Monday, March 31, 2008

HAVING fun during Spring Break....

It has been so nice out so since Aviva got out of school Thursday...we have been going to the park. The weather is gorgeous and I love being outside.

Check out how she kicked off her shoe and it is above her head......

She hits so much better LEFTY!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

BONE Marrow Biopsy results.................

First did the CBC and my white blood count was 17.5 so higher but he believes that is from the surgery.

Basically all the tests besides the biopsy came back to love normal.

Then he discussed the biopsy...basically they did a few different not remember what they are called. But most were either normal or slightly elevated. Basically said that my bone marrow works a little faster then it should. He said I have low myloprolifertive disorder but thinks that losing the weight will help.

Do not need meds or anything.

Do not need to do anything which is good..but will followup every 3 months.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Can I BRAG a bit.......

I was taking 4 shots of insulin a of Lantus (once a day in the evening) and 3 shots a day of Novolog....


I am just taking the Lantus at night. My sugar this morning was 73, and earlier 75. And yesterday all under 120 which is normal.

I am still sore but walking more...very itchy too. Trying not to bend because it hurts.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Feeling pretty good...for the most part....

I am doing pretty well..still a bit tired...yesterday took 2 naps. I had a relaxing day until the diva came home from school. She was like a little hurricane yesterday. But she made a promise to be good today.

I am suppose to be drinking up to 4 oz of protein shakes 3 times a day. I got in 2 oz, 1.5 oz and 2 oz. Just could not drink anymore. Did get in about 18 oz of water. I also walked more which helps.

I am trying to drink more water today..I use a medicine cup to measure what I drink since it is 1 oz. I did use the pain meds yesterday but just once at night....was not feeling good at all.

Best of all down 21 1/2 lbs.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

I am HOME...

I had a SHOWER...what a difference that makes...and Spider was a big help. Spider has been great between me there and Aviva...They came every day to see me...and had a private room with a great view (almost all the rooms are private).

Now I have to slowly sip water and have 4 oz of protein shakes for each meal. I am off of Crestor and Medium and Bumex. I am to take 10 units of insulin before each shake and my lantus at night..I will take Prevacid soluble and still take my Metformin and Micardis but have to crush them and put in applesauce.

Before sugery lost 17 1/2 lbs..gain some in the hospital from the IV and gas...but will lose that quickly. Going to walk as much as I can.

Again thank you for all your prayers and positive really means a lot!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

TOMORROW is the day....

FINALLY...I have waited so long...I have to be at the hospital at 8:00 am. Which is very good..then I can take Aviva to school.

I will have surgery between 10 am and 11 am.

WOW is all I can say...finally it is my turn. I cannot believe I will be on the losers bench tomorrow afternoon.

It has been a stressful good friend who said she will watch my DD backed out at the last minute (guess you cannot always count on your friends when you really need them).....I have no family here. But thankfully my neighbor will watch her.

If you want any updates email me and will give you my cell...otherwise will update when I get home which I hope will be Saturday.

Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

Aviva's spring and soccer picture...

I scanned them so that is why they look like this....Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

INTERESTING facts on what equals what you lost.....

Your weight loss =

1 pound = a Guinea Pig
1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts
2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs
3 pounds = an average human brain
4 pounds = an ostrich egg
5 pounds = a Chihuahua
6 pounds = a human’s skin
7.5 pounds = an average newborn
8 pounds = a human head
10 pounds= chemical additives an American consumes each year
11 pounds = an average housecat
12 pounds = a Bald Eagle
15 pounds = 10 dozen large eggs
16 pounds = a sperm whale’s brain
20 pounds = an automobile tire
23 pounds = amount of pizza an average American eats in a year
24 pounds = a 3-gallon tub of super premium ice cream
25 pounds = an average 2 year old
30 pounds = amount of cheese an average American eats in a year
33 pounds = a cinder block
36 pounds = a mid-size microwave
40 pounds = a 5-gallon bottle of water or an average human leg
44 pounds = an elephant’s heart
50 pounds = a small bale of hay
55 pounds = a 5000 BTU air conditioner
60 pounds = an elephant’s penis (yep, weights more than his heart!)
66 pounds = fats and oils an average American eats in a year
70 pounds = an Irish Setter
77 pounds = a gold brick
80 pounds = the World’s Largest Ball of Tape
90 pounds = a newborn calf
100 pounds = a 2 month old horse
111 pounds = red meat an average American eats in a year
117 pounds = an average fashion model (and she’s 5’11”)
118 pounds = the complete Encyclopedia Britannica
120 pounds = amount of trash you throw away in a month
130 pounds = a newborn giraffe
138 pounds = potatoes an average American eats in a year
140 pounds = refined sugar an average American eats in a year
144 pounds = an average adult woman (and she’s 5’4”)
150 pounds = the complete Oxford English Dictionary
187 pounds = an average adult man
200 pounds = 2 Bloodhounds
235 pounds = Arnold Schwarzenegger
300 pounds = an average football lineman
400 pounds = a Welsh pony

WOW...TWO more days...

till my new journey to a new life begins.

I cannot believe it is almost here..I have been waiting for so long for this. I am excited not nervous yet. I have so much to do tomorrow so hoping keeping busy will keep the nerves a way.

It is so hard not having family here to help but thankfully I have good friends.

Tomorrow I am on clear liquids all day...hope that goes smoothly.

Still cannot believe this time Thursday I will be on the loser bench.

Monday, March 17, 2008

WHAT a WEEKEND.... has been busy.

First on Friday, Aviva's tooth finally fell has been hanging in there for dear life.

On Saturday, we cleaned and got ready to pick up Auntie Marie from the airport. She was coming in from Jamaica. We got to the airport...and customs was so backed up that we waited for an hour and 15 minutes. But we were so happy to see Marie. We have not seen her since August.

So we decided we would go out for dinner. Everyone ate but me...I stuck to my liquid diet. I was very proud of myself. It wasn't even hard.

Sunday was very busy. We went looking for a wedding dress....for Auntie Marie. It was going to be interesting because Aviva had to come with us, Spider was working.

So off we went to David's Bridal...and Marie tried on and tried on and tried on wedding dresses. The last dress she tried on was the is absolutely gorgeous. She looked stunning. She knew as soon as she tried it on. Aviva had enough but she was really good considering we were there for 3 1/2 hours. But that is done.

Then we came home, did some things and played on the David's Bridal site on dressing the wedding party. Marie decided on great colors it looked really beautiful.

On a good note this morning I was down 13 1/2 lbs.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


An INSPIRATIONAL story from the NYC schools.....

A man’s passion to be principal

March 10: NBC’s Jamie Gangel reports on a man who is improving the lives of teachers and students at one Bronx, N.Y., high school.

This story is truly inspirational...check out how the school changed by this one man. It just shows you anyone can make a here to see the video.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A very SCARY night for me.....

Last night was going well...gave my shot of insulin (Lantus--this insulin is given once a day and does not peak). I gave Novolog (fast reacting one) before my last shake in the evening..10 ish.

Spider came home and he was on the computer and I was in bed...and all of a sudden had this feeling nothing bad but just needed something. So he got me a fudgsicle..and ate that. Started to get that feeling (not sure if you ever had a low blood sugar). But felt that coming on...started to sweat, getting a headache and my heart was starting to beat faster. It came on out of nowhere and was not expecting it...was a bit scary. So got my monitor and tested my sugar as I am sweating more.

So I pricked my finger and my blood sugar was 32...I could not believe it..did not think it was that bad. Took some glucose tablets and Spider is looking at me asking should we go to the hospital. I said no need something to drink. He got me a big glass of milk and took another glucose tablet. Still felt really crappy. Heart was racing and was sweating bad. My sugar went up to 39 and was laying down on Spider. He was so worried. About 20 minutes or so later sugar was 56. So took one more glucose tablet and fell asleep on Spider.

Actually slept through the night even with his snoring. Woke up with a whopper of a headache. But sugar was 133.

So will cut my evening dose of Novolog again.

I am just so happy Spider was home..I was really scared.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

POOR Spider...

He has been in a little pain with his middle toe on his left foot. He has been soaking it for a few days and putting stuff on it. But not helping.

I looked at it today and it was bleeding a bit. I said to him I think you need to get it checked out. I touched it with a q-tip and he went through the roof in pain.

So off he went to urgent care...he was in such agony.

It turned out to be an ingrown toenail that got infected. So he got a shot there and will be on antibiotics and has to apply some Lotrimin to it.

Poor thing..he really was in pain. Hoping he is now on the mend.

Monday, March 10, 2008

A bit of a rough morning...

Spider got home late from his I was up late worried about him.

But Aviva was not to happy this morning to get up and go to school. Normally, she gets right up and heads to the bathroom.

This morning she was whiny and crying she did not want to get up..maybe because it was dark. She complained all they do in school is work, work, special, work, work, lunch, work, work, recess, snack, work and go home.

I laughed and said to Aviva enjoy this time, it will not get an easier.

But by the time she was up and dressed with her hair done she was in a bit of a better mood.

She was very happy by the time she got to school...she had money to buy something from the school store.

Let's hope for a good afternoon.

DAY 5...and liking the loss...

Yup it is Day 5 of my liquid diet and so far it is going pretty well.

Saturday I had to have Spider stop on his way home for glucose sugar was going low. Not sure if you have ever experienced a low blood sugar..but when I do I could eat anything in with the tablets it brings my sugar up in a much healthier way.

I am liking my Jell-O, my fudge pops and popsicles. I am not as hungry as I was Friday and that is a good thing.

But the best news....I am down 7 lbs. I am very happy with that. Only 10 more days to go.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Oy, the liquid diet.....

had a headache all day...I gave up diet coke...cannot have it anymore. But stuck to it and I am down 4 lbs so very happy.

Yesterday had 1 protein shake (35 g of protein) 1 Carnation Instant Breakfast no sugar added (14 g with milk) and 1 low carb slimfast (20 g). I also had 2 jell-os (sugar free) and 2 sugar free popsicles. Think I may buy some broth for something warm...I have tea going to make some of that too.

Even better so far, my blood sugars are normal. And I have cut back on my insulin.

Only 12 more days...that is what keeps me going. I will do this.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Interesting doctor visit...

I get to the hematologist and basically sit and wait....finally called in and they prick my finger for the usual CBC.

Then they put me in a room and sit and wait again....and wait and wait some more....the doctor was at the hospital...they told me while I was waiting in the room.

Finally the doctor comes in and reads the chart...some results are in but not the biopsy part...the other tests he ordered came back normal. So he said...he does not believe it is cancer...which kind of surprised me because he never mentioned cancer before. The biopsy takes a little longer. But the WBC went down to 13.8 so it is on the way down.

I was just worried that this would interfere with my surgery. But he said is would not and wrote a note for me to give to the primary doc (who I am seeing today too) saying that. Another relief for me. So go back to him in 3 weeks to get biopsy results.

I started the 2 week liquid far so good..well barely been home which makes it easier.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Pre-Op NEWS....the time is creeping by....

I had my final meeting with the surgeon today....I still cannot believe this is real. This is something that will change my life....I want to be happy and feel good and this is going to give me that.

First spoke with the nurse (who is so nice), and she went over everything I need to do for the 2 weeks before surgery and what to do post-op, I start the 2 week liquid diet on Thursday. Hoping the 2 weeks go by very fast.

Then met with one of the surgeons...he went thoroughly and I mean very THOROUGHLY over everything from the bloodwork to my medical history. The only thing with my bloodwork that he mentioned of some concern,...was my Vitamin D level was low. So have to add extra Vit. D.

He asked lots of questions...and was really nice about everything. He examined my stomach and said the c-section scar looks very nice (that is over 7 years old) but healed very nicely. He also felt around my stomach and feels I may have a hernia...if so they will repair it.

So signed the consent for surgery (with pride) for the gastric bypass, liver biopsy (they do that now, and my primary wanted it he will be happy) and the hernia.

Then it was off to meet with anesthesia. The doctor was very nice...asked more questions...went over what he will be doing and that was that.

So now it is just waiting. Which we all know is the hardest thing to do...

One other thing that is hard is having no family here. I want my dad to come down...but do not think that will happen...not sure why he will not come...but may email him and see if he will change his mind.