Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Thank you Sarah

I want to thank my follower, Sarah, for sending me a message and checking up on me.

I have had quite a year.  I had open heart surgery November 26, 2010.  My last update on my blog here was December 8, 2010.  Well, the following Monday,December 13, 2010, I went to the doctor complaining about the stitches for the drain tube sites below my chest.  They checked me in and I did not realize that my heart was racing.  My mind was wrapped up in the irritation of the stitches, not knowing that my resting heart rate was something like 150-160 bpm.  Thats like someone running and I was just sitting there.  The doctor had to cardiovert me (he had to electrically shock my heart back into normal rhythm) and I ended up with an overnight stay for observation.

I took it easy over the next couple of months and then started cardiac rehabilitation at the end of February.  This was a supervised exercise program to get my heart back in shape and I ended up losing a few pounds and inches too.  It was 12 weeks long and I loved it.  I wish insurance would have paid for it forever.  It made me so much stronger.  That ended in May.  A couple weeks later school ended for the kids.  So...I tried to stay active and we spent a lot of time at the pool.  I didn't get loads of exercise though because my kids are 13, 5, and 3 so the pool was pretty much me splashing around in the shallow end with the younger two.

For the most part, the first half off the year I had Lap Band on the back burner.  I kept my band on the loose side and more concentrated on getting my heart healthy.  The kids started school last month and I have since had a nice fill and have started doing a variety of exercise DVDs.  My restriction is really good right now.

When I started my Lap Band journey, I was wearing size 24 and some 26 or 4x.  I weighed 297 pounds.  Today, I wear a size 20 and some 18s.  I weighed in this morning at 243 pounds.  I would have hoped that a year after gastric banding surgery I would have lost more than 54 pounds, but considering all that I have gone through, I am not going to beat myself up over it at all.  I just took my measurements and I am very happy at the loss.  I will post those under my measurement tab.

Thank you again, Sarah.  It was a great prompt for me to get back on here.  And thank you to all my followers for not dumping me.  Look forward to more frequent updates.



1 comment:

  1. I am so glad to hear you are doing better Lena!

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