Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Almost to goal!

Well it's been a long time since I've written here. I was so depressed for so long and now I'm so PSYCHED! I'm 3 lbs from my 15lb goal! It's unbelievable! I'm eating so much better and using my arm bike on a daily basis for about 15-30 minutes a day. Maybe things are actually falling into place. I so want to be healthy and I'm really starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel .

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Psych Done - Weight Gain

This sucks! I gained 8 lbs this week and I can't figure out why. I've been eating fairly decently save for 1 night when I had a binge. I've gotten back into journaling on Daily Plate and hoping I can figure this "Healthy Eating" out. I'm also having fluid issues so it's back to weighing daily which I HATE! Maybe it's a downward slope from here on out, at least I"m hoping so.

On a more positive note my Psych follow up is completed and she thinks I'm doing great. Course that was before the weight gain.

Let's hope today's weigh in is better or I"m gonna scream!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Time Line to a New Healthier Me

Jan. 08 - Endocrinologist appt - VT Bariatric Program Referral

Feb. 08 -PCP appt - Second referral to Bariatric Program (first got lost)

Mar. 25 - Intro Class to VT Program

Apr. 28 - Call to setup First Surgeon appt.

May 12 - First Surgeon appt. - met with Nurse practioner, dietician, PT, Psych

June 9 - Second Surgeon appt. - got call 10 min. prior to leaving - appt. cancelled due to surgeon resigning. Will get another call when they figure things out.

July 13 - Called VT Bariatric Center to find out what going on- still no surgeon available but can cont. seeing dietician. Decided to go to Dartmouth.

Aug. 1 - Intro class to Dartmouth Bariatric program

Aug. 2 - Registered Online with Dartmouth

Aug. 4 - Sent Registration fee to Dartmouth Bariatric Program

Aug. 12 - Call from Dartmouth saying they recieved registration fee and online registration

Aug. 13 - Paperwork recieved from Darmouth

Aug. 15 - Called PCP to setup PFT

Aug. 22 - Called Psych for possible follow up appt.

Aug. 25 - Received calls from PCP re: setup of PFT - hopefully in Sept.; and Psych with follow up in Sept. Initially would not have done it but since my surgeon resigned she would make an exception. YAY!!!
To come -

Sept. 5 - Follow up with Psych

Sept. 19 - Physical

Sept - PFT

Not much longer now!!!!

Friday, August 15, 2008

It's Official!!!

It's official as of last Tuesday I'm in the Dartmouth Bariatric Program with no chance of getting booted out. YAY!!! It's about time things start moving along, I'm patient only so long then I blow :)

I just got off the fine with my PCP about scheduling a Pulm. Function Test then the next step is getting my physical done. Next week I'll work on calling the psychologist I saw at the Vermont Program who has a private practice and she if she will see me.

Keep your fingers crossed everyone that things go smoothly from here on out.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

I've started!

Aug. 1 was my day to start the Dartmouth Bariatric Program. I attended the mandatory class and have sent in my registration. I am now waiting to hear that they actually got everything and to send me my packet to start. I have my physical scheduled mid-Sept., as well as post op report of my lap. gall bladder removal which they will need. I'm so hoping for surgery by Xmas! That would be such an awesome xmas present :)

Tomorrow is my birthday!!! A whopping 35 years old. I feel everyone of those years lately. It's going to be a great year though - making healthy lifestyle changes all over the place. I need my friends to keep me in line from now on. ;)

I'm so excited to get things going I can't believe it. It's been a long year to get to this point now I hope it will go nice and quick.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

3 more days!

3 days until I go for the info meeting at Dartmouth!!! I'm getting very excited to get on with things. 2 months ago I was so upset over the resignation of my surgeon. Now I'm in a new program and no chance of having to start over again. There's enough surgeons in the program so if mine leaves I'll be safe!!

I had a chat with Financial Services at Dartmouth and found out exactly what my insurance will cover and the criteria I need to meet for approval. I've met all the criteria but still have to submit all that paperwork when it's completed. YAY!!! I'm getting another step closer to a new me :)

Sunday, July 20, 2008


I've had a great week until yesterday. Now I have the stupid stomach bug and I can't keep out of the bathroom. Maybe I'll lose some more weight - just not the way I want to go :)
I had visit with my PMD this week and let her know about the switch to the Dartmouth Bariatric Program. She's all for it, just sucks that I can't transfer what little was already done except the psych eval. In a way that's a good thing I guess. I'm scheduled for my physical in September and hopefully at that time we will have the packet of mandatory info from Dartmouth to get going on.
August 1st is coming soon! I'm so ready to get on with this. It's been a long road full of pot holes and delays. I can't believe it's finally time to get things going. I have a friend from work coming with me for the drive so I don't have to be by myself. Not sure if my aunt will come with us. I've even been in contact with the financial person to go through insurance info. Next thing will be to send in some money to cover the online sites that are mandatory. Wish me luck!
BTW - Lost 10lbs so far since June 9 - YAY!!! Slow and steady wins the race.

Saturday, July 5, 2008


O.k. this is getting a bit ridiculous! I've done all 3 shifts this week and I'm utterly pooped.

First off they did not need me for last night but I managed to get 4 hours of paperwork done. I ended up leaving at 4:30 am because I just couldn't take it anymore. I had no patients of my own and the 2 that were there were no work at all. Considering it was a holiday yesterday we didn't have much come in. Usually the 4th is quite interesting with all the burns and such. Most places are having their fireworks tonight so it may be a delayed thing.

I had a sensible lunch while at work and now I'm totally nauseated. I managed to have a bagel a little while ago. This changing of shifts is just playing havoc with my system and making me ill. Things have to turn around now!!!!!

O.k. done the vent. Now let's get on with the day and hope to get some sleep here soon.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Starting Over

Well I didn't last very long. I wish work would cooperate with me here. I've gotten into the habit of bringing in food now but now they can't tell what shift I'm going to work and it's just throwing me off! Today I went through being on during the day to low census to being on call and now I'm working night shift for sure. No wonder I'm having issues with food. I am going to bring in a sandwich with some healthy soup and veggies. So now I have a plan in place let's hope work isn't so crazy that I do have time to eat.

Tomorrow I'm going to start weighing myself again and journaling on a daily basis. I need to get back on track and start behaving myself again. Have yet to hear from the surgeon re: WLS but have made plans on going to Dartmouth for their initial info meeting on Aug. 1. Let's hope I hear from the surgeon next week.


Saturday, June 28, 2008

Day 2 - Crazy Day

Today started out good and quickly went down the tubes. Had a good breakfast then got a call from work saying not to come in until a little later. That was fine but once I got to work one of my patients was not doing well and kept me busy for quite some time. We are also short staffed at night and I was asked to stay until 11pm. Well, not a problem but of course I didn't bring my supper and the cafeteria food is crap. I had some corn chowder and a fish sandwich with a banana. I guess I didn't really eat too bad but I could have done better. Tomorrow is a new day and I will learn new habits and now I'm going to bring extra food in just in case things change again. My schedule was also changed for Saturday so at least I know beforehand and can plan accordingly. GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!!!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

First day of gettin healthy!

It's been a long 6 months. That's how long it took to get an appt. and start my bariatric program to assist in my "getting healthy journey". Now my surgeon has resigned and it looks like I need to start over with another program. Vermont only has 1 surgeon who does "open" procedures. Right now just waiting for the office to call me back to tell me the decision of what to do with me and the rest of her patients. I have decided to call them back if I haven't heard anything by July 1st, so that way I can continue with my journey.

Since I heard the news about my surgeon I've been on a backslide. I'm not following preop diet, and due to an ankle injury I'm unable to exercise. Today is a new day and a new start to a healthier life. I'm 400+ lbs and will drop dead if I don't start getting in gear.