Things have been really quiet for Fifteen Wait Fifteen over the last couple of months. Not for lack of material to write about, but mainly due to lack of time. “What have you been doing?” you may ask? Well……
- March was filled with sleepover weekends, a trip to the mountains to visit college friends, March Madness & my husband traveling to Florida. Many, many birthday parties of kids we know, celebrations for birthdays of adults we know (which included a trip to Asheville to stay at the Grove Park Inn with girl friends for one birthday, and also a Biker Bar tour of Durham for another friend’s birthday), and the arrival of Frozen on DVD. (The DVD thing? Blessing + Curse.) My daughter LOVES that movie, and so far we’ve only had to watch it a couple of times since she got it. I know all the songs by heart now – because of course, we had to put the soundtrack in the car, and despite my best efforts to sing songs *I* like in my free time, I end up singing something from that movie instead. Drat.
- April was also filled with birthday parties, including my daughter’s 3rd birthday party where – you guessed it – Queen Elsa made an appearance. (Technically, she was the “Snow Queen” from Fairytale Dreamer, but the kids did not care one whit what we called her – she WAS Elsa!) Easter activities included several fun egg hunts, I hosted Book Club night at my house in April (we had read The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, which I liked a lot, and it was set in the NC mountains), Penny started swimming lessons, Game of Thrones season 4 began, we had several nights of playing cards & games with neighbors, and hanging out with the kids outside…all lovely times.
Throughout this time of much happiness and enjoyment, I’ve not allowed myself to become bogged down in the pain, but there has been a lot of it. My feet and plantar fasciitis hurt all the time. I have also been going to the chiropractor every couple of weeks for a new-ish pain in my right shoulder and neck – I’ve had it since November, and it just won’t go away, so I went back to my orthopedist and also started some physical therapy. Have an MRI scheduled this week to look into it as well. It could just be bursitis (ugh, that sounds like an ancient person’s disease, like having a goiter or gout, doesn’t it? Of course, some days, with as much creaking and aching as I have, I do feel ancient…) but we’re checking everything, just to make sure. My posture while working at the computer 9+ hours per day is terrible, so I’m also trying to fix that as a potential cause, and make my working area more ergonomic.
And let’s not forget all my appointments in working towards having the vertical sleeve gastrectomy…I’ve seen my surgeon 3 more times (for a total of 6 visits, required by insurance), been to 2 nutrition classes, attended 2 pre-op support group meetings, done a “protein shake” tasting class, and have now checked off everything needed, so my doctor has submitted all the paperwork (it was seriously about a 1.5 inch stack of papers. *Paper* – really? You can’t electronically submit that stuff yet???) All-in-all, I’ve had about 20 doctor or lab visits and tests to get to this point, including visits with a psychologist, having an endoscopy, blood work, and having a gall bladder/liver ultrasound. Now comes the “fun” part….waiting to get the approval from insurance, getting the call from my surgeon’s office, and scheduling a surgery date. I’m tremendously excited and apprehensive, all rolled into one. Getting to this point was easy, in the grand scheme of things. The hard part will be the liquid diet for close to a month (one week before surgery, and 2-3 weeks after), then moving to soft/pureed foods, then eventually up to eating/chewing food normally, but making sure to get in enough protein FIRST. One of these blogs, I’ll spell out all the rules around food and eating that I will be needing to follow. It’s a little crazy-town. But if it takes this to kick-start my weight loss, reduce the effects of insulin resistance, and help me get to a much more healthy place, I’m going to do it!
Hoping to get some major blogging action going on next week for the 5th annual Diabetes Blog Week!! It will also mark one year since I started this blog. Time is certainly flying! And oh, how things have changed in a year…..yet the really big storm of change is about to come!