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Surgery Time

Friday, August 01, 2008

For those who are interested, my surgery will be at 4:15 PM on Monday. I'm not happy with the time, but will survive. Last food will likely be a boiled egg and one slice of whole grain toast at 6 AM. All food stops at 7 AM. Can have water up to 11 AM and then nothing after that at all, not even a stick of gum! I have to be at the hospital at 2:45 PM so will likely check in on Monday morning and then be MIA until Tuesday. Tim is going to bring my laptop to me when he comes that day and if I'm up to it, I'll jump on to at least let you all know how I'm doing.

I have mixed emotions but a busy weekend planned so hopefully time will pass quickly. This last week has been rough and seemed two weeks long!

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MUSTANGMISSY 8/2/2008 11:00AM

    I just happened to see your page and wanted to send you my best wishes for your surgery and recovery. My Mom had the surgery about 4 years ago and she says that she has never regretted it. emoticon

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MYKIDSMOM726 8/1/2008 8:39PM

    I am sure that you picked a good surgeon who has done this very same surgery many times. Although it can be stressful going into the hospital (I've had 4 major surgeries myself) - you just have to let go and let them do their job.

All you have to do when you get there is follow directions. You are in good hands. Just let them do what they do best.

Best wishes as you start your new life!


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REBECCAGIRL1969 8/1/2008 8:02PM

    I will be praying for you. Take care.

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REDIS279 8/1/2008 5:06PM

Thanks for sharing not only the time of your surgery but your feelings. I'll be lifting you and all the medical staff involved in prayer Monday. May God grant you peace this weekend and especially Monday morning.


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I'm hanging in there.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Went to my last water aerobic class last night. It went well but the water was pretty chilly. Everyone was so excited for me and supportive. All told me to just do what the doctor and nutritionist say and I'll be fine. It was nice to have the added encouragement and support. All said they'll be looking forward to my return when cleared by my surgeon.

I'm having something going on with my right leg. It has happened before. It's like a dull ache down to the bone and it really hurts. It goes from my hip all the way down my shin to my ankle. When I rub it, the area is a little bit tender. I had something I was taking for it but I can't take that right now. No Nsaids, ibuprofen, aleve, etc ever again. It can lay in one spot and eat into my stomach lining, especially after surgery with my little bitty pouch. Nothing much gives me relief. This morning, so I could sleep, I did take one of the pills I used to take (that I'm not supposed to). I won't do it again but I had to have some relief so I could sleep as I have this last night of work. The pain was so bad that I was in tears. And Tim rubbed Bengay on it. He's such a honey bear! Between the two I got enough relief to get about five hours of sleep. Yea for me! I'm going to get some more Tylenol later. It's the only 'pain killer' I can have right now and after surgery so may as well lay some in. Well, that's other than the drug the doc sends me home with!

Got my book in the mail today. It's called 'Weight Loss Surgery for Dummies' and came highly recommended by many. It is an easy read and covers everything from deciding if WLS is right for you, choosing a surgeon, insurance and how to get approval, preparing for the surgery, going through the surgery, after surgery, exercise, recipes, and a lot more. I'm so excited to finally get it. I ordered it a while ago from but the vendor had to back order it.

Other than that, I'm doing fine. Weight has come down to 393 and has remained there for the last two days. I'm still following the diet so don't know why the stall, but I'm not going to sweat it. That still means I've lost 14 pounds since starting the pre-op diet so they (surgeon and whoever else cares) should be happy. I'm okay with how it's gone.

I'm just ready for this to be over. This has been THE LONGEST week of my life, I think. I'm guessing the same will be said of the weekend. I did a little bit of second guessing about this being the right thing yesterday. I've read that's pretty normal at this stage. I know it's going to be a life-saving and live-changing event for me. I know it's what I have to do to be healthy and improve the quality of life I have as well as extend my life. It's all just head games right now.

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NORAKENO 8/1/2008 9:01AM

    Celest, If you read my blog post for July 18, I outlined the basics of the pre-op diet there. It's low calorie and high protein with limited carbs (low glycemic index and only whole grains). I managed to follow it pretty well and have done pretty well with the weight loss as well. ~Karon

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CELEST 7/31/2008 11:24PM

    That's great about the pre-op weight loss. How does the pre-op diet differ from the others? Glad things are coming to a head for you and hope all goes well with your surgery. Keep chugging....keep chugging.

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Quick Update

Monday, July 28, 2008

I'm now down to 394 this afternoon. I have definitely left the 400s behind forever and it is an awesome feeling to know I won't ever weigh more than that again!

I'm off to do pre-admission testing at the hospital. I need bloodwork and an EKG ran. I might also need a chest x-ray but had one just a month ago so I may not.

Have a great day!

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REBECCAGIRL1969 7/30/2008 7:53AM

    I will be praying for you- that you will make a speedy recovery and achieve the goals that you have ALREADY worked so hard to achieve. You are an incredible inspiration to me. I am very deeply touched by your story. You are an amazing person. emoticon

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QUILTINGB52 7/30/2008 6:03AM

    You are an inspiration!! Can't wait to get out of the 400's.....

Looking forward to seeing "less" of you!! Congratulations on your successful journey, thus far. emoticon

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FLORENCEOSI 7/29/2008 10:21PM

    Awesome job!!!!

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LEELEE0405 7/29/2008 2:25PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon i remember the day i left the 400's behind. it was a great day indeed! and trust me, it won't take a year for you to leave the 300's behind as well!

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GIRLINMOTION 7/29/2008 8:42AM

    Congratulations Karon on making it to the 300's. I know your journey has not been easy, but your doing it! Way to go!!! Your proof that never giving up on your goals will make all things possible.

Wishing you a successful surgery and continued success as you keep moving forward toward your healthier lifestyle goals. You can do it Karon!!!!

Hugs, Sonia

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REDIS279 7/28/2008 6:01PM

    Celebrating with you, Karon! Treasure your success. It is a wonderful feeling to know that the past is gone forever.


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ND2LOSEWEIGHT 7/28/2008 3:04PM

  I think that is great that you lost that and keeping it behind you.

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CELEST 7/28/2008 3:01PM

    That is wonderful news about your leaving the 400's behind. Keep going and next year you will be writing and telling us how you are leaving the 300's behind. Its been an amazing journey and its far from over yet. Its a case this space for more incredible info......and I surely will.

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The waiting continues

Friday, July 25, 2008

Now it's just a matter of time. I hate waiting for anything. Anyone who knows me, knows I am NOT a patient person. This waiting drives me crazy, but I know I'm doing what I'm supposed to in order to prepare my body for the surgery.

I called pre-admissions yesterday and was told not only am I having the gastric bypass surgery but am having my gall bladder removed as well. I didn't know that but that's a good thing. Most people who lose large amounts of weight in a short time end up going back in for that anyway. This will save me the trip and going under one more time. Yea!

I continue to do well on my pre-op diet. I've lost ten pounds since last Friday to date. Today I weighed in at 397.5. I am finally under 400 and will NEVER go above again. (Well, unless I come home from the hospital heavier, which I've been warned happens more often than not from the IV, gasses, and just the surgery itself.) I am on my way and not looking back but to say "remember when".

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CELEST 7/26/2008 6:41AM

    I'm patient on the other hand but OH do I ever wish for a magic wand or a friendly genie to make my weight disappear but since thats not gonna happen, I just have to knuckle under and do it the long and hard way. Hope all goes well for your op and I look forward to seeing more post op photos.

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FIBROCHIC 7/25/2008 9:13PM

    Karon......your going to be fine.......
I know several people that had the surgery...and what a life they are lving now. They all worked in the medical field...and are just so positive..
I had wanted to have the surgery a few years around here wanted 2,000 up front before the insurance kicked n for after surgery education and fitness..Ii couldn't afford it soI went home....
I tried again...only to be told I was to large for the operation...
No doctor's around here....they have moved...
So I figure I just better live it day to day....
I am so excited for you....and happy....and thrilled your able to do what will make you sooooooooo is going to be work...and your the kind of person that is no problem for.............GodBless......Barb.

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KITT52 7/25/2008 8:52PM

    Karon we are all hoping the best for you. The time will fly by.


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It's a Go!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Well, it's now a done deal. I just got off the phone with Utilization Review and my surgery has been authorized and approved. The date stands as August 4th. I cannot tell you the relief I feel knowing that the authorization is out of the way. What a load off my shoulders.

Now I have so much to get done between now and my surgery date. I want to do a quick clean on the home. I have to get the post-op foods laid in so I at least have some variety. I need to make sure that we have food for the hubby to eat as well so he won't go hungry! LOL I know I'll get it all done. I am 'Queen of Lists' when it comes to planning.

Thanks for all the support and love you guys and gals show on a daily basis here. It is the BEST knowing I have so many people supporting and praying for me. God is so good ... ALL THE TIME!

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3TWINS 7/25/2008 8:45AM

    Wow! I just found your page. I am praying that all goes well with your surgery. I have a daughter in her 30s who is over 300 pounds and thinks she can't lose weight. I have to get her to join Spark and see what you and others are doing. You deserve flowers.
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MSRHEI 7/23/2008 12:40PM

    I wish you all the best and applaud your decision to take responsibility for your health and make a decision AFTER attempting to lose weight on your own. My oldest is 26 and had the surgery about 6 years ago. She failed to do the pre and post counseling that was suggested and although she has maintained the weight loss she is about as unhealthy as can be (this is not to discourage you but to encourage you as you are doing it the RIGHT way). I wish every day that she had taken the route that you have chosen. Had she made an attempt to lead a health lifestyle prior to surgery it would have been easier for her now. She ate all the wrong foods and practiced an unhealthy lifestyle of drinking and cigarette smoking (after being warned to stop) and ended up back in surgery a year ago to have a by-pass resection and necrotic tissue removed. You think after a week on life support and a near death experience she would change. No such luck. I wish you all the best I really do. I wish my daughter would join Spark. Even though she is no longer overweight she could be inspired by someone like yourself and maybe even change her ways. I've known many people who've had the surgery who not only look remarkable, they have maintained a health lifestyle over the years. You are going to be one of those I just know it. Your journey is one to be admired and respected. Good Luck......

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PICKIE98 7/22/2008 4:18PM

    I just saw your pic and article on th site,, you are so movtivated,, I know how it is,, my docs hgave me three eyars to live before my lifestyle change,, many health challenges, organ damage, but I am determined,, Ihave lost 62 pounds since last august,, got 90 to go,,

My freind had the MGB (mini gastric bypass done and she only needed to lose 85 pounds!!!,, she is really tiny boned, short,, not me,, I am built like my dad's side of the family,,
anyway, what I am trying to say is: You have been putting one foot in front of the other, tried many things, have done well, but when it is just not enough, you have explored other ways!!! Good for you honey!!

I will keep you, your family, but most of all, the surgeons and post-op caretakers in my daily prayers!
Just keep smiling, keep a sense of humor, and be very patient with yourself!! You are worth it kiddo!!
Your fellow sparker, Lin

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TRANSPORTER89 7/22/2008 4:06PM

  Im glad to read that :) Im sure you will be able to get that done
Good luck with everything, now the only issue will be time ticking slowly till august 4th. emoticon emoticon

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