Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The First Thanksgiving - Post-Op Edition #wls

It's the night before Thanksgiving and I'll admit, I'm nervous.  This is the first post-op major holiday and frankly, I wonder how will I handle it.  This is the time of multiple family home visits and the "food pushing".  You know what I mean, 

"Taste this, try this, just a little won't hurt."

I think some people understand I had the surgery but I don't think they really get it.  I suppose I should just carry a list of rules with me.  It can look something like this:
  1. I can't eat as much as I used to.  Please don't be offended by my small portion size.
  2. I can't eat sweets, mainly by choice, but I still choose not to tempt fate and discover what can push me over the edge and have me in serious pain.
  3. There are some things that just don't appeal to me any more.  It's not that I don't like aunt em's sweet potato casserole but the idea of makes me what to hurl.  
  4. I am learning to enjoy just being with my family and not just eating.  Why don't we just talk?
  5. Speaking of talking, can we NOT let the whole focus be on my weight loss, the surgery or any other questions I don't feel comfortable sharing with you?  This includes how much do I weight now, what did I weight before the surgery, and did you really need to have the surgery.
I really think I'll be OK tomorrow.  My rock (Hubby) will be with me and he'll help me keep the temper under control.  I'll be on tomorrow reporting what actually happened.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Blue Jeans #WLS

Blue Jeans...

As any woman can tell you, they are the bane of our existence.  We love blue jeans and when you find a pair that fits, you have found a good thing!  Blue jeans can be dressed up or dressed down.  They can go almost anywhere and look stylish and chic.

Blue Jeans...

They are also the biggest barometer of weight.  Blue jeans (not the spandex embedded ones but pure denim) have no forgiveness.  Often, the first indicator of weight gain is the fact that our jeans won't fit!  Once weight gain begins, the blue jeans are often the first thing to go, replaced by soft, stretchy, more forgiving pants.  We mourn the loss of our blue jeans.  It's like losing a best friend.

Yesterday, I started my Christmas shopping.  Since my wedding anniversary is Sunday (12 years!), I also got some anniversary funds.  Since I'm dropping pounds, I wanted to add a few pieces to my wardrobe.  I found some lovely skirts (in a smaller size of course! :D) and on a whim, I decided to take a pair of jeans in the dressing room too.

Keep in mind, I haven't worn jeans literally in years.  Image my shock and glee as I pulled these jeans on and they fit!  They went over the thighs, buttoned up and fit!  I could have cried but instead, I ran out the dressing room to show my hubby my accomplishment.  I think I've spent the rest of the day on Cloud 50!

A lot of times, on those rough days, it's hard to remember why I CHOSE to have this surgery.  Yesterday was a reminder why.  Yes, health plays a big role in my choice but the simple pleasure of pulling on a pair of blue jeans is pretty amazing too!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Medical ID Bracelet - Fashion Accessory and Lifesaver

I've been fortunate in the past that with my morbid obesity, the only thing that was seriously wrong with me was the fact that I had high blood pressure.  Even with that condition, I never gave a thought to a medical ID bracelet.  Don't get me wrong, I've seen them.  My mother wears a cute anklet to let the health care system know about her diabetes.  To be honest, I never really thought I needed one.

Enter gastric bypass surgery.  Suddenly, the game has changed.  My guts have been rearranged and from the outside, I realize, no one would even know.  In the back of my mind, I keep thinking that I could just tell doctors about the surgery if I need to or my husband could if I couldn't. 


What if I was incapacitated and couldn't tell anyone?

What if my husband wasn't there to tell the doctors or was in a panic and forgot to mention it?

So this means you can see where this is going?

A blog that I follow - The World According To Eggface - has shown a wonderful thing, not just for WLS patients but for anyone who has a medical condition and wants a beautiful way to display a lifesaving tool.  Lauren's Hope is a wonderful site that sells stylish medical alert bracelets for men, women and children.  I entered a contest at Eggface's blog to try and win one, but to be honest, if I don't win, I'm still getting one.  I really think everyone who has a loved one with a medical condition should check the site out.

It's really weird to me that it took surgery for me to think more about my health but with this second chance to live a more vibrant life, I plan on doing everything I can to make sure that happens!