Thursday, October 6, 2011

2 weeks of updates

My updates are supposed to be on Wednesday, but I forgot to post last week.  I, unfortunately, had to go the emergency room Sept 22nd.  My heart was racing and I was having chest pains, chills, dizziness, shortness of breath...I felt horrible.  I sent my husband an email at work and told him that I did not feel well.  He called me and told me he was coming home.  I hate going to the hospital but this time I knew I needed to go.  We get there and they do an EKG on me and determine that I had not had a heart attack.  Praise the Lord!  They do blood work and a chest x-ray.  It turns out I had pneumonia.  They put antibiotics in my IV and keep me there for a while then released me with a prescription for more antibiotics.  I talked to friend of mine on the phone who has also had WLS and she is prior military with medical experience and we discussed my whole pneumonia situation and came to the conclusion that my band was too tight.  I knew it was too tight but I had not gone for an unfill because I was losing weight so fast.  Unfortunately, I was suffering from reflux, constant PB episodes and frequently could not even keep down water.  But, I was losing weight and that was all that I could see...I wasn't concerned that I was doing harm to myself.  The reflux that I was having at night, I am sure, caused me to get fluid into my lungs...thus resulting in pneumonia.  When I had my follow-up appointment with my regular doctor, she agreed that that was likely the cause.  I called the WLS doc for an unfill and they got me in first thing the next morning.  I had 0.5 cc taken out putting me back to 6.5 cc.  I can eat and drink normally again.  So...the moral of the story is do not suffer with an overfill.  If your fill is giving you reflux, constant PBs, you cannot drink water without getting stuck...please, get an adjustment!!!  What I went through was not pleasant at all.

Well on to more happy news.

I went to the YMCA on Wednesday, Sept. 28th to take a tour.  I have been wanting to do something more than my elliptical.  I talked to my husband that night and he told me that he would get me a 6 month membership.  I officially joined Friday, Sept 30th and have done a 5k on the treadmill everyday since (except for Sunday cuz they are closed).  I gave myself a personal goal of 100 miles by December 2.  If I keep with my 5k a day pace, I will surely make it.  Now mind you...I am wogging (walking/jogging) as I have not worked up to running yet...but I am moving my butt which is what I needed to do.  Oh...and what about December 2nd.  That is the date of my husband's Christmas party with his job.  I haven't been to the Christmas party in a couple of years because I have just been too fat and did feel like being the fattest one at the party again and again.  Having lost weight, I feel so much better about myself and gladly accepted my husband's invite to go to the party.

Okay...and on to my weigh-in.  drum roll

238 pounds.  I am out of the 240s.  Downward I go and now I am off to the Y.  Have a great day!

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