I forgot to mention this earlier, so now I am that always-posting chick.
Last night right before bed I changed into comfy sleep clothes and on a whim, decided to see what all my incisions looked like. I got quite a shock. Everything up top looked fine. The lowest of the incisions also looked fine, weren't painful, and felt cool to the touch. However, a large swath of the skin below the lower incisions was a deep, angry, mottled purple and red.
I immediately became convinced I was bleeding out internally, or had some sort of hideous flesh-eating infection. I called the hospital to speak to the on-call bariatric surgeon. Who turned out to be my surgeon. Between me asking to have the on-call paged and him calling back... MAYBE ten seconds elapsed. I had not even put down my phone yet!
When I told him about it, he said that was totally normal, and just bruising, and it would go away, and "Get some rest. GO TO BED!" He seemed highly amused, but said I was right to call and check, and always should if I saw or felt anything weird. He's a great doc.
Anyway, for pre-ops who may be in my post-op shoes one day, here's what it looked like. Apologies for the graphic nature of the image! I'm just hoping to put some minds at ease if anyone in need should happen to wander by.