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    Monday, May 08, 2006

    Surgeon Visit

    I forgot to mention that Mr. Sign is also planning on having the gastric bypass surgery. He will have it 2-3 months after I do since he has major health problems that will require more extensive testing.

    Mr. Sign and I rode together for the one hour commute since he had business in Grand Rapids. He dropped me off early at the medical facility. I thought I would be bored so I brought books and my MP3 player. I didn't need them since there were so many other patients waiting. I got to hear their stories and progresses. It was so interesting that the time flew by.

    We met with the surgeon today. He's a little guy with dark hair and very blue eyes. He's really handsome. (I can just picture him on top of a stool doing surgeries.) The doctor saw us both at the same time. He spoke to and examined me first. When I hopped up on the huge table (this thing was as big as a full sized bed) he remarked that I should always wear blue because it brought out the color in my eyes. I giggled as he told Mr. Sign that he wasn't hitting on me.

    We discussed surgical procedures and I had already decided on the Roux En Y. The facility does 99% of the surgeries laproscopically which means that the recovery period will only be 1-2 weeks rather than 4-6 weeks with an open procedure.

    I have to begin an diet immediately as they ask you to lose 10% of your body weight pre-operatively. Two weeks before the surgery I will be placed on an 800 calorie diet. The reason they ask you to lose the weight is to aid in reducing the liver. The area that the surgery is performed is very close to it. The liver carries a large amount of fat and shrinking it gives them more room to work. Makes sense. It sucks, but it makes sense.

    I asked him about the time line and he stated that it would be closer to the end of July. A spoke with another one of his patients who had it within a month of the first visit so now I don't know when it will happen. I think sooner is better.

    On a completely different note, I went into a bathroom stall after a woman was in there and the toilet seat was up. WTF? I didn't even want to think of why it was up. Weird, huh?

    Note completely off topic again, did anyone look at the links I posted on the previous post? The one of Ryan Seacrest is hilarious!


    Sparky said...

    Wow! You are in for a whole new life, missy. I'm anxious to follow your progress. This is fascinating!

    Snow White said...

    This is so exciting! I look forward to following your journey. xox

    Fridaysweb said...

    OOOH! I'm rooting for ya, kid. And your husband, too. I have an old aquaintance who had the surgery - along with her husband, and they lost a combined total weight of 340 pounds. The two of them look like totally different people. Of course, she had a substantial amount of weight to loose, so that makes a big difference. I believe someone said anything over 120 pounds would change a person's overall appearance so drastically, they could almost be unrecognizable to those who haven't been around them for most of their lives. You won't have that problem...and your doc is right...you should wear blue, you beautiful diva, you!

    mgc said...

    800 calories will limit the alcohol consumption. good luck!

    SignGurl said...

    Sparky~ A whole new life is what I need. I'm excited and scared.

    Snow~ Thanks!

    Friday~ I'm pretty sure that when I lose the weight I will be unrecognizable. That could be fun to now post pictures until all the weight it off. I won't do that to you guys.

    MGC~ I'm on the Jose diet. I drink all my calories, heh.

    Suze said...

    Jenn, I'm routing for you. In fact in a few months we wont even recognise you. You'll have to set a new blog under your new identity.


    Nonny said...

    Wow, they do seem to really be getting the ball rolling. This is sooooo exciting. You really must take lots and lots of pictures of your progress. 800 calories will be hard, but I know you can do it. Both you and your husband are gonna get a whole new lease on life.

    Chrissie said...

    Wow! I didnt know that you both were having it done... thats cool! I was talking to a friend of mine on the phone just now, she had hers done last summer and has lost 140 lbs... She says she would do it agian in a minute and "she feels and looks great, if a bit baggy!"(her words! LOL) She also told me to tell you to buy something called pro complex... for the protein, take iron and daily fiber stuff. She has had some troubles with hair loss and shes slightly anemic (sp??) Her other tip was Ebay your clothing LOL Al is a nut.
    Good luck Sugar!