7 Month Surgiversary

Does it mean it’s all routine when you forget your own surgiversary?

It has been seven months today, and I think I’ve finally gotten the hang of this.  What an incredible 7 months it has been, too!

Here’s an update:

Beginning weight when I entered the Bariatric Program 4/2009 – 321

Surgery Weight 11/10/2009 – 304

Current Weight 6/10/2010 – 211

I have lost a total of 110 pounds since last April – of that, I’ve lost 93 pounds since my surgery.  I have not taken my measurements today (see above – totally forgot about my surgiversary) so I’ll do it and take pics tonight.

In the past seven months I have:

Gotten off all prescription medications

Put my diabetes into remission

Lost 55 inches from my body (and counting)

Gone from size 30/32 to an XL top and size 18 bottom.  That’s 18 regular, not women’s

Flew without a seatbelt extender

Completed a 10K walk

Joined a gym

Found my collarbones  🙂  and my ribs…and hips…and waistline

Significally reduced my risk of another heart attack

Been able to get down on the floor and play with my grandkids and my pets

Eliminated my high blood pressure and high cholesterol

Became merely obese instead of morbidly obese.

I am so thankful for this second chance at life.  My RNY has given me a second chance at life, and I am so very very greatful!


Last Day at Work – 4 Days To Go

Today is my last day phsyically coming in to work before surgery.  I’ve completed everything that needs to be completed, with the exception of one report, which I’m hoping I can get pushed through today.  That would be very nice.  Monday I will work from home (with a break for my EKG, oh, and the BGE man).

This weekend will be a busy one.  Tomorrow I’m meeting with some new friends for a nice afternoon.  One of those friends is my surgery angel, and it will be nice to put some faces with some names.  Then Saturday night, Mr. G and I are having some friends over for a movie night at our house.  I’m really trying to spend a relaxing weekend before surgery.

Sunday  I have elected to start a clear liquid diet.  It is to make sure there is nothing in my system for surgery on Tuesday.  I am going to pick up a few things I need Saturday morning – I want to stock up on some things anyway for after surgery, so I’ll pick up some more broth and I’m going to try to find the sugar free ice pops that you just stick in the freezer and freeze – you know, like the Freezy pops.  I want to get some for home and some to take to my mom’s.

After surgery I will be recouperating at my Mom’s house.  She has a lazy boy that I can easily get out of, instead of trying to fight with a bed.  I need to get everything together on Sunday.

I’m excited and nervous all at the same time!

Pre-Op Appointment

I had my pre-op appointment with Dr. McKenna today.  It went very well.  I’m so happy with this practice.  They really make you feel at ease and answer all of your questions.

I had my last weigh in and lost 17 pounds on my pre-op diet.  Not bad at all for someone taking insulin that makes it difficult to lose weight.  The doctor was thrilled.  I am so excited about surgery.  Count down is on…less than a week to go.

They sent me on my way with a big old packet of stuff to read, a card for my purse to tell emergency workers that I’ve had bypass, homework (I need to come up with a menu for two weeks when I go onto mushies and real foods), a script for antacid which I will need to take to prevent ulcers, and a script for an EKG and blood work to be done before Tuesday.  I went immediately to the lab and had the blood work done and I’ll have my EKG done at my doctor’s office on Monday.  I have a phone appointment on Friday with the pre-admission nurse.  So, basically I’m all set.

I’m so excited.  My life is really about to change for the better.

Here we go!


Let the Waiting Game Begin

Ladies and Gentlemen – I am the next contestant on, “Will She Be Approved for Bariatric Surgery???”

I faxed my six months diet paperwork over to the surgeon’s office this morning.  I’ll give them a call this afternoon to make sure we’re square.

I’m as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

I’m more nervous and excited than I was the day I dropped our wedding invitations in the mail.

Well, good things come to those who wait?  Right?  RIGHT?


The End of the First Very Long Road

Today is the final day of my six month supervised weightloss.  My final weigh in is this afternoon.  Then I’ll collect my office notes and fax them to Upper Chesapeake Bariatric tomorrow.  Once they have that, they will submit for approval.  One thing they will see is that in six months, I lost only 20 or so pounds and stalled out.  I can not lose the weight on my own – not while I’m on all these medications.

Pray for a quick approval process.  This week is going to be full of anticipation for me, until I hear the very special words, “Approved for sugery.”

Then the next phase of this journey begins.


Getting Close!

Five more days and I’ll have everything I need to submit for approval to the insurance company.

Holy Cow…I’m so excited.  I might just have a surgery date this time next week!!!!


{} This Close

I just spoke with Cris over at my surgeon’s office.  I confirmed that they have in fact received ALL of my pre-op testing.  The only thing they are waiting on now is my six months from the doctor, which I will have done on the 19th.  Then they can submit my approval.


I’m getting excited.  Last night, I had a dream I had just had my surgery, but I woke up to find out that instead of the RNY, they had done a lap band and I was furious.  I sat up and demanded they take me right back in and fix it.  LOL…I’m sure I probably would too.

I’m so close I can taste it.  Haha taste…yeah, not quite the right euphamism for this particular test, huh?


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