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One month from today I will have my gastric bypass! I am so ready to have this surgery but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous too.  But I’m only nervous because you‘re sort of going into the “unknown” so to speak. I’m ready to get with the program!  

I’ve done everything that is required by my insurance company and my doctor.  Now I’m just waiting for the day to get here.  

So that I’m ahead of the game and because for a month or so I won’t be able to pick anything up heavy or move anything...I will be working on my Christmas decorating by the end of the October.  I always start early anyway because if I’m going to put all of that stuff out...it’s going to stay up for a while.  But the more of all of that I have done before the surgery the better I will relax and heal AND concentrate on my new way of eating.  

I’ve talked to two different people just recently that have had this surgery.  Both said it was the best thing they ever did.  My nephew who had this surgery a year ago September has lost 204 pounds.  He is only 20 years old and this has totally changed his life.  He looks fantastic!

Another guy that I ran into just last week had it done seven years ago.  He was a huge and now he looks great!  Of course he is not skinny by any means but the amount of weight he lost is unbelievable.  He is very happy.

The first month will be a little rough....with me drinking mainly...but it will all eventually pass.  When I see the weight start dropping off....that will get me through.  

My family doctor did blood work the middle of September.  My cholesterol actually went below 200 for the first time in years.  My good cholesterol did go up some..which was great...but still not where it needs to be but probably never will get there until after the surgery maybe.  But my blood work was fantastic...and we will re-check all of that in January to see where I am.  He is hoping that I will get to come off my Crestor for cholesterol and Maxzide for blood pressure!  

I have my exercise routine planned out already.  I’ll get up at 5:15am every morning...head to the Family Y for the treadmill 3 days a week and weight lifting (when I’m given the go ahead to lift weights after the surgery) two days a week plus Saturday.  At night I will walk the track or walk in the neighborhood to keep me focused and out of the house when the “fam” is eating.  Eventually I’m going to join an aerobics class or jazzercise class for cardio.  And just maybe if my foot with the heal spur in it will allow me...I might start running!  We shall see.  estatic

So that is the update for now....just waiting!!!hearthappy

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      Vikki Hall wrote Oct 9, 2010
    • Thx for the update MC!



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 9, 2010
    • Mary, we‘re with you on this. I’m really looking forward to hearing all about your progresss and encouraging you through it. Was it originally scheduled for October 13? For some reason I had it on my calendar. But I’ll change the date.



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      Allinet48 wrote Oct 9, 2010
    • Exercising before you have it done might be helpful to help you get in the habit. Good luck.



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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 9, 2010
    • Cynthia...yes..it was originally planned for the 13th of October but I had to change it due to work.  I had no one to cover me while I was out!  (I don’t know what they would do if I had like an emergency and couldn’t come in?  LOL) OH well...I changed it....and it will all work out!

      Allinet:  You are right....and I“m going to start walking!



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      Mindy Wilson wrote Oct 9, 2010
    • Wow, Mary~ I’m sure thinking of you!

      supa-hugs
      Mindy Wilson



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      Yana Berlin wrote Oct 9, 2010
    • I know that it is probably the best thing you can do for yourself.  

      Looking good and feeling great, sky is the limit estatic



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      Anne E wrote Oct 10, 2010
    • Best of luck Mary! It’s going to go great! heartheart



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      UK Girl wrote Oct 10, 2010
    • Mary I hope it all goes well and I know this will be so positive for you - so the count down is on ...



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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 10, 2010
    • Thanks everyone!!  I’m so excited!  Hopefully they will have WiFi in the hospital because I will be “on” while in there...when I’m not out walking the halls.  LOL  

      I do have to get my two miles in day after surgery! And two miles in on the next day in order to go home! The walking helps keep the blood clots away!!  

      Girls...I am ready!  BRING IT ON!!estatic



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      Rose Nino wrote Oct 10, 2010
    • Wishing you the best and keeping you in my prayers Mary.  

      heartestatic



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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 10, 2010
    • Hi Term....

      I am excited and you are right!!  I am eating everything that I want to....get it out of my system so to speak!  Well I’m not going nuts with it...but I am getting my fill of Mexican food because that WILL be what I will miss the most, but it’s okay...it will be worth it in the end.  

      I’ve already started to planning what I will do if I start to get cravings or everyone in my house is eating something I can’t have.  I’ve got all of that worked out!!  

      The surgery is November 9th (Tuesday) and I will come home on Thursday after I walk my 2 miles in the halls of the hospital.  I have walk two miles the night before the surgery to get my natural hephrin going (to prevent blood clots) and the night of surgery they will get me up and put me in a chair.  Next morning they will do a barium test to make sure there are no leakages...then I start my 2 mile walk in the halls for the day.  Of course I don’t have to do it all at one time but I have to do all of it. I’m bound and determined to do more if they will let me.  

      As far as eating...there will be none....LOL.  I will be taking in maybe a teaspoon of broth here and there.

      First week...clear broth (I’m getting it from the Japanese restaurant...it’s good...I like it and it will make me feel I’m not doing without)...sugar free popsicles, and sugar free jello.  That is the first week...next week...very thin cream potatoes......that’s about it.  Each week...I get a little more.  

      BUT...NO SUGAR!!! SUGAR WILL BE BAD...AND SUGAR COULD LITERALLY KILL ME!  

      SO...as long as I do what they tell me...I will be fine!
      I will have a drain tube for a week...and I’ll be home from work about two weeks.  Of course when I go back to work...absolutely no picking anything heavy up or pushing anything.  That’s for a month or so.  But overall it will be fine!! I’ll keep up my walking when I get home from the hospital...and that’s about it!!  

      I’m eating a bowl of chili right now....LOL....

      I also bought some cute brown pants (smaller size) that I got at Steinmart on clearance plus I had a coupon for Red Sale items...exta 30% off.  Got them for about $10.  LOL

      estatic



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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 10, 2010
    • Well....put it this way....the people I’ve interviewed that have had this surgery and actually gained weight back said when they introduced “sugar” back into their diet is when they started putting the weight back on.  

      So with that said...at first the sugar WILL kill you....or come close to it.  So...I know I will stay away.  But if I’m going to do all of this...I certainly do not want to put back on any weight.  You have to change your lifestyle....the surgery helps but it’s not going to save you completely.  You still have to do your part.  Therefore...it is my goal to never introduce “sugar” knowingly back into my diet.  I’m going to act like I’m a diabetic.



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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 10, 2010
    • And thanks for the well wishes....I really do appreciate everyone’s comments and support.  It means so much!



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