Aug 30, 2014
So, in July, I had that damned lap band removed! I am so relieved not to have it in me anymore, have not vomited once since. Oddly enough, my gerd/reflux is completely GONE. The only time I have to take 1 Tums is if I have had too much coffee. Isn't that interesting?
I lost 10 pounds in the liquid and full liquid diet which lasted 2 weeks and was not as difficult as I thought it would be. today is the end o August so that surgery was about 5 weeks ago and all is well. The only problems I had with that surgery is the itching because of the skin healing and the fact that I am allergic to the glue and bandage adhesives. I have one incision that is having a hard time closing completely because it is in a location easily rubbed with the bath towel, on top of my tummy. So, the scab keeps being removed. But, it's getting there.
Now, I am preparing for the next surgery, the Sleeve! YAY!! I have seen the PA and the Dietician. Next week, I do the sleep study for sleep apnea. Hope I don't have that. My blood work came back and everything is good! It's kind of fun to see the reactions on the nurses and doctors faces when they realize I really AM that healthy!
Getting back to the full liquid diet I have prescribed for myself with the docs blessing is difficult because I allowed myself 2 weeks of food funerals. I don't mean where one goes all out and eats mounds of things they can'tt have post surgery. I had the band for 7 years and although I was able to eat some things in the past 2 years I could not before, I still was not one to mound my plate up and gorge myself. I carefully picked some of the foods I have had to go without during the band years and a few of the things I am going to do without post Sleeve. Like, some cheesecake. I had a couple slices and that's it. A BK Whopper, had it yesterday and am done with it. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich. YUMMY! All done. Now I am going full tilt for the next part of my life, that part that was left behind decades ago when I stopped caring, stopped watching, stopped realizing that I was slowly killing my life, myself.
I want the rest of my life, I want the fun, the rides, the walks, the swimming in a suit I will look great in. I want the health. I am in fairly good health now but I have osteo arthritis throughout my body that has put me on disability. That will not go away with weight loss but it might not hurt so much. I want the "me" my husband didn't see since we were first married. now, he has passed and can't share with me. I want the "me" my son didn't know because I was too fat to do things. He was embarrassed after a while. Most important, I want the "me" that can be anything I want to be now.