Thanks to Kim for sending this to me! This is soooo true:
YOU YOUNG ONES ... BEWARE . IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU.
You've heard about people who have been abducted and had their kidneys
removed by black-market organ thieves. Well, this kind of cruel theft is
happening with other body parts as well!
My thighs were stolen from me during the night a few years ago. I went
to sleep and woke up with someone else's thighs. It was just that quick.
The replacements had the texture of cooked oatmeal. Whose thighs were
these and what happened to mine? I spent the entire summer looking for
my thighs. Finally, hurt and angry, I resigned myself to living out my
life in jeans. And then the thieves struck again.
My Butt was next. I knew it was the same gang, because they took pains
to match my new rear end to the thighs they had stuck me with earlier.
But my new butt was
attached at least three inches lower than my
original! I realized I'd have to give up my jeans in favor of long
Two years ago I realized my arms had
been switched. One morning I was
fixing my hair and was horrified to see the flesh of my upper arms swing
to and fro with the motion of the hairbrush. This was really getting
scary - my body was being replaced one section at a time. What could
they do to me next?
When my poor neck suddenly disappeared and was replaced with a turkey
neck, I decided to tell my story. Women of the world, wake up and smell
the coffee! Those "plastic" surgeons are using REAL replacement body
parts -stolen from you and me! The next time someone you know has
something "lifted", look again - was it lifted from you?
THIS IS NOT A HOAX. This is happening to women everywhere every night.
WARN YOUR FRIENDS!
P.S. Last year I thought someone had stolen my Boobs. I was lying in bed
and they were gone! But when I jumped out of bed, I was relieved to see
that they had just been hiding in my armpits as I slept. Now I keep them
hidden in my waistband.
Hello, to all whom I love!
I just wanted to give you the Melissa Weight Loss Surgery Update, because I have nothing but GOOD to report! A couple of you have emailed me for an update and I was waiting until my follow up appointment with my surgeon so as to give the 'official word' from the doc! I just love how supportive you have been, it just means SO MUCH TO ME!! I adore the encouragement and it makes a BIG difference to my daily walk through the highs and lows. THANK YOU!
Well here is it. Those numbers. The nitty gritty weight numbers. I am bearing all. This makes me accountable!
2 weeks Pre-op: 296
1 day pre-op: 286
1 day post-op: 299.8 (my highest ever, after surgery fluids/IV's)
1 week post-op: 279
3 weeks post-op: 271
6 weeks post-op: 265
Total so far: 31 lbs (not including the IV fluids that made me gain during my hospital stay)
Overall experience has been positive. I had one of my suture sites open up a little to drain some fluid, but there was no infection and the doc said it's pretty common. Not really a problem. Other than that, I can't complain now that the abdominal pain has gone away. I am starting to get my energy back. I am back to work as of 6/4/07. The first 2 weeks back to work, I was totally exhausted. Most days I couldn't make it to 2:00 during the work day without feeling totally drained and needing a nap. The first week back to work I only worked half days so I could come home to rest. When I look back on that, I wished I could have taken 4 - 6 weeks off work. Oh well!
I am consuming almost 600 calories a day to get in my recommended nutrition. Here is how I eat every day:
Wake, sip some water. Wait. Eat my 1/2 cup meal (light yogurt or oatmeal or egg beaters or tuna). Wait. Take vitamin.
Wait. Sip my first protein drink and water until lunch (protein drink is 25 g protein powder mixed with ice chips and water)
Run home for lunch: 1/2 cup meal (fish or shrimp or cream of something soup made with water or refried beans or yogurt. Starting to add cooked soft vegetable as a side)
Wait. Sip my 2nd protein drink and water until dinner time.
Dinner: Same food selections as lunch. Take second vitamin.
Exercise, if I didn't do it in the AM.
Wait. Sip 3rd protein drink. Take calcium supplement.
(I get a monthly vitamin B 12 shot at the surgeon's office as part of WLS post-op recommendations)
That's my daily routine! It's been fine. I'm not starving at all. I have little cravings here and there, but one bite of those things usually solves it. The kids will have pizza, a hamburger or cereal and rarely will that trigger my cravings and if it does I'll just ask for a nibble. I very quickly realize it's not worth aching for those foods after I have a nibble. I just think I'd rather be able to cross my legs than eat pizza whenever I crave it. I'd rather not be exhausted at work than eat a Snickers Ice Cream Bar. I'd rather be able to easilly get in and out of the car than eat a Quarter Pounder and fries. I'd rather my husband to be able to squeeze all of me in his arms with ease than eat a big Porter House and baked potato with cheese! I'm not giving up foods as much as I am gaining more life! It's all in my perspective, I'm understanding this clearly as I work with my new "tool" I have been given in my stomach pouch my surgeon has made for me. It also has been great to get the support from those around me, the friends and family life you have been a big part of my life line. Thank you!!
At my last doctor appointment, the nutritionist made some food suggestions now that my stomach should be all healed up. I'm going to try Soy milk (I'm not tolerating milk products, except yogurt), tofu, oatmeal and shrimp. For now, I am not eating any other grains, sugars, or breads. She also suggested I add chicken, but so far I have thrown that up maybe because it's been too tough to digest or I cooked it with food that doesn't agree with me. I have thrown up only twice since surgery. It was self-inflicted, as I over-did it on my food. My stomach takes about 20 minutes to tell me I over-did the amount. Have to still learn to eat slowly. I hate that overstuffed feeling more than ever now!
I'm exercising with the kids and Bob. Walking and biking. Swimming one time. I look forward to doing that again but I don't have access to a pool. I plan to start Tight 'N Tone exercise class in a few weeks with one of my friends. 3 times a week. We'll be accountable to each other if we don't show up at class time! I'll walk with the family and do my dumb bells on opposite days (I'm doing the treadmill and dumb bells now). If I don't exercise and drink water, I will be plagued with loads of loose stretched out skin when I get to goal. I expect there will be some of that either way, but will be much worse w/o exercise now.
I am so very happy in my decision to do this. I absolutely do not regret this for one second. I feel as if I have been given a second chance. I have so many new possibilities in my life. I am really excited as my body is changing. I hope to report my inches on my next update. I had a couple of weeks when my weight hardly budged on that stupid scale and I felt a little frustrated and disheartened. However, I felt my clothes getting looser so I knew my body was still working in my favor. At about 4 weeks post-op I started a measurement chart and I plan to measure every 4 weeks. Clothing size has gone down 1 size, depending on the brand and piece of clothing. I started in a size 26/28 (which was getting tight). I am now 22 or 24, depending on what I put on. I can't imagine ever not buying plus size clothes, since I have had to since about age 17. For now, I plan on altering my clothes on my sewing machine and then start taking my clothes to resale or consignment. I'll just try to get new clothes resale as much as I can to save money.
It's been fun to encourage people that are considering this surgery or just have fitness and weight goals. I have learned so much and also am surprised how many other people have had WLS.
All my very best to you! Until next time...