Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Eight pounds and counting

Today was my first post op appointment at the Bariatric Center at CDH. I weighed in and I have lost 8 pounds. I am so excited. Walking every day has really helped. On Thursday, I start my pureed diet. Breakfast will consist of either oatmeal or a protein shake. Lunch and dinner will include one cube of protein, one or two cubes of vegatables and one of potatoes. The dietician said to concentrate on the protein(chicken, turkey, or fist) and if I am still hungry I can have veggies and potatoes. She said that I may not even be hungry for more than the protein. Thanks for all your prayers and support.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Walking my way to health and fitness

As soon as I was able to on the evening of the surgery the nurses had me walking around the floor. When I got to my friend Lori's house, I continued walking. Lori loves to go walking so for two days I had someone to go walking with. I have been able to gradually increase my distance. Every day after school, I have walked between one and two miles. It's been great. I feel so good. Who knows in a year or two I may be doing a 5K or 10k. If you like to walk, feel free to email me and find out where I am walking to that day. Thanks for all your encouragement and support. My first weigh in is Tuesday, I am hoping to have lost a few pounds during the last two weeks. I will let you know.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Prayer request

Just a item for prayer. I have been feeling cold and clammy today but sweating too. I don't have a temp. Pray that this feeling goes away. I only have two more students today so I think I can last till I get home.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

First day back at work

Today was my first day back at work. It was a very busy and was tired by the end of the day. I realize that it will take a few days or more to get back into the swing of things. I am really excited that I have been able to walk ever day since the surgery including the evening of the surgery. Exercise daily will be a crucial part of my weight loss journey. Please pray that I will be diligent and disciplined in walking every day. If you ever want a walking partner, email me.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A New Prayer Request

I developed a low grade fever. Please pray that it goes down and I can rest well tonight. I will take the day off tomorrow.

And the little children prayed

Today was a good day. It was great to worship Jesus with my community. My friend Jenny and her two children, Patrick and Elise came to visit me. Elise had made me a card that said "Please let Auntie Clare's boo-boo get better" I was great to visit with them. At the end, Jenny said let's pray for Auntie Clare before we go. Patrick was so precious. He put his hand on my knee and said, "Jesus, make the boo-boo in Auntie Clare's belly not hurt any more. He then put oil on my forehead. I was so touched by Patrick's excitement about praying. Thank you for friends and children. I pray that we can all have a heart for prayer like Patrick and Elise.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Trekking along

Today has started off well. I had a good night sleep with little pain and felt rested. I went for a walk today. I went all the way around the block today. I feel a little tired but otherwise I am doing fine. I walked twice as far as I did yesterday. Yay! Thank you God for how my recovery is progressing. I have been doing well in regard to the liquid diet. Please pray that I would be able to increase my liquid intake. Besides the protein shakes at mealtime I am supposed to have 56 to 64 ounces of liquid a day (water, crystal lite, broth or popsicles). Please pray for a pain in my left shoulder. I don't know if it's pain from CO2 that may still be left in my body or if I hurt it moving from the gurney in pre-op to the operating table. The plan is to go back to work on Monday. If I get another good night's sleep and don't need to take a nap that will be a sign to me I am ready to go back to work. Thanks for all your support.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Day and the Day After

I was blessed to have four friends visit me yesterday. The hospital staff was so gracious and helpful. Please pray that tonight I can rest better than I did last night and that the pain subsides. I hope to go back to work on Monday,please pray that I will be well enough to do that.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Surgery is set for tomorrow

I will arrive at CDH at 7:30 a.m. and my surgery is set for 9:30 a.m. The surgeon will do the hiatal hernia repair first and then do the lap band surgery. A hiatal hernia is when part of the stomach pushes through this opening at base of esophagus. After the hiatal hernia surgery is complete, the surgeon will then do the lap band surgery. The total time in surgery will be about a hour. I will then be in recovery for two hours. I will at some point have to have a barium cocktail and have an endoscopy to check that everything is in the place that they are supposed to be and that the opening that was created by the surgery. I will spend the night because I have sleep apnea and they want to observe me overnight. Pray for a good night's sleep tonight and that I wake up for my ride that is supposed to arrive at 7:15 a.m.

Monday, September 14, 2009

The day draws closer

Anxiety was way up today. I felt like the things I did today didn't go well. I felt over whelmed. I totally over ate yesterday. I felt alone in a crowd today. I know I am not supposed to but I beat myself up about over eating. I am stressing out about being able to follow the diet plan outlined for me. It seems counter intuitive but there is certain fear attached to being thinner. I feel like I need more strength. A part of me is dying. That part of me that used food to deal with stress and anxiety.
Tonight I was able to lean on Jesus feel his comfort. Thank you Lord that you are always there for me and thank you for never tiring of my need for reminders of your presence and love.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

A New Chapter in the Journey Begins

This week I begin a new chapter in my weight loss journey. I will have lapband surgery on Wednesday morning at CDH. I have been overweight ever since I was a kid. Growing up in foster care and moving around as much as I did; I sought solace in food. I used it to fill the emptiness I felt inside. I have tried many times to loose weight on my own. Sometimes I succeeded and sometimes I didn't. I first started thinking about weight loss surgery about nine years ago. Lap band was still in its infancy and gastric bypass was more common but also had more complications. Because there were more complications as well as having more recovery time and I didn't have insurance; I did not have the surgery. In 2004, my doctor again brought up the subject of surgery. I don't think I was ready. The idea of having the surgery scared me too much. As I have continued to work through issues in the 4 1/2 years, I decided last summer that I was ready to have lap band surgery. I was blessed enough to have insurance that would pay for it. I hope to use this blog to document this chapter of my weight loss journey. I would appreciate your continue prayers as I begin this new chapter.