Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Welcome Back.

Yeah, I've been MIA for the past few months. Truth was I was feeling like the whole blog thing was work instead of fun. I wasn't getting anything out of it at the time so I stopped. I didn't stop because I started slacking off or I didn't want to share my journey. It just wasn't enjoyable. 

Fast forward to now. I am now 4 months post-op as of 2/16/13 and I have lost a total of 78lbs since my surgery. There has been so much going on in my life in these past 3 months that I have not written so I will give you some snippets. The major thing was I had a second surgery during New Years Weekend. I had to have my gallbladder removed and was in the hospital for 5 days. It was however the key to everything as now I am able to eat, drink & meet my goals with out an ounce of nausea! Truly a miracle surgery. I was and am still very active on where I post quite often so I will just share with you some important posts I made over there:

Nov. 7 2012
So I'm 3 weks post op now. Most of you know I've struggled from the beginning. Well, it's not getting much better. I had to call the nurse again today because I'm almost passing out. They are concerned about my blood sugars now, they seem to be too low. Great. I've now been told to drink only my protein shakes because I need the protein badly. So, no water, gatorade or anything until I get 60gms of protein from my shakes. This is SO FREAKING HARD. Why oh why is my journey such a clusterf#ck?!? I feel terrible all the time, I struggle just to get fluids and protein, I still can not take my vitamins. The nurse scared me into trying some other brand of vitamins saying if my bloodwork doesn't come back good next week I'm going to not only get vitamin injections but I could be doing interal damage to my organs. I just want to have the happy, normal recovery. I want to be excited about my decision instead of questioning it, I want to embrace my new sleeve instead of calling it dirty names. I just want to figure all this crap out and move on, but nothing seems to work.

Nov. 16 2012
1 month visit went GREAT! All is well, moved onto Phase 3 in the diet, cleared for exercise, incisions are completely healed and best of all I lost 28lbs since surgery!!! Down 34lbs total since pre-op diet. Celebrating with some saltine crackers. Oh how I have missed crunchy things! LOL! 
 I'm still not making fluid goal, but the Dr was very pleased with my increase from 2 weeks ago when I was in the hospital for dehydration. I get abt 50oz now. He just told me to keep working on it, not to worry, I won't get dehydrated on 50oz a day. Phew. 
Dec. 3 2012
I got really frustrated & mad this morning and I did something VERY weird. I put on my work out clothes and went to the GYM!!! What is happening to me?! I love it. Then I finished my work out, still had my earbuds in as I was walking out and "Sexy and I Know it" by LMFAO came on. I may or may not have smiled & wiggled a bit. ;P
Dec. 27 2013
Something truly amazing happened this morning. It's been 11 years since I've seen a 2 in front. So unbelievably happy. This whole journey is such a blessing!

Jan. 3 2013
So, you know I have been really sick with some virus, it really hit me. I couldn't take it anymore on Sunday afternoon, I was so dehydrated that I decided to go to the ER to get some fluids and hopefully feel better. Well, that's not exactly what happened. 
Sure, I got fluids but I ended up being admitted into the hospital that night and staying for 5 days. Turns out the real culprit to my nausea and not being able to keep anything down was my gallbladder. They did all sorts of tests on me and it revealed that not only did I have gall stones galore, but the actual organ wasn't working. It was functioning at about 3%. So, I spend NYE alone in my hospital room and since there was only an emergency staff in the OR for New Years Day, I had to wait until Wednesday for my surgery. 
So, day 4 in the hospital I went under at about 3:30pm and my WLS Dr took out my gallbladder. He said that 25% of his WLS patients have this outcome and have to have the gallbladder taken out. 
All I can say is that the pain from this surgery is about 50% MORE than the VSG. They've given me some strong pain killers but it's still bad. It was the same routine afterwards, walk, rest, sip repeat to get the gas moving and out. The amazing thing is that I have had NO nausea since the surgery. NONE. It's GONE! 
So, moral of this story was don't drive yourself to the ER for what you anticipate just to be for fluids because you will end up staying 5 days & needing surgery. LOL! 
2 major surgeries in 2.5 months. Awesome, NOT. 
I just got home about 1hr ago and I've never felt happier to be here. I was VERY nervous about the surgery, I think because it wasn't planned and it was kinda out of left field. I was much more nervous about this one than my VSG. I'm just so glad to be home and have this whole ordeal behind me. Phew. 

Jan. 17 2013
Weight: 286 = 65lb loss
Wrist: 6.75in = .25" loss
Bicep: 19.5in = 2.25" loss
Neck: 14.25in = .75" loss
Bust: 47in = 3.5" loss
Chest: 40in = 2.5" loss
Belly: 42.25in = 10" loss
Waist: 41.5in = 2.5" loss
Hips: 54.5in = 10" loss
Thigh: 30.5in = 6.5" loss
Calf: 23in = 3.5" loss
TOTAL inches lost = 41.75"

Feb. 2 2013
So, the motivation has set in. The incisions are healed. (From second surgery, gallbladder) The Dr. has cleared me. It's time to kick some butt!!! Went and got a new pair of running shoes and am training for my very first 5K race ever. I have 85 days until race day. I'm so excited! Who in their right mind would have ever thought that I would be excited about something like this?!?! Exercising?!? No way. The new me is ready, willing and excited!! I know it's going to be hard, I've never ran, ever, but I'm ready to try. Even if I run/walk the race, I don't care. I just want to cross that finish line. YAY!!!! 
Photo: Bring it on!  5K here I come.
Feb. 9 2013
I can't believe it. Me??! Happy about exercise?!? Excited about working out?! Being more active & liking it?! Who am I?! LOL!!
This week I started hitting the treadmill 3x a week for 30mins. 
I also signed up for adult beginner ballet class that will meet 1x a week for 1hr. 
I signed up for my very first 5K race. The Color Run in STL on 4/27!! I'm fundraising since the charity for the run is Autism Speaks and my 5yr old has Autism. If you would like to donate please do, any amount is GREATLY appreciated!! 
WHO AM I?!! 

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