Monday, January 28, 2008
One more point!

By the end of this week, I will have dropped my BMI from 50.6 into the 30s. CHECK THAT OUT! This photo was taken on my 3 month surgery anniversary.
I feel a lot healthier already. I am 62#s down and moving easier, walking further and standing longer.
My BMI was in the SUPER OBESE category when I started this endeavor. At 50.6, I was a walking time bomb for heart attacks and strokes. Now, at 40.0 I am still considered Obese, but after 10.6 points down, I am a much healthier person. Normal is somewhere around 23. I hope I can get there or close to it.
On a different subject: A former co-worker passed away this past weekend. She was at home with her loved ones around her. Julia had only recently found out she had pancreatic cancer. The doctors gave her a few months, but it took her a lot faster than was expected. Julia will be missed by so many people. She was a very sweet woman, a good listener who never repeated what she heard, and a person who shared a little bit of herself with all those she met. I am glad I knew her.
Monday, January 21, 2008
I did it!
Friday, I was wondering if I would break 60 lbs. by today. I did! Yippee! I have now lost 60.6 lbs. I think, though, that my body is reacting unfavorably to the amount of loss. I have been really tired for several days now. I might have to get another B-12 shot. I got one about 2 months ago and it helped me a LOT. I am taking B-12 orally, but sometimes it's not enough.

Vitamins seem to be more important for weight loss patients than for other people. I guess it's because we don't eat nearly as much as normal people, so we don't get enough vitamins from our food.

I had to buy a new pair of jeans too. I went down two sizes. My others were just hanging on me and I was beginning to wonder if they were going to fall down. LOL I don't want to spend a lot of money on clothes right now though because I am not going to be in them very long. I think I will get one more pair of jeans for now though. I can wear one and wash one.

Oh well, at least I made my Monday goal!
Friday, January 18, 2008
By Monday?
Hopefully, by Monday, I will break 60 lbs. lost. I am still doing really well. I need to exercise more, but I don't do well (and never have) in that area. In highschool, I was so active, ran track, played volleyball, basketball, etc. But now, just to walk up and down the drive way and around our property takes all my resolve. I should just get my camera out and go outside and walk around to take pictures, but here I sit.

As I told you guys earlier this week, I went to have my hip injected Monday and had good results with that. It is much better and not causing me nearly the pain it was. It was keeping me awake at night, but I am sleeping again, so that's a great thing.

Oh! I got a part-time job. I know....I said I probably would not work any after I retired, but I found something that I think I will really like and I don't have to work if I don't want to. I am a driver for new automobiles. Sometimes dealers have to swap vehicles or go to another dealer to get one for a customer. I have been hired to drive the new ones from dealer to dealer. The man I am working for will call me and tell me where to go to pick up either a program car or a new car and where to deliver it. I should start getting calls next week.
Occasionally, they need two drivers, usually when you have to take the program car to drive to the other dealer to pick up the new car and both come back. Sometimes, I will fly to another city and pick up the new car and drive it back, depending on how far away it is. (Maybe I should invest in a GPS system) They pay a flat rate depending on the distance, plus any expenses, including hotels, flight costs, and food. Anyway, I am looking forward to it. I'll see how it goes. I know it's not a get rich quick thing. Just something to do. And when Tom retires in 3 years, we can be a driving team if he wants to join me.
More later. Have a great weekend.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Raving Reviews....
I went to the doc today for my 3 month checkup since my weight loss surgery. He said I am doing really well. I knew that already. I know I sound sarcastic, but I am miffed with the doc and his office staff. I won't go into that here because it's a very long story, but let's just say the staff is very disorganized and none of them know what the others are doing. Therefore, I wrote a 5 page letter to the doc and handed it to him personally today.

Oh well, enough of that. I also had to go to the pain management doctor (Dr. Blue Eyes)this morning. He put me in a twilight sleep and put a needed through my buttock and into my hip socket. He injected cortisone and lidacain (sp) into the socket to help alleviate some of the pain I have been having. A couple of weeks ago, I could not walk for two days. Could not put ANY weight on my right leg. I am still extremely careful about putting my full weight on it even now. I am afraid it will make me fall and then possibly break the hip. Don't want that for sure. Dr. Blue Eyes told me that I would eventually need a hip replacement because of all the deteriation in the joint. I actually expected that. But I know the weight loss will help with that too.

I don't have to go back to surgery doc for 3 months, and I have to go back to Dr. Blue Eyes in one month (I think). They gave me Demerol and versed to induce a twilight sleep, so I am not sure what he told me now. I don't even remember the actually procedure. I will ask Tom, he'll know. I sure do love that man! He takes such good care of me. I don't think he really knows how grateful I am to have him as my husband.

Well folks, that's about all of the updates for now.
Monday, January 07, 2008
The rest of the story......
Just wanted to update everyone about the stray dog saga. I finally went to Petsmart and bought a collar, a leash, chew bones, and dog food for this white dog. (pictured below) She ate, drank lots of water, started walking with me on the leash and howling at the top of her lungs when I would leave her in the kennel in the barn.

Tom and I went to a wedding Saturday afternoon and we had left the dog in the kennel in the barn. When we got back, houdini had done it again. I know she is Houdini reincarnated as a beautiful white dog. She had actually pulled the kennel door INto the kennel (which is supposed to be impossible) and chewed the clasp and pushed the barn door open and was gone again. She had chewed the brand new leash into about 5 pieces. Amazing.

Anyway, we started looking for her again. We found her way in the back of the property and brought her back to the barn and kennel again. This time, Tom got a chain and chained her to a clothesline pole. Poor baby. It held her though.

Sunday, we went to the No-kill shelter in the next city over from us and the people there said they would take her, but not until today. Weepy I got so upset, I cried all the way back home. I just wanted her to have a safe place to live where she wouldn't get hurt.

Tom took off from work early today and came home and we went BACK to the shelter. They tried to tell me they couldn't take her at all. I got really pissed when they said that. They tried to tell me to come back tomorrow.Pouty I told them "NO WAY. They told me to come today and here I am!" They finally called the supervisor. She happened to be the one that told me yesterday to come back today,so she took the dog. I was so happy for that dog. The lady said she would worm her and give her her shots immediately. Now she is safe, she will be spayed, someone will love her. I am happy!

Walking Dog

There was a woman and a little girl watching the dog when we left. They were there to adopt a dog. Maybe that little girl will want her and they will get her and love her. I will believe that anyway. I can just see her playing with the little girl and sleeping right next to her, safe and happy...both of them.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Starting a New Year.....
Along with everyone else, we are starting a new year. I haven't posted since Christmas Eve as we have been fairly busy.

We spent Christmas Day with my daughter's in-laws. That was nice. I didn't have to cook! Yahoo! This is the first Christmas in years that I didn't cook for everyone. That was different, and nice. Heather's MIL had some great food at her home. Of course, I didn't eat much, but ate what I could. It was a really nice day.

Since Christmas Day, Tom has had to fix the leaker in the front bathroom. The tank on the toilet started leaking. Actually it's been leaking for over a year, but it started pouring water on the floor, so he HAD to do something. He finished that today and is very proud of his work. It involved patching and painting the wall behind the tank, putting a brace behind the tank. It looks good and turned out really well.

There has been a dog hanging around our house for over a month. I think she is beautiful and if I didn't already have 3 dogs, I would keep her. Anyway we have been trying to find her a home. Two days ago, we found a lady who wanted her, so we caught her and put her inside our fenced yard and about 10 minutes later she was gone again. Later we caught her again and put her inside the barn with all the doors and windows closed. When we went back to take her out for a little while, she was gone again. Houdini or ghost?

Anyway, our next door neighbor kids caught her the 3rd time and put her in a kennel, so now she is BACK in the barn inside the kennel. Now the lady has changed her mind. UGGGGG! I have contacted one of the rescue societies and am waiting to hear if they will take her. We live on a major highway and I don't want her to get hit by a car. If I don't find a place for her by Friday, I am going to have to take her to a no-kill shelter in a neighboring city. There isn't one in our neck of the woods. I have to use someone elses name to take her to that one, so it's my last choice.

Here is her picture, if anyone knows anyone near Baton Rouge that might want her. Look at that smile!

Tom is going back to work tomorrow and I will resume my daytime usual. But this year has to be a better year than 2007.

Happy New Year everyone.