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Falling Numbers

Today was a big day.  A very big day.

I had my 3 month post-op follow up with my PCP.  Back in August, I’d gone to her because my blood pressure had been checked by my optometrist (who ROCKS) and it was low.  My PCP took me off of my combination BP med/diuretic and cut my BP med dose in half.  At that time she’d also told me to discontinue the metformin I’d been taking for 7 years.  That was followed by, “I want to see you back here in October for lab work so we can see if you still need to be off the medication, or if I need to put you back on it.”

So over the weekend, I had my blood drawn and was left anxiously waiting to see what the result was.

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And so it begins

June 17, 2013:  Three weeks pre-op.  Pre-op diet began today.

June 17, 2013: Three weeks pre-op. Pre-op diet began today.

I met with my primary care doc this morning to review my latest labs and to get my pre-op clearance from her taken care of.  Labs, while not fabulous, are providing me with baseline a1c, fasting glucose, triglyceride and cholesterol levels.  My EKG was picture perfect and I have been deemed fit for surgery.

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Jumping through hoops…nearly done.

Surgery Day is closing in, and there is so much left to do.  Documents to get in order, last meals to eat, and hoops to jump through.

So much to be done...

So much to be done…

One of the things that you are not told prior to embarking on the surgical journey is that there are an awful lot of hoops you must jump through to make the procedure happen.  At least there are with my doctor, but I realize there is a reason for all of the hoops–he is trying to keep me as safe as possible so that complications are avoided both during and after the procedure.  He’s also trying to make sure I have all the tools in my toolbox that I need to be successful with the sleeve he is going to craft for me in a few short weeks.

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