Still Here...Recovering From My Bike Accident! on June 29, 2008 9:22 am
It's been a little while since I've updated my blog. I had an accident on my bike on June 13, 2008 which left me with a messed-up face and a broken shoulder. My face has pretty much cleared up from the bruising and abrasions but the right halves of my upper and lower lips are numb. My shoulder, broken in 2 places, is quite painful sometimes. I am following up with my orthopedist every week for x-rays and exam just to make sure nothing goes awry with the healing process and hoping to avoid surgery. So far, so good on that front.
I have been "out of it" to a large degree, first because of the pain meds (percoset and then vicodin), then because I am resting a lot to help the healing. I have spent 2 weeks mostly at home and definitely have some cabin fever. I miss being able to go to the pool and miss riding my bike but have gotten in a few good walks. My husband and I had planned on going to a kayak clinic last week but naturally had to cancel; it will be some months before I can do anything like that. I'll be starting physical therapy next week on my shoulder. Kind of singing the blues because I want to be much more active!
Well I promise to take care of myself so I can mend properly. This is the most I have typed at one time, so time to ice my shoulder.
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Solidly Into the 100s on June 10, 2008 6:41 am
In my last blogpost I wrote that I was just a hair into Onederland. I've been holding my breath a little bit because it's common to bounce around a pound or two. Today, I can say that I'm solidly into the 100s as I weighed in this morning at 195.2. I'm so excited, and I feel really great!
Last night I went for a walk around the neighborhood, and I could have walked and walked....no pain at all. It used to hurt my back, hips and knees so much, walking was a real chore. No wonder it wasn't my favorite exercise. This morning, now that my son is out of school and driving on his own, I can start riding my bike to work, "guaranteeing" at least 30 mins of cardio exercise per day at least during the work week.
Others are noticing the changes in me in a big way. There have been a few instances where people did not recognize me and I had to introduce myself. That is trippy!
I'm wearing size 14/16 pants and the other day accidentally bought a size 10 dress pants -- which I was surprised to find out I can wear. A friend gave me a large number of pants, capris and shorts the other day, a lot of which I can wear, and some of them I'll be working my way down to in order to fit into them. Often, I have difficulty believing I'm wearing these sizes when 8 short months ago I was despairing of fitting into the 30/32s at Avenue and thinking all my clothes would have to start coming out of the catalogs.
I am so grateful, humbled and thankful to have been able to have this surgery. There are many for whom, for various reasons, weight loss surgery is not an option. Had I not had this surgery, in these past 8 months I'm sure I would have continued to gain weight while my co-morbidities increased. It would not have been long before I was unable to walk and became wheelchair bound. I don't think I would have made it much into my 60s, if that far. The RNY has saved my life and now it's up to me to preserve the gift that I've been giving by continuing to take care of myself.
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