3 months since surgery

I am down 76.4 lbs. since surgery.  I am having a very hard time seeing my weight loss at times. I see it in my clothes and under my chin, but in other places I really can’t see it.

I need to do so many things, that maybe I will see it.  My hair is falling out, mostly in the shower. I am used to it with it being long, but it comes at times when I really hate having to wash it due to how much I will find in the shower or in my hands.

I have been having issues getting in all of my water and protein in each day. And any type of exercise has been put to the side. I have been so busy with Cub Scouts and trying to find time for myself.  Thank goodness that this is my last year with Scouts.

It is getting cold here in Southern Illinois and it is making me even colder. Getting used to this new body is not easy. I am tired all of the time and I just want to hide from the world. I don’t want to go back on any anti depressants.

I feel like I am disappointing my supporters. I am not training for my next race or doing any training at all.

My house is a mess and I feel like the walls are closing in on me at times. I want to tear down those walls, but I don’t have the money to repair what I am more than willing to tear down.

“All good things for those that wait.”    I am really starting to hate that saying.

It has been brought to my attention that I haven’t written in awhile………

So much has been going on that I have forgotten to write about it all.

As of today I am down a total of 39.4 lbs. Almost to my first goal, only 0.6 lbs. to go. Right now I am doing my goals in 10 lbs. segments to keep things manageable or I would lose my mind.

My biggest issues here lately is going to the bathroom. Can we spell hemorrhoids, children?? Thank goodness for spell check because I sure can’t. There is never a better sound than a plop on the water of the toilet stool. Finally after about 2 days I am feeling better. They do warn you that this could and will happen.
My rash is about gone. Yeah!

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I have figured a few things out…. I can’t eat 2 eggs in one setting. I have to take about 45 minutes to eat each meal. Which equals almost 2 hours without a drink. But it is all good. I am making better choices for myself and starting to make them for my son also. We are having baked Pollock tonight, when you look at things 4 oz isn’t that much, but trying to get it is a different story. May have to eat half now and the rest later tonight.

I have started back walking and doing a great job, waiting for it to gets little cooler before heading out tonight.

First Post-Op visit and then some

Let me go back to when I first got home. I was discharged home on July 15, 2015. Everything was going great. They removed the small bandages, Tegaderm and steri strips were in place. The next thing I know, I can’t stop itching. Benadryl taken, nasty when open and mixed with water, cortisone cream applied.

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I emailed the above picture to my surgeon and got a phone call on the way down to Nashville to my visit.
It is an allergic reaction to the Tegaderm and steri strips. Which is a first for me. I have had my gallbladder removed and don’t remember having this type of reaction.

Today it is a little better.

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I am right on target with my weight loss. I am down a total of 35 lbs. since June 1, 2015.
I have been advanced to Stage 2, which is full liquids and a total of 60 grams of protein.
I am drinking 2 Premiere Protein shakes a day for the next 7 to 10 days. Then I can advance to the soft/pureed stage for 2 weeks. Then real food, but keeping at 60 grams of protein each day.

I really love my doctor. Due to me living 4 hours away, my next 2 visits will be phone calls to check on my weight loss and other things. Then I will be heading back to Nashville in December for a full visit.

Well it is time to drink a shake and start with the stinky farts!

From Surgery until now

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This was the morning of surgery on July 13, 2015. I was really excited that I didn’t get much sleep the night before.

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I needed to be at the hospital at 7AM, well we go there sooner, but not much of a wait to go back to pre-op.

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Got everything on and waiting to go back to the holding area. Getting a little nervous, but more excited.

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I made it to the losers bench!! I still can’t believe that I had the surgery and everything was going great. Once I was awake, I didn’t have much pain. Only had pain meds twice after surgery. I was able to get up and walk around 6pm that night and once I got the OK to walk on my own. I was up an moving all the time. Every time I woke up, I got up and walked the halls. Everyone was so impressed.

On July 14, 2015 the first day post-op, Dr. Houston came in and informed me that he just about didn’t do the surgery. I was shocked to say the least. He informed me that my hiatal hernia was bigger than what the Upper GI said and that I should of had the Gastric Bypass. But he went ahead and dissected the hernia and it slipped right back down. He was able to complete the Gastric Sleeve. I was so thankful as my wonderful Dad flew up from Florida to be with me and I had taken all of my PTO time to have the surgery.

I started drinking my fluids and I must be one lucky person as I have not had any issues with nausea or vomiting. I am only taking Tylenol for pain and of course my right side hurts the most as he said it would. This is the side where they take the dissected stomach out.
I am having a lot of itching to my belly and redness round the puncture sites, but I think the redness is from the instruments used and no infection.

I am getting my water and protein in each day and that is about it. I have gone through a case a bottled water since being home. Good thing I have a $25.00 gift card from Target. Dad was able to get 6 cases of water for me. We don’t have a Target that is close, so I waited to use it when we got down to Nashville.

Dr. Houston had stated that he may keep me for a total of 3 days due to the distance. We drove 4 hours one way to get there, but I only needed 2 days.

My pre surgical weight in was 296.4 lbs. I gained about 4 lbs. due to IV fluids, so my weight coming home was around 300. As of today I was 289.4lbs.

HW 321.6 SW 296.4 CW 289.4 Total to date: 32.2lbs from June 1, 2015.

I go back to work on Monday and then back down to Nashville for my post op appointment on Thursday.

If you are near the Nashville, TN area I would highly recommend checking out:

The Center for the Treatment of Obesity at Centennial Medical Center
http://www.cmcwls.com

Scared and Excited

I haven’t written in awhile, so I better update everyone.

I HAVE MY SURGERY DATE!! JULY 13, 2015 ONLY 7 day away. I am so excited and scared at the same time. I have been watching what I am eating, but it just doesn’t seem to be enough. I am getting my water in and trying to make the best choices that I can.

My Dad is flying in on Saturday and he is going to be with me during my time in the hospital and then stay for another week. Friday will be my last day a work and I will not have to go back until the Monday after surgery. That will allow me about 4 days at home to get adjusted to things and sleep. Thank goodness I work from home, it will make things so much better.

The biggest thing that I am scared about is it will not happen or will not work for me. I have never gotten this far before in my other attempts to have surgery.

Just say a little prayer for me, Especially next Monday. I am the 2nd case of the morning.

Inspiration?

I was called an inspiration by a friend today. I don’t see it that way.

I am just a fat girl trying to get healthy, not only for myself but also for my son. I will have to work very hard to complete the goals that I have set for myself. It will not be easy and there will be many, many tears.

I have not done one bit of training since April. I did walk 3 miles for Relay for Life, but only did it a mile at a time. I had a bone scan done and now I have to have a MRI to see why my left lateral foot hurts. It even hurts when I put my shoes on and if I pull the strings too tight, there is pain.

I am trying to get the money together to pay for surgery. I have to have $465.00 by June 30, 2015. Thank goodness for Walmart credit card and cash back. I already have $200.00 saved and I now have to get the rest. I got the first $100.00 today and will get the next sometime next week. I keep telling myself… body by Walmart. I started working some overtime hours to be able to pay the bill when it comes. I did buy a lottery ticket tonight, but that was for selfish reasons. I want to go on a shopping spree at All3Sports in Atlanta.

Speaking of Atlanta, I am thinking about going down for my birthday. I found a race the first Saturday of December and I may have a few friends that will race it with me. By then I will be almost 5 months post op from surgery.

I am rambling tonight so thanks for letting me ramble.

It has been an amazing week!!

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I got the word on Thursday, June 11, 2015 I called the insurance company and was told that my surgery was approved!!! So, I called the surgeon’s office and was told the same thing. Jackie had called and left a message on my cell phone, but I had nothing. Later that night, I restarted my phone and I ended up with 4 different message. LOL
I was transferred over to the surgeon’s office and had to leave a message. Thursdays, I found out later is clinic day and they never answer the phone. I called back on Friday and Hollie was off.
I am in panic, excited mode right now, I want my date; I need my date, trying not to call every 5 minutes.

As I was on a conference call with work, on Monday, I get a call back from Hollie. Yes, I called again on Monday morning and she was in a meeting.

1:15pm CST I got my surgery date: JULY 13, 2015.

The phone calls and text messages start after that, yes I was still able to get my work done.
I was able to get so much done after work and before going to my school board meeting.
I found a hotel room for my Dad, as he is flying up to go to Nashville with me for two weeks.
And today, Dad called with his flight information.

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I started 2 weeks ago doing a modified 2 week diet from my surgeon’s office. Was told to only eat chicken or fish and veggies. I needed to shrink the liver for surgery.

I have lost 12 lbs to date. From 321 to 309 as of Monday, June 15, 2015.

This is it for the very happy news……. now for the not so happy news……..

I had a bone scan on Friday and it looks like I may have a stress fracture to my left lateral foot.
I go back this week, since I didn’t get a call saying that it was clear, and see what we will do next.

xoxoxoxo