Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Hey Ya'll,

Just a quick post to say Merry Christmas to all, and I hope that the New Year brings you everything that you want and more!!

Yesterday Walt and I drove to his Mom's house to pick her up.  She decided that she didn't feel like cooking this year, and didn't want to decorate her house, so she preferred to go out to eat.  So we drove her to the Restaurant of her choice, and of course, they weren't serving Turkey until today....So after trying another Restaurant that wasn't serving Turkey until today, we decided to drive into Carson City.  The nearest City to where she lives where we were sure that the Fandango Casino's Buffet would have Turkey, among many other choices.

We were right!  The only problem was that this would be my first outing in a Restaurant setting since my Surgery, and....it was a Buffet!!  First off, we thought that we would have to argue to get me a lower price, like for Senior Citizen, or a Child's rate since I can't eat more than a few bites.  But I showed them my Card that I received regarding my Gastric Bypass Surgery, and they gave me a Child's rate!!

Now the real test was whether I could actually control myself, and only eat a small amount.  And only eat what I should eat.  Well, I did rather well!  I had two small spoons of Mashed Potatoes, and a spoon of Cottage Cheese with a small amount of Peach cut up into tiny pieces.  I also had a couple of small bites of a chewy, easily swallowed sugar free Cookie, and a few bites of sugar free Jello.  Oh and one small bite of sugar free Cheesecake.  And this was over about 2 hours, so that wasn't too bad....And yes, that was all that I ate all day yesterday!

This was one night before I was supposed to start my Smooth Diet phase, but I figured that it would be ok.  Today officially starts my Smooth Diet for the next week, then I move into Stage 4 and Soft Foods for weeks 3-4.  This time I don't plan on trying to eat what I shouldn't eat too soon (except for last night!!).

Well, I better go for now.  Till next time....

Aloha My Friends, and
Merry Christmas!!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Surgery Completed...Check! Home...Check!

Hey Ya'll,

Well, I am home now.  In fact I got home Friday, but I had so much mail to go through, that I spent a good part of it sorting the mail, etc.  Then, my friend Kelly from New England called me, and we talked for an hour!  Poor thing, they have been sick with the flu for about a month!  She also said that they are estimating that about 1/2 of New Hampshire is sick with the flu right now!!  She said that the flu shots they got didn't have the resistance to this variation of the flu....And then yesterday, I was busy getting our Bills sorted out and ready to pay.  Walt likes to have the monthly expenses prepared for him to go over.

Anyway, my Surgery story for those that are still interested....I checked into the Hospital at 6 am Tuesday morning, and was taken back within a few minutes to start getting me prepped for Surgery.  Luckily, they allowed one visitor to be with me, so Walt got to stay with me until they took me back into Surgery.  Since Walt wasn't going to be able to eat until I was in Surgery (as he wouldn't leave me), we stopped at the best donut shop in Reno for him on the way in.  He ate them inside though, (while I waited in the car) so that I wouldn't be tempted by them.

My Surgery lasted somewhere between 2 1/2-3 hrs.  But the Surgeon told Walt that it went really well.  I was taken to my "Private" room before I was even awake from Anesthesia.  I have never been taken out of Recovery before I was even awake enough to ask for ice chips!  But at least I was in my own room.  And of course, by then, I was awake enough to complain of pain and the need for ice chips.  Which they gave me after getting permission from the Surgeon.

So I sucked on ice chips for the next 20 hours or so.  Luckily, I love ice chips!  I tried to sleep, but it is hard when your in pain, and you have a guest in the room with you.  At least I always feel bad if I sleep while someone is just sitting there watching me....As before in prior Surgeries, I didn't have any gas pains.  In fact, my Abdomen didn't even bother me.  It was tender of course, but the only pain that I had was in my Back!!  I have a bad Spine, and a weak Back, so when I have Surgery, it is my Back that seems to hurt.  Walt figures that it was probably real tight from the stress of Surgery.  So it hurt like hell until Wednesday morning.  When suddenly it stopped hurting.  During the night, I was a good girl and walked practically the length of the Hospital and back to my room 4 times.  Which helped my Back.  At least when I was up and walking, it didn't hurt me.

And as usual, I didn't get much sleep either.  I did get a few hours, but not consecutively.  At least not until about 3 am, when I had the Nurses close my door.  That really helped a lot.  We kept it closed from then on, until I was released.  Because I was doing so well on Wednesday, Walt asked the Surgeon to release me.  We told him that we were staying in Reno at the Hotel another night just in case.  So he said that if I was able to eat breakfast, lunch and a dinner of Full Liquids, and not have any problems with nausea, etc, that he would probably let me go.

Well, I did great, no problem "eating" the liquids.  So I was released at 5:30 pm.  The problem was that I had forgot to bring my RX with me that the Surgeon gave me to take once I am released from the Hospital.  And we didn't tell the Surgeon this....We did tell the Nurse though, and tried to get her to give me a dose of the medicine to take with us to the Hotel, so that I would have at least one dose during the night.  But of course, she couldn't, and it is a controlled substance.  So she gave me a dose of it as I left the Hospital.  But since I was doing so well, I figured that I could make it until the next morning when we would drive home, and I could take my meds again.

Wrong!!!!  At 12:20 am (Wednesday night/Thursday morning), I woke up needing to go to the bathroom.  I felt chilled when I got up, and I had major Abdominal pain.  Once I was back in bed, I covered up trying to get warm, and within minutes, I felt like I was running a high fever.  I felt like I could set the sheets on fire just by laying on them.  So I woke Walt up, and had him check my Abdomen to make sure that my Incisions weren't looking infected, which they weren't.  In fact, they have never even turned black and blue!  If my Stomach wasn't bloated out, with the bandages on, you wouldn't even know it to look at my Stomach that I had had Abdominal Surgery.

Walt called down to the front desk to see if they had a thermometer so we could find out what my temperature was.  But they didn't have one, and offered to call an Ambulance for us, which Walt turned down.  But I was in so much pain, that I was crying uncontrollably by now (and I have a high tolerance for pain), so he asked me if I wanted to go to the ER.  I said yes, anything to stop this pain.

I didn't even feel up to putting on my cloths.  I went in my PJ's with my coat over them and a hat on my head.  It was only about 11 degrees outside, but I didn't even want to wear my coat, or have the heater on in the car.  I walked into the ER with my coat practically opened up.  Once inside, we found out that we were really lucky, and we were the only ones in the ER!  So I got signed in immediately.  I immediately took my coat and hat off, I didn't care what I looked like!  Then I was taken back.

When I told them that I had had the Bypass only the day before, they wanted to make sure that everything was ok in my Abdominal area.  But the first thing that they wanted to do of course, was to get my pain under control.  So they put in an IV, and gave me a really good drug that worked really fast.  The ER Doctor said that it was stronger than Morphine.  Well it worked....then they took 2 different samples of Blood.  One from each Forearm, which they said they wouldn't have the results back on for probably 24-48 hours.  Plus another Blood Test on top of these.  Then I had to drink a full cup of some Citrus tasting stuff before I could have the CT Scan done, which took me about an hour to drink.  But I was lucky, they said that usually they make a person drink 3 full containers of the stuff.  And then of course the CT Scan was done with Contrast.

Oh, I forgot to mention that when they took my temperature, it was....98.6!  So they figured that my feeling so hot was due to the extreme pain.  They could tell that I wasn't lying, because they could feel the heat in my skin, and see the super flush in my Face.  So of course, the CT Scan came back normal.  The only thing that was a bit out of whack, was my Liver, but I don't remember what she said about it.  So she was going to admit me to the Hospital to continue with the pain meds and watch me.  But she talked with another Doctor that had more experience with Gastric Bypass patients, and he said that this is not uncommon.  He said that it would be safe to let me go back to the Hotel.

So she gave me a new RX for pain meds, which Walt was able to fill at a Walgreen's on the way back to the Hotel.  It was 5 am by the time we made it back to the Hotel, and we both just crashed!  We decided to stay another night just to be safe after this though, so we didn't get home until Friday.  I of course felt fine by then.  I am now only taking the drugs at night.  The ER Doctor told me that my regular Surgeon will probably keep a check on my Liver to make sure that it does go back to normal though.
So I am doing fine.  My big revelation to those going into Gastric Bypass Surgery....DON'T FORGET YOUR MEDS AT HOME!!  My next appointment with the Surgeon is on January 2nd, and I can't wait to find out if I have lost any weight, and if so, how much!
Tomorrow, Walt and I are taking his Mom out to an early Christmas Eve Dinner.  She lives close to us, so we are spending it with her.  Walt's Dad died 3 years ago, and she still has trouble this time of year.  And although I feel like I could probably make it into California now.  The Sierra's are having a major Snow Storm so we might have trouble getting over anyway.  So we are going to miss Christmas with my family this year.  Tomorrow, I will only be one day away from Stage 3 Smooth Foods, so I am fairly sure that I can handle a little bit of Mashed Potatoes, or Refried Beans, etc. for Dinner.  Depending on what kind of Restaurant we go to.  I'll let you know how it went later.

Till next time....

Aloha My Friends,  
And Mele Kalikimaka, 
Which Means Merry Christmas In Hawaiian

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Day Before Surgery....

Hey Ya'll,

Well, we arrived in Reno with no problems, and I am now enthroned, or shall we say enslaved in the bathroom on the John for the next several hours or so!  That Magnesium Citrate drink is NASTY, but tolerable!!  If I never have to drink it again, I won't be sad, and I will be thrilled to death!  You would think that after all these years, that they could make it taste better.

So tomorrow I will be getting up at about 4 am in order to shower and be dressed early.  We need to leave the Hotel at about 5 am or so.  Walt wants to stop at the Doughboys Donut shop near the Hospital.  It is the BEST Donut Shop EVER!!  Luckily for us, they open at 5 am.  Walt is one of those people that can't go without eating or he will develop a horrible Headache.  So we will stop and get him a few donuts to hold him over until I go into Surgery.  At that time, he can go and get himself some Breakfast.  Of course, I am not looking forward to smelling the delicious donuts!!  As by then, I will not have eaten anything solid in about 60 hours! Ugh!! :(

I will be checking into the Hospital by 6 am, and my Surgery is supposed to start at 7:30 am.  I just hope that I get a good Nurse and she doesn't have any troubles getting my IV in!  When I had my Spinal Surgery in March, the Nurse got the IV in great with no problems.  Unfortunately, I had to have it redone by that evening.  And they almost had to redo it again the next day....I don't know why, but for some reason, IV's don't like me.  So keep your fingers crossed that this time I only have to have one placed.  And I have heard the horror stories about nausea after the Surgery for Bypass.  I am ever hopeful that I won't have to endure it as well.

Well, I better go for now, I need to get to bed.  Now whether I can actually get any sleep is another thing.  But I can at least try.  As before, I ask that you keep me in your thoughts tomorrow morning.  Till next time....

Aloha My Friends :)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Oops...I Forgot...I'm Sorry!!

Hey Ya'll,

It's now 2 days and counting!

Well, yesterday my Post title said that I passed my Pre-Op Appointment....But I forgot to tell you what happened!  I went in praying that I was at least CLOSE to my 210 lb mark.  And I weighed 210.8!!  My Surgeon was pleased with my progress....Thank god!!  So I was thrilled that I passed!  Today I have been totally on liquids.  Not happy about it though.  Tomorrow we leave for Reno to stay the night.  Once there and checked into the Hotel, I will have to drink my Bowel Prep....and spend the rest of the day on the John!

Today I took a really long shower and shaved, so that I don't embarrass myself at the Hospital.  I'm one of those women who always wears pants, and since I always wear long pants in the Winter, I usually don't shave until Spring....But there is no way in Hell, that I am going into Surgery with Ape Legs! LOL  Then I spent the rest of the day either thinking (worrying) about the upcoming Surgery, or getting our bag packed, and trying to tie up all loose ends.

I'm afraid that I don't have too much else to say right now, I am just kind of in a fog.  I am hoping to be able to post again tomorrow at the Hotel, but I may not be able to, so if not, please be thinking of me on Tuesday morning!  So till next time....

Aloha My Friends :)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Pre-Op Appt Done-Check!!

Hey Ya'll,

Well it is now 3 days from Surgery....

The days seem to be going faster with every passing day.  I have so much to do, yet I find that I have less and less time to do it in.  I am terrified, yet at the same time excited for this change coming to my life.  And under all of it, is the dread of losing my parents soon.  Because I am having the Surgery just a week before Christmas, we knew that I would not be up to traveling over the Sierra's to visit with our family in California for Christmas.  Which is why we made sure to be there for Thanksgiving.  We also gave our Christmas gifts to them while there.

So...this means that we are done for Christmas!  No more gifts to buy....which takes a load off of my mind.  We are supposed to spend Christmas with Walt's mom this year, but I am now thinking that I may not go.  It would be a 30-45 minute drive each way, and I will only be a week out of Surgery.  But the biggest concern for me is that they will be eating FOOD, while I won't be able to.  And her furniture isn't the most comfortable to sit on either.  Not to mention the damn dog that barks constantly, and tries to bite you if you even look at my mother in law!!  But I will wait and see how I feel at that time before I make a decision.  I know that Walt would like for me to go with him.

Today I did our laundry again (10 loads).  This way, we should be able to wait until I am able do it again after Surgery.  We can go 2 weeks before we absolutely have to do the laundry.  So I am hoping that by then, with Walt's help, I can do the laundry again.  If not, he knows how to do it.

Tomorrow I will be packing to go to Reno for the Surgery and trying to tie up loose ends.  And eating absolutely nothing!  I was supposed to be on a total liquid diet starting today, but I did eat.  I didn't think that I could do all the work today on nothing but liquid.  But I will be good tomorrow and go totally liquid if it kills me!!  LOL  Other than that, I have been watching a lot of Christmas movies....and bawling my eyes out!

But I need to go to bed early, for some reason, I have been really tired the last couple of days.  And I find that I fall asleep in my chair!  So I will end this for now, till next time....

Aloha My Friends :)


Thursday, December 13, 2012

I'm Nervous About Tomorrow!!

Hey Ya'll,

Well, today Walt begged me to go with him to Reno.  Well....maybe not exactly begged me....But he said that I didn't have a choice!! LOL  He had an appointment with an Ear, Nose & Throat specialist.  He had received the news after his Sleep Study that he needs to sleep with a Bi Pap Machine like me.  But he is hoping to be able to avoid sleeping with a Machine....So he wanted to be seen by the specialist in hopes that she would recommend Surgery as an alternative.  But she told him that Surgery really wouldn't help him.

So, his next alternative is to have a Mouth piece made for him.  It would force his Tongue forward and out of the way of the back of his Throat, hopefully keeping him from snoring and waking himself up.  Of course, there is no guarantee that it will work.  And if not, then his only choice will be to either use the damn Machine, or continue on the way he has been.  Which is not an option, as he hasn't had a good nights sleep in a long time!  So....Walt, if you are reading this, and I know that you will eventually, deal with it!! LOL

So, as of tomorrow, I only 5 days to Surgery....And my Pre-Op appointment with my Surgeon, Dr Kozar is tomorrow.  And, the appointment is for 8:15 am!!  Which means that I have to leave our place no later than 7 am to be there on time!  And....we are supposed to get snow tonight, and the overnight temps are supposed to get down to about 19 degrees, and will stay there until I leave.  So I am hoping to not have any problems with Icing!  Also, the temps are supposed to stay cold, and not warm up until after I get back.  It is not even supposed to get into the low 30's until about noon....So please cross your fingers and wish me luck that I don't have any problems driving.

Now, the reason that I am nervous about tomorrow, is because of my weight.  I was supposed to lose 10 lbs by Surgery.  Which I still have 5 days to do it in.  But of course, the Surgeon is hoping that I will have lost it by my Pre-Op appointment in the morning.  At the Pre-Op Class that Walt and I attended on Tuesday, according to their scale, I weighed 218 lbs.  Well, I had gained back up to 228.8 lbs after I had last seen the Surgeon.  And at that appointment, I weighed 220 lbs.  So they are looking at it like I have only lost 2 lbs!!  When in actuality, I had lost about 10 lbs.  However, as of this morning, I was down to 210 lbs on our scale.  So even if I add 3 lbs, I should be much closer to the 210 lb mark.  And I still have 5 days!  I am just concerned that the Surgeon will give me a tongue lashing....

I was doing so well yesterday, and then today....going into Reno with Walt, of course he couldn't go without eating, and there is just no way that I could sit and watch him eat and not eat myself.  Which is why I didn't want to go with him, I knew that I didn't have the strength to not cave in at this point.  So we ate at Chili's Restaurant.  I should have had a salad, and I wished that I had had the strength to order it.  But I had an order of the Classic Nachos without the Sour Cream.  They were good too!

So I came home and took a Water Pill, which I need anyway as I retain water so badly.  I figure that it would be better to not go into Surgery with a lot of excess fluid retention as far as Circulation goes, etc.  I usually lose at least 2-5 lbs in a day when I take one.  And I don't intend to eat or drink anything tomorrow morning before my appointment!!  So hopefully I will weight close to 210 at their office.... :)  I will let you know.  In fact, I will weight myself on our scale fully dressed but without my shoes as I would there, just before I leave, so I can see how far off our scale is to theirs.  It will then give me a way to keep a more accurate reading of my true weight!  As I said, I will let you know!!

Anyway, after lunch we went to a place in Reno that installs aftermarket stuff on vehicles.  We ordered some Running Boards for my car, as I have a little trouble getting into the car.  And Walt is concerned that in a few more years as I get older, it would be much harder for me to get in and out.  So the Running Boards will help me out in the long run very well.  He is going to have them installed on Wednesday of next week (the morning after my Surgery).  We won't know if I will still be in the Hospital that night, or if I will be staying over a second night.  But just in case, we have the Hotel room through Thursday morning.  So we can stay overnight if need be, even if I am released.

So, because I need to get up so early....I will be going to bed early tonight, and I pray that I will actually be able to get to sleep!!  Even with Sleeping Pills, I don't always go to sleep when I want to.  Oh well, I will be getting plenty of sleep after the Surgery!  So for now I will just close and say....Till next time....

Aloha My Friends!  :)


Monday, December 10, 2012

Sad News For The Family :(

Hey Ya'll,

First off, I will be discussing my Ticker Tape above a bit later in the post.  But right now, I want to say that our Family lost a truly great man last night.  My Uncle Clyde.  He was one of those men who could do just about anything.  He retired from Sunkist many years ago, but while he was still active with the Company, he got to travel around the world in his work.  Away from work, he was a great Carpenter, he worked with rough Stones and made beautiful Jewelry out of them, and he could repair just about anything!

He did so much for everyone in the family, never asking for payment, and we all loved him.  He will be greatly missed.  Please send your thoughts and prayers to my Aunt Betty.  She is in poor health herself, and could use the added prayers.  She had a great 49 year Marriage, and she is grieving for him now.  She will miss him the rest of her life.

My daughter brought up something to me last night in an email about my Dad.  As you know, he has Lung Cancer, and I fear that it has spread to the Bones as well.  Well, my Grandfather passed away on December 27,  2001, and my Dad has never been the same since.  We know that my Dad doesn't have long to live, and Christa fears that he may be holding out until the Anniversary of my Grand Father's passing, to pass himself.  I just heard from my Sister Sheryl, and she said that my Dad told her Husband Isaac today, that he wishes that they would just cut his Arm off!  This is not a way to live, when all you want to do is have parts of your body amputated, or to die.  So please, give some prayers for my Dad too, as he can really use them.

It's now 8 days and counting till Surgery!!

Now!  As for my Ticker Tape above.....for some reason, I can't get it to allow me to change my Weight.  It takes me to the screen where I can make a new Tape.  But even when I just try to remake it, it goes from starting a Weight Loss Tape, to a Maternity Tape, and it just goes in a loop!  So I will try it later.  But for now, I will give you my current information in my post.

I started out at 228.8 lbs.  I lost down to 215.2 lbs which was a loss of 13.6.  Then I gained back up to 216.4 lbs, a gain of 1.2 lbs.  But now I have lost back down to 214.6 lbs, which is a total loss of 14.2 lbs so far.  I still need to lose about 5 lbs before Surgery which is a week from tomorrow!!  But I know that I can do it.  I have a week to do it in, and the last 3 days of the Diet will be total liquids....and the day before Surgery I will be taking the Bowel Prep, which should cleanse me out, and lose some more lbs there too!!

Maybe I will start a sidebar spot showing my weight loss to date as well, so when the Ticker Tape doesn't want to cooperate, I can at least keep you posted on my progress.  In fact, after I post this, I will produce one, so be looking for it!

Well, now I need to go, as I have some more data entry to get done for our Taxes.  I am almost finished, and I believe that I will get them caught up by the time I go in for Surgery.  Then we just have to wait to get all the end of the year documents in, in order to send them off to our CPA.  So, till next time....

Aloha My Friends :)

Friday, December 7, 2012

11 Days....And Counting!!

Hey Ya'll,

Well, I have been a bad....girl!!  I was supposed to be on a Pre-Op Diet since Thanksgiving.  And I was doing ok with it.  I had lost about 13.6 lbs, with only about 5-8 lbs to go.  But Walt and I have been eating out the last couple of days....

I wanted to see Breaking Dawn: Part II.  I wanted to see it after the Thanksgiving Holiday when it was newly released, and there would be tons of teenagers there.  But I also wanted to see it before it left the Theaters, and before I went in for Surgery.  I would have gone by myself.  I used to work in Theaters, and I got used to watching movies by myself on my breaks.  Prior to working in the Theater, I never would have gone to a movie alone!  But Walt wanted to go with me.  So we went on Wednesday after Walt got off work (early, for a matinee) and saw it together, and it was great.  We were one of only three couples in the whole Theater!  So we were able to sit all by ourselves, and it felt like we had the whole Theater to ourselves! 

Now I was a really good girl at the movie, Walt did offer to buy me popcorn or whatever I wanted, but I told him that I would rather have Dinner instead!  So after the movie, we went to the Olive Garden and shared their current special, 2 for $25.  It was great, not the Spaghetti and Meatballs that I usually get, but the Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo was good too!

Unfortunately, I didn't stop there, yesterday after our appointments in Reno, we went to the Texas Roadhouse, which is a Steakhouse, for an early dinner.  I had the BBQ Pulled Pork and BBQ Chicken combo Dinner....yum!!  But not very conducive to Diets!!  And now that I only have 11 days until Surgery, I really need to buckle down and start my Liquid Diet!

Eleven Days And Counting!!


As for yesterday, Walt and I both had appointments in Reno.  He had to go in for 2 more Epidural Injections in the lower Spine, and I had to go in to Pre Register at the Hospital as well as have an EKG, a Chest X-Ray, and my Blood Work taken.  So now all I have to do is go to the Pre-Op Class on Tuesday, and see my Surgeon next Friday (and of course....DIET!!).  So because Walt had the Injections, he wasn't allowed to drive, so I drove us there and back.  And....because he didn't have to drive, he had 3 Drinks with Dinner!!

And I am still trying to get our Taxes pulled together, before I go in for Surgery.  But all I can do is do my best!  So now I have to really buckle down and drink, drink, drink, and work my fingers to the bone!!  LOL  So....till next time....

Aloha My Friends!  :)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

I'm Not Happy About This!! But....

Hey Ya'll,
Surgery day is 14 days and counting!

Well, I have been busy lately.  What with getting ready for Surgery and all.  My Surgery is now only 14 days away....And I fought really hard to get approval to get pills in order to do my Bowel prep for Surgery....But the Surgeon insists that I drink the nauseating Magnesium Citrate!

I have had to drink this horrible "crap" before, and I know through experience that I can't stomach it!  I have a horrible gag reflex when it comes to drinking vile stuff!  But he insists that I drink it....The last time I had to drink it, it was for a Colonoscopy.  I even tried to make it taste more agreeable by adding it to Kool-Aid, but it didn't work....So I am going to suck it up, and drink it if it kills me!!!  LOL  (Which is entirely possible!)

And Walt decided that although we don't live too far from Reno, it would be stupid for him to have to drive back and forth for 2-3 days.  He won't physically go into work while I am in the Hospital anyway (he will work online via computer), and since I will definitely be in the Hospital at least 1 night, we decided that it makes sense for him to stay close to the Hospital in a Hotel.  It would save a lot of gas going back and forth as well.

We also felt that since I have to check in to the Hospital so friggin early in the morning, that we would stay in the Hotel the night before as well.  I think that I must be either the 1st or 2nd Surgery of the day.  Part of the problem I have though, is that I am supposed to start drinking that vile "stuff" at noon the day before Surgery.  But we won't be able to check into the Hotel until at least 1 pm.  But that's ok, I will just have to deal with it, and live in the Bathroom the rest of the day!!  Hey, maybe I can finish the book that I am reading..... 

And I also found out today that the Surgeon has changed my Pre-Op Diet.

I think that this is because I have informed him that I have problems drinking this "stuff", and I may not be able to get it all down.  So the Surgeon has changed my Diet.  Instead of being on Liquids the last 2 weeks before Surgery with some veggies added, I have to be on total Liquids the last 3 days leading up to Surgery!!  My guess is that with all the fluids I will be drinking with no solids, he is hoping that the fluids will flush out my Colon/Intestines for the most part, and then however much of that "stuff" that I can get down me will flush out the rest!!  LOL

Now as of the book that I am reading....I have listed in my sidebar that I am currently reading An Echo In The Bone, by Diana Gabaldon.  But since the new Twilight movie just came out, I decided that I wanted to reread the 4th book in the series before watching it.  But I will go back to the Diana Gabaldon book as soon as I finish reading Breaking Dawn.  And I am so lucky to have someone like Walt.  He knows that I don't mind going to the movie by myself, but he wants to go with me anyway.  Even though he doesn't particularly like the Twilight movies!  So we have made a date to see the movie on Wednesday after he gets off work.

This Thursday, we will be in Reno again....Walt is having another Epidural Injection, and I am scheduled to Pre-Register at the Hospital, as well as getting my Pre-Op Testing done.  Then next Tuesday, we go in for my last Pre-Op Class where they will go over the Surgery and Post Op Diet in more depth.  And I don't know why (but I am guessing that it is so that they know what our new lifestyle will be like, so they can try to keep us on the straight and narrow), but they want our significant other to go to the class with us.

So poor Walt has to miss work again, as the class starts at 8 am and doesn't end until noon.  And since we don't get into Reno all that often, we will probably shop while there for things that we can't get where we live.  Then Friday of next week, I go in for my final Pre-Op appointment with the Surgeon, so that he can see that I have lost the weight that he required....And then of course, 2 weeks from today, I go in for Surgery!!

And on top of all this, I need to do my very best to get our taxes pulled together before Surgery day!!  Wish me luck!  Till next time....

Aloha My Friends  :)