Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The incredible shrinking man :-)

A moment of panic hit me as they wheeled me into the operating room.... why am I still awake!
See my wife was already knocked out as they whisked her away for her surgery, so naturally I kinda freaked as the masked surgeons surrounded me with those giant lights glaring down at me.
Well a few deep breaths later through my air mask, my final thought was oh please don't bump into my bad ankle!
I know, I know that should be the last thing on my mind right before surgery but like I voiced before I worry more about my ankle and rightfully so cause after 2 months it still hasn't heeled correctly. I'm having MRI May 2 to make sure there isn't something the doctor missed... no ankle means no gym, workouts, 5Ks or anything. UGH!
So first four days I consumed 80 grams of Isopure clear protein, water, sugar-free jello and ice pops. YUM!
I take small sips cause my "new stomach" could only hold a few ounces. I've been walking around the house to avoid blood cots and my 6 half-inch incisions are heeling well.
Today I started phase 2 of introducing new foods (next 10 days): Muscle Milk light, Premier (Costco), Cream of Wheat w/splenda, fat-free yogurt (non-fruit flavors) and fat-free pudding. So far so good.
My pre-surgery weight was 326 and today I weighed in at 303. That's 23 pounds in 5 days!
Another panic moment so I called the Bariatric Care Coordinator to see if this is the norm. It is as she reminded me this is why I had the surgery to lose weight. Apparently the weight will come off fast so no complaints from me.
A big THANK YOU! to my beautiful wife (down 113 pounds to date) for all the support... she is simply amazing!
And a big thank you to all my friends and family for their support and encouragement. Hope you all continue away in your own battle against the bulge.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Getting rid of my cast.... and 3/4 of my stomach!?!

The cast is off and on Monday my podiatrist will evaluate my ankle which is feeling good.
But before that I have someone else to see ... my surgeon so he can remove most of my stomach.
Yes, I'm having gastric bypass surgery (Sleeve) Friday as part of my weight-loss trek. I use to frown on the idea of surgery, always considering it an "easy way" out. Of course I never made any strides with other methods in losing weight.
I enrolled in a program with Kaiser called "Options" in November which taught me about nutrition and informed me about the surgery.
I was 442 pounds and now I weigh 326 pounds. About 5 more pounds since my last post for a total of 116 pounds.
My surgery is scheduled for noon and will take about 45 minutes. I will be up and walking 1 hour after the procedure. Basically they remove 3/4 of my stomach which is done laparoscopic. My stomach will be the size of a small banana. I will explain more about my diet and recovery once I get home Saturday evening.
I'm feeling anxious and believe it or not I am more concerned about my ankle than this surgery.
I want to thank my wife (down 110 pounds herself and looking GREAT) who will be with me tomorrow and who will have to put up with me during my recovery :-)~
Glad to hear all the success stories from all my friends and very jealous about all the 5Ks and gym visits. Great job people! Keep away!
Again thank you for all the support and tune in for post-op updates.