Jun 30, 2004
Well I am one week post op today. I feel wonderful!!!!
I have had no complications. When I woke up in recovery I thought, this is worse than I thought. It had been 25+ years since my last surgery and I had forgotten!!! I stayed in ICU for the first night because my Dr. wanted my blood pressure monitored. ICU was the pits. I would had received better care on the floor with my husband and the great nurses there. No one bothered to explain the pain pump to me. I did not know I had control over my pain meds. When they saw I was getting restless they would come in and say push this. I didn't know what it was. I went down for my leak test the next morning and that was not as bad as I had anticipated. Everything was fine and I was put in a room. The nurses there told me how to give the pain meds. I did not need anything unless I got up to walk or during the night so I could rest on the awful hospital bed!!
I had my surgery on Thursday July 1st and came home on Monday July 5th. Everything has been getting better by the minute.
I went today for 1 week check up. Dr. took out 1/2 of the staples. I go back Monday for the rest of them.
If you had asked me Thursday, Friday or Saturday if I would do it again
, I'm not sure what I would have said. I might have said no way. But today I would say I am so glad I did this for me. I know this is the first leg of the journey so I will be prepared for some storms along the way. But I plan to make it to my goal!!!!
July 12, 2004
Went to Dr. again today. I got the rest of the staples out. My incision feels so much better.
I have lost 16 pounds so far. I feel better each and every day. I do not regret having this surgery at all. I look forward to the months to come. I will enjoy this journey!!!!
May 31, 2004
It has been awhile since I updated. I re-submitted my paperwork to BC/BS. They said I did not have a 12 month diet history. I could give them a 49 YEAR diet history. But, I did the history and wrote a letter telling them how much I needed this surgery. My PCP copied my chart notes from the last visit I had with him and gave to me to send. I prayed lots and lots and on June 1, 2004 I called and was told I was approved!!!! My dr. needs the letter in hand to proceed so we waited for the letter. It finally arrived on June 7. The nurse made my appointment for the pulmanary dr. for June 16 and I hope to have a date soon.
OH MY!!! I have a date!!! July 1st at 6:00 A.M. How great is that???
June 28, 2004
Only 2 more days left and then it is the day of my surgery. I am so excited. I want to have fun with my two little grandsons. I kept them all day today and I could not run and play with them like I want to. I will be able to soon though.
I plan to do exactly what my doctor tells me to do. I do not want anything to go wrong.
Apr 30, 2004
My paperwork was sent in to BC/BS a few days later. I called BC/BS almost everyday after the first week to check to see if it had been approved. Yesterday (May 5) I called. I was told that it was not approved because there was not enough documentation of previous diets!!! Can you imagine that.... I have been overweight all my life. I have tried every diet under the sun. Just ask me, I can tell you all about weitht loss, I just can't do it!!!!
I will keep the profile updated. This is just an obstical!!! I will prevale!!!
Mar 31, 2004
I have been married almost 32 years to the most wonderful man in the world. We have 2 sons and 2 grand sons.
I work as a secretary in the Special Education department of our school system.
I enjoy reading. I had more hobbies before, but I do not feel like doing much physical activity now. That is the main reason I want this surgery. I want to feel good and enjoy my grandchildren.
I have my first visit with my doctor this Thursday, April 15. I am so excited. I know there are many things that could happen, but I also know if I don't get this weight off I will be looking at a short life. I want to enjoy my grand babies and be fun for them.
I will update after my appointment on Thursday.