December 20, 2009

December 20, 2009
Me, after losing 53 pounds in 2.5 months.

June 3, 2010 (8 months after surgery)

June 3, 2010 (8 months after surgery)
Me, after losing 102 pounds.

January 2011, Zoë's 5th Birthday

January 2011, Zoë's 5th Birthday
Zoë's 5th Birthday, January 2011, 130 pounds lighter and feeling good!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Olive Garden

I went to the Olive Garden with my super skinny friend, Michele, and she actually ate more than me!!! Hee hee hee. That cracks me up because she doesn't eat very much at all!  This was my first restaurant outing since the surgery, and I thought I'd only eat one item. I ended up having a lovely small meal. Two bites of salad, a few bites of mozzerella fondue, an ounce of a huge chicken skewer, and even a few bites of dessert. (We shared) The have a no sugar added chocolate lava cake. It's served warm on vanilla cream with strawberries, and on the inside is melty chocolate. It was wonderful. AND I brought home enough food for 2 more meals!!!

I was pleasantly surprised to see that Olive Garden has added more protein based meals to their menu. For anyone who is concentrating on eating protein, I highly recommend the Chicken Spiedini Skewer.  It has three nice sized pieces of marinated chicken (tastes like the Venetian Grilled chicken they used to serve), grilled veggies, and russet potatoes.  Definitely a good day!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Two Months Later

Two months ago today I had my surgery.  This morning, I am down 50 pounds!!  I'm finally off of my pain medicine, and starting to feel human, again.  Now I just need to get the nausea under control.  But, YAY!!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Time To Heal

When I began this journey, I had no idea that it would be so difficult.  At the same time, I believe in the magic of Christmas, and in God's healing hand.  My hope is that I will be well again in time for the new year.

I spent Thanksgiving week in the hospital.  I was sent there because I began to experience extreme pain at the original surgical site.  While the doctors never did figure out why I had the pain, they did do a good job of managing the pain while I was hospitalized.  Now that I'm home, I'm taking some pretty heavy duty pain killers.  It's a miracle that I can think, let alone type.  I'm also having a lot of nausea, probably caused by the pain killers.  The Zofran I take for nausea works fairly well. In fact, I'm due for one right now.

I have been so blessed by my family, who has rallied around me during this trying time.  Bob is in the process of filing FMLA papers to protect his job, since he has had to miss a lot of work.  My mom and his mom have been wonderful, spending 8 hour days at our house whenever possible.  They play with Zoë while I sleep.
I want to thank them for their constant love and support.  And I want Bob to know that I love him so much.  I could never survive this without him.

I am hopeful that things are going to quickly improve.  I miss visiting my friends and going to work.  My boss has been extremely supportive, but I really do need to get back there.  I miss everyone so much!

The good news in all of this is that I am officially 40 pounds lighter!  There's always a light in the storm.

Until next time,