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Not much left to do...

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Well, lots of good news this week. First of all, ALL my tests came back normal. EGD, Spirometry, CT Scan, all good. Very happy about that. I had the CT scan since my blood pressures were off from arm to arm. Still don't know why, but at least I know that there's nothing seriously wrong with me.

I have my last lifeskills class on Tuesday, I'll be going for the big blood draw too before I go to work. I need that blood work before I goto the doc on the 22nd for a surgical clearance. I just had my thyroid meds bumped up and now I'm on a diuretic too. Hate being on all these stinking pills, but I'm hoping that when I get some of this weight off that it will help and I can start dropping them like hot potatoes.

I'm starting to look at vitamins and figuring out what I'll eat post surgery. It's gonna be like night and day. I'm going to go from eating like a horse to eating like a mouse, but hey, maybe if I was eating like a dog all my life I wouldn't need to eat like a mouse!

Went and bought a scale today and weighed myself. It's either waaaaay off or I've lost 10 pounds in like 2 weeks. I was weighed at the hospital during my first lifeskills class and I weighed in at 283.4. Today I weighed 273.1. I haven't really done a whole lot, just tried to make better selections. Eating lots of fruits, making lots of fruit smoothies. Love them! Just blended fruit (whatever we've got), maybe some orange juice, maybe some greek fat free yogurt, whatever I've got, it goes in. I've had smoothies with as many as 8 fruits in there all at once. Sounds gross but it's not. It's all fresh, REAL stuff with out all the crappy preservatives and chemicals.

For the last week I've been tracking my food here on SP. I find that the new feature that allows you to scan the barcode on the product helps greatly! I've been doing pretty good for the most part. Averaging about 1800-2000 cals a day.

I'm really starting to get more and more nervouse the closer I get to submitting for approval from my insurance company. I hope they don't pull any "you need to do this" junk which would delay getting a date.

My wife and I were talking today and she said her father is concerned about my having this surgery. He knows how much I like to eat food and he fears that after surgery I won't be any happier than I am now. I replied that that's the reason that I'm fat.... food makes me happy. That's exactly what got me into this mess to begin with. I need to find something ELSE that makes me happy. Will it be exercise? Will it be woodworking, knitting, pottery?? Who knows. I just know that the relationship I have with food needs to and will change drastically. What it boils down to is simply this... I'm going to have this surgery, you can support me or not. It's up to them. But with or without the support from certain individuals, I'm going to have this surgery. I'm not happy now as a fatty, the way I see it, I have to take the chance and do it for me.


Getting closer...

Saturday, June 28, 2014

So this week was pretty good. I went to the pulmonologist and everything went well there. I have a spirometry test that I need to do this coming week and I don't anticipate it to be bad. I may find out that I have asthma and it will just add another medication and another thing on my medical chart.

I also had my EGD done this week, just yesterday. That was some freaky stuff. I had my father in law take me to my appointment and just as we got on the expressway, we saw 3 helicopters hovering over 95. That can only mean one thing... an accident! We were fortunate that it was going in the opposite direction so we had no issues getting to the surgery center on time.

I can't say that for the doctor though. She was an hour late. The process was a little scary, I haven't ever had an IV in and the nurse had to dig a little to get one but it wasn't that bad. They wheeled me in, put a warm blanket on me and asked me to turn on my side. The pumped some propofol in via the IV and told me to take deep breaths. I could taste a weird taste in my mouth and felt very weird. I think I took 2 breaths and I was out. Next thing you know, I was awake. I found out that I do have some erosion which needs to be addressed. So I'm on omeprazole now. I was going to need it after the surgery anyway so it's no big deal. She also said that she took a few biopsies and I'd hear from them if there were any issues.

I have my CT and echo on Monday, start my lifestyle classes Tuesday, have the spirometry test on Wednesday, go back to the cardiologist on Thursday for a quick BP check and I should have just about everything buttoned up unless something else pops up.

Then I'll have another class on the 8th, 15th, and I go back to the PMRI docs on the 22nd for a final check up before sending all the stuff to the surgeon and the insurance company.

These last few months have been a blur! I'm getting very excited and of course even more nervous. I can't wait for it to be all over and I'm on the other side of all this so I can get down to getting this weight off.

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RHOOK20047 6/28/2014 11:16PM

    It will all be a blur once you have the surgery as nd start living life. You seem to have had to go through more than I did, but I try to forget med stuff. Good luck and st as y calm. We're pulling for you!

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Uh oh...

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Not a whole lot of excitement this week. I did go see the cardiologist though. I had a quick EKG taken which was a piece of cake. My blood pressure was higher than it has been in a month. It was 160/90 where it had been around 140/80. The cardiologist took my bp in my other arm only to find that it was 190/90 there.

That's no Bueno. She said that going forward I need to request the right arm for my bp whenever it's taken. She also said I could have a partial blockage somewhere that's accounting for the variance. I'm not getting the warm and fuzzies at this point.

She put me on some bp meds and said she wanted me back in a week or so to see how the meds are doing. She also scheduled an MRI for me to figure out what in the world is going on. This certainly isn't what I expected. I hoped for a quick, easy approval process.

This coming week I go to the pulmonologist on Thursday, I also scheduled my MRI for Thursday and on Friday I have my EGD. I'm taking both days off of work and hope that I keep from flipping my lid by the end of the week. Hoping it's nothing serious, but I don't know what else it can be. I'll find out soon enough.

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COOP9002 6/22/2014 2:10PM

    Hope you find out something soon, and it is nothing too serious. Blessings.

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Getting it done...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ok, it's been about 2 weeks since I last wrote but things are going along well. I've had my psych consult today and met with one of the docs. I also got a work order for what will feel like about 50% of my blood. I thought the doc was handing me some info on the surgery etc., and it was like 8 pages of blood work. Yikes! Better stock up on the water for that one.

I have also had an xray done, and finally got an appointment with a pulmonologist, and I've scheduled my endoscopy. At this point I have everything scheduled that I can schedule. I'm sure there will be some additional things that will pop up along the way but I'll make sure I take care of them quickly.

I also found out that I've lost about 4 pounds since I met the surgeon which is great. I haven't really done much other than try and make better choices and cut down on what I'm eating. I find that a fault of mine is that when I do something it's 150%. I want to create a chart, graph, spreadsheet or something so that I can see the progress. I also tend to go cold turkey with stuff. It's like I'm focused like a laser beam on the task and I ultimately end up making it too complicated.

I've also been making smoothies about 3 times a week. I'm using fresh fruit, plain greek yogurt, ice, and once in a while some orange juice. I mix those in with whatever fruits we have on hand. I've had all of the following fruits in ONE smoothie. Apple, banana, watermelon, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, peaches, and pineapple. Yes, I had ALL of that in one smoothie. I have to say you would think with all of that it would have tasted like sweat socks, but it was really good. My daughter asks for one almost every night. If that's what I need to do to get her to eat a crapload of fruit, then I'm in! I've been mixing this stuff up using a NINJA blender. It works quite well and wasn't real expensive at all.

We're spending like $50 a week on fruit, but we're eating almost all of it in a week. I spend an hour or so each Sunday chopping and prepping it all, but it's sooooo worth it. I've probably eaten more fruit in the last 3 weeks than I have in a year.

I hope that everything continues to go along smoothly. It's really starting to sink in that this is really gonna happen. I'm nervous and excited at the same time. I'm sure the first few days after the surgery are going to be a little miserable, but it will be worth it in the long run.

Be back again in another week or so. Take care!

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RHOOK20047 6/15/2014 10:40AM

    Glad you found many things that work for you and your family! Way to go!

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PLMITCH 6/12/2014 10:22PM


Do you have a surgery date set yet?

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MELYROD18 6/12/2014 8:15PM

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Making Progress

Saturday, May 31, 2014

I've had a busy week this week. I had my blood work done on Tuesday. I also this week managed to schedule my visit with my cardiologist, scheduled my lifestyles classes, registered to meet with the psychologist and the nurse practitioner, and I have a call in to my regular physician to find out about a pulmonologist consult. I already have a CPAP machine so I don't know what else they'll need to do.

I am still waiting for a call from the hospital for the endoscopy. I'll give them to the end of this coming week, and then I'll start calling them.

The results came back from my blood work and I need to start taking thyroid meds again. Darn underactive thyroid!! I also have another blood work order at my doc that I need to have done in 5 weeks to ensure that the thyroid meds are doing their job.

I've been doing very good with my CPAP so far. Been a whole week and I'm 100% compliant so far. I forgot how much better I sleep with it. It's hard to believe that blowing air into my nose and mouth while I sleep helps me sleep. Somehow I would think it would make me burp like crazy.

I've still got a whole bunch of stuff to do, but I've got a pretty good start. Let's see what happens this week!

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RHOOK20047 6/1/2014 8:30AM

    Keep up the good work and remember small goals lead to big successes. Progress begins with baby steps and success comes with determination! emoticon

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SUNSET09 5/31/2014 9:28AM

  You're making your list and checking it twice. emoticon There will seem like always something to do which looks like you're getting it done! The medical stuff is so important and the results, hopefully will be just as good. Keep up the good work. emoticon and emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 5/31/2014 9:25AM

    It sounds like you are making a good start - keep it up - one day and one step at a time is how it usually happens.

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