Cardamom77

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About Cardamom77

  • Rank
    Advanced Member
  • Birthday 11/04/1977

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Arkansas
  • Age
    40

Information

  • Height (ft-in)
    5-04
  • Start Weight
    279
  • Current Weight
    266
  • Goal Weight
    185
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    48
  • Surgery Date
    11/21/2017
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass
  • Surgeon
    Dr. Josh Mourot

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  1. Thanks for keeping my seat warm!

    The drama llama strikes a the most inopportune times! I'm glad you're doing well! *high five* November surgery buddy!
  2. I have bipolar disorder type II and was able to get surgery. My insurance didn't require a psych eval, but my mental health didn't give anyone pause. I tell you what, if people had to be completely sane before they do something positive for their health, it would be a sad, sad world.
  3. How it went - post-op day 2

    Well I feel great, actually! I'm in a little pain, but I'm already off my pain meds (might take one before bed, though, so I can sleep tonight). I don't know what sorcerer trained my surgeon, but I have had minimal pain and zero complications. I've also had zero nausea, which was a surprise. I'm getting my protein down (if I drink two shakes mixed with Fairlife 0, I only HAVE to drink 2!) and sipping water religiously. I have to pee constantly. Haha! Yesterday was probably the worst of it - I hurt a lot and was super grumpy when I got home. But today is a million times better. So surgery went incredibly smoothly. I had a surprise hiatal hernia (*high five* @CJireh) but the surgeon said it took about 3 minutes for him to fix that up while he was in there, so no big deal. I was up and getting myself to the bathroom and walking the halls by myself the night of surgery. One nurse looked a little like my sister and came to check my vitals and woke me up, so I was elated for about 2 seconds and then started crying. She was really sweet about it when I had to explain what was up. Today I got a shower, which was nice, and I'm watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on TV with the kids. I'm looking forward to my gravy-like substance for dinner (broth with raw protein powder - ha!).
  4. I’m home! Really couldn’t have gone better.
  5. Cardamom77's Surgery Date

    I’m doing great! More later when I’m home.
  6. Tomorrow.....

    Well, I've done just fine on clear liquids and magnesium citrate today, though the bathroom is sure seeing a lot of me. Ha! I'm missing my sister a lot right now. I would be calling her up and joking around with her, asking her for advice. She was my dear friend. She would have come with me to the hospital. I have been talking to her anyway, even though she can't answer. I think she would be proud of me. I'm nervous, but excited to start this journey. I'm thinking about joining the gym my husband goes to so we can go together. I haven't decided yet. I haven't been all that successful at trying to work out at home, though - and he goes pretty regularly - so I'm thinking it might be wise to go with him. We'll see. It will be a little while before I can go anyway. I'll let you all know how it goes tomorrow.
  7. Cardamom77's Surgery Date

    I head in first thing tomorrow morning. Right now it's mostly things coming out, since I drank the magnesium citrate I was told to drink. Haha! I'm doing well so far.
  8. Kristin (_withak)'s Surgery Date!

    Hope you're doing well! I meant to post to wish you well today, but had errands to run for my mother before surgery. I know you're going to do awesome! Can't wait to hear!
  9. Thank you, @CJireh! Your positivity and inclusion is really helpful in all of this. I think you're so right about November being a month that the old us would have balked at. I won't lie, I've thought about how this is a huge decision and I won't be able to smoosh my emotions down with stuffing. I'm also a great cook, so I am trying to figure out how I'm going to cook for my loved ones when I can't eat! Haha! My "little" (we have 4 kids, but aren't going anywhere) family is ordering Whole Foods TG dinner this year. I'll drink broth and pretend it's gravy. LOL. The holidays will be hard for a lot of reasons for us this year, so I'm not sure I'll feel much like eating anyway. That's a good and a bad thing, probably. But I am excited. It's a really weird kind of excited, but I am still very happy I made this decision.
  10. The worst week of my life

    Something that is holding me together a little is that I have not screwed up on my pre-op diet. I have not smoked (I haven't in years, but all of this kind of made me want to bum a cigarette), I have not drank, I have quit drinking caffeine entirely - all while coping with the death of my sister. If that isn't a testament that I can do this, then I don't know what is.
  11. The worst week of my life

    @CJireh they are with their dad about an hour south of here. I don't want to go into the issues on a public forum, but the situation is extremely upsetting and is requiring a lot of time and energy (and money) that we don't have.
  12. The worst week of my life

    My sister died last Tuesday night, at 11:10pm, driving down a country road. She missed a curve, hit a steep embankment, her car went over, and she hit a boulder. We don't know why. We don't know what happened. We never will. She was the only one in the car. She was 37. She was my best friend and a brilliant mother and aunt. I have had to speak to lawyers, morticians, wrecker services, storage facility owners, organ donation services, school counselors, teachers, friends of hers, etc., etc., etc. It has been awful. I'm still having surgery on the 21st. I didn't push it back. I think it's the right thing, but I won't know for sure until it's done. I'm on my pre-op diet and doing well. My surgeon knows what's going on with me and has been incredibly kind, even prescribing me a month of my antidepressants so that I have time to get in with a regular doctor. I feel well taken care of. So. Things kind of suck. I'm not as excited, but I do think this is the right choice. And I'm going to go write that living will now......
  13. My sister died suddenly tonight

    We can't do credit (my husband had cancer a couple of years ago that tanked our finances), but thank you for trying - sincerely. We got it figured out. I'm going through with it.
  14. My sister died suddenly tonight

    We had the service yesterday. I'm struggling. I didn't push back my surgery, so I'm going to have to come up with the money somehow - even after having to put a lot of my own money toward settling her affairs. I'm not sure how that's going to happen.
  15. My sister died suddenly tonight

    This is so nice to hear. Her corneas were donated, as well. She had BEAUTIFUL eyes, so the fact that someone will be able to benefit from them is such a comfort. We had a small, private viewing today. It is the first time I have ever been to a viewing. I was surprised at how comforting it was. I will miss her terribly. I haven't postponed surgery yet. I may still. I will have to make that decision Monday. Money is also an issue now. My insurance covers 100% after deductible, but I got my job in June, so we haven't covered a lot of the deductible. I'm not sure how that will work out.