Saturday, July 30, 2011

New pics up on Progress Pictures Tab

My sweet hubby was working in the yard this morning when I left for work and he snapped these pictures for me.  I feel better every day...thanks gals, for all of your words of encouragement and support!!!
love love

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Happy Birthday to my Amazing Little Sister, Dana!!!

Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday Dear Dana...Happy Birthday to You...
and many mooorrreeee!

I'll never forget this night...Stevie Nicks was never better!  And we sang every damn song!!!  She's our savior!
You are my inspiration, my laughter, my protector, and my confidant.  I love you so much!

Diverticulitis...what was I thinking...oh yea...I wasn't

Well, I am three weeks post op today!  YEA!  But that also means that it's been 5 weeks since I ate one morsel of fiber...NOT GOOD!!!  What was I thinking!!!????  I know I have surgeon knows I have why the hell didn't i think about the effect this pre-op/post-op diet was going to have on my colon????  So...I'm home from work...two days into a diverticulitis attack...praying for the antibiotics to kick in and back on clear liquids.  Anyone else have this condition???  I guess benefiber would have been the thing to do these last two weeks or so...but not one mention of it from the surgeon...and me...I've been so focused on the post op diet I COMPLETED FORGOT ABOUT IT!!!  I need my head examined! I've just channeled my grandmother on you guys and discussed my colon in an open forum...God bless us everyone!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Came home from vacation and started mushies minus ONE POUND!!!

YEA!  I'M GOING TO CELEBRATE THE HELL OUTTA THIS POUND!!!  One pound down cha cha cha  One pound down cha cha cha...That means I could be in the two hundred teens soon!!!!   I walked to work yesterday and it took me 25 I'm making it a routine...(not so hard to do now while DH is outta town and there's still a car in the shop...hehee)
Here are a few more vacation shots...i can't stop looking at them!!!  Love you guys!!!
 Majestic Grand Tetons
 Hike to Hidden Falls
 Hidden Falls
 Yes...i'm stealing sugar
 Posing for PapaDoc
 Mulies in the velvet in Colorado

Splish Splash!!!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Back from VACATION!!! Going on three weeks Post OP!!!

Hello all of my beautiful blogland babes!  What a wonderful time we had!  Yellowstone and the Tetons were majestic and wonderful...we hiked, floated, smooched on our kids and grandson and had an amazing time!  I will be three weeks post op on Thursday, so I'm eating softies now.  I will weigh in tomorrow...but I think I am probably about the same as before I left...which is a new one for me!!  I am learning to feel the band, and am realizing how important it will be not to drink during meals, because I think I can tell when I am just funneling the food through the band and when it is actually filling my new pouch.  I don't think I did as well as I could have...I was picking all day although i never really ate more than my allotment during each meal.  I am having all of these fears of messing up the band, flipping it...moving it...not letting it get settled in to it's spot...hope that's normal!   gee whiz... are some pictures...i can really see the weight gone that I've already lost...old clothes that fit again is so much fun!!!!  Thanks for all of the blog love from everyone!!  I love being here!!!  Will post my weigh in tomorrow!!! 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Can't leave Comments :(...Off on VACATION :))

Hey Everyone!  I've been banging my head against the desk trying to leave comments for everyone and NOTHING!!!  GGGRREREEE!!! 

I'm 8 days PO and am HUMAN AGAIN!!!  I have been freezing soup like a mad woman getting ready for our trip out west.  I'm sure my little ice cube shaped soup servings are not new to many of you.  Gonna log in a ton of miles on the ol' Toyota...but can't wait to get to where the temperature ranges from upper 40's to mid 70's!!!!!!  AAAhhhh Yellowstone!!!!! Not to mention I get to try and overdose my Grandson with GMa sugars!!!  Mmmwhaaaaa!

I'm starting to feel my band some...especially with the thicker items like Greek yogurt and sugar free puddings.  I'm so excited about it!!!  I also figured out why I'm supposed to be eating the soups on my LIST...and not just blended up GOOD soup...can you say GAS????  Wow...that's all i can say...i would have never thought a little gas would have me walking like a Frankenbander...i just need the little bolts coming out of the sides of my neck...

I can't wait to get on the trails (yes easy ones...and yes, with bear spray DM) and feel some strength again.  I can't wait to gain all of my strength back and feel my muscles again...they are still suffering the effects of anesthesia...and walking the track here just leaves me wanting MORE!!!!

Have a lovely week to all and I can't wait to post my post vacation weight!!!  NEVER THOUGHT I'D SAY THAT BEFORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


TURNED A CORNER!!!  I was beginning to think the room was ROUND!  My DM and my DS all told me I would make it...hang in will get there...well...I listened...but still thought they were full of SHIT! came, and I'm back at work (light duty)...I have 3 hours left and think I'll make it!!! was worse than i thought it would be...i'm not gonna lie.  Nothing to motivate you like feeling like you've been hit by a freight train!! 
Had my staples removed yesterday...all incisions look great...still can't move gas through's all still getting hung up in places and so much damn fun.  I think a lot of it is how I am much air I am taking down with the fluids.  I've got to learn how to drink again...any tips??? 
I have dropped a lot of weight though!!!  from 252 to 224 today!  YIPPEEE!! (i still feel like i look like a sick geriatric patient.)  I have had some hunger pains, so surgeon said I could move ahead (2 days early) to full liquids.  Blended up some soup this morning and it was yummy.  Had some yogurt...and enjoyed it too...split it into three servings and let Avis (our canine on loan from friends spending 2 years in China with the Peace Corp.)  lick the container...she loves Greek.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Made it home from my Lap Band Surgery...can you say gasssssy???

Surgery went off with out  a hitch this morning...well...not really...guess who forgot to take her preop injection???  WHAT??? I work in a pharmacy for crying out loud!!##%#^^&^#$%#!!!

My doc was not pleased...but after a visit with the anesthesiologist...and the fact that during my pre op liquid diet (two weeks people!!) my BMI dropped to 37...they went ahead with the surgery!!!  I was freaking out!!! 

I split my 30 minutes of walking into two 15 minute sessions and felt the gas in my chest and shoulders is about NASTY!!  I've used the Gas X strips twice...two each time...and I guess they aren't helping much...OR...they could be helping which case Thank Goodness!!!  Yikes...not fun. 

I think I have a little fever...DH just went to get a thermometer...why is it that we have to buy a new one every time we need one???  I don't get it.  Anyway...I feel pretty good and am so thankful it's all over.  He left my gall bladder...said it was healthy...I wish I knew how to keep it that way over the next few years!!!  If you have any tips I would love to hear them!!!  Anyway...thanks for reading...


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

My theme song for my surgery coming up in 2 DAYS!!!!

Just found this video and I love it!!!  It is my new theme song for Thursday!!!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

Watching the time tick away to my surgery date...7/7/11!!! I'm so excited...not nervous AT ALL!!  Reading thru all of the bandster blogs has been a life saver!  I feel like I can find answers to
ANY questions! 
Hubby and I had a great afternoon, I had to work until noon, (I work in the inpatient pharmacy at the only hospital in town.)  Came home and changed and we went to the parade, coffee house, grocery, and his office to pick up books on Yellowstone, where we will be headed the last week of July on vacation!!  We get to see our sweet kids and grandson!
I feel like I'm ready here at home for post op...the only thing I'm not able to find is the junior sized flatware the nutritionist mentioned getting when I start eating..but i'll keep looking.
Have a great week!!!

Friday, July 1, 2011

New purpose to my blog!

Hi everyone...or anyone...just wanted open up and say that I'm currently undergoing the pre-op portion of my upcoming Lap Band surgery.  I am just 6 days away from changing my life forever.  Now...this doesn't mean that I've stopped sewing...but I've decided to put my health first for now.  My youngest child just graduated from high school in I feel like I'm finally able to put myself a little higher on the priority list for now!! Yea!! 
My decision to band came about 6 weeks was a funny thing...i just decided one weekend, after reading and researching...that it would be the answer for me.  I've dieted my entire life...and the result of that is sitting an uncomfortable weight with bad knees, terrible feet, three bulging disks in my lumbar spine, sleep apnea so severe I can't go without my CPAP for even one night, and more hope than I've had in years and years!
I've been on a liquid/protein shake diet for seven days, and will be on it thru my surgery date of July 7th.  Not much longer now!! YEA!!
I'm getting so much inspiration and motivation from all of the blogs of my fellow bandsters!!!  I can't wait to just read through everyone's journey!!! 
That's about it...I'll keep posting!
Highest weight: 267
Current weight: 237
Goal weight:  170
Surgery Date:  7/7/11