Saturday, June 19, 2010

Banded @ last!!

Thursday was the big day. I didn't get nervous until I got to the hospital and walked up to the nurse's station to sign in. We had to wait about 30 minutes for a room. Once I walked into the room and had to put on the stylish gown the tears started to fall. The nurse had to wait a while to check my blood pressure!!!! I calmed down and was actually able to nap off and on.

I had to be at the hospital at 7AM!!! I wasn't taken back for surgery until after 2!!!!!! Needless to say it was a loooooong and stressful day for me, mom and Chris.

Finally, they wheeled me away to the holding area. When the anaesthesiologist came to introduce himself the waterworks began again!! All of the staff were super friendly and made me feel comfortable!! I want to say a special thank you to "Lady Gaga" for making me smile right before I went night night!! Before I knew it I was waking up in recovery.

I had a problem with my heart rate while in recovery but after what felt like forever I returned to my room. Once I got in my room all I had to do was pee, walk and eat a popsicle and I was on my way home!!!!

The ride home was a kind of a fog...but I made it =)

I am now on Day 4 of being banded and feeling much better. I have a little bit of discomfort but nothing that I can't handle. I have been sleeping in the recliner but I think I am ready for the bed tonight!!!

I am glad to have the hard part behind me and am ready to get on with the rest of this journey!!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Final Countdown!!!

Well, last Monday I went for all of my pre-op stuff. It was a long day but nothing too terrible. The worst part was the super long line at the lab to get my blood drawn. During my doctor's appointment, my case worker was surprised that I didn't have many questions. I feel that I have done so much research on Lap-Band that I could teach her a thing or two!!!
I still have 24 hours to gorge myself - I do not start my liquid diet until Wednesday. I know a lot people have to go on liquids up to two weeks before surgery. I guess it just depends on the surgeon and the patient. I only have to do 24 hours of liquids =) I plan on going out to eat Mexican food tomorrow night as a "last meal."
I am not dreading anything about my surgery - except the moments before I go into the OR. I've never had surgery before so this is going to be a new experience for me. I was hoping that I would not have to stay overnight, but it looks as though my insurance is requiring me to!!! This poses two dilemmas: having to be away from my babies for a night AND the question: do I bring Snott - my dilapidated baby doll that I have slept with since I was a baby. Chris thinks it would be super embarrassing for a nearly 30 year old woman to bring a baby to the hospital...I think she may stow away in my suitcase - Just in Case!!!!
72 hours from now I will officially begin my new life!!! I can't wait!!!!