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I have been overweight most all my life! I feel as if there is finally hope for me! I cannot wait to kayak, climb a mountain,shop for hours, walk into a room and sit in any chair without worrying if it is large enough or will hold me, go to conference and not worry how far I will have to walk from the hotel, be able to take a soaking bath, run and play with my grandkids and many other things others do! This insurance has no exclusion! I am currently gathering all my records to submit to the insurance company. My two sisters have always been thin and they have no ideal how hard it is. I have overcome alot of discrimation because I have always been active and had lots of friends. I just want to do more and enjoy life fully and with my grandkids!
August 24, 2007 Submitted all paperwork required by the insurance company for approval at Baylor Medical Center, Plano.
October 31, 2007 Approval!!!! Gastric RNY
November 1, 2007 Consult with Dr. Nick. Surgery date is set for 11/26/07. I had the H. pyloria blood test today to see if I had that bacteria in my stomach. I started on the pre-surgery diet 11/05/2007 to reduce the size of the liver before surgery. I am on 5 Slimfast shakes ( or bar) a day and 5 oz meat ad 2 cups vegetables. Not bad! I am so excited, I feel as if I started my new life today!!!
November 6, 2007 Upper GI Scheduled for today. Everything went well! He says I'm good to go! Just two more things...the nutritionst and pre op then Surgery!!!!
December 2,2007 It is over and now the work begins!!! I had my laproscopic bypass surgery on Monday, November 26th. I had lost 25 lbs. the three weeks before surgery and that was a surprise( on the Slimfast diet)! It all went as expected except no one told me about the pain in the left side where the stapler went in. It is better now but that is the only place I had pain because it was hard to turn over.
I was able to try the Profect( protein drink) in the hospital and liked it so we ordered from the internet before I left the hospital. Thank God! I was so worried about liking one as everyone seems to have so much trouble with it! I really like the blueberry and the grapefruit. They don't have that horrible aftertaste!
January 2, 2007
It's been five weeks now and all has gone well. I am finding out why we call this a "journey". Everyday is different. One day I can ear tuna fish and the next it doesn't agree with me. I have not grieved over the loss of food yet,,,but you sure can't eat very much. I ordered the child's plate at Chili's the other night
which consisted of a small grilled chicken breast and a cup of black beans. I took one bite of the beans and ate a third of the breast and had to ask for a to go box! Ishould have just eaten off my husbands plate! I scrambled eggs the other morning and they did't agree with me, however I can eat a poached egg on toast. It is definitely a journey!
I started physical therapy the third week and what a trip. The therapist told me to do ten minutes on the bike and I laughed. After 1 1/2 minutes I told her I had done enough. She didn't buy that and I made it through the whole ten minutes. I also did ten minutes on the sit down elipitical machine, stair stepping, leg raises, and stretches with the elastic bands. I was so proud of myself!!! I did it! Now I am up to 15 minutes each. I am busy trying to find places to work out after my insurance stops paying for PT. I think I will use the Senior Center as it has ample equipment and it's free! I also go back to water aerobics on the 7th. It is so important to exercise so the body doesn't burn muscle. And besides I'm 58 and maybe it will help tighten everything ...alittle anyway!
I go tomorrow for my 6 week checkup. It will be the first time I've had labs done. I hope all is well.
At Christmas I forgot to pack shirts, so I had to send Brad to the "fat lady" shop to get me some. I wear a 34...well ladies he bought me a 30-32 and they fit beautifully! My dress slacks are hanging in the crotch and hang on the ground (that is a trick when one is 6 ft. tall). Brad bought me suspenders to hold them up!
We just "Keep on Keeping On"!
Had my 6 week check up today and Dr. Nick was so pleased and surprised that I had done so well! I don't go back to him for 6 months!~!
January 7, 2008
Bloodwork came back with my potassium low. I am not able to work out until it comes back up because we lose potassium thru our sweat. Have I mentioned that my Physical Therapist is a slave driver? She doesn't let me get away with anything!!! Actually it is good and I'm really enjoying it! I hate that I only have one more session then I have to go to a real gym.
Potassium is still low but has come up two points. I am drinking milk, orange juce and a bananna smoothie each morning. I think it helps. My Doc also took me off HCTZ, a diurectic that I take for blood pressure. I have put on 5 lbs. since Monday!! Ugh! I'm sure it is water weight because of the diuretic
I didn't tell you about my physical therapy...the first time I got on the recumbant bike and she told me to ride for 20 minutes. I laughed at her
and told her I finished after 1 1/2 minutes and she cracked her whip
and told me 10 1/2 more minutes. I can see the value of a personal trainer and a set time to exercise. It keeps you honest!!!
I went back to water aerobics tonite and it was fabulous!! I love it! It feels so good to be in the water again!
Pulled out a pantsuit that was too small for me prior to surgery. I was shocked!! I had to pull it up under my bra and then put my suspenders on. I put the jacket on and felt like I had on someone elses clothes!!! This happened at church yesterday also. Everyone told me I needed to retire the jacket I had on. Lots of fun!!!
Had a dream last night that I could eat anything!!! It was not a dream but a nightmare! I ran to the scales to see if I had gained weight! Silly, I know but it scared the hibby jibbys out of me. I never want that again
I promised myself I would not weigh again until Feburary 1 but I failed. I weighed and I weigh 331. That's 64 lbs. in two months. My BMI is 46.1 Praise God! I also finished physical Therapy with a great workout and joined a gym and found a workout partner to work out with three times a week! I really love it. It isn't painful at all which was my conception of exercise two months ago with the exception of water aerobics. I love to exercise my arms because I know that I have to have strong arms to go kayaking which is one of my goals!
Well, it's been six months and I feel fabulous! I can't believe the difference that the weight loss has made in my life! I have finally accepted the fact that food is necessary for life but not just a fun thing to gourge myself on. I accept taht I can only have alittle and that is fine! Protein shakes are a way of life now. I used to use the $4.00 bullets ( Profect)and now I usually use the EAS lite shakes with 110-170 calories a shake. Vitamins and calcium are a way of life! Exercise is necessary and a way of life.
Not only has my way of eating changes but my way of life has changed. I can now shop! No more aching and back problems when I have to walk or stand for long periods of time. It is actually fun to shop! I also can walk into a restaurant and not worry that the hostess will sit us in a small booth and I won't fit. I love to fly now because I don't mind standing in lines and I can even sit by the window and not worry that I won't fit in the seat or my legs will be scrounched up! I don't get out of breath when walking with my friends. I always take sizes that are too large for me into the dressing room because I am always shrinking! I can't even discuss how my body changes have enhanced my marriage! Now my husband is NOT too young for me because I can run circles around him!
This is all heaven! I have been thin before but I forgot all the fun things life has to offer and I can't wait to experience them all. My prayer is that I won't focus on the hangy down arms and the neck that now sags but all the wonderful positive changes that have occurred in my life! Each day is new and full of AH Haw moments ! I love it and would and will not ever regret my choice to have the surgery. I am beginning to love me again!