Six Month Surgery Follow Up

March 27, 2014

I guess Spring has decided to rear it's ugly head, because my eyes (more specifically my left) are watering NON-STOP.  It is beyond annoying.  Someone pass the Benadryl, wouldya?

This week has been entirely too uneventful.  The doctors I work for are on Spring Break and it's boresville around the office.  Ben has been out of town so it's just been me and the spoiled kitty around the house.  I've been lacking motivation in both the school and gym departments, so I've just been eating Fage and watching New Girl.  Just living the dream, kids.

Today I finally had my six month follow up appointment after surgery.  I was technically supposed to check in with the doctor at three months, but between the continuous snow storms and other scheduling conflicts, I never quite made it.  My surgeon was actually out of the office as well, so I had a visit with the Nurse Practitioner.  We basically went over all the small details and while I was in the room with her, it started occurring to me all the changes that have happened since I had surgery.  I think this calls for a list, don't you?

  • I can cross my legs.  BOTH of them.  Before surgery, I could no longer cross my right leg, which was really frustrating for so many reasons.  Now, I can cross my right leg over my left and vice versa with ease.  I can't even remember a time when I could comfortably cross my left leg over my right.  But people, it's happening.

left over right, right over left.  easy peasy.  
and yes, I did take pictures in the waiting room...

  •  I take up way less room on the chairs in the waiting room.  Essentially, they are made for two people to sit, sort of like a leather bench of sorts.  But since this is a clinic where severely obese people come, I'm sure some of them need the bigger seats to be able to sit.  It occurred to me when I got into the office that I could easily fit myself and another person with room to spare.

made for two people, but before surgery I took up almost the whole thing.  
today, I had my own little side and room to share.
  • I'm following the rules like I should be.  The CRNP went over a lot of "reminders" with me and I was happy that I followed all of them.  I hadn't realized that over the past seven months, I had made certain things habit, like not drinking while eating my meal.  I'm sure there have been times when I needed a sip or two, but I don't drink while eating.
  • I need to stay motivated and keep telling myself that muscle weighs more than fat.  (I swear if I hear that one more time, I'm going to puke.  But it's true, so whatever.)  The scale is fluctuating, but I am building muscle and muscle helps my metabolism and helps me burn fat.  SO.  Stay motivated.
I know the girls in the office see people transform all the time, but they were so sweet and couldn't believe how much weight I had lost.  I can't really believe it either.  

All the more reason to keep going. 
 I never want that feeling of shock, happiness and accomplishment to end.


  1. I LOVE THESE! To most people, they are no big deal, but to us... They are huge milestones! KEEP IT UP! Love you so big

  2. Both legs?! Go girlfriend! I always had trouble crossing my left over right, and it's still not comfortable like it is the other way. You're awesome!

  3. I love this! Crossing my legs again is huge! You never realize it really until you just can't and then when you can...WOOHOO! :-) You're doing so great!

  4. Look at you and your rock star status that you are just too modest to realize!!! That is a HUGE list of accomplishments under your belt girlie! You are doing awesome!

  5. You may not be where you ultimately want to be just yet but those are some really nice victories already. Good job!!! Change is happening and it will continue.

  6. Thank you for sharing this HUGE victories. Being able to cross your legs is a big deal. You're such a great inspiration :-)