7600.00. Yes, $7600.00. Breathe. No, insurance doesn’t cover it, and no, you can’t use funds from your HSA. Double ugh. I am looking into the payment plans and the Care Card and discussing dates with the husband–as he would have to take off a few days to help out at home. Yes, when I do get it done, before and after pictures will be posted.

To be continued….

Sea-Bands Saved My Life!

What is Sea-Band?? “Sea-Band is a knitted elasticated wrist band, which operates by applying pressure on the Nei Kuan acupressure point on each wrist by means of a plastic stud. Because the bands do not use drugs, they do not cause any of the side effects associated with anti-nausea drugs and can be worn on each wrist whenever you feel nauseous. They are suitable for adults and children.” (http://www.sea-band.com)

To start off with, I am NOT a ‘granola’ mom. I vaccinate. I don’t use cloth diapers. I use antipyretics (Tylenol) to bring down fevers. I don’t protest against Enfamil, and my household is not gluten free. Okay…. with that out of the way and now getting back onto the subject of Sea-Bands!!! They are a godsend! I’ve used them for extreme motion sickness— I’m talking on the 10th floor of a cruise ship with 9-12ft waves. I couldn’t move. I wrapped myself into a fetal position on the bed. Closing my eyes just made the nausea 10x worse. I tried to find a focal point in the room and contemplated a helicopter coming in to rescue me and bring me back to solid ground. After several hours of crying and puking and crying and puking I stumbled down to the ship drugstore. On the way down I noticed barf bags lining the stairwell and other green colored passengers stumbling around. I thought I was going to die. I couldn’t fathom going thru another hour of this let alone 7 days! In the drugstore I loaded up on Dramamine, motion sickness generic gel caps, and this weird ‘’ –only because the display was smack dab next to the cash register. I opened up the Sea-Band and put it on my wrist. It only took a sec to figure out how to position it. I grabbed my bag of drugs and potions, and stumbled back upstairs. I laid on the bed for a minute deciding which method to try first. I mean this bracelet was cute and all (not really!) but I needed something DESPERATELY to work NOW. I stood up to go get a glass of water to swallow some Dramamine. Um..something was wrong. I wasn’t feeling nauseous…. not even a tiny bit. I opened the door to the hall and pranced around the hallway— nope, nothing, no nausea. I stared at these bands on my wrists. There’s NO way these could be working, right?? I mean a gray sweatband?? I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t need anything else the next 7 days. I wore those Sea-Bands EVERYWHERE, I didn’t care about the funny tan lines— they weren’t budging. Sea-Bands saved my life. If I hadn’t found them or rather they found me–I am sure I would’ve succumbed to dehydration or gone mad!

If you are suffering from morning sickness, motion sickness, etc. Please give Sea-Bands a try! A University of Pittsburgh Medical Center study using Sea-Bands on post-op patients reduced the incidence of nausea by 2/3rds! Hello? Ah-amazing.

Note: I am not being compensated in any way, shape, or form from Sea-Band. I’m just an extremely grateful, happy fan…er customer! =) Find them on Amazon, on the Sea-Band website, or drugstores/hospitals,etc. Oh and they’re CHEAP— maybe $5-8 depending on where you find them!