Sunday, August 29, 2010

Comments fixed and an update

For a few weeks now I've noticed that I haven't been getting any comments on my blogs, not that I expect you guys to comment, but ya know it seemed kinda strange. Libby informs me that it wont let her comment, so I had to give up my cute birdie layouts and go back to my original. It isn't too bad, I just like changing things up. Back when Myspace was popular I changed my layout like every week! lol

Update on me: It seems that I am allergic to the steri-strips that they used to hold my cuts together! I have 6 incisions, and all 6 of them are red and bubbled up in perfect squares where the strips were. Some of them even have little blisters!!! And they ITCH like crazy. Its all I can do not to claw my skin off. I try to be good and not itch them to minimize scarring, but it is like chicken pox of the belly. I have been lathering myself in Benedryl cream for a few days now and it helps some, but my shirt rubbing against them all the time does not help!

Yesterday I went to the racetrack to cheer my brother-in-law on (haven't been since surgery) and I got sick. Not like throwing up or anything, but it was headed that way. So me and Ryan got in the truck and sat for about 30 mins in the air conditioning and it made me feel better. I also ate some pudding and it perked me back up. Thank goodness I planned ahead and brought some pudding and mashed potatoes, because I would have been in trouble with that racetrack food!

After the races everyone was hungry (except me - but I thought I was) and the only restaurant open on the way home is a Krystal (it was 1am.) Pre-op Krystal was one of my favorite places. I just loved those little steamed burgers and fries! So I was kinda nervous, being as I am on purees. (Krystal is the southern version of a White Castle)

Well dummy me thinks "Oh I'll get a Chick (little chicken sandwich) and just really chew a couple of bites of the meat. I'll also get a milkshake cause I am cleared for ice cream." I don't know what it was, but SOMETHING did not sit well. I think it was either the 2 fries I snuck, or the heavy cream on top of the shake, but it was uncomfortable. The chicken went down ok. I chewed it like 40 times to puree it in my mouth lol. I should have just stuck with the shake. Next time I will know.

I was a little bummed out that I couldn't enjoy one of my fav places, but when we got home Ryan said "You better be glad you couldn't eat that, because I feel like shit now." and he is right. I would have ate at least 4 maybe 5 Krystal's, fries, and a large coke in my previous life.

So in the end it all works out. I am happier, even if I do have to remind myself every now and then!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

9 Days Out!

Hi All!!!

Well I am 9 days out from surgery and I am doing fantastic! Life is awesome, I'm feeling great and dropping lbs AS WE TYPE/READ! Ok, maybe its not that dramatic, but I have lost quite a bit of weight (or so it seems) since going under the knife. To be specific, I have lost 12lbs since August 18th, and I weighed in at the doctor today at 299.0!!!! So I am also officially <300lbs! I'll NEVER be over 2xx lbs again!!! That feeling is sooooo awesome.

As I mentioned above, I went back to the doctor today for my 1 week checkup and everything is going great. I am on the pureed stage now, and I have to admit, I am not loving it. I am struggling with protein drinks. I can't seem to find one that I like. For now I have been choking down an Isopure a day, but it's getting harder to do since my taste buds are returning and they are just plain NASTY! I swear that the Alpine Punch tastes like skunk juice. You can quote me on that!!!

The only "bad" thing that I have to talk about is my breath. OMG it is horrible!!! Has anyone else experienced this??? I am going to Google it and see what I can do about it. May have to just keep me some breath strips handy all the time, lol!

My birthday is on Saturday, the 28th. I will be 24! I can't believe it. It seems like only yesterday I was turning 18, then 21, and now I'm 24. It's just another sign that this next year is going to be awesome and I will be the happiest I have ever been when I turn 25!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Hospital and Coming Home

Hi all! Well its been a few days since surgery, and I am still alive.

The day of surgery, 8/18, went pretty fast. I don't remember much about it, only that I was really nervous before the surgery. Once the surgery was over I woke up in recovery. I actually had to wait in recovery for 4 hours because they didn't have a room ready for me yet. That was the worse part, just laying there in a room full of other people waking up from surgery, making all kinds of noises and yelling and stuff.

Once I finally got up to my room I was so freaking tired, and all I wanted to do was sleep. I finally dozed off for a little while. I had a pain pump, and that was awesome! I pushed the hell out of that thing the whole time I was in the hospital. I did get nauseous a few times and they had to give me phenegrin, but I didn't ever throw up while in the hospital.

I got discharged on Thursday at 3 p.m. and headed home with my Hubby and mom. The hour drive was pretty rough on my belly, but I made it ok. The first night in bed was straight up awful, I'm not even gonna lie. It hurt so bad to lay flat on my back, so we had to get every pillow in the house to prop me up.

I hoping the next few days will continue to get better as time progresses!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pre-Op Testing - Appointment

Yesterday I had my pre-op appointment at the hospital where they took my blood and I had an Upper GI. the nurse got my vein on the first stick, so I was super happy about that. I have always had a horrible time with nurses drawing my blood.

After the blood work I had to go to Radiology, and boy was it packed!!! I had to wait quite a while, and I was sooooo thirsty. I wasn't really hungry, but I had a case of cotton mouth like you wouldn't believe. So I patiently waited for what seemed like forever, until this cute x-ray technician, Randy, called me back. I was thinking "Great, out of all these old women nurses, I get the ONE FREAKING GUY that just happens to be pretty cute. FML!"

So he gets me back to the room, and asks me if I have on a bra, while looking at my tata's. Uh HELLO! You think these big ol' things just sit here on their own? So I answer him, a bit sheepishly, and he tells me I need to take it and my shirt off and hang them on a hanger and put on this 3 arm hole gown. So I do, and go out there. The Radiologist comes in and gets started. I was all over the table, tossing and turning like a beached whale, and my gown comes open/off, exposing my back fat and my side boob. OMG it was SOOOO embarrassing! I could have died right then.

But anyway, after everything was finally done, my mom and I went to Walmart to purchase me all of my post-op stuff I may need, as well as trying to find some "loose fitting clothing" for me when leaving the hospital. I got almost everything I need, except for a few cold/frozen items and some Isopure. I was going to get a bottle and try it for the first day or so after surgery, when I can only have clear liquids since I need 40g protein a day. I'll have to pick those up at the local GNC this week.

I can't believe that it is really this close! 8 Days!!!!