Woohoo!! on November 11, 2008 8:58 am
11-11-08 - Weigh in today has dropped me another 7 lbs and also dropped me below a 50 BMI!!!! I am so happy to be out of the 50 BMI category!! I also increased my foods yesterday from 1/2 C to 3/4 C. I had a serious feeling of being full last night at dinner! I was so full, I could hardly drink anything the rest of the night and I was so thirsty. My eating is going a little better since my last post, but still could be much better. There are still quite a bit of foods that I look at and it turns my stomach. I have been using the medicine on my wrist before I eat still, but I am not sure if it is making any huge impact, as there is still some of the food turning my stomach after I eat it as well. I plan to post my new measurements maybe tonight, otherwise sometime this week. My clothes still do not seem to be getting bigger on me, and I do not understand that part of it. I do know that when I weighed this much prior, I still wore the same size I do now.
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6 Week Check Up and Other Problems on November 7, 2008 5:28 pm
11-07-08 - October 31st was my 6 week check up. On Thursday, I found out my grandma had passed away and we decided that we were going to go to my appointment and then go to Wisconsin for the funeral. So we packed up for a long trip.
We left early Friday morning and headed to Bismarck for my appointment. We got there and I saw Dr. Bruderer and a medical student. He said I was doing great, had great weightloss and that my stitches were healed enough to get in a pool!! I was kind of saddened that our plans had changed and knew I would not be in a pool that night, due to traveling to Wisconsin. Anyways, I explained to Dr. Bruderer that I have been having a lot of problems eating. If I don't look at food and it turns my stomach, then eating it turns my stomach and makes me bring it back up. Right away he mentioned that bad word "Stricture". He told me that on my way back from Wisconsin, to stop back in to have a barium X-Ray and that he may have to go in and opening up where my esophagus and stomach are sewn together. I told him that we would definitely stop back on our way back through town. He also told me to go back to a semi liquid diet until then.
So we left for Wisconsin and while on our trip, eating was difficult. I called ahead to my parents, where we stayed and had them pick me up so pot pies, as I knew I could keep the insides of those down, fudgesicles and a couple other things. The rest of Friday, I tried eating a couple different things like jerky, etc. I couldn't keep anything down except for mashed potatoes. Saturday all I could keep in me was my Crystal Light, mashed potatoes and after we finally got to my parents, I had a pot pie. Until Monday, I lived on mashed potatoes, pot pies, fudgesicles and Crystal Light. Tuesday we left for home and before we left Wisconsin, we had to stop and get some cheese!! We bought a bunch of cheese curds, some cheese spread, string cheese, crackers, etc. I was able to eat some crackers and cheese spread while we were on the road. Later that night when we stopped at the hotel, I tried some more cheese spread and crackers, but could not stand to eat it at all. It instantly turned my stomach. So I ended up eating some soup that we had picked up. I struggled with it, but it stayed down.
Wednesday, we stopped back at Dr. Bruderer's. I had called ahead to let them know when I would be there and they set up the X-Ray. I went and had the X-Ray done and went and waited to see Deb when I was done. They finally called me in and told me they had not received the report yet, she asked me again what was going on, and asked me if I wanted to go ahead and just do the Upper GI Endoscopy because it definitely sounded like I possibly had a stricture. So I agreed to it. She also then gave me a prescription for Promethazine, this medicine that I have to put on my wrist 1/2 hour before I eat to help with the nausea. I can only use it up to 4 times a day. We then headed over to the Day Surgery area, where they prepped me for the Endoscopy. I had to have an iv put in so they could give me some pain medicine and knock me out. For the first time ever in my life, the nurse managed to get the IV in on the FIRST try!!!! It was in a really bad spot and I couldn't move my hand at all, but at least she got it in.
They then sent me down to surgery. I was only in there for about 15 to 20 minutes. They knocked me out and did their thing. But I believe I started waking up way too soon, because I remember waking up to gagging and choking and not being able to breath. I remember them flipping me onto my side immediately and telling me to breath through my nose, which I couldn't do because it was all stuffed up. Then I remember them pulling this long something or other out of my throat. They then took me back up to the Day Surgery waiting area to get changed and pulled the IV out and I was on my way. They did find a small stricture and opened it back up some. Dr. Bruderer said I was clear of any hernias, ulcers, etc. while he was in there, so that was good.
I slept all the way home from the pain meds they had given me. When we got home, I was in massive pain!! My chest hurt so bad, my whole neck hurt, my throat hurt. I couldnt even breath because it hurt so bad. I had my hubby call Dr. Bruderer that night and tell him what was going on. I couldnt even talk. Dr. Bruderer asked if I had pain meds left from my surgery and told me to take 2 of them. So I did. They knocked me out pretty fast and seemed to take away quite a bit of the pain. Yesterday and today, I still have alot of tenderness in my chest. It hurts really bad when I cough and sneeze and sometimes when I swallow.
As far as my eating since I have been home, the medicine to put on my wrist seems to help some. I ate some pudding today that instantly made me sick. So no more pudding for awhile again until I get the nerve to try it again. But I have been putting that medicine on my wrist before I eat each time. I was given 3 refills on this medicine, but hopefully I do not have to take it for real long. My eating has been driving me insane and been real depressing dealing with it. I hope it gets better now.
I am down another 4 lbs. as of typing this and at a 50 lb. weightloss so far!!
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