My Journey

Feb 07, 2009



updated from the beginning, so here it goes.

June 2/08
Had surgery
Had no pain in my abdominal area
2 days later had a pain in my shoulder!
Worried I wasn't getting enough protein in.
Worried I wasn't getting enough water in.
I couldn't swallow a lot. Just sips.
I didn't walk  a lot.
I hated what I did to my body!
I had an infected incision.
Had bad azz acid reflux

I still had pain in my shoulder
Still taking to many Tylenol#3's for my liking
I got through the liquid stage
Doc diagnosed me with pancreitis
Enjoyed the /mushy soft stage
Went back to work
Was signed back off- Due to pain in shoulder
cortisone shot in shoulder
Doc diagnosed me with diverticulitis
Still not the happiest

Pain still in my shoulder
Emerge Doc says it was Gas
Eating solid foods
Doc diagnosed me with pneumonia
and you got it, still not that happy.

Pain in shoulder

Lung felt like it was getting stabbed
later diagnosed with pulmonary embolism, showed up on an Xray, I had a month prior Doc finally got me in to tell me.

Had been on three different antibiotics over this period...

Down 80lbs
I got out for a walk

Hugzzzz to all, I got through it and enjoying my lifestyle change NOW!

October 13 was diagnosed with leak and three abscesses....more to follow!!!



I was admitted to the hospital almost 2 hours away from home! I had test after test done. I kinda wish I kept a journal, but, I didn't. When they went in sometime in October and drained the first two abscesses and left a drain in. I was on TPN until Nov,2nd then they weened me off. I went home with the tube feed and I was on 12 hr feeds daily. I was released from the hospital on Nov.4th, Well Nov 6th I was back in and admitted with another abscesses from the leak. Started back in the hospital my tube fell out, I was soooo darn careful too. It just started coming out of my nose and it wouldn't stop until it was out :(. Bonus was, I got too keep it out for the weekend..LOL! They went in and replaced the drain. and did two open surgeries in two days. A foot long scar on my belly from that. I had lots of leak test and always knew before it was over that it wasn't healed because , when they didn't lay the table down. They asked, "how do you know the leak isn't healed before we tell you.. I said " You don't tilt the table back." You kinda catch on to things after a dozen or so times.They let me go home on December 20th with a wound vac and drain for xmas...Yay! not!..I had the VON coming in until March to tend to my wounds and drain. When the drain came out in March, I got another bad infection. Thought that was it!. Here we are now in April and I feel something may be brewing.

Will keep ya'll updated!


June 08/08

Jun 08, 2008

Well, am sleeved and home and resting. There hasn't been any real pain from the surgery site itself. It been from the CO the put in you for surgery. It decided to lay in my left shoulder. Am happy about it all, just cant wait to get off the liquids!



The Waiting Game!

Feb 26, 2008

April 1/08

I went an saw Dr.Klassen, He seems to be a nice Surgeon. The intern told me lots and I asked lots of questions. He came to the room and my mind went blank.LOL! I had worked all night then headed to the city for the appointment. I wasn't going to miss this for anything. Drumrolllllllllll I have a date, May 28th. I am so excited. I couldn't even sleep that day.

Have an appointment with Dr. Dennis Klassen on April 1st/08 not sure how much longer of a wait I will have. Been on the list since 2001.

Monday Jan/11/05

Hi! I am still here.
It's been close to two years now waiting for a date to see Dr. MacDonald here in Nova Scotia. People are having dreams and I recieved a prayer today, so just maybe my call with a date is soon approaching.

Hugs Donna

Tuesday Jan 12/05

I finally have a date for a consultation. I go on the 20th of Jan/05..

Friday Jan 21/05

I went to see Dr. Macdonald and I think he would rather send me to a concentration camp or the army to get the weight off. (he,he) Really he was trying to make a point that we have to exercise after the operation to keep it off. Which I know, but hey, if I know that why aren't I doing that now..hehe..

We discussed which type surgery, and I have choosen the open RNY. He stressed that with the other proceedure that your staples may let go and have to resort to this type surgery.

Over the time there, his humour came out, and I felt more at ease. Or it was when he was talking about what he loved to do..His surgeries. He has prefromed over 3700 and have had 3 fatalities. He was very honest with concerns I had.

Awaiting approval now from MSI and then off to the next steps.

Feb 4/05

Have been approved..yayyy!!!!

On a waiting list to see the endocrinologist now..3 to 8 months wait..Lots of waiting but worth it in the end.

April 12/05

Going for all my blood work in the am. Have my appointment set to see the endocrinologist on May4th/05..YIPPIEEE!!!


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