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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Surgery canceled AGAIN!!!!!

This time it's because our 13 year old daughter flooded our house by stopping up her sink and leaving it running all day.  This is getting to be ridiculous.  We are living in a hotel for at least 10-14 days while the house is repaired.  I have to use my surgery money to pay our huge deductible.  I am overwhelmed. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

New surgery date

August 7th.  That's three days before my birthday.  Back to the 600 calories per day liquid diet for me. :(  The good news is that the hemotologist said I am ok to move forward with surgery.  She will do a FULL blood work-up on me the day before surgery to make sure everything is ok.

Sunday, July 22, 2012


I am having some bruising all over my body over the past 11 days or so since I went off my blood thinner to prepare for surgery.  I need to see a hematologist to find out what's going on before I go under again.  I am bummed.  :(  I intend to try to eat around 1000 calories per day in order to maintain my weight until I can reschedule surgery.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Feeling much better~!

I've heard that the first week of the liquid diet is always the hardest.  I would have to agree.  I am feeling much better and have gone THREE days without a migraine.  :)  Today I had a great family day.  We went to the Library, Costco, and our local downtown area.  I was able to walk around and keep up with everyone just fine.  Trust me when I say there isn't a minute of my life I am not thanking God for the change in my quality of life.  It was surreal to be able to walk around the library for OVER AN HOUR and look at so many book choices.  Before my surgery I had not been to a library since high school.  (almost 20 years ago) My husband used to have to take the kids without me.  Costco was just as fun. :)  I know most people there are walking around totally unaware of the blessing of just being able to walk.  A trip to the store is something to be celebrated.  It's been over a year and I am still not tired of these everyday things. 
* 3 days til' my revision surgery *
Below: a pic I took today while we were driving to our downtown area...

Friday, July 20, 2012

Dee's Tips and Trivia

Questions –
~ Cameron Crowe wrote (in my opinion) the best Sean Penn movie EVER.  What was it?
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
~ How much food and drink (in weight) does an average person ingest in one year?
One ton
~ Who is Peter Gene Hernandez?
Bruno Mars

Tips –
~ Clean your counters and table tops with hydrogen peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell.  Put on your dishrag when you wipe,  or spray the counters.
~ Moving? Pack your plates with foam disposable plates between them.
~ Use scotch tape or nail polish to relieve an insect bite.  Blocking the oxygen from getting into the bite will stop the itching.

Trivia –
~ On average a man spends 5 months of his life shaving.
~ The only insect that can turn its head is the praying mantis.
~ The average human dream only lasts 2 to 3 seconds.

This date in history (July 20th)
~ 1881 – Sitting Bull, a fugitive since the Battle of the Little Big Horn, surrenders.
~ 1908 – In the US, the Sullivan Ordinance bars women from smoking in public facilities.
~ 1963 – Surf City hit #1.
~ 1969 – Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the 1st men to walk on the moon.
~ 1975 – Steven Van Zandt performed for the 1st time with the E Street Band.

Questions –
~ Who sang Surf City?
~ Who is Joseph Levitch?
~ What is the last bone to fuse in the human body?

Quote –
“The difference between can and cannot in only three letters.  Three letters that can shape your life’s direction.”  Remez Sasson

I hope all of you have one heck of a weekend!


Think before you print -Go Green

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I went here yesterday...

Yes, I conquered yet ANOTHER water slide! :)  I flew down that thing at about 100 mph... lol  We took the kids to an indoor swim center and had a great time.  I was able to keep up with the kids and I had lots of fun. :)  A lot of people ask me why I am doing this now that I can do SO MUCH MORE than before my 1st VSG.  It's because I still can't really sleep in a bed.  My back and hips hurt sooo much it's impossible to to lay down for more than a minute.  Sleeping in a chair has now caused extreme neck problems.  I have to go to physical therapy for all three things several times per week.  I am ready to live with less pain.  The more weight I have off my joints, the better it will be.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Pre-op work-up today

I have to drive about 45 minutes to the new hospital.  I can't get the surgery done at the original hospital (because it's to expensive) which makes me a little scared because it is a center for excellence, but it's the same dr at the new hospital.  I am on day 5 of an almost unbearable headache.  The kind that pounds in your head, your teeth, your neck... I am starving.  * 9 days til' surgery.  I am questioning this move every minute of every day.  Hanging in there second by second.  The regular pre-op diet I did last time allows for 1200 calories per day so I got to have more shakes.  BUT... After already having the sleeve, eating/drinking 1200 calories per day is too much calories for weight loss.
On a happier note... I french braided my 3 year old's hair yesterday for church.  She told me she was a church princess. :)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Every minute is torture...

Every minute I am talking myself out of giving up.  The liquid diet is sooooo hard.  My head hurts, my body aches... I have to make sure I am not getting over 600 calories per day if I want to lose enough weight to shrink my liver before surgery.  600 calories per day is about two protein drinks and a chicken breast ALL DAY.  Not my idea of fun. :(  Sorry, these posts will be whiny for a while.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Dee's Tips and Trivia

Last Week’s Questions –
~ What is pomology?
The study of fruit
~ What show was Burt Ward in and what was his character’s name?
Batman and he was Robin
~ Who is Farouk Bulsara?
Freddy Mercury

~ Grill your fish on a bed of lemons to infuse flavor and prevent sticking to the grill.
~ Use boiling water instead of tap water to make clear ice.
~ Use a muffin tin as a condiment dish.  Now, that’s a creative idea.

Trivia –
~ Louisiana is home to 80% of the world’s crayfish.
~ A duck has 3 eyelids.
~ Shakespeare invented the words “assassination” and “bump”.

This date in history (July 13th)
~ 1865 – Horace Greeley advises his readers to “Go west, young man”.
~ 1942 – Harrison Ford was born.  Yikes, Han Solo is 70 years old.
~ 1957 – Cameron Crowe was born.
~ 1960 – John Kennedy was nominated for President.
~ 1974 – Eric Clapton released “I Shot the Sheriff”.
~ 1985 – Live Aid concert performed in London and Philadelphia.
~ 1990 – Ghost opens

Questions –
~ Cameron Crowe wrote (in my opinion) the best Sean Penn movie EVER.  What was it?
~ How much food and drink (in weight) does an average person ingest in one year?
~ Who is Peter Gene Hernandez?

Quote –
“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention.”  Thich Nhat Hanh

Make it a great weekend!

- Dee

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

So this is hell... :/

It's amazing how a liquid diet can take me to such a dark place so fast.  I am one cranky lady.  Everything is annoying.  Including typing this. :)  13 days til' my revision surgery.  I am ready to get this sleeve fixed and move forward with what I intended the FIRST time I got it done.  My 35th birthday is coming up next month.   Last year I envisioned being so much farther out in this WL journey by now. 
Anyway, on a happy note... I just took a mini-vacation to Austin with my family and I was out and about the entire time.  Every day, several times a day I was thanking the good Lord for the blessing of this surgery.  I swam in a lake, floated in a creek, went on a tour of the capital with my family, walked around a museum, toured UT, went on a little train ride (and fit in the seats)... All without restrictions. :)  What a wonderful change it was from our last summer vacation when I was sitting in a wheelchair.  Nothing more than a bystander watching everything go by.  This time I was a full participant and trust me when I say I spend most of that time in such a wonderful, grateful state.  You can truly see the blessings if you have been to the darkest places and I know know that I would not go back and change anything.  Every step, every walk with my family, every trip to the store I am grateful.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Panic is setting in

I really hope I am doing the right thing with this surgery.  I hope it's for the right reasons and the torture I am about to put my body through will be worth it.  All I can go on is past experience and that experience tells me it's the best thing to do.  I pray it is.  7 days til the all liquid diet (pure hell on earth) starts.  I fear my posts will take an ugly turn on or around July 10th. :)

Splash Pad fun

Another blessing of losing weight...
taking my kids to fun places like this and being able to walk around. :)

*23 days til' surgery*