September - 4 mos post-op
Sep 08, 2014
So all my labs came back great -- my resting heart rate is down in the normal range now, diabetes still in remission, and triglycerides are down by 40 points!! I am down 62 lbs - Woohoo! and even though I've been struggling with energy levels lately (going to the endo to have some more lab work done) I'm exercising daily and have even started taking self-defense classes. So much fun!!! I feel like I'm getting ME back =D
May 12, 2014
It's been 6 days since surgery. I'm down approx 13 lbs since pre-op weight which is exciting, but not quite as exciting as NO MORE INSULIN and NORMAL Blood Sugars!!! I really didn't expect it to be so immediate. I was on the insulin pump with fastings of 130 and postprandials of 140-180, so I was pretty shocked and still am, every morning I wake up and my BS is 95 or less! All my PP numbers are 100 or less because I'm really not getting carbs yet, but I'm good with that.
Diet: Surgeon approved me for full liquid on discharge, however, it's not been going well with my pouch, so I've returned to clear liquids with the exception of protein shakes. I'm not tolerating my chewable multi-vitamin well either, so at my NUT appt on Wed I'll ask about a soft chew instead. Controlling bite/sip size has been a LOT harder than I thought it would be!!! and that has resulted in some ouch moments, but continuing to be mindful and watch it with my sips is helping.
Exercise: I was feeling really good after surgery and was walking a lot around the hospital and then when I got home did some walks in the neighborhood, slow and steady and stopping when I needed. Then Saturday rolled around and I was lifting toddlers, heavy bags, did a presentation with my Mom and WAAAAY overdid it. I'm pretty sure I pulled something and I'm pretty miserable today because of it. I didn't really realize I was in pain, I thought I was just feeling off, yucky, and grumpy. My husband finally convinced me to take some pain medicine and within 20 min I could feel my breathing relax and my muscles relax -- I hadn't even realized I was breathing rapidly or that my muscles were tense in the first place.
Goals: Take it EASY! Pay attention to my pain cues. Stay hydrated. Get the protein in as much as possible.
Tomorrow's the Day
May 05, 2014
Well tomorrow's the day!!! First thing too, which makes me happy. I feel like I've been waiting for this day for a long time, but really it hasn't been too bad. Looking forward to the next part of my journey.
One week till surgery and new beginnings
Apr 28, 2014
I've got one week left before my surgery day. I have a horrible cold, but I'm glad I have it now so I have time to recover before surgery. I'm down almost 10lbs from highest weight, my starting weight which is nice. My husband sees it, I still don't yet. This is going to be a journey. I'm still not sure what I'm going to discover on it. My main motivation for pursuing surgery was when I resigned myself over to an insulin pump for diabetes. Don't get me wrong I love the technology itself, I don't love that I need it because my weight is out of control. My father has stints in his coronary arteries and now in his legs and if ever there was any wavering, when the leg stints went in, there was no more. My husband endured so much in his fight with cancer and I'm so thankful to God that he has beaten it. He deserves to have me around as long as possible. My children also deserve a better, healthier mom. They deserve a mom/wife whose attitude isn't dictated by blood sugar and out-of-whack hormone issues; whose day doesn't revolve around whether or not I can get in a nap; whose life has a healthier respect for self and a less self-involved. I know for a while that it will be about me a little more than usual, but then as surgery heals and I start spending my energy in the right directions, my family will get so much more of me and I'm so happy for that!