Goodbye 2014.

Dec 30, 2014

Hello to all my OH friends and family. It's been about 100 yrs since my last post, but I wanted to stop by and do a quick update.

It's been a rough couple of years, with my dad's illness and passing all the while as I was reinventing myself (yet again) this time career-wise. I graduated from a radiology program and was a f.t. caregiver to my dad who had Alzheimer's. I was also caring for my elderly mother as well. This took a toll on my physically as well as, mentally but I endured, I graduated and I mourned my father. Last Feb 2014, my son, mom and I traveled to Cuba and we interred my dad in our family plot. We all know that he's in a better place and his final resting place is one he loved.

I'm not working f.t. as a CT Tech for a wonderful organization and it's close to home. YAY ME!

Sadly, I've gained some weight back, but I am now in full control and have taken the proper steps to make corrections before it gets away from me.

15 lbs

that's what we need to get rid of.


No NEW YEARS Resolution but I do make this promise.






I have to make the time like I did before to TAKE CARE OF ME!


I hope everyone out there in OH land is well, happy and or getting to a happier place.


PLEASE REMEMBER - as I have to remind myself. The SURGERY WAS ONLY A TOOL........


Love and Lollipops to you all!




OH NO!!!!!

Apr 02, 2014

4/2/2014 - Chronic Anemia! SMH...... I'm 8.5 years S/P Lap RNY and my anemia is starting to become a major problem. I'm not a happy camper. No my PCP wants me to see a gastroenterologist. REALLY? for an endoscopy and colonoscopy. He feels that the remnant stomach is the culprit. Just when I thought I was ragaining a state of normalicy! I lost my father last May (5/9/26-5/9/14) after a long long battle with Alzheimers. All this while finishing Radiology School. Finals, Funerals, Graduation, Boards - The stress was biblical and yet I somehow managed. I'm wondering if my body just doesn't know how to relax?


June 3, 2012

Jun 03, 2012

quickly stopping by to state that i'm stable @ 154 lbs, but the last week or so I've been unable to keep food down. I'm not sure if it's the stress of this radiology program i'm trying to finish or just general stress. I do know this that almost 7 years later, I've become a wimp. I need to find that tough bitch that use to hide behind the fat and bring her back because I'm not liking how wimpy i've been lately!

Look @ the bitch (in a good way) is coming back!

Be happy people!



Apr 04, 2012

4/4/2012 - I'm sitting here pondering my life. What should be a look @ a cup 1/2 full is really a cup that runneth over. While I could be depressed about my economic situation, my family's health issues and the state of the world around me; I focus instead on the fact that I'm here. I'm alive, I'm breathing and I'm HAPPY!. Despite dealing with small medical issues, I'm HAPPY, Dispite being unemployeed and trying to reinvent myself - I'm HAPPY!

Moral of the story - life sometimes gives us lemons - We just have to be inventive and make one FABULOUS Lemon sorbet and WORK IT! to our advantage!



Happy Valentine's/Birthday to me!

Feb 13, 2012

2/13/2012 - WOW! I can't believe I haven't posted in such a long time. My life since the RNY has dramtically changed sometimes for the better sometimes not so much but none the less it has changed. I'm approaching my 47th birthday and currently weight 155lbs. I'm studing to become a radiographic technologist and have about 1.5 years still ahead of me. I have a hectic school/hospital schedule but know that I wouldn't be able to be doing this if I were still obese. It's a strenous job at time and I'm on my feet for 7+ hours but I love it.

I continue to have panic attacks related to the POTS but am managing with this. I have a great neurologist who listens to me and care for me with compassion.

I'm so happy to be alive and to be here to see my son and family, friends. I truly believe that this surgery saved my life!

Thank you God and Please bless Dr Raul Rosenthal - who saved my life!

PS: At almost 47 years of age - I just crossed of another WOW moment - I was in a music video for Gloria Estefan! DANCE DANCE DANCE!

Roller Croaster ride of a lifetime

Apr 20, 2010

3/15/2010 Well here I am 4 yrs post op and dealing with POTS - is it related to my RNY? Was it always there and then suddenly the rapid weight loss created a "mess"apotamia - as my dear friend Mary tells it?

All I know is that I haven't worked in a yr. Pass out like to sheep who get scared easliy and have begun having panic attacks. I know that I should be grateful for my life, but I am surely having "one of those day" right now. I wonder what or where I would be if I didn't have the rny......sorry for my pity party.....

Happy Valentine's Day/Happy Birthday to me!

Feb 13, 2010

2/14/2010 - I haven't posted in awhile and thought today would be a perfect day to post. Love is in the air and Happiness abounds. I'm still struggling with NIPHS and POTS but I forge ahead. My current weight is 169. Went to see the Doctor on Tuesday because of a nasty infection so I know this is accurate. Sadly that means that I've put on 9 lbs since Sept 11, 2009.

Still grateful for this procedure! Still surving!


Nov 30, 2009

12/1/2009 - Yesterday marked the 4th anniversary of my RNY surgery. As I sit here @ the airport, enroute back home to Naples, I ponder the aftermath of the monumental decision I made to save my life. WAS IT WORTH IT?

The immediate answer is YES!, of course it was. However, 4 years down the line, things had not gone sa smoothly as thought. 4 yrs later, I'm at goal but I have also endured a lot of complications. Exploratory surgery due to septsis. Repeated EGDs, colonoscpy and additional surgery not to mention skin infections. 4 yrs later, I'm dealing with NIPHS and POTS. I've traded some rx for another set, I'm out of work and pondering where my life is taking me.


OH MY GOD YES. because I was able to accomplish and maintain.

I'm not going to advocate getting anytype of weight loss surgery but I do Hope that anyone reading this who is considering the procedure, truly researches every little detail and follows the rule of engagement to the letter. These tools will be a success only if you fully commit to it.

So here I am 4 yrs later on the eve of yet another colonoscopy and endoscopy to figure out what's going on and I'm thrilled to have gotten 4 more years of real living! Thank you Lord God and Thank you Dr Rosenthal for your talent!


Weston here I come!

Sep 12, 2009

9/11/2009 - A Day trip to Weston to meet with Dr Villabona, my endocrinologist. Weight = 161 I'm down 2 lbs from last month. I'm still having episodes of low low low, can you say low Blood sugars. Now I'm walking around with hard candies in my pocket all the time. I feel like shit!


Happy Summer 2009

Jul 23, 2009

8/24/2009 - It's Official. I'm the world's oldest Freshman. Today I start another Journey.... I returned to college. I'm studying @ Edison State College. If all goes well I'm in the rapid recovery program (thank you President Obama) and I will be done June 2011. I'm going for the Radiology Program and hope to become an MRI Technologist. On a personal note, I'm not happy with the recent weight gain. It's my own fault. To much soda, to much candy, to much sugar. Today I began a cleansing program and I will not eat junk food. Funny how old habits creep back up even after almost 4 yrs. Current Weight = 163

7/23/2009 - WOW, i haven't posted since March of this year. I'm so bad..... but I have great news. After life handing me lemons, I found a way to make lemonade out it. I lost my job on March 10th and at first thought I was paralyzed with fear at the thought of not being able to provide for my family.

I made a decision to return to school and will begin 8/24 @ Edison State College in their radiology program. I have met a wonderful person who lights up my life and shares my passion for life. Together I think we'll be moving in the right direction toward a loving life.

WOW is all I can say

PS: I went boogie boarding for the 1st time in my life. OK - I'm so sore today but what a rush yesterday when I road the waves in

My foot is broken but I managed to still enjoy myself.

Today is my fiend Jean's birthday. I'm sending birthday blessing her way. She has to have surgery tomorrow. I'm hoping and praying that all goes well.


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