recovery and update

Jun 23, 2010

I made it through my surgery and hospital stay...I strongly encourage those going in for surgery to remember lip balm.  I've had my ups and downs going through recovery and yes, the 3 week stall is completely real.  Not sure why it happens but once you hit that 3 week mark just don't even bother to look at your scale for at least a week and a half.  I've become a scaleaholic so that part was difficult.  I had one moment  after surgery where I looked at my Mom and said "what in the hell did I do to myself" and thank goodness that feeling didn't last long.  I'm losing about a pound every day or two but I'm honestly exhaused 90% of the time and my sleep schedule is wacked.  I'm so tired that I can't's that for nuts?!  I think that I'm losing weight at a fast rate and my body just isn't keeping up energy wise.  Taking my vitamins but again no help in the energy department.  I've learned about slime or foamies LOL and nope, that isn't something I want to repeat.  All in all I'm very pleased with my vsg, just wish I felt better and had more energy.  I still have pain in the mid stomach area and it's sensitive to the touch.  Not sure if that's normal or just something weird with me.  I've also had the dry heaves which isn't fun.  Caused me to turn around and go back home while driving to work.  I don't know if I have a bug or if it was due to exhaustion.  When I went into my surgeon for my one month post op there wasn't anyone there to run the machine that would allow me to actually look at my stomach.  I figured that would be standard procedure during that check up but my Dr. promised that next time I come in I will get to see it....when they did the upper GI in the hospital to check for a leak I was pretty well drugged up so I don't remember a lot.  I went in for surgery on a Monday morning and was relased Wednesday afternoon.  The liquid diet sucks but remeber that it too will pass.   
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Will May 17th ever get here? Random thoughts

Apr 18, 2010

Lately all I can talk about or think about is my date of surgery and how much my life is going to change.  I'm scared because of my relationship with food but I'm also ready for a new life, a new me.  This weekend I did housework--got one of those cool steam mops.  Anyway, after steaming the floors I started to feel pain my back, legs and calves.  It's no wonder that my house doesn't look anything like I want it to...I don't have the capability right now.  Another one of the reasons why I can't wait to have surgery.  My Mom tells me that I'm driving her crazy because my surgery is all I talk about.  My Mom is my best friend so she hears it daily, sometimes twice a day and don't forget those random calls I make whenever I have something I deem important to tell her.  No, I am not really a "Momma's girl" but something strange happens to you once you have children of your own.  I makes you appreciate your own mother even more.  My Mom has had weight loss surgery-the lap-band so she is also good about giving advice even though I have opted to get the sleeve.  At first she told me that the sleeve is so "radical" and "permanent" but honestly any weight loss surgery is supposed to be permanent even if you have the lap band.  You don't get a band and say "oh, I am going to keep it for 3 years and then take it out".  No, you go in with the goal being to keep the weight off forever.  I don't have the time nor the patience to have a lap band. 
My two little boys were asking about being in my tummy before they were born.  My kids are 3 and 5.  My oldest asked me if I had a baby in my belly now and when I told him no he said "but it just looks like it".  Out of the mouths of babes.  
On another note I'm still trying to quit smoking before my surgery and it's not going so well which is majorly discouraging.  Why did I start smoking at 17?!  If I only knew then what I know now but isn't that the way it goes with everything?  I was reading some of the reviews of the hospital where I'm having my surgery.  Some weren't so great so I'm hoping that they have improved a lot before I get there next month.  


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