Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The first long walk

Well I am exactly one week since my surgery and I decided to do a long walk with my 5 month old Golden Retriever named Finnegan.  We have been under Tropical Storm and Tornado warnings for the last several days and a break in the clouds at noon finally gave me the opportunity to get this accomplished.

So picture the triathlete who has been in multiple half ironmans and marathons sweating her guts out as she makes it through the mile and a half walk for 30 minutes.  Seriously!! It was a bit humbling.  You take your endurance for granted sometimes when you are training for long distance races so today's 1.5 miles was a smack in the face.

Surgery does take it out of you and healing and rest is important. Ok ok...I get it!!  Im not one who can sit for days and watch movies in my house so the recovery period has been difficult but ..... BUT....I have to move.  Just ask the recovery nurse who had to hold me down once they got me to my room. "Can I walk??" I asked  "No yet..Melissa...I have to get you situated here in your room."  10 minutes later... "Can I walk yet??" I asked..not really realizing how long it had been since my last request thanks to great drugs.  So you see...sitting really isn't my top priority.

I PROMISED my husband, my friends, my family and everyone else that I would rest...and I will...but boy am I ready to get back to a little swimming...a little biking and a little running.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The beginning of my second journey

So...for those of you who use to follow my old blog, you know that I like to keep a record of my journey.  It is important to me to see the progress over time and to take pride in the successes and learn from the failures.  That really is what life is about right??

This is my second journey.

For those of you who DON'T know...allow me to bring you up to speed.  I am a gastric bypass patient. In Dec. 1998, I become a clinical trial for the Roux-n-Y (pronounced row-N-Y) gastric bypass with silastic ring.  I am blessed that I survived the surgery, took the gift of that surgical breakthrough and went from 380 pounds to my lowest weight of 180 pounds.  That was 14 years ago.  For 12 of those years, I have raced triathlon and marathons completing over 65 triathlons, 35 half marathon, 4 marathons and 1- 24 hour adventure race.  Racing helped keep me focused on my health and weight loss and helped me keep off over 180lbs of that weight .

In 2005, I found a problem with my silastic ring. This was the  ring placed at the bottom of my stomach to help hold in nutrition.  It had slipped  and was strangling myintestine causing a blockage and pain.  I attempted to have my RNY revised and have the ring removed.  The revision was a terrible failure.  I ended up with a stomach tube for almost 2 months and a heart attack due to an imbalance in electrolytes.  I am lucky to still be here.

In 2012, I looked back at my years since bypass and was excited and happy with most of what I had accomplished but realized that I would not be fully content until I completed one serious life goal...and that was getting to my goal weight of 130 to 150 pounds.  I knew I needed help to achieve this goal and I knew that this silastic ring still needed to be addressed.

On July 20, 2012, I underwent my second surgery to achieve my weight loss goal.  I had a LAP-BAND installed over my bypass to help support my stomach and to give me the restriction I need to continue towards my goal.  I am almost a week out from my surgery and I am feeling stronger but not 100 percent.  I am currently on a full liquid diet which makes my choices limited but I am excited about my future.

This blog is my sounding board of the ups and downs of my second journey towards my goal weight.  I look forward to having you follow along :)