Two More Days Until My New Birthday!

Nov 30, 2007

My new birthday is now just two days away!! I am getting so excited. All of my friends have been so great! I chose not to tell everyone about the WLS, but I have told my closest friends and they have been so supportive. This week was a bit rough with the liquid diet. It was a little hard to concentrate and I got dizzy a few times, but I was determined that I was going to stick to the plan. I have decided, however, that if anyone says to me that I took the easy way out...I will have to hurt them physically...as soon as I get the strength.  LOL. Honestly, I think it's going to be easier once I get past the pre-op. At least there won't be an issue with hunger. Well, at least not physical hunger. I'm sure I will still have to deal with the mental hunger. But I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. 
Yesterday was my last day at work for the rest of the year and I got a great send-off from my department. My boss has determined that she is going to go on the same diet that I am on when I return (she is so sweet!) and my best friend in the office gave me a gift certificate to a day spa so that we can go and celebrate the "new" me in a few months. 
I am so looking forward to this next year. It's hard to even put into words.
Well, it's after midnight and that means clear liquids for the next two days....good times. 

Cheers!

Living the Pre-Op Diet

Nov 21, 2007

Well, this is day three of the pre-op diet and I have to admit this is not the easiest thing to do. I have hypoglycemia so the low calories and lack of sugar and carbs are making this an interesting experience. I'm not really feeling hunger as much as the inability to concentrate and have NO energy. But this too shall pass. I hope. 
Tomorrow is my birthday and Thanksgiving. I plan on having the family dinner as my one meal for the day. I will just have to really watch the portions and concentrate on protein as my main focus. 
Counting my blessings!

The Big Day is just around the corner!

Nov 16, 2007

My surgery is now 2 weeks and 2 days away! I am still excited, but the mini panic moments have yet to go away. It's kinda funny, I have been measuring this week by how many days I have left of normal food. Why is it that we allow food to have such an important role in our lives? Or is it just me? Today was my last "normal" Friday lunch at work and my department surprised me with a Chocolate Cheesecake to celebrate my birthday. My birthday isn't actually until next Thursday, but they knew that I would be on my pre-op diet and wouldn't be able to indulge, so they started celebrating early. They were so sweet to do that for me. 
I have decided to keep the news of my surgery under wraps for now, except for a select few folks at the office. Everyone who knows is being so supportive. But I found early on when I told some people what I was planning, that there isn't always a positive response to my choice. It's amazing how someone who has never had an issue with weight can have all the answers for what someone who does should do to get healthy. I don't want, nor do I need, that kind of negativity right now, so I am selective in who I share my info with. 
I have been stocking up on protein and clear liquids in anticipation of the first few weeks. I doubt I will feel like going out shopping for anything for a while after I get home. Been working double at work so that there won't be any extra work for anyone else while I'm gone. My boss is getting a temp to come in and cover for me, but I plan on having everything already done for the month of December so that all they will have to do is answer her calls and keep her calendar and help out with any last minute emergencies that might occur. I chose to have the surgery in December due to the fact that it is the slowest month for us and most people are out around the holidays. Not much going on in the music business at that time of year. I'm hoping that all goes smoothly and that I won't go back in January to a load of things to "fix". 
I have to admit I'm getting nervous. I have so many things on my list of things to do this weekend. Last minute shopping, cleaning house, taking before pictures...the list goes on. 
I guess it's good for me to keep busy. Helps with the nervousness.


October 31, 2007

Oct 31, 2007

Today I received the most exciting news in this journey to date, I'm scheduled! This has been such a whirlwind process for me. It makes me feel a bit ashamed when I read the posts from others who have had to jump through so many hoops and still do not have their insurance approval yet, much less a surgery date. But for whatever reason, things have seemed to just fall into place for me regarding my journey to WLS. I have been truly blessed to find such a great team at MSC at Baptist and I feel so comfortable with my doctor. My greatest fear through this whole process was the psych eval....I was afraid they would keep me, LOL. I even told my boss that if I wasn't allowed to return to the office I would try my best to give her some notice.   But once I got to the office and was greeted at the reception area by Dr. O'Bryan, I was immediately put at ease. He was such a warm person and very supportive. 
For some reason I think I had the idea that I was really going to have to fight for this procedure from the insurance company to my PCP and down to the evaluations. But instead, I have found nothing but support at every stage. It just makes me all the more sure that I am doing the right thing. 
Granted I still get those spurts of panic once in a while with the feeling of "what in the world am I doing???" but then I see myself in the mirror or I get winded just walking back to the office after lunch and I am reminded all over again just why I am doing this. I told Dr, Spaw today that I really wasn't necessarily looking forward to the surgery itself, but I am looking forward to a year from now. I have been overweight all of my life and for the first time I will be able to see what it is like to feel comfortable in my own skin. I can't wait!

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