Friday, April 29, 2011

5 days to go!

Well, I am at 5 days left already! These past few days have flown by! I have been spending much of my time working overtime at work to try and make up for the few days I am going to miss next week. Chris and I also went to the grocery store last night and I got a multitude of items to chose from for after my surgery (as well as chewable kids vitamins and liquid calcium).

On top of that grocery trip (that lasted FOREVER) I have not had caffeine ALL WEEK (and it kind of sucks)! I decided I should do that now instead of after surgery so I don't have headaches on top of trying to heal. I really only had one bad headache on Tuesday morning but I think that was more because the night before I had some major stomach issues and had to throw up. It was way awful and I'm still not sure why I was pukey. A few people asked if it was nerves but it definitely was not. I think I just ate something that wasn't as good as it should have been. Either way, it totally hindered my sleep that night and I was WHOA tired and I think that gave me the headache. Overall, no caffeine hasn't been terrible but I do miss my Diet Coke. :( I have still been drinking pop, just Sprite and Root Beer. I will probably do just water the rest of the week until my surgery to get acclimated to that as well.

I found a little notebook I am going to use for my food and activity journal yesterday. It's small, but meh. Once I get released to do more than walk for exercise Chris and I are going to start working out together at Anytime Fitness. I'm kind of excited but worried about fitting it in to my day. I work OT until 6 almost everyday and by the time I work 9 hours I'm usually too tired to do much else. D: I will find a way to fit it in though...I have too! I have a "secret" goal of losing all or most of the weight I want to lose in the first year (which is about 100-135 pounds). This is mostly because I don't want to wait forever to have kids! I'm ready to get this ball rolling and get on with everything I have planned! This is pretty much my motivation for sticking with everything and not slacking off! I also have a great support system of family and friends that are NOT going to hound me whenever they think I'm eating something I shouldn't be (*hint, hint*).

Well, I'm super tired and I have a wedding party to help with tomorrow morning (YAY FOR ELIZABETH), so I'm going to bed!

<3
Erin

Friday, April 22, 2011

Pre-op fun!

Alrighty kids! Wanna hear about my pre-op fun from the last 2 days? You got it!!

Thursday
Thursday was my pre-op class. My mom went with me (bless her) because Chris had class that morning. We left the house at 7am in order to get to the hospital by 8:30 (keep in mind it only takes 45 minutes to get to Carmel from Muncie, but it was morning rush hour and yeah, it sucks that badly). We made it there by 8:15 and I was the first person to sign in...score! I filled out MORE awesome paperwork and did a questionnaire thingy and we waited...and watched people show up and then they took my weight and my picture (yikes! Totally wasn't expecting that! Yay for always getting my pics taken in tiedyes, lol)....then we waited some more...and some more. We FINALLY went upstairs at around 9:30ish. There were about 8 of us in the class total. All women.

At the very start of the class we were informed the class would NOT be until 4:30 (YAY) and would hopefully be done by lunch! (Double score!) First we went over the importance of protein and vitamins and getting in your liquids. Then we talked about the importance of walking, walking, walking! I will be up and walking within 2 hours of my surgery and every 1-2 hours after that for the first 2 weeks of my surgery. The main reason for this in the beginning is to prevent blot clots in my legs. It is also the only form of exercise I can do until I am released from the doctor to do something more strenuous. (Which will likely not be until I go back for my 1-month check-up.) After we talked about walking we went over the food phases for after surgery. They also included a grocery list in our little binder of information. I was very happy about this! After going over food we talked about the actual surgery day process from when we got there to when we would go home (VERY helpful). This is where I learned something truly AWESOME. I do not have to do any kind of pre-op diet! (For those of you that aren't familiar with WLS surgery, many doctors require 1-2 weeks of a liquid diet to help the patient shrink their liver. This is mandatory for the more complicated procedures but not also so for LapBand.) I was pleasantly surprised by this, but I do NOT plan on going all out of my last week of eating before the band. The day before surgery I will eat light and probably just do liquids for dinner. Then I can't eat or drink anything until after my surgery. We also went over medication instructions, types of vitamins and supplements, protein powders, and some other stuff I'm sure I'm forgetting. Once they (the dietitian and the nurse) finished all they had to say we asked some questions and I went to Dr. Diaz's actual office to talk about FMLA stuff and ask a few questions. By the time we were done, it was only 11:30am! I was soooo glad (and so was my mom)! So my mom went home and Chris showed up shortly after.

After Chris picked me up, we went to the dealership where we got my car and had it checked over and got it an oil change in anticipation of our May trip to KY for my friend Alex's wedding (which I am in!) We borrowed his mom's car and went to eat lunch and then hung out at the dealership for a bit until our car was done. Once it was done, we drove around Indy for 2 HOURS in evening rush hour trying to get across town to see his dad and his super awesome (ex) step mom. So not fun (the traffic I mean). So we hung out with them, ate dinner with Chris's mom and I happily went to bed at 10pm.

Friday
This day (today) started at 6 am. Um, yuck. After a sleepless and uncomfortable night, we headed back to the hospital and got there at around 7:15 (had to be there by 7:45). I am always early, just so ya know. And since I've been married, I am always REALLY early, lol. I checked in and waited a bit to get called back. Chris ran down and got something to eat (lucky!) beforehand. Once they called me back I got to give blood and pee in a cup. YAY for giving blood at 8am! After that we got taken to another part of the hospital for the rest of my testing.

First up, was the dreaded upper GI test and chest x-ray. They did the chest x-ray and then I got to drink the EVIL fuzzy pop rocks and amazingly gross barium solution (think of a room temperature, super thick, chalky, practically tasteless milkshake. It took all I had to not puke it up, for realz. Then I got to lay and roll around on a creepy 'bed' while Chris giddily watched my insides on the screen. He especially liked watching the computer while I drank the colder, thinner, still not tasty second cup of barium yuck. Once that was over I drank some water (sweet relief!) and got ushered to the waiting area yet again. After about 3 minutes I was called back to do my EKG and PFT (pulmonary function test). I very nice lady (a respiratory therapist) did these 2 tests and showed me how to use my incentive spirometer (IS). This is a plastic thingy that you use to help expand and exercise your lungs. It helps prevent pneumonia after surgery. I have to start practicing with it now, 10 times in a row a few times a day and likewise after surgery and for 2 weeks after I get home. After that, Chris was brought back to join me and we started our meeting with the surgical nurse. She basically just went over the process we will do on surgery day and asked me MORE questions about my medical history. She was also very nice. After that meeting we were done and sent on our way! This was all over by around 9:45! I was shocked how fast and smoothly everything went! It was great!

After this we got on the road, got some food, picked up Roxie (my dog) from my sister's house, and then I went home and changed and went to work. (Ugh) I got a 5 Hour energy shot to hold me over and went to work from about 12-5. Longest. Day. Ever!

So there you have it, my last 2 days in a nutshell. My surgery is in T-minus 12 days! I am so excited and so ready! After researching this surgery since 2008, I feel like this is SUCH a long-time coming. Chris will get to come with me to my surgery! YAY!!! He took his morning final already so he can be with me :) He will have to go back later that evening for his night class final and his final on Thursday, but I am glad he will be there when I go in and when I wake up. My mom is going to come down in my surgery day too and probably take me home on Thursday. I luff her!

Ok people, I'm outta here! Happy Good Friday, Earth Day, and Easter!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

So many questions...

...so little time! (Sorry for confusing anyone with my layout change! I got bored one day!)

I got a phone call on Friday evening from the doctor's office about my pre-op testing. Apparently, I have been scheduled to do that on the 22nd. (The day after my all-day nutrition class.) I have very mixed feelings about this, mostly because I wasn't told about it until the lady called to ask me questions about it! Sadly, I know these things happen at doctor's offices so I'm trying to not be annoyed. For those of you that don't know, the pre-op testing consists of an upper GI, an EKG, a pulmonary function test, blood work, and a chest x-ray. I was going to try to possibly get testing done at my office, but I figured since it was so close to my surgery it would be safer to get it all done in one day at the same place where I know they will get my results in on time.

I'm getting more excited thinking about the pre-op testing. I have a lot of questions still though for the people at the Dr. Diaz's office about the whole process. I haven't gotten my 'this is how things happen' packet yet, so I feel a little in the dark. I need to ask her if I can fax FMLA paperwork to them to get it filled out before my doctor's appointments, or at least by the time I get there on Thursday. Especially since I have that 1/2 day appointment on Friday now. (I have a feeling it will take more than 1/2 a day though. I'm really hoping I don't get any repercussions for having to take Friday off too. I will probably go in on Saturday and try to make it up and get some of my work done.) I also have to ask about when I'm supposed to start the liquid diet, when/if I need to stop taking my medications, how long the surgery will and how long I will be in the hosp (as in, if I need to stay overnight since my surgery is at 12:30 in the afternoon), and I need to ask if I have to take out my nose ring. I have read some places that don't make them take out the jewelry that doesn't get in the way, but I feel like I won't be so lucky. I may try to get one of those plastic-y ones for the surgery. So much to find out! I have it all written down to ask her when I call her on Monday. Hopefully, she will call me back that same day. (Although I won't hold my breath because, again, I know how doctor's offices work.)

My mom is going with me to the nutrition class on Thursday so my husband can go to class. (His semester is almost over, yay!) And he will go with me to all my pre-op testing. The only thing that sucks about my surgery date is that his is finals week! I feel bad, but I know we can work around it. I tried to tell him it wasn't a big deal if he couldn't be there, but he wasn't having any of that conversation. I think he is just going to try to take his finals for that day earlier in the week, or the week before. I hope his teachers understand (from what I understand, they kind of have to since it will be FMLA) and cut him some slack. I won't lie and say I don't care if he comes to my surgery or not (I will be sad) but his finals are too important! I hope he can take them early just for his sake. I know if he takes them that day he will be too worried about me to concentrate (bless him).

On top of all this, my allergies are going NUTS! My sinuses are having a head-pounding party 24/7 and have been for the last 5 freakin days! I have been taking generic Claritin D but I'm hoping to get off that by tomorrow. I don't want to be on any more medications than I have to before my surgery. I don't want anything to cause problems and push my date back! Oi. SO MUCH INFORMATION.

Oh! And I did also realize that I should probably put some 'before' pics up soon. As soon as the husband and I get some free time, we will be doing that and I will post some pics of myself (so NOT excited for this).

Anywho, sorry for the rambling!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

It's happening!!!

As of this afternoon I have a surgery date!!! I called and left them a message on my lunch break and around 2 o'clock I got the call! WHY didn't I do that yesterday! lol Oh well.

My surgery will be Wednesday, May 4th at 12:30 pm! I'm sooo excited I can't even believe it! It's finally starting to feel real!

I have an 8-hour nutrition class next Thursday...oh boy! I'm sure it will be full of things I already know and a lot of things that I don't know. I also have to get some blood work done, but I'm hoping I can get that done at my work office instead of having to go all the way to Carmel ... then I wouldn't have to miss any work! Yay for not wasting PDOs!

I'm so thrilled and it took all I had to not shout it from the rooftops when I got the call at work!

Ok, I'm off of here! I just wanted to give my awesome update!

<3
Erin

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Fat girl...little booth

So, after reading a few blogs, and since I'm (hopefully) close to getting a band date, I've decided to make "things I'm looking forward to" list, these will probably all be NSV (non-scale victories). A lot of WLS (weight loss surgery) bloggers do it and I think it would be a good idea for me to follow suit. So, here it goes. (These are in no particular order and not even close to everything I am excited about being able to do.) I can't think of what to call this list yet, so it will just be a lonely list for right now. Feel free to make suggestions :)

1. Not worry about if I am going to fit in booths at restaurants (per my blog title)
2. To shop at regular (and affordable) clothing stores
3. To feel comfortable in my own skin again and around other people
4. To not worry what other people think of me when I meet them for the first time
5. To walk with my dog and be able to keep up
6. To swim
7. To not be so concerned about food and wonder if people are watching me eat
8. To exercise without hurting for the wrong reasons
9. To not be so miserable when it's hot(!!)
10. To wear heels, at least for special occasions

That's all I have so far. There are, of course, many others but they are more personal and I don't wish to share them. Some these things my seem simple, or even sad, but they are all true. When I was at my smallest, I was already experiencing almost all of these things. I can't wait to experience them again and feel normal! While I will probably always feel like the fat girl (if only on the inside) and talk about myself as such, I know I won't feel like I do now and I will be a much happier, care free, less anxious person.

C'mon band date!!! I hope to get a phone call on Monday to schedule my appointment. Right now, they are still scheduling for late April/early May. Here's hoping it will still be that way when they call me!



Friday, April 1, 2011

Vacation?!

No, not vacation for me, sadly. No, it's vacation for the (apparently) ONE woman that does scheduling for Dr. Diaz's office! W.T.F. She will be out of the office April 1-10! UNFAIR! I called them today and the office was already closed. I will be calling again on Monday to see if anyone else does the scheduling and hopefully they can fit me in. Cross your fingers for me!!!

Also, for my news I hinted to in the previous post...As of Monday I am officially a full-time employee at my job! I have worked there for 2 years now and have been trying to get full-time for almost a year now! I am cross training in another department in order to get my full-time status but it is well worth it! Now, I can have vacation time and holiday pay!!! YAY!!! I'm not taking the benefits because I am already on my husband's TriCare and it's way better anyway. :)

Well, that's about all I have to say right now. I'm driving to my aunt and little cousin to TN tomorrow to see my other cousin and I'm pretty excited! I love road trips and I don't get to drive on the highway very often now that I'm married, so YAY for road trips!

Here's hoping you hear from me next week!