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  1. 4 points
    Brooke Danielle

    5 Year Update With Pics!

    I'm sorry for taking so long! (Soon after my last post, my mom suffered a traumatic brain injury and my family and I spent the last 6 months with her in Neuro ICU. She was discharged last month with several deficits. Any of you that pray, please pray for my mom). I didn't mean to get off topic. I found a couple of my BEFORE pics! Its so hard to believe its been almost 6 years since my Gastric Bypass!
  2. 2 points
    April Martinez

    My dream

    Once I lose all my weight. My dream is to fight in mma
  3. 2 points
    msmarymac

    Post Op Nutrional Supplements

    I think getting the hang of scheduling everything is one of the trickiest things about post-op life, but luckily it doesn't take too long to figure out what works for you. First priority of course is meeting your fluid goals, you can get dehydrated pretty quickly. Protein goals are next; you likely won't meet those goals in the first few post-op weeks while you're on mostly liquids and not taking in much volume. Then it's the matter of timing the iron and calcium apart. I take my multivitamin and my iron in the morning, then calcium mid-morning (I keep some at work) and at bedtime. It can all seem overwhelming at first. But, you'll get there, I promise. I found my phone to be a very helpful tool in managing the new schedule; I'd set reminders when it was time for my calcium, or to remind myself to drink more. Before long, it becomes habit and replaces all those prior bad habits.
  4. 2 points
    April, I wonder if it is to reduce liver size making the surgery safer for you? I watched the surgery on You-tube before I decided which one to have, and it really impressed me what a difference it makes to have the liver out of the way. The liver is very vascular, meaning it has a very rich network of blood vessels, and accidentally nicking it during surgery because it was too large could have very serious consequences. That's the first thought. Lowering your weight in general lowers risks in other ways as well; decreasing your risk of blood clots, pneumonia, poor wound healing and a variety of other things. It's good that they want to have you in your very best health for this. It would be nice if that was communicated to you a little better though. Best thing to do next is ask.
  5. 2 points
    I just guessing April but at your current weight, your surgeon may feel that dropping a few more pounds would make surgery safer for you. Have you asked her?
  6. 2 points
    Cheesehead

    WL007

    No problems here. I will be 7 years out next week. My doctor told me last year that had I not had surgery he didn’t think I would have survived 5 years..life is good on the losers bench:)
  7. 2 points
    Res Ipsa

    Almost to Onederland!

    Seamus is doing fine - although he now is a really big Golden Retriever puppy (9 months old and 90 pounds). He is a sweet, lovable soul who just wants to sit in your lap and lick your hand. He also loves to take long walks in snowy northeastern Vermont. He gives me great joy.
  8. 2 points
    Nana Trish

    Almost to Onederland!

    @Res Ipsa...happy holidays!! Thank you so much for asking, we have had so much going on we haven’t had time to check in. I’m so sorry! @PapaDavid is doing fantastic! I think he is around 180 now, but also losing inches like crazy. He’s doing so well, he’s off all of his high blood pressure, cholesterol meds and CPAP! We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on Christmas Eve :) I will post some pics for comparison. I believe I just came down with bronchitis, so I may FINALLY have time to check in!
  9. 2 points
    Had surgery Dec 31, 2019 (2 days ago) Should get out of the hospital this evening. They had me drink nothing- zero until last night. Water is good. I have restless leg syndrome- i take ropinirole for it. Last night i chewed up my pill & washed it down with water. I thought i was going to die. Nausea, sweating, pain. Oh God. I managed to not throw up, mostly because I was afraid it would hurt too bad. I will be all over the dr when they come in. Other than that things are going great. Walked for a couple hours yesterday. No issues beyond that damn pill.
  10. 2 points
    Cheesehead

    5 Year Update With Pics!

    You look fantastic!
  11. 2 points
    Kim M

    Sleeve to bypass due to GERD

    The amount I can eat differs each day. A good day is being able to eat both protein and vegges together. I had regain so the weight loss was a plus. My surgeon said I would lose about 20 pounds and after the first year probably gain it back. I lost more and so far am maintaining, I did not have a full bypass as if it was an original bypass surgery. He connected further up so I wouldn't have as much malabsorption. So far my vitamin levels are all good and honestly I am not great about taking vitamins. With no pyloric valve I thought I would be able to eat more but this has not been the case. I guess that is why soup is easy as it slides trough the pouch. Hoping this is the last bariatric surgery I will ever have to have. I am almost 65 and honestly done. I started this process 7 1/2 years ago and would like to eat small portions without throwing up. This really was not an issue with VSG. I guess each surgery has its downside. Again, I wish you well and am here to support you with your upcoming surgery.
  12. 2 points
    Thank you! The pregnancy has actually been remarkably easy (compared to what I was worried it would be like in the beginning). After a bunch of testing, it was determined I didn't need to follow with the high risk team. My weight gain has been within the range of normal, and have been more flexible in my diet than usual. Overall health has been good, and I haven't had any high blood pressure, preclampsia, etc., like I did with my last baby (pre-surgery), and this is the first time I've been pregnant and had the "stereotypical" pregnant baby belly, which has been kind of fun. I think if I'm not careful I can get dizzy/weak/etc., so I have to be more mindful of eating and drinking enough water, etc. than others, but overall everything I was most worried about in the beginning has not been an issue. I anticipate needing to hit the forums and get some support getting back on a strict diet post baby. It's hard not obsessing about my post-baby body and what that will be like, but trying to practice some self-acceptance and think positively about that (even if it takes longer than I'd like....). I also had skin removal surgery, so a little anxious to see if I'll be able to breastfeed/pump post-baby, that remains to be seen. I have 6-8 weeks left, and it remains to be seen if I'll be more at risk for a c-section, or if my surgery (bariatric and skin removal) scars will cause any issues. Anyway, all that to say, it's been challenging in some ways (mostly mental), but good, though will have a lot to do post-baby (both mental & physical). Thankful for support!
  13. 2 points
    summerset

    erosive esophagitis

    Yes, it was of reflux and the band beginning to erode into the stomach already. I was quite happy with my MGB before my hernia got back and part of the reflux. They want to perform another revision, including hiatoplastic and gastropexia. I'm still not sure if I really want to do it since I have some symptoms but I don't even take PPI regularly and the last two EGDs showed no inflammation so there is no need to hurry. Bile reflux or mixed reflux doesn't necessarily cause as much inflammation as the acidic reflux (don't ask me for the reason, I have no idea why that is). Mind you, usually the classic RNY is the way to go with reflux. There were reasons they went for MGB though, but it's not common.
  14. 2 points
    cinwa

    Calcium

    Welcome to Thinner Times! I have never included the calcium from milk or protein shakes etc. etc. in my daily intake. I take 3 x 500 mg doses of calcium citrate a day regardless of how much dairy I eat/drink.
  15. 1 point
    bumblebee41

    question about yogurt

    i am lactose intorelant,if i am going to eat yogurt i have to take the dairy ease tablets with theyogurt, does this take any thing away from the good stufff you are getting out of the yogurt ?
  16. 1 point
    bumblebee41

    newbie here

    i have my surgery date 6 23 2020 gastric bypass. going to tijauana after several family members have went and done very well.. i struggle with fibromyalgia 196 lbs. but i know i have to get a handle on the weight, i can tellits making it harder on my joints. ,the fatigue is killing me. if someone else has had this done ans it has helped the fibro please let me know how you didm my name is lisa and i'm really glad to be here !
  17. 1 point
    bumblebee41

    newbie here

    thanks for that nana trish, yep my body feels like its 59 going on 80 !
  18. 1 point
    LeeC

    9 Years out

    Congrats, you look so healthy.
  19. 1 point
    Res Ipsa

    Should I be concern

    As long as you have an experienced bariatric surgeon, I would not worry. Not having or delaying the gastric bypass surgery, and facing all of the immediate and long term health risks of being over 500 pounds (such as being at a very high risk for a heart attack, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, knee and hip damage, etc), is far more concerning. What you need to do now is to comply fully with your surgeon's pre-op requirements in terms of diet, losing weight, stopping smoking/vaping, stopping the consumption of alcohol, etc. Also, be 100% sure that your surgeon and your anesthesiologist (who you should meet on the day of our surgery) know about all of the prescription and non-prescription (including alcohol, pain killers and any illegal substances) medications/substances that you take as the real risk for high weight patients during surgery is a general anesthesia problem. We are here to support you.
  20. 1 point
    Nana Trish

    Prednisone and weight gain

    Thank you so much for your response, @msmarymac! I’ve been on prednisone a couple of times prior to this, but only for a 5 day course each time before this, and each time before this I’ve lost weight on it. I can see definite bloating, but it only appears to be in my stomach. Like I said, I did gain some weight over the holidays, but I know exactly why and I was ok with it. This last 5-6 pounds came on over the past 2 days, after already scaling back my diet. It really does suck having to start taking the meds right in the heels of the holidays, of course. It’s good to know that any gain caused from the meds themselves should go quickly As far as insomnia, I have been suffering with it for months, but the past 10 days have been so horrible. I’m going on 5 days with no sleep at all at night, and only short naps during the day. Thank you!!! I hope you’re doing well, and that your holidays were great!!
  21. 1 point
    msmarymac

    Prednisone and weight gain

    Prednisone is well known for encouraging weight gain. Some of it is from fluid retention which should go away pretty quickly when you taper off of it. Some is also because it increases the appetite so people on it tend to eat more. If that's the source of the weight gain, of course that takes a little longer to come off (as we all well know!). But, at least you'll soon be off of it's influence and can get back on track. How awful to have to be on it just after the holidays, talk about a double whammy! BTW, prednisone is also well known for sleep difficulties so if that's been an issue these past days now you know why. On the plus side if you were having any aches and pains anywhere those should feel bette; ; its an amazing anti-inflammatory Hope you're feeling better and can soon put this behind you.
  22. 1 point
    Maybe to show your commitment? For health reasons?
  23. 1 point
    You can do this and we are here to support you. Here is a TTF post that I had in 2015: When I was just about to be put under on my day of surgery two years ago, my operating room nurse at Mass General Hospital in Boston came up to me and told me that I was doing the right thing. She then told me that she had WLS a few years ago and that it really changed her life for the better. She then showed me her two nurse badges - each one had a photo on it. The older badge showed a very large woman and the new one showed her as she was that day with me, a slim healthy looking woman. She gave me kind words and hope when I needed it most, and I have not forgot it (although I never got a chance to thank her).
  24. 1 point
    I think most of us had some last minutes "second thoughts" and were nervous going into it. Most of us also now say the only regret we have is that we didn't do it sooner! Life is so good at normal weight; there's a lot you miss out on as an obese person that you don't even realize until you leave that life behind. Here's to your new healthy life!
  25. 1 point
    Danarae

    Hi, I’m Dana.

    I work in the ICU, i have 4 children, 2 grown and on own now, 2 littles that are 5 and 2! I'm doing wonderful and so glad I went forward and did the surgery. I'm down 30 pounds and feel wonderful. You wo t regret it. Good luck
  26. 1 point
    msmarymac

    New here. Surgery Wednesday

    Hi there and welcome! Good news is it's completely normal to get last minute nerves. Better news is that it is statistically very unlikely that those "what-if's" that are running through your head will actually happen. The best news is that you have begun the journey to a new gloriously healthy life!! Congratulations!! The journey isn't always easy but it is amazing! The great thing about hanging out here is that we help each other navigate the rough spots on this journey which makes them a little easier. Best to you!
  27. 1 point
    Soozie Woozie 62

    Pre-op worries

    Hi Sammi, I had my surgery removal of gastric band and conversion to gastric bypass on December 30th 2019 and was home the following day. I am still on the liquid diet until Tuesday. I've not experienced any problems and like you was extremely nervous. I kept saying to myself that all will be well and that the surgery is a beginning of new year new me. I think the positive attitude helped. I am following my surgeon, nurse and dietician recommendations to the letter. You will obviously have some post OP discomfort but take your pain medications if you need them. I listen to my body. If I am tired I rest but I do go for a short walk each day. In my first week I lost 4.6kg so was pleased with that. My start weight was 104.7 kg. Good luck with your surgery and keep us posted on your progress.
  28. 1 point
    Res Ipsa

    Reflux

    Reflux or GERD is a fairly common (but not inevitable) side effect of vertical sleeve surgery, especially if one looks many years after the surgery. On the other hand, being obese has many horrible side effects, not the least of which is a dramatic increased risk of death. If you worry about reflux/GERD, you may want to consider having a gastric bypass not rejecting any weight loss surgery. We are here to support you.
  29. 1 point
    msmarymac

    Gastric Sleeve Sadness

    Wow, congratulations! You are really rocking that new sleeve! If you spend some time reading through some of the posts here, you'll see that a stall is very common. Sometimes it's your body catching up if you've been losing rapidly. It's kind of like it's saying it needs to rest and reassess to make sure you're not starving to death lol. Once assured there isn't famine and you are indeed going to survive, the weight will start coming off again. That's one scenario. The other is that our bodies are very adaptable and decide that this new calorie level is the new normal and here's where we're going to level off. That can be broken by changing up your routine...sometimes ironically adding a few calories will break a stall and trigger a weight loss. Of course those calories shouldn't be sugary unhealthy ones. Third scenario; depending on age and sex it can be hormone-related fluctuation. Likely this early it's the first scenario. You've been losing so fast your body is just taking a moment. What, when and how much you're eating is far more important to weight loss than exercise so stay on plan and you'll likely start seeing the scale move again. Most importantly though, don't forget how much you've lost and how wonderful you feel! You are doing great!
  30. 1 point
    athenarose

    Pre-op worries

    Welcome! I didn't have any problems post-op. I remember being in pain when I first woke up and I wanted ALL the drugs, but I was honestly fine by about 10 hours post-op. It really felt more like a hard core ab workout. I was up and walking the next morning and discharged from the hospital about 24 hours after surgery. I used Tylenol with codeine for maybe three days after that and then didn't need any pain meds. Having gastric bypass was the best decision ever. I lost 130 pounds (half my starting weight) in the first 12 months, have maintained within 10 pounds of that for almost 4 years now. I never thought my "fat jeans" would be a size four. I have minimal excess skin, shamelessly wear a bikini without thinking twice and share clothes with my (thin) preteen daughters. Not gonna lie, it's not easy completely changing your eating habits, but it's way easier than dieting on its own. Good luck with your surgery! I hope everything goes smoothly!
  31. 1 point
    Soozie Woozie 62

    Newbie

    Good morning everyone. My name is Sue I am from the UK. I had my gastric band removed and conversion to bypass on December 30th 2019 I'm just introducing myself to you all and to say thanks for all the information I have learnt from this site it really has helped in these very early recovery days. Wishing everyone a happy 2020
  32. 1 point
    Cheesehead

    Mrs Jodi Rich

    Throwing up is not normal. You should not be eating bread or pie crust. I make a crust less pumpkin pie with Splenda for holidays..stick with protein..this early out it is best for you!
  33. 1 point
    I did my first exercise not in bed today., I did my exercise in my wheelchair, also my surgery is coming up soon, I have lost about 20 pounds with pre opp diet
  34. 1 point
    summerset

    erosive esophagitis

    Yeah, I wish mine would work, too. LOL. I'm so scared of the surgery and possible complications. That's maybe the main reason I also didn't have plastics so far.
  35. 1 point
    msmarymac

    erosive esophagitis

    Same here, I have disc issues in my neck and sometimes just need an NSAID. I didn't have the hiatal hernia at surgery either, and actually didn't have GERD for the first couple of years or so. That makes me think the GERD might be from the development of the hiatal hernia so fixing it might fix the GERD. If not for those studies coming out showing it's really not great for us to be on PPI's forever, it would be a no-brainer for me...I would just fix the HH and stay on the Nexium if needed. But they did so I want to do what puts my future health in the best shape; that's why I did all this after all. You're right, lots to think about.
  36. 1 point
    msmarymac

    erosive esophagitis

    I think you have had far worse symptoms than I have; it sounds like you have really been suffering! I don't have ulcers or esophagitis and my symptoms are controlled with 20mg of Nexium daily. I worry about being on a ppi long-term though. When I try to go off the Nexium I wake up choking on acid in the night. So, with the hiatal hernia now my dilemma is do I just fix that and take a chance that the GERD will continue, requiring a revision sometime in the future? Or should I just do the revision and fix the hernia now and get it over with. My yearly follow up appointment is in about 3 weeks so I'll have another conversation with my surgeon. Last year when I discovered the hiatal hernia I had just had shoulder surgery so really wasn't able to do any other surgery. Now I just don't want to lol. I think if I had the level of symptoms you have it wouldn't be as difficult to decide though. I feel bad for you and hope all goes well!
  37. 1 point
    Kim M

    Sleeve to bypass due to GERD

    Hi Tracy, Sorry to hear that your GERD has not gotten any better. I am a little over a year post-op. I still have GERD...although not as bad as before the revision. One to two protonix a day and nothing spicy. As I mentioned, anything with tomato sauce has me doubled over. This is a very different surgery experience. It is a different type of restriction. If i eat a mouthful more than I should, I vomit. I am having trouble with solid protein. About 2 ounces of fish is all I can get down and a mouthful of veggies. I was able to eat chicken a few months after surgery, but not anymore. I have added more carbs as they go down and stay down...think soup. I lost about 50 pounds and am maintaining now. I did want to lose another 20 but I am not stressing about it. As you know GERD can cause changes in the esophagus which can be dangerous. I was resistant to have the surgery, but in the end did it to prevent further damage. Feeling pretty apathetic about food right now. It is a difficult choice, but unfortunately necessary at times.. Wish you well Keep me posted.
  38. 1 point
    summerset

    erosive esophagitis

    That's kind of what my surgeon said as well: one can postpone because EGD was ok but usually most patients are not able to cope endlessly. I remember postponing going from lap band to MGB for a whole year. In the end I regretted it but I was so afraid of the whole process, including insurance company issues. Now there is no talk about insurance having to give the ok. So might as well schedule the revision in time instead of waiting a year because of fear and maybe causing some damage during this time. I don't want to know what postposing for a year did to my lower esophagus in the long run...
  39. 1 point
    It’s the small things; working in the garden without having to sit down every 5 minutes, being able to tie my shoes without having to hold my breath, crossing my legs, wearing regular sized clothes, squeezing in between things, it’s the small things I’m most appreciative of..
  40. 1 point
    Res Ipsa

    Blood/urine test for Nicotine/cotinine?

    While I totally agree with @cinwa answer to your question, the far more important point is that it is a very bad idea to smoke (or vape) after weight loss surgery - as the vastly smaller stomach results in smoke going into the intestines - which will result in irritation (making it hard to eat) and greatly increased intestinal cancer risk.
  41. 1 point
    There is nothing easy about having WLS. There are countless people having the surgery not making goal and/or gaining the weight back. WLS is a tool to help not a magic bullet
  42. 1 point
    Boston Redhead

    Calcium

    Ditto
  43. 1 point
    I think you should make her watch a video of the surgery...does that look easy?!? Actually, I'm not sure that would be useful; people who are judgmental in that way will likely not change their mind so you just have to create a support system that doesn't involve her or others like her and move on. What's not easy is life as an obese person and now you have the opportunity to change that. Go for it girl! Life is so good!
  44. 1 point
    What's wrong with an easy way out? Why make things harder as they are? As kind of a weird punishment for having become obese?
  45. 1 point
    WLS is definitely not the easy way out. To be frank, you have practically no chance of losing the weight and keeping it off without surgery (that goes for anyone who is morbidly obese, including me when I was heavy). And it's not because you're weak or have no willpower. There are powerful chemical, physiological and psychological factors at play that put you at a major disadvantage. Weight loss surgery is a powerful tool that can help you combat those factors, but you still have to be willing to make the changes and do the work. You have to confront your demons, figure out why you overeat, and how to cope with the stresses of life without food as a crutch. I have said a thousand times that WLS is the best decision I have ever made, but it was far from easy. It made changing my life and habits easier and the physical limitations helps me not go too far off track, but combating emotional eating, finding new coping mechanisms and developing new habits took a lot of work. The mental challenges aren't fixed by surgery and that's the stuff that has to be addressed if you want to be successful long term. Also, I've found that the people who are most judgy about WLS and weight loss tend to have their own issues with food and weight and a lot of their criticisms are them projecting those issues onto you. People don't like it when you do something that affects their "normal" (perhaps their identity as the "skinny" sister/friend or your ritual of eating pizza & beer together, for example). Ultimately, you have to do what's best for you and your health. Her opinion is just that and it's not an accurate perception in this situation.
  46. 1 point
    I bought this 2XL jersey in 2010 and had barely enough room to get into it so put it on the rack in closet and forgot about it. Flash forward to 2015 and picture on your left, I tried it on again and had to squeeze in it. Once again, I put back on the rack and forgot about it. I was going through my closet looking for something and came across this jersey once again. I tried it on and to my amazement, this jersey feels like I'm wearing a dress (I have never ever worn a dress before, lol!) as I now wear medium shirts. I'm 2.5 years out, I'm loving my life and journey!
  47. 1 point
    That, dear Kio, sums things well! So often we beat ourselves up more than is necessary... I mean, eating too many carbs is not the equivalent of a moral failure. It is a dietary lapse. @Kmartz19 If you find yourself liking the taste of sugar .... try these ultra-low carb lemon meringue cookies: 4 egg whites (no yolk, please) 1/2 cup of Swerve; 1 teaspoon (5 mLs) lemon juice; zest of one lemon or lime. Beat the egg white until they stiffen. Slowly add the Swerve and the lemon to the eggs while you continue to beat (an electric beater is easier than by hand, but the latter works well). When the proto-meringue is stiff, drop ~ teaspoon sized blobs onto parchment paper and cook for ~ 90 minutes at 205 F. (Can't cook meringue at higher temperatures, and these need 60-120 minutes to make sure the interior is dry).
  48. 1 point
    Rob_VSG

    So glad to be a new member!

    Welcome aboard Kristen! @BurgundyBoy Always has sage advice. I have become somewhat of a low carb/intermittent fasting convert/evangelist so happy to answer questions about that stuff for anyone who asks. I even get PMéd questions. I too have an evening snacking habit I can't break and also substituted with healthier/low carb alternatives. Additionally, since I use a compressed eating time window, I only have a limited amount of tummy space for snacks in that time period so weight has still been under control. I'm only about 16 months out and still working hard to build and maintain healthy habits for the long term. I'm glad you found these forums! Rob
  49. 1 point
    Hi @Kmartz19 Good luck with WW - hope they can provide you some additional support. Sounds like you know what the challenges are that you face. Your circumstances reinforce the point that long-term success is 90% in the head, not the weight loss surgery plumbing that you have done. For what it is worth, there is a lot of neuroscience stuff now that suggests that carbs - alas, sugar in particular - trigger brain pleasure chemicals (such as dopamine) the same way cocaine and other pleasurable substances do. ... there is a lot of chatter about how that can contribute to a persistent intake and recurrent hunger. You should be wary of any one person's views, but must note that when I eat more than just moderate amounts of carbos, I get recurrent hunger. I have interpreted that to mean that my blood sugars fluctuate more after carbos - up then down - and that and the insulin response may be leading to hunger. This past weekend had dinner with some friends - they have not had weight loss surgery - but both of them, and their son, have each lost > 30 lbs over the past year by cutting out the carbs (yes including sugar, and yikes wine!!) - their son adhering strictly to a keto diet (he has lost more). If you do end up reducing the carbos including sugar, can expect to feel a bit low for 4-5 days (the "keto flu") and then feel lots of energy, clear-headedness, and balance. @Rob_VSG is a big proponent not only of being keto, but also intermittent fasting - may have a few suggestions for you along that line. Intermittent fasting has been in the news again recently because there is human data that it can improve human health - people became interested in that originally because of the observation that rats on a restricted calorie diet lived twice as long as rats that ate whatever they wanted. (It was fun having them over as I made them fresh lemon curd made with lemon zest, lemon juice, egg yolks and Swerve instead of sugar - and dotted with fresh berries. It was shockingly good and had almost no carbs, despite being quite sweet tasting. ). Getting back to your thread - found the bestseller book "The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business" by Charles Duhigg really informative, and helped me to understand my (many and various) bad habits. In the book he discusses not only the pleasure of indulging in habits, but also the pleasure of anticipation of the the reward. One insight I had was that I had a powerful habit of snacking in the evening - I could eat the equivalent of another whole meal via snacking after dinner - and so I replaced the high calorie, high carbo foods I might eat after dinner with healthier things - and it worked! My habit of snacking was so powerful I could not break it completely, so I followed Duhigg's advice and replaced the (bad) reward with an alternative, and better, reward. Mention this excellent book only because you have so much insight into yourself and your challenges, it might be of interest to you. Best wishes!
  50. 1 point
    Cheesehead

    4th of July

    I haven’t posted a picture in a while. I’m 6 1/2 years out. We tent camped while hubby scuba dived this weekend, so I’m grubby and hair is frizzed. The other photo was taken in May in Cayman..while camping our grandson found a dragon fly that wasn’t moving in the water and rescued it.