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Surgeon TestimonialArthur M. Carlin, M.D.I have only met with him once so far for my initial consult, but I was absolutely blown away! I am looking forward to seeing him again to book the date! I liked him from the minute he walked into the room! He is personable, humorous, and does not make you feel stupid or belittle you! He genuinely cares, and he is serious about your health! I cannot WAIT to have him as a surgeon! His words to me were 'you are a perfect candidate, and I am excited to work with you to get your life back!\" WOW! He even held my hand as I had my little cry! I have heard nothing but GREAT things about him! I CANNOT WAIT! I know DR CARLIN is the man to work on me...hands down!
- Crafts - I am an avid scrapbooker and have my own studio with WAY too much stuff! I
- Animal Rescue - I volunteer at the Humane Society, and LOVE animals!
- Cats - I have two wonderful kittens that I just ADORE! They are so cute & such BRATS!
- Writing - I am in the process of writing a novel...need to work on it more though lol
- Christianity - One God, One way to heaven...I know I am truly blessed!
- Cruises - Hubby and I love to travel..our next cruise is to the Medditranian
- Rubber Stamping - I have thousands of dollars invested in stamps...lol
I HAVE A DATE!!!!!!! on August 25, 2007 7:22 am
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August 25th, 2007
I HAVE A DATE!!!!
September 20th 2007, my new birthdate! I can't wait! 26 days from today!
What a day yesterday! As much as it was a good day for me by getting a date, it was a very stressful day! Grab a coffee and I will share...
We leave London at 6:40 am and head to the Windsor border (tunnel) We are there at 9:06 am, my appointment is at 10am. The tunnnel is backed up a bit so we are waiting and there are cars all over the place. This border crossing is not organized whatsoever, and the area is fairly small once you get out of the tunnel. So you just choose a line. We get in the closest line we can get in and wait. Once we are the second car from being next, I say to hubby, "oh there is a LITTLE sign over there saying this is the Nexxus line" (for people who cross the border often they have a special 'pass') The car in front seems to realize this as well just when it is his turn to go, and so he turns on his blinker, hold us up and the next lane up so he can squeeze in. I tell hubby to do the same, and he says, "naw, we will just go thru this lane, the guy will give us a lecture and then we are on our way" By now it's 9:15 am. So we go up, and the guy goes 'so where is your nexxus card" Hubby explains what we did, not wanting to hold up traffic and whatever, and the guy goes "oh so what, are you going shopping or something?" REALLY SARCASTICALLY. Hubby says, no my wife has an appointment at HF. blah blah blah. If the asshole doesn't grab his walkie-talkie and announces "Nexxus Violator in lane 9" He writes us an orange piece of paper and tells us to pull into secondary. We are met by 4 guards, and they go to both of our windows and announce, "Cut the engine, leave the keys, pop the trunk and hood, take your id, but leave everything else in the car, DO NOT TAKE YOUR CELL PHONES" I am SOOO mad at this point. I get out and grab my wallet and this guard yells at us "Follow those lines over there (he fails to point where those lines are) and go into the building" So I question what lines, and he barks again "FOLLOW THE LINES" By now I am shaking, and cursing under my breath, and having an anxiety attack, and close to tears. My hubby and I start towards the building(S) (there are 3 of them so who the hell knew where we were supposed to go, he made like we did this often) So we find the 'lines' and go into the building...HOMELAND SECURITY. I am like..."OMG ARE YOU FRIGGIN' KIDDING ME?" My hubby (the ever-so-nice and calm, dude) is trying to calm me down as we walk in and are greeted by more guards. They took our orange form and passports and make us sit. It's now 9:20. We are in a tiny room with like 50 people all holding orange papers and they were all people of different ethnics, so clearly they were having to show citizenship paperwork etc. 9:30, 9:35, 9:45, then the call us and they guard gets a call saying our car was clear. He says to us 'is this your first violation?' I try not to spit fire at him as I say "umm yeah, we went in the wrong lane, THATS IT! Do you think we would do this purposely more than once, ESPECIALLY when I have a doctors appointment that is NOW in 10 minutes?" (All the while my hubby is kicking my ankle to shut up...lol) So we were "free" to go...So of course when we get back to the car, I can't let it go, and so I start in about how I feel like we were criminals and how we were treated like we did something 'wrong'. I go off about how it's ridiculous they have to search our car...like I was going to hold up the United States of America with my fat free pretzel sticks or something? GIVE ME A FRIGGIN BREAK! Anywhoo.... 9:55 we pull into HF, luckily we know where we have to go, and I make it up to my appt by 10 am. Nuff said. I have a rude nurse do my weight and blood pressure (which was thru the roof!!!) and then I see my cutie-patootie doctor. We book the date, and I talk to another nurse about my what to do/what not to do's for the next 3 weeks, and off we go! So now it's close to noon, so hubby says 'do you want to stop at Little Ceaser's before we go?" So yep we did, and I got a little bold and ordered a slice of pizza and a greek salad, and I paid for it all the way home!! I normally don't eat crap, (for the record, I mean since I started dieting...lol)and during the day either, so the 3 hr ride was one of my tummy gurgling, and my hubby asking every 10 min "Are you sure you don't want me to stop?" Needless to say, I made it home, and then made a trip to the throne. Also I have a new 'friend' that I met off of this site, and I talked to her on the phone for 3.5 hours last night. lol Yeah, we had a lot to say, getting to 'know' each other takes time ya know! I can't wait to meet her, we have SOOO much in common, and our hubbies do too!! It is SO nice talking to someone who knows EXACTLY what I am going through, and she has her surgery 16 days before me, so I will be able to learn a lot from her I am sure! We may be getting together this weekend for a visit...not over dinner, or not over drinks...but likely over a smoothie and/or crystal lite....lmao! Ahhh such is life! Just wanted to share my day with y'all! Why is it we have crazy days everytime we are in Detroit? Honestly, my life is not usually THAT interesting! lol More later peeps!
This is soo funny and cute! on August 21, 2007 6:08 pm
Twas the Night Before Bypass”
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'Twas the night before bypass,
when all through my gut
not a morsel was stirring,
not even a nut.
The suitcase was packed by the back door with care,
in hopes that a new me would soon return there.
I lay nestled, snug in my bed
while visions of calories danced in my head;
and me in my plus size pajamas and wrap,
had just settled in for a long, restless nap.
When deep in my mind there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my dreams to see what was the matter.
Away to my fridge I flew like a flash,
ripped open the door and drooled at the stash.
The moonlight reflecting off the beautiful snacks
gave a luster of radiance to all on the racks.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but an array of the comfort foods I hold so dear.
With a familiar feeling of all those I'd pick,
I thought in a moment I just might be sick.
More lovely than angels their voices they came,
and they whistled and shouted and called me by name; "Now pizza, now French fries, now chocolate galore on cheesecake, on ice cream, on donuts and more!"
From the tip of my tongue,
to the end of my toe, I will miss you all more than ever you'll know.
As an addict that shakes and stirs as he sits,
I'll mourn the loss of my delectable hits.
So back to my bed I went with great haste,
and settled back down with nary a taste.
And then in an instant,
in pre-op I sat,
nervously waiting to no longer be fat.
As I sat deep in thought and adjusted my gown,
In came my surgeon in one single bound.
He was dressed all in scrubs,
from his head to his feet
and he seemed very calm as he eyed me like meat.
He looked at my chart, with his scope gave a listen, I don't think he noticed my eyes starting to glisten.
He was chubby and plump -- he could lose some himself, and I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself. A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke barely a word as he prepped for his work, he paused for a moment,
then turned with a jerk.
And laying a finger aside of his face,
and giving a nod, out of the room he did race.
He checked in the next day,
to his students gave a whistle,
and away they all flew like a down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim as he walked out of sight, "speedy thinness to you and a healthier life!"
Almost there... on August 18, 2007 7:48 am
August 18, 2007
Got some news to share! On Wednesday, hubby and I went to Detroit for my psych evaluation/excercise clinic/medical clearance. Pleased to announce that I am not a psycho...lol I passed everything, and now I wait for 6 days and I see Dr. Carlin for my surgery schedule date. Let me tell you what happened while in Detroit. First off, it was great that hubby was able to get the day off. It was a huge stress relief that he was able to drive, and be there with me. So, my first appt was with medical clearance. Upon arriving on the 15th floor, I am not even in the receptionist lounge, (and I mean like 8 feet away) and the RUDE receptionist loudly announces 'I need to see your ID and insurance card' I actually looked around to see that she was indeed yelling at me...and yep she was! So I go up to her and I say, "I am from Canada, I don't have an insurance carrier, what do you need to see for ID" and she again says 'I need your insurance card and ID" Anyways, I fish out my OHIP card that has my pic on it, and is my 'insurance carrier' and give it to her, tell her again, that I am from Canada so OHIP is my 'insurance carrier' and if she doesn't have the odasady to say AGAIN 'I need to know who you are insured through' By now, I am mad and I say back to her loudly "For the third time, I am Canadian, I don't have a US insurance carrier, OHIP is Canadian and I am covered through them!!" It shut her up, and she then gets all semi-nice after she does what she needs to do on her computer then says 'ok, you can have a seat over there'. I was fuming, not only because of her, but as this is going on, the OTHER receptionist there was twice as bitchy...she askes this guy behind me for his insurance/id and he gives her the ins. card, and she stands there with her hand on her hip and yells at him (and I mean YELL!) "So are you going to show me any id, or am I going to stand here all day and wait for it" WTF? How rude!! Every head turned and looked at her when she yelled it..I felt so embarassed for the guy! I turned to my husband and loudly whisper "Holy Shit, are you kidding me right now? What is with these two?" Hence the other reason my receptionist chills out a bit I am sure! lol (and my hubby being mr. nice guy kind of shakes his head at me and says 'shhhh') Needless to say, after we sit down, and I am all in a spaz telling my hubby how uncalled for the behaviours were, I get called in at 11:20 (exactly my appt time!) So I go with a young nurse that weighs me and does my blood pressure. SO get this...just a side-bar thought...I was SOOO worried that the scales in Detroit would be different than here. I KNOW I have lost the weight, but my head doesn't seem to want to get around it. I didn't sleep the night before, WORRIED sick that the scale would show less than 36 lbs, (ie. 10 lbs lost only) I was shaking when she weighed me. I almost had a mild heart attack, the reader was backwards (so the nurse could read the numbers not me!) and when I first looked it looked like 485... when she said 437 I could have kissed her! Only a 2 lb discrepancy from my doctor and this scale...and of course NOT in my favor! lol So...I finally got one of my 'ah-ha' moments and realized that yes, I have indeed lost 36 lbs. Anyways...so she goes to do my blood pressure and she puts the cuff on right above my wrist. So I question her and mention that I have never had that done in 31 years like that, she says 'oh anywhere there is a pulse we can measure blood pressure' Ok...WHAT? That's news to me, because when I went through school to be a paramedic...that wasn't practise then! lol So the BP reading was ridiculous (I don't have high BP, but I thought the drive and the bitch at the front desk might have spiked it a bit!) So, she leaves, and I am in the room waiting for the doctor for 40 friggin minutes! GRR...anyways, she examined me, checked my throat, had our little chat, she re-did my BP (which was normal) and we are good to go! Next place was the psych eval, which went fine too, kind of interesting to say the least, some of the 'test questions' were like REALLY odd, however I guess if people don't pass that, then they REALLY should NOT get the surgery done! IE. What season is it outside? What am I holding in my hand (pen) Count backwards from 100 by 7's.... Anyways, I passed. Our last appt was the excercise clinic. I had already started excercising 6 weeks ago, so we just kinda talked...they didn't have to put me on any kind of regime. Ok....so the BEST part of the story....hubby and I are on our way home...and he says to me 'Do you want to stop at Avenue to get some new clothes?' and I said "no..not yet, I can still wear these and I don't want to waste money on new clothes that won't fit soon' And he says "I have watched you all day pulling up your jeans that clearly don't fit anymore, and you are complaining that your underwear keep sliding off, I think we should stop" WELL...any true female knows not to argue with a man who is offering to take her clothes shopping...lol so off we go! Long story short....I walked out with *DRUM ROLL PLEASE* size 30 jeans (I used to wear 32) 9, size 26/28 shirts (I used to wear 32) and 5 pairs of 26/28 underwear (I used to wear 32) and another pair of stretchy dress pants 26/28. OMG, OMG, OMG!!!!! I WAS SOOO EXCITED!!! I have not worn anything below a 32 since before my son was born 9 years ago! If that was not motivation enough...!!!! The sales lady pulled me aside (I had told her I had lost 36 lbs and didn't know what size I was) and she told me that she had recently lost 240 lbs...all on her own and it took her 4.5 years to do it! I told her unfortunately I don't have that much patience! lol She looks awesome, and I told her what I am doing...and she says she is so excited to see me in a few months, and I will have to re-introduce myself to her! I told her that I love Avenue, but will be a happy day for me when I can call up and proudly announce I want to close my credit card account with them forever! Anyways, that's my story. It has been a great week, and I can't wait to see Dr. Carlin on Friday. I still have little thoughts like "OMG what if HIS scale doesn't show over 25 lbs lost?" I never thought the psychological crap I would have to deal with so early on....but man, when you know your life is changing for the good FOREVER, and your mind can't seem to catch up...its a weird thing...I just have to keep reminding myself, that I am losing weight. Even people are starting to comment about how they can tell, and how good I am looking, but my stubborn head is looking for their 'alterior motive' in what they are 'really trying to say' Holy moly...tell me that WILL come to an end right? It's like I don't believe them! Crazy... (maybe they need to do the psych eval again? LOL) So that's it for now guys and gals...I don't know if anyone even reads my blogs...no one ever comments...lol but it's good for my soul....and I am going to print off all my blogs and put them in my scrapbook..along with my nasty-assed pictures...sounds weird, but I am going to keep a WLS scrapbook. Keeps me accountable, and keeps me aware of what I will NEVER be like again.
So - just for anyone who does read my blogs....I have a few questions I need answered. I tried to get the tickerfactory thing on my blog (and I am computer literate) but I couldn't get it to post...any ideas? Also, I have been looking for sugar free popsicles/puddings etc. Can't seem to find any here...what brands sell them and where are you getting them? Also, I have done LOTS of research on this whole WLS thing, but I am feeling a bit worried that I don't know what I will be able to eat after! Doesn't everything have SOME sort of sugar in it? And my last thing...my blog pages are looking BORING and are a pain in the ass to read because they are usually long and you have to click on each month seperately....I am looking for someone who can 'spice up' my blogs...any ideas? Oh...and ONE last thing ( I promise!) if you ARE reading my blogs, let me know...all these people seem to have 'angels/friends' and I am feeling lonely in the ObesityHelp family...lol I don't have anyone I regularly talk to.....and can ask questions to!
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LMAO! on August 14, 2007 11:02 am
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Tuesday, August 14th/07
Ok folks...how is this for crazy! Yesterday I had my ovarian cyst surgery. Things went well. It took an hour for my surgeon to drain this stupid thing. He took out 5 LITRES of fluid from my abdomen. OMG! So today...I get up all excited for an early weigh in (I usually go in on Fridays) and guess what? That sucker was 10 LBS! So in total now, I am down 36 LBS from June 13th! I feel SOOO much better, and I can bend over, breathe, and my body doesn't ache! What a relief! Dr Carlin will be happy...I see him in 11 days. I am hoping to lose another 10 lbs by then. Then I will have lost my 10% that I was supposed to lose (although he said he would be happy at 25 lbs) Last night I couldn't sleep well (I was excited to get weighed today! How weird is THAT?!!?) Anyways, I was thinking that I MIGHT just be brave enough now to join a gym...but I think I talked myself out of that. I haven't been able to go on my walks for the last few days and I actually miss it! I am feeling like I need to do more than walk. My muscles are craving it...sounds weird eh? Anyways, I am trying to come up with something creative to see how I can avoid a gym and still work out. Do you know, 36 LBS is the most I have lost in years?? It feels so good, and has been fairly easy. I don't feel deprived, and I feel great. I guess I just needed a motivation? Like I said earlier, things are bittersweet....my wedding ring is sliding off my finger....my underwear are getting too big and I am contantly hiking them up...and my jeans are getting too loose. Trust me I am not complaining...but I don't have any smaller clothes. I have been 5X for YEARS, and I never kept anything smaller. I guess I assumed there was never any hope that I would be smaller. I have awhile to go believe me, before I can't wear any of these clothes, but still, I am a bit scared I won't have anything to wear in a few weeks! Good thing my girlfriend is a 28 (but that is 2 sizes away...not that small yet!) Anyways...just wanted to share my news!! More later!!! I go to Detroit tomorrow....wish me luck!
The human body is a funny thing... on August 10, 2007 3:29 pm
August 10, 2007
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So I said I would be back if I had good news from the doctor's office today...and...well it was good news! As of today I have now lost 26 lbs! Not sure how, as I was only able to walk 2X this week, and we had Swiss Chalet one night, Chinese Food one night....Now I certainly can't eat as much as I used to by any stretch, and I am over my month and a half long period...(don't ask ) so maybe that all that combined...? Whatever...I am not complaining! lol I got some Percocet today to help with my screaming gallbladder and my back spasams, and as of Monday I will be a happy girl and about 10 lbs lighter!
Just one thought...yesterday I went to Penningtons to get a new bra (yep the twins are shrinking YAY!!) and I wanted to get a nightgown for the surgery. Of course there was a huge sale on, all their summer stuff was 50% off the lowest prices (unheard of for Penningtons!) and I was bummed because I couldn't get anything! Well...bummed is not the right word.....it is all bittersweet to me. I found a gorgeous jean skirt I was going to buy (size 28 - I wear size 32 right now) for inspiration, but I put it back thinking, "nope I won't be wearing it all that long, and I am not going to waste my money on it!" Then when I walked out, there is a Reitmans next door (all small clothes!) and I window shopped at what my 'style' will be in a few months! I even put back the second bra (buy one get one 40% off) because I likely won't be in this much longer either! YAYAYAYAYA! And the new jeans I boasted about a few blogs ago? Yep...getting loose....and I don't have any belts....again, bittersweet victory! *sigh* So that's all for now folks....more on Monday...ciao!