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Appointments Galore!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I met with my surgeon's P.A today. It was a good meeting. He is a super nice guy, and he seems like he genuinely cares about his patients. He told me what to expect with surgery. I am going to have a catheter, a tube in my nose and a drain in my stomach. It will only be in there for the day of my surgery, and hopefully will come out the next morning.

He also told me I will need to be on a drug called Lovenox for 14 days after my surgery. This is to prevent blood clots. He then told me that it will come in pre-filled syringes and the nurses in the hospital would teach me how to inject myself. I went as white as a sheet. I am scared to death of needles. The though of injecting myself with anything freaked me out. In fact, I am still freaking about it. Lucky for me, my mom is a nurse, so she will be able to help me.

After my appointment at the surgeon's, I had a pre-op testing appointment with the anesthesia department. My nurse was really great. My surgeon did her surgery 4 years ago. She lost 120 pounds, and she looks great. It was really nice to see that. It gives me something tangible. I can physically see her, and see how wonderful she has done.

They also informed me, that the only people who are allowed to go back with me to my room pre-op are my Mother and Boyfriend. That is such a relief! I won't have my grandparents there to stress me out. They will still come to the hospital though, but once I get called back, I won't see them until after. Then, I will be so drugged up I won't care.

I only have one more appointment with the RD... surgery is now 2 weeks away. I start the liver shrink diet tomorrow when I wake up.

I am going to the movies with friends tomorrow to see The Hunger Games. After we are going to Eat n Park, but I think I will just get a cup of hot tea and enjoy the company of the people who mean a lot to me, and i never get to see.

I think that is all for now

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KITRAE2 3/28/2012 7:49AM

    Congrats! I'm sure that your mom will be a great help - it's strange how you don't really feel it that much (I was on Byette for a while)

I am still 4 weeks away from my surgery - and a little nervous too, but it is going to be worth it. Good Luck and keep us updated!!


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    Let me know if you enjoy the games!

PS Are you freaking about your surgery?

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My Incredible Shrinking Liver

Friday, March 23, 2012

I start the Liver Shrink Diet next week in preparation for my surgery. I can not believe how fast time has gone. I am a little under 3 weeks out from surgery. I am serious when I say it seems like about a week ago when I went to the seminar. I can't believe almost 7 months have passed.

The Liver Shrink Diet that I have to follow seems pretty easy.

Shake (under 220 calories and 10g of fat. must have at least 10g of protein)
(I am using Slim Fast high protein)

Mid-morning Snack:
Small piece of fruit

Shake (same as above)

Mid-afternoon snack:
Small piece of fruit

3oz of lean meat
salad w/ balsamic dressing
6 unsalted crackers
1/2 cup or 1 small piece of fruit

Evening Snack:
1 small piece of fruit

I am also allowed: Calorie free beverages, sugar-free Popsicles, sugar free jello, and bullion broth.

I talked with the RD and she said that I can replace the salad with plain steamed veggies if I want to. Also with the way I work, I am allowed to switch up the eating pattern.

I figure during the Liver Shrink Diet, I am going to track my calories and see how many I am actually consuming. I think it will be good to know.

I am going out again with friends tonight for dinner. We are going to the Olive Garden. I already have my meal planned. I will get the lunch portion, as always. I am looking forward to seeing my friends. i haven't seen them in a very long time.

Tuesday I am looking forward to meeting up with some friends again to see The Hunger Games. I am really looking forward to that. I can't wait to see the movie. It is going to be so awesome! I don't know if we are going out to dinner afterwards or not. I already have a plan in place if we do.

I think that is all for now


Lobster Fest! with picture

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I went to Red Lobster with my co-workers today for lunch. I got the Lobster Lover's Dream. It was sooooo yummy! I also thought it was very reasonable in terms of calories. 730 for the entire meal, and I actually got 2 meals out of it. I ate the two lobster tails there. They also serve a salad, which I ate a little of, but honestly, I wanted to save all the room I could for the lobster. I ate a few bites of the pasta that is served with the dish, but ended up bringing it and the broccoli home.

I then went to Boscov's and bought my friend Katie a wine glass for her birthday. I also bought a 1.5 qt crocpot. I am not 100% sure what I am going to do with the crocpot. It was on sale for $4.99. For that price, I couldn't pass it up.

My birthday has gone pretty well. I got carded at the restaurant, so that made me super happy. I still don't feel 32 years old though.

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-POOKIE- 3/23/2012 9:33AM

    Ive never had real lobster, I have had rock-lobster which was lovely, I would like to try the real deal!

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EXOTEC 3/22/2012 10:08PM

    Happy Birthday!
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Yes, Red Lobster is one of my favorites, too! I love just the lobster and crab legs. I can't do pasta, alas. But I do love that shellfish! yum

If you sign up on their website, they send you newsletters that usually have coupons! I've got two of them now, $4 and $5 off lunch and dinner entrees when you buy two. I'm hooked!

I love your crockpot buy! You're going to find so many uses for it. I love mine. Yummy stuff and it seems to almost cook itself. Have fun finding recipes you can't live without!

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KMIRANDA2000 3/22/2012 10:04PM

    Just licked the screen!!

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JUSTBIRDY 3/22/2012 9:38PM

    happy birthday!!! emoticon

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JESSYVIRGINY 3/22/2012 9:16PM

    lobster for your Bday lunch, now that's great. Happy Bday emoticon

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SUZZQ4LIFE 3/22/2012 6:56PM

    Oh, happy birthday first of all! Yes, lobster is the most delicious meal you could possibly order! Good for you for bringing home parts of the meal. I would have eaten the whole meal (maybe). The last time I was at Red Lobster I ordered a salad and I certainly felt deprived. I missed the lobster. You were wise to eat the lobster and enjoy for the special day with your friend. These are days you need to celebrate with friends and try to make the right decisions. You did your best and was happy to spend the day with a friend. Good for you. emoticon

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GAELA-I-CAN 3/22/2012 6:49PM

    Wow, I love lobster. What a fantastic choice! emoticon emoticon

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UMBILICAL 3/22/2012 6:48PM

  Oh, I love lobster.

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Laptop Lunches

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I want a laptop lunch box... in the worst possible kind of way. I think it would be great to have post-op because it allows me to pack small portions that aren't touching in nifty little containers.

The major issue I am having with this is... the cost. The one I want is $32.99 + shipping. It is very hard to justify spending almost $40 on a lunch box. Even if it is the coolest freaking lunch box out there.

You have to admit, that is pretty awesome looking.

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PATTYR81 3/26/2012 11:46AM

    Good for you!!! Your post made me smile!!

It reminds me of how important it is that we take care of ourselves...

Happy Day! Happy Lunch Box!

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CORTNEY-LEE 3/22/2012 8:26PM

    I bought it, and an extra set of inner containers!

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PATTYR81 3/22/2012 12:05PM

    I think you should invest in the lunch box. Get 2 if you need them. They will be something you use every day for one of the most important purposes in life - feeding yourself. It sounds like this lunch box is perfect to you and will give you joy and use every day.

Go for it! You are worth it!!!

Still hesitant? Think about how much has been spent on junk/fast foods.... At the end of the day, you will remember how great the lunch box is in your life - not the $ spent.

Also, I've learned in these situations, that if I don't make the investment while the item is available, when I do make the decision to get it, often it's discontinued and I totally regret not getting it....another reason to beat myself up

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JBINAUSTIN 3/20/2012 12:44AM

    I can't imagine paying $40 for a lunch box, but I agree that it's really, really cool!

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I take 2 lunch boxes...

Monday, March 19, 2012

Yes, that is correct. I take 2 lunch boxes to work.


First, I have a weird thing about food touching, so everything has to be in separate containers. When it comes down to it, you really can't fit a lot of containers into a lunch bag. At least I can't because my lunch boxes are not very big.

Second, I eat 2 meals a day at work, plus snacks. I work 12 hour days. So, I do the majority of my eating at work. I only eat breakfast at home.

Today for lunch is a chicken salad with dried cranberries, blue cheese and raspberry dressing. Tonight for dinner is lemon pepper tuna. For snacks I have cantaloupe and a banana with a tablespoon of peanut butter. I will also be taking extra lope and an extra banana to give to my co-worker who is pregnant. I read somewhere a long time ago that pregnant women should eat bananas. I don't know if that is true, but it can't really hurt.

I think that is all for now

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KMIRANDA2000 3/19/2012 10:06PM

    Lunch sounded yummy!!

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