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4/15/09 2 week post op check up

Friday, April 17, 2009

Too much going on in my life again, I am a little behind on blogging.

Wednesday, Got up at 2 am with Dwayne. Dwayne, Zach and I went to do the paper route. Got done in time to drop Zach off at day care at 5:30 am. Then we headed to Dwayne's second job. He had to be there by 6 am. Dropped Dwayne off at work and I headed home. I was going to try to sleep for a couple of hours and then get up and go look for cars.

I got up around 8, got shower and headed out. I was on my way to the car lot and I called my mechanic to see if he could look at a couple of cars for me today. Unfortunately he was booked solid today. So I decided to go to work, since I had to pick up my last 2 check stubs and find some paperwork in my desk that I needed for my application at the car lot. I got to visit with a bunch of my co workers while I was there. A couple of people said that I looked great. I looked like I had lost some weight. I told them 14 lbs so far. They said they could tell in my face. I wasn't sure if they were just being nice or really could notice. My boss, Paul, said that he really missed me and wanted to know when I would be back at work. He would do what ever he had to accommodate me so I could come back as soon as possible. He would get me a cot in my office to rest if needed. I was laughing and I told him it would be soon enough. Time flew by and I had to leave or I was going to be late for my check up with Dr. Credi.

I had about a 45 minute drive from my work to the doctor's office so I decided that I would call Erika back since she had called while I was at work and I told her I would call her back when I was in route to doctor's office for my appointments. We had lots to talk about. I was hoping to get on to the next phase from liquids to purees. I was so done with only liquids 5 weeks of it and was definitely ready for a change. Erika helped me come up with some really good questions for Julie, my dietitian. She was also teasing me to tell Julie that she didn't want to mess with Erika if she didn't put me to the next level of foods.

I arrived for my 2 week post op check up. I had to fill out a questionnaire and then Taran took me back. First she weighed me (again, I just weighed in on Monday) and I was 263.5, lol, 1 lb less than on Monday when I weighed in at 264.5. Then she took my vitals and I was ready for Dr. Credi. A few minutes later he came in. Looks at my results and then had me get up on the table to check me out. Everything was looking good. He took off the terry strips that were at all my incision sites and look at my drain site. He said everything looked good and I was a good (I think) model patient. Now what could he do for me. I asked him if I could go back to work then, he said let's give it 2 more weeks and then I could go back to work.

So out to the waiting area I went. I was going to see Julie next. But I was a little early. While I was in the waiting area I saw my surgery buddy's dad there and we started talking. Steven had surgery the same day that I had mine. He was doing very good, he lost 24 lbs in the first 2 weeks after surgery. 10 more lbs than I did. But he was having a little difficulty controlling his sugar. Then Steven came into the lobby, he was just meeting with Julie. I briefly talked with him and I told him that if he needed a ride to support group I would be happy to come and pick him up for it. His dad had mentioned that he was having some mechanical trouble with his car. So we will see if he calls me or not.

Next I met with Julie, my dietitian. I was patiently waiting for her to tell me that I was ready to move onto the next level of food. Woohoo ! ! ! she said those magical words.....Kat you are onto phase 2. She started naming off some of the foods I was going to be able to eat (actually chew) and I was like "I love you, I love you, omg, I love you" She was laughing at me. I told her I was going crazy on liquids. That I had snuck and had some mashed potatoes on Monday. She was like not good, but okay. I could have picked something worse to cheat on. No she was not giving me the okay that I was bad. Anyway onto the foods I can now have......eggs, smooth yogurt, sugar free/fat free pudding, low fat cheeses, low fat Ricotta cheese, low fat cottage cheese (small curd), all types of beans (blended), smooth peanut butter, tuna, salmon.....just to name a few. Omg, I was so excited. And the list is actually bigger, I just named a few of the items.

After my appointments, I headed to Dwayne's work to pick him up, then we headed to day care to pick Zach up. Then we had to head over to the salvage yard to pay for the tow for Dwayne's car. Since by now it was well after 5:30 and everyone was starting to get hungry and it would still be a couple of hours before we would get home. So we decided to stop by some fast food places to get something to eat. Zach got chicken nuggets, fries and chocolate milk from McDonald's. I told Dwayne to stop by Taco Bell for me, I thought I could get some pintos and cheese. Dwayne got a couple of Tacos. I wasn't sure how much I could eat so I decided to only eat half of it. It was pretty good and I didn't have any reactions.

We got to the Salvage yard where Dwayne's car had been towed. We had 2 choices with respect to the car. One was pay $186 for the tow and get reimbursed $40/ton for scrap OR pay $30 for tow and sign the title of the car over to them. Well that didn't take long to decide. We decided on the second option. After we signed over the title we went out to the car to get all of our stuff out of the car. Then we headed home for the night. We all went to bed early that night it had been a long day.

Take Care and God Bless ! ! !

Kat

  


Can't sleep, so here is my blog for today

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Today's blog will be more about what happened today to our family than anything to do with my surgery. So here goes......

I got a call at 5 am this morning and of course I was asleep. It was from my husband, first thing out of his mouth is that Zach and he are fine but......okay I was instantly awake. I was like what happened? You guys ok? what? seriously? omg, ok I am on my way to get you guys. Okay the other end of that conversation was. Yes, both Zach and he were fine. But his car was not. Okay let's back up just a little. Dwayne gets up between 1:30 and 2 to go do the paper route. And since I am out on medical we decided that Zach would still go to day care (I had to pay full price whether he goes or not). So when Dwayne left to do the paper route Zach went with him. He would finish in time (usually) to take Zach to day care by 5:30 and be at his other job by 6 am. But this morning just a few minutes before 5 Zach was fussing a little (but in his sleep) Dwayne didn't know what was wrong so looked back at Zach to check it out. Just for a second. But as everyone knows that is all it takes. He was on a residential street and when he turned back around it was just in time to rear end a parked car. Needless to say that definitely woke Zach up who was crying now but just because he was scared. I was truly blessed by all the angels today, they surrounded both my guys and kept them out of harms way. Sure the cars are probably totalled but NO ONE was hurt. Seriously don't get me wrong I am upset on many levels but I am thankful on even more.

After we got home, we had to leave right away. I had already made plans for both of our dogs to get their updates on rabies, boosters and all that stuff. So we got back into my car and drove about 45 minutes to the vets office to drop off the dogs. Because my male dog is a little aggressive when you mess with his feet, I have to get him sedated and he is usually there all day. I had planned on visiting friends until my next appointment at 4. But since the accident all that changed. We headed back home to try to get some much needed rest. Dwayne had to stay home from his other job for a couple of reasons. He was pretty shook up from accident and would have been really late to work. Plus I could not miss my 4 o'clock appointment. It was at court for a bogus ticket that I was fighting and I would have had no way to pick him up in time from work, Zach up in time from day care (had he gone) or the dogs up from the vets before they close and still make my court appointment.

Well since I am fighting the ticket. They set it to trial sometime in July. Then we went to pick up the dogs from the vets and while we were on our way home we stopped by a buy here/pay here car dealership to see what they had. We will have to replace the 2nd car soon. There were a couple of options we financially could choose from so I got their vin numbers and headed down the street to my insurance company's office. I had Gail look up the costs for me to help determine which car was really in our price range. She also told me that she was sorry to hear about Dwayne's accident this morning but I was really lucky that him and Zach were fine. I totally agreed. She also reminded me that a little over a year ago I purchased the "accident forgiveness plan" so hopefully our insurance shouldn't go up. I might loose one of my discounts but that should be it. That was a relief and I made sure that I told Dwayne that when I returned to the car. He was feeling bad enough for totally our 2nd car as it was. While we were sitting there chatting, somehow we got on the topic of RNY surgery. She had her back in December of 2000 and looked great. We chatted for about 10 minutes about that. But then I really had to go, Dwayne, Zach, and the 2 dogs were out in the car waiting for me. Then we finally headed home. We were all physically and mentally exhausted. They had a light dinner and I had one of my ready made shakes. I headed to bed at a decent hour but I just can't sleep.

Well now we are down to just one car, so it is a good thing that I am out on medical, but I still have errands to run for my doctor's appointments for tomorrow. So we will all have to get up to do the paper route tomorrow (and I can't sleep), then drop Zach off at day care, then Dwayne at work and then I will go home to catch some zzzzzzzzzzzz's. Then I have to get up, go get my last check stub from work, dig out some info for the car dealership for my credit application and pray that I get approved. We really can't afford another car payment, but if we rearrange some other things we will be fine. After that I have to go to the tow company that towed our scrap vehicle out of the neighborhood that it crashed in. I have 2 options since my car is totalled (only had liability on it because of age and it was paid off). I can pay 186 for the tow and get reimbursed 40 dollars a ton for vehicle or pay 30 for tow and sign over my title to the car........hmmmmm what would you do? Pay the 30 and sign title over.

Then I will come home and rest again. And then leave around 12:45 to get to my doctor's appointment. I have first appointment with the surgeon for my 2 week post op check and then after that I meet with my dietitian to go over (hopefully) the next phase of what I can have. I am very hopeful that it will be more than just liquids. I have now been on that kick for 5 weeks and I am ready for change......Julie if you are reading this, please chickie let there be more than just liquids.

So that was my day today. It pretty much sucked but on a high note Dwayne and Zach are just fine and I got in all my protein and liquids even while I was away for most of the day. Yeah ! ! !

Take Care and God Bless ! ! !

Kat

  
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NANCYJEAN6 4/16/2009 7:06AM

    It's a new day, May all the Blessings of Heaven shine down upon you and yours!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KNH771 4/15/2009 1:45PM

    After reading your post, I don't feel quite so busy today any more.

I'm glad everyone is OK.

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NANNETTEN 4/15/2009 10:51AM

    I really pray that your day is a great one! I am sorry to hear about the accident,but thank God all are ok. Cars are replaceable! Good luck at your Dr and Nutritionist appt today, there is a light at the end of the liquid phase! Pureed phase! It was so nice to taste pinto's and cheese from taco bell, or mashed potatoes! You will be in heaven, taste bud wise!

Have a great day and take care!

Nannette

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Yeah, got the tube out today.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Okay, first let me tell you that my situation is NOT the typical situation. I am in the 1% that has issues with the drain tube. So please don't think that this WILL happen to you. I just happen to be in the lucky few.

So you know that last Thursday I woke up with the feeling that someone was standing on my chest. I called the doctor's office and Tracy said this was normal. The drain tube was moving around. That I should just get up and walk it off. So from Thursday to Sunday that is exactly what I did. But unfortunately I woke up today feeling like it was hard to breath. Every time I was taking a breath I was having pain. I could not inhale and exhale without pain. So I immediately called the doctor's office. I asked for Tracy and got her voice mail. I wanted to speak with a real person so I hung up and called back. Taran answered the phone. It was all I could do to tell her what was wrong. I felt like a blubbering baby. She took my information and said that she would page the doctor and call me back. Within minutes she called me back and told me to come into the office as soon as I could.

I text'd Dwayne a couple of times but he didn't respond. So next I text'd Jesse his team leader. Still no response. Next I called his supervisor Richard. I was still crying from the pain, I told him I was sorry but I needed Dwayne to come home and take me to the doctors' office. Dwayne called me within minutes. He would be home shortly. When he got home he helped me get dressed and we headed out to the doctor's office. I felt every bump and dip in the road all the way there.

When we got to the doctor's office, I barely had time to sit down when Taran called me back to the room. Temp was normal, pulse and blood pressure was high. But that was typical with all the pain I was in.

After examining me, I laid back on the table, then she told me to bear with her she was taking the tubing out. OMG, it was a hurt like I have never felt before. Maybe because it was twisted up inside me, not sure. Then instant relief. My pain went from off the charts to a 4 or 5. She had me lay there for a little longer, then bandaged me up and sent me on my way.

Before I left I got on the scale, since it was my normal day to weigh in I wanted to get on it before I left. I got on the scale and I was 264.5 Yeah ! ! ! Another 7 lbs lost forever.

Ok, now remember don't freak out about my situation with the drain tube. REMEMBER it is NOT the typical situation. I was just one of the lucky few.

Take Care and God Bless ! ! !

Kat

  
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TAUWZER 4/14/2009 11:20PM

    I am really thankful that the pain is better and you are improving. Congratulations on the 7 pound loss! I am praying that you will continue to get better and that your health improves as well.

Have a great day,
Vickie
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KOGLESBY 4/14/2009 10:28AM

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How wonderful to get the tubing out! I am glad the pain subsided so quickly. Be encouraged by that 7lb weight loss.

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SLENDERELLA2010 4/13/2009 9:46PM

   

wishing you well on your journey, Kat!

Sue

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DANCER71 4/13/2009 9:25PM

    yay, so happy your tube is out! and wtg on the 7 pounds, you rock girl....glad your feeling better :) Stay strong your on your way
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What to Blog?

Saturday, April 11, 2009

I am not going to sit here and lie about the pain from the drain tube. But I will say that unwillingly I am taking pain meds until Wednesday when it comes out. I know it is necessary to have this in on many levels more than what I thought about (thanks Taran) I miss ya buddy.

I am thinking about some of my friends that have recently had surgery and are at home recovering......Sharon, Erika and Steven.......wish you all well, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

I am walking about 1/2 to a mile daily. Today we took our 2 dogs with us. They enjoyed it as much as we did. My goal is to eventually get around the block which is 3 miles. I will get there one day....soon.

Take Care and God Bless ! ! !

Kat

  
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DAYDREAMER89 4/13/2009 2:07PM

  Sounds like (other than the drain tube) you are doing great! I didn't know about the tube - makes me kinda nervous. I am glad you are almost done with that part - Wednesday you get your tube out and I get mine in - it's finally surgery day!!!!!

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GIGABYTEFL 4/12/2009 8:27AM

    Kat

Keep up the walking, you are doing SUPER. emoticon You and your family have a BLESSED Easter.

Mac in Jax

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4/9/09 Thursday....woke up in pain

Saturday, April 11, 2009

On Thursday morning I woke up with the feeling that someone was standing on my chest. The pain actually brought tears to my eyes instantly. I reached behind me on my headboard and found my cell phone. I immediately call Tracy at the doctor's office. I explained the pain and she knew what the problem was. She said that the drain tubing was moving around inside my body and unfortunately there was nothing that could be done. She said to get up and walk around and take pain meds or tylenol as needed. I asked if I could get the tubing out any sooner than next Wednesday and she said no. I just had to live with it until then. I was very disappointed but understood that it was normal practice that the drain tube stays in for 2 weeks after surgery. The pain was so intense I got up as soon as I could to go get my pain meds. I was actually a little nauseous from the pain.

I was disappointed on many levels now. I felt I was doing really well with tolerating the mild discomfort I had experienced since my surgery and I had taken pain meds only at night to get a good night's sleep. And now I feel dependant on them during the day to keep the pain down to a tolerable level. Now no matter what I do, every time I get up, sit down, or change my position in any way I am in instant pain. I tried explaining to Dwayne what the pain was from and he is wanting to go back to the doctor's office as soon as possible. He says if it is not gone by Monday he will call. I told him it wouldn't matter, my appointment is set for Wednesday and they will not take it out any sooner. I understand that he doesn't want to see me in any pain but there is nothing to do.

Okay, I am done "whining" now even though the pain is real I feel like I am "whining" so I will stop.

Take Care and God Bless ! ! !

Kat

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GIGABYTEFL 4/11/2009 8:51PM

    Kat

Sorry for you having pain, will pray for intervention. As for the pain meds for bed, you have to rest to get better. You will get through this rough spot, and I can tell you walk, walk, walk, it helped me. Take care my sister the LORD is with you.


Your Brother in Christ

Mac in Jax

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DANCER71 4/11/2009 8:06PM

    I've never heard of a draining tube being added, I never had that =/
I am soooo sorry you are in so much pain. I can't even imagine how you are feeling. I pray wednesday comes quickly for you and I'm sure you'll feel a world better once it is out. Just another bump in the road and smoother sails ahead for you. I'm so proud of you. Stay strong and know your in my prayers

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MOONCHILD_1 4/11/2009 4:11PM

    First off you're not whining its scary stuff not to mention uncomfortable stuff. No questions are stupid, no amount of expressing is bad, and when you talk about things it takes the overwhelming power out of it. Your doing a great job and I'm still learning from you every time you blog Thanks for sharing.
Big hugs, and Happy resurrection weekend. Your always in my prayers.
Belinda

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TKALPHA 4/11/2009 3:47PM

  Since I've 'been there, done that' I can honestly tell you that you will feel 1000% better when the drain comes out. I know you're bummed that it can't come out earlier but it's there for a very important purpose - it gives us a 'view' into your belly and the drainage it puts out shows us what's going on inside (ie -- is there an infection brewing...a leak?) I know it sucks. Use the tylenol with codeine if you need it - I'm guessing after Wed. you won't need it anymore. *wink* Hang in there sweets.
Taran

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KOGLESBY 4/11/2009 8:17AM

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Oh honey, I feel for you. Believe you are not whining. If you could not at least release the emotional and process the psychological through blogging you would be in even more distress.

I am praying with and for you. Brighter days ahead!

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MRSERIKAH 4/11/2009 4:59AM

    Kat. I'm sorry to read that you've been in pain for a couple of days. I hope as your reading this, the pain has went away some. Sucks that Tracy wouldn't get you in. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Erika
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