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Friday, October 17, 2008

Got a call from my primary today. The result of the PT-INR done yesterday was not good. I have dropped from 1.4 to 1.0 and they want me to be at 2.0-3.0. After some thinking I believe it dropped because of my bariatric vitamins. Vitamin K can affect the Coumadin levels and there is 120 mcg of vitamin K in my vitamins. UGH! He increased my Coumadin and I have to go to the clinic on Tuesday to have my level checked again. I just want OFF that stuff, period.

Did my quarter mile walk and the majority of it I was walking aerobic steps which means I was actually burning fat the entire time I was doing that. According to my pedometer that was for at least 11 mins. Wow! In addition to that track walk, I also walked another quarter mile plus today. Slowly but surely I will get there, where ever that is! LOL

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L8BLUMER 10/19/2008 12:00PM

    I'm sure you and your doctors will get the coumadin vitamin k issues figured out soon.

I am so proud of you for your walking! You're doing awesome, Karon. Keep it up cuz you're inspiring me.

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BTRFLYMOM84 10/18/2008 3:38PM

    I hear you about the Coumadin. It is most likely the vit. K. There are all other kinds of medications that can screw with Coumadin, or vice versa. I'm on it for the rest of my life, so believe me I know where you're coming from.

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SYNCHRODAD 10/17/2008 11:57PM

    "There" is where you will be when you walk one mile. A new "There" will be at 2 miles. All the lovely things that will happen to you, the smaller you, the faster you, the stronger you will happen as you get to each "there" in the line of goals on the ever increasing horizon. There is an end to the horizon, it is the "there" of maintenance mode, of feeling really good, of moving gracefully and easily, of being able to hike a long way in a national park looking at God's beauty. You will know when you get "there." Little steps for now, little "theres" now, big steps later.

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CAREWREN 10/17/2008 7:56PM

    Yes, that's right--you will get there. You're doing great!

I hope the drop is due to the Vit. K so that the mystery is solved.

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Home Again

Monday, October 13, 2008

I am finally home again from the hospital. This hospitalization had nothing to do with my surgery per the cardiologist and I'm thankful for that. I had surgery to increase my health, not to make more problems for me.

I feel good. The heparin they had me on via IV caused a problem with my blood platelets. They had to eventually stop it as my platelet level dropped every day I was in the hospital. Once they stopped it, the count started to rise again. I may not be able to have that drug again.

Coumadin level is still lower than they want it to be but the cardiologist said it's rising so slowly he didn't want to keep me in the hospital any longer. Good thing because I was about to go stir crazy and was likely the patient from hell the last two days there. I didn't mean to be but everything just got to me.

So I'm back at home. Got to sleep in my own bed, on my tummy no less. I had to get up about 4:30 because my back was hurting due to not sleeping like that for so long. It's all good.

The doctor released me to go back to work on Weds. I only have to work Weds and Thurs and then will be off for two days so I figure this way I'll ease back into it. I'll try a full week next week. If it's too much, I'm sure I can convince them to let me work half shifts for a week to get back into it. Soon I guess things will be back to normal, whatever that is!

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L8BLUMER 10/17/2008 2:19PM

    Karon, glad you are back home. I was very worried about you.
You're actually going back to work this coming Wednesday? My goodness, you must be recovering very quickly. I couldn't imagine going back right now. Every day seems to bring a great deal of improvement, though, so who knows how I'll feel in a week.

Take care and don't push it, though. I know it's boring at home, but you don't want to push yourself into something that's too much for you.

God bless you and I am so glad you are home!!!!!! emoticon

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SYNCHRODAD 10/15/2008 12:11AM

    Be careful on blood thinners. Body parts bruise easily. If you have not had a history of fibrullations, then it seems that there is a good chance they are the result of body adjustments to your new life and may be a passing event along with the coumadin. Your comment about being too full to eat is certainly a change, i am sure! A good change. Lord Bless You and Keep You and Make his Face to shine upon you and give you Peace.

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SUN_CLAY 10/14/2008 5:00PM

    Karon, I am glad you are back home. I will keep you in my thoughts for a speedy recover. ((((hugs)))))


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In the Hospital

Friday, October 10, 2008

Tuesday afternoon I went to see my surgeon for my four week follow-up. I had felt a little off kilter since Saturday. I thought I just needed an adjustment in my blood pressure meds. He reached out and took my pulse and it was erratic. He had them do an EKG and it was abnormal. He called my primary doc who said to send me to the ER. Got to the ER and they determined I was in atrial fibrillation (a-fib) and I ended up being admitted. I was put on different medications and as of two nights ago my heart rhythm is back to normal. I am still here because I was placed on Coumadin and they need me to be at a therapeutic level before they release me. Hopefully I'll be out of here tomorrow.

Other than that, I've been doing fine. Eating is going well. No issues per the surgeon. I got to add veggies but by the time I get my protein down, I'm full.

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SASSY_QUEEN 10/15/2008 7:43PM

    So glad to see you are doing ok. I remember seeing your page just as you became voted as a motivator...prior the surgery.....I prayed you would do ok through glad you did. Good luck on your journey to health...,mind, body and soul.

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L8BLUMER 10/12/2008 5:45PM

    Karon - I hope you are home now. I will be checking on you once I am back home from my surgery. Please give us an update as soon as you are feeling up to it.

God bless you, angel!


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JUDYSPOSITIVE 10/10/2008 11:22PM

I hope you are doing better and that you will be home soon. Take care of yourself. I'm glad that everyone is taking good care of you.

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CAREWREN 10/10/2008 6:09PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about the a-fib but glad to hear that you are now on the mend. Take care.

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KYRRDIS 10/10/2008 3:24PM

    I'm sorry to hear about the heart problems. I'm glad your docs took quick action!

I hope you have an uneventful recovery.

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Still Searching

Friday, October 03, 2008

Thanks for all the protein comments. I am still searching for one that I like. I did try something I got from finally. It was orange flavored. I made orange crystal lite and added half the packet of powder. It was tolerable but oh so sweet. Next time, I'll use the rest of the bag and add it to the water and see how it is.

I got the high protein ice cream recipes (thanks Ingrid) but haven't tried any of them yet. I got an ice cream maker but am still checking out protein powders. I think I'll get me a small bag (7 servings) of the EAS chocolate and see how I like it. I hated the EAS pre-made shake but am willing to give this a shot. Seems what powder tastes good varies from person to person.

I'm feeling pretty well. Almost no pain now. I do get a "stitch" in my left side from time to time I'll be asking the doctor about on Tuesday when I go for my four week follow-up. And there is still some pulling on the right but it isn't uncomfortable, just annoying. The incisions have all healed except my belly button. That poor belly button now has "love handles" from where they stapled the incision closed. LOL It's the only one that still has scabs but for the drain hole. That one is getting loose on the edges so will likely come off soon.

I'm walking 1/4 mile at least once a day right now. I know I should be walking more, but for planned exercise that is pretty good for me. I'm working on increasing it to 1/2 mile this next week. I'm also doing more incidental walking so all is good. Hopefully, I'll be able to return to my water aerobics classes in a couple more weeks.

The hospital finally located my clothes. They lost them when I had surgery and until yesterday they were nowhere to be found. They turned up yesterday. The hospital had already sent me $100 to replace them and the gal said I could keep the money. So ... I went online to Woman Within (formerly Lane Bryant) and got some pretty good deals. I ordered a blouse, a sweater, two pair of 4X drawstring pants (planning ahead), and a new pair of bike shorts for the pool as the ones I was wearing are difficult to keep up now. I still have a little money left over so will be getting new socks and probably another bra since my old ones are too baggy for me to wear anymore. Sorry fellas who are reading this.

Only other issue is that I've not had a menstrual cycle since August. Should have been here by now and I think that's part of the reason that my weight loss has slowed way down. I also know it's slow because of not getting enough protein. I've said from the get-go of my weight loss journey that protein is key. It's all going to fall into place, I just have to keep my nose to the grindstone and believe in me.

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GEORGIA_KAY 10/4/2008 11:27AM

    Karon, you are doing so wonderfully, wonderfully well! You're doing all the things you should be doing!

I'm proud of you sweetie!


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SYNCHRODAD 10/3/2008 11:17AM

    LOL.!! "Sorry for the fellas that are reading this." Not to worry. Conan also has a couple of pairs of pants that fall down (yea!!!) and need replacement. So good to hear your about your progress. UrbanMommy, get ready to welcome Norakeno.!

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CAREWREN 10/3/2008 10:33AM

    A quarter of a mile is terrific! I have not gone through what you have and I think a quarter of a mile is progress for me!

Lane Bryant is still around. I order from that catalog as well as from Woman Within. Woman Within seems to take longer to send things but I love what they refer to as their "7-Day Pants".

Keep up the good work. I'm mighty impressed! emoticon

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

I have to date tried pre-made shakes like EAS Carb Control and Atkins Advantage. I thought they both tasted pretty awful. I tried bottled Isopure (Apple Melon) and ugh! Had it tasted more like apple and less like honeydew, I may have liked it. I have Blue Raspberry to try and then I give up. I did order some samples from and will try them but I'm discouraged about the protein drinks I've tried this far. Protein is so important at this stage and I know I need to make sure I'm getting what they want me to have. Eventually, when I can eat more, I imagine I'll be fine in getting my protein in but right now ...

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DEBD19581 9/29/2008 6:38PM

    Hi Karon,
Congrats on your surgery,I had LapBand on Aug. 20th 2008.Its resting time for your body its been through hell and needs time to heal, I didnt have as extencive surgery and it took me till now to really be able to get myself to really do some major work outs. I have lost 14lbs since surgery and saw the doc today He said its time for me to Sweat! Oh boy that means excersize MORE! As for the protien drinks, I had a horrible time but did finally find a walmart brand called Equate that is along side the slimfast that I can actually tolarate.It has 10 grams of protien per drink. Also I seen mention of Spanx? What is this?

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NANCYJEAN6 9/29/2008 7:07AM

    Karon, Get them down, this will pass and the more protein, the quicker you will heal. Just do it! Have that sticktudiveness!!
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Nancy emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POPTART44 9/28/2008 3:28PM

    Hi Karon,
Do you have a Costco near you? I purchased a big bag of EAS chocolate protein mix at our Costco on the advice of a friend who had WLS 6 years ago....I make mine with 1/2 a banana and milk and I really like it. I drink half of my shake mid-morning and half in the afternoon. I had tried a couple of others, Designer Whey (too foamy) and Isopure (didn't like the taste as much but was tolerable). EAS is definately my favorite. My shake helps to get my calorie level up from too low, to the range my surgeon advises for faster recovery and to help combat the fatigue, and of course, it gets my protein levels up where they need to be. I average between 70 - 80 grams of protein every day!!

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CAREWREN 9/28/2008 2:54PM

    Whey protein powder makes a great drink mixed with water, flavoring, and any number of other things--fruit, milk instead of water, etc. It tastes as good as the things you put in it.

It sounds like you are doing great. Your story is truly amazing--and inspiring.

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WHOZIT110 9/28/2008 11:56AM

    Hi Karon, welcome to your new life! It sounds like you're progressing well! The puree stage is SO BORING but luckily it doesn't last forever, and eventually it will be behind you. I'm a little less than 3 months out and I feel NORMAL again, eating a large variety of foods but still tired enough of yogurt and cottage cheese that I'm not eating them.

Look at Eggface's blog -- The World According to Eggface @blogspot - for some really inspirational post-op eating ideas. You can definitely be eating protein ice cream right now - it is delicious (I like to make it using the Lean Desserts protein powders, available at vitalady) and wls friendly. I use unsweetened vanilla soy milk to make it -- you have to look a little harder to find it but it's worth it (I get mine in the "Natural Foods" section of the grocery, NOT in the refrigerated milk section).

Also check out the Syntax Nectar protein powders -- taste pretty darn good when mixed with crystal lite. When I was early on I had a very hard time drinking enough to finish a whole protein drink - don't be discouraged, it will come!

Do not be discouraged! Protein drinks are very individual and not everyone likes the same ones! Do not give up! Keep trying different varieties (samples are the way to go) until you find "yours." You will! emoticon

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BLSANDERS1 9/28/2008 9:40AM

    Hang in there. Before my surgery I went online and downloaded a bunch of protein shake recipes using the Protein Whey chocolate and vanilla powders since I had heard they were so yucky. I have not been able to start using them however, so I cannot tell you if they worked yet, but I am anxious to try them.

I did try the Proteinex and that stuff was horrible!! I wished hadn't spent so much on that!!!

I've been sticking to my "cherry flavored" protein drink with 23grams of protein for 8 ounces. I have 3 of those a day along with my "clear" liquids so I am getting 69 grams of protein a day. I don't know what else to do. Can't wait to start full liquids!

Keep us updated on what else you find that is good or yucky.


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