Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ready to Go

I have finished the last of my appointments before my surgery.

My initial Drs. visit was great. I'll call him Dr. Mike. He is great. He listened with an open mind and a willingness to help. He explained that the hard work will start when I have the surgery. I look at this as my new catalytic converter to help me run my body the right way.

I met with the Psychologist. She helped me to realize why I eat. I have always eaten for comfort due to my strained relationship with my Mom. I have now accepted that no matter what I do or say, I will never be able to be the daughter she has always wanted. Don't take this the wrong way, I love my Mom, but we just have never gotten along. When I get hurt, I will find something to take my mind off if it rather than eat. The Psychologist also told me that I have to give up 4 of my 5 favorite foods. Grits, Pasta, Corn Bread and fried chicken. She explained that grits have no nutritional value. They sure are good though. The eating will be the hardest thing to overcome. I love to cook and I love to eat what I cook.

The Dietitian was great. She spoke with us not to determine what we eat wrong now, but to let us know about the life long changes we will have the make once we have our surgery. She was there to guide us through what we can expect and what to eat after surgery.

The Endoscopy. Having a tube stuck down my throat wasn't something I was looking forward too, but I turned out to be a piece of cake. I went to sleep and the next thing I knew I was waking up in recovery. From start to finish the whole appointment too about 2 hours. Most of the time was filling out paperwork. The procedure itself took only about 15 min. I thought I'd come home sleepy with a sore throat but I didn't.

I now anxiously await my surgery and my new life.

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