Measure twice…cut once – a favorite saying of those in the construction world and one I learned from my Dad at an early age. I’m sure you are scratching your head now and asking…’what does this have to do with her journey to a better health?’ Well…the analogy fits in well with surgery. We want our surgeons to check twice and cut once – just think if they didn’t...
As part of the 90 days leading up to surgery, I endured a heart sonogram, EKG and endoscopy exams, gall bladder sonogram, lung x-ray, blood tests, blood pressure and weight checks AND losing 20 pounds to help clear my liver. Darn it, had to slow down the drinking a bit to make that a reality! OMG…I almost forgot my favorite – the psych exam – where I was told that I had traits of being narcissistic (HARDLY…that one made me laugh outloud) and being bi-polar ( really?) but the therapist said they would recommend me for surgery as long as I agreed to continuing therapy after surgery. Well, we’ll see about that one…so they do really ‘measure twice, cut once’ to prepare you for surgery.
Then there were classes on what to expect on surgery day at the hospital … what a great class and how comforting to know that there was a team of bariatric certified individuals who would be there to take care of me once I walked through the doors of the hospital. A nutrition class about how to get the proper nutrients given a smaller stomach and how to keep hydrated (64 ounces required every day). More meetings with the dietician and then the BIG meeting with Dr. Moazzez who explained what to expect once I arrived at the hospital and the surgery process, the overnight stay and getting up and moving after surgery. By this time, I was so ready…but not nervous or anxious. I really trusted the team at Blue Point and INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital.
Thanksgiving came in the middle of all of these final preparations…off to Ohio and to have a wonderful dinner with my friends, Lee Kelly and Dickie Switz, husband Chris and friends of Lee and Dickie. It was one of the best dinners I had and knowing that in just two short weeks, my life would change forever – I enjoyed it even more!
In addition to the medical team, I also had a wonderful support group of friends who were cheering me on to success and offering to be there on surgery day…I can’t thank my friend and roommate, Jerry, enough for trekking with me to appointments when I wasn’t allowed to drive afterwards. To my sister Janell, your daily prayers and encouragement were much appreciated. Plus many others that have been there through this journey. AND my biggest thanks has to go to Jane D. who took me on surgery day and stayed with me well into the evening after a 3 hour surgery! What a trooper and friend…Thank you Jane!
P.S. My surgery was 3 hours because they found a hernia and repaired it while they were in there – nothing like getting two for one! But am very thankful that it was discovered and repairable.
Surgery date…December 13 (2 days after turning 53)….here is the surgery day photo….already 20 lbs lighter….
Stay tune…I’ll do month one update shortly – writing it now!