Ok, ok, so it's Monday...at least I'm making an effort. Besides, I did a lot of cleaning, chores, special projects and worked a show in Delaware. But enough excuses, back to business. Today's grateful post goes out to Marissa, the admin for Dr. Murayama's office.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Going home from the hospital, I was under instructions to be on a "full liquids diet". This means protein shakes made with milk or water, thin soups strained of all particles, sugar-free (SF) Jell-o, SF pudding, and other similar items. This was to last for 2 weeks, until I went to my first follow-up appointment at the surgeon's office.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
In my last post I mentioned the bariatric nurse Kristen. I was lucky enough to have her care for me 2 out of the 3 days I was in the hospital. I'm glad that I was "with it" enough to have my dad pick up a thank you card for me to write her a nice note before I was discharged. I'm pretty sure that most of it was in coherent English, too. As this one was done "on the fly" I don't have a typed copy to transcribe here. However, it's not hard to remember the general gist, or the reasons why I am thankful.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
I have no concept of how long I stayed in the recovery area, where they continued to monitor my vitals. Nor do I remember going to my room. I'm not even sure if I had to change beds, or whether the one I came out of surgery on was also my multi-function home for the next couple days. My memories from this general time period are a bit hazy but I do remember that when I became conscious again, I was in my room and my family was there.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The day before surgery, my parents came down from Boston. They had planned to be in the area for Christmas anyway, so just moved up their travel a few days. I called the hospital surgery hotline to find out what time to arrive the next morning, expecting it to be dark-o-clock (also know as the ass-crack of dawn); I was told 10 AM. Great, more time to sit around worrying the next day! I expected to be a nervous wreck that evening, as past experience led me to believe that I would be spending my time going over endless "what if" scenarios in my head. But I was strangely calm. Then, the big day came...
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The final step to getting surgery after insurance approval and scheduling a date was completing the required 2 hour pre-op diet and lifestyle class and the 2 week low-calorie diet. The class was scheduled for almost 3 weeks before surgery in order to give enough time to do shopping before the low-cal diet, as well as to procure groceries for the first couple weeks after surgery.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
I think it would be nice if, each week, I give a shout-out to someone or something I'm grateful for. There will likely be plenty of issues, complaints and difficulties mentioned in other posts, especially as I start experiencing all sorts of new foods and situations and continue changing.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Obviously, the path between deciding on surgical intervention and actually going under the knife isn't overnight. The surgeon's office and program have certain requirements you must meet, and if you are having the procedure paid for through insurance, they have their own separate requirements too. All insurance companies and programs do things differently; this is what mine required, and how long it took.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
How to begin...how about why I'm here, putting the frequently tangential and/or non sequitur contents of my brain into cyberspace? The quick answer is, to discuss my recent Roux-en-Y surgery (a.k.a. gastric bypass). As it says in the "About Me" sidebar, I have 3 goals for this blog.