Tuesday, October 18, 2011

3 weeks post-op

Hey there, it is had been a very busy 3 weeks! I am no longer hurting from the surgery, but because I am hardly getting calories, I am very tired and get run down easily. I have been on a liquid diet, although I am eating very soft foods too. My body was just telling me I needed more to function. And with a toddler and 10 yr old, I could not be that run down all the time. I am down to 195, not as much of a loss as I was hoping for, but a loss still. That is 9 pounds in 3 weeks or 3 pounds a week.

I had to go in for re-hydration IVs twice now.  This first time was because I was so drugged up on my pain meds I was sleeping all the time and not drinking my fluids. The 2nd time I actually was sick with some cold virus and get dehydrated. I tell ya, I am so sick and tired of getting poked!!!

I do not get those hunger pains anymore, but sadly I still get those "I am bored" ones. I miss my friend Food. Food has been there all my life. It was there when I sad, or happy. It was there everyday and twice on my birthdays. Food has been my comfort and celebration. Now I am having to relearn how to get through all the ups and downs of life without using my good friend Food. It is still a long road, but I am getting there, little by little.

Well, thats all for right now. I am going to go to bed. Night!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ok, I am 1 week post-op now. I am feeling about 85% back to normal. Still have severe pain if I sneeze or cough hard, but that is all normal. I am on a full fluid diet, which includes diluted 100% fruit juices, strained soups, thinned cream of wheat and of course my protein drinks and vitamins. I went in on surgery day at 204 (same as the day I found out I was pregnant) and I am sitting at 197 today. That is 7 pound loss in 7 days! I was referred to the options program in the beginning of May at 228 pounds, so that is a total of 31 pounds! If you are trying to figure out what that is, go to the produce section of the grocery store and pick up 3 10 pounds bags of potatoes and walk around with them for a while. You will be amazed at just how much that is.

But I am not done, not by far. My goal is to reach 135 pounds. I would like to reach this goal by May 31, 2012. This will be the 1 year mark since I started the weight loss program. Now, that will be a total of 93 pounds GONE! Here are the dates and weights I have done so far:
Early May 2011: 228 pounds 
May 31, 2011: 222 pounds, started the 12 week weight loss program
August 16, 2011: 215.5 end of weight loss program
September 8, 2011: 214 saw surgeon and set surgery date
September 18, 2011: 214 started liquid diet
September 28, 2011: 204 Day of surgery
October 5, 2011: 197 1 week post-op

I will not lie to you. This is NOT the easy way out. If you are thinking you can just go in and have the surgery and everything will be fine, YOU.ARE.WRONG! You need to mentally and physically prepare yourself for a complete lifestyle change. You will be able to eat real food, but not right away. You need to kill all your soda junkie and binge eating BEFORE you have surgery. You really should stop smoking too. You have to get used to eating small portions. I mean, we go to a restaurant and you get this HUGE over flowing plate of food and if you are anything like I was, you pretty much cleaned you plate cause that is how my generation was raise. You what is on your plate and don't leave the table till it is done. Well, that idea has to go bye-bye. You must learn to listen to your body, know when you are satisfied, not full. I was so happy when I got to have a bowl of cream of wheat the other day. Know how much I ate till done? Less than a TABLESPOON!!! Yes, I had less than 1 single tablespoon of cream of wheat and I was completely satisfied.

I am very happy that I made this decision and that I will soon be the same person on the outside, as I am on the inside. I will be doing mostly weekly updates here now with my weight loss progress. Thank you so much for following and cya soon!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Surgery Day, 9-28-2011

Ok, this was the day! I went to the hospital at 7:30am and waited. And then waited some more. At around 10am they started prepping me to go to OR. It took a nurse 3 tries to get an IV in my arms. The first one I completely passed out on. The second attempt totally blew my vein (I have a 4 inch round bruise to prove it) and then FINALLY they got one in, 3rd times a charm. Anyway, I say goodbye to my hubby which I totally hated, and was wheeled to the OR. It was freezing in there, but they did have ACDC playing, at least that is what they said was playing. I scooted to the table and they used tape to strap down my arms, apparently they could not find the velcro, and then I woke up in recovery. I asked for my husband and kept getting told in a minute, in a minute. Well, he was finally able to come see me and a nurse told him say hello and then go back and wait.

I finally get to my room and all I really did was sleep. I was so tired. They gave me a wonderful button that gives me my pain meds every 10 minutes. I pushed at 5 seconds past 10 minutes every time I was awake. Night time was coming so hubby went to grab a bite to eat and get the kids from my in laws, they were nice enough to take them for us while I had surgery. He brought them back to see me and my son gave me the flowers from them all. Then they all left and I was alone.

You would think that being in the hospital would mean that the nurses would take care of you right? WRONG. My pain meds ran out and it took 45 minutes to get it refilled, my nurse gave me such a horrible attitude that I got up on my own to use the restroom which opened an incision and made it bleed. I had to walk the hall ALONE cause the nurse 'had other patients to tend too." My husband was pissed when he heard this.

I finally get to go home and rest which was awesome. I missed my bed and my family. I was not staying on top of my fluids and became dehydrated on Saturday so I had to go back to the hospital and get fluids. I hate needles so anything that requires me getting stuck, SUCKS! Today is Sunday and I had a little energy so went with the family to the store, used all my energy and now I am back in bed. I hope this part does not last long, it is really getting old.