Thursday, December 26, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
I called about the brace, just to find out how much it would cost me. $800 for just the trial brace and it's an immobilzer!?! There's a chance that Medicare would pay for it, but I'd still have to pay $200 for something I would never wear?!? NO! I wouldn't be able to use my recumbant bicycle with it! I need something that will keep my kneecap stable so I can ride it, not something that's going to make me bedbound again! Oh well, I found something cheaper that might work. It's a patella brace but it'll allow me to move.
Nothing much else going on. Things are pretty calm around here. Having a hard time adjusting to day shift, though. Usually, I am asleep at this time, but for some reason I stayed up. The past two days I have slept all through the night, though.
I see my surgeon's assistant on Friday afternoon. We'll see how that goes. Thanks, everyone, for all of your support.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
I only called because I have seen two different people about a knee brace and both gave me the impression that my issues cannot be fixed with a brace due to my excess skin. Well, I called the last one I saw, an Orthotist, to see what she thought and if she knew of anyone. She didn't know of anyone, but she did say she found a company that could make a brace to correct both my OA and my knee popping out of place. The only thing is, the company wants me to try a patella brace for the kneecap, first. If that corrects the kneecap issue, they will then go ahead and make a brace for both issues that I am having. She said she sent in for approval of the patella brace, to my insurance company. I just tried calling my insurance company to see if they would approve two braces, though. The representative didn't understand my question. I said I have TWO knee issues that need to be corrected with braces. She said if that is the case then all they have to do is put in for approval of each brace and it should be covered. So I guess if they don't approve a second brace, I am stuck with the patella one. I guess that would be fine if it works to keep my kneecap from popping out, as that is the reason I cannot ride my recumbant bike! It's all a waiting game, basically. The Orthotist told me to hang in there and give the brace a chance. I really do hope it all works out, as there is nothing else I can do, short of starvation, to lose this weight. And we all know starvation doesn't really work for long. All it did was kill my mother, and she wasn't trying to lose weight.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Well, one thing I never mentioned was that I had my PCP order a pregnancy test for me last week. According to our bariatric center, we are to use two forms of birth control -- hormonal and barrier. Our barrier method had failed a few weeks back and I got very paranoid. Although I have been on the Depo-provera (with no problems) the past 18 years, I was still worried. I have heard so many stories of women who had lost weight, rapidly, getting pregnant on whatever form of birth control they were using. Tubes-tied, even (nothing is 100% effective, I have been told). Well, I am happy to say that I am not pregnant! I do not want children, nor have I ever. Plus, I am not in a physical or mental place to care for a child. Also, I do not want to deal with a teenager in my 60's! I am perfectly content having furbabies. I don't know what it is, but I have never felt my biological clock ticking, even when many of my friends started having children. I do not feel that I would make a good mother, no matter what anyone says. Anyway, I am very relieved to find that news out.
My TSH was 1.97, which is under 2 and perfect for me (I do better when it's between 1 and 2). I had a feeling my TSH was high due to not taking my pills on a regular basis. All is well, now, thankfully! I got my anti-nausea pills prescribed and just need to pick them up Thursday when we are out and about, again (I have Zofran for now). She also ordered an ultra sound of my stomach. She wants to make sure it is not my gallbladder. I doubt it is, as I believe it is my hiatal hernias acting up, again. She felt the Prilosec should be taking care of it, but I had to remind her that I had the nausea problem prior to surgery. So, I go in for my ultra sound on the 10th. Hopefully it's not my gallbladder, as I really don't want to have to face that surgery, when I'd much rather have the knee replacement, if needed.
Speaking of my knee, I had my PCP check my orthopedic surgeon's notes and there was nothing about a prescription for a knee brace. So, I called and left a message for my physical therapist, as she was the one that was going to talk to him about revising my diagnosis so that the brace would be covered by insurance. I am waiting on her to return my call and update me. I sure hope it works out, as I'd much rather use a brace than get surgery. I did ask my PCP if she would handle my Arthrotec prescription for me, as I no longer see a point in going to a rheumatologist when I am seeing an orthopedic surgeon for my knees. She agreed to do so. So, that's one less doctor for me to see. Thank goodness!
I got my flu-shot in one arm and my depo in the other and they are both kind of stiff, now! Nice! LOL! Not really much more to update on. If I think of anything, I'll just make a new post. Take care and have a great week!
I am able to stand up and take my clothes off before I get into the shower. Prior to that I would sit on the toilet. I still have to use my shower chair and don't trust myself getting out of the tub if I were to take a bath. Someday, I will get there. I am able to reach places I couldn't reach before. I don't need my husband's help to wash myself. I can wash my feet without using a bath brush, even! I can dress myself and put on my shoes. I can't always stand very long to find my clothes in the baskets in our closet (we don't always hang our clothes up), yet. I can get up and stand long enough to slice up a cucumber when I want one. I can get up to get a water out of the fridge. I can't stand long enough to cook (a chair won't fit in our tiny kitchen), but I can get myself a tuna salad packet or some string cheese. There may be more, but I can't think of any right now. I try not to focus on what I cannot do -- like going up and down stairs and using my recumbant bicycle as I would like to (I am limited to chair exercises due to my knee).
I have a doctor's appointment, in the morning, and am going to inquire about having my anti-nausea medicine prescribed again. I am also eager to see the results of my TSH test. I am going to see if my PCP has access to my orthopedic surgeon's notes (I'm sure she does). I would like to see if the knee brace has been prescribed. If she's not able to tell me, I will call my physical therapist to find out what is going on, as she is the one that initiated the process of approval. Oh and I can't forget to see if my PCP will prescribe my Arthortec, as I would like to stop seeing my rhuematologist. The only thing he's done for me is prescribe that medication and give me cortizone injections on rare occassions, which do not work. He never suggested the Gel-One injection in the 12 years I've been seeing him. His only options for me were to lose weight and get a knee replacement. How about seeing if the Gel-One injection would work, doc?!? It may have worked prior to the bone spurs! I don't see much of an improvement, as I am still in daily pain and my knee cap keeps moving on me, as I move. Although, yesterday it wasn't knee pain, it was more neck and back pain. Sitting up in my bed is hard on me since we got the new mattress. It's comfortable to sleep in, though!
I am down to 255# as of 09-30-2013. I was thinking that I am only 20# more than what I weighed in high school (1985 - 1989). Back then I thought I was huge! I never envisioned myself gaining over 200#! I always thought to myself that I would lose weight and show my bullies how "thin" I was at the class reunions. To be honest, I don't even bother with class reunions, as I still keep in touch with those who matter the most. Surprisingly, most of them aren't those I hung out with in high school.
Hope everyone is doing well and have a Happy October 1st! This is my favorite month of the year, due to the leaves falling and Halloween! :-)
Sunday, September 29, 2013
As of 09-29-13 I am down 180# since the start of my medically supervised diet,10-16-12 and 127# since VSG/WLS, 02-18-13.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Then I had my counseling session, which went alright. We discussed the stress I am under, which is a lot. It didn't help that I saw my abusive ex-fiance's mother at the clinic, yesterday. Luckily she is very sweet and didn't say anything about my ex, except that she doesn't see him much. Afterwards, since we were in town, we went to pick up our protraits at Target's Portrait Studio. The photographer was there and he pulled out an 11 x 16 canvas print that the company had sent along. It was on special, over 75% off their usual price, so I talked my husband into letting me purchase it. It is one of my favorite poses.
Otherwise, I am very behind in my school work. At least the ADA department reaffirmed my special needs requirements and I am to be allowed two extra weeks to complete my assignments. I just have to get off my duff and start working on the group project. It is our final week, too. I am scared that my instructor is going to try and deny me the incomplete request that I put in, because he sent me back an email to ask if I was participating in the group project. I explained to him that I have been very sick, but would check it out ASAP. After some sleep, today, I will do so. I did check out the discussion board and it looks as if noone has started anything, but a lot of talk about not being able to work out a time for a class chat. Which, we really don't need to do. It's more important to start using the discussion board to go over the assignment! Ugh! I hate group projects! If I were in a mental state to run the project, I would do so. If I don't pass this class with an "A," I will probably be kicked out of school. I wouldn't know what to do, financially, if that were to happen, as we would have to pay on the student loans within two months, as I took off a couple of months.
Well, hubby is finally ready for bed, so I must go. I am very tired due to stress. I hope to find the results of my urine test very soon! Thanks for all of your support! :-)
This is the portrait we received on canvas, BTW:
|Tina & Steve, 2013|
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Also, I am waiting on word about the knee brace. My knee has been very bad the past few days and I haven't been very active as far as walking, etc. So I don't know what is causing the horrific pain I have whenever I move my right knee. I swear that I must be falling apart...LOL! I don't talk about my chronic pain, much, as I would probably lose followers if all I did was whine about it. I am very limited in the exercises I can do. I can do anything that allows me to sit and not move my knees. I do try to do the exercises that my physical therapist gave me, too.
As of September 22, I was 256#! Only 56# until I get to one of my major goals! I am going to do this! For now, I have to watch my calories very carefully. At least until I am able to put weight on my knee and work out more. I would love to be able to use the recumbant bicycle we have that is currently being used as a coat rack! *sigh*
I signed up for SparkPeople as VSG_Tina. I don't track my foods, there, as I love MyFitnessPal too much! It's so much easier for me to navigate and the app is free! LOL! I am Christina_Fisher on MFP. I also have an Instagram account as TinaF1971. I am such a social media addict...LOL! You can always find my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wls4tina. If you'd like to friend my personal Facebook page, just send me a quick email and I will give you the link. I rarely talk about my weight loss on there, as I don't want to bore anyone, though. I do post quite a few memes - many cat ones! LOL!
Well, I am tired and need to get up early. I have another test I'd like my doctor to order, but I am keeping that personal. I really hope it turns out negative. Thank you, everyone, for your support and encouragement! :-)
PS - Here's another photo of hubby and I. I really like this one! We are picking up our prints tomorrow after my counseling appointment, as we'll be up that way, anyway! :-)
|Tina & Steve. 09-14-2013.|
Sunday, September 15, 2013
|This is a comparison pic of my engagement photo taken in January of 2006 and yesterday's on September 2013.|
|I thought it would be a neat idea to include our engagement photo in our photoshoot.|
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
My weight has went up, but I am not sure how much total. I stopped stepping on the scale when I saw I was up to 270# again. My lowest was 263# since surgery. I am so disappointed in myself, as I am eating horribly! I know that I need to stop, though! Also, my body might be telling me that I need to start exercising, soon! That is why I am hoping the knee brace will help!
My husband got me a new wedding ring set! I am so happy! I wasn't supposed to get it until I was at goal weight, but I am down to a ring size 7-1/2! ;-) I can't get a decent picture of it, though, but will try to upload a pic of it. I bought him a new wedding band, engraved with our wedding date, so he has no excuse to forget our anniversary! ;-)
|It's a 1/2 karat heart-shaped diamond with a ring enhancer as the wedding band!|
|This is hubby's ring. Pretty unique, huh? I think it's cool. It' Titanium.|
|I also had this pendant made with my father and mother's birthstones as a memorial to them. It is quite dainty, but I love it and am wearing it right now! :-)|
Monday, September 2, 2013
I am still waiting on the results of my urine culture so that I can get on some antibiotics for this UTI! I suppose being it's the weekend, I might get a call tomorrow. At least I hope so.
School isn't going well. They are supposed to grant me an incomplete if I am unable to finish my course work. This is due to having special needs. I am allowed two extra weeks to complete my coursework. For some reason this isn't being done and once again, I have an "F" in my last course. The instructor processed my incomplete paperwork, but for some reason I am still unable to access the classroom to complete my work. With it being a holiday weekend, the earliest anyone can look into it is tomorrow. They better grant me an extra week to complete the work, or I'll be mad! I am considered to be on academic probation until my grade is adjusted. Financial aid is tied and can't do anything about that until I do complete the course. We'll see how that goes, tomorrow.
I am going to be so busy this "weekend." My husband has Tuesdays and Wednesdays off. I've got appointments Tuesday and Thursday for PT and Thursday for counseling. Wednesday we are getting a new internet provider, which should be faster than what we have, and then that night we are taking my old computer to a friend's house and setting it up for her, as she is buying it. I have a new all-in-one PC by Lenovo. It has Windows 8 on it, but I am using it much like Windows 7, as I have the desktop setup with a start menu that I downloaded. I really like this computer, but there are some things I need to get used to.
Not much more to update on. I am finding programs to install on this new computer. It has a built in webcam, which shows the mess in the background. My computer stuff is so disorganized. Wednesday, it'll be worse, as I'll have to make room for the new modem and router. *sigh*
Hope everyone has had a great weekend! :)
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Another NSV. I had to order a new Medic Alert bracelet. The new one will be 7-1/2 inches, as my wrist is only 7 inches and they say to get them 1/2 inch larger than your wrist. I started out wearing a 9 inch one and my current one is 8-1/2 inches. If I wanted to, I could slip it off my wrist without unhooking it!
Monday, August 26, 2013
My test results from my six month follow-up appointment showed that I have a low thyroid and high white blood cell count. The low TSH makes sense and explains why I am tired and cold all the time. The high white blood cells tell me that I am still fighting off a recurring UTI. Another reason my body would be tired, I suppose. I am going to call my PCP when her office opens. I want to discuss being put on Westhroid (natural thyroid) and a stronger antibiotic. I haven't taken an antibiotic in a month, or so, but the two they have given me obviously aren't working. Most likely, I will have to go in for tests. I need a culture done on my urine and all my thyroid levels checked, not just my TSH.
I have been going through physical therapy for my knees. I am getting my first Gel-One injection on Friday. It is much like Synvisc One. I am very nervous. Whenever I would get cortisone injections they would hurt. I could feel the cortisone pushing the fluid around in my joint. It got so bad that my doctor would take fluid out before the injections. This is a new doctor and I have voiced my concern about it to him. Maybe that is why he is giving me the Gel-One over Synvisc One? Gel-One is 3 ml, whereas Synvisc One is around 6 ml. Either way, my husband better be prepared for me to squeeze his hand off! ;)
Considering the things that I am going through, mentally, I believe that I am handling things quite well. There's been this sense of sadness, despite this. I have been finding old jewelry that no longer fits, some even finally fitting me. A few items I am sad to part with. One is a very beautiful amethyst bracelet that I had custom made for myself many years ago. It is too big now. I am sure that I can go back to the jeweler and have them take some beads out and restring it, but it still saddens me. It's like an end of an era for me. It is, too. I am finally saying goodbye to my fat. That's a good thing, but terrifying at the same time. Walls that I have built up are coming down. I am exposing myself to the world, as if I am naked. It is uncomfortable for me, but I must move forward.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
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I also have been swimming twice now. Only a couple of problems getting in and out of the pool. Hubby adjusted the ladder so I can scoot down it on my way out, though. I can't seem to turn myself around when I'm at the top of the ladder. I slid into the pool the second time, but at least it was into the water. Sorry, no pics of me in the pool or my bathing suit. It reveals too much. LOL!
I won't be weighing in until after next Wednesday when I see my Psychiatrist's Assistant and the Orthopedic Surgeon! Wish me luck, I'll need it!
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
Monday, April 1, 2013
Only thing I would probably change about my experience, is the diet plan after surgery. Immediately after I passed my leak test, I was given a pureed diet to follow. Two ounces of protein, three times a day, along with two glasses of milk a day, and eight glasses of water. I honestly wish I could've started on a liquid diet the first few weeks, then went on to the pureed diet! My stomach is still healing, six weeks after the surgery. I am barely able to get my protein in! We're only allowed to eat three times a day, because they feel anymore would be considered snacking or grazing. Besides, I can barely tolerate three meals a day. Protein shakes are supposed to be prohibited except in special circumstances. When I went to my one month post-op, I was very concerned about my protein intake and asked the nurse if I would be able to supplement my diet with them. She saw how much protein that I was eating and said that I could drink them if I felt the need to. She said the nutritionist usually recommends high protein Ensure, though, but I asked about another brand, IsoPure, that had twice the protein for just the same amount of calories. She said I could have either of them.
I did try the Ensure. It's really thick(milky) and hard on my stomach. I usually am unable to finish the whole bottle. It has 25 grams of protein per serving. Today, after about two weeks, I tried a Creamy Vanilla IsoPure. It wasn't too bad and because it was mixed with water, it wasn't very thick or hard on my stomach. I use it as a supplement, usually, not a meal replacement. Although I had ate very early this morning (around 1 am) and when my husband got home at 6 am, I was still hurting from the earlier meal. I ate a bit this afternoon and soon, I will be eating dinner. Anyway, I took my pills and vitamins, along with some water shortly after drinking the IsoPure this morning. Not very long after, I got sick and threw up some. Not much, but enough to feel the burning of the pills coming back up! I think I took them too fast or something. I really hope it wasn't the IsoPure! Yes, I am still working on eating slower! :-/
I was nauseous for a while and ended up going to the ER to make sure I wasn't dehydrated, because I could barely stomach food or drink. I had also realized I had symptoms of a bladder infection, prior to going there. So I asked them about both and they told me nausea is also a symptom of a bladder infection. Something I've never experienced before, though. The doctor said he could tell if I was dehydrated, but they only found a bladder infection. He gave me prescriptions for an antibiotic and something for the nausea. It's been almost a week and the nausea has finally gone away and for the most part, all the other symptoms. Just need to finish up the antibiotics!
As for my progress, I have lost at least 55 pounds in the six weeks since surgery! I am very happy with that progress, but it probably has a lot to do with not being able to stomach much and the fact that I weight quite a bit. I've been told, by people on some forums, that the more you weigh the faster you're able to lose weight. I don't know if that's true or not, though. Just because someone said it, doesn't mean it's true, despite the Allstate commercial! LOL! Since October of last year, I have lost over 100 pounds! So, I am quite satisfied with my progress! I posted some new pics to my progress page.
I also had a non-scale victory, Easter Sunday. I was invited to my aunt and uncle's for their Easter celebration. My husband has been too tired during the day, after working hard on third shift, to do anything. My brother also decided not to go, because he had hurt his elbow and he also works twelve hours to thirteen hours a night. So, I wasn't going to go at first. I even called my uncle up that morning to tell him we wouldn't make it. At about 11 am, I couldn't sleep anymore. It was warm out, our heat was on, therefore it got pretty warm in here. I decided if I could shower and dress by myself, I was going to call my uncle to tell him that I was going to attempt to drive myself there. Something I have NOT done in years! He said if I didn't feel like I was able to, he would pick me up! But I did it! I got in that car, that I've never driven before, and drove to their house! Good thing they don't live far away! LOL! So, I was very pleased with myself. Luckily my husband was up and outside when I returned, because I was wore out! He carried my stuff inside for me and was there in case I needed a boost up the last step into the house as I usually do! I didn't need it yesterday, though!
Well, I should end this. My husband is done with his shower and I am going to eat dinner, soon. I think he already ate his while I was composing this blog! LOL!
Thursday, March 7, 2013
I was also advanced to foods that are mashable with a fork! I ate some cottage cheese for lunch and it went down well. The tuna salad for dinner was another story. I could only handle 1 oz. instead of 2, before I got full and my tummy started hurting. One of these days, soon, hubby is going to fry some tilapia fish in an egg and I will try that. I know that is quite soft and should go down easy. I can't think of much more to try, especially since the tuna salad didn't go down so well. Greek Yogurt is my staple!
I have had some problems with BM's. My first one after surgery was 3/2/13 and I haven't had one since. Milk of Magnesia is too strong for me, so the assistant suggested Miralax. She said to use one dose every day to get things moving. If it was working too good, to decrease it to once every other day. I was taking benefiber twice a day in my milk and colace tablets, which weren't working! Speaking of tablets, I can swallow the pills I take that are no larger than a pencil eraser! Otherwise, I am to still crush them. I already have a chewable Centrum multivitamin and at my one month post-op appointment will be given any other needed supplements. I am thinking maybe a calcium citrate and my biotin. I was taking 1000mcg prior to surgery to get ready for potential hairloss, but was taken off it after surgery. I want to find some prenatal vitamins or just the Biotin 5000mcg.
Next Wednesday, Hubby and I are going out on a date! We are going to see Paleyfest The Big Bang Theory. It's a live panel with clips from upcoming episodes and Q&A from the audience. Although we won't be in Los Angelas audience, we will be in the theater. We can ask questions, ourselves, but I think I will just sit back and enjoy it! I am so looking forward to it! I hope the arthrotec works some by then! Hubby wants me to sneak a vicodin in my system, too, but I doubt I'll be able to take that big of a pill, yet! He's so worried I won't be able to make it without my walker. I doubt there will be no room to store it, so I will have to attempt to walk on my own! Wish me luck!
Nothing much more to say, other than I made a new ticker that tracks just the weight I've lost post-op. MyFitnessPal one has my total loss from 10-16-2012. So I added the new tracker to my blog's front page. I will probably go by the weigh-ins from the surgeon's office, because my scale is almost ten pounds less than theirs!
Thanks for all of your support and encouragement! Will try to get some pics in soon! It's been too long!
Monday, February 25, 2013
Tuesday morning I had my leak test, and was allowed pureed foods and liquids as soon as lunch time rolled around. I ordered some peach yogurt, pureed green beans, and apple sauce. I could only get in the yogurt, though. For dinner, I ordered pureed chicken, pureed turkey, and pureed eggs. I wanted to see how they all tasted. The chicken and turkey were alright, but I preferred the eggs! Around 8 pm, my surgeon was doing his rounds and said I could be discharged that night if I wanted to. He would've kept me in another day, because it was so late, and we had a long drive home (at least an hour and a half with clear roads and it had been snowing all day), but I opted to leave ASAP! I walked around twice that day. Hubby had gotten my prescriptions from the hospital pharmacy before they closed! So, we were all ready to go!
Fast forward seven days and the pain isn't bothering me as much. The only pain I have is from sleeping on my arm wrong. The pain originates from my elbow and I have been icing it and bandaging it. Not much else I can do, as I'm not allowed NSAID's. I was taken off quite a few pills and have no clue when or if I'll be put back on them! At least I am allowed my Bipolar II Meds, as long as they are crushed! I have lost at least 11 pounds since my surgery, too! My two week follow-up appointment is March 6th with the surgeon!