Showing posts from October, 2006

Pre-op Work Today!

Today brings me yet another step closer. I have my pre-op work-up this afteroon.

I need to get out of there and get to the gym by 5, 'cause I have a lil' "Minnie Mouse" waiting for me at home to go "trick-a-treatin".

I won't be around for a few days as we're heading to Alabama to visit my mother-in-law. I hate the drive, but I totally appreciate the time to decompress. It's a simple place, it leaves you with no other choice than to take advantage of the time to relax.

Until next week....

This is the reason why...


Just Killing Time... For the Next 19 Days

I guess I'm just going to be killing time for the next 19 days. I've been busy enough at work to keep from dwelling on the surgery date, so that's a good thing. The few people at work who do know, are so excited for me -- it's like we have this silent countdown going. Ironically enough my surgery date is the same day as our Annual Thanksgiving Potluck Luncheon. Hopefully, by the time they're done stuffing their faces at work, I'll be happily in recovery. :)
My quads are burning today! I had a training session yesterday. It wasn't so much the training session alone that killed me, it was the full 30 minutes of cardio BEFORE the session started that hit me! My trainer called and said I could come in early. I did, but he was wrapping up with another client and ran late. It didn't bother me much at the time, but this morning as I walk around like an old lady, I'm cursing him under my breath!
It was a good session. He taught me some core exercises on the S…


It is a sad day for me today. My favorite Barista, who makes my "Triple Venti Nonfat blah-blah" has been promoted and is leaving. :( Damn Starbucks -- promoting him like that.

In honor of Darrell, I will introduce you to the mystery that is the Starbucks Oracle As for this freakin' oracle, here's what it has to say about me and my Venti Triple Sugarfree French Vanilla Nonfat Latte Extra Hot (aka Venti Blah-blah):

Personality type: High MaintenanceYou pride yourself on being assertive and direct; everyone else thinks you're bossy and arrogant. You're constantly running your mouth about topics that only you would find interesting. Your capacity for wasting other people's time is limitless. Your friends find you intolerable, that's why they're plotting to kill you. Also drinks: Water. Bottled, chilled, with four ice cubes, a twist of lemon, in a crystal glass. Can also be found at: Trendy martini bars

Another last was my last pre-op visit with Dr. Weinstei…

(Insert Witty Title Here)

Okay, so I started watching Oprah from yesterday: "Life After Weight Loss Surgery". I didn't make it through the entire episode because I was stressed out about some automotive issues I am having. My stress coupled with Oprah's coverage of the issue had me at my wit's end, so I just had to turn it off.

What I did see of it, covered addiction transference. This particular mother is now in denial of her alcohol addiction after having Gastric Bypass surgery. She was so obviously a functional alcoholic. Evidently she has some unresolved childhood physical and sexual abuse issues that are causing her this addiction transference.

I can see where she feel like she's just having fun and being social, but she was contradicting herself, saying, "I don't drink during the day." only to be caught later on video saying she was drinking in the middle of the day. She feels that she's dedicated the last 17 years to raising her kids and tending to her family&…

To Tell... or Not to Tell

I overdosed on Zyrtec (allergy meds), and that's not a good thing. I'm so incredibly sleepy, it's unbelieveable. I feel like I'm in a fog -- Oiy. I felt my allergies coming on strong last night when the cool winds came in, so I figured, "I'll take 2 -- I'm going to bed anyway." Well, I'm paying for it today! Stupid me. I don't normally do that kind of thing with perscription drugs - but after feeling so miserable with the Strep, I didn't want to feel sh*tty again!

To totally shift gears without a clutch, I don't want to be a farse, but I also don't feel like sharing the fact I'm having surgery with the whole world -- well, the world at the office anyway. I just don't want to deal with potential negative energy I might receive from someone before going under the knife. Does that make sense?

I want happy thoughts, flowers and sunshine! :) I can come up with enough bad scenarios in my own mind!

I'm certainly confident with my…

New Adventure

My friend Melissa received this and forwarded it on to me...

Daily Word — Sunday, October 22, 2006

New Adventure

I am “prayed up” and prepared for positive change today.

I may be stepping outside my comfort zone to begin a new adventure in life; however, my first step is to be prayed up and ready for a positive change.

I pray to be divinely guided, and I also use my imagination to set the scene for the good that I am about to experience. I see myself going about my day confident in whatever I am doing. I envision my new surroundings personalized for me with pictures and colors, people and activities that invite me to feel at home and comfortable.

Most important, I affirm that the spirit of God goes before me to make my way safe and secure. There is a holy preparation going on for my new adventure. I know I will meet people who are open to supporting me and being supported by me in love and faith.

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. D…

Friends in Supportive Places

One of my best friends, Melissa, sent this messaage out -- she had been dying to announce my surgery to anyone who knew me through her. I love her for her friendship, support, knowledge and constant encouragement. She's has a beautiful soul.

Although it could just be that I like her because she says nice things about me! I don't know. LOL (kidding). Here is what she sent out:

That's right!!!! One of the greatest friends I could ever have will soon be joining me on the "other" side.... I am so, so, so happy to announce that Donna will be having her gastric bypass surgery Nov. 15, 2006, at 7:30 a.m. with Dr. Naaman!!!!!!!! YAYAYA!

Although she heard yesterday from the insurance company that she was approved, she wanted to wait on announcing it until she received the official word today.You cannot imagine HOW HARD it has been for me not to shout it from the mountain tops!!!

I've included a lot of people - some who have never met Donna in person - on this mailing l…

It's Officially Official

Amanda just let me know CareFirst called them today to confirm approval.

It's a done-deal!

Whooohoooooo! Just 27 days.

Big News!

I hesitate to say anything until everything is firmed up, but I can't contain myself.

I am approved!

I called BCBS CareFirst today to find out the status on my Pre-auth. I actually called yesterday, and the rep told me that oddly enough it had been "pending" for entirely too long, and that she was going to transfer me to a case worker.

She did and I was disheartened when I got voice mail. I left a message, feeling pessimistic that they would ever return my call in the 24 hours that they promised.

Lo, and behold, today Mary called me! First she apologized for the wait, that it should have been approved 2 weeks ago, but that I am indeed approved. I was dumbfounded.

I said, "Are you sure?"
She said, "Why wouldn't you be, you meet all the guidelines.
I said, "Can anything change the decision?"
She said, "Not unless you don't want to have the procedure done."

I started crying and she asked if I was crying because I was happy. I told he…


After jumpin' through hoops to get my physician's letter of release to train with the trainer, you'll never guess what happened.

I had to cancel. Lucky me, I have Strep.

I have watched more TV this week than ever I think. But I did find some useful information from the boob-tube. I was watching Oprah yesterday and Bono was on; they were introducing the (Red) Project.

Essentially retailers have partnered up with the (Red) Project, and if you buy a (Red) product or sign up for a (Red) service, at no cost the consumer, the (Red) Partner donates a portion of its profit to buy and distribute anti-retroviral to those living with HIV Africa. And no, not all the products are red in color.

It costs just .50 a day for a pregnant mother to take the medication necessary to keep from passing HIV to her unborn child. .50! Being a Mom, I can't imagine not being able to afford the medicine necessary for my unborn child -- so it hit home with me.

So it's Gap's Inspi(red) tee-shi…

EKG Resutls

I almost forgot! I had an EKG done yesterday. It was necessary in order to get a letter of release to work with the personal trainer. I never had one before. It quick and nothing I expected. LOL
Bottom line is my heart is good. I admit that even in spite of not having any symptoms that would conclude otherwise, I was a little worried they might find something to be worried about that would warrant more testing.
My heart is good to go. I start training on Thursday!

Calcium, Folate and Iron, Oh My!

Well, I attended the support group meeting on Sunday, and it was the best session I have attended to date.

Dr. Weinstein, spoke about the importance of supplements and vitamins for Bariatric patients. It was very informative. I’m posting a little of what he said coupled with some information I've found, for my reference only. This is not intended as medical advice. Each person should consult their own Bariatric-friendly physician for nutrient care.

One of the points he really stressed is the need to work with your medical professional to determine your individual deficiencies. Symptoms of various deficiencies overlap, so you run the risk of thinking you’re low in one thing, but it’s really another, or worse a pre-cursor to something altogether different.

Bloodwork coupled with symptoms should be used to determine deficiencies. And know that just becaue the local lab says a number should be in a certain range, the same does not always hold true for a Bariatric patient. A Bariatric-f…

Like Buying a House!

Okay, so like when did buying a gym membership seem like closing paperwork on a home? While everyone was nice at this particular 24 Super Sport we signed up at, it took forever! I'm totally pumped though (no pun intended). I have my first training session today, and this girl is going to be building some muscle. ;-) I want to be ahead of the curve when I am threatened with losing muscle mass before surgery.So in other news, I kind of read in a few different places where some were speculating that Blue Cross Blue Shield of TX is changing their requirements for bariatric surgery. I went out to the provider side website and indeed found the policy change that was effective 9/1/2006. Now it requires a 6 month, instead of a 12 month medically supervised diet. Of course me, being who I am, won't allow myself to get too excited. I sent an e-mail to B, the surgeon's office manager, and she said it was good news, but that each employer will still use a case-by-case basis. Ugh. For …

Race for the Cure and Other Thoughts

This past Saturday was the Susan G. Koeman Race for the Cure. 5k of Houston's infamous heat and humidity! It was yucky. I captained a team here at work -- we had a good time.

Here are some pictures:

Angels for the Cause
Can you see how far ahead the people stretch?
It had been a reported 25,000 participants.

The hardest part of the race is not crossing the finish line...
it's making it to the starting line.
There was a whole crew of these folks...
They call themselves the "Breast Cancer Tsunami"
I've also decided I will be changing gyms and hiring a trainer for at least 10 weeks. I want 2 things out of this; 1) Learn the proper way to progress in strength training, and 2) build as much lean muscle mass as I can (without looking like the Hulk) before the surgery. I have read too many times that you loose so much muscle mass early on. I don't want to suffer a hiatus with the kinds of exercise I enjoy because I'm losing muscle mass so fast. Plus, the more lean musc…