I am so glad to be back on the computer, if only for awhile. I have so much to catch up on, I don't even know where to begin. First off, thank you to all you who have written me via email, facebook or comments to question how I am. Let me tell you....and I hope I'm not repeating myself....but I've now reached the UNDER THREE HUNDRED POUNDS RANGE!!!!
I had my two month check up at the bariatric clinic on Tuesday and I weight in at 285 lbs. I can't remember the last time I weighed that. And that was after being so horribly sick. Let me give you the short version of what happened and why I haven't been blogging in so long.
I was doing so well...my hubby and I even joined a gym and I was really pumping away at the stationary bike. I couldn't see myself pounding the pavement in 100 plus degrees, so we decided the cost of the gym would be worth it. I love the gym and can't wait to get back.
OK, then comes the week of my hubby's birthday and I was starting to feel nauseated and not throwing up, but heaving. A LOT. I couldn't keep anything down for two days. I remember looking in the mirror and feeling like a raccoon with the dark circles under my eyes. I hadn't slept in two days because I felt just so awful. I was cursing myself for having the gastric surgery because I knew that is what was wrong. I just knew it! So in the car my hubby and I went to Banner Gateway where I had my surgery. It was a 40 mile trip that felt like 140 miles. I remember holding a towel and a bowl in front of me in case I did finally manage to get stuff up. I was shivering to beat all band. We waited in the ER for six hours and they gave me everything they could for the nausea, but nothing worked. And my intestines felt like they were turning upside down with pain!! I was so miserable, I was praying for God to have Mercy on me and take me to Heaven that night. I don't think I have ever in my entire life felt that sick.
I had to have a CT scan of my abdomen, pelvis and chest to rule out a clot in my lung or elsewhere. I also had to drink that lovely barium drink to check my stomach for any leaks from surgery. I remember getting half down and throwing the other half back into the cup. Luckily, it was enough to do the test with. And then we waited and waited. That God they had a TV in the ER room, not that I cared in the slightest bit. I felt so bad for my hubby, though, as it was his birthday and having to spend it in the ER. FUN!
Finally, at 2 am, the doctor comes in and says my stomach is fine, no leaks (good), but my colon has diverticulitis and I was having quite an attack. No kidding! So I was admitted to the hospital for IV antibiotics and fluids and to let my bowel rest. I never even knew I had diverticulitis before! My colon has always been friends with me! Ha! So I was in the hospital for two long, miserable days. Nausea, that no meds helped and pain that meds sometimes helped. My advice: DON'T EVER GET DIVERTICULITIS!!!!! My bariatric surgeon swears up and down that this is a coincidence, I would have gotten it regardless if I had surgery or not. Finally, on the third day, I was released on oral antibiotics and full liquids and to take it easy.
I don't have the severe pain anymore, nor the nausea. They disappeared as quickly as they came. But I do have more pills to crush! That's the only thing bad about having bariatric surgery. You have to crush everything and not everything tastes so good!!! I have to take the antibiotic in sherbert or I heave again. Speaking of that, I heaved so hard I broke two ribs according to the CT scan. That's why my back hurts like it does. Also, I had to have one of my antibiotics changed due to it caused my knee to swell, get really stiff and hurt! It was Levaquin, which can rupture tendons in some people. God, I hope I'm not one of those people!! I have a rheumatologist appointment tomorrow to check it out. Wish me luck. That's my story....and I'm sticking to it!!!
I hope you all have been well and have braved the midwest storms. I have family there that I worry about constantly, and you, my bloggers. So stay safe and head for the cellar if need be!!!!
Guess what? My birthday is coming up soon and my hubby got me a Kindle (which I absolutely ADORE!) as my other reader, the Literati, was a piece of you know what and quit working on me. So if my dear friends and family are looking for get well/birthday gifts for me, the Amazon Kindle Store would be so cool!!! I've got six more Janet Evanovich books to get to complete my collection. (Hint, hint! Ha!)
Well, gotta get off my knee and go lay down for awhile. I hope you all are well and I think about you all always.
FibromyWHAT? by Melissa Schranz is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.