Sunday, November 29, 2015

Day 4 Post Op: How Do I Sound? (Video Blog)

Just a few updates, and documentation of progress.  Hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend.



Thursday, November 26, 2015

Being Thankful Post Surgery #3


It's been a long two years.  Yesterday marked two years since my weight loss surgery.  It did in fact prove to be a good day for surgery.  I was thankful to have a note from the wonderful Mimi that she had the same surgery which put me a bit at ease.  I felt calm as we drove into Ear and Eye Infirmary of Mount Sinai . Check in was smooth, to the 7th floor that was quiet the day before a major holiday. I had a room looking down onto 14th Street to myself and that Charlie to wait in while I was in surgery.  Being awake through the 2+ hour procedure was one of the stranger experiences I have had.  The rational knowing of what was going on while being medicated enough to remain calm and not feel any pain.  The scope down the nose is always the worst part- and today was not exception. It was draped in a plastic tent that was stuck to my chin and as a result it was a bit of a steaming for me and got warm.  Very strange.

One of the most fascinating parts was the fine tuning of the implant and being able to hear the difference between it being in and out and being able to hear for myself that it was going to help.  It will be about 6 weeks before all the healing is done, but I am hopeful that I wont have to think about my voice agin and that Karaoke will come back to my life soon!

We have a 10 AM appointment this morning to have the drain removed from my neck that you can see in the picture above.  Lots of meds to help with the recovery. Then home to enjoy Thanksgiving with Charlie and Rose.

Thank you to everyone who called, wrote, texted.  Having so many people spread out all across the country, it can be difficult to stay connected, but I appreciate Facebook and the ease it provides for keeping everyone posted on progress. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Mer, Charlie and Rose

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

2 Years

Next week marks 2 years since I had weight loss surgery.  November 25th.  I had hoped that I would have met my 200 lbs down as well as reaching "one-derland" but neither thing is gong to happen in the next 7 days.  It's ok.  My weight this morning was 227.  My highest weight was 396.  I am just shy of 170 lbs lost.  This is no small feat and I am still losing weight.  I was 250 on July 1st.  I am trying to be positive about the success.  My extra skin is depressing though.  It it uncomfortable and embarrassing.  Charlie says he thinks there may be upwards of 20 lbs of skin- maybe I am to one-derland but the skin prevents me from reaching my goal. 

I am also one week from my vocal cord surgery.   It will be happing on 11/25, the two year anniversary.  I take it as a good omen.  Weight loss surgery was so good for me, hopefully this will be the last step in anything having to do with my throat.  Surgery is about 2+ hours and I may get to go home, but there is a chance I will have to stay over night.  Also might have a drain.  Will have a new 4cm scar above the one I already have.  2 neck scars?  Could anyone be more badass than that?  I don't think so.

Love and hugs to all and send lots of good thoughts on the 25th.