I had a one-year follow up with my primary care doc on Tuesday, which turned out to be fabulous. My labs came back beautifully:
My fasting blood glucose was 81 and my a1c? Completely normal. Liver enzymes were back down to normal levels after having been high the first two months of this year. My iron levels are great, and all my electrolytes are normal. Blood pressure is fantastic and better yet–my doctor used a REGULAR SIZE CUFF to take it! No extra large cuff this time! She was thrilled that my health was vastly improved, and we started talking about mammograms and all that jazz…yep, it’s time for me to start doing those on the regular as now I am a lady of a certain age. Since my gyno isn’t practicing any more, I got a recommendation for a new one (who ONLY does gynecology, no obstetrics–thank goodness) who I will be calling to see in the fall once school starts. I have to figure out if she is on our new insurance that goes into effect September 1. UGH INSURANCE.
That was the first doctor’s appointment of the week. Today’s appointment was the bigger deal since it was with my surgeon, who I had not seen since last August when my husband had surgery with him.
I went in prepared. Like any other ‘A’ student, I had a list of questions to ask.
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My husband and I went to the hospital where I had my surgery last year and tried to recreate the photograph we took before I went in for my surgery. I didn’t keep the outfit I wore to the hospital, so I chose something that was pretty darn close.
Today is a pretty important day in my life. A year ago at this time, I was recovering from my sleeve surgery.
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Finally got the results of my gallbladder ultrasound today.
No stones, no sludge, no inflammation, so no surgery. At least not now.
But I was told I have a small polyp in my gallbladder. Nothing to worry about, I was told.
I did ask that in the event I had to have my gallbladder out, who would do my surgery. I was told that any of the surgeons in my doctor’s practice could do it. I said, good because I like you guys. And I do–I’m quite fond of all the doctors in my surgeon’s practice.
So that’s the one piece of good news I’ve received in the past few days. I have a visitation and funeral to attend this week for a former student who was killed last Friday, and I’m still awaiting word on when a memorial service will be held for my father’s wife, who lost her battle with cancer last Wednesday. I also have a banquet tomorrow night for a club I sponsor at school, which is a desserts party. I’ve already planned how I’m going to handle it: eat dinner right before so I’m not tempted to graze on the cupcakes, cookies and cake balls that I know will be there. I am going to have one cupcake though, and I am going to make sure I walk at least 7500 steps during the day. I’ve got this.
The overarching goal this week is to not eat all the feels. I’m trying super hard to avoid stress eating, which is one of my downfalls. I’m 12 pounds from Dr. Nicholson’s expectation for my weight loss. I’d love to hit that before I head to Kansas City in June. I know I’ll get there before I see him for my 1-year post-op in July, but I’d like to be well past his goal for me by the time I see him on July 10.
I’ve got this.
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Einstein said that, a really long time ago. I never really gave it much thought until today.
Today, I was presented with a fantastic opportunity and I decided to seize on it.
The opportunity involves a birthday gift to myself. Last year’s gift was pretty big, and I had been thinking about what I could give myself that was better than the gift I bought myself last year, because my sleeve is the gift that keeps on giving. And that’s no joke.
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One year ago today, I weighed around 400 pounds.
One year ago today, I attended a seminar to learn more about WLS and to meet a potential candidate to perform the surgery I’d already decided I would have during the summertime.
It was at that seminar that I met Dr. Nick Nicholson, my surgeon. Continue reading
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As we are currently encased in ice, today was a snow day from school. I slept in, and have had a pretty leisurely day lounging about here at home. The roads are covered in ice, we can’t get out of our driveway, and it’s projected to be 16 degrees F tonight. More ice is coming tomorrow night, and we’re not getting above freezing until Monday afternoon. Fun times!
So I’ve cooked today and read a lot today. I really should be grading work, but my brain needed both the rest and the intellectual stimulation of reading things that were not student work.
I noticed something awesome today. For the first time in my adult life, when I look down, I can see my toes.
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Today’s food choices:
Today’s food choices, from upper left: homemade lettuce wrap filling x3; 12 ounces Isopure Zero Carb; multivitamin and calcium supplements x2. I forgot to snap a photo of the homemade BBQ turkey meatballs I made and ate as a snack. 😦
Today’s food was not exciting as we are getting ready to go out of town, and I wanted to make a dent in the lettuce wrap filling so that it wouldn’t go bad while we were away. I’ll finish the last of it tomorrow morning–there is one serving left.
Hunger is insolent, and will be fed. –Homer
You’re damn right, hunger is insolent. Hunger is like a spoiled child who acts out until he gets his way. Hunger, whether perceived or real, is what drives us to eat–many times past the point of satisfaction to the realm of uncomfortably full. You know the kind of fullness I’m talking about too–the kind that forces you to sit up a bit straighter, maybe loosen your belt a bit and remain still for a while.
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I want to begin this post by saying that my doctor is truly phenomenal. If I had to begin this process of weight loss via surgical intervention all over again (thank goodness I don’t!), I’d choose him again in a heartbeat. Dr. Nicholson is affable, highly knowledgeable, warm, and has a good sense of humor. He puts you at ease and answers all your questions in a no-nonsense manner, using data to support what he has to say–this is especially important to me as a scientist. To be blunt, I appreciate that he doesn’t talk out of his ass. When you decide that you’re going to have surgery to help you lose weight, you don’t want someone who is going to sugarcoat things for you. Dr. Nick definitely does not do that–he is very honest about why bariatric surgery is a better alternative than remaining obese, what the risks and benefits of having surgery are, and what the risks of remaining obese are. He also makes sure that you understand that he is not the only health professional you need to make this process work for you–he teaches you that behavior modification is necessary, that therapy is important, and that nutrition education is critical and provides recommendations for hand-picked professionals for you to choose to address each of these aspects of your care.
His bedside manner is also great–the day of surgery, I was totally nervous and jittery and he put me completely at ease by explaining everything that he was going to do and why he was going to do it. As a biology teacher, I appreciate that he and I can converse about the science behind all the things he did and why he did them. He did everything he knew to do to ensure my safety before surgery, during surgery and post-operatively. Dr. Nicholson is a very thorough doctor who truly cares about his patients’ health and well-being.
He does not allow you to enter into any stage of the process with eyes wide shut, that’s for sure. I appreciate that about him and the way he practices medicine.
Unfortunately I did not get to see him after surgery, as he is a very busy guy–he had 9 patients on my floor alone the day I had surgery! So I did not have the chance to thank him for providing me with this fabulous tool that I plan to put to good use, especially now that I’m about to embark on the mushy food stage of my post-op diet. I would say that overall, he did a really good job of preparing me for surgery and for some of what comes after.
But there were some things about this process that he did not fully prepare me for.
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