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Monday, March 8, 2010

ugh, so close!

The surgery department called to schedule my orientation, which is where I meet the docs and they eval me and make a decision. Orientation is only on Fridays from 1:30-3:00. My boss (who has no idea about any of this until it's final) said "no way" to my having a Dr's appt this Friday (no one to cover me), and next Friday we'll be out of state, so my appt. is for the Friday after that. I hafta wait 18 days instead of 4 days! (I'm quite impatient). I want to get this ball rolling! I know that psych evals and dietary training are required before surgery, so I want to get this ball rolling! I am so ready! I don't want to wait anymore! If there's a plus-side to this, it's that I can splurge a little in Vegas, whereas after my consultation, I'll be put on a diet, and wouldn't have been able to. Downside is that I've been finding myself thinking/saying, "oh, I'll splurge with an extra helping, or junk food, because I won't be able to for long... may as well enjoy it while I can!" which obviously isn't ok...
this may be my last entry until after my evaluation in 2 weeks. Prayers please!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Step One: Check!

My husband and I went to the seminar on Wednesday. There was a lot of information (2 hours worth!). I learned a little. And further sealed my decision that I will NOT do roux-en-y (gastric bypass). I'm not ok with cutting up my guts :p
The class is required by my dr's office before even being referred to meet with a surgeon. So now I've been referred, and I'm waiting for the gastric surgery department to contact me! Still scared, but even more excited now!
The worst part was learning that caffeine and carbonation are contra-indicated. I literally drink about 88 oz of diet Pepsi every day. So I'm starting the cutback now. I stuck to 32 oz yesterday (may still sound like a lot, but it's a huge step down! Baby steps!) Today, I had two 32 ouncers. It's a Friday, and I haven't had a patient at work in 6 hours... I needed it to stay awake! 64 is still better than 88!
I am so excited at the prospect of lessening/eliminating my knee pain, acid reflux, and shortness of breath.
When the process really starts rolling, I'll start posting pictures and weigh-ins to chart my progress.
I guess that's all I have to say, until my next appointment happens!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Beginning

I'm 28years old (a month shy of 29, actually); phlebotomist, a wife, a Christian, a Republican, and a mommy to a chihuahua and a bassett hound!!! Obsessed with orchids, diet pepsi, Coach bags, and fairies... I also have 3 bearded dragons... I love anything medically related. This blog is 100% for journaling my experiences with weight-loss surgery... the journey begins tonight, with my Dr's referral complete and the informational seminar.I hope this blog can be informative to my fellow "fat kids" and Fibromyalgia sufferers. I plan to keep track of how my health problems change with weight loss.
I've been "big" all of my life... I was born 10 lbs & 24" !!! Although I was teased for being fat all of my life, I really wasn't until college... I was truly just built bigger than most of the kids my age.
I never dieted in my life until last March (exactly a year ago!), when I did Weight Watchers for about a month, and did pretty well on it! I went off the plan for my birthday trip, and it never stuck when I tried to re-start the program.
About a month and a half ago, I went to the doctor and discovered that the scale said I was finally past 300 lbs... which is when I decided I was sick of it and needed to change, NOW. I have numerous health conditions which could be helped or eliminated by losing weight. My asthma and fibromyalgia (
http://www.fmaware.org/site/PageServer?pagename=fibromyalgia )existed long before I was obese... but my excrutiating knee pain, acid reflex, chronic cough, & insomnia did not.
This week, my primary physician referred me to the Gastric Surgery specialist... the informational seminar that I'm attending tonight is required before ever meeting with a surgeon to be evaluated for weight-loss surgery.
I've always been 100% against the gastric bypass surgery for myself, personally. I'm not OK with being spliced and diced and having my plumbing re-routed. The lap band is what I currently intend to go forward with.
I also know that the significant weight loss can improve my chances of getting pregnant, regulate my menstrual cycle, and have a safer, easier pregnancy. I want to be able to run around the yard with my kids and teach them how to play baseball, ride a bike, and climb a tree- all things that might bot be as easy in my current condition.

I'm suddenly getting nauseous and nervous! But we'll see what happens after my meeting tonight! Prayers are needed and appreciated :)