Holy cow, I have been sleeved for 10 days! There are a few things I can tell you, liquid diet isn’t that fun, you will wish to exercise, you will be achy, coughing will hurt, and you will be so proud of the choice you made!!! The first week, I dropped 9.6 lb!
Yesterday, I tried a tiny bit, maybe 2 oz, of baked potato with some light butter and Parmesan for dinner. It was so good. I was so thrilled to actually chew something. Then for my PM snack, I concocted a chocolate protein pudding! It has 12 g of protein in 1/2 cup. Score! It’s nice to have things with some texture, don’t get me wrong, liquids do go down really easy. But I have a hard time going SLOW with the liquids or water. When it’s a bit thicker, I slow down and enjoy myself. I feel like I get to taste the flavors that are exploding in my mouth (like tonight’s chicken tortilla soup). Needless to say, slowing down and trying to sip my drinks/dinners/shakes, has been the #1 thing for me to learn. Continue reading
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!! I hope everyone had a nice holiday week, my boys are still going crazy for all the loot they brought back. Lots of Beyblades, Kindle Fires, Disney Infinity, and other Kinect games for the Xbox, plus new Ninjago Lego sets! Lots of things to keep them occupied for the rest of break! 🙂 Here are a few pictures of the family.
Today, I had my mother in law come over after work and she taught me about how to do the injection. I was all set to do it in myself, but when it came down to it, I totally chickened out. Ugh!!! I hate needles. So after her telling me to set the needle on my skin and poke it in just a bit (drew a bead of blood), I really was over it. So I had her do it. She did it in the right front thigh. I popped a couple Advil and am now going to read a bit and watch Christmas Vacation (I love Christmas movies!!!). Have a safe New Year’s Eve. I will be watching a movie at home in bed. I have zero interest in going out. LOL.
So I have been waiting and waiting to get the OK to go on the Multiple Sclerosis medicine called Gilenya. I have since learned that getting on any of the MS drugs takes a long time (2-4 weeks on average-me lots longer), and it’s a red tape nightmare. This is the sequence of events that has pissed me off (this time):
1. Submitted Gilenya form on 11/6 (2 weeks late)
2. Doc’s assistant forgot to get actual prescription signed by Dr. had to fax it back in. 11/10
3. Was denied by insurance, insurance asked for questionnaire (appeal) to be filled out and sent back on 11/26
4. Insurance officially denied the medication on 12/4 due to never receiving the questionnaire.
5. Said questionnaire was faxed on 12/4
6. Saw Dr. Egan and ripped him and his assistant a new one for this all slipping through the cracks. He apologized and admitted it was wrong. GOOD! 🙂
This is an update that I was really hoping not to have to write. Here’s the general back story, you can click the posts to get more details:
In this post I wrote about how I was having numbness on my right lower leg and right hand, where it took 2 weeks for it to subside. I figured it was related to my knee injury and a tweak in my wrist from Hapkido. Then a few weeks ago I wrote this post about how it came back, but worse, including vision disturbances.
Last Wednesday I went to have a brain MRI to rule out the possibilities. That was a whole lot of claustrophobic fun! Not!!! It took about an hour, and thankfully my mother in law suggested the sleep mask to keep me from seeing how closed in it really is. It took a week to get the results.
This week I’ve been spending time at the doctor due to the right side of my body being numb (think pins and needles, or Novocaine effects). I had this happen around Labor day and it took about 2 weeks to go away which sucked. I am numb from top of my head to toe. What was worse was that I was seeing double on the left. Um, not okay! So my Doc ordered a MRI of my brain to rule out MS, Stroke, TIA, brain lesion, etc. We are really hoping it’s just a pinched nerve. I missed a couple of my anxiety meds, which can cause the double vision, so getting better about taking at the same time at night has helped that symptom! So Wednesday I’ll be having a brain MRI to check. But I am praying it’s just a nerve that’s really pissed off.
For the last few weeks my right knee has been bugging me, as well as my hamstring. Last Monday I was working on laundry on the couch and when I stood up, I had a zinger! I lost my range of motion in my right knee, and what worried me (and Rob) the most was the dull ache/pain behind my knee (ACL location). So I called my Osteopath, Dr. Carter, and was able to be seen the next day. So I iced it in the mean time and waited until the following morning. I went in and she checked it out, knowing I’ve had issues with it before. Sometimes my left hip would rotate and just shorten my left leg enough to cause knee pain on the right.
Here are some progress shots. Before, middle and “after” photos. I can’t wait to share a final shot, when I hit goal, but it’s about 90 lb away. 🙂 Total loss so far is 61.8 lb as of May 17, 2013. Enjoy!!!
Happy New Year! With every new year, many people make resolutions. Two years ago, I made a commitment to lose weight. The plan was to join Weight Watchers and use their tools to lose half my body weight. Today I am just over fifty pounds down, maintaining my weight for the better part of 2012. Am I disappointed that I didn’t lose in 2012? Sure, but I don’t deserve to lose any. I was not on plan for most of the year, even though I was still working out, biking, etc. With ’12 behind me, I am looking forward (ugh-Obama, much? Bleh) to 2013 and loosing 50 lb this year. That’s just under 1 lb a week on average. I think it’s totally achievable.
I bought Weight Watcher’s new Active Link to help me get my activity in. I am currently beginning the assessment phase where it gets a base line of activity. From there (in 1 week), I’ll have a good idea as to what kind of activity I am doing and where I need to go. The neat thing is, once the assessment is completed, I’ll be given a 12 week challenge. The challenge will motivate me to move and keep me going! I do love a challenge. 🙂
I did it! After a few months of riding to prep for this long ride, it’s over. I was worried about the St. John’s Bridge, and I was right to be a bit worried. It was a very hard hill to climb.