Post-op Day 3

Just wanted to give you a quick update. I was released from the hospital yesterday. After the medical team removed my pain meds, IV, and drainage tube, I had to get dressed and that it’s when the pain began. I believe it was mostly from the drainage tube and the “gas”. That thing was brutal getting removed and the nurse said I’d have a lot of gas from being pumped up during surgery.

The ride home hurt so bad… hitting every single bump along the way. Then laying in a real bed hurt like nothing else. I had to have my mom help me lay down and sit up each time. I couldn’t roll over or move without being in agony.

Today, my mom got the old recliner fixed and I have been using that. I feel much better but the pain it’s still pretty intense. I contacted the nurse and she said that was normal and told me to keep up on the fluids and walking. I’m hoping this will get easier in the days to come. Will keep you updated.

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Post-Op, finally!

I made a short video but cannot upload it until I get better signal. I just wanted to let you know. I have bad gas pain… though I can’t pass any for some reason. It may be abdominal cramping too. Also, I was very nauseous when I went for a short walk and had to turn back because I almost got sick. And I wake up about once an hour because of my ab/gas pain. I’m really hoping tomorrow will be better. It will all be worth it in the end.

Send prayers my way! 🙂

Here’s a little update video after surgery.

15 Days of Excitement… Day 1

Eek! Day of surgery! So excited. And kinda nervous. Today’s topic is the number one reason I’m getting gastric bypass surgery.

Day 1: Babies

Baby Boy I have always dreamed of having a family. A loving husband and 3 children. 🙂 I just think 3 is a great number. Well a few years ago when I found out I had PCOS and did some research to fully understand the syndrome. I found that with PCOS, fully developed eggs are not released and can turn into cysts in the ovary. PCOS is one of the major causes infertility in obese women. I did what the doctor said and started a weight loss plan… then another and another. I would lose some, gain more, and lose a little again. In a vicious cycle.

I was scared that I could never have children but knew I wasn’t ready for children anyway (at 23 years old). I’m 26 now and am still not 100% ready but I know I would like to have kids in my early 30s. But to do so, I need to get healthy so that I can carry a child. People with PCOS tend to have many miscarriages and I didn’t want that to be me.

Baby GirlWhen I found out that I could qualify for the surgery and that gastric bypass surgery has resolved infertility caused by PCOS, it was a no-brainer. I knew this is what I have to do to be able to have children and now I’m doing it. Surgery is truly a life changing thing and shouldn’t be taken lightly but I know that this is the best decision for me. Not being able to have children would make me feel horrible… like I cannot perform the most important womanly duty (bearing offspring). But having this wonderful tool to help me get there is just so exciting… and I think it’s the reason I am not afraid to get this surgery. Why I’m not afraid to give up ice cream or fried foods for the rest of my life. It’s because the bigger picture is so much more important to me than all of those bad habits. And I cannot wait to start my journey which begins… today!

Off to surgery now. See you all on the other side!

 

15 Days of Excitement… Day 2

Day 2: Shopping

Today’s topic kind of ties in with Day 4’s topic of clothing and Day 10’s of shoes but is slightly different. Those days I was concentrating on the objects I get to buy… but today it’s all about the stores. I love shopping now. Ask my roommate, Sarah… she will tell you! Lol.

Even with my love for shopping I have a limited number of places I can actually shop. For clothes I typically go to Torrid or Old Navy because they carry big girl clothes in the actual store so I can try them on instead of randomly ordering them online and praying they fit. But I would still have to do this some time when they didn’t have my size in stock. TWO stores! That is all I buy my clothes from anymore. It is so sad… especially when you walk through the mall and there are a hundred stores, all with beautiful clothing I wish I could buy.

Did I mention the cost? Torrid has really cute clothes but they are by no means cheap. While on the other hand Old Navy has cheap clothes but most of their stuff (mostly the shirts) do not make it through too many wash cycles before getting torn or fuzzy or something else. You get what you pay for, they say. Well I don’t mind shopping at cheaper stores as long as they have cute things. I cannot wait to be able to see a sale in a store like Kohl’s and go buy lot’s of cute clothes… especially on Black Friday!

Being thinner will open a whole new avenue of clothing, shoe, and sport stores where I can shop to my heart’s content… Shhh! Don’t tell Sarah! 😉

Here are some stores I cannot wait to go to. 🙂

Stores

Day before surgery update & Weigh in

OMG OMG OMG! Today is the day before surgery!!! 🙂 Within 24 hours I will be starting my whole new life. I’m just so excited! 🙂 I truly cannot believe how fast it came up.

Here’s a little update video with my weigh-in info too.

Today’s weight: 231.5

Down 13.3 lbs since starting the liquid diet and 20.1 lbs since Jan 3rd, 2013! Go me!