- Name: Samantha L.
- Username: Punkmime
- Location: Petaluma, CA, USA
- Member Since: 5/22/2010
- BMI: 24.0
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: RNY (07/01/10)
- Surgeon: Robert Li, M.D.
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It's a little like Spring cleaning... only gross. on June 30, 2010 2:25 pm
Yes, boys and girls.. it's time for the pre-op clean out. I have just taken my tiny cup of Wild Cherry goodness (Milk of Magnesia... yum). (And Mary Poppins be damned, I didn't even need the spoon full of sugar to help the medicine go down! *flex* Rawr!) Wish me luck, I'm gurgling already. yay.
So, for those of you who private message me, skip this paragraph.. you've already heard it. For those of you who don't.. wait... before I go on, why DON'T you private message me? It's because I'm overweight, isn't it? Whatever. Fat people need love, too. ^_^ Ok, moving on. I went to Target yesterday and spent $6.99 on my new favorite thing. It's a Fit & Fresh Vortex Hydrator (with removable ice wand) [tm]. It's a decent looking 24 ounce cup with measurements on the side in ounces and ml. As the name implies, it comes with an ice wand and that nifty little wand fits JUST RIGHT in the middle of the plastic "vortex" thing that blends your protein when you shake the cup. It doesn't have one of those stupid built in foldy straw contraptions.. just a sippy cup like top (only clearly for adults) with an attached snap close cover. I am sure that I am not the first person to post about this product, as it seems like this is made for us Pouch-People. For those of you who are reading this and thinking, "Whatever, dude... EVERYONE knows about the Vortex Hydrator... " , hush! This information is for the REST of the noobs that may not know. =]
Pouch-People... sounds like the monsters in a B movie, doesn't it? As in... "Coming soon to a theater near you...."Bruce Campbell and his band of zombies vs The Pouch-People"." This film has been rated X for occasional food porn and is not appropriate for people with good taste.
So, I called today for my hospital check in time. I go into South San Francisco Kaiser at 10:30am. I have my lip balm, my slippers, my pillow, my Gas-X strips and something comfy to wear home. I think I'm set. When I get back, I have several types of broth, my sugar free Fla-vor-ice Light (flavored with Splenda), 31 different flavors of protein powder, ginger tea, apple cinnamon herbal tea, Crystal Light in various flavors and SF/FF pudding mix.
It's strange. I have never really taken much time off work. A sick day a year... maybe 2. I have only ever even taken my vacation three times... I just got home from my last day of work for a MONTH. Actually a little longer because I don't go back until August 2nd. I hope it doesn't stress me out too much. I am worried about my staff and my store, of course. I mean, my assistant is wonderful, but she's still a little new to the job. There's also the fact that she doesn't have a wonderful assistant to clean up after her like she does for me. For the record, I manage a gas station. I am going to get paid to sit around and stalk... err.. I mean lurk ... err.. I mean READ the forums. tee hee.
Alright. Time for me to get something to drink and hang out by the potty. Thank you all for your support, everyone!!
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Blech!! on June 27, 2010 3:12 pm
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For the last several days I have felt TERRIBLE! I am not sure if I over did it at the gym, if it's stress due to the upcoming surgery or what. I worked out on a new machine on Wednesday. It was an abdominal machine. I don't know if I can explain the machine, but you stand on these pegs and hold on to these metal bars and then use your abs to swing your legs up and then put them back down.
Starting on Friday, I had some horrible abdominal pain. On a 1-10 pain scale it was 5 or 6. Then came the headache. That was actually worse than the abdominal pain. The following day the headache was still there, the abdominal pain was still there, but now I also had some awful pain in my back right beside my left shoulder blade. I have also been weak, alternating hot and cold, etc.
Ok. Here it is Sunday and I am sort of feeling a tiny bit better. My head isn't hurting, anyway. I feel like the biggest whiner in the world right now! I almost went to the emergency room. I just kept thinking, if I go to the ER, will they put a stop to my surgery? Stupid, right? I decided that if I feel like that tomorrow, I will go ahead and go in the to ER.
Wish me luck!
Nervous, but prepared (I think) on June 19, 2010 8:51 am
I am blessed. I have a job that allows me 3 weeks of paid sick time plus my vacation, so I will have 4 weeks paid after this procedure to recover. The entire thing from Orientation to surgery is only costing me $250. The entire pre-op process was less than 2 months. I did have to lose 20 lbs, but it almost seemed to melt off. The pre-op eating plan is really just the post-op eating plan, so it didn't feel like a "diet".. just felt like "Ok, this is how things are now." I started going to the gym and found that it isn't a struggle for me.. quite the opposite, actually. I really enjoy it. I had my psych evaluation and my first meeting with my surgeon yesterday. I was nervous, but when I talked to the surgeon he said that I had done exceptionally well and told me that he had a cancellation on July 1st and asked if I could do it that early. Arranging things at work is going to be a tiny hassle, but not so much because of the 4 weeks for surgery.. a bigger problem is going to be taking the 22nd off for my final pre-op class. My boyfriend has gone to all of the classes with me. I am so thankful!
I am praying that the post-op goes as smoothly as the pre-op.
If you have followed my blogs at all, you know that I used to weigh in at the Dollar Tree. I got myself a scale last week sometime, because weighing yourself in public when you're my size can be a bit uncomfortable. I have to say, though.. I am developing a relationship with my scale that is unhealthy boardering on illegal/immoral. I am on that thing ALL THE TIME! I have no idea what I expect to change when I get on it for the 3rd time in a day... like, maybe one day it will just say "OUCH" or "GET OFF ME" or "wear softer socks" or possibly "If I tell you that you are thin, will you PLEASE leave me alone?!?!" *sigh*
I am having some anxiety over the idea of hair loss. I mean, I know that this isn't a cosmetic surgery.. it's not about becoming a model.. but MY HAIR! I am more excited about possibly seeing my va-jay-jay again someday or crossing my legs then I am nervous about losing my hair... (and let's face it, I can't really BANK on seeing my va-jay-jay.. one never knows how low one's skin is going to hang after weight loss. Whatever. I have lived this long without making her aquaintence face to uhh.. face).
On to more appropriate topics: vitamins! I have been taking them faithfully... with the exception of my vitamin Bs and my calcium. Only because I haven't purchased them yet. I think I had better go get them today. I'm running out of time. How exciting!
Thanks for sticking with me this far, Faithful Reader!
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Frustrated and more than a little nervous... on June 12, 2010 10:52 pm
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Hey, everyone! Ok, so as I had stated in my previous blog, I started my journey on 5/11 and things have just been moving right along since. (I weighed in that day at 279.9... highest recorded weight by Kaiser is 282 and that is what they are listing as my starting weight. My heaviest weight was actually 299.5).
I have found out that my anemia is probably not low enough to interfere with surgery, but I am popping iron like mad (don't worry... I'm only doing exactly what the doctors said to do!) in hopes of getting that number up quite a bit.
My main problem, I think, is that I can't seem to drop any more weight! I am hovering between 266 and 270. Last time I weighed in at Kaiser, I was at 268.3. That was, I believe, on the 25th of last month. This is now the 12th. I need to be lower than that by this coming Friday. That's 6 days. I have been hitting the gym daily. I don't mess around when I'm there, either. I was just doing 45 minutes on the elliptical machine, but I am adding some strength training now, as well. I have read a bit about Addiction Transfer and I couldn't imagine what I could possibly have left to be addicted to now that I have given up speed, cigarettes, fast food and coffee. I think I have found the answer in the gym. I am not yet showing any signs of obsessive behaviour, but I sure am enjoying it!!
I think I have finally completely given up coffee. I had another headache today, but they are becoming manageable. I believe there are two things holding me up. *TMI alert!* Avert your eyes if you'd like. 1. I still haven't started my period. It's about 8 days past due. NO, I am not pregnant. I had my tubes tied 16 years ago. I feel completely bloated and miserable. I used to take Midol, but the doctor says "No NSAIDS"... so, for now, I am just dealing with it. 2. I think I am going to have to take some fiber to get the old mail moving. All that iron is keeping me from being able to .. uhh.. go to the bathroom. It is, I'm sure, contributing to the bloated feeling. I am considering switching to a liquid diet for a couple of days just to get things moving again. I want to be healthy, though and not do anything drastic or without thinking through my options.
So, the good news is that I finally broke down and bought myself a scale! I can stop driving over to the Dollar Tree to weigh myself! (It was the only public scale I could find and it matched the scale at Kaiser).
I would love to hear any suggestions on the pre-op diet and your successes or lessons learned. What worked for you? What made you feel like you were satisfied and energetic?
Peace, luck and love to everyone!
Pre-op fears, issues and accomplishments on June 8, 2010 9:26 pm
My highest weight was 299.5. That was my wakeup call... I was standing there on the scale at the local Dollar Tree (don't ask...just go with it) just staring at that number.... TWO NINETY NINE POINT FIVE?? How did that happen? That was in January. What did I do about it? Nothing. But, I did start thinking. It wasn't until March sometime that I decided to look into options. I joined Weight Watchers (not my first time, but I had to do something). I joined a gym. I talked to my doctor.
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On May 11th, I went to the Orientation for Kaiser's South San Francisco Bariatric Surgery Program. (Wow.. that really felt like it should have a [tm] after it.. ) I got my binder. I read. I watched who knows how many Diva Taunia videos on youtube. Then I got started for real. The other day I stepped on the scale (yes.. at the Dollar Tree) and it read 264.3. That's quite a difference. I would call that a step in the right direction. Of course, today I stepped on the scale and I am back up to 270! I believe (and hope) that this is because I am about to get my girly-girl. (TMI, I know. Sorry). I have been going to the gym EVERY day. I am up to 45 minutes on the elliptical machine keeping my heart rate at about 135. Not quite cardio, but well into fat burning. I have had my physical, my classes are done, I had my appointment with the nutritionist today and I get my psychiatric appointment the same day I meet with my surgeon.. the 18th of this month. Then, on the 25th I have a sleep apnea test. They are saying that I could get my surgery as soon as July! I am so blessed! I have good friends. A job that not only allows me 4 weeks off work paid, but also gives me great medical coverage. (My surgery/hospital stay/everything will be a co-pay of $250. The classes have been free. )
I was also very lucky to have found such a wonderful support group here. I don't always log in, but I do read postings everyday! It helps me stay focused.
Thank you, everyone for just being here and sharing your thoughts, stories and feelings.
I'll try to keep you posted on my progress.
Peace and love!