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Three Things to know about me....

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I got this from my friend Leanne, so here it goes!

Three things about me:
(It is fun to learn different things about our friends!!)

The names I go by:
* CHUBRUB3 ~ here on SP
* Angela
* Tweetie ~ by my hubby

Three places I've lived in the past:
* Calgary, AB
* Calgary, AB
* oh yeah and Calgary, AB

Three sports I have played:
* Softball as a kid!
* Badminton in junior high school!
* hmmm...not very active in sports....does ice skating count???

Three things I love to watch:
* Cake Boss
* Amazing Race
* The Ocean! I find it fascinating for a prairie girl!

Three places I have visited:
* The Bahamas
* Numerous places in the USA
* Greece

Three people that I love:
* My son Brandon
* My husband George
* My Parents and family.... too hard to pick just 3!

Three things I love to eat:
* Chocolate
* Fresh Berries especially Raspberries!
* Bread...don't know how this will work with a new Lap Band!

Three things I am looking forward to:
* Our trip to Italy in the spring
* Losing weight!
* Reaching my goal weight

Now highlight this then cut and paste and put in your own answers
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GIGALENA 1/24/2011 8:35AM

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LYNMEINDERS 1/23/2011 1:16AM

    Awesome...thankyou for sharing this....

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BOVEY63 1/22/2011 10:33PM

    Nice learning more about you.
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I wish that I could climb in your suitcase and go to Italy with you. My great-grandparents immigrated from the southern part of the country, and it has always been my dream to go there.

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Home from Surgery!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Hi My Friends!
I am getting better, had surgery to help my Diabetes (Lap Band). Mostly sleeping and trying to eat or drink something. Moving like an old person and bloated with fluids.
Quite the ordeal at the hospital. All went well for surgery and the first day. Then the 2nd day I was to have a Fluoroscopy x-ray 1st thing. the order was lost and I fasted forever! The day surgery ward closed for the weekend and I was transferred to a ward not knowing if I would be going home or not. Finally had the x-ray, the most vile thing ever!!! YUCK!! Had to drink a barium fluid while being x-rayed. Felt like I was on a ride, tilt a world or something as the table kept moving and spinning. Then went back to the ward at @2:30. All I needed was a dismissal from my Doctor or a Doctor. No one would answer, being the weekend. Finally got a hold of someone at 8:30 pm and was allowed to go home. Poor George had just left and got home only to turn around and come back.
His car definitely needs new shocks! Ouch!
My throat is sore from the breathing tube but I am getting better at talking. Had a shower yesterday and the gauze removed. I have 5x 1-1.5" incisions on my stomach held together with dissolving stitches and steritape. Coughing is not fun.
Enjoy your day.
Love you!
Angela
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TEENY_BIKINI 1/22/2011 11:00AM

    I am glad the surgery went well.

It bet you are just glad to be home :)

Be well and happy.

You are fabulous!

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KLOE23 1/20/2011 4:40AM

    Hi Angela! It's amazing to hear how different our lap-band surgery experiences were. I was home 2 1/2 hours after my surgery and only have four incisions. As long as we both have amazing results....those differences mean nothing. I'm thinking and praying for you to have a speedy recovery and let's start losing this unwanted weight!

Take care of yourself!

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LYNMEINDERS 1/19/2011 10:57PM

    Trust tat by now you are starting to feel a little better.....
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BARBIE176 1/18/2011 2:29PM

    Sorry to hear of your ordeal, but praying for a speedy recovery. Take it easy and learn your new healthy eating and I am sure the surgery will be a success! emoticon

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TEXASGIRL48 1/18/2011 1:05PM

    Sounds like you really had a time of it. I'm surprised most lapbands nowdays are in and out surgeries. I did stay overnight but was released next day. Use a pillow on your stomach for traveling and for when you cough or sneeze. It seems to help. Make sure you walk at least 10 minutes every hour to help the gas dissipate. Make sure you follow your surgeons post op orders for pain relief.

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SURENDERISNOTME 1/17/2011 10:07PM

    I hope you recover quickly from your surgery,

Debbie

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RESULTS361AP09 1/17/2011 8:44PM

    Get plenty of rest & don't overdo it. Let other people do things for you for a change! emoticon You can always repay the favors when you are back on your feet! Take care. emoticon

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NOSKINNY 1/17/2011 7:35PM

    It is good to know you're managing with all that. When my ex had prostate cancer surgery, he had the incisions, the pain inside, and a tube up his .... He was REALLY in pain and having never had a surgery before, he was in shock. As I have a problem with kidney stones and had surgeries before, I could empathize.

I'm glad to hear that you have someone at home to help out.
After surgery, cooking meals and cleaning house are sometimes just not possible.

I have found that ice or packs of frozen vegetables can be helpful for individual areas of intense pain (like incisions) but only when sealed in another plastic bag (for sterility) and wrapped lightly in a towel to protect the skin.

I just can't beat ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) for pain relief, but do not take it without the doctor's approval, to prevent stomach, liver or kidney damage. Otherwise, Tylenol can be taken in large doses, but only as directed by the doctor, who will know how much your body can handle with this type of surgery.

I also use Bactine (has a strong painkiller) on the skin as incisions heal, or Neosporin with pain relief. It helps the ouch and the itching too as things heal.

I am definitely in awe of your courage in taking this on.. Once you're past the initial shock and pain, it will get easier. emoticon

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BOVEY63 1/17/2011 3:59PM

    Get plenty of rest and heal quickly!
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CHAS1949 1/17/2011 2:03PM

    It is really frustrating when orders get lost and equally frustrating when you have to wait to be released. You sound like things are getting better. Resting will help. The other thing, besides coughing, that may be awfully uncomfortable is laughing...it uses the same muscles.

I wish you a speedy recovery and will check back to see your progress.
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/17/2011 1:53PM

    WELCOME BACK, Angela! I hope all is settled down now and you can REST!!!! Heal fast!!! emoticon

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Surgery is a GO!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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Surgery is still ago!
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Friday is the day that the lap band will be done.
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I am still on Puffer and Pills to get rid of this lung infection, but it is getting better. They took an xray to be sure it is not pneumonia, and all is good!
No news is good news!
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Going to stay warm and cozy. Get well and then heal fast.
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A huge thanks and hug to you. You make me feel cared for in a special way!
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Hugs,
Angela

  
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BOVEY63 1/12/2011 12:43PM

    My prayers and good vibes will be with you!
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TEXASGIRL48 1/12/2011 7:05AM

    Congratulations on getting to get your band Friday. It won't be long until you are a bandster. I have had mine for three years and it is the best thing I have ever done for myself. It doesn't work for everyone but for those that are determined and follow the guidelines most of the time are successful.

I hope you are all well by Friday.

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CHAS1949 1/11/2011 9:34PM

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I'm so glad things are going on schedule!! I will be thinking of you on Friday. I'm glad you blogged ...I was wondering..... :)

Be warm, and rest your way to Friday!!!
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RESULTS361AP09 1/11/2011 7:10PM

    Angela-I am so happy for you. I know that surgery is a scary thing, but I'm sure that everything will go well. Sending you thoughts & prayers for a speedy recovery! Keep us posted!

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/11/2011 6:57PM

    I hope all goes well and here's to a speedy recovery.

Hugs.

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GIGALENA 1/11/2011 5:46PM

    Angela that is so wonderful. I will keep you in my thoughts. Let us know how it went when you get a chance.

Hugs
Angela

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/11/2011 4:55PM

    I sure hope all goes well for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUNADRAGON 1/11/2011 4:06PM

    My thoughts are with you!

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ELLIE381 1/11/2011 3:46PM

    Great news! Take really good care of yourself. I hope all goes well and we will be waiting for the news that everything is great. Take care. emoticon emoticon

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KENDALL7261 1/11/2011 3:27PM

    Angela, I had a lapband several years ago. It didn't work, I paid a lot of money from my own pocket and it took me years to pay the loan off.
I wish you the best but think LONG and HARD about this decision. I am in the process of having my lapband removed.
It was a hard, expensive lesson to learn.
Good luck on whatever decision you decide.

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Nervous and a bit scared.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

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I am getting sick.
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I couldn't get into the Doctor yesterday and think I will go sit in a clinic until I get in. emoticon
I have surgery on Friday and worried how this will impact. Will it be delayed? Will it cause complications?
The reason I worry is I am a repeat offender when it comes to pneumonia and bronchial infections. I have had the shot, but it doesn't stop them. It does control the cough a bit though.
I don't want to have to post-pone my surgery. I am on day 9 of my 2 week pre-Op diet. I am not sure how this will affect my eating plan if delayed. I guess I would have to continue until surgery is rescheduled.
I sure hope it is nipped in the bud before it wrecks havoc with my plans. emoticon
Ok, I will think positive and positively think this virus out of my system.
Hugs,
Angela
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CHUBRUB3 1/8/2011 11:32PM

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Thank you so much for your well wishes. I feel loved and I can't tell you what that means to me.
I did manage to see the Doctor and do have a lung infection. I am on an inhaler and medication.
I have a pre-Op assesment on Monday and they will be able to tell me if we have to post-pone the surgery or what.
I hope this is a minor blip and everything goes ahead as planned.
I will keep you posted.
Love to you all.
Angela
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RESULTS361AP09 1/8/2011 8:07PM

    Angela-I am sending positive thoughts & prayers your way for a very speedy recovery so you don't have to postpone surgery. I know you don't want to postpone the surgery, but if you have to, that's OK. It is better to that than to risk your health. emoticon Kim

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CHAS1949 1/8/2011 5:45PM

    I know this is important to you. You will be in my heart and mind this week. I hope that this is just a passing blip....If you find out anything, be sure and keep us informed. I will be praying that all is well.
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MINDY502 1/8/2011 1:05PM

    Hope you get feeling better soon! Hopefully you wont have to reschedule your surgery.

Wish you luck!

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MUEHLBBO 1/8/2011 12:58PM

    Oh, I hope you can get in soon and I hope you get better soon. I would hate for your surgery to be delayed and I don't want you to suffer through illness either. Good luck.

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The Count Down has begun!

Thursday, December 30, 2010


This is me on Christmas Eve. I have lost some weight and was able to wear clothes I haven't in a long time. Looking at my picture I may be giving this a royal send off soon too! Very happy to have not gained any weight over the holidays. A very big accomplishment for me as I gave myself permission to indulge, and I thought I had. Good work rubs off. Habits are staying in my mind. Yeah! emoticon
Well a few more hours and I start my new year one day early. I will be starting my Doctor ordered Pre-OP diet as of Midnight and will be on it for 2 weeks. Then surgery if all goes well. I am very optimistic as to how things will be. Knowing it is a long road and lots of hard work. No overnight miracles here.
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I will keep you posted on my progress.
I want to thank each of you who encourages me and inspires me to be more.
I love you.
Hugs my Friends!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOURS! All the best in 2011, may your dreams come true.
Angela

  
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CHAS1949 1/6/2011 8:22PM

    Good luck. I will try to follow your blogs to see how everything goes. You are doing well in your preparation.
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SUPERDUPER26 1/2/2011 7:14PM

    Go Angela!
Way to make your hard work pay off, especially over the holidays!
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BAKERICLISA 12/31/2010 6:15AM

    Best of luck in the new year!

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