Jul 25, 2007
Jun 01, 2007
May 06, 2007
WOW! I think this may really be happening. Yesterday I had my hair color done, tomorrow I am having a manicure and pedicure, so I think I'm ready. My dear friend Becky will spend part of the day with me tomorrow so I'm thinking my mind won't be spinning out of control as it would be if I were just alone with myself. I am so grateful for my little support group consisting primarily of Becky, Jolene and Janan but extended by the other wonderful friends from my Kaiser class. They, along with the friends I've made on OH keep me from worrying so much and remind me how happy I will be as I join the LOOSERSs I've met. Thanks for all the kind words and inspirational thoughts. I am ever so grateful. I hope to be on this computer very soon after I return home to let you know how great I'm doing. Hugs to you all!!
Apr 27, 2007
OMG! May 9th is the date! I am going through every emotion imaginable including fear that I won't know how to take care of myself after surgery. All information has migrated out of my head and I can't remember a thing about what to do. I am trying to calm myself down and THINK. Okay, just breath in and out and keep telling myself I'll do just fine. I'm making a list and chceking it twice. What to bring to the hospital. What to have in the house when I get home. How much, what flavors, etc. etc. etc. WOW! I have just 2 Saturdays, 2 Sundays and 7 weekdays to go. Just 11 days to go. Just 11 days! I'm the first in my Kaiser graduation class to have surgery and I don't know if I like that or not. My friends are not far behind so we will all be recooperating together and can help each other even if it's over the phone. That makes me feel confident since I know they won't forget what to do. I am so excited and nervous at the same time but will be keeping you up to date on my emotional state preceeding this new adventure in my life. Thanks for being my friends.
Apr 11, 2007
I am overwhelmed! I had my three visits yesterday and they went quite well. I was very impressed with the Internist as he checked over my entire chart with me and made me feel comfortable about how careful they are. They do an EKG and check your BP also. He gave me a "pass with flying colors" and will send his report to PB.
Next was the Phychiatric evaluation - nothing earth shattering there. The office was in a large older house on Front St. and we mostly talked about how prepared I was to take care of myself before, and after the surgery.
Last was the visit to Dr. Zorn who I instantly took a liking to. He was personable, interesting and informative. He feels that with my diabetes, high BP, sleep apnea and arthritis the surgery will add at least 10 years to my life expectancy. How could I not be happy about that?????
They will call me next week with date choices and it looks as if it will be within the next 2-4 weeks. I'm nervous, anxious, apprehensive, you name it - but also very ready to have this done.
Wish me luck and I'll be pulling for each of my friends to follow soon after me. Thanks for all of your encouragement
Apr 01, 2007
Mar 14, 2007
Mar 01, 2007
Well, where to begin? I have just completed 24 weeks of classes through Kaiser intended to educate prospective candidates for gastric bypass surgery. Additionally, I have been attending the Kaiser support group which is primarily for post-surgery individuals. I have found that the support group provided more useful information since we were with many people in various stages of post surgery, anywhere from 4 weeks to 10 years to 20 years. It has been inlightening.
Along the way I have been blessed to meet and become friends with 3 other women who have been both inspirational and supportive. They have been invaluable as we anticipate our upcoming surgeries, not knowing how long we have to wait. We have a committment to attend the formal support group and to build a strong relationship of support between each other. I am so lucky to be a part of that select group.
My husband and friends are supportive and I know I will have their help too, but I think the experience I will share with my 3 amigos will form a different kind of bond - one that will endure. I am going to try to add my picture but I am not too sure I can do it. I plan to update this story once a month at least just to have a little record of my journey. I am so excited!!!
Nov 05, 2006