August 2 2006
Well my weight has went up throughout the years and now I am at my heaviest. I went to Dr. Lord's seminar in June then I had my consultation from there I had labs ran then the upper gi done on July 20th. It overall was a pretty fast experience as far as testing is concerned. I was so excited to have everything complete well I had just a small delay with my insurance my PCM put evaluate but not to treat I had called him about two months before and he said he had fixed it but it wasn't. I thought I was going to start crying because I thought o no now I will never get approved but thank lord an angel named Danielle helped me fix my problem and I was apporved the next day. Now my surgery is set for Sept. 20th I hope it is the first one of the day. It seems as if others are or had the same problem with the PCM messing up the referral so you would think tri care would fix the problem already. So a warning to tri care patients make sure the doctor writes treat and eval on the referral it will make the process faster.
August 31 2006
Well I think I have gotten everything I will need for before and after surgery. One thing is why does the calcium citrate have to be so expensive and why can't we or can we crush the pill form of it up and take it. My pre op isn't until Sept. the 14th so now it's just the waiting time which is nerve wrecking. I found out two days ago that my husband got orders to Germany so what does he tell me? Ha ha you won't be able to eat the fine european cuisine, I said I can taste a little bit a of it. At least I hope so, that would be my luck wait for surgery get it done then go to europe and can't eat any of there food. I met my friend Rachael at Dr. Lords seminar and come to find out we lived two blocks from one another so I was so excited to have made a new friend especially one that could go through WLS with me. I thought we could be gym partners after the procedure but now since I am moving I am losing a new good friend and a gym partner. I hope they have a gym on base in germany.
September 1 2006
Ok a few people are saying why they want the surgery so here are a few of mine not to insult anyone just what I hope to get out of it besides better health...
*Fit in an amusement park ride without a special big girl seat
*Wipe myself without doing some gymnastics
*Be with my partner privately on top without thinking am I killing him
*Buy a shirt that doesn't have to hide my pouchy belly
*Not to be paranoid about going out to eat in public
*To buy clothes anywhere not just from Lane Bryant
*So my daughter won't ask me why my belly is so big
*To sit in a booth without my belly going on the table
*Not be afraid to let my husband see how much I weigh
*To turn the lights on during private hubby time
*To loose some of these huge boobs
*Wear a bathing suit in public without thinking who is staring
*I want my husband to be able to lift me instead of me lifting him
*To look the way I feel inside
thats all for now but I am sure I will think of more reasons
September 9 2006
Ok so here are my measurements thus far I hope they go down drastically!
Neck 15 1/4
Lower Arm 11 1/4
Upper Arm 16 1/8
Bust 53 1/2
Ankel 9 3/4
Hips 60 1/2
Thigh 32 3/4
Foot 10 1/2 (this one only because my foot got fatter when I was pregant and never returned to it's size I want to see if I loose weight in my foot.)
Well my friend Rachael started fasting today so I kinda get a heads up of what that will be like for me because we are alot alike. I purchased a notebook to track my weight lose and measurements in for my journey. I am so excited for my surgery I got great news this past week that my mother gets to come down for my surgery instead of my aunt so I am extra excited now there is nothing like a mom to get you through the pain.
September 14 2006
Today was my pre op appointment with Dr. Lord the whole process was very fast, long story short my car broke down on the way there so I was about 15 minutes late for my appointment. When I got there I paid my 225.00 that tri care does not cover then I saw Tracy she was very nice but everything went by so fast she weighed me and come to find out I had gained some weight since June (surprise) she told me what time I had to do go do pre op with the hospital and that was about it. Then I went to see Dr. Lord but he was so busy he came in and said my partner (or whoever he was I forgot his name) is going to start your paper work and then I'll be in so that guy filled my paper work out and the Dr. Lord came in he finished a few papers had me lay down, looked at my stomach then asked me about three questions. After that I asked him if I was going to have loose skin and he said just a little which I was happy about and that was it. I went and did pre op with the hospital then which took a long time waiting mostly the actualy process just consisted of more blood work a couple of questions and thats it. So now I am all ready for surgery I can't wait while I was there I also went to see how my friend Rachael who just had gastric bypass was doing and by seeing her she gave me alot of confidence that it's not that bad.
September 16 2006
I started my liquid diet today and so far all I have had is a cup of broth, a cup of jello, and a popcicle. Apple juice to drink. I am hungry but not to bad if the rest is like this it's no problem but I have a high tolerance for pain and discomfort...lol That's what people say at least. I will post everyday and let everyone know how I am handling it. I also got a new car today!:)
September 18 2006
Today is my third day on the liquid diet and I have to say without a doubt that it is the worst so far. The fleet is the most horrible nastest stuff I have ever drank in my life. Yucky!!! After you drink it you are in the bathroom all day long and it's not fun at all besides that your not eating only drinking but after drinking the fleet you don't even feel like drinking anything else that day which I know has to not be good. At this point I feel really weak and I am just taking it easy until surgery, I am not excited just ready to get it over with right now. I feel really sorry for anyone who has to do the liquid diet for more than 4 days I know they have to be strong willed to do something like that.
September 26 2006
Well I have been back home now for a couple of days and feeling great the only bad times I have is if I take that one extra bite then I feel this overwelming pressure on my chest. The hosital experience was wonderful I had the best two nurses ever, especially a nurse named Felicia she treated me like her own daughter she was a sweetie. The first day of surgery I slept all day long and don't remember anything. The second day I began to walk and by the end of the night it didn't hurt as bad to walk. I also took a shower and slept the rest of the time. The third day I couldn't hardly sleep at all the night before so I was awake early when Dr. Lord came in and took my tube out it didn't hurt at all like I expected I then asked when I could go home and they asked me when I wanted to and I said today so he said ok. I knew checking out would take awhile so I then walked a couple of laps and got dressed then finally watched some tv I didn't watch or do anything the two days before. I finally checked out and came home around lunch. The ride from pensacola to eglin afb was a long one and the bumps in the road did not feel good at all. Now since I have been home I have been resting and walking and learning how much I eat now which is totally different than before I am trying to reteach my brain how to think about eating habits and such, which I knew before hand would be the hardest aspect about the whole procedure. I am weighing myself everyday..lol I thought I wouldn't but I can't help it but I'm not going to say how much I have lost until friday. The second day I was home I also started bleeding from the women area which I had already done this month so I don't know if thats normal or not but I have heard alot of women do that. Well that it for now I will post more after my post op appointment friday.
October 1 2006
Well I went to my post op appt. this morning and everything went great the Dr. said I was doing fine and the weight would just fly off in the next couple of months which I can't wait to see. I have lost 18 pounds that was of friday but as of today I have lost 24.5 pounds I did alot of shopping this weekend which means alot of walking...lol I hope to continue the weight loss journey full speed ahead.
October 18 2006
It has been awhile since I have updated so I thought I would catch up. Lets see there has been up's and downs I have been really sick with a cold. I am certain my taste buds have changed because some things I loved before I now hate. Today I am offically one month since surgery things are not on a routine as of yet sorry to say. I hate having to crush up pills they are horrible to take. I am over the protein drinks for sure, I can't wait until I can just eat my protein. I am now eating about 2 or 3 oz. a meal and unlike the hurting feeling I had in the beginning when I ate now I don't feel full nor do I feel hungry it's hard to explain. There has been some days when I felt like I couldn't eat enough but in all reality I was barely eating anything. So maybe things have calmed down I can only hope but one thing is for sure I have threw up more since this surgery than in my entire life before Gastric Bypass. I have even threw up crystal light...yuckie My weight lose has slowed down alot I have now lost 34 pounds per my scales. I know that is alot of weight for one month but I am telling ya when you see such dramatic weight lose in the beginning and it starts getting slower it makes you a little sad. In time I know it will come off, it took time to go on and it will take some time to come off. I keep telling myself that weight lose surgery was my decision alone and the ups and downs are part of life and I need to do what it takes and stop griping about the protein and the pills...:)
October 23 2006
I finally got around to posting my new measurements on here and I have to say they didn't change a whole lot from one week out to a month out. I lost 4 and a half inches of my waist thats not bad at all. Things have been better now that I am getting over my cold. But I think my taste buds have changed since surgery things I used to love I now hate. Last night I cheated and had a peice of thin crust cheese pizza it was so dang good. I can't help it mother nature has callen and when it's that time I get really picky about what I eat. I also had a sugar free peice of chocolate is was so good yummy. I don't know how those patients who have to be on stage three diet for more than we do handle it because after awhile you just don't want anything that your suppost to eat. I have been walking alot more now Rachael and I have been walking anywhere from a mile to a mile and a half every other day now so thats good for us. I can't weight till I can lift some weights to tone my arms up right now they are starting to sag because I am not able to tighten yet. I think thats about all I have to update now. I will update after my six week check up with the doc. Oh yeah I did have something to report a stitch from my insides was coming out of one of the incesions I called and Dr. Lord said it was ok it happens and he would trim it when I came to see him but I asked if I could do it and he said that would be fine so I did. My husband was so grossed out when I cut it, men there stomachs are more sensitive than ours.
November 15, 2006
Well I am down two surgeries now and I am starting to feel like my old self again. I am very happy about that my stomach from the hysterectomy is still sore but I am starting to walk again which is good news. I sent some recent pictures to my mother in law who hasn't seen me since surgery and she said I looked like I was getting so skinny which made me very happy. I can tell I have lost alot up top but I can't wait until I loose the belly, I'm sorry bellies. I gained about ten pounds when I was in the hospital this time so I had to loose that back off so now I am offically 51.5 pounds gone forever. I have stopped pucking up food so much now I think my stomach might be settling down finally. I have my stall moments every once and awhile and it gets me down but I am still trying to think positive, I mean who else without this surgery could have lost 51 pounds in under two months not bad at all. I still must say I don't understand people who can count calories now I couldn't before so why should I be able to now it's not like surgery on my stomach is going to make me a better dieter, is it? I have not started smoking again and I do walk besides that I just eat small portions and stay away from sugar. I still can't get in all of my protein or fluids it's hard there is not enough time in the day.
January 7, 2007
I am back home from vacation and excited to get back in my habits. I love visiting my family but I love home just as much. I hit a stall for almost four weeks and it almost killed me but by the end of it I was like ok whatever it will happen when it happens. I have started losing my hair which sucks but thank goodness I have alot to lose. I am now 3 1/2 months out so I took my measurements today and here they are neck 14 lower arm 10 1/8 upper arm 14 1/4 chest 47 1/2 ankel 9 1/4 waist 48 hips 54 1/2 thigh 27 3/4 calf 15 3/4 foot 9 1/2. Grand total is 33 inches lost so far.