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Still No Date

Monday, March 02, 2009

Had a reassuring visit with my surgical doc today. He seemed fairly confident of a lap approach and said even if he converted to "open" the incision would be fairly small.

No date was set yet, however he seemed in agreement with me to move ahead asap...let's just get 'er dun!

First, however, he wanted me to do a stress echocardio to rule out any cardiac difficulties. They were able to schedule me in for this tomorrow afternoon, so we'll see what happens next and how quickly.

Don

  
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Anticipation...

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Did *almost* a grand today...am trying to ramp up my workouts in anticipation of my surgery.

*Soon* I am hoping to really ramp DOWN my food...but have to admit to enjoying some of the higher fat foods a bit more than I should right now...you know, cheese, peanut butter, etc...as I'm guessing without my gall bladder I won't be able to tolerate those much afterwards.

Don't know if I have it in me, but would truly like to attempt vegetarian foods at least while I'm recuperating not only as a means of limiting my calories, but for other reasons which have been philosophically nagging at me for a while also...re: better for the ecology, global warming, etc. And hey! One can grow dinner in the back yard! How local (and COOL) is THAT?!? :-)

Off to see the doc tomorrow...stay tuned...

Don

  
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GMACAMI 3/2/2009 7:18PM

    After your GB is removed, you will have to stay away from fatty foods for a short period of time but it is not a life sentence. The liver continues to make bile and the bile continues to flow down the common bile duct to the intestines to help in the digestion of fatty foods, etc. It just takes your body a bit to readjust to not having a pouch of stored bile and the common bile duct does dilate up a bit and tends to pouch a bit to store a bit for reserve so there is a slight chance that people that have had their GB removed can still form stones even though they no longer have a GB... just an FYI.

Cami

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JIBBIE49 3/1/2009 8:57PM

    I couldn't be a vegetarian as it just isn't for me. I grew up on a farm and we had lots of meat and potatoes. emoticon emoticon
Don, hope the doctor's appt is good tomorrow.

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Revving UP!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Anxieties over being laid up after surgery are being burned off by taking time to do a second treadmill session tonight after already having done one this morning...that's a FIRST for me! Also doing THREE sets of 15 reps on each of my strength-building moves instead of TWO.

Gotta get as much time in as I can WHILE I can...

Can't wait to get through Monday so I will know what I'm up against.

Of course I won't REALLY know until I have the surgery...SO hoping it can go all laparoscopic, NO SLICE & DICE PLEASE! :-)

Don

  
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SJ1320 2/28/2009 10:25PM

    I'll be praying for your surgery to go well and for it to be the easiest way possible. Take care of yourself!

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JIBBIE49 2/28/2009 5:34PM

    Hope your recovery is great. emoticon

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LADYWEZ 2/28/2009 8:47AM

    We are all pulling for you. Hopefully it will be a quick easy recovery. emoticon

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Dealing With Setbacks (Response to Weekly Prompt)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

How I deal with setbacks depends a bit on what type of setback I'm dealing with. However, in general even if I'm feeling overwhelmed or other negative feelings, the one thing I try very hard to do and am mostly successful at is...

To maintain a laser-like focus on my workout routine. Even if I'm tempted to skip it I talk myself out of it by telling myself "how is skipping my routine going to help?" Of course it ISN'T, but reminding myself of this helps to keep me on track.

Another thought goes along these lines:

"Well, maybe I have no control over situation X or Y (whatever they may be), but I *DO* have control over MY ARMS & LEGS...so get on with that workout!"

Now I am beginning to stress out over an upcoming surgery to remove my gall bladder. Yes, of course I am no fan of going under the knife, but what is stressing me out more than anything is not being able to work out during my recovery. My first thought is 'maybe they can wire my mouth shut while they're at it!'...lol! But seriously, I depend on my workouts to support my food choices!

So what can I DO about this...? Well, I'm giving some serious thought to attempting a vegetarian approach to my food choices during my recovery period. This will help me to reduce my caloric intake and hopefully keep me from gaining any weight during this period.

Depending on which way the surgery goes, laparoscopic or opening up....my recovery could take up to several weeks of little to no working out...ugh!

I see the surgeon on Monday and will probably set a date for surgery then.

Planning ahead, I'm hoping will avoid at least SOME headaches and problems.

Don

  
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SLENDERELLA2010 2/28/2009 11:44AM

   
Take care of yourself, Don. I bet you will find that the surgery is a piece of cake!! (well, you know what I mean, LOL)
I'll be praying for you.


Sue

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JIBBIE49 2/25/2009 11:51PM

    I worry about my gallbladder, but I haven't had it out. I hope they take out your appendix while they are in there. emoticon

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BLEVERETT1 2/25/2009 9:12PM

    I understand your feeling anxious and glad you blogged. That helps relieve stress. It is a different feeling to be a patient. Planning ahead is the best you can do and well congratulations for doing that!
P.S.
If I may suggest something...isometric exercises for your muscle tone or breathing exercises are some choices, if tolerable, offer ways to stay active while recovering.

Wishing you the best!








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Out! Darned Gall Bladder, OUT!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Well at long last, it's official...must have my gall bladder removed. My liver profile is WAY out of whack and there are multiple gallstones in my gall bladder. My doc says it is likely that the gallstones have been blocking things up and causing harm to my liver which will most likely reverse itself after the gall bladder is removed.

I'm hoping to be able to have my hernia repaired at the same time, as it has been bulging, but not causing any problems. I'm no fan of surgery, so if I can kill two birds with one trip to the OR I will be a happy camper!

Don't know yet when I'll have this done but will let you all know!

Don

  
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GMACAMI 3/2/2009 7:12PM

    For us surgery nurses... two trips are always better than one... you know job security... gotta look out for us surgery nurses these days Don.

Cami

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CHARMANE_2508 2/24/2009 9:57PM

    Its always a relief to get some real answers and then some results from the doctors! I know it can be a challenge sometimes, a long drawn out process if you will. emoticon

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