I promised that I would write a post right before I went into the hospital so everyone would have the latest information. For those of you who do not know why I will be going into the hospital tomorrow I have rewritten an old post about my surgery from a while back right below this. It explaines what health problems I have, what surgery I am having and why. So here it is and I will see you at the bottom.
I am 24 and have the following problems: PCOS, hypertension (high blood pressure), sleep apnea, psuedo tumor cerebri, infertility, cronic heartburn, hypothyrodism, and a few other minor problems.
As a result of all these things I am fat. I don’t mean 15 pounds over weight or even 50 pounds, I mean 130 pounds over weight. I have been told that I will never lose the weight without treatment of these problems. The problem is they have treated each one but with everything else that is wrong they can’t pinpoint one thing at a time to treat because they can’t tell if things are working. I have also been told that without treatment I could be blind by 35, or even die of a heart attack in the next few years, be diabetic by 30, and never have children to name a few things.
So I oppted for the treatments…. Diets, pills, creams, hormones, tests, poking and prodding, xrays, catscans, (almost but thank God not spinal taps), endless bloodtests, and through it all two miscarrages. These health problems have been marching steadily forward since I was about 15 but in the last four years (most of my married life) they are really taking over. So after four years of some truly harsh and sadly hopless treatments my doctors have decided that I am a perfect candidate for gastric bypass surgery.
When this surgery was suggested it was not some light and easy decision to make for me. I prayed studied and ended up in six months of classes and seminars. I will go through months of excrutiating pain while my body heals and relearns its functions. I will spend the rest of my life eating 1/2 of a cup of food five times a day. Just to illistrate, 1/2 a cup is one of those little apple sauce cups. It is a major physical, mental, and lifestyle change that I will have to work on every day for the rest of my life.
But I have exhausted all of the other options open to me and none have so much as touched a problem let alone resolved it. So I am going to have this major surgery, go through this pain, and God willing come out the other side healthy, happy, able to bear children, and be a good and active mother. But that will still take years. I figured out that if I have my surgery in December I may be holding a baby in my arms as early as January of 2007.
They have told me that this will litarally be my miricle. That it will enable me to feel 24 instead of 44. It will be my new lease on life. So although it will be hard and it will deffinatly involve sacrifice I think some things are worth it. Like being a mother, a good wife, having energy, being young…. The list goes on and on. So that is what I will be doing tomorrow morning. I am excited about this surgery. For it will be my new beginning!
Okay so now that is over, I will be going in to St. Luke’s Hospital here in Phoenix, AZ tomorrow at the crack of dawn or as other people call it 5:30am MT . I will then be checking in and will be taken into the OR at 7:30am for the prep and actual surgery. I should be out of surgery at about 9:00am and in an actual room somewhere around 11:00am. I should be released from the hospital sometime Tuesday afternoon and will then be home for about six weeks recovering. However I will be up and around almost immediatly on Doctor’s orders.
Please keep my family and myself in your prayers. You should be able to get updates on my Aunt’s site www.xanga.com/sulimb while I am in the hospital. And when I am home my husband will be updating on his new site www.xanga.com/HisGatekeeper . Thank you so much for being such great friends to me. I can’t wait to be back and start counting down on my new ticker at the bottom.
Everyone have a safe and wonderful next couple of days. Take care and I will be back as soon as I can. Who knows I may be so bored I will just physically write some more installments to my story while I am down and out to type when I feel up to it.