Support Group Meeting!!
Mar 22, 2008
There is a support group meeting this Thursday evening!! It will be at the Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater. The meeting is held in the Tuttle Auditorium which is across from the Cafeteria. We will be holding the support group after Dr Gordon and Dr Gonzalvo's information sessions. Nadine Pazder also holds a nutrition session before our meetings so if she is still talking come on in anyway. She is open to questions and answers during our meetings as well. The time will be 7:30pm till 8:30 or 9. For this meeting there will be the new OH magazine for those of you who may need them as well as samples from a couple of different companies
If you have any questions ask away or drop me an email.
Directions: Alternate 19 to Jeffords (if you are coming south on alt 19 you will turn right, if you are coming north on alt 19 you will turn left). Take Jeffords almost to the end. On the left side you will see the entrance to the parking lot and the hospital. Enter the hospital and you can ask the receptionists where to go or go past that desk, make a right in the first big hallway, walk past the first set of elevators and go up the little ramp and turn towards the left. You will take the first elevators on your right and push the button that says “cafeteria”. When you come off the elevators, follow the signs to the cafeteria which will be on your right. If you look to the left before you get to the main entrance of the cafeteria you will see the Tuttle Auditorium we are in the first of the two portions of the auditorium.
it's been a while.......
Sep 23, 2007
I haven't been on here as much as I probably need to be and didn't have much to talk about in my eyes anyway. I have had a few things medically that have come up due to the after affects of the surgery and it's been a little frustrating. Within the 1st 30 days after surgery I became impacted and ended up in the emergency room where they did additional enema's (I had done a few during the week already) and basically even those didn't work and the doctor (thank goodness it was a female with small hands) had to remove most of it with her fingers. NOT pleasant, NOT fun, VERY!!! embarrassing and painful. As a result of that I ended up with an Anal/Vaginal tear and there was leakage into the vaginal area which created a major rash which resulted in raw areas around the vaginal area and anal area......needless to say I suffered a while because i really didn't know what to think and was embarrassed about going to the dr over it. I went to my GYN because at the time I didn't know what was the cause of it and it was there it was discovered. He referred me to a surgeon and my own rny surgeon recommended the same man. Well, I have had a procedure done twice now. They go in and put a "plug" inside the tear and stitch it in place. After the first one came out he went in and put in 2 along with double stitching and a special glue. It came out within a few days as well and now the problem is worse then when it started. I am frustrated and not sure what's going to happen next other than I have an appointment with him and after talking to the nurse in his office, he is thinking that only one of the plugs came out. I know better, but who am I .... just the stupid patient who knows nothing. Can you tell I am a bit frustrated?? Not only am I loosing time from work, but this is VERY painful, it's been almost 2 weeks and I still have the pain, it's uncomfortable to sit and going to the bathroom is an experience in itself. I don't know what's going to happen but whatever it is, it's going to be a while before I can talk myself into going into yet another surgery!! I will add this though, I have NEVER EVER regretted having the gastric bypass done. No matter what challenges it's presented, I am happy that I made the choice to do it!! I will deal with each new challenge and enjoy the new me over and over and over!!!
That wasn't the reason I came on here today for though.....LOL BUT dang it feels good to get that off my chest!!! The reason I am here is because in the midst of all this I did hit that 100 pound loss and well, I just didn't get that excited about it cause of all the other garbage going on. I am so happy though cause I know I feel a lot better, I know from everyone around me telling me I look a lot better and I know MOST IMPORTANTLY I never want to be that size again and will do what ever I need to to keep from regaining that weight again!!!
I am going to write Annette and ask her to please take the time when she has it to make me a century card and I am honored to be able to join so many more of you that are already there!!
Thank you to all of you who have been there in the past with words of wisdom in all the posts I have read and will continue to read. There have been many helpful things said on these boards and they are very much appreciated by myself and many others I am sure!!
Also, to oldest daughter who has joined this group and looking to have lap band, I encourage you totally to move forward with this, as you know this morning after our conversation, I want you happy in life and this is a positive step in moving that way!!
2 months and 8 days.....
Jul 08, 2007
Well, food intake is getting a bit better....still throwing up it seems like daily but I am learning about how I need to eat and recognize the mistakes I am making...Just wish i could get it into my head not to do the same thing!! LOL
I weighed in today and was very happy to see the scale, it hasn't moved in the last 2 weeks and today I hit a goal...I wanted to be under 300 lbs and I made it!! 297!!! YEA!!!
I still struggle with getting in that 64 oz and those 60 grams but each day seems to be getting better and the fact that I am tolerating so many more things just makes it better.
I need to exercise more, have started going to a pool and that is something but am not getting to go as often as I would like. Each night we are supposed to go something always comes up....we are working on at least 3 nights a week cause my b/f needs it too!
5 weeks out
Jun 04, 2007
Well, tomorrow is 5 weeks and I am using Monday's as my weight check day. Today I am down to 320 which is in a way disappointing cause I was loosing so much quicker a couple of weeks ago. I have not been able to tolerate meats and that has been kind of disappointing. I was doing ok with Tuna, but today for lunch that ended up in the toilet. I hate throwing up and I seem to be doing a lot of it. I am loving a food I used to hate too!! Soft boiled eggs!! Amazing how the tastes changes. I tried some yogurt for the first time today and that stayed down. I am really struggling with the proteins cause there just isn't that much in eggs and yogurt...LOL I have to keep on supplementing with shakes and the Dr wants me to stop doing that. Oh well, I keep hearing things will get better and I am sure they will, but it can be a bit disappointing. I go back to work next week and am excited. I can't wait cause I have a bunch of clothes that have been in the back of my closet FOREVER and I can wear them now!!! LOL, they will think i have gotten a whole new wardrobe as well ad a new me!!! I am hoping lunch time won't be an issue....I do need some foods that will be ok for me and I have some now, just need more of a variety. Anyway enough for today.....till I write again!!
4 weeks post
May 28, 2007
Well yesterday I weighed and was disappointed to find I had only lost 2 pounds after a VERY rough week. I threw up one night and couldn't eat the next day and barely drank enough.....and then over the weekend was sick again, this time due to constipation!! This is horrible. I feel sick due to the constipation and I am still suffering on Tuesday morning. I am waiting for the dr's office to open so I can call them and hopefully get some kind of relief from this and not be sick!! I am sure this is something everyone or at least lots of others have suffered through but I feel alone of course...silly me. At least I still lost some weight. I can see the difference in me since surgery and am still happy I have chosen this tool to help me better my life!!
2 weeks post
May 14, 2007
Got the stitches out and had a major WOW WOW WOW moment yesterday at the drs office when I got on the scale and it read only 336!! I could not believe it!!! I can't remember when I was that low!
I am sooo happy and to top that all off I am no off liquids and I can eat food.....but what a shock (another WOW i guess) when I got that 1/4 cup of chicken all mashed up and I couldn't even finish it!! Then at dinner I had 3 oz of this ummy salmon and couldn't finish that!! This morning I made a scrambled egg and added and oz of shredded cheese for the added protein and I am sitting here struggleing wtih only 6 minutes left in my 1/2 hour and only have 1/2 of it done! Amazing!!! I always hated me food being cold...well guess I have to get used to eating cold food now!!! LOL can't seem to get it in while it's still hot.
May 04, 2007
Well, I am home and spent the night in my own bed....well not mine, our guest room bed, but it was still nice to be home!! I slept fairly well but i do miss the waterbed. Can't wait till I can be able to get back in it. I have 2 drain tubes in me so I am careful how I am sleeping and wish i could move around a bit more but am afraid to. I should get them out monday or wednesday. The dogs are happy to have me home, but funny, cause they know something is wrong and they want to get close but we are afraid because they are definatly not lap dogs even though they want to be. Harley stole the monkey Jon bought for me at the hospital. He tried to steal it when I went to bed last night and this morning when I got up for me shower he succeeded!! He didn't chew it up but he loved the heck out of it!! Its still soaked an hour and 1/2 later!! Pretty disgusting feeling! LOL
I have little pain, i just did my first 1oz of protein shake and it seems that it has settled fairly well and I am going to try a little more. I need to get at least one down a day in 3 meals and then have it progress to 3 a day soon. I do hope that everyone else who had their surgery on the first is home as well and wish us all great success!!
Day before surgery......
Apr 30, 2007
It has been a very very long day......I had to wait for the hospital to call with a time, I cannot eat anything food or shake wise. I drank an isopure this morning, my first one of those, not to bad but couldn't get it all down cause I started the "bowel prep" kit at noon. My stomach muscles are sore from the use of the bathroom. I have sat in there for a very long time and have to keep going back!! I am going to wait till about 8:30 this evening and have some broth and hopefully it will stay in a little while, I definately am not very hungry but I am a little shakey so I think it might have to do with the need of some nutrition. I am excited about tomorrow morning. I have to be at the hospital at 7:15 am and so will be in bed early tonight and hopefully I will sleep well. I will write again when I can.......I am excited, scared and happy!