I have been thinking seriously about how much I need to lose some weight over the past couple of years. I even tried out for Biggest Loser last year. I did lose some weight, yet only to gain it back. Several family health situations began to arise, and I knew I needed to lose the weight for good. I watch several friends began to lose weight through bariatric surgery. They were truly happy with the results. I began studying the different options I had available to me. Seven months ago, I met with a doctor and began the process of one having a gastric sleeve procedure. It isn't a thing I went into lightly. I prayed and prayed. I asked questions. I didn't just jump in. And once my mind was set, I was ready. So May 8, 2012 my life changed forever. I had the sleeve procedure done and am not looking back. I am very excited about this journey. The slogan at the doctors office is "Journey to a new you." I am looking forward to being able to do things I couldn't do before losing the weight. I am thrilled about the new opportunities that this change may bring into my life.
Details of surgery: On the morning of surgery, Jametra took me to the hospital. She waited with me and stayed until I came to my room. So thankful she's in my life. In pre-op, I got into a hospital gown, my IV started, waited. The doctor, the CRNA, and a nurse all came into my room to go over last minute details. I was then wheeled to the OR. Once I was on the table, I had to count to 4. I made it to 3. Ha. When I woke up, I was coming into recovery. I was able to hear and understand things going on around me. I was then taken to my room. Once there, I opted to go ahead and get dressed and began walking. I knew that walking was required, and I wanted to get a start on it. I feel very blessed that I wasn't nauseated or sick. The first day I walked and walked. I slept pretty good that night. The second day, I walked some more. I talked to friends/family. I watched tv. I walked. I read magazines and books. I walked. I had a few visitors throughout the day. The next day, I was able to go home a in the afternoon. I was so ready to go home. So thankful to have people in my life that have supported me on this journey.
Jametra and I in pre-op
getting ready to roll
right after recovery
walking in the hall
the board where you mark the laps that you walk- my lines were burn rubber and jack rabbit
sitting in the chair
view from my room
my final lap count- 135 (you have to walk 18 laps in order to go home)
beautiful flowers and gifts
Trey came to visit