I'm on the loser's bench now! :))

Apr 14, 2008

Well, this has been the fastest few months in my life!  :))  On February 28, 2008, I had my first appointment with Dr. Owens.  On March 10, 2008, I found out I was approved for surgery, and on April 10, 2008, I started my new life as a gastric bypass patient.  Someone has been watching out for me, and all I can say is THANK YOU!!

Surgery went really, really well.  The day before surgery I had to drive to San Diego to have a preoperative appointment with Dr. Owens and his nurse, check in at the hospital and have the preoperative lab work and chest x-ray done.  While I was at his office, however, I met the other 2 ladies that were scheduled to have surgery before and after me the next day.  :))  All I can say is WOW.  My life is so blessed!  This whole experience has turned out to be SO positive, it's almost hard to believe it's for real!  :))  It was really great to be able to talk with other that were in the same boat as myself!  Come to find out, all three of our surgeries were scheduled relatively quickly -- so quickly, in fact, that ONE of them found out less than a week before her surgery was scheduled that she was approved!  BTW, all you military wives, we were ALL Triwest patients.  Anyhow, it was REALLY positive meeting these ladies the day before - it really helped me calm down and stop worrying so much.  

The next morning I checked in at 8:15 a.m.  I was scheduled for surgery at 11:15, but Carlos and I were sitting in preop visiting with each other when they called for me an hour early!  Woo HOO!!  Was just running out of stuff to talk about!  LOL! :))  It's a shame, but this is probably the first time we've had the chance to talk uninterrupted for at LEAST a year, so it was a really nice way to start the day, too.  :))

Well, they took me to the preoperative holding area and I met the nicest nurse.  She was very nice and supportive -- sat there with me the entire time I waited to meet the anesthesiologist and talk with Dr. Owens a bit.  Anywho, I told the anesthesiologist I was kinda worried about the procedure and lo and behold he whips out this MAGIC SYRINGE!!  :))  From this point on, it is ALL fuzzy... :))  JUST the way I like it when I'm headed into a major abdominal surgery!!  

I remember waking up in the recovery room and just remember my upper lip being really, really BIG.  No nausea, no problems from the anesthesia, just a swollen lip and a MAJOR case of dry mouth!!  To my surprise, they offered me ice chips right away -- can I get another woo HOO, please??

I'm approved!

Mar 26, 2008

Got approved after the first letter - approximately 10 days after submitting it, and less than 3 weeks after my first appointment.  I have not even started on an intro yet and I'm approved for surgery!  :))  

For those of you who are out scanning the site for people with similarities, you are who I'm writing this for!  I know that checking this website to see what other people wrote really helped me make an informed decision to have the WLS.  

I have 4 children, 1 of which is screaming right now, so must run!  I will be back to introduce myself and perhaps write a little more.  Thanks for caring! :))

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I'm on the loser's bench now! :))
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