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I'm a wife to a wonderful, supportive husband, Eddie ... aka “Big Dabby”, mother of three, have five grandsons, two Springer Spaniels and two Saint Bernards. I am involved at our church and volunteer for our local Relay For Life. I go to almost all the grandson's ballgames and love to spend as much time as I can watching them grow! One thing I don't do is take time for myself. Thirty years of diet after diet which have failed has resulted in the “Elephant in the Room” syndrome ... I'll just ignore it, hence, ignore me! Things are about to change!!!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Where have I been, you ask????

Well ... here's what's been up with me ...
I thought I had a touch of a bug in late February ... then the weekend of the 21st with the help of our grandsons we began tearing up the floor in our kitchen in preparation for the new linoleum laminate ... LOVE IT BY THE WAY!!! ... the demo meant breaking up ceramic tiles and removing 3/4 inch subfloor which had been laid for the tiles. Well, I thought I had pulled a muscle and didn't think much of it. By Monday it was a bit worse and becoming isolated. Tuesday afternoon I was pretty much doubled over in pain and by the evening was running a fever. I thought it was a combination of a bug and something I had pulled but was concerned I had done some damage to something in there from the gastric by-pass, so Wednesday morning I called the surgeon, who told me to cal my PCP and was in the office that afternoon at 3:15. A twenty minute visit explaining all my symptoms led to two possible explanations for the pain and fever one of which was a possible appendicitis ...WHAT ... NOT ON MY LIST OF POSSIBILITIES!!! They set up a Catscan appointment at the hospital for 5:00 and by 5:45 I was went to the ER to get admitted and wait for the surgeon to arrive. By 9:30 that night I was being rolled into the OR for an emergency appendectomy. Home the next day around 2 and back to work the following Monday ... no problems!!
The recovery has not been bad, but I have had some lingering pain in the abdominal muscle ... I guess it doesn't like being cut into so many times ... 5 years ago for gallbladder, 9 months ago for gastric by-pass and now for this. Anyway, I still have to take something for the pain occasionally and am not doing much in the way of lifting and straining.
The good side of this story is that the little bit of appetite I had before is even less now! As a result I have lost the 10 pounds I put on following the surgery and 12 or so more!! As of today, I am 3 pounds from my goal weight !!! This is very exciting for me ... but also a bit overwhelming ... it has happened so fast. I am wearing a size 10 dress ... size 8-10 tops ... size 10, 12 & 14 pants, depending of the style!! I hit a super sale on shorts in Walmart Saturday ... 4 pair of shorts for $12.00 ... WOW!!!!
The journey continues ... this weight of 156 pounds is one the Doctor set ... it's 80% of the extra weight I had going into surgery ... not an ideal body weight for me, but loosing 80% of that ideal body weight for my height and age. I would like to get down to 135-140 pounds, so I have another 19-24 pounds I'd like to loose ... so, yes the journey continues ... but it has been a wonderful journey!!!!!!

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