Monday, September 24, 2007

Rex Grossman

Is it just me.... or does Rex Grossman look like Aaron Catlin?

Thursday, September 20, 2007


Yesterday was International Talk Like A Pirate Day and I hate that I wasn't able to participate. If I would have been in Clay Center, there were PLENTY of places I could have participated. In fact, I'm guessing that Jamie and Rockie talked about it on the radio during their morning segment.

If I would have been around my girls, we definitely would have talked like pirates. Tami and I would have been all over it. Larry Wayne would have joined in I'm sure. There are countless friends who would have loved it!

But - at my place of work - it just would not have been appreciated. Nobody would have thought it was funny and nobody would have got it. They are nice folks and all..... but, well I'm sure you understand.

After work I went to the grocery store and the pharmacy. Still - no place to use pirate words.

All in all - I'm a little disappointed, maties. I wanted to hoist that sail and shiver my timbers - but there was nobody to do it with. I'm going to have to settle with watching Pirates of the Caribbean this weekend I guess. Avast.

Monday, September 17, 2007

First Day back at work

Today was my first day back at work. It was not as easy as I thought. I thought I'd sail right through the day but that was not the case. I didn't feel good this morning and I'm really tired right now. I lasted until one o'clock and my boss told me to go home. Silly me - I had much higher expectations.

I didn't feel very good this morning and I was done by one. I'm getting ready to take a small nap right now - I know I'll feel better when I wake up.

I've been eating things like egg salad and potted meats and peanut butter on crackers this past week. The crackers get soggy and that's a good thing for my stomach. I drink two protein drinks a day and get in lots of water.

The mornings are just the hardest. Lots of theories have been floating around: 1) I eat too fast 2) I don't chew good enough 3) My body wants protein drinks first 4) My body wants food first 5) This is just the way it is so get used to it for awhile. In any event, I am where I am and it will get better. I'll move forward!

Friday, September 7, 2007

One Week After

Last week at this time I was sleeping off anesthesia. I think I was going to sleep for the night - even though I got woke up every two hours for vital signs. It wasn't like I was getting a good night's sleep.
Here I am, one week later, feeling much better. I had a doctor's appointment today and I get to start on pureed foods. This means also appleasauce, cottage cheese, mashed potatoes, baby food and oatmeal. This just sounds wonderful to me! I am supposed to eat by the clock every 2 hours because I won't feel hungry - and that's true. I don't. I eat about two teaspoons of food and I'm good to go. So now I will have lots of little leftover bowls in the fridge with the spuds I made, and some oatmeal in the morning. Those portions will last me for about a month at this rate! I still need to drink two protein shakes a day and plenty of water. Thursday morning I woke up not feeling so good and I finally figured out I was dehydrated. I need to be sipping something all day long. I finally got caught back up by mid-afternoon and began to feel better.
So far, since my pre-op visit, I've lost 10#. Not bad at all!
They also told me not to go back to work yet. It's not because of any pain, but its that I'm not strong enough yet. Every ounce of energy goes towards healing and mending - there's not much left over for doing things. When I take a shower and wash my hair, I'm toast. I doubt I could even begin to make it through a work day. This means one more week of watching Ellen and Trading Spaces, not to mention all of the great things on the Food Channel.
So yes - I'm doing very well thank you. :)

Monday, September 3, 2007

Gastric Bypass Surgery Photos

Some of these photos are not pretty. Actually, there isn't one of them that is pretty! :) This photo was taken in pre-op. They were just getting ready to wheel me back. I've got my IV's in and its about time. Don't let the smile fool you. I was not smiling on the inside. I was scared to pieces about my breathing. They had told me they might have to keep me partially awake to put in the breathing tube. Yikes. As it turned out, everything went smoothly. No issues.
This is me right after surgery. I really have no comment at all. I look like death. I don't remember Jay taking this picture at all. I don't remember much of anything at all. I'd refer to the glaze in my eyes, but you can't see my eyes at all.
Now see.... don't I look better? Somebody took the time to comb my hair for me - thank you very much - and I look a little more alive. Sort of. This is the day after. I believe I might have been taking a nap.
This is me as I was preparing to go home on Sunday evening. See what a difference a day makes? I was amazed at how much better I felt. Simply amazed. I will be sending comparison shots as the weeks go by. I have to admit, there's still a part of me that thinks "this will never work". I don't know why I think that way - my little pouch only holds 4oz now. Anyway - I'll keep you posted. Thank you for your prayers. God is so good.