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Surgery Time

Friday, September 05, 2008

My surgery is on Monday Sept 8th at 2 PM. I sure wish it was earlier in the day but I didn't get to choose the time. I have to be at the hospital about noon. I'm still having a hard time believing this is going to happen.

I'll check in as soon as I feel up to it to let everyone know how it's going.

  
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QUILL_GIRL 9/8/2008 8:43AM

    OMG....Karon, all the best for you today. I just happened to check in here to see how you are, and seen you're post. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!! emoticon

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JUDYSPOSITIVE 9/7/2008 9:32PM

    Karon,
Good luck tomorrow, I will be thinking of you! Take care of yourself and when you are able let us no how things go, don't rush it, we will all be here for you.
Judy

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REDIS279 9/7/2008 3:45PM

    You are in my prayers. May you have peace.

Blessings,
Becca

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REBECCAGIRL1969 9/6/2008 9:41PM

    I will be holding you in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you much success and a speedy recovery! emoticon

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SALLY_THAT_GIRL 9/6/2008 4:38PM

    Best wishes for you on your surgery! emoticon

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BLSANDERS1 9/6/2008 11:41AM

    It will be over before you know and you will be updating us on how well it went! Have faith - sleep in on Monday and then it won't seem as long of a wait. I am looking forward to hearing how well you did. Keep smiling! emoticon

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KITT52 9/6/2008 4:05AM

    I'm prayer for you Karon...best of luck.


Kitt

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AMHEALTHY 9/6/2008 12:15AM

    good luck !!

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MOJO-REAL 9/5/2008 11:30PM

    I'll be having a birthday lunch with my 94 year old mother but I will pause and think of you. I promise.

Be well and I'll look forward to reading your blog when you get back on-line.

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Results of most recent doctor appointment

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

My doctor was pleased with the weight I've lost since I last saw him about 2 months or so ago (a total of about 16 pounds). I told him it had been more but when my original surgery was cancelled I ate my way back up about ten pounds before I got a grip and got back in the swing. He chuckled and said he understood. The thing is, I honestly do think he 'gets it.' He is so supportive and I feel blessed to have a doctor like him.

He re-took my BP as it was a little up when the nurse took it. She took it in my right arm and usually they use my left. She also took it just after I stepped up to get on the table (why don't they have tables that you can just sit down on like my cardiologist) and the whole table tipped and I almost fell. When the doctor took it, it was just fine! He said he'd call over the report of our visit today (Weds.) and make sure that the hospital gets the lab results for the bloodwork he had done after our appointment. Lastly, he said he'd see me on Tuesday! No more hurdles or obstacles ... just my own thoughts and emotions followed by the surgery. I can hardly believe it's almost here.

  
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SYNCHRODAD 9/4/2008 12:54AM

    I have a friend who is someplace above 400. He has such difficulty that moving 10 steps makes him out of breath. My prayer is that I can send a special terrific success story to him; Your success story. Blog us when you can. You are on my calendar for prayer.
Lord, give this fighter success above all she can ask or think. In the name of Jesus, I ask it. So be it!

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REDIS279 9/3/2008 4:54PM

    Here's another Rebecca keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Blessings,
Becca

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REBECCAGIRL1969 9/3/2008 4:31PM

    Congratulations! I will renew my prayers for you. Sixteen more pounds lost! Hip hip hooray! Yea! And now you are getting scheduled for your surgery afterall. Wonderful. Keep us posted.

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Cardiology Results and New Surgery Date

Friday, August 08, 2008

Just back from the cardiologist and it was exactly as I knew it would be. There is NOTHING wrong with my heart. I have not had a heart attack. I am just FINE! I could have had my surgeon and my surgery and been recuperating right now. But ... everything happens for a reason.

That said, I called the surgeon's office and the earliest she can get me back on the schedule is September 8th so it's another month of waiting for me. I don't think that's fair but then life isn't fair. Being a spiritual person, I'm pretty sure I'm starting to figure out part of the why when I looked at my calendar. It's disappointing and I'm not giving up. I'm not giving up on my surgery nor am I going to take back my committment I've made to something near and dear to me at church. I am going to win!

I will continue on the diet, somewhat, but will likely not be quite as careful about the dinner meal. I don't want to regain what I've lost but I think my body is going into starvation mode as the scale hasn't changed in a few days. Changing things up for the next couple weeks before restarting the pre-op diet may be just what my body needs.

I'm trying to look at this how everyone else will tell me to see it. I still get to have surgery. I now know my heart is fine. It's better to be safe than sorry. I really don't care. The disappointment of having to wait so long is still here. I know it's selfish and stupid but it is what it is and I am who I am.

There is a slim chance the surgery date could be moved up but I'm not holding my breath. The surgeon is out of town next week and the schedulerer said she'd talk to him the following Monday when he returns. If he agrees to do the surgery on a Thursday instead of a Monday, I may get in a little sooner. We'll see. Right now I'm planning on Sept 8.

  
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L8BLUMER 8/24/2008 12:42PM

    I guess I should have started to read at the latest entry, so you can ignore my previous entry after reading 8/2's entry, sorry. I am so glad you are all right and you have a new date for surgery.

I have my nutritionist appt. tomorrow and am continuing to try to lose the remaining 15 pounds dr. wants me to get off before surgery. I am okay with waiting because I keep learning more things about recuperation, etc. and I figure the more I know, the better. I haven't been waiting nearly as long as you have, though, so I can understand your anxiousness. September 8 will be here before you know it and then you'll be on to your new life!!! HUGS!

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NANCYJEAN6 8/15/2008 11:56AM

    Karon, You are doing great on you weight loss, I know how you feel about having your surgery date changed, I was suppose to have mine in June, then my surgeon had become ill, and had to have surgery himself, and is out till January of 09, so I had to go with another Dr. in the pratice there at the Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY so they pushed me from June to Sept. 30th that was such a great disappointment, but as you said everything happens for a reason, so I just press on towards that day. Keep trying to loose in the meantime. 22 more days not to bad, time fly's lately anyhow!!
I will keep you in my prayers.
God bless you during this time of new life and new birth for you.
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JUDYSPOSITIVE 8/12/2008 6:51PM

    Karon,
Glad to hear things are okay. Won't be long now, it would be nice if they could move the date ahead for you, but if not at least you still have the date in September. I wish you luck and I know how important this is to you. I'll be watching for more news.
Judy

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REBECCAGIRL1969 8/9/2008 4:13AM

    Wow! That's so great that it wasn't a heart attack after all! I will till be praying for you for a safe surgery outcome and continued success afterwards.

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Update

Monday, August 04, 2008

Okay ... Thanks everyone for your support and encouragement. I know that this is just the latest speed bump in my journey. I have moved beyond it and accepted it knowing that the surgery will happen in God's time and not my own. There is a reason this has happened and in time I may even find that out.

I have an appointment for the first part of the 'cardiolite' stress test tomorrow morning. The second part will be on Thursday morning and I meet with the cardiologist on Friday afternoon to discuss the results. They stressed over and over again that I MUST be under 400 lbs to have this test. Funny, I had this same test two years ago and weighed at least 425 lbs and they did it no problem. At any rate, my scale weighed me at 390.5 today so even if their scale adds 5 lbs (which just about every scale in that hospital does), I should be fine. It just irritates me that she said it about six times during our conversation!

I've alerted the surgeon's off of all the appointment times and dates. The cardiology office suggested they may put me back on the schedule with a cancellation clause in case. I had to leave a message at the surgeon's office and we'll see what happens. I'm betting they won't schedule me until they have the clearance but we'll see.

That's where I'm at. I took tonight off work since I have the stress test early in the morning. I also took of the night before part two for the same reason. Thankfully, I had two sick days I could use for this part which still leaves my vacation and donated sick time in place for the surgery itself. So ... wish me success and pray there is really wrong with my heart. Not only would it affect my surgery but it would really mess with my mind.

  
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BOUDICA26 8/8/2008 1:55PM

    Hello! I hope all turns out well and you are able to have your surgery. You have made such amazing progress and are truly an inspiration. emoticon

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BLUEYESHINING 8/6/2008 9:27PM

    My thoughts and prayers be with you . I hope you get your appoint reset soon and you don't have to continue to jump thru hoops you have already been thru. But so true that everything happens for a reason , unbeknownst to us.

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JUDYSPOSITIVE 8/4/2008 11:52PM

    Hi Karon,
Just checked on your posts. So sorry for the cancellation, but at least their taking good care of you and making sure everything is okay. I think of you often and wish you all the best. Keep being positive, this is what you want and once things are approved things will happen.
Judy

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SOFIE! 8/4/2008 9:58PM

    Hi Nora,

I happened to pass on by your blog and want to take a moment to tell you that you are one tough cookie to make it this far. You're in my thoughts right in this very moment, and I wish you luck with your test and upcoming surgery. Persistence is key, and you seem to have that. Congratulations so far and stay positive!

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MARATHONMOM262 8/4/2008 4:57PM

  I just ran accross your sparkpage. I wanted to send you my best wishes that your tests turn out fine and you can get your surgury scheduled. I am so impressed with the progress that you have made so far! You are very motivating to me...your progress pictures and story are awesome! Again best wishes.

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Surgery Cancelled

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Totally devestated right now. Got a call from my doctor. Surgery is cancelled for now. Something not right in my EKG so I have to have a stress test before anything else. Said the EKG shows I've had a heart attack since my last surgery. Huh? You'd think I'd know if I had a heart attack. I am very disappointed. Now my surgeon is not going to do the operation. When this is all behind me it will be his partner to do the surgery. I can't say anything else right now as the tears are coming on again. I know it's just a bump but it's one I didn't need right now.

  
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L8BLUMER 8/24/2008 12:34PM

    Norakeno, I'm so sorry I didn't realize what was going on till I saw your sparkpage this morning. I understand that it must be a severe shock when you were all geared up for the surgery. I would be devastated myself to have this news, especially if they told me I'd had a heart attack and I didn't even realize it. It surely must have been a mild one if you didn't even know you'd had it, do you think? Anyway, there are reasons they are so careful with you, and if anything, you'll be safer if they know exactly what shape your heart is in before surgery.

When is your stress test?
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FOZZIE39 8/4/2008 2:16AM

    thankfully they found that you may have some heart issues. Better to find it now than during surgery or after surgery. Things happen for a reason and when the time is right you will be able to have the surgery. My gosh the progress you made without the surgery is a huge inspiration to me. Keep taking care of yourself.

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REDIS279 8/3/2008 3:20PM

    Oh Karon, my heart grieves for you. What terrible news after you've geared yourself up for the surgery.

Keeping you in my prayers.
Becca

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WHOZIT110 8/3/2008 9:06AM

    How very disappointing for you! However, the other folks are right - it's a good thing they found this. The name of this game is making your life better, we don't want you to die on the table trying. This, too, shall pass. You're still on the road - it's the very same road you've been on - and it hasn't gotten any longer, it's just changed some. emoticon

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REBECCAGIRL1969 8/2/2008 8:44PM

    This must be a very difficult time for you. But it is very possible that you DID have a heart attack, and it's a good thing for you that they caught that on the EKG! This may be a blessing in disguise. Please remember that only good doctors will keep your safety and the risks in mind when considering you for surgery. A doctor who only cares about the bottom line will consent to doing the surgery. Maybe this is God's will for you. Maybe you aren't strong enough to survive. Please don't let it get you down. You have come SO FAR. Keep up your hard work and ask the doctor what he suggests you do, and if there is anything you can do to get healthy enough for the sugery. Pray and ask God to help you through this time. His will for you is perfect. emoticon

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MUSTANGMISSY 8/2/2008 7:06PM

    So sorry to hear that but maybe it's a good thing that they want to make sure that your heart is strong enough for the surgery. Don't let this stop you, you've made such awesome progress. ((HUGS))

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