Saturday, March 16, 2013

Let's recap...

Well Tuesday is my big day. Just a few more days and I will have a sexy, flat stomach (or at least I hope so). I have done all of my shopping (jello, bandagaes, comfy clothes, etc) and now I just need to go get my pedi and clean my house really good.

Just like when I had lapband surgery everyone said "be sure you take before pictures". I didn't do that before lapband surgery and I can't really say that I regret it all that much. I absolutely hate looking at the very few pictures there are of me from the 2 years before I had surgery. This time I took the pictures. Ugggghhhhhhhhh....I was feeling pretty good about myself until I looked at those pictures. I will NOT be posting them on here. In fact, I don't care to ever see them again.

So, let's recap my journey thus far....

In August of 2010 my blood pressure became extremely high. So high that my diagnosis was "malignant hypertension". It landed me in ICU and at one time I was on more than 13 medications. A very vicious cycle began...the meds made me extremely tired and I laid around all the time...the more I laid around (eating mindlessly) the more weight I gained....the more weight I gained the higher blood pressure got....the higher my blood pressure got the more they upped my meds....then the cycle started all over again. By 2011 I had gained 60 pounds and felt like ass every single day.

In June, 2011 I went to a seminar for weight loss surgery. I decided I wanted to have the Sleeve, but the surgeon said I was not a candidate due to having Barrett's Esophagus. So, I decided on the lapband.

From June until November I jumped through all the insurance hoops. On November 7, 2011 I had lapband surgery. By my one year bandiversary (November, 2012) I had lost 75 pounds.

In January, 2013 I went for my first tummy tuck consultation. I liked the first doctor well enough, but he was not in my insurance network and I would have had to pay for everything. I went to another consultation with a very well known plastic surgeon at the same hospital where I had my lapband surgery. His office submitted everything to my insurance and they will pay for the skin removal, O.R., and anesthesiologist.

So that is where I am now. Surgery is Tuesday. Today is house cleaning and pedi day. Tomorrow is prepare meals for the family for the week. Monday I have to work and after work I am getting my hair done.

Whew, what a nice little journey this has been :)

13 comments:

Chris P said...

You've come so far! And you have done amazing! So happy for you! Good luck with your surgery on Tuesday. Would love to see after pictures :) I've been thinking about a tummy tuck when I reach my goal. Keep up the awesome job!

Mari said...

So excited for you!!! Xxx

Cheri said...

Sounds like you are ready to go!

Anna said...

It's coming! Good luck, LB twin! :)

jennxaz said...

so excited for you! and envious!

Terrie said...

I'm glad you took the pictures. I am so jealous of you. I hope you have a speedy recovery.

Theresa aka Tessie Rose said...

Good luck!

Laura Belle said...

Holy crap girl!! I'll be thinking of you this week! So excited for you! Congrats!

Robyn's Nest said...

Good luck! I am excited for you.

Amy said...

wishing you well! :)

speck said...

Love ya T!

Beth said...

Good luck hot mama!

Fiveinthehive said...

Just came across your blog. April 2 will be my band day! I was happy (not HAPPY) but interested is a better choice of words...that you mentioned you have Barrett's Esophagus. I have that too. My surgeon said lap band would be OK however I am waiting on a call from the Mayo doctors where I've had endoscopies the last few years to make sure. I've had heartburn for the last 35 years...since I was 15 I suppose...did the LB help that for you? Just getting started on your blog but so I'm starting at the most recent and will read back! Hope you can rest well after surgery.