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Two Weeks Post Op

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Had a visit with my surgeon this morning. He surgeon said that the pathology showed the tumor was benign and it just grew. No way of knowing what caused it and hopefully, it will not return. It was pretty solid and he said he got it all. I'm pretty angry that the first doctor was so incompetent and told me losing weight and exercise would help. Tim asked him way back then, over a year ago, about removal via surgery and he hemmed and hawed and said maybe someday I'd want to go that route. I'm still considering a lawsuit but we'll see. I mean, an entire year of that thing growing on my leg, worrying about if it could be cancer, hoping it would start to go away, doing all I could to rid myself of extra water weight, etc.

Tim took new photos today after my doctor appointment. The surgeon removed some of the staples today and said hopefully the rest will come out next week. Some of them hurt like the dickens! Most of them were a little pinch and then nothing. The incision is very tender in a few spots. Near the bend of the knee, one spot is draining. I thought it was bleeding, but he explained it is extra fluids still leaking out and nothing to really worry about. It's normal, he said. I asked about anti-biotics and told him I'm out but he said I was on them for so long he'd like to keep me off of them if possible. He was quite happy with how the incision looks and is healing. Have to continue to shower and clean it daily and keep dressings on it. It's okay that I'm no longer wrapping it since the bandages wouldn't stay where they were supposed to. Matter of fact, he said Tim did an excellent job bandaging my this morning. Yea for Tim! I go back again next Wednesday. I'm still off work until that visit and then we'll see.

The amazing thing is when we got home and I decided to put on pants. It's getting pretty chilly here in Illinios and wearing a dress all the time isn't my style. Not that I didn't look cute as a button in my dresses (thanks to Mary, one of my Sparkfriends) and my bobby socks with gym shoes! *giggling* I put on my usualy black slacks and oh my gosh! I am literally swimming in them. The waist pulls the pants all the way up to my boobs and then some. The legs are big enough that I could probably fit both of my legs into one leg of the pants. I'm thinking this may be the very last time I wear these pants but I'm going to be holding onto them as my before pants when I get to my goal. Simply amazing!

I may put on a pair of the 4X pants I have and a 4X top and have Tim take a new photo tomorrow. After all, I need a new 'before' photo now that I'm ready to start again after a six month lull. Soon as I have one, I'll post it.

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BOOBERRY 11/2/2006 11:43PM

    Hi Karon, Glad to here every thing is going good .I just started read your story here on spark about a week ago .it is so encouraging. I too live in illinios ( cental) and yes its COLD. well good luck on every thing.

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    Sounds like you are doing GREAT! Isn't it a great feeling when the pants are so baggy? I've saved one outfit (just gave away 5 bags of "too big" clothes!) that reminds me of what I was....I too, can pull the waist up, almost to my shoulders. I call it my sleeping outfit. When I take the train to see my son, I can wear it instead of PJ's...and don't have to change clothes to sleep!

Glad to hear you are doing so well. Another miracle of life.

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Progressing Just Fine

Monday, October 30, 2006

I'm making progress post surgery. I am still in very little pain. Matter of fact, I am only taking one pain pill per day and I'm quite happy with that. It is usually just before bed or right when I wake up in the morning. I imagine I'll be able to stop them altogether soon.

The incision seems to be healing well. The wrapping is a royal pain in the arse. We continue to have problems getting the wrap to stay where it needs to stay. It either rolls up from the bottom or slides down from the top. This is the one that's on my thigh. The one on the lower part of the incision, on my calf, isn't a problem. I thought about getting some control top panythose and cutting the legs off, using the tummy control part on my thigh. I don't know that it would work, but I may just give it whirl.

Other than that, things seem to be fine. I am really hoping the staples can come out on Wednesday and there will be no reason to continue wrapping. I'm also ready to get back to work. I'm off without pay and that's going to be a problem eventually. Still taking things one day at a time.

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MAMA1984 11/20/2006 9:35AM

    hi karon i have been thinking of you im so glad that this dr you had took out the tumor. the previous doctor was something for you. i know some doctors shouldnt be doctors. i hope you heal fast . im glad you are loosing so good. i have to start walking. i get so out of breath i know i will have to do little at a time . hugs jacki

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JUDYSPOSITIVE 10/30/2006 10:12PM

    Hi Karon
Glad to hear things are coming along. You have done really well with the pain killers. Won't be long and you will be done with them, but they are there for a reason so use them when you need to.
You are probably going to notice a big difference when you get back to work not having to carry that tumor anymore. Your right about taking things one day at a time, you don't want to rush things and then end up with more problems. Take care and I will check in once in a while to see how your doing.

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Doctor Visit Follow-Up

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

So I went to see my surgeon today for an almost one week follow-up. He was quite pleased with the way things are healing. He took out the drain and I am thrilled. This means I can sleep on my tummy tonight, sleep being the operative word here! I've not really slept since I got home from the hospital and the little bit I did get, was sitting up in a recliner with my foot propped on a footstool.

I can now shower, Halllelujah! My hair is so "bedhead" it isn't even funny. I washed it in the kitchen sink yesterday with the hubby's help, but today it's right back where it was before. The dressing on my staples must be changed daily. That scared me a bit. My older sister, who is a CNA is going to come up to stay with me a few more days to help with that. I'm relieved though I know she really didn't want to make the trip back up. Somehow, we'll make it through.

A few minutes ago the most exciting thing happened to me. I was able to cross my legs at the ankles. Now I know for many that isn't such a big wow but to me, it was AMAZING! I can't even begin to tell you how long ago it was that I could do that. No tumor in the way and it was GREAT! I can hardly wait for the next thing I realize I can do.

Have an appointment next Wednesday and will hopefully get the staples removed then. From there it should be smooth sailing. One thing I will say about the removal of the drain. That HURT! I mean it. It really hurt. That was the most pain I've had through this entire surgical procedure, praise the Lord. If that's the extent of the pain, then I'm one happy gal. My spirits are much improved and I'm rearing to go. Yeehaw!

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ATRANSFORMATION 10/30/2006 11:16AM

    I was surprised when they took the staples out. Didn't hurt anywhere near as much as I expected. Make sure to medicatie yourself an hour before you go...helps a lot to have the pain killers on board.

Sounds like you are doing great. And crossing the ankles is HUGE! And one day ,not too far down the road, you will be able to cross your legs at the knees!

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KITT52 10/29/2006 8:03AM

    karon I just have to add how much you have helped me stay on track and really enjoy my time here on sparkpeople. You have given me the strenghth to go on everyday. Big hugs to you. I hope Tim is doing well too. I also hope that you are walking much better these days and will be back to feeling 100% soon. God Bless you and keep you safe.


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Post Op

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The surgery is behind me now and I'm on to recovery. Though this was not weight loss surgery, I did get a 30 pound loss from it. The tumor (visible in photos on my Sparkpage) weighed 20 pounds and then with the fluid loss, it all totaled up to 30 pounds gone!

The surgery itself took 75 minutes. I was in the recovery room for four and a half hours and in the hospital for two days. I was only supposed to be overnight but had a reaction to the morphine and stayed an extra day. I'm blessed because I've had very little real pain to deal with.

I'm also blessed by the many who stopped by my Sparkpage today and left comments. I've no idea how I was chosen to be featured but it was indeed a blessing for me. So many people telling me how wonderful my story is and how motivating I am for them. I cried to see how many really care. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know you've been.

I am continuing on my journey. Only another 45 pounds to go and I will have lost a total of 200 pounds. I'm on my way and I am going to get there.

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SHERRIELYNN33 10/25/2006 2:59PM

  You are truelly an inspiration. I told my sister (who is around your weight) your motivational story and she started to cry. I asked her why and she said she was done with her excuses and she wanted to take some action in her life, like you had as well. I thank you for sharig with us all your story of life, struggle, recovery and motivation, you really are a blessing. I pray for you and your recovery and know that God has his hands on you and helping you continue on your journey and delivering you extra strength that you might need!!

God Bless!!

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BLACKIE2 10/25/2006 4:08AM

    thanks for the update...

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    Way to go lady! I expect to see some new pics soon! Sounds like you are back on track, re-focused and found the motivation you needed! Hoping you're getting stronger every day during this recovery period!

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BEVIEANN 10/24/2006 10:16PM

    You are one awesome person. I am so inspired to see what you have gone through and are going through an dyet you remain in charge and still losing weight. Surgery is a very difficult way to lose weight but I am sure that you will be feeling much better soon. YOu sound so upbeat about all you have gone through. God bless you for I am sure that it is only Him that can give yout he strength you need to go through such trials as you have gone through.

You have been an inspiration to me. Congradulations on your weight loss and halfway to your goal is an awesome place to be. Just look what you have accomplished.

Take care of yourself. And keep pressing on . You will make it to your goal with the postive attitude that you have portrayed your your blogs.

God bless you


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DAHLIA18 10/24/2006 9:02PM

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery! You must be glad to have the surgery behind you and to be back at home. I'm thinking that you must already feel like a new person after having that tumor removed. I don't know how much it interfered with daily activities, but I am hoping that with it gone everything will seem easier.
Thank you for sharing your incredible story. You are doing a great job, and YES, you will go forward and lose the next 45 to make that 200 pound loss.
Congratulations on all that you have accomplished! I know that you'll reach your next goal, for yourself and for your family!
Keep us up to date on your progress!

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OMEGACENTI 10/24/2006 8:33PM

    Good Luck and God bless!

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The date for surgery is rapidly approaching. I'm all set to go in on Thursday, Oct 19th. I'm not really all that worried about the surgery itself. I believe the Lord will send his angels to watch over me and steady the hands of the surgical team. I'm more concerned about the recovery period. I am a BIG baby when it comes to pain. I know they'll give me something for it but dang that stuff starts to wear off before you can take it again. Guess I'll have to entrust that to the Lord as well.

Got the kitchen set up and ready to go, finally. Got some groceries stocked and will do major shopping on Wednesday. Got a new footstool to prop my leg up on in case my recliner breaks. I've gone through three in a year so it's possible. I'm not going to buy another. This one breaks and I'm done with recliners. I don't even recline them very often!

My older sister is coming to stay with us for a couple days to be sure I can get to the bathroom and such when I get home. She knows the hubby isn't well enough to help me with all of that. I'm very thankful that she's coming. My brother and his wife will sit with the hubby during the surgery. They will go home that same evening, or at least that's the plan for them. I'm thankful the hubby won't have to sit by himself all that time.

I'll be out of commission for a couple days, probably but will update here as soon as I am able to sit and can coherently type.

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DORIJOBE 10/24/2006 5:20PM

    Hi there! My name is Dora and I am new to Sparkpeople. I am 53 and at 5'3inches I weigh in at 234. I am working on getting down to a healthy weight. I saw your profile and you got my attention. I am praying all goes well for your surgery, and that you are in the best of care. God will grant you peace and promises to NEVER LEAVE US OR FORSAKE US.
I will check back later to see how you are doing, ok?

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SPIDER16 10/24/2006 6:03AM

    Hi Karon
You are incredibly courageous and a great inspiration. I hope i can maintain the same positive outlook that you have. I hope your surgery went well and that you have a speedy recovery. You are truely amazing.

Best wishes from your NZ fan, Jude

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