Sep 17, 2008
Today is the 9-month anniversary of my Lap RNY by Dr. Tom Sonnanstine at St. Luke West Hospital in Florence, KY! I feel like I once again have a future beyond the age of 60, which I thought I would not reach before my surgery. I have more energy and feel healthier than I have in almost 30 years. I can walk up stairs without getting out of breath. I now fit in a bathtub to luxuriate in a bubble bath with a book. I LOVE wearing smaller clothes, going from a size 28 down to a size 12!!! I now walk with a spring in my step rather than the slow gait I had at 251#! Food is no longer the focus of my life and I enjoy making good food choices and eating healthy meals. I don't feel as if people stare anymore when I am in public. Emotionally I am happier!!!! Thank you SO much Dr. Tom for making this tool to a healthier me available to me! I owe you my life, literally! I have no doubt that without the surgery I would have followed the route of my mother and died an early death as a result of my morbid obesity. I only wish she had had this opportunity before she died at the age of 55 with her death certificate listing "morbid obesity" as the cause. I am blessed with my second chance!
6 months postop
Jun 21, 2008
I feel wonderful! Paula and I have been trying to walk in the park every evening.
Almost 5 months out from surgery!
May 04, 2008
Perhaps the biggest new though, other than how great I feel, is that..............
I am going to be a grandma!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Katie and Jeremy are going to have a baby in late November! I am so excited! I have been waiting for this for a long time. I am so glad I will be a thinner, healthier, more vibrant grandma that I would have been had I NOT had the surgery!
January 1, 2008
Jan 01, 2008
Wow! A new year and a new way of living! I am two weeks out from my surgery and feeling great! I only have a couple of steri-strips left and everything is healing well. I slept on my side for the first time last night with just a bit of a pulling feeling on the lower left side. Today it seems to be nonexistent, even when I lean over. I see Dr. Sonnanstine Thursday, and will get my note to go back to work on the 7th. I am excited to be going back to work, but will be somewhat afraid the first time I lift my student. I tire easily, but I know that will be better in time. I am up doing things around the house, and grocery shopping as well.
Thursday I will be given clearance to start the next phase of my advancing diet as well. I will be so excited! I am ready!
Back to my laundry!
Six Days Post-Op! 12/23/07
Dec 23, 2007
Today is my special day! 12/17/07
Dec 16, 2007
It appears from most of the journals I have read, that I will not remember much of today, which is probably good!
I will be back here in the next few days to post. I am praying for all the "December 17th Surgery Sisters" I've met, and am wishing them well today also.
Two days away!
Dec 15, 2007
I have started a journal with my weight and measurements, and will also keep track of what I eat and drink for the first few months when my diet will be changing frequently.
My friends and family have all been supportive of this major decision in my life, and that has helped greatly! I have the added support of an advocate, Brenda Goldschmidt, who will be there to not only answer my questions and give me the extra moral support I need, but also answer the questions Paula & Andrew may have as they wait for me to come out of surgery. I appreciate greatly the service she has so generously offered to me and my family!
I now look forward to the time I will spend here in the days and months after my surgery logging my progress and perhaps being a support system to others just venturing out on their journey.
Surgery Two Weeks From Today!
Dec 03, 2007
Surgery date approaching!
Nov 28, 2007
One day soon I will be able to:
* Tie my shoes without having to come up for air
* Fit in an amusement park ride seat with my son
* Not have to pretend I am not cold because my winter coat does not fit
* Take a bath in a bath tub!
* Take the stairs without having to stop to catch my breath on the way up
* Wear clothes that actually fit on my hangers!
* Sit in a chair without worrying about the weight limit
* Walk with pride and not feel like my teen son is embarrassed by my size.
I think the most important change of all is that I am being given a second chance, tools, to start over and do it right this time so that one day I will be able to play with future grandchildren and live long enough to see great grandchildren. I am grateful for this opportunity to make these changes.