Friday was an intense day. I went to my appointment to get the drain removed. When I got to the clinic, I waited for a while and found out they ran behind schedule. It wasn’t a big deal because I had my phone with me and could kill some time looking at messages and other information. So when they called my name and took me in the back, I didn’t realize how long it would take to get this done because, on the phone, they indicated it would only take 15 to 20 minutes.
The nurse had me undressed and got into their garments, and once she came back into the room, she said that this was the one-week post-op that I needed to remove the drain. She took out her scissors and new tape, removed the old tape, cleaned the area that needed removing, and then removed the drain. It didn’t hurt to have the drain taken off, but knowing I could walk around now without a hose attached to me was very nice. That’s when she pulled out the surprise.
I wore a belt around me for the entire week after surgery. That belt was to help define the contour easier on my body. What caught me off guard was when she handed me a new garment that I had to wear. This garment was like spandex, except it had a hole in the crotch. She told me I would have to get used to wearing this for six weeks. The reason why is because it’s supposed to help me shape myself to have a better fit for the procedure. That was all fine, well and good. What nobody told me was how bad I was going to itch.
The one thing about this procedure that I will say is if you decide to do it or you know someone who chooses to do it, let them know that itching is a real problem. I’ve been using the cream, and it helps to calm it down a little bit, but there’s still a lot of itching that occurs.
The other thing they told me to do was massage the areas that I had surgically worked. This action needs at least 30 minutes a day. The reason is that it helps the muscles to heal. I would have kept massaging, except I was itching so bad that I couldn’t focus on massaging anything because I was too busy trying to scratch. When you’re a little kid, and somebody tells you not to do something, the first thing you want to do is the opposite of what they ask you to do or not to do; that was me on Friday.
I finally finished up at the doctor’s office and decided to head back home. My mom and I made a couple of side stops between Raleigh and Greensboro, but we were both tired and wanted to unwind for the most part. We swung by our local Harris Teeter since they had sour cream for free with their e-VIC special. We each got our container, and off we went and got back on the road. I’m not sure what was going on with traffic, but we hit one incredible bumper-to-bumper scenario. It took us about 45 minutes to get through that 1 area, and then things began to level off. By the time we got back to the house, I was ready for a nap.
Never let anybody tell you that you won’t have periods of exhaustion when you do a procedure like this. My breathing has gotten 100% better, but it made it challenging to heal quickly because my body was so unconditioned. I never thought I would do a liposuction procedure to fix wrong things. Maybe that’s why we all do things in our lives that we never dreamed we will. I looked back on my family photos. My mom’s side of the family has all had problems in the areas I had worked on throughout the years. My grandmother used to have sleep apnea. And I remember that when I would sleep near her, I would hear her snoring and wake her up in the middle of the night, telling her that she was bothering me. Oh, she laughed like you wouldn’t believe it until she the day she died. She loved recanting that story. In some ways, it’s humorous, but it was a red flag as to what my future would become in other ways. It’s been nice the last few days because I haven’t had problems sleeping. As I said, the biggest problem I have had has been itching.
Tomorrow I’ll tell you about the rest of the weekend and the adventures I encountered. I don’t regret the decision to have this procedure done. My only regret is that insurance companies will not cover things like this when it makes more sense than other procedures. But I would not change a thing. Have a great day, everyone.