- Katie Aspin
3 Weeks Post-Op & NLDS Game 5
It's been three weeks since my upper arm lift and I cannot believe how fast time is flying. I had an appointment with Dr. Robinson last Thursday and he said that everything is looking really good. He removed the surgical tape from both incisions, which was honestly both freeing and terrifying all at the same time because I really didn't know what I was going to see. All of the stitches Dr. Robinson used were dissolvable so I don't have to worry about getting them removed but I'm not going to lie, once I actually saw the incisions, I had a momentary freak out because of how long and puckery (is that even a word?) they were. Honestly though, I try to just keep telling myself that they will continue to get better as the healing process continues.
When Dr. Robinson told me I was cleared to head back to the gym, my eyes practically lit up because it's one of my favorite places to be. I've been told to take it easy and not do any workouts involving my arms but that I'm more than welcome to get back to using things like the treadmill, elliptical, arc trainer and stair master so in my eyes, that's a win.
Throughout the entire three week process so far, pain has been very manageable. I mentioned this in my previous post but I didn't even have to take the Percocet I was prescribed for a full 24 hours following surgery. I will say that I have been taking more ibuprofen than I did with my tummy tuck back in December but I attribute that to the fact that I have complete feeling of my upper arms whereas that was not the case with my tummy tuck. In fact, I still can't feel feel about half of my stomach where they operated.
Swelling has definitely still been a minor issue but that's because I hate sitting around so I've done more in the past couple weeks than what I probably should have. For instance, I had the opportunity to attend Game 5 of the National League Division Series between the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals last Wednesday and I definitely was not going to pass that up. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge Braves fan and with the series being tied 2-2 in the best of 5, I didn't want to give up the chance to potentially witness the Braves clinching a spot in the next round of the playoffs for the first time since 2001. Unfortunately, the Braves lost and with all of the walking I did, I swelled up pretty bad but it was nothing compression garments couldn't fix so in the end, it was totally worth it.
Overall, everything has been going really well. I have an appointment with Dr. Robinson in a month for another check up so I'll be looking forward to that. I've also been working on a few things for the blog now that my job is technically in its "off-season" so hopefully I'll be able to post more.