So this will be my first blog post about my weight loss journey. So please bear with me, it may be a little long. I started my journey in August 2016. After my father passed away in September 2014, I gained a lot of weight, I have always been very big, but I gained even more then.I made a promise to myself that I was going to take care of myself and be around for my family. Then In September 2015 we found out my little sister Amanda was going to be a mother. I was finally going to have a niece! I was so excited. At this point it was hard for me to work, doing what I love to do teaching children, I couldn’t walk much, didn’t want to leave my house because I was ashamed of the way I looked. I spent all my time in my room on my computer. How was I going to be able to play with my nice?? That is when it hint me and I had to do something about this, I didn’t want to live like this anymore. If I don’t change the way I am living, I will not be around long to see my nice grow up, work again or do anything I loved to do. I couldn’t deal with that so I made the first step in my journey and attended a weight loss surgery class.
My sister Audrey and I decided after that class that this is something we want to do and to do it together so we can support each other. August came and we had our first weigh in. I was so disgusted and shocked with my how much I weighed. So I listened to everything the doctor said and began my journey of losing weight, I started watching what I was eating, getting more protein, Cutting out sugar and Soda. And lost around 15-20 pounds before surgery which was Awesome. With my Insurance I had to do a 6 month program, get weighed every month and follow their diet, take a few group classes, see a nutritionist and psychologist. I picked Dr. Harrison in Lehigh valley to do my surgery, he had taken my gallbladder out years ago and is an awesome doctor, so I knew right away I wanted him again. I ended up scheduling Surgery for April 3, 2017.
Leading up to my surgery date of course I was very scared, anything could happen during surgery, but I thought to myself if I don’t get the surgery the same thing could happen..Death. So I went on with it. Couldn’t hardly sleep that night but woke up bright an early, had to be at the hospital at 5am. I was excited and nervous all at the same time, but I had my mother and sister Kati along with me. They helped keep me calm. After getting all set up with iv and everything I needed, I would my cap on and laid there till they came and got me. When it was time for me to go in, they came to the room and talked to me first, they did say I was a high risk surgery which I knew due to weight and other things, but they were going to take the bet care of me. I said my goodbyes to my sister and mom and was wheeled down the hall and into the operation room. On the way down they did give me something to calm me because they saw I was very scared, Once in the room there was about 10 people there staring at me, moving me to the table, hooking me up to everything and so on. Soon as I got onto the table, the put me under right away so I wouldn’t stress anymore. Next thing I know I am waking up in recovery.
Once in recovery I was there for about 2 hours. I expressed some very painful things, like gas in the chest, I literally thought I was dying, I couldn’t catch my breath at all, but they just kept calming me down and helping me through it. Once it was finally out I felt much better and was then wheeled to my room in the special WLS Area. The nurses were so nice, I loved everything single one of them. I was having some issues with breathing so I was on oxygen almost my whole time there and every time I would stand up, my blood pressure would sky rocket so I wasn’t allowed to get up out of bed as much as I would like. I was only given light pain meds, because I wasn’t in too much pain, kind of reminded me of having my gallbladder out again. The next day they finally took me off oxygen and I was able to get up and walk and leave the hospital. In the hospital I was on an all liquid diet and that is what I came home with too. A few days after surgery, I wasn’t able to keep anything down at all, not even water. And I was throwing up so much, even threw up a little blood and my mom ended up taking me back to the hospital, I was admitted after a long night in the ER. They didn’t have any rooms, so I spent the night in an empty er room, then transferred to a waiting are for a room, then later that day I was finally given an actual room, when I spent the night. The pain was so bad, they were giving me morphine for the few days I was there. They did a bunch of test including a swallow test to make sure nothing was leaking out of my pouch and didn’t really see anything, they think maybe I twisted wrong and pulled some muscles or something. I was then discharged because I was finally able to actually eat and drink again and could be back on normal pain medicine.
I went for my two week check up and had lost 30 pounds already. I was so shocked! Towards the end of April finally all my pain went away and I was able to do whatever I wanted and was finally able to eat soft foods. Its been a challenge trying to find out what my pouch likes and doesn’t like, so far I know I can not eat Tuna or Steak, I throw up every time from that. But Everything has been perfect since then, I was regretting getting the surgery when I was going through all the issues, but I would never not do it, I was just in so much pain and at that time that is how I felt. I feel so much better, have lots of energy and I am able to actually walk further without having to sit and catch my breath. I enjoy to go walking and out shopping now. I have so much more confidence now. As of September 21, 2017 I have lots 106. 2 Pounds!!!! I still have a long road ahead of me, but I can’t wait to make it to the end of the road. I have the most amazing friends and family supporting me. Without them I don’t think I would have gotten through it. I will be doing monthly updates here on my blog, and hopefully I can finally post some full body pictures, still a little nervous about that.
If you made it to the end of this, thank you so much for reading it all. I’m currently trying to enroll back into college and hopefully be able to start looking for work again, now that I am able to work.