I know I haven’t posted anything since my day 20 post-op post.  Unless you really wanted to hear about my day to day life, work, and so on, nothing exciting really happened.  I went and saw the new Grudge movie, that was about it.

However, starting on Monday, 20 January 2020, I’ve started going back to the gym.  Since I still wasn’t cleared  by my surgeon to do everything again, I’d been limiting activity to just the treadmill, stairmill and some glute activation exercises.  Although the weights are tempting, very tempting.

At the moment I seem to be good for about 37 minutes of intense activity.  This isn’t due to anything from the abdominoplasty, but everything to do with my bloody blood sugar.  Fuck diabetes, seriously.  Anyways, if you’re really interested about my exercise and blood glucose struggle, you can go over to my diabetes site My Crazy Diabetic Life or follow me on my instagram.

But, as of today, I can start doing weights again! As well as spinning, hiking, kayaking (as long as I don’t fall out of the boat) and cycling! I just can’t take a bath or swim until the last 2 small wounds are fully healed.  I’m sure you can tell from that last sentence, I saw my surgeon today.  He cleared me for life again and was pretty happy with how everything looked.  The only thing about today’s appointment that wasn’t very happy was he decided to check to make sure that the swelling I have going on is just run of the mill tissue being swollen.  He did this by taking a giant syringe and poking it around my stomach looking for any pockets of fluid (or blood). He only pulled out about 20ml of fluid in total so I don’t have any seromas.

We also talked about him doing my arms and legs, which he agreed to.  I decided I wanted my arms done first since the loose skin really irritates me.  It pulls when I’m lifting or kayaking, there’s certain shirts that pinch the skin, and of course putting my insulin pump or glucose sensor on the inside of my arm hurts because the skin has become so thin.  My surgeon estimates that healing for my arms will be roughly 3 weeks and honestly, after lipo there, I can agree that the arms heal insanely fast.  I think I was pretty much back to life after 1 week when I had my arms liposuctioned.

So the surgeon is going to have his office send me an estimate and put me on the waiting list.  Since the list is still about 1 to 1.5 years long, this allows plenty of time to heal up from the abdominoplasty, build as much muscle in my upper arms as possible and get ready for that skin to be removed!


PetraAnn was first diagnosed with Lipedema in fall 2015 after years of eating keto and exercising with no weight loss results.After diagnosis, she has gone through 8 tumescent liposuction procedures from 2016 until 2018 and on 17 December 2019 underwent an abdominoplasty to remove the remaining 3-4 liters of lippy fat and loose skin.

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