Sunday, July 03, 2011
In June, I acknowledged how much I've backslid during a stressful and chaotic time in my life. My June stats were pretty grim:
June weight: 287 lbs.
waist: 54 inches
% lard: 52
I had knee surgery a few days ago and gained 11 lbs. of water and inflammation, which I am still losing. Still, I've made some progress:
current weight: 283.8
waist: 53 inches
% lard: 50.6
So down a few pounds, down an inch on the waistline, down a bit on the % lard, and some progress on the BMI. At 50, I was classified as "super obese". Now, at 48.7, I'm considered "morbidly obese". Yay? Yeah. I've a ways to go, but at least I'm moving in the right direction.
I am on crutches and not able to really do much yet. I don't know how long I'll be laid up, so in July, I'm going to focus on excellent eating choices.
July goals: 15 lbs. (the rest of the surgery weight plus a bit more)
% lard: under 50
Thursday, June 30, 2011
I had my knee "done" yesterday. It was a long day, because the surgeon had an emergency. I hated waiting, and as the hours dragged on, I got thirstier and thirstier, but I was happier to be the person waiting than the person having the emergency, so it was ok. My brother kindly took off work to travel, collect me, get me to the hospital, and wait with me. He has an open jeep, which I didn't think about beforehand. I left the house looking decent and arrived looking like Amy Winehouse after a serious bender! I made my (cue ball bald) brother go to the gift shop and buy me a brush to try to set things to rights! LOL He stayed with me in the waiting bay as the hours dragged on. The poor guy was falling asleep in his chair. I felt so bad that I told him to go home and enjoy the nice weather.
I eventually got to the OR. Everyone from intake to the operating room was lovely. Because I had a spinal, they asked if I wanted to be awake and watch. I said no way! I think the anesthetist was disappointed with my wimpiness. Well, I don't make her watch me work, do I, so fair's fair.
The surgery went smoothly and faster than expected. I had a meniscal tear as well as some cartilage just hanging out. The ACL had a cyst on it that was removed and sent for testing. I had a torn ACL, but not badly enough to be reconstructed. HUGE BONUS!
I had been told I'd be in overnight, but they said I could go home early. I didn't have anyone to come get me, so my poor brother volunteered to turn around and drive all the way back to come get me. So from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m, he was pretty much driving me around or waiting for me. The releasing nurse and I had quite a time of it arranging me into my brother's jeep, but we eventually managed. Getting me back out proved equally entertaining. Thank goodness the drugs were still in my system!
I'm in pain and hobbling on crutches. It's tricky, but I will manage. I'm housesitting, so no one's here with me, but a lovely friend drove out from the city after work last night and looked after me. The sweet woman is returning tonight, even though it's a huge commute for her.
The best news? Instead of a 9-12 moth recovery timetable, we're looking at something more along the line of 9 - 12 WEEKS! How awesome is that? I asked the surgeon if I could possibly be racing again by autumn. His response?
Friday, June 24, 2011
My surgery date has changed again. I'm now scheduled for knee surgery on June 29th. I know! What a saga! I'm glad that it's sooner than the previous date of July 8th, but it is a bit tricky, because no one will be around to care for me afterwards. My mother enlisted a nice neighbor's help, so things aren't impossible, but getting around - especially the intense physical therapy afterwards - is going to take some doing. Luckily, people I wasn't expecting to help have stepped up in a big way. I am extremely grateful for all the support I've received here and really appreciate people's kindness. Thanks!
Funnily enough, I'd had big plans for June 29th. Wawa will be honoring service people by serving the world's largest hoagie - 4.5 TONS! - that day, and I was going to meet a friend there to witness the spectacle. Of course, I'm disappointed by that, but getting the surgery 10 days sooner hopefully means recovering 10 days sooner.
In the meantime, I'm still wearing my monster brace. I try to go for little walks as I can, but the knee aches at the slightest exertion and can be very "whingey" as the day wears on. I just don't want to become a complete sofa spud. I also bought a pilates video to do during these next few weeks of limited activity. I hope that planning ahead will minimize this setback.
Monday, June 20, 2011
I am on leave from work until I get my knee fixed. I was supposed to have the surgery on June 10th, but I was too ill from the gum surgery gone wrong and had to cancel it. That surgeon can't schedule me in again until August, so I started over today, seeing a new surgeon this morning. Everything went swimmingly, and I was schedued for July 1st. So yay for that.
Then the PA called shortly after we left the office and told me that there had been a mistake. *cue the music* The 1st is booked. So now it's the 8th. That's going to put me a month behind schedule. The people who wre going to care for me afterwards aren't going to be around then, making the after care a little tricky. I hate that my 2011 has been such a mess, and that I've inconvenienced so many people along the way.
With luck, I'll on the road to recovery and back on the job by August. Fingers crossed!
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