Sunday, January 31, 2010

It's a new day

My surgery is scheduled for February 8th!! I am so excited to begin this new chapter of my life. I have several goals for after this surgery. Beside the weight loss which I am so excited about, I am also looking forward to being healthy again. I no longer want to take medicine for blood pressure or reflux. I no longer want to have a machine to help me breath at night. I no longer want to have to worry that I won't wake up in the morning. It's a new day. I want to live and be successful and happy and healthy. This is going to be a long, hard road and I am ready.

I attended the nutrition class this past week and we have bought everything we need for my new way of eating. I will be on clear liquids for four days and then a full liquid diet for two weeks. After that I will be on a soft food diet for two weeks and then I will advance to a normal low fat diet. I will get my band filled at 6 weeks post -op. There are a lot of little details and more information regarding the surgery and I will share with any one that would like to email me and ask questions.

I have waited a year and half and it is finally here. It doesn't seem real yet...

Monday, January 18, 2010

Birthday Suprise!!!

I am approved!!!!!
I have finally been approved to receive weight loss surgery!!! After a year and a half of waiting, it has finally happened. This is the best birthday ever!!

My Memory

On January 10th 2010, our family lost a great man. My husband's grandfather, paw paw, passed away in his home with his wife by his side. This past Saturday was his Memorial. Every one had a chance to write their favorite memory to put into the memory box. I couldn't focus enough to write mine down so instead I will put it here.

I got to know Paw paw better when my husband and I moved in with them after our son was born. Paw paw suffered from Alzheimer's. In the two years I lived there, the disease progressed. When I would see him I wasn't quite sure if he remembered who I was.

One day he became very sick so everyone was upstairs helping out, worried that he may have to go to the hospital. During that time he was no longer calling me by name, but I could tell on some days that he would recognize me. He was having trouble getting around so myself and another was helping him into his chair. He was holding my hand as we lowered him down. I put his hand on his lap and turn to go down the hall. I turned around when I heard him say, "Thank you Beth".

He remembered me. I am not even sure if he knew how much that meant to me. That phrase stayed with me as I remember that day very well. We were all so worried about him. He was a great man and will be greatly missed by many.

Crazy Lump Lady Part 2

So everything went really well with the lump removal. I was in no pain until later that night and they provided me with some nice happy pills to combat the pain that night. It was just a cyst so that was a relief. Now we are dealing with possibly some infection from the incision. I am going to the doctor today to check. It really is never ending with this!! For my birthday(which is tomorrow) I want to have one month without having to go to ANY doctor's appointments. I am so sick and tired of this!

In other news, I have finished Summer Sisters and will probably pass that book onto a friend. Now I am reading The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb. I have read his book She's Come Undone and it is another one of my favorites. Check this one out too!!
Our family has had a really rough last couple of weeks with the passing on Hubby's grandfather, so I will dedicate a post to him, coming over the next few days.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Crazy Lump Lady

I am thinking of renaming myself. Ha! In all seriousness, I am having an issues with lumps lately. Last year I had three lumps located under my arm and on my chest. They all resolved with medication. My current lump is under my arm and it is stubborn so it will have to be taken out next Wednesday. Unfortunately it is to deep so I will have to have an outpatient procedure with sedation in the OR. I am not terribly worried after talking to the surgeon today because he said that is just a cyst, but I would welcome any prayers because I am a little anxious about it. We have no real history of Breast Cancer in our family so that is encouraging.

Aside from the lump that is just plain irritating, I have been trying to read more. I find reading relaxing and enjoy it very much. My current book of choice is a favorite of mine and have it read many times. It is written by Judy Blume and called Summer Sisters. I enjoyed her books when I was younger and I enjoy her books now that are geared more for the adult audience. Check it out sometime!