Thursday, July 12, 2012
Thank you Sparkpeople for still being here for me. I think this time around will be a more slow process than the last time was. The last four years have not been good for me at all health-wise.
I had very large ovarian tumors (was a cancer scare) which called for a complete hysterectomy in 09. They cut me from about 2 inches above my belly button all the way down...one of the tumors was as large as a basketball. The anesthesia made me really sick and i puked for days...weakening the internal sutures and stitches. My blood pressure was also thru the roof while I was in the hospital, so I started meds for that soon after surgery. Taking care of my mother-in-law too soon after surgery and being so sick after surgery caused incisional hernias.
In 2010, I was back in the hospital to have the hernias repaired. They fixed me from the belly button down with mesh and I had that to get over. I lost my job, but that was probably the best thing that came out of it, because my job was entirely too stressful. I had a different job within a week of losing the other one. My new bosses are very appreciative and actually took me on a Caribbean Cruise in December of that year.
Last year, I was still taking care of my husband's mother and still packing on the pounds. I started feeling more bulging in my belly....this time above my belly-button. The part they didn't repair was also coming undone.... My mother-in-law's state of health had become worse also and it got to the point that she had to be put in assisted living. She passed in December.
Another trip to the doctor ended up with me on cholesterol meds and another appointment to see the surgeon. I had lathroscopic hernia surgery on May 10 of this year....I had 11 incisions in my abdomen and was in the hospital for 4 days. It took 6 weeks for the soreness to go away and the first couple of weeks, the pain was almost unbearable. But, thankfully, I am feeling much better now and do not look quite as pregnant as i did before.
When I went to doctor 1 week out from my surgery, I weighed 257 pounds. I started watching my food intake and it took almost 2 months to lose 12 pounds...but even at that I still could not get my mojo back....until I went to doctor to get my liver function checked from being on the cholesterol meds for 3 months.
They called me a couple of days later and said I needed to come in for an A1C test to check my blood sugar over the past 3 months....and I guess that was finally my wake-up call....
I have to do this for me and my family....My first grandbaby will be a year old next month...my son is getting married next month and expecting his first baby in January....i want to be around for them....and I sure don't want to be a hypertensive diabetic, heart-attack waiting to happen. My hips hurt, my feet hurt, I feel like crap all the time...and it is time to do something about it.
Going back and looking at where I was and how I got there in 07 and 08 makes me want to cry....I really worked hard and then just let it all go. I can't do that again. I have the power to make my health and my life better... and that is what I intend to do.