Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A setback resolved and moving forward

As some of you know, I have been struggling periodically to keep food down. In August I decided to go to a gastro-intestinal doctor and see if my ulcer came back. It did not. He ordered a x-ray with barium. It turns out my lap band slipped up. As I expected (since I had the results sent to my surgeon)he asked me to come in as soon as possible. I went in on August 31st and to my surprise, my surgeon wanted me to have surgery right away when I saw him Tuesday to fix it. I told him I couldn't do it today so he said I could have surgery on Wednesday August 1st. My brother Shawn and my foster mom have been a tremendous support. Both were there before my surgery and were there when I came out of recovery. My brother called me everyday for a week to check on me. I have felt so much love from my family and friends. I even got a call from one of my coworkers the morning after the surgery. My friends at church have been a great support by providing food. My surgeon has put me on the same diet as when I had the band put in a year ago. By third day I called my surgeon's office to ask if I could go back to working out. I was eager to get back to the gym but the nurse said walking was all I could do until I saw the surgeon in two weeks. I saw him for my 2 week post op appointment and he said I could go back to working out at the gym. I even lost 3 more pounds since my surgery. My total now is 135 pounds. It is amazing how far God has brought me. My surgeon said that I have lost 60% of my body weight. My pants are getting looser and I am very close to going to Goodwill to buy size 14 pants. I can't remember the last time I wore size 14. I am so excited and so thankful to God and all of you for walking with me in this journey. Please pray for provision of a part time job after school whether it's babysitting or something else.