Thursday, September 29, 2011

Day 7 of diet and Pre Op Testing

Well, today was quite a day. Up early, packed my shakes hoping to be able to have one soon and set off for the hospital, with nothing to eat or drink since 9 last night. I get to the hospital and the admitting process went great! Great sign! Then, I was sent to the respiratory therapist for my Spirometry test (breathing heavy in a tube!)(lol) And then, after I was done, the therapist wasn't sure where to send me next, so I went to the pre-op center and was supposed be in radiology. So then the pre-op center sent me to radiology. Once there, I had a nice and easy chest x-ray; and then, came the worse part - the Upper GI! Luckily, the Dr was cute and the nurse was really nice, cause if not that Barium (that felt like what I imagine Elmer's glue to feel like) wouldn't have gone down to easy. After gagging and almost vomiting up the orange-flavored bubbly air I had to swallow and then the really thick (glue) stuff, they finally gave me some (lesser of the evils) thinner barium and it went down easier. A few flips on a table and standing up "poses" and I was done. Whew - it was the longest 10 minutes of the day. It's now 11:30, and I still haven't had anything to eat or drink, besides Barium, and then I go back to the pre-op center and wait - and wait and wait - for an hour!!! I finally was called back, and then I had some blood work, and an EKG and then a nice chat with a nurse about my surgery day.  After all was said and done, it was 1:00 before I could eat. So, since I missed my breakfast, am snack and lunch shakes, I went to McD's and had 6 nuggets. That's it - no sauce, no fries, no large sweet tea! I was so proud of myself! Then I got home and took a nap - I was tired!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Day Six of Diet

Today is day six of my high protein, low calorie liver shrinking diet. Tomorrow I go for all my Pre-Op testing and I have to say that I'm a little nervous. Never had an upper-GI done and I hear that the stuff they make you drink can be chalky and I'm afraid I won't be able to drink it. I'm sort of a wimp! lol  Anyway, I decided to take the whole day off from work. Just cause.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Day 4 of diet

According to my Wii Fit, I've lost 4 lbs since I started my liver-shrinking diet. I was having second thoughts and really starting to doubt myself. Notice I said "was"! ;-)  Found lots of support from fellow-banders! Ya'll Rock!!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Funny of the day

I saw this and thought it was TOO funny not to share! Happy Saturday Ya'll!! Day 3 of liver-shrinking diet and 12 days until surgery!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Day Two of Diet

Well, yesterday, the first day of my diet was great! I felt motivated and I really enjoyed my first shake, an Atkins Mocha Latte shake. It was made with real coffee! It really tasted like a real latte! I was pleasantly surprised. Then I had a chocolate one for my morning snack and then an Atkins Chocolate Chip Granola Protein bar for my "lunch", it's was so bad either. Then, for my afternoon snack, which happened to be my drive home time, I had a vanilla creme shake. It was NOT easy to get down. With each sip, the after taste got worse and worse. But, I was it a great mood and it went down completely. Then, after all the events of the evening, I finally got to have dinner: Lean Cuisine Swedish Meatballs.

But today, on day two, I had the same "breakfast" latte shake. And I decided to have my vanilla one for my morning snack and I can NOT get it down, at all. I added  coffee to it to see if that helped (cause that's all I had at work with me) and that made it worse!  I'm going to have to find something to blend with it to make it tolerable! If not, the next 13 days are going to be filled with chocolate!!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Liver Shrinking Diet

Well, tomorrow I have to start my two week liver-shrinking diet. It's 1200 calories a day. The schedule the dietitian gave me is 4 protein bars or shakes a day and a small, microwave dinner. So, I went shopping tonight. I bought 13 micro-dinners, all less than 300 calories each. And a few protein shakes to start, I know I like the Muscle Milk Chocolate. So I saw some Atkins Mocha Latte with real coffee in them, and try them for breakfast.  And then I got some Vanilla Muscle Milk, just to try. Any suggestions of what you have found that is good, are very much welcome!

Also - something that has come to my attention, is that I have a few questions and I hope that some of you fabulous ladies can answer them:

1. Skin - is extra skin an issue? have you found something that helps shrink it back?
2. Stomach ache - do you get them? what do you take? I like to take Pepto when I have an upset tummy - will that still work?
3. Alcohol - can you still drink?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

OMG I HAVE A SURGERY DATE

I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT MY INSURANCE HAS APPROVED MY SURGERY AND MY DATE IS OCTOBER 6.
YAY YAY YAY!!!!
1200 CALORIE-A-DAY-LIVER-SHRINKING DIET TO COMMENCE THIS THURSDAY, SO STAY TUNED FOR GRUMPY POSTS!!

HUGS TO ALL!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

No word yet

I haven't received any word about my insurance yet....I'm trying to be patient. I have finished up another quarter at school and am now on my two week break. I was hoping to be recovering these next two weeks.....but......good things come to those who wait, right? I'm hoping so.......I have been trying to keep myself busy and preoccupied so I'm not counting down the days. Last night was not a good night - I was home all day yesterday, by myself, watching movies. I hadn't eaten much during the day, so when I went out to eat with parents, I ordered a huge burger and fries. I didn't eat the bun, but the burger was so big and the fries so good, that I ate them all - and then I could feel my heart beating while it was trying to digest all the filth that I just put in it. I swore to myself right then and there, that I would NEVER do that again!! All I could think about was my son. If I can't do it for myself, then I can at least do it for him.

Also, I may not comment on your posts, but I do read everyone's post, everyday. It keeps me going and helps keep my spirit up! I feel honored to be apart of your life, every time you post!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

My letter has been received....

YAY! My Primary Care Doctor FINALLY faxed my letter to the Center for processing. Now, ALL of my paperwork has been submitted to the Insurance Company for approval! Once that happens, then they will call me to set up a Surgery date. Once that is set, then the Center will call me to make my pre-op appointments and testing!!!  Whew! I hope this happens soon. I've got to be out of town the last weekend in October for work and I'm hoping to be recovered by then. Prayers for a quick response requested, please. Thanks.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Still no letter

So, I called my Primary Care Doctor's office to see if my letter had been done and faxed over to the Obesity center, so they could fax all my stuff to the insurance company. The nasty heifer said that she could see my file on the doctor's desk still and the Doc left the office for the weekend already. SO, knowing that the letter won't be done until at least Monday, well, that just put me back in a bad mood. So, then I kindly ask if I can have my test results faxed so that I can see what my TSH levels were. She was so nasty and repeated what she had just said me and added, like I said yesterday, the doctor hasn't signed off on them yet. Ugh.

Fine. Whatever. Not like I REALLY wanted to know my results. Oh wait, yes I did. SO, I got smart. I called the Lab (which is in the same building) and voila - they faxed them to me. But now, I'm confused. My TSH level is at 1.9. The range shows from 0.5-6.0 and I think that is such a wide range, so I Google it to see if I can more information. Well, now I'm thinking that the normal has been recommended for change and it should be 0.3-3.0, which if that's the case, I'm normal. Wow - at least something is normal for me. LOL.

So, I guess I will go yet another weekend knowing that my insurance hasn't even received my info yet. Well, I have finals next week to worry about, so no more worrying about this - it will happen when it happens.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wacky Wednesday and Thirsty Thursday

Well, once Tuesday was said and done, Wednesday wasn't very nice either. Just feeling blah. I hurt, everywhere. I'm down to the week before finals and next week is finals, and then a break for 2 weeks before the next Quarter starts. So, I'm starting to stress the finals, etc.

Thursday is (now) a good day! All day long seemed to be good. Had lunch with a good friend. Work is good. My son has Karate tonight and then tomorrow is Friday. Today is my "One Month since my First Seminar" anniversary. I'm hoping to be post-op by my 2 month anniversary. There is another support group meeting in a week and a half and I can't wait to go to that. Hopefully, I will have more info by then.

I found this sign and had to put it here:

Another Manic Tuesday

I love three day weekends. I hate when the Tuesdays after are worse than an actual Monday. I didn't sleep well Monday night (prolly all the lounging around the weekend!), my son didn't want to get up, etc., it was raining cats and dogs and I was hurting from head to toe. I get to work and while I'm walking, fast, towards the office, in the rain with with teenie tiny umbrella, my heels start killing me. I get into work and there is an issue with the coffee pot being left on and there was no coffee ready. So, I make coffee and then start to get settled. By this time, I'm in a real foul mood. Then my cell phone rings.....it's a local number.....I'm thinking it might be the Surgeon. I answer with great anticipation!!!!  It's NOT him. It's the flunkie at my "primary care" doctors office. And in her snottiest, most annoying voice she says, "The Doctor won't write you a Medical letter until she sees you". It immediately hits me. This whole time, almost 3 weeks, I thought I was waiting for the insurance approval when in fact, the insurance hadn't even been notified yet. I sunk 2 feet in my chair. She then was lucky enough to have an appointment that afternoon. SO, I went and saw the doctor that afternoon. I explained that I had done everything else and now the only thing left was the note from her, which I didn't know that I needed or I would have seen her first. Any who, she was happy to write the letter for me and she sent me to get my thyroid panel blood work done and promised she would get the letter out this week.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day Weekend

Ok, well, the last 4 days have flown by, sorta. Friday, after work, I went to see my new foot doctor. The doctor is new, not my foot - lol. Anywho, I have, just as I suspected, Plantar Fasciatis. But, on top of that, actually, underneath that, I have heel spurs. I was told that my weight "might" have aggravated it - go figure!
 
Well, on the very bottom of my heel bone is a pea-sized bone spur, on BOTH feet. And Ironically, the right foot hurts worse than the left, however, the spur is bigger on the left. Go figure!

Well, the Doc gave me some stuff to rub on them and sent me to a "witch-craft" store posing as a drug store to get some "tiger balm liniment" to put a few drops in the water to help the pain and let me tell you, I could bathe my body in this stuff and hurt no more!!!

Anyways, Saturday I slept on and off most of the day, trying to catch up on my sleep. The rest of the weekend  went about the same as Saturday. My son was at his dad's this weekend, so I got some good me time and some extra sleep. Helped me keep my mind off the "WAIT" game!!

Ok, so now the long weekend is over and now on to the short week (which will feel longer for some reason!).

Night all!! I will keep you posted, should I receive any new news!!


Friday, September 2, 2011

Ugh the weight wait

It's been 9 days since my initial consultation?! How long does it take to get a date?! The wait and weight is killing me. Today, however, I have an early work day. Then I'm leaving to get my feet checked out - yay! Then going to get my bariatric psych eval results and clear out some of those demons, then I'm going for a little me-time massage. THEN, I can start my three day weekend. I'm sure I will be hearing something about a date any time now....just have to have some patience! Woosahhhhhh...........whew.

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