So, I’ve been expecting a phone call from a nurse at Missouri Bariatrics, which is where I had my gastric bypass surgery in June, 2008. I’ve been having issues for the past few years (yes, years!) and finally, after seeing a gastroenterologist in Springfield, who sent me to another gastroenterologist in St. Louis, my husband said, “Why don’t you contact the doctor who did your surgery? He probably knows better than anyone what’s going on inside of you and how to figure it out?” DUH!
I drove myself up to see Dr. Suttmoeller last month and he asked me why I didn’t come right up when the problems started. DUH! He wants Dr. de la Torre (my original surgeon) to do an upper endoscopy. Dr. Sutmoeller told me that the nurse (Natalie) would be calling me to set it up.
Today, Natalie called and wanted to set up the procedure, which will take place at the University Hospital. She offered me October 16, October 22 and one other date. I checked my calendar and hubby and I are swamped on October 22, so I said I would take October 16 and she proceeded to tell me a few details and ask a few questions. It was only after I hung up the phone that I realized that October 16 is NEXT TUESDAY.
I immediately called my mom to make sure she could go up with me and she said yes. Then I rushed back to the computer to get a room at my favorite Columbia hotel, Stoney Creek. Thankfully, I got a room. Everything is set.
We’re leaving Monday morning and will check in that afternoon; I’m not allowed to eat anything after midnight. We’ll take a taxi on Tuesday morning to the hospital so that we get there by 8:00 am to check in for the 9:00 am procedure. Then afterwards, we’ll take a taxi back to the hotel. My mom doesn’t drive in big cities. She’s going because I can’t do this alone and the drive/ride would be too much for my hubby. Mom will keep me company. We’ll stay over Tuesday night because I can’t drive for 24 hours and then we’ll check out of the hotel and leave on Wednesday morning.
It’s a four-hour trip. I’ve done it so many times I could do it almost blind-folded. Almost. Hubby and I made a LOT of trips before surgery, then the three of us went up when I had my surgery, then there were a LOT of post-op visits. Hopefully, Dr. de la Torre will get a good look inside my pouch and figure out why I’ve been having so many problems. The doc in St. Louis thinks I’ve got ulcers; it wasn’t until after seeing Dr. Suttmoeller last month that I remembered how they warned us that we were at risk for ulcers.
So, Natalie’s call was expected but how SOON we get to go to University Hospital, that was unexpected!
Wait, yeah, it’s Monday!
My dh is out of town. He left this morning for New Orleans. Not a long trip, however, he’ll be back tomorrow night late. He just had to go rub noses with the bank they’ll be working with for the next couple of years. Yeppers, it’s a BIG project he’ll be part of. Today was the BBQ and tomorrow is the 5-hour meeting. I think I’d have like the BBQ but not that meeting tomorrow. 5 hours? What in the world can a roomful of people talk about for 5 hours?!?
So me and Daniel hit the pool today. It was hot! I got into the water and cooled off a bit. Didn’t get all the way wet, which upset Daniel. He wants me to splash around with him but I just didn’t feel like getting soaked. Read a paperback while we were there, had a snow cone and then we came home to shower.
Went out for pizza. No, I don’t cook when hubby isn’t around. It’s hard to cook for two people. Easier to go to McDonald’s or Mazzio’s.
TOMORROW is a special day: My ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY for having gastric bypass surgery!
In 365 days, I’ve lost 95 pounds. ALL of my clothes are size SMALL, which I love! It’s so much FUN to shop now! Even my feet have shrunk…I used to wear 8 wide but those shoes slip off my feet now.
Tomorrow I’m having Daniel take some photos so that I can update my little website at Obesity Help. I put pictures up yesterday showing my year-long progress. WOW! I freak out when I see pics of what I looked like before surgery. Was that me?!? Jeepers, how could I live with myself like that for so long? I mean, I’ve always had a weight problem, but guess I was in denial that it was so bad…
Anyway, I’m excited about my Anniversary. Thank You, GOD and the staff at Missouri Bariatrics for giving me a new chance at a new life!
Just had a NON-SCALE VICTORY, a/k/a NSV and had to come post about it!
I needed another pair of jeans….my mom gave me a pair of size 18 that I’ve been wearing but they’re faded denim, not dressy or nice enough to wear to the Christmas luncheon that we are going to on Thursday (for the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks!). So I decided to check the jeans out at the local Walmart.
Somehow, I skipped over size 16 and fit PERFECTLY in size 14!!!!!!!
I haven’t worn a size 14 since I met my hubby 22 years ago!
On a side-note, I saw my former neighbor there with his daughter. He’s the one whose wife had gastric bypass surgery, lost a ton of weight, then decided she liked the partying life and walked away from her family (hubby and two teens). He actually told my hubby NOT to let me have surgery because he was afraid I would leave like his wife did…..
Well, their divorce won’t be final until February 2009. He is still broken-hearted over her leaving and hopes that she’ll change her mind and come home. Poor guy.
He asked me how I was doing, remarked that I looked great and wanted to be sure that things are going well between me and hubby. GRRRRR! I would like to choke his soon-2-be ex-wife for hurting him so badly and for making him think that ANY wife who has wl surgery would leave her husband and family behind.
It was nice to see him again, anyways.
I finished Christmas shopping this morning too….got a board game (CLUE) for Daniel. We love having Family Night and CLUE, JR. has been a fave, but hubby and I decided that Daniel was ready for the real CLUE.
Took my mom to Walmart, too. She wanted to buy my jeans but I wouldn’t let her. I had to warn her about Christmas this year, she always goes overboard on Daniel and hubby and me. While at Walmart she picked up a really cool NERF target game which I know Daniel will love and she kept looking through the toys and I had to DRAG her out of that section LOL
Anyway, I’m at the local library, waiting for time to pick up Daniel from school. Tonight starts basketball practice! I’m fixing a chef salad for dinner, yum! Picked up a really fresh French baguette to go along with it. Need to go home and boil eggs and get everything ready so we can eat and then get to practice.
Whew! I think that’s everything for now!
OMG, woke up this morning with a frog in my throat. And more yellow gunk coming out of my nose. Called the family doc, hoping that she’s phone in a new antibiotic for me but when the nurse called, they wanted me to come in to the office. So there I went with my box of kleenex.
She gave me a shot in the rear and a new antibiotic and we discussed my troubles. She gave me some Seroquel for my anxiety since I’m not sleeping. Definitely wants me to follow up with the neurologist. Wants me to calm down and not be so anxious.
Easier said than done.
Daniel told me last night that he was very scared last week while I was hospitalized. And that he was still scared. I tried to reassure him that the doctors are doing everything they can for me, that it might take time to find out exactly what’s wrong with me, but that they WILL help me ASAP. Hopefully he’s reassured. I’m trying to be!
Was all set last night to fix pork chops for dinner but wasn’t in the mood for them. Or chicken. So I opened a can of Prego Fresh Mushroom spaghetti sauce and fixed spaghetti instead. And garlic bread. Hubby says we can go out for steaks on Friday.
Oh yeah, at the doc’s office this morning weighed in at 160.0 STILL. I swear I’ve been stuck at 160 for three weeks. The nurse asked me my goal and when I said 120, she commented that I’d be just skin and bones at 120. So, what’s your point, Penny? LOL
People amaze me. Some have commented that I’m THIN. At 160? Not hardly! But then I asked hubby about it and said that I must have been HORRIBLY obese before this for people to think I’m thin and he said, "Well, it was pretty bad."
But my BMI is 29.6 and I’m no longer morbidly obese or even obese. I’m "overweight" and proud of it LOL
I need to get an order from the bariatric surgeon for my bloodwork….need to go to Columbia on January 2 for my 6-month follow up.
Anyway my mind is flying like 100 mph. The joys of being manic? Probably.
It’s so COLD outside! We froze yesterday at the soccer game and this morning when we were leaving for church, it was actually SNOWING!
Is this April?
In January we had tornadoes and ice storms and now that it’s April, we are having snow. It won’t amount to anything, just a few flakes, but JEEPERS!
Dinner is in the oven: SOUPer Roast. I browned a chuck roast in a bit of canola oil, then added a can of Campbell’s Beefy Mushroom Soup and a can of water and popped it into the oven. It’ll bake on 350* until 5:00 pm. Then I’ll mash some potatoes and fix up some corn and we’ll be set for dinner. I also have a package of Bisquick Cheesy Garlic biscuits. YUMMY!
I’ve also done a few loads of laundry…three. And have been shopping for groceries.
Tomorrow I go see my endocrinologist. I wonder if he’ll be happy to see my weight (which is about the same as last time). At least I can give him a positive update regarding my weight loss surgery!
One of the neighbor boys is here…he’s 12. He and ds are doing something rather noisy…one of them just ran up the stairs and the other followed. Hmmmm, maybe I ought to pop out of the office and see what they’re up to?
Maybe I’ll BBL.
I have two dilemmas, one major, one minor.
First: my ds finally feels better and his fever is gone. But his cough is no better. I would hate to send him to school and have him go outdoors for recess and work up a sweat and start coughing really badly. Also, if I were the mom of a healthy child and I heard “this cough”, I wouldn’t want the child near mine! So I don’t know whether to keep him home tomorrow (for his 3rd sick day) or send him doctored up on Tylenol and cough syrup…..
Second: went to the orthopedic surgeon and he says that YES, there is definitely some damage to my neck/spine due to bone spurs. And he wants to do ANOTHER MRI – this one on my lower spine. I almost burst into tears when he told me this. THREE MRIs! THREE times in the tube! I don’t want to do another one! But until he can see the extent of the damage he can’t make a good decision of what to do.
As for now, he wants me to consider getting Epidural Steroid Injections…ack! They’ll be painful but they’ll help. He didn’t say how LONG they would or could offer relief, though…or how often I’d need them. PLUS they wouldn’t be stopping the problem, just covering it up.
He also mentioned physical therapy and a neck brace…oh that’s just a LOVELY thought…me wearing a neck brace for the next few months. Surgery IS an option, but not what he’d pick as #1, although as he said, it’s totally up to me!
I was so upset that I forgot to mention the fact that I should be having gastric bypass surgery this summer (or whenever), so had to call back and tell his nurse. Just in case that surgery would have any effect on his decision. She said he’ll know more AFTER the next MRI.
When I came home, dh and I discussed it, and we both are leaning towards the PERMANENT solution of having the darned surgery and getting on with my life. As it is, it was hard to drive an hour to the city (YES, I drove myself) and it’s impossible to know when I’m going to go numb on my left side….
Life sucks right now.
All I want is to stop going numb, for my son to get healthy and STAY healthy and to get to have my weight loss surgery.
IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR?!?
No ice or anything on the ground, so ds had school today. He wanted to stay home. I can’t say that I blame him LOL
I cancelled my membership at Curves and we joined (as a family) the YMCA. This morning I went and walked for about 15 minutes, felt like my legs were made of rubber, so I got off the treadmill and sat LOL. It’s no fun being 100 pounds overweight.
OH good news!
I’ve been in contact with the SSM DePaul Weight Loss Center! As soon as I get my paperwork over to them, they’ll send it in to Medicare. Then we wait 6-8 for approval. If I get approved, they’ll schedule me in for my classes (nutrition, exercise, etc.), then I’ll have to attend the seminar, then we can SCHEDULE SURGERY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Is that great or what? There’s no 200 Medicare patients ahead of me, so it might happen SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course, soon could be anytime between April and end of summer, but soon there is a lot sooner than waiting for MO Bariatrics and their wait list of over 200 Medicare plus all of their non-Medicare patients.
So, I won’t be going to the seminar in Feb., will wait until I get approval. Patsy @ DePaul said that they will work with me on attending classes…she understands that we live 5 hours away and will need to save money for gas and hotel. She sent me a list of hotels that offer medical rates. Yay!!!!!!!!!! If only gas stations gave you cheaper gas for driving to and from the hospital.
I have some sad news, however.
Someone that I dearly love is in the hospital for depression. I won’t share more details in order to preserve her anonymity, but if you would please say a prayer, I would really appreciate it. She’s very special to me and I know how scary being in the hospital can be………
My little one is sick with a tummy ache and a headache; he’s planted in front of the television. We left for school and weren’t even out of the driveway when he started complaining about his stomach. I told him to try and manage an hour and see how he felt, that I would be just a phone call away. He made me laugh, he said, “Grammy lives closer to school than we do and can get me faster, I’ll have Mary call her.” He’d rather go down Grammy’s than go home!
Anyway, he seemed okay so we drove onto school but by the time we arrived at the building, he burst into tears and said it hurt so much, so I just brought him back home. I tucked him into bed for a couple of hours and he rested a bit. Now he gets a bit of television time but after while, it’ll be back to bed for him. He said he was hungry so I fixed him some Ramen noodles, but he barely ate.
It has been a busy week. On Sunday we (the PCCW) fed between 130-140 people for the funeral dinner. On Monday we (our church) sponsored the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks blood drive at our church; we had over 40 people show up! Yay!
Today I was going to go grocery shopping. I’ve got a menu planned for the entire remaining month of January and have a list based on that menu. It’ll be a DOOZY of a bill when I’m done, but then I shouldn’t have to go back to the store except for things like bread and milk and fresh veggies and fruits.
I may try to go to the store tonight after dinner. Yum! I fixed a pot of ham and bean soup yesterday and it made the house smell wonderful. We didn’t eat it yesterday, we went out to Mazzio’s, so the soup will be really really good today since it’s had a day for the flavors to mingle!
I haven’t heard yet from the Missouri Bariatrics….every day I wonder if TODAY will be the day. When I spoke with Amy in December, she said it MIGHT be that I’ll hear from them this month. I’ll wait until February 1st, then I’ll call again. I’m so anxious. The bad news is that the 18 pounds I’ve lost…..I’ve gained some back…..grrrrrr! I need to get back to Curves and back to eating less. It feels as if I’ve been eating less but obviously I’m NOT.
Our American Diabetes Association School Walk is coming up…..silly me sent out a memo with a sponsor envelope to all the parents and put the wrong date for the Walk! The school principal just called me to say that she told me it ought to be on January 28! Not January 29! What a ditz I am. Anyway that’s the way my brain works sometimes…..there’s just too much junk going on upstairs for it to process and mistakes happen. Thankfully, the school secretary will put the correct date in the weekly newsletter and people should call me when questions.
Just a couple more hours………if I can stay awake.
New Years Resolutions? I don’t make them. They are just one more thing for me to mess up, so why bother?
Hopes for 2008? Oh yeah, I always have hopes and dreams. I am human, y’know!
My biggest hope and dream is for my weight loss surgery to happen before summer. I’m waiting and waiting rather IMpatiently for the phone call to go in for my first consulation. Things will happen. In God’s time. That’s the hard part about life, waiting for God’s timing and not having things happen according to my will and my timing.
Happy New Year!!!
I am like JUMPING UP and DOWN still!
This morning I called the doctor’s office in Columbia to get an update on my weight loss surgery paperwork. I called right at 8:00 am when the office opened…spoke with Tammy…she said that my file is no longer in her section, it’s been taken to the next level UP and that they will be CALLING me SOON for a CONSULTATION!
OMGosh! I almost jumped through the roof of my car – thank God I wasn’t driving and was parked.
I immediately called Ron at work, thank God he was there and I didn’t have to leave him a voice mail. He could barely understand a word I said, though, I was so EXCITED and screeching for JOY!
Then I called my mom and she had trouble understanding me, too, I was just talking too fast!
Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee! We are FINALLY getting somewhere!
The workshop hubby and I went to was Saturday, August 18 and I had my paperwork completed and in the mail on Tuesday, August 21.
I wonder when they’ll call…I wonder when the doctor will have time in his busy schedule to see me…
I’m not looking forward to a 5-hour drive but as excited as I am, it feels like I could FLY there on my own!
Then when I met my friend D so that we could deliver posters, we screeched like little girls and jumped up and down and hugged each other.
Okay, so when do I get to go and have my consult?!?
I’m ready to go TOMORROW!!!