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EVERY DAY IS A CHANCE TO LEARN

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I thought that when I got out of rehab that I could just jump back into my prior life, pick up my diet and all would be great. I did not count on having to deal with new and different issues.

I had missed spring and most of summer. All of a sudden the positive attitude I had managed to maintain thought the hospitalizations and rehab disappeared. I was depressed and angry. I had people coming into my home (home health care & therapists) telling me what to do and how to do it. I was cheerful and cooperative while they were here and then sit down and cry when they left. I did not share my feelings with anyone of ask for help. I was sure that I would snap out of it soon.

As it turned out it wasn't that simple. During rehab I had to eat what was served, that meant a diet of mostly carbs, I tried to stick to my diet as best I could but found out those old carb cravings were back. Especially when I got back home and had access to the kitchen again. One of the other problems was nothing was convenient. The bathroom was too small, I could not maneuver with my walker, not to mention that it was upstairs and I had to use crutches to get to it. The kitchen was impossible, nothing was convenient and the occupational therapist was determined to rearrange everything. I did learn to adapt and things got easier but my depression and anger did not improve.

Before I knew it the holidays were on us and I realized I could not do things the way I always had. Cooking full holiday dinners was way beyond me as was decorating the house. My nieces were wonderful and came and helped do everything. Things worked out beautifully, but instead of being happy and enjoying it all I could do was think of all the things I wanted to do and couldn't.

To top everything off, my Dr. discovered I had a stomach ulcer again. Luckily they decided to treat it instead of surgery, but that meant I was back on a liquid diet. In addition to the ulcer, I was diagnosed with parathyroid disease. The parathyroid disease required surgery to remove at least one of the four parathyroid glands.

Enough dwelling on all of that, my ulcer has cleared up, I had my parathyroid surgery, and I asked for help with my anger and depression. My hip has healed well, and I am now at the point of seeing an orthopedic surgeon about my knees so I can get some exercise and get rid of my crutches.

I am still undergoing tests to find put why I am vomiting and nauseous, but my positive attitude is coming back and although I am still angry I understand that the anger is ok and a reasonable emotion. I am struggling to get my diet back under control but my commitment is strong and I can do this.

I am going to accept and use the resources that are available to me and with all that help I will succeed. I don't believe I ever really gave up, but I did lose sight of my goals for a while. I have gained a lot of insight on myself and have also learned just how resilient the human body is. My direction is now focused on success and I will do my best to retain that focus.

Liz

  
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MOIRA2 2/15/2014 7:36AM

    I am happy that things are looking up for you and am sending wishes for your continued improvement and strength!
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A New Start

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Here I am again. I was released from the Rehab facility on August 1, 2013. How amazing it was to set foot in my home again for he first time since April 29, 2013. I cannot believe that everything is the same. The jewelry I was working on before I went to the store is still sitting on the dinning room table. It is actually eerie that you can lose three months out of your life and yet walk right back into that life. Other than my broken hip and not being able to walk yet, everything is the same.

Now I need to get back on my program and get the rest of this weight off. The diet at rehab was mostly carbs and very little protein. I did supplements but still managed to pick up about 10 lbs between the hospital stays an rehab. The good points are that I am really craving protein and I do not believe that I have stretched my stomach.

There is still a lot I cannot do and I will have therapists and visiting nurses coming in to see me for a while but at least I am finally home. Right now I am counting on all of you at spark people for all the encouragement and help I can get as I try to get back on track. I still am determined to do this and do it right.

LizS101

  
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LOVINGAFRICA 8/4/2013 7:34AM

    Welcome back!
I am so glad to hear that you are ok, happy and healthy.
Good for you for staying on track!

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I thought I had been through it all!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Well, when I posted last, I thought I had been through it all and was now well on my way to a healthy me. I am here to tell you that it is still true however I did hit one more little glitch in the way. On April 29th, 2013, we went to the a local thrift store to do some shopping and as I went in the door, I tripped over a turned up carpet, catching my toe, and fell and broke my hip. I cannot believe I have done this. It just seems incredible. I spent two weeks in the hospital the first with my hip in traction to reset it, and the second following surgery for repair of the socket. I was then transferred the a Rehab center and have now ben here for a week and am very pleased with the progress I am making.

I don't know why I have this additional challenge, however, I am finding despite the pain and frustration of being unable to do things for myself, I have learned a lot about me (even in this short time) and met some truly amazing people.

I am so lucky to have an injury from which I can recover and return to my prior life. I have met no one here that does not have a positive attitude about themselves, their injuries or illnesses, and their abilities to accomplish what they wish to accomplish. Many of them have had to change their goals and their priorities, but they have done so with a smile on their faces and an attitude with which they are sure to gain success. They are all my hero's and all I can do is hope to emulate them in some small way

My weight loss is going well I believe. They have been unable to weight me since my arrival at the rehab center because they have to use a sling and my hip will not hold it. I am sticking to my program as best I can but with the pain medications and nausea it is hard to eat much. After the hospital food, the food here is great, nutritious and tasty. The dieticians are great in doing the best they can to accommodate me. I will be excited to find about what my weight is once I am able to walk and stand on a scale.

I hope you are all well, enjoying beautiful spring weather and living life to its fullest each and every day.

Liz

  
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LOVINGAFRICA 5/22/2013 2:31AM

    I hope those bones knit very quickly. I am sorry that you fell and hurt yourself. At least it is obvious that this detour in your journey has really enriched your life.
You have a wonderfully brave attitude.
Bless you, and bless those hips!

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TATTER3 5/21/2013 3:06PM

    Keep healing!! Good attitude!

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LADYMARCIA1 5/21/2013 2:05AM

    Happy to hear that you are mending nicely. These falls as we get older are pleasant. Continued success and keep that positive attitude!!! It will pay off.

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Time Flies

Monday, April 08, 2013

I can't believe it has been over a month since my last post. I am doing really well but it is a battle. I am keeping food down most days, but still have trouble once in a while but I think that is normal. It is so nice to look at my calendar and see activities I enjoy instead of having Drs. appointments every day. The only Drs. I am still seeing regularly are my Cardiologist and my Primary Care Physician (PCP).

They are still trying to get my heart function stabilized after the ablation but the A-Fib is under control. Because of the heart function I still have no stamina, but do definitely have more strength to do the things I love.

Rowdy and I have started working with a FIDO drill team, and although I can't do parades with them yet, I can do the nursing home visits. We have not done any yet because we just started but there is one coming up and Rowdy should love all the attention. All the other dogs are dark in color so having a big white Samoyed should draw a lot of attention.

I have not as yet been able to do any sustained exercise but am considering going to planet fitness and using the stationary bikes up there. I am still waiting for the weight loss (over 100 pounds now) to make the pain less in my knees. Walking is too painful still but the bikes should work.

Now that I can finally eat a regular bariatric diet, I am having a lot of difficulty staying away from the carbs. This has always been my downfall and still is. I sometimes wish that my husband had a weight problem (not really) and didn't bring some of the food he does in to the house. I have assigned him a cupboard but he has a tendency to leave things on the counter instead of putting them away. I am able to just put them away most of the time but I do have to say I have eaten a potato chip on occasion as well as a peanut butter filled pretzel or two.

Liz

  
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LOVINGAFRICA 4/9/2013 1:27PM

    Just hang in there 100lb is SSOOO awesome. I think samoyeds are beautiful.
Bless you
Maria

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TATTER3 4/9/2013 6:51AM

    Keep Sparkin'!!!

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Just an Update

Monday, March 04, 2013

A phone call from a friend here on SparkPeople reminded me that I have not posted for a while and it was time to tell everyone how well I am doing. Although it does not show on my spark record, I am now down over 100 pounds since I started this journey on January 23rd, 2012. What a wonderful feeling it was when my Doctor reminded me of that. I still have about another 80 pounds to go but am well on my way.

I am still on soft foods until I see my Dr. again this Friday, but am hoping that I can go on to a regular diet at that time. That is the plan so unless they find something wrong there would be no reason why I can't finally have a salad. I never thought that I would actually crave green salads, but I can't wait for a shrimp salad.

I am also now three months out from my Ablation for the Atrial Fibrillation. I saw the Dr. that did that last week and am wearing a heart monitor for two weeks to assure that all is well.

For the first time in over 6 months, I don't have Dr's appointments every day of the week. The only appointment I have next week is with my Bariatric Surgeon on Friday. I just don't know what to do with all my time but am slowly getting back to quilting and knitting. If you want to see some of the things I am doing, check out my Facebook Page at:

https://www.facebook.com/ScarvesByLiz

Hope all is well with everyone else.

  
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SPRINKLECHEZ 3/5/2013 4:23AM

    LIz, it's been a while since we chatted but I am sooooo sooooo glad that you finally got to root cause of your post op pain and difficulties. I know you are excited about moving on to soft foods - be careful - I went through the soft food stage way too fast and it really wrecked my ability to keep anything down. Slow and Steady and Keep It Simple at first, your sleeve has to be reintroduced to foods again and what settles fine one day might come back up the next. That's what happened to me then, and still happens now although less frequently. Protein, Water, Protein, Water get em all in every day. My failing to do so in months 2 and 3 post op that I wound up malnourished and dehydrated admitted to the hospital three times, and the ER twice.

I am on stage three where I can eat most foods although some days, I just get my protein, water, and a snack here or there along with my Vitamins and supplements.

You've been through heck with your post op probs - I hope this next leg of your recovery is speedy and pain-free. I am here whenever you need to talk - i'm on Skype as "SprinkleChez" too, or you can click the link below to chat with me (free no software req'd) on PalTalk.com - I've been using PalTalk.com Since 2004 - there's tons of chat rooms covering any topic you like - and it's totally international - I've met great people around the globe.

http://SprinkleChez.s
uperim.me

You'll have to cut n paste that into your browser but it should work and I am logged on to PalTalk most every day and many nights. Take care my friend - I hope to hear from you soon. - "Sprink"

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GCHUNG 3/4/2013 8:28AM

    Fantatstic - great job.

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KTREK32 3/4/2013 8:20AM

    I am so glad that you are feeling better and things are starting to run smoothly. Congrats on the 100 lbs that is fantastic

Kim

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LKWQUILTER 3/4/2013 6:46AM

    WTG!!!!

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TATTER3 3/4/2013 6:31AM

    Hard work and good for you!!! Keep Sparkin'!!

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PINKEUROGIRL 3/4/2013 2:16AM

    Wow 100 lbs? Amazing! Well done you!

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